Thursday, December 4, 2008

Holiday Fun

Here's that recipe as promised for the Cinnamon Dough Ornaments. These are super cute and fun for the kids!

2 Cups of Flour
1 Cup of Salt
5 Teaspoons of Cinnamon
3/4 to 1 Cup of Water

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir in water gradually to make dough ( Tip: if it sticks to your hand--add more flour, if it crumbles add water). Knead for 5 - 10 minutes until smooth. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out dough to desired thickness from 1/4 to 3/4 inches. ( Note: the thicker the dough the longer the ornaments will take to bake)

Use Cookie cutters to create your shapes. Use a straw to make a hole for your ribbon so you can hang your ornament.

Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour
Time will vary depending on thickness, bake until dry.

Let cool completely before you decorate. Paint with acrylic paints. Glue on fun eyes, buttons, ribbon, glitter, or any accessory you would like. Coat with acrylic varnish when everything is dry ( this is optional but it makes the paint nice and shiny)

These ornaments are absolutely great fun for the kids and smell great for along time. I made them 4 years ago with my oldest son Layton, and and they still smell. And when the smell starts to fade you can wet the back a bit with a damp cloth then take the hair dryer to it.

And here's another cute idea for you. I made these mini pies for a holiday bake sale for my son's school. We have a Holiday Sing- A- Long and charity drive for the Make-A-Wish Foundation which is a great cause. I made three different types of pies Apple, Pumpkin, and Lemon Meringue . I made my own crust, which is really the work of this project and rolling it to fit in these little pie pans ( pie pans are the mini pot pie pans you can buy in the grocery stores in a pack of 8) . And I just made a filling for each type ( there would be enough filling to fill 2 -9 inch pie pans or 10 mini pies). On the apple pies I just painted on them an apple with a mixture of an egg yolk and red food coloring--and a little green stem. The The pumkin and lemon ones I just made with some card stock a small pumpkin and lemon to put on the plastic wrap. I do have lids for the lemon pies that fit on the mini pie pans and I ordered those off line and got them real cheap for a pack of 50 from some kitchen store. ...I can't recall the name right now, but I will edit the post when I find it...Too finish making them all pretty, I just cut a strip of material and tied a cinnamon stick to the apple and pumpkins ones. Cute and fairly easy and they are hits at bake sales because some people don't like to buy a whole pie and they can be priced a little more reasonably then a whole pie would be!

So, there are my baking secrets for the week, now I need to get my scrapping one going again here! Thanks for stopping in and hope you enjoy!


Southernbelle said...

Oh how fun! I love all the stuff today! Yummo! Ok, I am so hungry now! These all look fantastic Kerri! You really outdid yourself! I bet they will sell really quick! Thanks for sharing too! Hope you and the kids will continue to get better! Hugs!

Kray said...

These are so cute. I wish that my stepdaughter was here this weekend. She would love to do these. Maybe she and I can do other shapes after Christmas....she will love it!

Southernbelle said...

Hey how did the bake sale go?? I get hungry everytime I come to your blog! LOL!

Hope you have a great week gf! Hugs!

Bree/Reilly said...

those look like a wonderful they still retain the cinnamon scent after they are baked?


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