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1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup dehydrated onions or 1/2 cup chopped onions
2 15 oz cans Muir Glen tomato sauce
1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 to 1 1/2 tsp salt (to taste)
1/2 tsp pepper

Brown beef with onions.  Add spices to ground beef, stir and simmer for 1-2 minutes.  Stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer loosely covered for 1/2 to 1 hour until desired thickness.


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Homemade Playdough

Ah, winter’s never ending question – what to do with a busy preschooler on a windy, rainy, cold afternoon?  The solution – make playdough!  My 3 and a half year old adores cooking with me and playing with playdough, so the whole process is a very exciting endeavor for her.  It is a great learning activity as well; for example, measuring, counting, and stirring to cook it.  Obviously, a preschooler should not be using the stove so the last step is left to the adult.

Homemade Playdough

1 cup        Flour
1/2 cup     Salt
2 tsp        Cream of Tartar
1 cup        Water
1 T            Oil
Food coloring (optional)
Essential oils for scent (optional)

Mix dry ingredients, then add liquids.  Cook over medium-low heat approximately 3 minutes while stirring continually.  Dough will become lumpy and then eventually ball up into a single ball that no longer sticks to the sides of the pan when it is done.  For best results, make a single or double recipe only. Store in an airtight container.

This is the same recipe my mom made for me when I was a child!  Although I don’t know where it originally came from, I do remember how much I enjoyed making and playing with it as a child.  It is such a joy to see my daughter enjoying the same activity.

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