Monday, August 20, 2018

Homemade Play Dough and Memories

 On August 16th, it was the fifth anniversary of my beloved Rich's passing.  I invited the family over to enjoy his favorite dessert of Ice Cream Dessert with Peanut Butter Crust.  I was planning on showing a picture of it, but when I went to get the pan out of the freezer, someone had finished it off!  You can check our favorite recipe here

 I saw all of my four children on the day, but not everyone at once.  Some had to leave early, and one came later with this bouquet of flowers. 

 This little Harper came and spent the night, and she was soooo excited for her visit to my house.   Her parents were on a staycation for the week.

 My youngest son and DIL came to pick Harper up and take her on an outing, and left little Hayden in my care. She is such a sweetheart!

 Cissy came by and she was excited to feed her baby cousin! 

 Harper is enjoying her dance class so much, and Nana wanted to make her a tote for her shoes.

 Here's her new tote I made for her, and a shirt that I embroidered, which you can see below. 

 This little ballerina reminded me of Harper, and she loves getting presents from Nana!

Homemade Play Dough

I got this recipe over 40 years ago from my friend Susie, who lived across the street from me.   I've never tried another play dough recipe other than this one.


1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon cooking oil
food coloring of your choice


In a heavy saucepan, mix the flour, salt and cream of tartar.  Add the water, oil and food coloring.  Cook for 3 minutes or until mixture pulls away from the sides of the pan. 
Knead slightly, while still warm.
Store in an airtight container.
Keeps for weeks!
Created using The Recipes Generator

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


  1. Your grandgirls are so adorable Kitty and that tote for Harper's shoes complete with the tutu is the that smile!! Thinking of you on your anniversary of your beloved's passing. So glad you had your family with you and those cute girls. ♥

  2. What a wonderful way to honor that meaningful anniversary. Family always help make things brighter and better. Your little houseguest is adorable and obviously loved the special gifts and activities. Cissy is a natural with the little cousins!

  3. What an adorable post, Kitty! Your tea is so very pretty and the dessert obviously found favour with everyone. That little tote bag you made is the sweetest thing. I'm sure little Harper is delighted with it! What little girl wouldn't be? I will be thinking about you today and praying that God will comfort you. Love & hugs...Sandi

  4. Awe Kitty, what a wonderful thing to do...have his favorite ice cream. So glad your family came too and those grandbabies are adorable. What a cute tote bag. Girl, you monogram too? You are such a wonderful Nana. I know you miss Rich so much. Praying for you dear Kitty. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. I admire how you honored your loved one. The little ones are so precious.

  6. Aw, the bag and shirt are just too cute! So glad the kids stopped by, thinking of you, take care:@)

  7. What a lovely way to honour your husband. The ice cream dessert sounds delicious...I'm not surprised that it didn't last long! Your sweet grandkids are lucky to have such a fun Nana!

  8. I am so glad that your difficult day was filled with love and family. I remember your post about the peanut butter crust with ice cream. The grandchildren always bring such smiles and joy. Love the ballet bag and shirt. ♥

  9. What a blessed anniversary memorial!
    My heart was rejoicing over the fact that each family member made their appearance, what a joy!
    That play dough recipe is the exact same recipe my grandmother made for us grandchildren, and it's the only one I have ever used. It is the softest play dough.
    God bless you, dear Kitty~

  10. How wonderful you were surrounded by your dear ones to remember and honour your beloved. Family times and love is what gets you through those impossible times. The bag and pretty blouse you embroidered for Harper are lovely. The little ballerina is perfect. Sending you a basket filled with hugs and beautiful thoughts, lovely Kitty. ♥

  11. It's great to hear that your children came to help you mark this hard anniversary. The granddaughters are beautiful, and the dance class bag is adorable. You are putting your talents to good use!

  12. What a wonderful way of celebrating your Rich...surrounded by family, love and joy! The bag you created is simply adorable! Have a good week and God Bless!

  13. Oh, my word, that tote is just beautiful! SO, so pretty, and just fits that sweet little girl! I am SO sorry for the grief you have had to go through, dear friend. You have made it past a major milestone ~ five years. May God help you and bless you through each moment of grief. Sending loving hugs your way and praying for you.

  14. What a special way to remember your beloved, I have been thinking about what to do on the 1st anniversary of my beloveds passing. Love the idea of making his favorite dessert and having family over!
    Your tote and little shirt are adorable, very lucky grandchildren to have you for their grandma!!
    Blessings and Hugs

  15. How lovely that your children came by on this day that must be still difficult and full of memory. Making your beloved's favourite dessert is a great way to honour him. Your grands are so cute and growing up so quickly, as are mine. You do such sweet things with them. You're an inspiration to me.

  16. Your grand-littles are too cute! I know you are having fun with them, making things for them, playing with play-dough and them! Hugs to you. I know how difficult this day was for you.

  17. What a special way to remember your loved One, family is so important in sharing memories! Your grandchildren are precious, the smiles says it all. Spending time with grandma is most important in their life, I know of the importance, I spent so many summers with mine, and ours spent summers here at the farm with us.
    Thanks for the play dough recipe.

  18. Aren't days with grandchildren the very best? So glad they were there for you.

  19. oh Kitty, I'm so glad you got to spend this special day in such a memorable way... your grands are adorable, and I am always praying for you...

  20. Kitty, what a wonderful and positive way to mark the occasion. Your beloved would be so proud of the way you are carrying on "solo" and enjoying life along with your lovely family. Your grands are so blessed to have such a lovely grandmother who is so clever and crafty!

  21. Kitty, I'm so glad your kids each honored your beloved Rich's passing by honoring you with a visit. That's very special. The grands are precious, and that Cissy is so very precious.

  22. Awww, Kitty, they are both just the shoe tote and shirt...
    when our grands were little, we made this play dough, too. They kids just loved playing with it.
    Such a special way to celebrate his life...when year one rolled around for me, it was so so hard...but, then, you know that. Grands brought me sweet.

  23. Kitty, I think of you often and how you must miss your sweet Rich. I'm glad you have your children close by and all the precious grands that are in your life. They are lucky to have you near!

    1. Thank you for thinking of me, Sarah. I hope you get my reply to you, as I couldn't respond to your email because you're a no reply comment blogger. I appreciate your visit!

  24. Oh, sweet Kitty, I cannot believe it's been 5 years since your precious husband passed away. You have been such a strong and courageous woman and I truly admire your positive look on life. You are an amazing woman, my friend.

    You are always in my thoughts and prayers. I love you, dear Kitty!

  25. Looks like you are having great fun with the grands! That is a great play dough recipe for them to have fun with. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  26. What a great recipe for fun with the grands. I guess I hadn’t realized that you’d lost your sweetheart. How sweet of your kids to honor his memory with a thoughtful visit. Those anniversaries are hard. Blessings to you.

  27. Wonderful way to honor your dear sweetheart. Always love seeing your cute family. I laughed that someone had finished it off!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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