Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A little French chic

What are those? Dare I say it? Ma-ca-rons? That sweet French bauble that is every home baker's Everest and current hot favourite? Angelica and I made these together, but they're not what you think they are...

We made them with flour, salt, cream of tartar and food colouring, aka playdough! 

Here's a really simple recipe, which you can easily google, but since you're here, you might as well have it.

How to make playdough:
You need
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Food coloring

Mix all ingredients except the food colouring together. Cook it over medium heat at the stove. I used a wok, but anything will do, a frying pan or a shallow saucepan. Move it around until it forms a ball in the centre. This should take less than a minute. Remove from pan and move onto a surface to knead and roll until smooth. Divide into three balls (like below) and make a dent in the middle with your thumb.
Drop a few drops of food coloring into the dent. Add as much or as little to achieve the color you want. I made mine blue, red and green. Knead the balls until the color is mixed through and even.
Three playdough balls coming right up! Once the kids are done playing, just pop them into a ziplock bag and keep. From what I read online, it should last about 2 weeks.

I also want to show you the throws/bedspreads I made for the girls. I had a beautiful batik-like print that I've been wanting to make into something. Actually, I would have been perfectly happy to leave the fabric as is, for me to take out, admire, fold and refold. And the print made it too hard to cut. In the end, I decided it wasn't meant to be cut up, so I measured two pieces of 60' by 80', chose an equally stunning peony print fabric, and sewed them together. Now I have two reversible bedspreads, with the batik print on one side and the peony print on the other! Each of the prints is bold, yet complements the other perfectly. Try this with the fabric in your stash that you feel is too beautiful to cut up into pieces.

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