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Edible playdough recipe made with PEEPS, Fun DIY projects to do with kids, Preschool party treat ideas, popular kids recipes

How To Make Edible Playdough With Peeps ~ Fun DYI Kids Craft

Easter is over and I am ready to put the baskets away till next year, we have a few jelly beans left,  bits and pieces of a chocolate bunny and PEEPS.  They haven’t eaten them, yet they won’t let me toss them…. what is a Mom to do?  Well you can toss it all while the kids are at school, or you can do a fun DIY craft project with your kids instead, and make edible playdough.

To make these you will need:

  • 4 Peeps (or 4 large marshmallows)
  • 3/4 teaspoon water
  • 7-9 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • coconut oil or shortening

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In a medium sized microwave safe bowl, add 4 peeps and 3/4 teaspoon water.  Place in the microwave for 30 seconds, they should have doubled in size. Stir till it looks like marshmallow cream,  if it is still lumpy put back in microwave for 10 seconds more at a time. But normally 30 seconds does the trick. You can now start mixing in the powered sugar, I mix it in 1 tablespoon at a time. Once it forms a soft ball take it out and kneed in the rest of the powdered sugar. But before you take it out coat your hands with coconut oil or shortening so it will not stick to your hands.  Dust your counter with powdered sugar to keep it from sticking to the counter.

The whole process only takes about 5 minutes. It will form a soft dough that is fun for kids to play with, and is totally edible too! It is full to roll out and cut shapes out with small cookie cutters. This recipe forms a ball of dough about the size of a lime, perfect for one child to play with.  You can double the recipe but will just need to adjusting the microwave time, but make sure you only cook it in short segments or you will scorch or burn them.

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How To Make A Stress Ball ~ Kid Crafts perfect for boy scouts, summer camp or family reunions!

This is a low cost project that kids of all ages will love.  My daughter made these in her 5th grade class and thinks they are the coolest thing ever. I remember making a version of a balloon stress ball when I was a kid too, but this version is much improved from what I made 20 years ago lol.

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To make this project you will need:

  • 3 balloons
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup of flour
  • empty water bottle (with thin sides that you can squish)
  • funnel and pencil or chop stick
  • scissors
  • wet wash cloth

We bought our supplies at the local dollar store, but you can find balloons at almost any store!

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  1.  Start with putting about 1/3 off a cup into a water bottle with a funnel. Use a pencil or a chop stick  to poke the flour into to bottle.  How much flour you need will vary on how big your balloons are. You want to fill the balloon all the way up, but too much flour will make it hard and not enough will make it to squishy.
  2. Take one balloon and blow it up as big as you can, then let all the air out.  Then blow it up again about half way, and twist it closed (NOT TIED IN A KNOT) just twisted.
  3. Hold the twisted part of your balloon and put the opening of the balloon over the water bottle.  Hold it tight and allow the neck of the balloon to un-twist.  You can now start to squish the flour from the bottle into the balloon.
  4. Once all the flour is in the balloon, hold the neck of the balloon and slowly let out the air. SLOWLY if you do it to fast the flour will fly out as well, making a huge mess.
  5. Take a wet rag and wipe off any flour that make have gotten on the outside of the balloon. You need the balloons to make a seal, and if there is flour on the outside they will not seal together.
  6. Set the balloon on the table and cut the neck of the balloon off.
  7. Take a 2nd balloon and also cut the neck of that balloon off. Put your fingers inside the opening to make the hole larger and wrap it around the balloon you have with flour on it. Careful not  to spill the flour out.
  8. Once again wipe off any flour that may have gotten on the outside,  and do step 7 again with another balloon. For a total of 3 balloon on the outside.

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Breakfast Burritos ~ Freezer Friendly Camping Recipe

This Breakfast Burritos recipe is awesome for camping or just for an easy breakfast idea. Did I mention that it is also freezer friendly, you can make up a big batch of Breakfast Burritos and enjoy them for weeks to come.  You can heat them up over a fire, in the oven or in the microwave (take the foil off), or fry the Breakfast Burritos up in a skillet.

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Breakfast Burritos ~ Freezer Friendly Camping Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 8 eggs scrambled
  • 4 -5 cups potatoes (cooked) butter and seasoning salt
  • 1-2 cups breakfast sausage or italian sausage (more if you like)
  • 2 cups grated cheese ( I use mexican blend)
  • medium sized flour tortillas (10-15)
  • Foil to wrap them in

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Directions:

You can customize these however you like. But this is how I make them for my family.  I start by cooking up the sausage. I like to mix breakfast sausage and mild italian sausage. If you like a LOT of meat you might add more, but I normally cook about 1 1/2- 2 cups of sausage.  I chop it into small pieces, once it is cooked thru I put it in bowl and set it aside.  In the SAME pan that I just cooked the meat in I add the potatoes (washed and cleaned and chopped into bite sized pieces).  The fat or drippings from the sausage helps flavor the potatoes, and it also helps them NOT stick to the pan. I like to season the potatoes with steak seasoning, seasoning salt and garlic powder.

Love the butter

If they look like they are sticking you can add a little butter to the pan. I also like to add about a 1/2 cup of water to the pan and put the lid on. This helps the potatoes cook faster. Once the water is gone, I take the lid off and let them crisp up and brown  a bit. Once the potatoes are cooked I put them aside with the meat. I then whisk the eggs and cook the scrambled eggs.

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Once you have the eggs, sausage and potatoes cooked it is time to assemble your burritos.  You can use any tortilla, I use the medium sized ones. This recipe will normally make about 15 burritos. If your kids are not picky and will eat everything in the burritos you can now combine the eggs, meat and potatoes. If they are picky keep them separate  so you can custom make their burritos. Add a scoop of filling to the middle of the tortilla top with cheese, fold the sides in roll up to create a burrito, wrap in foil.

Storage:

You can now store them in a ziploc bag in the freezer till you are ready to eat them. Once ready to eat thaw, then heat them up over a fire, in the oven or in the microwave (take the foil off), or fry them up in a skillet.  If you are heating them over a fire put them in the coals (not an open flame) and turn them every few minutes. They should be ready to eat in about 6-9 minutes depending on the temperature of the coals. camping menu recipe ideas, breakfast burritos made on the campfire, camping hacks, breakfast ideas for outdoor cooking, menu plan

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Camping Recipe ~ Cinnamon Rolls On A Stick

This camping tip is an “oldie but a goodie”. We have made these since I was little but they always turn out great and are a awesome treat while  camping in the wilderness. All you need is a clean stick, and a can  of cinnamon rolls. I normally have the kids go on a nature hike and look for good cooking stick on the path. We then use a knife to cut the bark off and make a clean surface to cook the  dough on. If you do not have a stick you can just use a roasting stick. Open up your can of cinnamon rolls and start to unwrap it on your stick. Make sure it is  wrapped on there good so it does not fall off while cooking. I like to use the canned biscuits or rolls for this, because you can use toss then in your cooler for easy transport until you are ready to use them.

To cook, place over an open fire, twist or slowly spin your stick to help it cook evenly.  It is best to cook over coals instead of an open flame.  The flame will just burn your bread so it is best to avoid them. It took me about 8 minutes to cook each roll. But cooking times will vary on the thickness of your dough and the heat of your fire. Top with the icing that comes in the can, and enjoy!camping menu recipe ideas, cinnamon rolls on a stick, pretty amazing, camping hacks, dessert ideas for outdoor cooking

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