Homemade Stocking Stuffers

Homemade Play-dough


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbsp oil (any type of cooking oil will do)
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1/8 to 1/4 tsp food coloring


Mix all ingredients into a pan and blend with a whisk.  When ingredients are blended, place the pan on the stove on medium-to-high heat.  Mix continually until the mixture thickens.  When the mixture starts to clump, take the pan off the stove.  Pour the dough on a floured surface and when it is cool enough to handle, start kneading like bread dough.  Remove from the floured surface when the dough is no longer sticky.  Knead away from the floured surface until the dough is smooth and pliable.  Store in plastic wrap, a plastic bag, or airtight container.


Make-Your-Own Gift Certificates

Show loved ones you really care with a gift certificate for a ‘date night’ to a movie, or to dinner.  Gift certificates can also be for a service or something helpful you can do for someone — for an elderly grandparent, you could rake leaves or wash their car.  A teen can give a parent a gift certificate for ‘a night out’ where the teen will babysit younger siblings to help out the parents.

Just remember that sometimes just time spent together with those you love can be the greatest gift of all!

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