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December – Popcorn Cauliflower

• 1head cauliflower or 1 head equal amount of pre-cut commercially prepped cauliflower
• 4tablespoons olive oil
• 1teaspoon salt, to taste

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Trim the head of cauliflower, discarding the core and thick stems; cut florets into pieces about the size of ping-pong balls.
3. In a large bowl, combine the olive oil and salt, whisk, then add the cauliflower pieces and toss thoroughly.
4. Line a baking sheet with parchment for easy cleanup (you can skip that if you don’t have any) then spread the cauliflower pieces on the sheet and roast for 1 hour, turning 3 or 4 times, until most of each piece has turned golden brown.
5. (The browner the cauliflower pieces turn, the more caramelization occurs and the sweeter they’ll taste).
6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

This recipe was shared by one of our moms after the Savvy Shopper Seminar in November. Since then, families have come back to joyfully report that their children gobble this vegetable up!

Cloud Dough


• 1 cup baby oil or vegetable oil
• 8 cups flour

In a large bowl, stir together the vegetable oil and flour. then using a pastry cutter or potato masher, work the dough for several minutes until the ingredients are soft, silky and well-mixed.
Playing with your cloud dough:
Transfer your dough to a shallow storage container (a dollar store kitty litter bin works well), and add spoons, scoops, bowls, cookie cutters and plastic molds.
Your kids will have a blast stirring, mixing, scooping, pouring and molding their cloud dough.

Pumpkin Spice Play Dough

1 cup salt
2 cups flour
2 cups flour
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil or canola oil
1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
Mix yellow and red food coloring to make orange
(Homemade Natural Food Dyes)

*To make this, you will just whisk all of the ingredients together In a pan & put it on the stove
*Cook it on medium heat for a few minutes
*It will start out runny, but quickly thickens
*When it thickens remove from the heat, but continue to stir it
*When semi-cool, take it out and place it on lightly floured surface and form into a ball (rolling it in a little flour will ensure the dough is not too sticky)
Store in a ziplock bag or covered container.

Cranberry Play Dough



Cranberry Sauce


This two-ingredient sensory play recipe couldn’t be simpler. I combined roughly 1/2 a can of cranberry sauce and 1.5 cups of cornstarch and mixed well with my hands. It’s not an exact recipe. I measured the first cup of cornstarch then eyed the rest until a dough formed. It’s pretty simple. If the dough is crumbly add more cranberry sauce. If it is too wet and sticky add more cornstarch

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