Foam Dough

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Two simple and common ingredients and one horrible mess! The kids did enjoy playing with it, after all, kids love a good mess, but I don’t see us playing with this stuff again.

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Start by taking equal parts cornstarch and shaving cream. This gave me a chance to use my Jurassic World shaving cream leftover from the marbled butterflies we made last week.
I started with 1 cup cornstarch and 1 cup shaving cream. I ended up adding almost another full cup of shaving cream to get a good texture.

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It’s texture is very similar to the moon sand that was advertised all over TV a few years ago. It’s very crumbly…..

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…. but it packs together very well.

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I added some red and blue food coloring to different piles to give some color. Am I the only one who feels this looks like blood? Anyway…..

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We spent quite a bit of time forming walls with the foam dough. Unfortunately I don’t have any molds to use for this, but they enjoyed it.
The mess wasn’t hard to clean up, but it was everywhere. It fell off the edge of the table, mashed into the table, all over their hands! Ugh! It wiped clean and you can vacuum it if necessary, but I’ll take play dough any day over this stuff!
Original pin can be found here.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

It’s my day off from work, so that means it’s my night to cook. Tony and I came up with this plan a while back. When I work, he’ll cook dinner and I cook on my off nights. That way I don’t have to rush home and start dinner right away.
I like trying these new recipes when I have my day off anyway because I never know how long they’ll take! This one didn’t seem to complicated, so it was easy enough to put together after a full day at the zoo.
I started by cubing 4 chicken breasts, seasoned them with salt and pepper. You need 1 cup of cornstarch in a bowl to coat your chicken with. Then transfer to a bowl of beaten eggs. The recipe called for 2 eggs, but I ended up adding an egg. Then you fry your chicken in oil, till well browned. At first I was worried the egg would rinse off the cornstarch, but it made it all very sticky, so be sure to constantly stir your chicken while it’s frying. It will clump together otherwise
You make your sauce with 3/4 cup sugar, 4 tbsp. ketchup, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tsp. garlic salt. It smelled a little funky when I mixed it together, so I was a little nervous about how it would taste. I did the finger dip-and-taste and it was wonderful.
I coated the chicken in the mixture inside a baking dish and place it in your 350* oven for 15 minutes. The recipe said to bake for 15 minutes, stir, then another 15 minutes, but I only did the 15 minutes, stirring halfway through.
I made up some rice and peas and was about to call it dinner. Then I had the brainstorm to add some pineapple. Next time I’ll remember to throw that in prior to baking it. It was so yummy!
The kids ate it, Tony ate it, and I kept nibbling on leftovers! This one goes into the must-try category.
Original pin at http://madeitateitlovedit.blogspot.com/2012/03/sweet-and-sour-chicken.html