From monthly contributor, Daniele, from Domestic Serenity
With the upcoming holidays, I plan to be in the kitchen much more than normal…cooking for our get-togethers, and making some homemade food gifts. I look forward to including the kiddos in all the fun, but food isn’t the only thing to make.
We’ll do a brown sugar hand scrub for teacher gifts, and try our hands at lip balm too.
Today, I’ll share a great ‘craft in the kitchen’ that’s super easy to mix, and makes your house smell deliciously yummy!
Preschoolers and young children can measure and stir up ingredients, and since no cooking is required, it’s simple for Mom. My boys and I recently whipped up a batch of this pumpkin pie salt dough.
We cut out leaf-shaped ornaments, and tried out some cookie molds. And used up plenty of flour!
Pumpkin Pie Spice Salt Dough
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup salt
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 – 3 T pumpkin pie spice
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add the water slowly, mixing thoroughly all the while. If the mixture is too sticky to use, feel free to add more flour – you won’t be eating it.
Now, the dough is ready for shaping!
After cutting out shapes, use a small straw to cut out a hole for hanging (if wanted, we actually skipped this step).
Then place ornaments on parchment paper and bake for 1 – 1.5 hours at 225 degrees. The oven time depends on the thickness of your shapes, but you’ll know all is ready when they are rock solid with no softness or bending.
Then, the real fun begins….
Decorate your ornaments! We painted ours with glue, and topped them with glitter, and I think my boys liked the results.
A simple and fun craft for the fall season.
Daniele Evans of Domestic Serenity is simply a woman on a journey towards intentional living. She’s wife to her best friend, a bi-vocational pastor and educator, and homeschooling Mom of five incredible kiddos. She hopes to encourage the hearts of Christian women to care for their souls while they care for their homes and family.
In light of this vision, she authored the ebook Honoring the Rhythm of Rest, gently challenging busy women to adopt an alternative to rat-race living.
Daniele reviews educational products for The Curriculum Choice and is also a contributing writer to The Better Mom, The Marathon Mom and Home Educating Family magazine. In her local area of central PA, Daniele speaks at women’s Bible studies and leads a writing & speaking mentoring group for women. Yet, the roles she cherishes most are the ones centered around home. She and her family attempt to live out their days with grace, and to laugh lots! Whatever she’s doing, Daniele believes it’s all more enjoyable with a cup of hot tea in hand!