Feeling quite the festive mood this year. However, whenever I bake, I later remember why I hardly bake. I don’t like baking. For me, it’s messy, time consuming, and somewhat impractical in my kitchen. For example, I could only bake six gingerbread men in the oven at one time. But anyway, they are almost done!
Christmas is two days away. Want to have something cute and personal to hang on your tree? Make these lovely Santa hand ornaments out of salt dough with your children. And if you have toddler children, this is a fun way to explore those sensory skills by having them make the dough with you. Let them squish their fingers and hands into the dough. After when you’re done baking and painting them, make sure to seal the ornaments with a good sealant to protect from bugs.
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Combine ingredients and knead dough for 15-20 minutes.
2. Roll dough out. Press child’s hand into dough and cut around the hand. Make a small hole for the hanger.
3. Bake for about 40 minutes or until golden. You may have to bake longer depending on how thick the ornaments are. They will harden as they cool.
4. Paint and decorate as desired. Seal the paint with a sealant to keep bugs away.
Makes about 5 toddler-sized hand ornaments.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Christmas Eve dinners usually comprise of a turkey, a ham, and various sides such as mashed potatoes and yams. And since being here in Germany, I’ve experienced fondue and raclette for Christmas as well. However, this year, I felt like I needed a bit of comfort food, food that I miss and truly enjoy. So I decided to make pan-fried salmon with hoisin sauce, green beans with oyster sauce, and fried wontons with sweet chili sauce. It was almost like being home.
So whatever you may be eating for Christmas, I hope it will be wonderful and delicious. Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!