This is the mountain I look at off my front porch every morning. It's lovely :)
So, because Christmas is getting nearer and a lot of you (and me too) will be getting your trees soon, I thought I would share a couple recipes of a different sort today.
These recipes will make ornaments for your tree! How fun is that?
1 cup salt
1 cup really hot water
4 cups (or so) of flour
Mix the salt and hot water together and let sit about 5 minutes so the salt starts to dissolve. Add the flour gradually, using a mixer is best here it gets really hard to mix by hand, until it is no longer sticky. Put it in a zip top bag at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Roll it out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Poke holes with a straw or toothpick and bake in a 275 degree oven for 4 hours, or until completely dry. After they have completely cooled, you can decorate them with paint or glitter.
Also, while you are mixing these, you can add food coloring or glitter to the dough if you want to skip the painting step at the end.
1 cup cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1 Tablespoon white glue
Mix it all together and knead it well. Sprinkle your counter with cinnamon and roll them out to 1/8 of an inch thickness. Alternately, you could roll them out between waxed paper. Be sure to poke a hole with a straw before you let them air dry for 24 hours. Paint, glitter, etc and hang from ribbon or thick thread.
Both of these ornaments look cute on a tree or to use as a gift tag.