It’s President’s Day! Often on minor federal holidays, my wonderful wife works. So – I trade the nanny a day off for a future evening of babysitting and spend the day with the kids.
Today we saw dinosaurs at the local nature & science museum, then came home for lunch.
One of the moments when I feel most like a super-parent is when I’m cooking while my kids play with play-dough in the kitchen. It’s so cheap and engaging, and I feel like I’m helping our family run at the same time.
Since I mentioned that I’m working on being better with finances and family logistics, I thought I’d share the recipes.
- Play Dough: 15 min to make, costs less than $1.
- Pizza: 30-45 min to make, costs about $4.
Play Dough Recipe
Thank you DomesticSuperhero.com.
- In a saucepan, mix 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of water, 2x teaspoons of cream of tarter, 1/3 cup of salt, and 1x tablespoon of vegetable oil
- Heat over low heat while stirring
- As it starts to thicken, add food coloring
- Remove from heat when thick and no longer wet
- Store in an airtight container (like a ziplock bag), and it should last for months
Simple Pizza Sauce: thank you Allrecipes.com
- Stir together 1.5 cups of water, 1x 6oz can of tomato paste, and 2 – 4 tablespoons of olive oil; mix with a whisk or fork
- Add 2x cloves of minced garlic
- Add 0.5 teaspoon each of rosemary, oregano, and basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
Fun fact: “Italian seasoning” in the store usually consists of oregano, rosemary, and marjoram. The garlic is optional, or can be substituted for garlic powder. Sauce tastes better if you store it in the refrigerator for a few hours before cooking. Total cost should be less than $1.
Simple Dough Recipe: Unfortunately, all internet sites I could find make this really complicated–so I’m just writing down what I normally do.
- Mix 1.5 cups of flour, 1.5 cups of warm-but-not-uncomfortably-hot water, and 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of yeast
- Can work well to do this a few hours before making the pizza. If not, just pause for 5 minutes after this step
- Stir in 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of salt and 1.5 cups of flour
- Add extra flour as you knead or roll into a pizza shape on parchment paper
Note: the proportions should stay pretty constant, but this is flexible for any size pizza you want. We buy our flour at Sam’s Club in the 25lb bags–so the total cost for the dough is less than fifty-cents.
- Preheat oven and pizza stone to 450-degrees
- If you don’t have a pizza stone, preheat a cookie sheet
- Add sauce, cheese, and toppings
- Cook for 10-12 minutes
So – with cheese and toppings, total cost will be less than $4 – 5.
Both of these are pretty basic–but also give us a lot of joy. Would love to hear your tips for engaging, cheap super-parenting activities the kids!