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Salt Dough Activity


Salt Dough Ornaments

As this Holiday Season is upon us, I know I am always looking for activities to do with my children.

Whether it  is enjoying the winter weather outside or making holiday treats in the kitchen, I like to try to come up with some non-food related activities!!

I found a number of Salt-Dough recipes and ideas on the internet!  NOT FOR EATING but for decorating, these are a fun, easy, hands on kitchen activity you can do with children of all ages!


How to make salt dough:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Up to 1 1/2 cup of warm water (add gradually)
  • Straw or toothpick to make hole for hanging
  • Yarn, ribbon or string



Combine the salt and flour then pour in the water gradually, stopping when it has become dough-like and not too sticky. There should be no residue left on your fingers when you touch it. Knead it on a floured surface for a few minutes to make it soft, workable and stretchy, like you would with any dough.

You may add color to the dough by mixing food coloring into the water before adding it to the flour/salt mix.

Choose a range of cookie cutter shapes and simply cut straight from the dough.  Poke a straw through the centre, near the top, of each shape so that a ribbon can be threaded through later.

Lay them on some greaseproof or baking paper and on a baking tray. Cook them on a VERY low heat (250 degrees F) for up to 3 hours. If the shapes are over 1cm thick then they will probably need to be turned over during cooking.

It is VERY important not to have the oven on too high. This will cause the salt dough to bubble up and fill with air, as essentially it is being cooked. What you are really aiming for is to dry them out thoroughly, over a slow period of time.

Let the “ornaments” cool completely. Then paint using acrylic paints and decorate them as you like. Makes about 2 dozen pieces, but please do not eat them! These are for decorative purposes only.

To see more info on salt dough click here.




Turkey Teriyaki Sliders…and they’re Gluten Free!




Gluten Free Barbeque Recipe! See the cookbook below for other great allergy-friendly recipes for families. Make these for your Memorial Day Barbeque!

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Allergy-Friendly Food for Families

Allergy-Friendly Food for Families

by Editors of Kiwi Magazine

Allergy-Friendly Food for Families is a trustworthy, comprehensive, practical, and kid-friendly collection of recipes that covers the five most common allergens in kids: wheat, dairy, eggs, nuts, and soy. Each of the 120 recipes is free of at least three of these allergens; most are free of all five.

These fun-size burgers are perfect for party guests. They’re tasty and wholesome but leave room for cake. The tamari and ginger give them a nice extra kick that’s appealing to kids and adults alike.


  • 1 Pound 93 percent lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 Cup panko, fine dry bread crumbs, or gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoon finely chopped scallions, white and green parts
  • 1 Tablespoon wheat-free tamari
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Teaspoon minced fresh ginger, or 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon canola oil or sesame oil
  • 8 whole-grain slider-size buns or gluten-free slider-size buns


Step 1:

In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, bread crumbs, scallions, tamari, garlic, and ginger. Mix well. Shape into 8 small patties.

Step 2:

Heat the canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the patties (in 2 batches, if necessary) and cook, turning once, for about 15 minutes total, until no longer pink. An instantread thermometer should register 165°F when inserted into the patties. These also can be grilled. If grilling, brush the patties with sesame oil before placing on the grill.

Step 3:

Place on cocktail buns and serve with condiments of your choice.

Are You Eating As A Family???


With kids being as busy as ever…I find that one of the hardest things to do is to find time to eat together as a family. The problem is that when we lose this structure in our household, it usually means that we  also lose a healthy home cooked meal. It’s easy to rely on fast food, pizza, hoagies, etc.. or it becomes a free for all and everyone just fends for themselves.  Believe me…I get it!  We are an extremely busy household and between sports, religious school, music lessons and a million other activities…we truly have to make it a priority to all sit down at the table for a meal together. Sometimes it might not happen until 8:00 at night!

Studies show that the more often that families eat together, the less likely their kids are to smoke, drink, get depressed, develop eating disorders and consider suicide, and the more like they are to do well in school, delay having sex, eat their vegetables, learn big words and use table manners.,9171,1200760,00.html#ixzz1dzXCSH3s

I think it’s safe to say our children learn from us…We provide the majority of the influence!

Even if they don’t realize it, our kids learn from what we do…the good and the bad!!

Having your kids come with you to go food shopping, helping out with meal preparation and all sitting down together at the table is a great way for you to interact and share with your kids.

In turn – your children will also learn to make healthy choices and be better eaters while they are in school and out with friends.  As they become more independent…they can use these skills while they are food shopping, eating out, and preparing their own foods at home.