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Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough 2013

Post by Admin on Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:34 am

2013 2013 2013 <span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">If you are a regular reader then you'll know that my son LOVES play dough. I enjoy making my own for lots of reasons - I can control the colour but also I know just what goes into it. I have a <a href="http://craftulate.blogspot.com/2013/01/homemade-play-dough.html" target="_blank">standard recipe</a> that I use and then adapt, but it occurred to me that rather than using food colouring, I could use natural sources of colour.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EBRUqip8x-w/Uh_AGoO7SEI/AAAAAAAAGgc/Jt6D9tlsNrc/s1600/SpiceDoughColl.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="261" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EBRUqip8x-w/Uh_AGoO7SEI/AAAAAAAAGgc/Jt6D9tlsNrc/s400/SpiceDoughColl.jpg" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i style="font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; white-space: normal;"></span></i></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i style="font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; white-space: normal;">This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/" target="_blank">The Spice House</a>. All opinions are my own. Please see my&nbsp;</span><a href="http://craftulate.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-and-disclosure.html" style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgb(255, 94, 153); -webkit-transition: background-color, color 0.2s linear; background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #258bca; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: background-color, color 0.2s linear; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal;" target="_blank" title="Disclosure">disclosure policy</a><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; white-space: normal;">.</span></i></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I explained my concept to Chicago-based <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/" target="_blank">The Spice House</a>. They were absolutely fabulous and sent me a whole stack of spice samples to experiment with. These included:</span><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fFk0JY9w31k/UheufETf-HI/AAAAAAAAGW8/QjSbvbiBIp4/s1600/P1040732.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="230" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fFk0JY9w31k/UheufETf-HI/AAAAAAAAGW8/QjSbvbiBIp4/s320/P1040732.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="320" /></a><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/californian-paprika" target="_blank">Californian Paprika</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/cocoa-powder-natural-and-dutch-processed" target="_blank">Dutched Cocoa Powder</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/organic-turmeric" target="_blank">Ground Turmeric Root</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/mild-yellow-mustard-powder" target="_blank">Mild Mustard Powder</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/mediterranean-rosemary-needles-whole-cracked-needles-and-ground" target="_blank">Ground Rosemary</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/cheddar-cheese-powder" target="_blank">Cheddar Cheese Powder</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/china-tung-hing-cassia-cinnamon-whole-and-ground" target="_blank">Ground Cinnamon</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br />This was an</span><i style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"> amazing </i><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">selection for me to work with! <br /><br />The Spice House stocks an astounding range of herbs and spices. I like to think of myself as something of a foodie but when I see things like </span><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/fennel-pollen" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;" target="_blank">fennel pollen</a><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">, </span><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/whole-ajowan-seed" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;" target="_blank">ajowan seed</a><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">, </span><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/orris-root-powder" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;" target="_blank">orris root powder</a><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"> or </span><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/salt-free-baharat" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;" target="_blank">baharat</a><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"> in their catalogue I feel like a novice!&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/file/misc/ourspices.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><img alt="" border="0" height="158" src="http://www.thespicehouse.com/file/misc/ourspices.jpg" title="Craftulate: The Spice House" width="320" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br />Their <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/" target="_blank">website</a> is really user friendly; you can search alphabetically, by category or cuisine. The Spice House offers all kinds of rubs and seasoning blends, and a wide range of gift ideas too.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/file/misc/gift-box-pile-small.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><img alt="" border="0" height="229" src="http://www.thespicehouse.com/file/misc/gift-box-pile-small.jpg" title="Craftulate: The Spice House" width="320" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br />The Spice House has <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/info/stores.html" target="_blank">stores</a> in Old Town, Chicago; Evanston, IL; Geneva, Il and Milwaukee, WI. But you can <b>order online</b> and <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/info/shipping-information" target="_blank">ship</a> to anywhere in the U.S., Canada or Mexico.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /><u>So let's make some dough!</u></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Here are the ingredients for the basic dough:</span><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">1/2 cup AP flour (plain flour)</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">1/2 cup water</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">2 tbs salt</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">1 tsp cream of tartar</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Herbs and spices (see below)</span></li></ul><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">(Full instructions can be found <a href="http://craftulate.blogspot.com/2013/01/homemade-play-dough.html" target="_blank">here</a>)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I made a batch as above for each powder. These are my suggested quantities of how much of each herb and spice to add:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /><b>Ground Rosemary</b> - 2 tbs</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">This gave the dough a soft green colour and a wonderful woody smell. The ground rosemary didn't mix in completely so the dough has a slightly mottled (not unattractive) colour.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /><b>Mild Mustard Powder</b> - 1-2 tbs</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I didn't really see much change in colour between adding one or two tablespoons. The mustard powder mixed in really well, giving a subtle light yellow colour.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Ground Cinnamon</b> - 1 tbs</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">The cinnamon produced a lovely milky chocolate-coloured dough&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">(pictured below)</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;- and the wonderful warm spicy smell got me in the mood for autumn a few weeks early!&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5RQ7jaTITzc/UheuySElzCI/AAAAAAAAGXE/K1fmCALsiVo/s1600/Cinnamon.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="145" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5RQ7jaTITzc/UheuySElzCI/AAAAAAAAGXE/K1fmCALsiVo/s200/Cinnamon.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="200" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Ground Turmeric</b> - 1.5 tsp</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">The turmeric gave the dough an amazing bright yellow colour and a lovely spicy aroma.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Cocoa Powder</b> - 1-2 tbs</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Plain play dough plus cocoa powder equals <i>Chocolate Play Dough</i>! I think this was the only time I was even vaguely tempted to eat! The cocoa powder was slightly harder to blend than the other powders initially, but after kneading came out fine.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Paprika</b> - 1 tsp</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Paprika is my third favourite smell, so I absolutely loved making this one. It gave such a warm red colour to the dough as well. (First and second favourite smells are chipotle and melting chocolate, in case you were wondering).&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Cheddar Cheese Powder</b> - 1 tbs</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">This was the powder that I was most intrigued to try as I've never worked with it before. It blended really well and despite the brightness of the neat powder it produced a lovely light orange dough. &nbsp;The final result was like a ball of cheese sauce!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--BD9MdclAl4/Uh-_Vu0Kq2I/AAAAAAAAGgM/Jkiw_zp4hCw/s1600/SpiceDough.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="411" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--BD9MdclAl4/Uh-_Vu0Kq2I/AAAAAAAAGgM/Jkiw_zp4hCw/s640/SpiceDough.jpg" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="640" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">One thing I was concerned about was whether the herbs and spices would stain hands or surfaces. After lots of kneading each dough I didn't get any stains on my hands at all.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I pressed all seven doughs onto a pieces of white paper and left them for an hour to see if any colour seeped out. There was a tiny bit of staining from the paprika, turmeric and cheese dough, so you may want to choose your surface carefully for these ones!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I presented the play dough at a playdate, and the kids (and adults!) loved it. I resisted getting out the usual brightly coloured dough accessories (OK, I hid them from F) and instead we used craft sticks, wooden trees and small rocks.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PGU43zzzm48/Uh-6DVBBz4I/AAAAAAAAGfs/ce0atvAzcNQ/s1600/P1040920.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="171" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PGU43zzzm48/Uh-6DVBBz4I/AAAAAAAAGfs/ce0atvAzcNQ/s200/P1040920.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="200" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a3UHj4ItQmA/Uh-6CehwsMI/AAAAAAAAGfk/CKBgHHWhyGo/s1600/P1040932.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="169" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a3UHj4ItQmA/Uh-6CehwsMI/AAAAAAAAGfk/CKBgHHWhyGo/s320/P1040932.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mChaQjIW6qg/Uh-6EJde-CI/AAAAAAAAGfw/2y_TGjEUUJs/s1600/P1040946.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mChaQjIW6qg/Uh-6EJde-CI/AAAAAAAAGfw/2y_TGjEUUJs/s200/P1040946.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="170" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZhNc9SR0tYM/Uh-6Ecj-7OI/AAAAAAAAGf0/YMWnOm1kjvM/s1600/P1040935.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="219" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZhNc9SR0tYM/Uh-6Ecj-7OI/AAAAAAAAGf0/YMWnOm1kjvM/s320/P1040935.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="320" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Favourite doughs were cinnamon and rosemary for the smell, and turmeric for the colour. The mustard was least popular as it didn't have a strong colour or scent.<br /><br />For more information about <b>The Spice House</b>, please see their <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/" target="_blank">website</a> or follow them on <a href="https://twitter.com/TheSpiceHouse" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thespicehouse" target="_blank">Facebook</a>!</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://lesdameschicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/spice-house-logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="133" src="http://lesdameschicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/spice-house-logo.jpg" title="Craftulate: The Spice House" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Here are some other natural dough resources:</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://ourlittlegreendot.com/make-it-homemade-playdough/" target="_blank">Little Green Dot</a> used beetroot powder, spinach powder, pumpkin powder, cocoa powder and hibiscus powder.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.tammysrecipes.com/homemade_play_dough_winter_themed_scents_colors" target="_blank">Tammy's Recipes</a> used flavored teas and oils to make a collection of winter-themed dough.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.minieco.co.uk/natural-dye-for-homemade-playdough/" target="_blank">Minieco</a> used stewed fruit, rose petals and oak tree bark.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2013/09/fall-playdough-recipe.html" target="_blank">Learn Play Imagine</a> used spices and liquid watercolors to make a collection of fall scented dough.</span><br /><br /><i style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; white-space: normal;">This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/" target="_blank">The Spice House</a>. All opinions are my own. Please see my&nbsp;</span><a href="http://craftulate.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-and-disclosure.html" style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgb(255, 94, 153); -webkit-transition: background-color, color 0.2s linear; background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #258bca; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: background-color, color 0.2s linear; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal;" target="_blank" title="Disclosure">disclosure policy</a><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; white-space: normal;">.</span></i><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">If you are a regular reader then you'll know that my son LOVES play dough. I enjoy making my own for lots of reasons - I can control the colour but also I know just what goes into it. I have a <a href="http://craftulate.blogspot.com/2013/01/homemade-play-dough.html" target="_blank">standard recipe</a> that I use and then adapt, but it occurred to me that rather than using food colouring, I could use natural sources of colour.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EBRUqip8x-w/Uh_AGoO7SEI/AAAAAAAAGgc/Jt6D9tlsNrc/s1600/SpiceDoughColl.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="261" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EBRUqip8x-w/Uh_AGoO7SEI/AAAAAAAAGgc/Jt6D9tlsNrc/s400/SpiceDoughColl.jpg" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="400" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i style="font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; white-space: normal;"></span></i></span><br /><a name='more'></a><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i style="font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; white-space: normal;">This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/" target="_blank">The Spice House</a>. All opinions are my own. Please see my&nbsp;</span><a href="http://craftulate.blogspot.com/p/privacy-policy-and-disclosure.html" style="-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgb(255, 94, 153); -webkit-transition: background-color, color 0.2s linear; background-color: white; border: 0px; color: #258bca; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: background-color, color 0.2s linear; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: normal;" target="_blank" title="Disclosure">disclosure policy</a><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; white-space: normal;">.</span></i></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I explained my concept to Chicago-based <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/" target="_blank">The Spice House</a>. They were absolutely fabulous and sent me a whole stack of spice samples to experiment with. These included:</span><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fFk0JY9w31k/UheufETf-HI/AAAAAAAAGW8/QjSbvbiBIp4/s1600/P1040732.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="230" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fFk0JY9w31k/UheufETf-HI/AAAAAAAAGW8/QjSbvbiBIp4/s320/P1040732.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="320" /></a><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/californian-paprika" target="_blank">Californian Paprika</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/cocoa-powder-natural-and-dutch-processed" target="_blank">Dutched Cocoa Powder</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/organic-turmeric" target="_blank">Ground Turmeric Root</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/mild-yellow-mustard-powder" target="_blank">Mild Mustard Powder</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/mediterranean-rosemary-needles-whole-cracked-needles-and-ground" target="_blank">Ground Rosemary</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/cheddar-cheese-powder" target="_blank">Cheddar Cheese Powder</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/china-tung-hing-cassia-cinnamon-whole-and-ground" target="_blank">Ground Cinnamon</a></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br />This was an</span><i style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"> amazing </i><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">selection for me to work with! <br /><br />The Spice House stocks an astounding range of herbs and spices. I like to think of myself as something of a foodie but when I see things like </span><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/fennel-pollen" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;" target="_blank">fennel pollen</a><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">, </span><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/whole-ajowan-seed" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;" target="_blank">ajowan seed</a><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">, </span><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/orris-root-powder" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;" target="_blank">orris root powder</a><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"> or </span><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/spices/salt-free-baharat" style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;" target="_blank">baharat</a><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"> in their catalogue I feel like a novice!&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/file/misc/ourspices.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><img alt="" border="0" height="158" src="http://www.thespicehouse.com/file/misc/ourspices.jpg" title="Craftulate: The Spice House" width="320" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br />Their <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/" target="_blank">website</a> is really user friendly; you can search alphabetically, by category or cuisine. The Spice House offers all kinds of rubs and seasoning blends, and a wide range of gift ideas too.&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/file/misc/gift-box-pile-small.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><img alt="" border="0" height="229" src="http://www.thespicehouse.com/file/misc/gift-box-pile-small.jpg" title="Craftulate: The Spice House" width="320" /></span></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br />The Spice House has <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/info/stores.html" target="_blank">stores</a> in Old Town, Chicago; Evanston, IL; Geneva, Il and Milwaukee, WI. But you can <b>order online</b> and <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/info/shipping-information" target="_blank">ship</a> to anywhere in the U.S., Canada or Mexico.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /><u>So let's make some dough!</u></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Here are the ingredients for the basic dough:</span><br /><ul><li><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">1/2 cup AP flour (plain flour)</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">1/2 cup water</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">2 tbs salt</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">1 tsp cream of tartar</span></li><li><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Herbs and spices (see below)</span></li></ul><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">(Full instructions can be found <a href="http://craftulate.blogspot.com/2013/01/homemade-play-dough.html" target="_blank">here</a>)</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I made a batch as above for each powder. These are my suggested quantities of how much of each herb and spice to add:</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /><b>Ground Rosemary</b> - 2 tbs</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">This gave the dough a soft green colour and a wonderful woody smell. The ground rosemary didn't mix in completely so the dough has a slightly mottled (not unattractive) colour.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /><b>Mild Mustard Powder</b> - 1-2 tbs</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I didn't really see much change in colour between adding one or two tablespoons. The mustard powder mixed in really well, giving a subtle light yellow colour.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Ground Cinnamon</b> - 1 tbs</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">The cinnamon produced a lovely milky chocolate-coloured dough&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">(pictured below)</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;- and the wonderful warm spicy smell got me in the mood for autumn a few weeks early!&nbsp;</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5RQ7jaTITzc/UheuySElzCI/AAAAAAAAGXE/K1fmCALsiVo/s1600/Cinnamon.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="145" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5RQ7jaTITzc/UheuySElzCI/AAAAAAAAGXE/K1fmCALsiVo/s200/Cinnamon.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="200" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Ground Turmeric</b> - 1.5 tsp</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">The turmeric gave the dough an amazing bright yellow colour and a lovely spicy aroma.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Cocoa Powder</b> - 1-2 tbs</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Plain play dough plus cocoa powder equals <i>Chocolate Play Dough</i>! I think this was the only time I was even vaguely tempted to eat! The cocoa powder was slightly harder to blend than the other powders initially, but after kneading came out fine.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Paprika</b> - 1 tsp</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Paprika is my third favourite smell, so I absolutely loved making this one. It gave such a warm red colour to the dough as well. (First and second favourite smells are chipotle and melting chocolate, in case you were wondering).&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Cheddar Cheese Powder</b> - 1 tbs</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">This was the powder that I was most intrigued to try as I've never worked with it before. It blended really well and despite the brightness of the neat powder it produced a lovely light orange dough. &nbsp;The final result was like a ball of cheese sauce!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--BD9MdclAl4/Uh-_Vu0Kq2I/AAAAAAAAGgM/Jkiw_zp4hCw/s1600/SpiceDough.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="411" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--BD9MdclAl4/Uh-_Vu0Kq2I/AAAAAAAAGgM/Jkiw_zp4hCw/s640/SpiceDough.jpg" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="640" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">One thing I was concerned about was whether the herbs and spices would stain hands or surfaces. After lots of kneading each dough I didn't get any stains on my hands at all.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">I pressed all seven doughs onto a pieces of white paper and left them for an hour to see if any colour seeped out. There was a tiny bit of staining from the paprika, turmeric and cheese dough, so you may want to choose your surface carefully for these ones!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I presented the play dough at a playdate, and the kids (and adults!) loved it. I resisted getting out the usual brightly coloured dough accessories (OK, I hid them from F) and instead we used craft sticks, wooden trees and small rocks.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PGU43zzzm48/Uh-6DVBBz4I/AAAAAAAAGfs/ce0atvAzcNQ/s1600/P1040920.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="171" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PGU43zzzm48/Uh-6DVBBz4I/AAAAAAAAGfs/ce0atvAzcNQ/s200/P1040920.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="200" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a3UHj4ItQmA/Uh-6CehwsMI/AAAAAAAAGfk/CKBgHHWhyGo/s1600/P1040932.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="169" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-a3UHj4ItQmA/Uh-6CehwsMI/AAAAAAAAGfk/CKBgHHWhyGo/s320/P1040932.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mChaQjIW6qg/Uh-6EJde-CI/AAAAAAAAGfw/2y_TGjEUUJs/s1600/P1040946.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mChaQjIW6qg/Uh-6EJde-CI/AAAAAAAAGfw/2y_TGjEUUJs/s200/P1040946.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="170" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZhNc9SR0tYM/Uh-6Ecj-7OI/AAAAAAAAGf0/YMWnOm1kjvM/s1600/P1040935.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="219" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZhNc9SR0tYM/Uh-6Ecj-7OI/AAAAAAAAGf0/YMWnOm1kjvM/s320/P1040935.JPG" title="Craftulate: Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough" width="320" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Favourite doughs were cinnamon and rosemary for the smell, and turmeric for the colour. The mustard was least popular as it didn't have a strong colour or scent.<br /><br />For more information about <b>The Spice House</b>, please see their <a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/" target="_blank">website</a> or follow them on <a href="https://twitter.com/TheSpiceHouse" target="_blank">Twitter</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thespicehouse" target="_blank">Facebook</a>!</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://lesdameschicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/spice-house-logo.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" border="0" height="133" src="http://lesdameschicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/spice-house-logo.jpg" title="Craftulate: The Spice House" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Here are some other natural dough resources:</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://ourlittlegreendot.com/make-it-homemade-playdough/" target="_blank">Little Green Dot</a> used beetroot powder, spinach powder, pumpkin powder, cocoa powder and hibiscus powder.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.tammysrecipes.com/homemade_play_dough_winter_themed_scents_colors" target="_blank">Tammy's Recipes</a> used flavored teas and oils to make a collection of winter-themed dough.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.minieco.co.uk/natural-dye-for-homemade-playdough/" target="_blank">Minieco</a> used stewed fruit, rose petals and oak tree bark.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.learnplayimagine.com/2013/09/fall-playdough-recipe.html" target="_blank">Learn Play Imagine</a> used spices and liquid watercolors to make a collection of fall scented dough.</span><br /><br /><i style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif; font-weight: bold; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="background-color: white; font-weight: normal; line-height: 22px; white-space: normal;">This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thespicehouse.com/" target="_blank">The Spice House</a>. 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