the Pineapple Express & Peanut Butter Play dough

A weather system nicknamed the Pineapple Express hit the west coast Wednesday night. School was canceled Thursday, and my cell phone pinged about a dozen times with flash flood, high wind, and pouring rain warnings. Sometime Wednesday night the power went out and stayed out for about 10 hours (?) possibly longer, coming back around noon on Thursday.

Breakfast at 6 am by candle light.
Breakfast by candle light at 6:00 in the morning.

Thankfully, we had some notice of the impending deluge. Our part of Sebastopol regularly gets stuck without power, so Wednesday morning while the boys were at school, I gathered candles, double checked the batteries in the lanterns and flashlights. To help pass the time as we waited out the worst of the downpour, I found some edible play-dough recipes — why edible? Why not?

The honey got cold so it took longer to pour.
All the things

I wasn’t totally thrilled with any of the recipes I came across, so I took the two most common variations and made my own.

Peanut Butter Play-dough

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

What to do:

  • Dump in bowl, mix with wooden spoon until it has a play-dough like consistency.

IMG_0369The play dough kept them occupied on-and-off between bursts of creative play (train building in the living room), and getting out of the house for lunch (thankfully some parts of town had power).

Patrick consumed most of his play dough — the rest was thrown out after he dunked it in his water. Oliver’s was played with to bits that ended up all over the table, chairs and floor.

High fun factor, great flavor, pain in the back to scrape out of tile grout. I’ll keep this recipe on hand, but it’ll take another deluge to convince me to make it again.

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