One of my most favorite traditions to do as a child was to go over to our friends house a few weeks before Christmas and take walks in the woods near their house in Northern California. The days were short and it was getting darker earlier and the mist from the ocean would move through the pine trees, and although their was no snow, everything was so mystical and magical. Afterwards we would come back to the house and make hot cocoa and Salt Dough Ornaments. Here is the recipe and directions excerpted from I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas.
What fond holiday memories do you have from your childhood?
Salt Dough Ornaments
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling the dough 1 cup salt 1 cup water Rolling pin Cookie cutters (various shapes and sizes) Cookie sheet Toothpick Used yarn or ribbon, cut in 3- to 4-inch lengths Nontoxic glue (optional) Gold and silver glitter (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 250°F.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the water and stir until the dough is well blended, until no traces of flour remain.
3. Knead the dough on a flat surface until smooth, about 8 to 10 minutes. Do not let the dough get too rubbery.
4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. Using the cookie cutters, cut out shapes and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Use the toothpick to make a hole at the top of each ornament, large enough for the yarn or ribbon to fit through and bake for 2 hours.
5. When the ornaments are done, let them cool, slip a piece of yarn or ribbon through each hole, and knot.
6. If you like, draw glue designs on the ornaments and then cover them with glitter. Allow them to dry, then shake off the glitter.