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Best Clay Dough Ornament Recipe

This is the best clay dough to make ornament and shapes I ever made. Nothing like the salt dough this looks so much better! Hardens perfectly.

I can't begin to tell you the ease of this recipe and the fun memories we made together. This clay dough is the best to work with for any projects with the kids.

When I was a little girl we made salt dough. I promise you this is better than that. This is the best clay dough I ever made to make ornaments. The  clay dough bakes smoother and perfect for molding and using a craved rolling pin or cookie cutters! Fast, easy fun project for the kids. 

Our grandson Antonio had such a good time making all kinds of animal shapes, pumpkins, trees, the list goes on and on. It kept him busy for hours and he really got quite creative.
This was my first project with him,
he is 3 years old. 

 If it'starts to get a little dry just add a few drops of water and it's all soft and perfect to play with again! If it sticky use more corn starch.

Great job Antonio! Grandma loves you!

Best Clay Dough Ornament Recipe EVER

3/4 cup water
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda

You will also need:

Food coloring
paring knife
cookie cutters any shapes for animals, holiday etc.
parchment paper
baking sheet
small round straws

Optional:  fancy ribbon to match the theme for hanging, paints and paint brushes, glitter glue, buttons, hot glue gun. (Found at craft stores)

Preheat oven to 175 degrees.

Place water, cornstarch and baking soda in a small saucepan.  Boil until dough forms it gets thick fast! About 1 minute stirring until it holds together.

Remove from heat place on a kneading board, cool a few minutes until easy for you to handle. 

Keep it covered with a wet towel. If too sticky add more cornstarch starts to dry out add water to your hands.

Separate into two balls while still warm, if using  colored dough. You can leave this white and paint them later.  Add food coloring of choice and knead into each ball. 

We made some for pumpkins with red and yellow food coloring added to the dough, then the other ball is green for Christmas trees.

Roll out dough, cut into shapes, score with lines with a paring knife on the pumpkin. Make a hole with a straw for hanging the ornaments later.

Bake at at 175 degree oven for around an hour or until all the wet spots on the piece you bake is gone. Cool completely then place pretty ribbon in the hole for hanging. Have fun, get creative. Paint them after they are cooled. Use your imagination.  Make memories that last a life time! Enjoy!!

Italian Beef and Bean Soup Recipe

Italian beef and bean soup really hits the spot on a chilly day!

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Try some warm apple cider for a warm up
with this delicious soup!
 Don't forget to add long shredded Romano cheese to sprinkle on top!
 Italian Beef and Bean Soup Recipe

1 pound of cubed beef ( I use sirloin, stew meat, chuck or other steak meat cut into cubes)
28 ounce can of petite tomatoes or 6 plum tomatoes chopped fine
1 cup green beans
3 cups navy beans
4 cloves minced garlic
olive oil
8 cups of water
1 teaspoon each oregano, basil, granulated garlic,
1 cup sliced carrots
1 stalk finely diced celery
Optional: red pepper flakes
1 cup cooked macaroni / pastine of choice to package instructions ( I used Orzo)

In a large soup pot, saute 3 tablespoons olive oil with minced garlic, add the meat. Keep stirring until all the pink is gone. Add the tomatoes, beans, vegetables and any other ingredients you like. Stir in the water and seasonings. Simmer around an hour or until the soup is around 2 inches lower from the top.
Cook macaroni of choice, add to the soup. Serve with shredded Romano cheese and red pepper if using.

Mom's Scratch Anisette Cake Recipe

My family loves anisette cake and always used it in cookies, cakes and I loved the smell of it!


This is a cake that was amazing to us on Sunday dinners with the family that mom made many times. Either you love anisette cake or hate it, Italian or not! 

"Thanks for stopping by!"
Ciao, Claudia

Mom's Scratch Anisette Cake Recipe

2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup butter 
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups milk whole
2 to 3 teaspoons anise extract (or Sambuca but this won't leave as strong as a taste of anise)
1 tablespoon vanilla
pinch of salt

Heavily grease a bundt or tube pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Cream the sugar and butter for at least 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the milk, eggs, flavorings. Beat the flour in next with all the rest of the ingredients for two minutes. 
Pour into the prepared pan, bake around 45 minutes or until the toothpick comes clean. Cool either dust with powdered sugar or use a thin drizzle of powdered sugar and water frosting over the top.
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