DePhoMo5: What I’m craving


My favorite sandwich ever: salami (or artichoke heart), mozzarella, and pepper pesto panini at cafe Limelight in downtown Santa Cruz. It’s delicious. So is their balsamic vinaigrette.


A Happy Moment

DePhoMo #2

Yogurt with strawberries and a decorated Christmas tree

Why is this a happy moment, you ask?

For one, a decorated tree in our home makes me even more excited for Christmas and spending time with family.

Two – I’m eating yogurt (my favorite yogurt – Strauss European Whole Milk Vanilla Yogurt served with thawed frozen strawberries because they aren’t in season). This is a big deal because I’m finally, after 11 weeks of feeling yucky, saying goodbye to the annoying “morning” sickness  (almost 17 weeks along!) and able to eat some real food – even if I still have food aversions to meat and vegetables.

Salt Dough VS. Cornstarch Clay

As part of my holiday craft to-do list, I decided to try and make ornaments/gift tags this year. Not wanting to go to the store and get any special ingredients, I was able to make a batch of salt dough and a batch of corn starch clay. I will also cheat and use this as part of my December Photo Month (DePhoMo) entry; one photo, every day.

Corn Starch Clay Recipe:

(There are a lot of different variations of the same recipe, and for the life of me, I can not find the exact recipe I used)

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  1. Combine ingredients in large sauce pan and stir until dough is thick and can no longer be stirred (takes 5-10 minutes)
  2. Dump onto parchment paper or flat surface to cool
  3. Knead until smooth once dough has cooled enough to do so
  4. Mold into shapes or roll out and cut shapes out with cookie cutters

Salt Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups flour
  1. Blend ingredients until flour and salt is well incorporated
  2. Take out of bowl and knead until smooth
  3. Mold into shapes or roll out and cut shapes out with cookie cutters

(Check out Katy Elliot for some pretty ideas!)

Now onto the comparisons:

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