Thursday, October 3, 2013

Bring on the doh!

Throughout the past year, Mike and I have become incredibly educated on gluten-free diets. Charlotte's celiac diagnosis last year had a bit of a learning curve, but wasn't as difficult as some may think.

At times, we have been surprised to find certain items to contain gluten that we wouldn't have thought would. Licorice, multi-vitamins, laundry detergent, diaper rash cream, salad dressings...just to name a few.

One particularly concerning item for a 3-year-old is play-doh. Charlotte is unable to use regular old play-doh. There is a big warning on the back of the package saying it contains wheat and if she were to get it under her finger nails, and then put her hand in her mouth, she would get sick. Instead, we have to make or buy gluten-free doh.

Her fantastic preschool and preschool teachers have gone above and beyond researching and making gluten-free play-doh for her classroom (even purchasing a bin full of dedicated "gluten-free" cooking items and ingredients, including a new pan and utensils). However, so far the recipes they have used have turned out pretty sticky.

So we decided to try the pre-made stuff. I ordered a pail of it to bring to preschool next week, but the girls wanted to try it out this afternoon first. 

It was a hit. Smelled a little funny, but had the same consistency. Now if only we could find a good recipe to make it, I am sure it would be a bit cheaper. Anyone know of a good one?

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