Cinnamon Ornaments

Cinnamon Ornaments

So it’s day four? five? six? of unending heat. This joyful heatwave is seriously taking a toll on our sense of well-being around here. Our general routine is post-breakfast play time outside and then another afternoon adventure outside whether it be a walk to the mailbox or riding bikes to watch the horses or simply sidewalk chalk. Whatever it is, it’s as my Grandma George said: “Go outside and blow off the stink”. When it’s so hot we can’t go outside for extended play safely? Insert EVER distressed emoji here! (Also: why did we come home from the beach? WHY?!?!)

While I eagerly anticipate the “cooler” temperatures that Rich Luterman promised last night on the 10 o’clock news, I do recognize I HAVE to do something to keep the toddler entertained indoors. We’re getting pretty tired of playing tractors and trains. Ok, I’m getting tired of playing tractors and trains. This morning we decided to do a little “Christmas in July” action complete with Frank Sinatra’s rendition of Jingle Bells. It bought us an hour or so of no fits or whining. I don’t know about you but I call that a success.

I had to modify the recipe ever so slightly because we were just a bit short on ingredients. The whole thing is very simple, really. It’s three ingredients (or in my case four). Here’s the recipe:

  •  4 ounces of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of apple sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of glue

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I was short a half an ounce of cinnamon so I made up the difference with pumpkin pie spice. It goes without saying (but unfortunately sometimes it must be said), given the fact there’s glue in the recipe, these aren’t edible.

Just measure the ingredients, mix them all up and get rollin’. I rolled mine a little bit too thin. I rolled out to about a quarter inch but I think a half an inch is probably wise. These are thin and likely a bit fragile. They also curled a little bit as they dried.

Once they were rolled, we used different Salem Studio cookie cutters to cut outlines. Once they were arranged on the cookie sheets, we punched a hole for hanging in the top with a straw. Then we pressed the impressions into the ornament “cookies”.

It was an awesome change of pace– no dough chilling and no sticking. The nature of the recipe doesn’t make it sticky at all. The impressions were clear and distinct and not a single one stuck.

After we rolled out ornaments (and the remnant dough was used as PlayDoh… for quite some time….), we put the sheet trays into the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 hours. Of course, you can always let them air dry for two to three days but I have an almost-three year old. The patience for that doesn’t exist. In hindsight, the trays could’ve gone out onto the deck in the sunshine. If it’s 93 degrees outside, I’m sure in direct sunlight it would be plenty hot to dry the ornaments. Again though, opening the patio door would’ve been an invitation for kiddo to make a break for it.

If I get brave, maybe we’ll hit these with some glitter glue… though since it can’t be done outdoors, maybe it’s not brave. It may just be foolish.

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What are your favorite ways to pass the hot days?

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