The recipe is as follows for anyone who is interested.
2 cups flour
2 cups water
2 T oil
2 T powdered alum
1 cup salt
2 T vanilla (this is an improvement for the smell sency 20 years ago)
Mix all dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until reaching the consistency of dry mashed potatoes. Remove from heat, let cool enough to knead. Add vanilla and food coloring while Kneading. The dough can be separated to make different colors. Store in ziploc bags in fridge, can last a long time without drying out.