Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ladybug Snack

"You'll Need:

1 english muffin cream cheese red food coloring raisins

Procedures : Color the cream cheese with the red food coloring. Spread the colored cream cheese onto the muffin half, add black raisin dots and eat the delicious lady bug"

Kitty Litter Cake

"You'll Need:

1 spice or german chocolate cake mix 1 white cake mix 1 pkg white sandwich cookies 1 large pkg vanilla instant pudding mix green food coloring 12 small tootsie rolls 1 NEW kitty litter box 1 NEW kitty litter box plastic liner 1 NEW pooper scooper

Procedures : Prepare the cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans). Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in blender, they tend to stick, so scrape often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix using a fork or shake in a jar. When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. You probably won't need all of the pudding, mix with the cake and ""feel"" it, you don't want it soggy, just moist; gently combine. Line a new, clean kitty litter box. Put the mixture into litter box. Put three unwrapped tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more tootsie rolls and bury in mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over the top, this is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter. Heat remaining tootsie rolls, 3 at a time in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with cookie crumbs. If you'd like, spread 5 of the remaining tootsie rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box; sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs. Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around. Serve with a *new* pooper scoope"

Juice Snow Cones

"You'll Need:

juice salad shooter blender processor or other ice shredding mechanism

Procedures : Freeze the juice in ice cube trays. Take about 4 to 6 ice cubes (per cup). Put through salad shooter, or shredder and instant healthy snow cones"

Juice Jigglers

"You'll Need:

nonstick cooking spray 1- 1/2 tbl. unflavored gelatin 3/4 cup water 1 (6oz) can frozen apple juice concentrate

Procedures : Very lightly coat a 9"" x 5"" loaf pan. Soften gelatin in water in a saucepan for 5 minutes. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat. Add frozen apple juice concentrate; mix well. Pour into pan. Cover and refrigerate. Chill until set, about 2-3 hours. Cut into one inch cubes and serve as a snack"

Hot Dog Clowns

"You'll Need:

hot dogs ketchup mustard

Procedures : After cooking your hotdogs, cut them into bite-size pieces and arrange at the top of a plate to make the clowns ""hair"". Then using catsup and mustard (whatever your child will eat) ""draw"" eyes, a nose, and a mouth. My daughter will even add eyebrows. Then the child simply dips the hotdog in the catsup or mustard to eat. This is so simple, but the first time I did it for the kids, they got such a kick out of it that they requested their hotdogs like this all the time"

Ghosts in the Graveyard

"You'll Need:

1 pkg. (16 oz.) chocolate sandwich cookies 3 1/2 cups cold milk 2 pkg. (4-serving size)chocolate flavor Instant Pudding 1 tub (12 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed

Procedures : Crush the cookies in zipper-style plastic bag with rolling pin or in food processor. Pour cold milk into large bowl. Add pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk 2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in 3 cups of the whipped topping and 1/2 of the crushed cookies. Spoon into 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining crushed cookies. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to serve. Store leftover dessert in refrigerator. To Decorate Graveyard: Decorate assorted cookies with decorator icings to make ""tombstones."" Stand ""tombstones"" on top of dessert with candy corn and pumpkins. Drop dollops of remaining whipped topping onto dessert to make ghosts. BOO Cups: Layer pudding mixture and remaining crushed cookies in 12 to 16 paper or plastic cups. Decorate as desired"

Gelatin Jigglers

"You'll Need:

2-1/2 cups boiling water or apple juice (Do not add cold water) 2 (8-serving) pkg. Gelatin Dessert, any flavor; OR 4 (4-serving) pkg. Gelatin Dessert, any flavor

Procedures : Stir boiling water into gelatin in large bowl at least 3 minutes until completely dissolved. Pour into 13x9-inch pan. Refrigerate at least 3 hours or until firm (does not stick to finger when touched). Dip bottom of pan in warm water about 15 seconds. Cut into decorative shapes with cookie cutters all the way through gelatin or cut into 1-inch squares. Lift from pan"

Flower Pot Dirt Cake

"You'll Need:

1 (20oz) pkg. oreo cookies 1 cup powdered sugar 2 (3-1/2oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix 3 cups milk 1 (8oz) pkg. cream cheese 1/2 stick margarine or butter 1 (12oz) container whipped topping

Procedures : Remove the middles from the oreo cookies. Crush the cookies in food processor and separate into three equal parts. Cream the butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and the oreo middles. In a separate bowl mix the whipped topping, milk and pudding mix. Combine the two mixtures and mix well. In an 8"" flower pot (clay pots not recommended) layer the crushed cookies (white mixture, cookies, white mix, crushed cookies). Be sure to cover the top entirely with the crushed cookies. Place a silk flower in the middle and decorate with a few gummy worms. Serve with a garden trowel"

Fish Bowls

"You'll Need:

blue jello gummy fish clear plastic cups.

Procedures : Make blue jello according to the directions on the box. Pour into clear plastic cups. Let them cool in the refrigerator until partially set - about an hour. When they're partially set, place a few gummy fish in each cup. Put them in the refrigerator until they're completely set. Eat and enjoy! Frozen fish-Popsicle's: (just freeze the jello in popsicle molds - add the gummy fish when they are partially set - unmold very gently when entirely frozen"

Edible Garden

"You'll Need:

a pound cake or other loaf-shaped cake (homemade or store-bought) chocolate frosting ladyfingers chocolate wafer cookies sugar gumdrops green toothpicks.

Procedures : PREPARE THE FLOWER BED: Ice the top and sides of the pound cake with chocolate frosting. Then trim the top of each ladyfinger into a point to resemble a fence picket. Gently press the pickets against the frosted sides of the loaf cake. Seal a handful of chocolate wafer cookies in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Sprinkle the crumb ""soil"" on top of the loaf cake. PLANT A ROW OF TULIPS: Sprinkle sugar onto waxed paper. Roll the gumdrops to a 1/4-inch thickness using a rolling pin on the waxed paper surface. With kitchen scissors, cut notches in the tops of the flattened gumdrops to create tulip shapes. Insert a toothpick stem into the base of each blossom. Make a pair of leaves for each tulip by trimming flattened green gumdrops into teardrop shapes. Spear the base of each leaf with the toothpick stem and push it halfway up the stem. Now plant the tulips in the cake. For a fun finishing touch, sprinkle coconut tinted with green food coloring around the garden to resemble grass"

Earth Bowl

"You'll Need:

1 (4 oz.) pkg. raspberry gelatin dessert 1 (4 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla pudding 1 (8 oz.) pkg. black cherry gelatin dessert 4 cups boiling water (can be boiled and kept hot in thermos) 4 cups cold water 3 mixing bowls 12 graham crackers 1/2 cup melted margarine 1/4 cup granulated sugar 10"" diameter clear glass bowl

Procedures : Make the gelatin desserts in separate bowls and according to the directions on the side of the box. Put in refrigerator to set. Have the children crush the graham crackers into fine crumbs. This can be done by putting the crackers in a zip-lock bag and having the children pound the bag until the crackers are in very fine crumbs. Mix the graham cracker crumbs with the melted margarine and granulated sugar. Press the mixture on the bottom and along the sides of the glass bowl to form a crust. Set aside. After two hours the gelatin will set. Spoon the black cherry into the graham cracker crust. Form it so that there is about a five inch pocket in the middle. Next, spoon in the lemon gelatin, leaving a two inch hole. Into this center, spoon the raspberry gelatin. Allow time for each child to take a look at the Earth Bowl and discuss its layers. Important Concepts: (1) In the Earth Bowl the graham cracker crust represents the earth's crust which is about 20 miles deep; the black cherry is the mantle (4,000 miles deep); the lemon gelatin is the outer core (2,200 miles deep); and the raspberry gelatin is the inner core (800 miles deep). (2) Although the Earth Bowl is made of cool gelatin, the center of the earth is actually extremely hot. (3) In the kitchen the Earth Bowl took only a few hours to make; in actuality the earth took 5 billion years to form."

Cinnamon Toast Fingers

"You'll Need:

2 slices bread butter 1 tbl. sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon

Procedures : Toast the bread. Cut each into four strips. Butter each strip. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar on the toast strips. Put under broiler (or in a toaster oven) until sugar melts"

Chocolate Spiders

"You'll Need:

1 (12oz) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 5-1/4 oz. mini marshmallows (half a bag) waxed paper thin licorice whips ( black, brown or purple)

Procedures : Melt the chocolate in either microwave or double boiler until just melted. Stir until smooth. Add marshmallows. Place by spoonfuls on waxed paper. Decorate with licorice ""legs"". Let dry. Spiders set much faster if put in the freezer for just a few minutes"

Chocolate Covered Bananas

"You'll Need:

4 bananas 1 (12oz) package chocolate chips

Procedures : Peel bananas. Cut each banana in half crosswise. Put popsicle stick into flat cut end of each banana half. Place bananas on cookie sheet and put into freezer. Freeze until bananas are firm (about 1 hour). Melt chocolate chips in medium size skillet over low heat. Turn off heat after chocolate chips are melted. Or put chocolate chips in glass baking dish and heat at low LOW power in the microwave oven for about 1 minute. Roll frozen bananas in melted chocolate chips until banana is coated with chocolate. After each banana is coated with chocolate, put it back on cookie sheet. Return chocolate-coated bananas on cookie sheet to freezer. Freeze until chocolate is frozen (about 15-20 minutes). After chocolate is frozen, wrap each banana in plastic wrap. Keep frozen until time to serve"

Chocolate Chip Toast

"You'll Need:

slices of bread chocolate chips chopped nuts (optional) round cookie cutter or juice glass cookie sheet pot holders table knife/butter knife (not a sharp one)

Procedures : Turn the oven on 400 degrees. Cut the bread into round pieces with the cookie cutter or glass. Put the round pieces of bread on the cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet in the oven for about 3 or 4 minutes. You will want the bread golden, not too brown. Turn the oven down to 300 degrees. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven. Cover the top of the toasted bread with chocolate chips. Put the cookies back in the oven for 5 minutes. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven. Use the knife to spread the melted chocolate chips around. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with chopped nuts. Let them cool slightly before eating them"

Chocolate Chews

"You'll Need:

2 cups(480 ml) sugar 1 stick butter 1/2 cup (120 ml) cocoa 3 cups (720 ml) quick cooling rolled oats (not the instant oats!) 1/2 cup (120 ml) milk 1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped nuts large saucepan mixing spoon teaspoon pot holders sheets of waxed paper

Procedures : Put the sugar,butter,cocoa,and milk into the saucepan. Put the saucepan on the burner and turn it on high. Stir the mixture until it starts to boil. Quickly turn the heat down to medium. Stir and boil for four minutes longer. Remove it from the heat. Turn off the burner. Add the oats,nuts and vanilla to the saucepan. Stir until well mixed. Drop the mixture by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper They are ready to eat when they cool. You can put them in the refrigerator if you want them to cool faster"

Candy Chipmunks

"You'll Need:

4 tbl. evaporated milk 3 cups confectioners' sugar black or red string licorice

Procedures : Combine the evaporated milk and confectioners sugar slowly using the fork until all the sugar has been added. Knead it with your hands until the mixture becomes smooth and easy to handle. Shape mixture to resemble chipmunks. Use licorice for whiskers and eyes. You can also add a few drops of food coloring to change the color of your chipmunks. Makes about 10 small chipmunks"

Burger Bites

"You'll Need:

few drops water 1 drop green food coloring 1/4 cup flaked coconut 48 vanilla wafers 24 chocolate-covered peppermint-patties water sesame seed or poppy seed

Procedures : Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small screw type jar combine the few drops of water and the green food coloring. Add coconut, cover and shake till all of the coconut is tinted. Set aside. Place half of the vanilla wafers, flat side up, on an ungreased cookie sheet. Top each with a peppermint patty. Place in the 350 degree oven for 1 minute or just till chocolate begins to soften. Sprinkle each patty with 1/2 teaspoon tinted coconut. Top with another vanilla wafer. With a clean paintbrush, pastry brush, or your finger, brush the top vanilla wafers with just enough water to moisten so the sesame of poppy seeds will stick. Sprinkle each cookie with a little sesame seed or poppy seed and serve"

Bugs in a Bed

"You'll Need:

peanut butter raisins bread

Procedures : You spread some peanut butter on a slice of bread and add some raisins"

Boooo Pops

"You'll Need:

2 bananas, cut in half 4 popsicle sticks 3oz. of white chocolate chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth plastic wrap and wax paper

Procedures : Peel the banana and cut it in half. Push a popsicle stick in half way. Wrap each one in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer for 3 hours or until it is hard. Take the white chocolate and put it microwave safe bowl and put it in the microwave. Cook it for about one minute until it is melted. Make sure to stir it so there are no lumps. Take our your bananas and unwrap them. Dip the banana into the white chocolate. If you are having trouble you can use a extra popsicle stick to spread on some of the white chocolate to cover any bald spots. Lay them on wax paper. Take the chocolate chips and put them on to make eyes and a mouth. Put them at the freezer again until you are ready to eat them"