Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Panda Burger


We thought it would be cute to make a panda out of a burger. We used Morning Star burgers, hamburger buns, and provolone cheese.

We made our burgers and let them cool just a bit. Cut 2 small circles from the bottom and set aside for the ears. We cut a panda face out of the cheese and placed that on top of the burger. We put it on the bottom bun. We cut 2 small circles from the top bun and placed those on top of the panda for the ears. Put the reserved burger circles on top of the bun circles.

This was so easy and cute...the kids just loved them!

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Patriotic Pancake


We made these flag pancakes in honor of Memorial day this morning. We used pancake mix, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and Rice Krispies.

We shaped our pancake into a rectangle in the pan. We sliced up the strawberries in strips and the blueberries in half. Line up the strawberry strips leaving a space for the whipped cream. Add on the blueberries and put on the Rice Krispies for the stars. Add the whipped cream last.

We made this large pancake for my 7 year old. He eats like a man...it's crazy!

Thanks to all of the veterans past and present...especially to those who have lost their lives for our freedom. Freedom isn't free!

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lots of Star Wars Party Ideas!


Here is the Storm Trooper cheese ball. We used 2 packages of cream cheese, 1 packet of Ranch dressing mix, 2 cups of monterey jack shredded cheese, and black olives.

Mix everything together besides the olives. Shape the ball into a Storm Trooper head. Slice up the olives for the face and other details. This cheese ball was actually very good!


The Falcon Ship Dip! We just took 2 styrofoam bowls and cut one of them out to make the ship. We had to have something healthy and this is all we could come up with for veggies.



We made sweet and salty sabers with large pretzel sticks and fruit roll ups.

These were so easy and the kids loved them! Just wrap up the pretzel stick with the roll up leaving some of the pretzel sticking out at the bottom.


We made Jar Jar Binks in a blanket. These are always a hit at kids parties and we thought the name was cute. We used turkey dogs and croissant rolls.


Darth Vader Taters. Another easy dish and well...kids like tater tots!


Light Saber Sickles. We thought this would be fun to stick out last minute. We just took different colored popsicles and put them in a bowl. Of course we put them out later so they would not melt.


One of the party tables and the birthday boy! We made a giant Darth Vader out of boxes and trash bags. We used one of those pool toys for his saber.ha Another thing that we did was blow up long balloons (the ones people make animals out of) and wrap foil on the bottom for the kids to have their own sabers. Plus...no one gets hurt! They loved them! Forgot to take a picture with all of the craziness of the party.


My Troopers and our little Darth Vader. Such a fun party! This will wrap up our week of Star Wars...check out our other postings! We tried to think up original ideas and hope that you can use some of them for your next Star Wars party!

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Friday, May 27, 2011

More Star Wars Party Ideas!


We made these Storm Troopops using jumbo marshmallows, large marshmallows, black edible marker, and long lollipop sticks.

We made a hole in the bottom of the jumbo marshmallow and stuffed a large marshmallow inside to make it flare out a bit. Just draw on the Trooper face with the black edible marker and put it on a stick. This was definitely the favorite for the kids at the party and SO easy!


Ok...this is just really goofy, but we couldn't think of anything else that went with Han Solo!ha Plus...we like easy!!


We came up with these Yoda Soda and Vaderade bottles for drinks. Everyone loved it and thought it was so cute. The boys were really excited because I usually never let them drink soda!


We thought it would be cute to make Yoda out of guacamole. We just shaped his head and ears with our guacamole. Make a nose with it as well. We made his eyes with sour cream and black olives. We used scooper chips so we could label it as Yodamole and Trooper Scoopers!


Here is another easy idea. Just take some of the pre-packaged mini pinwheel buns and label them as Leia Buns!


We will post the rest of our Star Wars party food tomorrow!

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Chewie Wookiee Cookies


We made these Chewbacca cookies for my sons Stars Wars b-day party. We used Little Debbie Star Crunch cookies, cookie frosting, mini chocolate chips, edible eye balls, and mini heart candies.

We decided to use the Star Crunch cookies because we thought that the crisp rice in the cookie would look like hair and well...they are chewy!. They are round so we shaped them into more of a square. We added our chocolate cookie frosting for the mouth and to attach our edible eyes. We piped more frosting over the top of the eyes. We attached our mini chocolate chip for the nose. We broke mini heart candies in half for the teeth. Pointed side down for the fangs and the rest on the rounded side.

The kids loved them...and our Wookiee Cookies were gone in a flash!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Little Leia Cupcakes


We made this mini Leia cupcakes for the Star Wars party. We used cake mix, frosting, valentines candy, and tootsie rolls.

Make your favorite cake and bake in mini muffin pans...set aside to cool. We put tootsie rolls in the microwave for 8 minutes and rolled them into a strip. Then we rolled that into a spiral. Worked out perfect and quick! We added just a little flesh color to the vanilla frosting. Frost the cupcakes and add your candies for the eyes and mouth. We happened to have left over Valentine candy...lips and dots. You could either pipe on the lips or just use hearts. Pipe on chocolate frosting for the hair. Add your Leia buns last.

These were a big hit with the kids and adults!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Star Wars Garbage Masher Cake!


We have a lot of Star Wars goodies to post this week, but we will start out with the cake. My now 5 year old has never wanted just a normal cake. However, that is just fine. I love how he can think outside of the box! He did have some help from his Uncle Brian thinking up this one and I was fine with how easy it would be. The Garbage Masher happens to be his favorite scene from Star Wars so we tried to come as close to it as possible. It's definitely original! The big Star Wars fans really appreciated this cake and just thought it was awesome!

We used chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, chocolate cookie icing, chocolate graham crackers, broken up misc. candy and cookies, large pretzels, 1 green fruit roll up, 1 edible eye ball, and Star Wars figures.

We made our walls with the chocolate graham crackers. We glued each of them together with the cookie icing over lapping them. We set them aside to dry. We made our chocolate cake in the 9x13 pan. We used parchment paper on the bottom for easy release. We needed the cake just a little large for the walls to fit so we broke off 3 small pieces of the graham crackers and stacked those around the whole cake. Worked out great! Then we frosted the whole thing with our chocolate frosting.

We broke up different pieces of cookies and candy that we had around the kitchen and scattered them around the cake. We used black twizzlers, graham crackers, chocolate chips, large pretzels, Star Crunch cookies, etc... We then arranged our washed and cleaned figures to the cake. Leia and Han Solo are holding a large pretzel stick for the pole that was used in the scene. We then placed our graham cracker walls around the sides. We placed Chewbacca at the door and Luke being pulled under by the creature. For the creature we covered half of a pretzel stick with a green fruit roll up. We attached a green jelly bean for his head and our edible eye ball on the jelly bean. We used the rest of the fruit roll up for the creatures leg that is pulling Luke under.

If we had more time we would have covered Han Solo and Luke in white fondant to look like they were wearing Storm Trooper outfits like the scene, but we ran out time! This was a pretty easy and fun cake to make!! My little Star Wars birthday boy was very pleased!!

If you like this...you will want to check out all of the other Star Wars party ideas and food that we have posted this week!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Quesayoda!


If you are a Star Wars fan...this is the week to check out our blog daily. My middle son just had his 5th birthday Star Wars party so we will be posting all of our goodies from the party. This Yoda quesadilla was just something fun we did last week unrelated to his party. I had some spinach tortillas and thought something like this would get the boys to try it out. My soon to be 5 year old always tends to run at the sight of green...however, this quesayoda did the trick in getting him to try it and actually like it!

We used 2 spinach tortillas, cheese, black beans, and sour cream.

Just cut a yoda shaped head out of the tortilla. We used the scraps to make the ears. Put the cheese inside and either fry it up on the stove or microwave it for 30 seconds or so. Let it cool just a bit. Put on the sour cream for the eyes and the black beans for the pupils. We also used scraps to make the nose.

Super easy and so much fun for the kids!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Morning Monkey!


We made this monkey breakfast using regular & chocolate pancakes, chocolate chips, and 1 banana.

Make your favorite pancake mix. Separate half of it and mix in a little cocoa. We added half a tablespoon to 1 cup of pancake mix. Make the big face with the chocolate mix. Make smaller circles for the ears and nose with the regular pancake mix. You can always cut it with kitchen scissors if it's not perfect. After you place your monkey on the plate...add the chocolate chips for the eyes, nose and mouth. We used mini chocolate chips for the nose and mouth. We used regular chocolate chips for the eyes. Add your banana.

This is so easy and fun! Give the kids the chocolate chips and let them decorate the face! That's if they can keep from eating it first!

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lady Bug Cookies


We made these lady bug cookies a few weeks ago. They are definitely far from being perfect, but it was more important for us to have fun in the kitchen that day! This will at least give you the idea of a cute and easy lady bug cookie!

We used sugar cookies, mini vanilla wafers, Twizzler strips, chocolate chips, cookie frosting, white and red candies.

Make your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Cut them out with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Bake and cool. We frosted our sugar cookie hearts red for the body and frosted the vanilla wafer heads in chocolate. We added our red candy for the eyes. We sniped off a couple of red twizzlers for the antennas. We put white candies on those with our frosting. We added our chocolate chips for the spots on the body. We put a line down the middle of the back to make wings.

The kids had a lot of fun with these!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Mexican Batman!



We came up with this silly Batman cheese quesadilla and beans dinner using 2 tortillas, Bush's black beans, shredded cheese, and sour cream.

We made our cheese quesadilla. We let it cool just a bit and then cut it in the shape of Batman's face with kitchen scissors. We cut the top in a straight line. Add black beans to the top to make the mask. We slightly pushed about 5 beans together to form the spikes on top. Add just a little sour cream for the eyes. We cut a slit in the quesadilla for his mouth. We spelled BATMAN with the rest of our black beans.

If you have a hard time getting your kids to eat beans..this should definitely do the trick! My little boys scarfed this down in minutes!

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Bird House Lunch



We made this Bird House Lunch using left over Easter Peeps, bread, peanut butter, grape jelly, and a large pretzel stick.

We cut out 2 pieces of bread into a bird house shape. We cut a end piece of bread to make the roof. We spread peanut butter and jelly in between the two pieces of bread. Make a circle on the top with the grape jelly to look like a hole. Put on the roof. We broke off a large pretzel stick to use for the pole and pushed the smaller end into the bread under the jelly hole. Cut out the peeps to fit on top of the jelly to make it look like they are peeking out of the hole.

This was so easy and fun to make. It's a great way to make use of that left over Easter candy!

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Eat Mor Chikin!


This has to be the silliest thing we have done ever. My boys love the Chick-Fil-A commercials so we came up with this goofy dinner. We used rotisserie chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, 1 small carrot stick, and two edible eye balls.

We cut out two round pieces off of the rotisserie chicken and left the skin on. We used that for the body and cut out two rectangle shapes for the wings. We cut a small carrot stick to make the feet and beak. We shaped our mashed potatoes to look like cows and used the rotisserie chicken skin to make the spots, face, and tail. We used our green beans to write our Eat Mor Chikin.

Just another fun night of playing with our food!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Spider Man Apple Snack


Super hero's are a big deal in this house and the boys are always wanting to create them in the kitchen. This Spider Man apple looks harder than what it is. It really took just less than 15 minutes to make 2 of them.

We cut the bottom back side off of the apple to have the apple tilted slightly to the back. We saved that to make the eyes. Take a small knife and cut a web pattern on the front side of the apple. The peel will just pop right off. We cut out the eyes from the bottom back side that we saved. We glued that on with peanut butter.

My boys do not have a problem eating apples, but this sure does make it a lot more fun!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Shark Attack Lunch!


We made this shark lunch using bread, peanut butter, blueberry jelly, banana, 1 grape, vanilla yogurt, and gold fish crackers.

We cut out our bread into a shark shape. We used our left over scraps for the fin. We spread peanut butter on inside and put the jelly on the outside. We cut a banana for the teeth, eyes, and fin. We cut 1 grape in half for the eye. We put 1 drop of blue food coloring in our yogurt and mixed it up. We spread that around for water and then added our gold fish crackers.

This took about 15 minutes to make and my 4 year old thought it was the coolest thing ever!

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Alien Pops


We had some left over Easter egg marshmallows so we decided to use the green ones to make alien pops. We used green egg shaped marshmallows, raisins, green jelly beans, and pretzel sticks. We used what we had on hand, but you could use anything for this.

We put on marshmallow on the stick. We cut our raisins in half. Put the sticky side on the marshmallow...it will stick. Put the pretzel sticks in the top for the antennas and we put our jelly bean on the end. We used icing for some and just pushed the jelly bean on the others. We liked pushing it on better.

Easy and fun! The neighborhood kids loved them!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mexican Ant Hill Fiesta!


This is completely silly, but maybe that is why the boys loved it so much! We thought this would be good to post during Cinco de Mayo week. We made this Mexican Ant Hill using 2 tortillas, black beans, cheese, sour cream, salsa, 1 tortilla scoop chip, avocado, and lettuce.

We had large tortillas so we cut them just a bit to make a smaller circle. We put the first tortilla on the bottom. We put our black beans and cheese on top of that and then put our other tortilla on top. We popped it in the microwave for a minute to melt the cheese. We made a hole in the top and stuffed a few black beans in there. We transferred to a different plate and started on our picnic blanket. We just made a square pattern out of sour cream and salsa. We surrounded everything with lettuce (for the grass). We used a scoop chip for a picnic basket and used a scrap piece of tortilla for the handle. We filled it with cut up avocado. You could fill it with anything..I just wanted the boys to eat avocado. We put extra black beans walking across the blanket and up the hill. One of the ants is carrying some avocado back to his home:)

You could use anything for this and it's so fun to make with the kids!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Cinco de Mayo 7 Layer Flag Dip


We came up with this fun 7 layer dip and shaped it like the Mexican flag. This would be great to have at a Cinco De Mayo party! We used sour cream, beans, cheese, green peppers, olives, lettuce, guacamole, salsa, and tomatoes.

You can always use your favorite dip recipe and save the salsa (or tomato), sour cream, and guacamole (or lettuce) for the top. We started out mixing a can of refried beans with some taco seasoning. We then added 1 chopped tomato, 1 chopped green bell pepper, a small can of black sliced olives, shredded cheese, and shredded lettuce. Add your guacamole, sour cream, and salsa in three parts. We happened to save a little of the beans to shape the Mexican eagle in the middle, but you could skip this part. The boys really wanted the bird! We used scrap green bell pepper, cheese, and salsa to make that part.

We hope that you like it! Have a happy CINCO DE MAYO!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Cinco de Mayo Lunch


We made this sombrero and maracas lunch today since Cinco De Mayo is this week. We used bread, peanut butter, jelly, 4 grapes, 1 apple, and 1 banana.

We cut 2 pieces of bread into a circle using kitchen scissors. We put our peanut butter and jelly in between. We cut our apple in half and then cut that in four parts. We cut two of those parts into a circles for the maracas. Use the scraps to made a zig zag band for the hat. Cut the end off of a banana and put it in the middle...it will stick. Use the other end and slice in half long ways. Cut out a handle shape for the maracas. Thinly slice a few grapes and stick them on the edges of the sombrero. Use the other grape and cut it into strips for the zig zag strip on the maracas.

We used what we had, but there are so many things you could use for this!

Monday, May 2, 2011

A is for Apple Lunch!


I made this apple sandwich with my 4 year old and we used bread, peanut butter, strawberry jelly, 1 green grape, 2 gummy worms, and 1 red apple.

We cut our bread in the shape of an apple. We put peanut butter on the inside and the strawberry jelly on the outside. Cut a piece of the crust to use for the stem. Cut 1 grape in half for the leaf. Poke a few holes in the sandwich to add the gummy worms...this was his favorite part! We cut the apple in half and cut out the A shape. We had a lot of fun making this and we also had fun thinking of everything that starts with the letter A!