Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ice Cream for Lunch or Breakfast


My boys loved our Ice Cream for Breakfast that we made awhile back so we thought it would be fun to make a grilled cheese sandwich and bananas look like ice cream for lunch! You could also cut a cone shaped waffle to make this for breakfast as well! We used 2 pieces of wheat bread, cheese, butter, 1 banana, and 1 strawberry.

We cut the corners off of the bread to shape it like a cone. Save the scraps. We buttered our bread and placed our cheese in between to fit on the bread. Grill it up and place on the plate. Take the crust off of the scraps and pinch off pieces of it to cross on top of the bread. You can skip this, but we thought it looked more like a cone that way.

Take 1 banana and slice it. Pile the slices on the top edge of the bread to look like ice cream. Take a strawberry and cut it to look like a cherry.

This is very easy and the kids loved it!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ribbit Ribbit...it's a Frogmelon!


We had a large watermelon and wanted to do something fun with it. We thought about making a shark, but wanted to make something different since we see so many of those. You can check out a really cool version of a watermelon shark here at Sun Scholars.

We decided to go with a frog. This is almost as easy as our Turned Over Turtle Watermelon. We took our large watermelon and cut off the top left and right corners. We did the same for the bottom corners. We wanted to cut off the rounded edge. It just looked more like a frog head that way. This really depends on the type of watermelon you have. Save the cut off pieces for the eyes.

We took a marker and outlined the mouth before cutting. We then cut the mouth out. We decided to make a tongue. If you do this try to cut out a very long piece from the mouth. If it breaks..just secure with a tooth pick. Cut out pieces of watermelon with a scooper and then put the pieces back in the mouth. Add the tongue. We added a blueberry to look like a fly and put it at the end of the tongue. We used white melon scraps for the wings and just poked them in the blueberry.

Take your scraps from the edges and cut two circles out for the eyes. Break a tooth pick in half and secure it in the eyes. Poke the eyes in the top of the watermelon.

We used blueberries for the pupils and nose. Just break tooth picks in half and poke them in with those.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

A Fun Fish Dish!


We found this cute goldfish whole wheat fish bread made by Pepperidge Farm in the grocery store the other day. There are so many fun lunches to make with it and this is one that we came up with. We used a blue plate for the water, our fish flat bread, turkey, cheese, 1 strawberry, 1 banana, 1 clementine, 4 green grapes, 1 raisin, and colored Pepperidge Farm goldfish crackers.

We put turkey and cheese in between our fish bread. We used clementine slices to make the orange fish. We cut up a banana, 1 strawberry, a few grapes, and the rest of the clementine to make the coral reef. We cut a raisin for the eyes on the fish. Then we added our fish crackers.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Spider Meximan Quesadilla


We made this Spiderman Quesadilla dinner using 2 taco sized whole wheat tortillas, black beans, shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

We put our tortilla on a plate and sprinkled cheese on top and some black beans. We put the other tortilla on top of that and popped it in the microwave for 1 minute. We spread some salsa on top to make it red. They actually have reddish tortillas that you can buy at the store as well if you want to skip the salsa. We put our sour cream in a bag and snipped off the corner to pipe on the web face. We heated up the rest of the black beans and made our spider logo out of those.

Such a fun dinner to make for little boys! They thought it was so cool and it's a great way to get kids to eat lots of black beans!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Watermelon PB&J Lunch



We made this cute watermelon lunch using 2 pieces of bread, peanut butter, strawberry jelly, raisins, and green grapes.

We cut the corners off of the bread to make it look like a slice of watermelon. We spread peanut butter on the inside and the jelly on the outside. Put some raisins on the top to look like seeds. Cut the green grapes in half and stack them up on the top edge.

This is SO easy and a fun summer lunch!

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ice Cream S'mores Pops!


It is National Ice Cream Day so we thought we thought it would be fitting for us to share these Ice Cream S'mores Pops that we came up with. We used 2 square marshmallows (the ones made for s'mores), 1 jumbo marshmallow, 2 graham crackers, I special dark chocolate Hershey's bar, 1 red jelly bean, 1 red Twizzler string, sprinkles, and lollipop sticks.

We cut 1 large graham cracker into a cone shape. Use that cut out as a guide to cut out the other graham cracker. Melt the chocolate car on low heat in the microwave & scoop it in a baggie. Snip off the corner. Squeeze the melted chocolate on the inside of the graham cracker. Put 1 square marshmallow on top and cut the other one in a V shape to fit on the bottom. Squeeze more chocolate on the inside of the other graham cracker and press together. We popped ours in the microwave for just a few seconds to puff it up just a bit. Push the lollipop stick in the middle and leave some of it sticking out of the top. Press the jumbo on the top.

Squeeze out some of the melted chocolate on the top of the jumbo marshmallow and spread around to look like fudge topping. Let dry.  We took a red jelly bean and poked a hole in it and added a small strip of Twizzler string to look like a cherry. Press that onto the top of the marshmallow before the frosting sets. We added sprinkles to the other ice cream pop.


These are so much fun for the kids and they can fling them around all over the place and the pops will stay set. They loved having their ice cream with no worries of it melting in this crazy heat!!

Here is a side view...


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Friday, July 15, 2011

OH NO! The Turtle Turned Over Watermelon!


This is so silly, but the kids got a kick out of this watermelon turtle. I have to say that the adults got a good laugh as well! We had half of a watermelon and I asked the boys if they could think of anything fun to do with it. It seems like I have seen everything under the sun made out of watermelon so we wanted something different. Their uncle Brian was in the room and said...make it into a turned over turtle. I'm sure he was not thinking that we would actually do it, but we sure did!

We cut the bottom off of the watermelon to make sure it did not roll around. Use the part that is cut off to make the tail. We used 2 green apples. Take one apple and put a tooth pick in the bottom and stick it on the edge of the watermelon for the head. We used a scrap piece of the cut off watermelon for a little support under the apple. Cut four sides off of the other apple. Shape those into feet and pop them in the sides with a toothpick. We used 1 mini marshmallow cut in half for the eyes and 2 mini chocolate chips. We made the mouth with chocolate cookie frosting.

You just can't get any easier than this!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ring Ring...It's a Phone Fruit Snack!


We made this Phone Fruit Snack using 1 red apple, 1 banana, 5 mini marshmallows, 1 Twizzler string, and edible marker.

We cut our apple in half, scooped out the middle, and put it on our plate. Cut the banana in half and round off the ends with a knife. Put that on top of the apple. Cut the Twizzler string in half and twist it to make the cord. Put one end into the banana and slide the other end on the bottom of the apple. Cut the mini marshmallows in half and place them on the apple. We had black edible marker so we put numbers on the marshmallows with that. This will make 2 phone snacks.

The boys had a lot of fun talking on their phone before they gobbled it up!

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Monday, July 11, 2011

A Crabby Lunch


We made this cute crab lunch using 2 pieces of bread, peanut butter, strawberry jelly, 1 red apple, 1 large marshmallow, and 5 raisins.

We cut our bread into a circle. We spread peanut butter in between the bread. Spread the jelly on the outside. Cut the apple in half and cut that half in another half. Cut out a V shape to make the claw. Save the scraps for the little legs and arms. Cut the large marshmallow in half and place those on the top for the eyes. Put on the raisins for the eyes and mouth. Cut the scraps in 3 strips to make the legs and cut off two pieces to make the arms. We wanted to make use of the whole apple. 1 apple will make 2 of these lunches.


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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Humpty Dumpty sat on a S'mores pop!


The boys loved their Humpty Dumpty sat on a WALLffle breakfast so much and we thought it would be cute to make Humpty out of a marshmallow sitting on a s'mores. We used 1 large marshmallow, 2 small marshmallows, 1 chocolate graham cracker, 2 square marshmallows (the made for s'mores kind), chocolate cookie frosting, red Twizzler strings, and edible eye balls.

We broke our large graham cracker in half. We squeezed some chocolate cookie frosting on the insides for the marshmallows to stick. You could also use melted chocolate. Put on 2 square marshmallows and pop it in the microwave for just 5 to 7 seconds. Just enough to puff it up just a little...do not melt it. Stick in on the lollipop stick with enough sticking out to add the large marshmallow.

Take the large marshmallow and poke 4 holes with a tooth pick to add the arms and legs. Take a Twizzler string and break off 4 small pieces...a inch and a half or so. Push them in the large marshmallow for the arms and legs. Cut the 2 small marshmallows in half and push those into the twizzler strings for the hands and feet. You can snip the hands to make fingers. Add the edible eye ball (or mini chocolate chips) with the chocolate cookie frosting and add a small piece of the Twizzler string for the mouth with the frosting. Pop Humpty on the top and then you are done!

This is what it looks like from the side...


These were so easy to make! The boys were flinging these around everywhere and they stayed put. They thought they were so funny and cute...we hope that you like them as well!


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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Piggy Pot Pies



We were asked to be the creative guest chefs on www.domessticated.com awhile back and made these cute little piggy pot pies. We wanted to also share them here. This is such a fun way to get the kids to eat their veggies! We combined a few pot pie recipes and came up with this. We will never use another one..it's so good! Just combine everything into a pie dish if you are not making the pigs.

PIGGY POT PIES

Ingredients

1 pound bag of frozen cubed chicken, thawed

1 cup chopped carrots

1/2 cup frozen green peas, with a 8 set aside

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/3 cup butter

1/3 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon celery seed

1 can of chicken broth

2/3 cup milk

1 egg white, beaten

3 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts


Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)

Chop up your celery and carrots.


Put your chopped veggies, peas, and diced chicken in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.


Roll out your pie crust.


We used 4 (6oz) souffle dishes. Place the souffle dish on the crust and cut a circle with a inch or so beyond the dish.Place the bottom crust in the dish and press on the bottom and sides. There should be some of it sticking out around the top.


Roll out another pie crust to cut out ear shapes. We wanted our ears to curl so we took some pieces of aluminum foil and shaped it into small balls to lay our ears on. This made them shaped with a curve while baking as you can see in the picture.


We cut out our pig noses with a glass that we measured on top of the dish. We put 2 holes in the noses and baked the noses and ears separately then set aside.


In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and mix into the veggie mixture.

Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crusts.


Beat a egg white and brush the top edges of the souffle dish. This is to help the crust stick. Cover with the top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Press down on the sides a bit to prevent any of the mixture from coming out. We made 4 holes in the top where the eyes would go and the nose to allow steam to escape. Brush the top with the egg wash.


Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. We used the hot mixture from the holes that we made on top as a glue to put on the ears. We put on the noses that we had set aside and 2 left over peas for the eyes.


We had so much fun making these Piggy Pot Pies and we hope that you have fun making them as well!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Porcupine Burgers


We made these cute little porcupine burgers using hamburger buns, Bocca burgers, provolone cheese, barbecue sauce, and pretzel sticks.

We made our burgers and put them on the bun. Break off the tops of the pretzel sticks and put on the top of the bun. Cut the edge off of the cheese and put the rest on the burger. Take the cheese edge and cut 2 small circles for the eyes. We used barbecue sauce for the pupils and nose. You could also just pull off 2 very small pieces of the burger (or raisins) for the pupils if your kids do not like barbecue sauce.

This is the easiest burger to make and the kids thought it was amazing!

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

4th of July Flag Dessert


We came up with this flag dessert to take to a friends house that was having a July 4th party and thought we would share it with you! It's pretty easy to make and turned out so pretty!

4th of July Flag Dessert

2 Packages of Softened Cream Cheese
1 14 oz Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 Tub of Whipped Cream
1 Can of Cherry Pie Filling (we like Lucky Leaf)
1 Can of Blueberry Pie Filling
Fresh Blueberries
1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
2 Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 1/2 Sticks of Butter
White Sprinkles

We mixed our graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter. Press into the pan and bake at 350 for 8 min. Let that cool. Beat together the cream cheese, condensed milk, 1 cup of whipped cream, and lemon juice. Spread that onto the cooled crust.

Line fresh blueberries in the left corner to make the edge. Fill with the canned blueberry pie filling. Put fresh blueberries on top. We would have just used the filling, but it looked purple. Carefully spoon on the cherry filling to make stripes. Take the rest of your whipped cream and spoon that in between the cherry filling. We happened to have white dot sprinkles so we used those for the stars. You could just use the whipped cream for that as well or any other white sprinkles you have.

This turned out so pretty and it tastes great!

We hope that you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!!!

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

4th of July Ice Cream Treats!


We made these easy ice cream treats for the July 4th holiday. We made the ice cream bars using red and blue sprinkles. Just cut a small square of wax paper and cover up the sides leaving a space to add the sprinkles. Do one at a time and pop them back in the freezer so they do not melt. A fun and quick treat to make with the kids!


These American Sundaes look so pretty and you can make them in just a few minutes! We used vanilla ice cream, strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and a cherry.