Kids Funny Face Breakfast – Part IV


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Welcome to another fun post of Kids Funny Face Breakfast.  We will be adding posts for lunch and dinner ideas as well, so watch for upcoming posts.  This is Muffin Dog.  He’s just waiting for your little one to devour him.  You will need the following ingredients:


Omelet (body)
English Muffin, sliced as shown (body, ears, legs, tail)
Olive, sliced as shown (eyes)
String cheese slices (eyes)
Strawberry slice or pimento from olive (tongue)



This recipe is from the book Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts by Bill & Claire Wurtzel and can be purchased from Amazon.  

Sports Theme Brownies – Cookie Cutter Review

I found these adorable sports themed cookie cutters by Fox Run on Amazon and had to share them with you.  My grandchildren love brownies, so I decided to try them on the brownies versus sugar cookie dough.  The cutters are thin, so I was worried about them being able to make the impression in the brownies and how difficult it would be get them out.  They worked perfectly.  Great idea for sleep overs, parties or anytime treats. 

The package contained a football, baseball, soccer ball, hockey stick, baseball bat, baseball glove, and football helmet.  My grandson said the brownies, “Were the coolest”.  That  means they were a hit.   


Here’s my grandchildren enjoying their treat.  I packaged the brownies so they could take them home, but a few didn’t make it out the kitchen.  I would recommend the cutters, they’re worth the money.  Fox Run also has cutters in other themes, Noak’s Ark, farm animals, dinosaurs, zoo animals you name it.  Limitless cookies and brownies are on the horizon.  Oh, I would recommend hand washing and drying immediately to preserve them.  They’re made of a tin, and will probably rust if not dried quickly.   Did I mention they’re eligible for free shipping?  Yep, they are!   



Christmas Tree Brownies

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Christmas tree brownies.  What a great idea.  You’ll need one box of brownie mix, candy cane sticks, green gel icing, and peppermint M & M’s.
1. Bake the brownies according to the box.
2. After brownies have cooled, cut into triangle, tree shape with a steak knife.
3. Break off the curve of the candy cane, and stick the candy cane stick at bottom of brownies for the tree stem.
4. Apply icing and place M & M’s on brownie.
Here are the Christmas tree brownies made by my 5 year old grandson and his 4 year old cousin.  Sorry about the glare, the picture was taken with my cell phone.  They had a great time spreading the icing and trimming the trees.  I used the colorful  milk chocolate M & Ms instead of the peppermint.  Making these treats is a great way to occupy children who are anxiously waiting for Santa.  My grandson was leary of leaving brownies for Santa, but I can assure you Santa will enjoy them.

What treats did you make for Santa?  Please leave us a comment, we may want to adopt your idea for Santa next year. 

Sausage Wreath Recipe

Mini Sausage Wreath


Mini- Sausage Wreath

Ingredients:

– Mini sausages
– Refrigerated crescent dough rolls
– Red bell pepper
– 1/3 cup butter
– Rosemary for seasoning
– ½ cup BBQ sauce
– ½ cup whole berry cranberry sauce

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to the temperature specified on the crescent dough rolls package.
2.  Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate at the perforations to create 4 rectangles. Press together the remaining perforations in each rectangle.
3.  With a knife or pizza cutter, cut each rectangle into 8 strips (for a total of 32 strips).
4.  Wrap each mini sausage in a strip of dough. Lay out the crescent-wrapped sausages in a wreath formation with their sides touching on an ungreased cookie sheet.
5.  Bake for 11-15 minutes or until golden brown.
6.  While the wreath is baking, combine the BBQ sauce and cranberry sauce in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until heated through. Serve with wreath for dipping.
7.  Melt butter and brush the butter on top of the wreath. Sprinkle with rosemary.
8.  Cut a red bell pepper into a bow shape for garnish.

Recipe courtesy of freefunchristmas.com

Kids Funny Face Breakfast – Part III

Welcome to Part III of Kids Funny Face Breakfast.  This is Eggy Face.  Isn’t he adorable, and he’s made with healthy ingredients that your little one will happy to put in their tummy.  To make this funny face you will need the following ingredients:

  • Eggs cooked omelet-style in a large skillet (face) – I will just be adding cheese to mine
  • Sliced ham or a sausage patty(mouth)
  • Sliced cheese (eyes)
  • Halved cherries  or raisins (eyes)
  • Halved cherry tomatoes (nose)
  • Clementine or tangerine wedges (ears)
  • Slice a smile into the ham or sausage patty

Be sure to check back for our future lunch and dinner meals for kids that we will be featuring.  They are adorable and appetizing.  Your kids will love meal time.  Be sure to follow Mother 2 Mother on the left so you don’t miss a post.

I have modified the recipe slightly with the raisins, sausage patty and tangerine wedges. 

This recipe is from the book Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts by Bill & Claire Wurtzel, and can be purchased from Amazon.  

First Lady Cookie Recipes





Every 4 four years we can look forward to a Presidential election and a cookie bake off with the First Lady and the hopeful First Lady.  This year Michelle Obama and Ann Romney had a bake off, Mama Kaye’s White and Dark Chocolate Chip versus M and M Cookies. 


The holidays are approaching, and I thought I would share Michelle and Anne’s recipes since they didn’t get much attention in the midst of the battle for the highest position in the land.  

Family Circle Magazine announced the winner of the bake off in their October 2012 issue.  The winner, Michelle Obama. I have not made either of the recipes, but intend to whip up a batch of each for Christmas gifts this season.    Here’s the recipes: 


Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 stick Crisco butter-flavored solid vegetable shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup each white chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips and mint chocolate chips (or Andes mint pieces)
2 cups chopped walnuts

Preparation:
1. Heat oven to 375°.
2. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream butter, vegetable shortening, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
3. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
4. On low speed, beat in flour mixture. By hand, stir in white and milk chocolate chips, mint chips and walnuts.
5. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto un-greased baking sheets.
6. Bake at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.  Makes 5 dozen.

Ingredients:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter
1 tablespoon light corn syrup (such as Karo)
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
6 ounces chocolate chips
2/3 cups M&M’s candies

Preparation:
1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream sugars, butter, peanut butter and corn syrup on high speed until well combined. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. Beat in vanilla extract.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together oats and baking soda. Stir into peanut butter mixture until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and M&M’s.
3. Using a standard-size ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets (about 9 per sheet). Bake at 325 degrees F for 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.  Makes 3 dozen.

Children’s Birthday Party Food Ideas

I found these adorable fruit ideas and just had to share them with my readers.  I actually made the butterfly slices shown in the last picture for my grandchildren’s birthday party, and the children devoured them.  They’re easy to make and make a statement on the food table. 

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Chicken Salad Recipe

The holidays are coming, and if your like me you will be entertaining.  This recipe is great for finger sandwiches for birthday parties or baby showers too. 

Ingredients:

1 Perdue Oven Stuffer Roaster
1 medium onion
6 medium dill pickles
6 boiled eggs
1 tsp. salt
1/2  tsp. pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 bullion cubes
1 30 ounce jar Hellman’s or Kraft real mayo


Boil the oven stuffer roaster in a  large pot with the onion, salt, pepper, garlic powder and bullion cubes until it falls off the bone.  Broth can be kept for soup. 

Remove the chicken from the pot and allow to cool for 10 minutes.  Remove the skin and de-bone the chicken while it’s still warm.  Chop the pickles, eggs and a small onion to add to the chicken salad.  Place the warm chicken in a chopper and finely chop.  Thoroughly mix the ingredients with the chopped chicken in a large bowl by hand.  Next add 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of sugar.  Add a little salt and pepper to taste.  Add in 3/4 of the jar of mayo and mix thoroughly with a spoon.  Chill overnight and add the remaining jar of mayo. 

 Spread mixture on party rolls and enjoy. 

Squash Casserole

Need to use up that squash and zucchini from the garden or that pile that you found on your porch from the neighbors?  You’ll love this recipe.  It’s quick, easy and delicious.  My garden didn’t produce an abundance of squash or zucchini this year.  I started an abundance of plants inside to get ahead of the season, but I got hit with vine borers and squash, but I was able to salvage a few for this recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 – 10 ounces of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup of mayo
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter
  • bread crumbs.

Cube squash and zucchini
and saute for 10 – 15 minutes along with the chopped onion.  Mix the mayo and
eggs.  Add the cheese to the mixture; blend well.  Drain the squash and zucchini
and add to a greased baking dish.  Mix in the mayo, egg and cheese mixture.  Top
with bread crumbs and drizzle the butter over the bread crumbs.  Bake for 30
minutes at 350 degrees
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Follow my garden adventures at A Diva’s Garden, http://adivasgarden.blogspot.com

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Easy Recipes – Zucchini Bread

Looking for clever, easy recipes.  Whip up a batch of zucchini bread.  My grandson loves it with a glass of milk.  You can freeze it or wrap it tightly and put in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.  I make mine with walnuts, but if you’re not comfortable giving chopped walnuts to your little one leave them out.  I love indulging on the bread myself with a nice hot cup of coffee. 
Planting my own zucchini has been rewarding.  I blanched and froze several quarts this summer, and I love being able to whip up a fresh batch during the winter.  It tastes a good today as it did this summer. 
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and baking powder.  In a large bowl, beat eggs.  Gradually beat in sugar, than oil.  Add flour mixture, alternating with zucchini into egg mixture.  Stir in walnuts and vanilla.  Pour into two greased lightly floured loaf pans.  Bake on lowest rack at 350 for 55 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes.