Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fun Things to Make

Extra time at Thanksgiving? Here are some fun things to make in the kitchen
Apple Salad
Supplies: Bowl, spoon, ingredients.
Activity: Mix the following ingredients and enjoy:
Four apples, chopped
Two celery stalks, chopped
One carrot, grated
2T yogurt -- your favorite kind
2T mayonnaise
1/4c raisins

Cat Sandwich
Supplies: Three slices of bread, favorite sandwich filling, knife, grapes, piece of uncooked spaghetti, raisins Activity: Make a whole and a half sandwich. Cut a large circle out of the whole sandwich. Cut off the points of the half sandwich to make ears. Use grapes for the eyes and nose and line up raisins for the mouth. Break the spaghetti into pieces and use for whiskers.

Candy Coated Pretzels
Supplies: Store bought mini pretzels, candy pieces usually bought in a bag in the baking section --chocolate, butterscotch, or white chocolate, cooking oil, bowl or saucepan, spoon, waxed paper, measuring spoons, measuring cup.
Activity: Combine one cup of the candy pieces and one teaspoon of oil in the bowl. Microwave at half power for four minutes or melt in sauce pan over low heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat or microwave and stir until smooth. Dip pretzels into the candy coating one at a time and place on waxed paper.

Ice Cream Cookies
Supplies: Large cookies, favorite ice cream, spoon, knife, bowl, aluminum foil
Activity: Empty ice cream into bowl. Stir with spoon until soft. Spread the soft ice cream on a cookie. Cover with another cookie. Wrap in foil. Freeze for 24 hours.

Yummy Crescent Rolls
Supplies: one tube of crescent rolls, cinnamon sugar or brown sugar, raisins, chopped cherries or nuts as desired, cookie sheet
Activity: Unroll the crescent rolls on the cookie sheet. Allow your child to sprinkle desired toppings on the crescent roll, then reroll and bake according to package directions. Experiment with different fillings.
Variation: Split a hot-dog and fill with a slice of cheese. Wrap the crescent roll around the hot-dog and bake according to directions. This is a fun and easy lunch.

Gingerbread Bears
Supplies: Ingredients, flour, rolling pin, knife, spatula, cookie sheet
Activity: Make gingerbread bears following this recipe.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup margarine
4 tablespoons corn syrup
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
Melt the margarine, sugar and syrup in a pan over low heat. Stir in the flour and ginger. Mix the dough well by hand. Roll to 1/4” thick on floured surface. Cut out bear shape with knife or use cookie cutters. bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes. Cool. Decorate with confectioners sugar or frosting.

Hippo Jello
Supplies: Lime jello, bowl, pear halves, chocolate chips, jam, green candy.
Activity: Make the jello according to the package using shallow bowl. When it is set, arrange pear halves on tip. Using jam, stick two chocolate chips at the narrow end of the pear halves for eyes. Stick two chocolate chips at the wide end for nostrils. Use the green candy to make ears that stick out of the narrow end of the pear.
Snack on a Stick
Supplies: Wooden skewers, pieces of chopped cheeses, meats, and fruits
Activity: Let your child create an easy to make, easy to eat snack on a stick. Supply healthy choices such as pieces of rolled up ham, chunks of American cheese, pieces of pineapple and grapes. Help your child thread his choices on a stick and have his own kabob for snack.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Apple
Supplies: Apple corer, knife, spoon, plate, apple, peanut butter.
Activity: Wash and dry apple, remove core. Using the spoon, stuff the apple with peanut butter. Lay the apple on its side and slice into 1/4” slices.
Add raisins or chopped nuts to the peanut butter before stuffing the apple for a new taste.

Mini Pizzas
Supplies: Cookie sheet, English muffins, pizza sauce, toppings
Activity: Cut English muffin in two and spread each half with pizza sauce. Let your child top the mini pizza with favorite toppings such as ham, pineapple, and cheese. Use for lunch or a hot snack.

Sandwich Shapes
Supplies: Day old bread, sandwich filling or peanut butter, cookie cutters
Activity: Cut two pieces of bread the same shape. Fill with sandwich filling and eat for snack.
Variations: You can also cut toast, toasted cheese sandwiches, or cheese slices different shapes with the cookie cutters.

Pretzel Shapes
Supplies: Cookies sheet, bowl, spoon, pastry brush, aluminum foil, ingredients.
Activity: Make pretzel dough following the recipe.
One cake of yeast 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water
3/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 cups flour one egg, beaten
Soften the yeast with the water in a bowl. Stir in the salt and sugar. Add the flour and knead the mixture until it becomes a soft dough. Do not let rise. Roll it into ropes and twist into the desired shapes. Place on a foil covered cookie sheet dusted with flour. Brush the beaten egg on the dough. Bake at 400 for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

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