In the kitchen, we can build a snowman

Powdered Doughnut Snowmen

Doesn’t this face make you smile?  As soon as I saw this idea on Pinterest,

I knew I needed to make these with my little men.  One look at that little chocolate dotted face and knew that our family needed this snowy man in our life….and that he needed to have rosy cheeks.  If you were standing outside all day long and make of snow, I’m 100 percent positive that YOU would have rosy cheeks as well.

Look at them all clustered together on a pretty pedestal. Personally, I can’t help but giggle when I see them.  On a side note, for that snowman hat in the middle of the pedestal, I used the same chocolate dipped marshmallow on an Oreo idea that I shared in Thanksgiving post, just leave off the buckle for a plain top hat.

The base ingredients for this food project are these little guys:

One bag of powdered doughnuts was more than enough to make my boys their own snowmen and a little igloo (not shown – long story).
Other ingredients you need are:

  • White chocolate
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Shish kebab sticks
  • An orange candy of some sort.  I used an orange dot on the snowman above just cut one end into a tip and worked the cut end into a smooth point by rubbing it between my fingers.  Master Chef Noah opted to just plop an orange Skittle in there.
  • Optional: Candies for “buttons” (as shown in the above snowmen) and petal dust if you too think that rosy cheeks are a must.
  • A dull knife
 Melt your white chocolate candy coating according to the directions on the package until a smooth consistency is achieved.

Joining us today for our foodie project is my oldest chef, Noah who will be instructing you all today on the fine art of making a powdered sugar doughnut snowman.

As you see, Chef Noah has cleaned his hands and has gathered his ingredients on a sheet of wax paper so any mess will be contained.

The first thing Noah needs to do is pick out the three best powdered sugar doughnuts from the pile.  He doesn’t approve of any cracked doughnuts for this project.

Noah does a trial run of what his snowman will look like by laying them vertically on his workspace.  He wants to be sure that these doughnuts are up to par.

After they have undergone his scrutiny and passed his final testing, Noah then slides each doughnut onto the shish kebab stick.

You will be using the white chocolate candy coating as glue, so get a tiny bit on the end of your dull knife and fill the top doughnut hole with white chocolate.  Before it sets up, place the orange candy into the white chocolate.

Continue adding small amounts of white chocolate where the eyes and mouth will be placed or as Chef Noah has illustrated, just dump a bunch of white chocolate all over the top doughnut.  Place two mini chips for the eyes above the orange nose and form a smile with the mini chips under his nose.

Such concentration displayed by my little chef during this delicate procedure.

Continue to add buttons down the “snowman’s” front, let it set up and there you have it!

Banana Snowman

My little overachiever decided to make up his own snowman project to be included in this month’s post.

The ingredients list:

  • Banana
  • Raisins
  • Pretzel Rods (though sticks would have been easier to use and would have been a better size)

First step:  Peel the banana and immediately start acting like a monkey.

After Mom finally calms you down and gets you back in your seat again, use your dull knife to cut the banana.

Look at these sweet fingers.

Line up three banana slices.

Stick mini chocolate chips in place for his eyes and mouth, raisins for his buttons and rods for his arms.

Two fun recipes for you to share with your little ones this month.
Rachel Skvaril, Sugar Artist
www.fondantflinger.com
And don’t forget to visit Fondant Flinger’s Etsy shop to order your Valentine’s Day cupcake toppers; the perfect addition to your cupcakes for those class parties!

Thanksgiving Treats to gobble, gobble up!

I love Thanksgiving.  There’s an incredible emotion surrounding this event as family and friends gather and reflect on the blessings God has bestowed on each and every one of us.
Growing up, I can remember waking up to the smell of homemade crescent rolls in the oven, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV and a day spent with those that meant the most to us.  My Mom and I would spend hours in the kitchen, covered in flour, working out all the small details and chatting.  These memories are incredibly precious to me as an adult.
The food ideas below are intended to be projects that encourage time spent with your little ones.  Any project can be used to talk about the blessings that are especially important to you or the things that your children are most grateful for.  The cornucopia and Pilgrim hats below can encourage conversation about the origins of this holiday.
Acorns and Turkey

Candy Turkeys

My Mom and I have been making these candy turkeys for years and my boys love them just as much as I did as a little girl.  They are quick to make and look darling sitting on plates with place cards.

Items needed:

  • Caramel Squares – I used Trader Joe’s Fleur-de-Sel Caramels but found them VERY soft to work with.  You may be better off with the regular grocery store variety.
  • Fudge Striped Cookies
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Candy Corn
  • Edible Food marker

 

Turkey overlooking the manufacturing area.

Lay a cookie, fudge stripes up on to the counter.  Make sure to have an unwrapped Hershey’s kiss and a candy corn ready to go nearby.  Place the caramel square for a few seconds in the microwave until it has just barely softened, 10 seconds or less for the caramels I used.  If you warm them too long, you’ll end up with a big puddle of gooey mess in the microwave and more than likely it will scorch and make your whole house smell.  Take my word for it, keep your eyes on those little caramels and don’t leave them in there.  I speak from experience.

Remove the caramel square and lay onto the cookie, press the Hershey’s Kiss into the bottom of the caramel to form his feet and press the candy corn into the top forming his beak.  Try to make sure that the kiss is positioned so that the turkey will stand up straight.  After the caramel set up, add two little black eyes with an edible food writer.  If you don’t have one of these, you should get one.  These food writers work on bread, hardboiled egg shells, and banana peels to name a few and kids love having messages and pictures on their lunch and snack items.

Gobble, gobble!

Acorn Treats

Items needed:
  • Mini Nutter Butter Cookies (or mini vanilla wafers)
  • Hershey’s Kiss
  • Mini Chocolate Chips
My assistant, Noah will be demonstrating how to make these fun little “acorns”.

Chef Noah:  “First you have to unwrap all the Hershey’s Kisses.  Its best if you eat the ones with the broken tops.”

Mom’s note: Eating all the ones with broken tops is not necessary and not recommended.  
Chef Noah:  “Have your Mom melt some chocolate chips in the microwave.”
Mom’s note:  A few chips in the microwave for 10 – 15 seconds or just soft enough to use as “glue” for the project.
 
Chef Noah:  “Dip the big part of the Kiss into the melted chocolate and then squish it on the cookie.”

 

Chef Noah:  “After it dries, flip it on its side, and stick a baby kiss on the top.”

 

The acorns, by the way, look adorable in a little treat bag tied with some raffia.  A perfect way to share your treats with neighbors and friends.

Ice Cream Cone Cornucopias

These look adorable but Mom has to do most of the steps and the little guys just got to put the candy in at the end.

Bring 1 – 2 inches of water to a boil in a large pot with a steamer basket set in the bottom.  Just make sure that the water line doesn’t go above the holes in the steamer basket or you’ll have soggy cones on your hands.

Place 2 ice cream cones in the steamer basket and steam until the ends have softened.

Remove from the pot and bend end of cone up and around a pen/ pencil to make “horn” shape.

After they cool, they can be filled with mixed nuts, Chex Mix, or  assorted candies.

Completed Cornucopia

Marshmallow Pilgrim Hats

Items Needed;

  • Fudge Striped Cookies
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate for Dipping (we used Ghiradelli’s)
  • Candy Corn

Following manufacturer’s directions, melt chocolate in the microwave.  Using a deep bowl makes it easier since you can completely submerge the marshmallow.

I used a fondu fork, inserted it through the middle of the cookie (fudge cookie side towards the marshmallow) and into the marshmallow.  Dip the marshmallow in chocolate until thoroughly covered.  Tap off excess chocolate.

Slide the cookie up towards the marshmallow and pull the fondu fork out of the marshmallow.

Place on wax paper to set up.

Cut a small bit of the yellow portion of a candy corn off and use the food writer to make a small black rectangle in the center to create the “buckle”.

Stick the “buckle” onto the melted chocolate and let them dry completely.

 

Cornucopias and pilgrim hats

And there you have it!  Four different treats for you and your kids to make this Thanksgiving.  May God richly bless your time with your little loved ones throughout this holiday season and I pray that you make memories that will last a lifetime.

Rachel Skavil
Fondant Flinger

 

Sunflower Dirt Cake

In honor of Mary’s Sunflower Garden, why not make a Sunflower Dirt Cake with your children this week?  It’s a fun and simple recipe you can create together.  Plastic shovels from the dollar store make it even more special when it comes time to eat!  (Who says a shovel can’t be used as a spoon?)

Ingredients
1 package Oreo cookies (16 ounces)

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 packages (3.9 ounces each) instant chocolate pudding
  • 4 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 16-ounce carton frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions

If using a flowerpot with a drainage hole, reserve 1 cookie to place over hole to prevent leaking. Place remaining cookies in the bowl of a food processor. [Instead of using the food processor, we placed the cookies in a ziplock bag and pounded them with our fists.]  Process until mixture resembles dirt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and butter, and stir until creamy. Set aside.

In another large bowl, whisk together instant-pudding mixes and milk; stir until well blended. Using a rubber spatula, fold pudding mixture into cream-cheese mixture. Fold in whipped cream.

In a flowerpot or bucket with a 5-quart capacity, alternate layers of cookie “dirt” and pudding mixture, starting and ending with cookie “dirt.” Chill at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with candy worms and/or flowers.

We used shovels to serve our delicious desert.

Note: If you use a terra cotta flower pot, first sterilize the pot by placing it in the oven at 350 degrees for two to three hours. Avoid using any pot that has been glazed.

Original full recipe and image came from Martha Stewart’s website   Click here.
Another cute garden cake idea from Martha Stewart –
The Flower Pot Cake  Click here.  They used a mint sprig
for garnish along with rock shaped chocolate candies.

Apron Adventures: Chef’s Hat

happy little chefs preparing dough in the kitchen with their

Why not make this adorable chef’s hat to wear for your Fireflies’ Apron Adventure Day?    Everyone loves Rachel Skvaril’s apron adventure recipes created for Fireflies – now you can make family chef hats to wear while enjoying family legacy moments in your kitchen.

Directions

Adult and Child’s Pattern

[Directions and Patterns courtesy of youcanmakethis.com]

 

 

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