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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Sweet Treats

Our big birthday bash for our two tiny girls is fast approaching. I've been trying to set a theme, pick colors and favors to make the day memorable. I won't post too much since some attendees read this blog, but let's say it's going to be Sah-wheet! Some of these may end up at the party too.

Easy Treats for Valentines Day , or any occasion.

Chocolate dipped pretzels. I love doing this with pretzel rods and then rolling them in colored sugar, sprinkles or mini candies. All you need is almond bark or candy chocolate (available at craft stores) and melt it in the microwave. Dip and place on wax paper, freeze for 15 minutes.

Cookie Sandwiches. My mom served these the past few summers. They are super fun, the kids love them. Simply place a small scoop of ice cream in between two cookie, press, and roll the ice cream sides in sprinkles or nuts. These can be made ahead and frozen for later.

Fruit Kabobs. You could dip or drizzle some pieces in chocolate or serve fruit dip on the side.

Yogurt parfait. This is awesome, because it's one of the 10 things J-Dog will eat. Layer fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal like Honey Bunches or Granola. Really good treat in taste and health.

Nut Clusters. Some nuts have health benefits. Almonds, walnuts and pecans, in moderation, can be good for you. Dip them in dark chocolate and even though it seems "naughty," it's a safe treat.

The twins Science Fair project inspired this post. They came up with "How does substituting ingredients affect baked bread?" We baked 3 different recipes of Zucchini Bread this weekend and swapped ingredients with the original recipe. It was really fun, and a lot easier than some past projects like "The Power of Magnification" or "Visual and Auditory Memory."  So for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of science fair, let me give you some advice: pick something you can handle and carefully "suggest" it to your student.

It's our third year in a row and we've all learned a lot. This weekend's lesson? Don't let kids use high powered appliances without supervision.

Happy Treating

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