Thursday, March 13, 2014

3 Fun Snacks for Spring

We've got the Spring Itch over here, which means we are SO over winter! To brighten up our days when the cold weather hits (again!), we like to find activities that remind us of the warmer weather and happy holidays coming up soon (we hope!). I really love these little recipes from Family Fun magazine. They're so creative and easy to make! 

Do you get creative with your children's food?

Little Lambwich


  • Sliced cheese
  • Mini bagels
  • Mustard
  • Ham slice
  • Black olives
  • Shredded cheese


Two types of cheese give this savory, open-faced sandwich its sweet-as-can-be look. 

  1. Trim a piece of sliced cheese to fit atop one half of a mini bagel. 
  2. Cut a round muzzle and a pair of half-circle ears from more sliced cheese, then attach them with mustard or mayonnaise. 
  3. Add a nose cut from a ham slice, plus a mouth and a pair of eyes trimmed from black olives. 
  4. Finish with a sprinkle of shredded cheese between the ears.

Leprechaun Hats


  • English cucumber
  • Sliced cheese
  • Hummus


Celebrate Saint Pat’s with a crunchy cucumber treat. 
  1. Cut 1-inch sections of an English cucumber. 
  2. Halve them lengthwise and lay the pieces flat on a plate, as shown. 
  3. Trim a cucumber brim for each hat and set it in place. 
  4. Finish with a sliced cheese band and buckle, attached with dots of hummus or dip.

Leprechaun Doughnuts


Chocolate sprinkle:
  • O-shaped cereal
  • Dark or white chocolate
  • Colored sprinkles

Cinnamon sugar:
  • O-shaped cereal
  • Sugar
  • Cinnamon sugar


Lure wee visitors this Saint Patrick’s Day with O-shaped cereal disguised as tiny doughnuts. Prepare each variety following the steps at right and let dry on waxed paper. Add to the fun by placing them in a miniature box.

Chocolate sprinkle:
  1. Dip the tops of O-shaped cereal into melted dark or white chocolate (the tines of a fork work well for this) and cover with sprinkles.

Cinnamon sugar:
  1. Over medium-high heat, dissolve ½ cup sugar in ½ cup water. 
  2. Let it cool. 
  3. Dip the O’s, a few at a time, in the syrup, then toss them in a small bowl of cinnamon sugar.

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