So happy it's Friday! Not just because the weekend is about to begin, but because it's Food Fun Friday! I am very excited to introduce you to Amy today. Amy is an awesome, creative mom and blogger and just a very sweet person. She blogs at Sugar and Spice and has so many good ideas that you should it out. If you haven't already you will after you see what she has to share with us today!
Hi ladies! My name is Amy.
I've never considered myself to be someone particularly "creative". I can't walk into a room and envision an awesome makeover, I can't sew, and I can't paint very well either.
I've discovered recently that the kitchen is my creative outlet.
One day, I had the idea to make a creative snack for my almost 4 year old daughter. What I made was nothing fancy, but ever since then she has been in the habit of asking for "a creative lunch". Every time I make one for her, she is so sweet and tells me how great it is and says something like, "You're the best mom ever, I love my _____ (insert whatever animal or object the lunch was)." With reactions like that, how can I resist continuing to stretch myself and create new snacks and lunches for her?
The best thing about the "Creative Kid Snacks" that I show you is that they are (a) healthy - consisting of plenty of fruits and veggies, plus other good food, and (b) easy - not too fancy or complicated. They shouldn't require a tutorial for you to re-create them for your kiddos.
Here's what's been on the menu lately!
Hot air balloon: basket is a graham cracker, ropes are string cheese thinly cut, balloon circle is made from a banana cut in half lengthwise and made to look like a circle, interior is strawberries and celery. The clouds are cottage cheese and the people are carrots with raisins cut into fourths!
This volcano was made in honor of my daughter’s recent fascination with lava. The volcano is a grilled cheese sandwich, the lava is ketchup (used for dipping) and the ground below is some rice leftover from last night’s dinner.
This Valentines Day inspired snack is plain yogurt served in a heart shaped cookie cutter with grapes, blueberries, and strawberries along with some drizzled honey over top. The “I” is made of celery and the “u” is made of sliced up string cheese.
Up next is my very cute owl. He is my favorite of all. His head/body is a peanut butter sandwich, his eyes are Ritz crackers with blueberries, wings and strawberries. His beak and feet are carrots, and the moon is a banana. I created those stars by placing some plain yogurt in my cake-decorating bag and using the star shaped tip.
Camping scene: Tent is made of a peanut butter sandwich, the tree trunks and ground are made of Triscuit crackers, the leaves on the trees are made of cucumber and the campfire is made out of a base of walnuts and flames of carrots and yellow pepper.
Next up we have the first thing I thought up when I came home from the grocery store with all of my colorful produce. The basket of flowers is made of a graham cracker basket, celery stems, and four flowers. Flower 1: carrots and a grape. Flower 2: bananas and the bottom of a strawberry. Flower 3: a piece of toast with jam cut into the shape of a tulip. Flower 4: rosette made of ham.
Mr. Elephant is probably the easiest one up today! His body is a peanut butter sandwich, his legs, trunk, and tail are a banana (slice lengthwise using one long half for the trunk and the other half cut up for the legs and tail). His ear is a piece of turkey and his eye is a blueberry.
David and Goliath: their bodies are made of celery. David’s sling is made of ham with a grape half for a stone. Their heads are made of Ritz crackers, raisin eyes, and carrots for mouths. The Sun is made of a banana, and Goliath’s sword is made of a carrot.
Our little angel is made of a grilled cheese sandwich. She has wings of apples and a halo of corn. Her eyes are raisins and her mouth is a strawberry. She sits atop fluffy clouds of yogurt.
Do you recognize this guy from Monsters Inc.? Mike Wazowski is made of a honeydew melon sliced and cored. His eye is made of yogurt, sugar snap peas, and a blueberry. His mouth is also made of bluberries. I sliced him up in order to make the eating part easier for my little Disney fan.
Thank you so much, Vicky, for having me today on Mess For Less. Please stop by and visit me sometime!
You can find a link to more of my "Creative Kid Snacks" on my sidebar. Have a great day!
Thank you Amy! Okay, who is ready to run to the grocery store? I am just in awe of Amy's great ideas with food. It's really hard to pick a favorite, but that owl is too darn cute. And the yogurt stars? What a great idea! Here are some of my favorite posts from Sugar and Spice: