Well, well…time for me to play with my food again.
Oh how I love holidays.
I am keeping it really simple this year and just sharing a few quick trips and tricks for fun little treats for your tiny monsters.
First Up: Mummy In A Coffin (AKA Pigs in a Blanket)
This mummy was created with my favorite Applegate beef hot dog and wrapped in homemade pizza dough. You can use bread dough, biscuit dough, or crescent roll dough. You simply wrap a long, thin piece of dough around the hot dog, leaving a small opening for the face. I baked my Mummies for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Just watch closely–the dough is thinner, so it will bake faster than typical. Then I used a toothpick to add mustard eyes.
I think I enjoyed this treat as much as my kids did.
This mini pizza was created with my leftover pizza dough I had from the Mummies in Coffins. I hand-formed a few pumpkins and sprinkled the dough with garlic powder and cheddar cheese. Black olives would be great for making a face on these little guys, but my kids would turn into true monsters if I tried to feed them olives, so diced peppers it was for us.
I just baked these mini pizzas with the Mummies for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
What a festive surprise for school lunches.
What could be simpler?
Place half a banana on a stick and melt a few chocolate chips in the mircrowave. Simply use a toothpick to draw a face on the banana to create a ghost with the melted chocolate.
So fun and tasty.
My kids were in love with these fruity lips.
I sliced a small section out of apple quarters to create 2 lips and a white mouth. I spread a bit of all-fruit strawberry jelly in the mouth to represent blood and then placed mini-marshmallows in the opening for the teeth.
Last but not least, do not under estimate the power of cookie cutters.
I used these festive shapes to cut out my pancakes, sandwich bread, large slices of melon (cantaloupe is the perfect color for pumpkins.) Use your imagination–you can be as creative as you want to be or as simple as you want to be.
I hope you find some inspiration to play with your food and put a smile on your kids faces. Sometimes the simplest of things can bring the most joy.