Archive for April 11th, 2013

Fun With Food

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

One of the things I fondly remember from my childhood was the totally fun and unique ways my mom would serve us food.  I was an extremely picky eater, but I remember that she would get me to eat just about anything, as long as it was on a stick or arranged in a funky way.  My favorite thing she made was little bugs made from toothpicks, cheese and grapes – adorable!  We also had a sandwich book that showed you how to make animals and colorful roll-ups out of your sandwich ingredients.

Now as an adult I find myself having the same issues my mom had with me with my own children – where if they could choose, we’d be eating processed chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese and oreos for dinner each night.  It’s time to have fun with food, and that’s what today’s blog is all about!  The more fun you have making it, the more fun your kids will have eating it!  And these fun ideas are super simple, so you can even let the kids help you create it!    Check out these bright ideas and make your own food creation tonight!  Just watch as the kids line up to help – and ask for seconds!

I can’t wait to try this fun with food project with the kids!  It can turn Sunday brunch into an event my kids actually like attending!  This adorable food inspiration is from Spoonful.com, and it’s called the Crabby Crabwich.  It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this crab, and I like that you can fill your croissant with whatever food suits your taste buds, (I was thinking eggs and cheese, because my kids will not go anywhere near anything with the word “salad” in it)!  To make your Crabby Sandwich, all you have to do is slice and fill your croissant and tuck six baby carrots into the edges, which will make your crab’s legs.  Slide 2 1/2 inch balls of cream cheese onto tooth picks and garnish with 2 black olive slices for eyes.  Cut the tips off your croissant and slide in two pieces of red bell peppers to make claws, (or change it up and do strawberries instead)!  Add half of a radish for a smile, adhering it to the croissant with a dot of cream cheese.  My mouth is watering already!

 

Perfect for after school or in-between play, the folks over at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons certainly have healthy snacktime down-pat with this adorable Peachy Parrot snack!  It’s great because it only involves four simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, (well, except for the peaches)!  Simply cut the peaches in half – one for your parrot body and the other for his face. Place them face down with a pretzel rod directly below it.  Take another peach and cut it in half.  Cut the halves into thin slices to make your wings, beak, feathers and feet.  The eyes are made with mini marshmallows cut in half, with two chocolate chips for the eyes, (yum)!  If you want to add a little sweet, make sure everything sticks together with a small dot of frosting or yogurt!

 

One of my favorite websites for festive foods, Hungry Happenings featured this adorable dinnertime meal that doubles as a fun Halloween treat or a creepy critter to add to your son’s plate at dinner.  Corn Dog Centipedes are super easy, as you only need three simple ingredients – mini corn dogs, chow mein noodles (or potato sticks) and 2 dots of ketchup.  First bake your corn dogs according to your package directions.  When you remove them from the oven, reduce the temperature to 200 degrees.  Use about 9 corn dogs for each centipede and arrange them in a squiggly line.  Press your potato sticks or chow mein noodles in the sides and front of the corn dogs to create your legs, tail or antennae.  Place into a warm oven until ready to serve, and then finally dot the front of each bug with two ketchup eyes.

At-Home Spa Party

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Nothing is better then spending the day at the spa with your girlfriends; it’s the perfect stress reliever, and the perfect chance to talk – really talk.  This past month I tried to book a spa day for a friend and myself at our local spa and it would have been over $400 EACH for four hours of relaxation.  Not that there’s a price for a stress-free day, but I don’t want to cause more stress for myself at the end of the month because I went over budget on a whim.

If you’re like me, and enjoy the benefits of the spa, but prefer to keep your money in your wallet, there’s still hope!  Create your own spa at home and invite all of your best gal-pals to join you!  It can actually be the perfect low-budget party, (to be honest, I found a site that promoted a home spa day with everything purchased from the dollar store – score)!  Ask each girl to come with a robe in-hand.  You can offer terrycloth flip flops, which are perfect after pedicures, and make a perfect party gift.

Have plenty of wine or bubbly on hand, which will make the girl-talk flow so much easier, (as if you needed help)!  Or, if you’re looking to rejuvenate, you can also create your own spa-inspired drink with a glass of cucumber lemon water, with just a hint of mint.  From the first sip you’ll automatically be thinking SPA.    Simply slice your cucumber and lemon slices extremely thin and let them seep into spring water for about an hour before serving.  Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and you’ve got a refreshing spa drink for everyone to admire.

Have a stylish chalkboard frame on your coffee table listing the treatments your home spa will be offering that day – think manicure, pedicure, foot soak, lip scrub or face mask…easy spa ideas which only take 20-30 minutes to do.  Put on some relaxing spa music to set the tone, (and yes, Spotify actually has spa/zen music that you can playlist)!   Be sure to have plenty of basins, towels, nail files and nailpolish on hand for all of your guests.  If you don’t have enough nailpolish to go around, try asking each guest to bring a brand new bottle of nailpolish with them to your spa party.  You can put them at your pedicure area and have each guest take a different polish home with them at the end of the evening.

Below you’ll see a really fun collage which will help you create the perfect spa day.  My favorite is that At Home Spa Treatment which gives you the exact ingredients you’ll need to mix up the perfect facials, moisturizers and scrubs, using things you likely already have in your pantry!

cucumber water ~ facial ingredients ~ rose water ~ face mask ~ spa gift ~ serenity candle ~ friends

robe ~ polish ~ bath bombs ~ nail file ~ mask ~ bubble bath ~ mini face masks

Ready to host your own at-home spa party?   You can host one just for the fun of it, or let it be the theme for your next birthday party, bridal shower or bridal luncheon!  Set the scene with a spa party invitation that will get everyone in the mood for relaxation.  At InvitationBox you’ll find the perfect spa party invitations for teens, brides and adults.  From cucumber eyes to foot spas, pedicures, manicure essentials, spa scenes and girls wrapped in spa towels, you’ll have exactly what you need to set the scene for your special spa day!