Monday, December 15, 2014

Anti-Pinterest, easy-peasy kiddie holiday recipes


I'm not throwing any shade at Pinterest.

I like Pinterest!

I'm just not any good at it.

The blogosphere is full of bloggers waxing poetic about how they've made Pinterest their b!tch by creating lovely -- and, quite frankly, enviable -- crafts and recipes, particularly during the holidays.

Well, I am definitely not one of those bloggers, and this is not one of those posts.

Instead this mama, who possesses the aptitude of a preschooler when it comes to anything crafty, prefers to glean her recipes from a less intimidating venue.

Read: I obtained the following recipes from a circular that was delivered to our home by our local grocery store.

I scoured the Interwebs for high quality jpeg images of these recipes, but, no dice. 

So I actually took photos of the circular. Classy, I know. (Only the best for my readers!)

The bottom line is this: These recipes are cute, edible, and take mere seconds to make.

And there is no way you can eff them up. 

Trust me, I've tried.

Here's what's on the menu:

HEALTHY CANDY CANES
A clever arrangement turns everyday fruits into a parent-approved sweet treat. Simply alternate slices of bananas with chunks of strawberries to create a candy-cane shape. (Tip: If preparing in advance, dip banana slices into an equal mix of water and lemon juice to help prevent browning.)

I've made these for both Scotty and Kennedy and they are crazy about them!


BREAKFAST SNOWMAN
Two whole-grain pancakes set the stage for this wintry character. Add mini chocolate chip eyes to the smaller top pancake and a string of blueberry buttons on the larger bottom pancake. Trimmed pieces of bacon form a scarf, and whipped cream creates a snowy scene.

Another hit, here. Scotty flips for these. (There's too much going on for Kennedy's liking; but she'll throw down on the blueberries and whipped cream, though.)


REINDEER GAMES LUNCH
Spread cream cheese between two slices of whole wheat bread, then trim the sandwich into a triangle shape. Add two green peas for eyes and a halved cherry tomato for a nose. To create antlers, cut a hot dog in half lengthwise then make a small vertical cut at the end of each half before cooking. Place the heated hot dogs at the top of the corners of the triangle, split sides up.

Now, Scotty won't touch this with a ten-foot pole because he's not a fan of hot dogs. I kind of knew that already when I decided to live dangerously and serve this to him. He didn't bite -- even though the (vegan) hot dogs were camouflaged as antlers. But, no matter. I loved this sandwich! So it didn't go to waste.

Happy Holidays!



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13 comments:

  1. This post is hilarious. I spend hours pinning on Pinterest and then never go back and make anything. Oh and if by miracle, I even attempt something it's always a fail! :(

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    1. Oh, Ida, we have this in common...Pinterest is a perennial time-sucker: I spent HOURS on that mofo and have nothing to show for it in return. I did manage to make a felt Christmas tree for the kids, which turned out decent. read: (Excellent considering I made it; lol)

      These recipes, however CANNOT be effed up!

      Happy Holidays to you and your family!

      xo

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  2. Hilarious! Love it shares look very tasty indeed. I have no idea how to use Pinterest, there is so much stuff to look at that after a few pages I X out of it.

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    1. Hey, Mari! If you have hours to blow on, well, nothing, then Pinterest is for you. That is the best way I can describe it. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE perusing it for fashion/styling inspiration, but beyond that? Nah. I got nothin.' Particularly when ti comes to recipes.

      Happy Holidays to you, and thank you for commenting!

      xo

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  3. LOL. I would have trouble with the snowman as I can't make round pancakes to save my life!!! Love the candy cane idea though... that would be a fun one!

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    1. Honestly? When I make he snowman recipe, I use the already-made frozen whole grain pancakes. Otherwise, if I had to make it, it would probably come out looking like the shape of Texas or something...

      The candy cane is SUPER easy. Just made it this afternoon for their post-nap snack...

      Congrats, again, on your showing!! SO happy for you!!! <3

      xo

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  4. These are definitely cute, easy, peezy holiday treats!

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    1. Oh, I love these, and will probably make these all winter long!

      Happy Holidays to you and yours, Antionette! And thank you for commenting!

      xo

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    2. LOVE your new profile pic, too, by the way!

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  5. Ok you had me laughing all the way through this..... This is my kind of Pinterest, and the first one I am going to turn into adult friendly with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella as a dish to bring with oil and vinegar!!!! Nice job crafty mom :)

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    1. Okay, see, this is why I want to read more from you in the DIY/crafting category. I would have never -- NEVER -- in a million years thought to re-work any of these recipes. I'm not wired that way.

      But you are, and your idea sounds fabulous!

      Thank you for sharing this by taking a moment to comment.

      (And thank you for telling me that I made you laugh.) :-)

      xo

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  6. Hi Courtney - These are sooooo pin-worthy!!! Feed the addiction.... feed the addiction... you know you want it!!!! :-) Merry Christmas to you and your family, Hugs, Holly

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    1. You are too, funny, Holly! I {heart} you. Did you get the e-mail I sent you yesterday? How's your mom?

      xo

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