I love to be in the kitchen, and I love to do crafts. Since my girls were about two, and they began to delight in my efforts, I have found a lot of joy from combining two of my loves.
I’ve never created any really elaborate sandwich sculptures…or made a pirate ship out of a watermelon, complete with melon ball-shooting cannons…but if I can spend 10 or 15 minutes and surprise my girlies with something cute and edible from time to time, I find it so much fun.
Yesterday we hosted our favorite twin friends for a play date. We made handprint turkey crafts, and I wanted something fun for a snack. Inspired by several different versions of cookie / candy turkeys on Pinterest, I came up with this little guy, using the supplies I had on hand…
The body is a snack-size Reese’s cup, on top of two chocolate-covered pretzel twists. I broke a pretzel stick in half to use for the legs. I positioned everything on a cookie sheet and dipped the Reese’s cup in a tiny bit of melted chocolate to adhere everything together. The eyes (Wilton brand) were left from Halloween, as were the candy corn M&M’s I used to decorate the tail feathers. The beak is made from mini Reese’s pieces. Those were adhered with a tiny bit of melted chocolate, too. I put my completed birds in the refrigerator to set. (Take the birds out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you serve them; otherwise the cold chocolate can be pretty hard.)
The girls and their friends thought these birds were pretty neat.
Looking back through my files, here are pictures of a couple of the Thanksgiving-themed eats I made last year…
My creations won’t win any contests, but in the context of the preschool crowd, they’re usually a hit.
MandyE is mom to almost-five-year-old fraternal twin girls. She blogs about their adventures and her journey through motherhood at Twin Trials and Triumphs.