I just recently discovered an amazing blog, with fun crafts, recipes and ideas for families. I LOVE it! I don’t consider myself a super creative person, and love to get ideas from other people, so this blog has become one of my best blog friends. And I’ve only read a few of the posts!!
This morning, Jack was watching one of his new PBS Kids favs, “Caillou” (pronounced “cah-you”), a kind of weird but fun show about a little 4-year old bald boy (haven’t figured out why he doesn’t have any hair…) and his mostly realistic growing up adventures. I appreciate the fact that Caillou has two parents, a mom and a dad, who love each other and, for the most part, show a good example of parenting and values. I do occasionally have to make comments about how “we should be thankful instead of whining about things, even when we don’t get what we want”, etc., and the narrator’s voice is a tad bit annoying, but…
WOW. I did not mean to spend so much time on Caillou…because that’s SO not the main point of my story.
The reason I brought it up at all is that in the episode Jack was watching, Caillou’s mom made a “Special Surprise Cake” and it got me thinking that I should do “Special Surprise” things for my family more often. Then, this afternoon, I finally had some time to look at flipflops & applesauce, the blog I mentioned above (isn’t that a great name?), and there was an idea for a snack that looked super cute, super easy, and healthy too! Right then, Jack asked me if he could have a snack. And, my very first “Special Surprise Snack” was born.
I decided to call it…wait for it…Spotted Special Surprise Snack!! (I know…genius name, isn’t it? I told you I wasn’t super creative… 🙂 )
Here’s all you need…a red apple, soy butter (if you’re worried about your child’s pb allergy like I am), chocolate chips, and raisins (I added those in for variety…if you wanted to, I guess you could make it even more healthy by cutting out the chocolate chips and just using raisins. But I used both.)
Cut the apple in half, then in half again lengthwise. I sliced it an extra time for easier handling by little hands. (Note: On my first half, I didn’t core the apple first…so I made a mess. My second half turned out much better.) Cut the top portion into a “T”, so the top is the head and the two bottom slices are the wings I didn’t get a step-by-step shot of this, and I don’t think I explained it very well, but you’ll see what I mean below. 🙂
I did manage to capture this excited face…I made him wait outside the kitchen while I got everything ready, and he could hardly contain himself. 🙂
Here it is! Spotted Special Surprise Snack! I put 2 raisins on for the eyes and used the chocolate chips for the spots. I used too much soy butter (it’s definitely more runny than peanut butter), so next time I’ll keep that in mind and use less, but I thought it still turned out pretty cute.
And let me tell you…it was a BIG hit around here! Jack loved it! Here’s the silly face he made when I told him to smile…
Thanks, Chrissie, for all your wonderful ideas! I can’t wait to spend more time on your blog. 🙂