Dr. Seuss Snacks
Is it totally inappropriate to serve 7-year-olds smoothies in shot glasses?
Don't answer that, too late. I already did.
Last Friday was Dr. Seuss' birthday. I know, this post is late. But I had an excuse. Plus, I made it, I served it, and it deserved to be posted. Dr. Seuss is good anytime, not just on March 2nd. (Please agree with me. Or pretend that you do?)
I thought about trying to rhyme this post like Hayley did. But, unlike Hayley who says she can't rhyme but totally can, I really can't. Ask me to find something that rhymes with "dog" and I'll start out okay (log, jog, fog...) but then resort to using made-up words like tog or wog or zog just to make it fit my theme.
But I guess, for Dr. Seuss, that might work?
I've always loved Dr. Seuss books. I think The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham are my favorites. You all know how much I love to read. I bake, eat, breathe, and read. Pretty much in that order.
Now that Jordan is in the first grade, reading is part of her life. I'll never forget last year when she brought home her first reader and actually could read it to me. Sure, it had like, five words, but still. She could read!
I've always looked forward to that time when my daughter and I could curl up on the couch, me with the latest John Grisham novel and her with Little House on the Prairie and we could read, silent side by side. Harmonious, while angels would sing and unicorns would fly around our backyard.
And well, then Jordan was born. And it was (and is) painfully apparent that that scenario will rarely happen. Reading is "boring" and not active enough. I mean, you can't bounce on the trampoline, swing like a monkey from the pull-up bar, eat a snack, and watch Good Luck Charlie while reading a Magic Treehouse book, now can you?
However, she loves Dr. Seuss. She's finally gotten to the point in her reading skills that she can (and wants) to read them. She laughs over the rhymes and even does voices for the characters. "Would you COULD you in a car?"
Honestly, I don't think I would like green eggs. Um, can you say rotten? But these green eggs? These I could eat by the fistful.
The idea for these green eggs and ham came from The Girl Who Ate Everything. I saw her cute green eggs and ham on Pinterest. I did mine a little differently. Can you guess what my eggs are made of ? I bet it's not to hard to guess, if you've been reading this blog for any length of time.
Mini Nutter Butters! I know, I know. For some strange reason, you cannot get Nutter Butters in Canada. Come on Canada, get with the program. Your people deserve Nutter Butters! If you can't find this delectable cookie, use mini Oreos.
The Cat in the Hat Smoothie is a play off of something I found on the Betty Crocker website. A layered strawberry milkshake. Instead of ice cream, I used Cool Whip. But if your kid is like mine and can't stand whipped cream (um, if I didn't have absolute proof she was my daughter I would think the doctor messed up during embryo transfer), you can use ice cream.
And there you have it. The worlds tastiest Green Eggs and Ham and a cat smoothie, not to be confused with a smoothie made with a cat. (Ew.)
- Mini Nutter Butters (or Oreos)
- Vanilla Almond Bark
- Mini green M&Ms
- Pretzel sticks
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- Apple juice, as much as needed to blend the frozen strawberries
- 1 cup Cool Whip
- Splash of milk to thin the Cool Whip
- Melt the Vanilla Almond Bark according to package directions, adding a teaspoon or two of vegetable oil to thin it if it's too thick. Dip your cookies in the melted candy, tapping to remove excess. Place on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Top with a mini green M&M and chill to harden. Serve with pretzel stick "ham".
For The Cat in the Hat Smoothie
- Place strawberries in a blender. If you are using frozen strawberries, add enough apple juice so that they can be blended to a liquid. (If you are using fresh you may not need to add any juice.)
- Mix the Cool Whip with a dash of milk to thin, so that it is slightly pour-able.
- Layer the Cool Whip with the blended strawberries in a 2 ounce shot glass, white on the bottom. (Makes about 4.)