While scanning for some ideas to blog on, I came across two very creative ideas. A project for kids to get their hands into. Let them help decorate the Thanksgiving table or even create an alternative and fun dessert option.
You may wander why the nutritionist is promoting candy or any form of processed food for that matter. Mmm, it certainly is not my favourite form of nutrition, but then again, it is a day of celebration and perhaps giving the kids a project may keep then out your hair as you prepare the rest of your healthy and nutritious thanksgiving meal.
After all, it is a holiday, not a holimonth and some treats and fun surprises have a good place in a nutritious plan. Moderation is the key – compromise on other calories elsewhere so you do not feel deprived to the point of overeating later on, may be some key points that may help account for a treat snack or dessert.
Here are the recipes if you would like to have some unusual décor, and some great comments about your dessert plate… or at least your kids’ efforts in participating in the celebrations of the season.
- Use half an Oreo cookie for each body and an entire cookie for each tail. Add a little royal icing to affix Whopper candies for turkey heads.
- Pipe on eyes with icing and also use icing to set the candy corn feathers and beaks in place.
MARSHMELLOW PILGRIM HATS
24 chocolate-striped shortbread cookies
12-ounce package of chocolate chips
tube of yellow decorators’ frosting
- Set the chocolate-striped cookies stripes down on a wax-paper-covered tray. Space them well apart.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave or double boiler.
- One at a time, stick a wooden toothpick into a marshmallow, dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate, and promptly center it atop a cookie.
- Using a second toothpick to lightly hold down the marshmallow, carefully pull out the first toothpick.
- Chill the hats until the chocolate sets, then pipe a yellow decorators’ frosting buckle on the front of each hat.