Thursday, February 11, 2010

2nd Annual Snowman Party

 I've made it through yet another off track segment with the three girls. Today was our last activity: the long awaited Snowman Party.

We did a lot of traditions...

Melted Snowman Soup:
Although I did add some herbs for flavor. Here's the recipe I used:
3 cups milk
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter
4 medium potates, peeled and diced
1 medium carrot (or a handful of mini ones) sliced
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

In saucepan, melt better. Gradually add flour and saute for a minute. Whisk in milk, a cup at a time, until well blended. Let thicken and add remaining ingredients. Cook until vegetables are tender.

This recipe doesn't look quite as much like a melted snowman, but I just told the girls the herbs were the grass picked up when they were rolling the snowballs. They agreed that could work.

I sent the girls on a scavenger hunt for the snowman parts again, and when they assembled it we played Pin the Nose on the Snowman.

Our winner was Lauren... who got her nose the farthest away:

And for the craft/treat, we made Stylin' Snowmen:
It was really fun, and super delicious.

1 cup white chocolate chips
50 mini chocolate chips
Orange decoraters gel
Fruit leather
10 gummy rings
10 gumdrops
10 (8-inch-long) pretzel rods

I forgot to get the orange gel, so just pretend they have noses.

1. Place the white chocolate chips in a 2-quart bowl. Microwave them for 1 minute, then stir. If the chips are not completely melted, microwave them for 30 seconds more, then stir until smooth. Let the chocolate cool and thicken slightly. (We got impatient, and our eyes, hats and scarves were sliding all over the place!)

2. One at a time, dip one end of a pretzel rod into the melted chocolate and use a plastic spoon or knife to spread the chocolate two thirds of the way down the rod. Place the pretzel on a sheet of waxed paper and press on mini chocolate chips for eyes and buttons. Use orange decoraters' gel to add a carrot nose. (We added mouths to try and compensate for the lack of noses.)

3. Chill the pretzels in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens, about 2 minutes.

4. Stand the pretzels in a mig or glass and tie on strips of fruit leather for scarves. I used scissors to cut the fruit roll ups while they were still wrapped in the plastic into 1/2inch-1 inch pieces. Then we unrolled them into "scarf" strips. For each hat, stretch a gummy ring over the narrow end of a gumdrop and secure it to the pretzel rod with a dab of melted chocolate.

Makes 10.

1 comment:

  1. You are the coolest baby-sitter ever! I am constantly amazed at all of the cool things you come up with for those girls. I hope they appreciate it. And I appreciate this blog because it gives me ideas to store away for when Sophie is older. Thanks!


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