1/27/2012

ROCK Star Snacks

To wrap up Little C's Rock unit in school we're having some
ROCK Stars!We had fun making these together and they are super simple! We started with a batch of no bake energy balls (recipe here) and formed them into various rock shapes, about 1" wide each. (you could also use cake balls or any of your favorite no-bake treat recipes!)Then we melted some white candy melts along with a FEW black ones. (you could also use brown).
We dipped the treats in the candy melts then added two edible eyes and a Cheerio mouth.We finished them off by putting some green royal icing in a bag w/ a leaf tip and making crazy hair! I originally planned doing all mohawks but they started to get a life or their own... :)This one was feeling a little philosophical..."et tu, Brute?"This one wanted to rock a Lada Gaga-ish bow...
But no matter how you decorate them, they'll get gobbled up in a flash! Here's the wild crew ready for school!

1/20/2012

Sedimentary Rock Bars

We're rockin' out in school this month! Little C has been having so much fun telling me everything she has been learning about rocks recently. So, we decided to celebrate with some
Sedimentary Rock Bars...Not only are these super easy (you could really make any kind of layered bar cookie that you like), they teach a great lesson about how Sedimentary Rocks are formed. I made up a little printable for the kiddos that you can download here (or click on the image below).

For our bars, I used a package of Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix and pressed it into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle 1 Cup chocolate chips on top. Let melt and carefully spread to evenly distribute over the cookie. Then, I baked up some oatmeal cookies and crumbled them on top. For the top layer, I sprinkled on a mixture of butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips and toffee bits (can you tell I was cleaning out the pantry??!).
As I said before, you can make any type of layered cookie bar then have some fun talking about how sedimentary rocks are formed. Have fun and rock on!

1/13/2012

Love in Hand Cookies for MLK Day

Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I wanted to send a snack to my daughter's class to celebrate his legacy and finally came up with these cookies...I used the cookie cutter that I found here, I made up four pages of quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that you can download here.
We will be spending Monday finding some ways to do service in our community and spread Dr. King's message of love, tolerance, and the ripple effect of doing good.To make cookies, I used two packages of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix and combined with butter and egg as directed on the package. I divided the dough into fourths and tinted it with various colors. (Wouldn't it be great if you had time to do rainbow?!)
Cut out cookies, then carefully remove the heart center and swap it with another color. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Cool completely.Do you have any ideas for ways to honor Dr. King and spread his message throughout your community? I'd love to hear them!