feature :: winter party

Here in the northeast, we are shoveling out. LOTS of snow - and by lots I mean like 20+" of fresh new snow!!! In addition to this new stuff, there is still several inches of snow left over from our holiday blizzard and another 10" storm we had last week. Wowza! To make it a little easier to bare, I have chili on the stove and brownies baking. Aren't snow days fun?!

Anyway.... with all this white stuff, it was fitting what I found waiting on me in my in-box this morning. Stephanie, from Spaceships and Laser Beams, sent over a winter party table she styled for her "Flurry of Fun" printables available in her Etsy shop. Too cute! Now you all know I love a dessert table, but for little ones it's just too much sugar sometimes right?! Stephanie made a beautiful table with suitable foods for small children. I'll let you read Stephanie's words about what she made. But first, one detail I loved and wanted to point out is the name tags holders. She cut little styrofoam balls in half and used them as holders. Get it - snowballs! GENIUS!

A few details of the food ("sweets") in Stephanie's words...

- "No cake" cake pops - Instead of cake and chocolate, I wanted to offer up a high protein concoction. As two year olds don't exactly have the most complex palette, I mixed peanut butter (no peanut allergy issues with my son and his close friends) with graham crumbs, formed them into balls, piped on a tiny bit of white chocolate and popped these in the fridge to get nice and firm. But a safer option, if there is any question of allergies, would be almond or soy butter. And for an even healthier base you could crush one of your child's favorite cereals and use it instead of the graham crumbs. (It should go without saying that the stick should be removed before giving to the little one. But you always need to say these things.)

- Snowflake Pudding - This is actually a homemade rice pudding made from a recipe I found in a toddler cookbook. Doesn't taste too bad either - which is good as the mom of any toddler knows you will be eating what he/she doesn't.

- Winter Crisp - This is a fruit cup that's combination of baked apples, blueberries and blackberries. For the crisp part, I wanted something quick, as I find I have no time these days. I crushed some pretzels, a little butter and brown sugar. The salty and sweet taste awesome together. But if I actually had some in the house, I would have probably just crumbled some granola bars and put it on the top.

- Vegan cupcakes - I've been wanting to try my hand a vegan baking for a while. A very good friend of mine owns Goodness Bakeshop and kindly supplied this recipe. It was an easy way to try something (vegan baking) that felt intimidating. Here's the link to the recipe: http://www.goodnessbakeshop.com/2010/11/winter-goodness.html

- Snowmen - I originally saw a version of these guys in Canadian Living magazine. Basically, I put one bocconcini ball on the bottom and cut another in half to use as the mid-section and head. The arms are stick pretzels. The nose is the end of a carrot. The hat is about a 1/4 of a raddish. They're fastened together using two sharp toothpicks, one through all three cheese balls and one through the radish and into the cheese. (Again, it should go without saying that the toothpick should be removed before giving to the little one.)

Okay, back to shoveling! Thanks, Stephanie for sharing!!!

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