Valentines: Healthy Ladybugs Are Sure To Hit The Spot

Source:  http://www.sheknows.com/ – by Diana Johnson

Bring a touch of whimsy to your Valentine’s Day with these cute edible ladybugs. Sweet bugs made with chocolate and strawberries make a healthy dessert, while savory tomato and olive bugs are the perfect appetizer or kid’s snack.Valentine love bug snacks

I love cute holiday food, but a lot of the adorable Valentine’s Day recipes seem to be on sugar overload. These two versions of edible ladybugs provide both sweet and savory treats that are so delightful, you won’t even notice that they’re actually healthy.

For similar versions of strawberry love bugs, check out Wing It Vegan, Minnie’s Cakes, National Wildlife Federation and dilikestobake.

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An Edible Version Of Punxsutawney Phil

Source: http://www.sheknows.com – by Sandra Denneler

Who cares if there’s more winter ahead when you’ve got these adorable groundhog hot dogs on your plate?

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On Feb. 2, the groundhog always takes center stage as we anxiously wait to hear if spring is on its way. This year, celebrate Groundhog Day by making him the center of your plate, too! These funny hot dog groundhogs can be placed inside cornbread muffins, a snowy mound of mashed potatoes or baked biscuits, whichever your family prefers. Easy to create and a fun way to celebrate America’s favorite weather-forecasting rodent.

Groundhog hot dogs

For this recipe, 1 hot dog makes 2 groundhogs

Ingredients and supplies:

  • Hot dogs
  • White cheese slice
  • Black olives
  • Cream cheese
  • Clean paper hole punch
  • Black food coloring pen
  • Clean scissors
  • Cornbread muffins, mashed potatoes or biscuits

Directions:

1 Prepare groundhog burrows

These can be created using cornbread muffins, mashed potatoes or biscuits. Bake or make whichever you prefer before making the hot dog groundhogs.

2 Cut groundhog ears and bake

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the hot dogs in half. To form the ears, make circular cuts at the top and around the back of the top of each hot dog. Prop the ears up with toothpicks. Place the hot dogs on a baking sheet and cook them for 10 minutes.

Hot dog, that’s a tasty groundhog!

3 Make eyes, noses and teeth

While the hot dogs are cooking, make the eyes, noses and teeth. Punch out circles of cheese and olives with a clean paper hole punch. Add dots to the cheese eyes using a black edible food coloring pen. Cut small rectangles of cheese for the teeth with a pair of clean scissors.

Hot dog, that’s a tasty groundhog!

4 Attach eyes, noses and teeth to hot dogs

When the hot dogs are done, allow them to cool a few minutes. Remove the toothpicks from behind the ears. Wipe any grease off of the face area. Attach the eyes, nose and teeth with tiny dollops of cream cheese.

Hot dog, that’s a tasty groundhog!

5 Place the groundhogs in their burrows

Use hollowed-out centers of your cornbread muffins,

Hot dog, that’s a tasty groundhog!

piles of mashed potatoes

Hot dog, that’s a tasty groundhog!

or baked biscuits.

Hot dog, that’s a tasty groundhog!

6 Eat up!

Celebrate Groundhog Day with a plate full of fun.

Hot dog, that’s a tasty groundhog!

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Pop-up groundhog cookies

Source: http://www.sheknows.com/ – by Sandra Denneler

Pop goes the… groundhog?
Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

Play with your food!

Don’t brave the cold weather to find out if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow this Groundhog Day — stay inside and make your own pop-up groundhog cookies instead!

These adorable groundhog cookies are edible, movable and easy to make. The best part is, you can find out for yourself if we should expect six more weeks of winter from the comfort of your kitchen. So go ahead — play with your food!

Pop-up groundhog cookie recipe

Pop-up ground hog cookie

Yields 12-15 cookies, depending on size of cookie mounds

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal (preferably quick-cooking oats)
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Chocolate frosting or chocolate candy melts
  • White decorator candy balls and sprinkles
  • Black food color marker
  • Dark Chocolate Fudge Stripe cookies (or a similar cookie with a hole in the center)
  • 1-inch diameter plastic cake dowels (cut into 2-inch segments)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:

1

Mix the no-bake cookie mounds

Before mixing the cookies, arrange your plastic cake dowels on a sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper. In a large pan on the stove, mix and melt the sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk over high heat. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat. Add the peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Mix well.

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

2

Form the no-bake cookie mounds

With a teaspoon, scoop and drop your cookie mixture around the plastic dowels, forming small mounds about the same size as the Fudge Stripe cookies. Allow the cookie mounds to cool and harden completely before removing the plastic dowels. (Note: Don’t attempt to cut out the center of the cookie after it has cooled, as the hardened cookies will crack.)

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3

Make the groundhogs

Soften a Tootsie Roll with your hands or in a microwave for a few seconds. Mold the ears and head, and widen the body so that it has a base slightly larger than the hole of your Fudge Stripe cookies but will fit through the hole in the cookie mound. Secure the eyes and teeth with a tiny dab of chocolate frosting or chocolate candy melts. Make a nose with another dab of chocolate. Draw two black dots on the eyes with an edible food color marker.

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

4

Assemble the cookie

Pipe a circle of chocolate frosting or chocolate candy melts onto the Fudge Stripe cookie. Place one Tootsie Roll groundhog over the center hole. Place a cookie mound over both, securing it to the frosted bottom cookie. Allow chocolate to harden.

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

5

Play with your food!

Insert your pinky or index finger into the hole to make your groundhog move up and down.

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

Optional: If you want to make it look like your groundhogs are coming out of a snow-covered mound, just sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top.

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

Final product

Pop-up groundhog cookies recipe

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Bonus recipe

Make a savory Groundhog Day dinner, too!

 

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San Francisco Sights

Wonderful travel photography. Check out all the cities.

Ron Scubadiver's Wild Life

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I hope these photos are not too touristy, at least I passed on most of the better known items.

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Love, Eggplant

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Diced! – Echo – Pear and Goat Cheese Puffs With Sliced Almonds and Roasted Bell Pepper/Balsamic Glaze

Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheels with Pear Glaze

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Today we have an entrant for the first course of the Diced! competition. This round includes ingredients that are vegan friendly. Contestants were encouraged to add any additional ingredients they wished (even non-vegan ones). Contestants were instructed to create or find a recipe for an appetizer, soup or salad containing the following ingredients: Roasted Red Peppers, Puff Pastry, Sliced Almonds and Pears (their choice of variety). They were instructed to make their dish and create a blog post about it, including pictures. You can help determine who advances to the next round. After the last post, I will post a poll where you can vote for contestants to move on. Vote for the post you like the best. You can vote because of the inventiveness, the yummyness, the use of ingredients, the quality of the writing and pictures or for any other reason. The poll will be active for one…

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Banana tree

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I learned one thing, and that is that kids are set up visual. So i started with making there lunches in shapes. This one was the bomb. One mandarin, one kiwi, one banana. Two complete happy kids who finished there fruit with so much joy. I will me making more lovely fruit plates and I will show it on my blog.

So completely cool to distract your kids from the fruit. They are now asking it to me every day, to make me a new cute plate..

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