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Fantastic Finger Food Fit for an Elf

November 13th, 2013 | Filed under: helpful hints seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

Mrs. Claus brought us elves some fantastic snacks today! As it is getting busier around the North Pole with Christmas nearing, Mrs. Claus tries to keep us full and energized by making some fun-to-eat snacks! Sometimes she makes individualized ones, or just platters to share, all are yummy and fun finger-food. Both of these recipes can be easily interpreted to make another object, animal, or setting. So get to cooking, and get creative!

The first snacks were two different bears, a brown bear and a honey bear:

Brown Bear Snack

Honey Bear Snack

Step 1: Take two pieces of bread and lay them side-by-side. Spread thick, and smooth on one piece creamy peanut butter, and on the other nutella.

Step 2 : Open a banana and slice 4 small pieces, put those in the place of the eyes, and place a chocolate chip for the nose.

Step 3: Cut a dried apricot in half length-wise, use one half as the smiling mouth.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Even Big Kids enjoy this snack!

Snacks for Kids

The second snack was a platter for all of us to share:

Healthy Snack

Step 1: Create the Palm Trees: Cut a banana in half, length-wise, and place on the platter; one half on each side. Cut the bottom of the banana to even it out. Grab a few green grape bunches and place accordingly on top of the banana.

Step 2: Create the Ground: Evenly sprinkle chocolate chips, dried blueberries, and raisins along the bottom of the bananas.

Step 3: Create the Man: Cut four slices of ham for limbs (Mrs. Claus used ham steak for nice thick ham), and one square piece (about a square inch), for the body. Cut a square piece of cheese for the head. Assemble the body, two longer slices of ham for the legs, the shorter for the arms, and cheese for the head. Use yellow mustard to create a face!

Step 4: Enjoy by sharing!

Healthy Snack

Both of these recipes can be made with just a butter knife so you can easily include the kids! Kids, you don’t have to stick to the recipes exactly. If you don’t like raisins use peanuts, M&Ms, pretzels, or anything you think would look good as a ground! And if you’re a vegetarian, just make the body out of cheese. Get creative and have fun!

Challenge your self and see what other animals or settings you can come up with!

Eezy Peezy Pumpkin Recipe

October 15th, 2013 | Filed under: news seasonal recipes | Posted by Elf jennifer

Hey everyone, it’s that time of year again… it’s fall! That means time for fall flavors and harvest recipes! I wanted to share with you a recipe idea that incorporates the most popular member of the Gourd family this month, the pumpkin. I have found an easy appetizer recipe that will wow any company you host this season. I am looking forward to sharing my vast collection of recipes with you throughout this holiday season!

I have tested this appetizer and got nothing but “Yum” and “Delicious” as feedback!

Harvest Pumpkin Appetizer

Baked Pumpkin with Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Ingredients:

1 sugar pie pumpkin (about 2 lbs.)

2 Tbsp. of vegetable oil

½ Cup of granulated sugar

½ Tsp. cinnamon

¼ Tsp. coriander

1 Cup of plain (full fat) yogurt or Greek yogurt

1 clove of garlic minced

Salt to taste

Directions:

Slice the pumpkin in half and then again into quarters. Scoop out the seeds and use a peeler to remove skin. Slice the pumpkin into 2-3 inch pieces.

In a small bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon, and coriander.

Preheat oven to 350˚F

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat. Brown the pumpkin pieces well on both sides about 5-10 minutes (I found it is better if you brown the second side only half as long because it will brown more in the oven).

Remove from heat and sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture evenly over the pumpkin.

Cover tightly and bake for 30 minutes.

Prepare the sauce, combine yogurt and garlic. Add salt to taste. Milk or water can be added to thin the sauce if desired

Enjoy!

*From my experience, this recipe will also work well using yams, sweet potatoes, or butternut squash.

Recipe sourced from: savorysimple.net

Festive Harvest Food

To spice up the presentation I found some Halloween food picks that would make any finger food more festive:

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