The holiday season is filled with terrific foods and goodies. The scent of freshly baked cookies fills your home. Marvelous meals are made for those fancy Christmas parties. Isn’t it time to have some fun with food?
Kids and adults alike will love these fabulous ideas. There is no end to the great food this season. Fun ideas with food are just as abundant. Whether you make food for gifts, or just enjoy the experience of cooking and the wonderful product that results, here are some ideas for you.
Everyone loves cookies! Put on your chef’s hat and don an apron. Whip up some quick and easy cookies with Pillsbury’s ready to bake cookie dough in various delicious flavors. Wrap them with colored Reynolds Wrap and tie with a beautiful bow. This is perfect for anyone on your holiday list. Be certain to save some for Santa and Rudolph!
Make a cute reindeer cookie. Place peanut butter cookie dough on a cookie sheet as described in the directions on the package. In the center of the cookie, place one Red Hot candy. Use two tollhouse chocolate chip morsels for eyes. Two tiny twist pretzels placed at the top of the cookie, one to the right, and one towards the left, make perfect antlers. Bake as directed on the package.
Simply using some inexpensive baking pans with holiday shapes, will spruce up any ordinary treat. Mix up a batch of Betty Crocker Original Brownie Mix following the directions on the box. Carefully, pour the brownie mixture into the baking pan. If pouring the batter becomes messy, consider using a large spoon to transport the mixture from the large bowl to the baking sheet. Toss a batch of these festive brownies into a decorative tin for the perfect gift to give any chocolate lover on your list.
Buy some fudge or peanut brittle at Kroger this year. Pick up a bag of holiday Hershey kisses. A small holiday gift bag will wrap this gift right up for you. A touch of tissue and pretty ribbon will complete this package.
Keep the children busy for hours making a popcorn chain for the Christmas tree. A bag of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn should do the trick. This is a fun way for the kids to decorate their tree with homemade goodness. Help little one’s to learn patterns by placing three pieces of popcorn on the strand, followed by two plastic beads. Then return to the popcorn and repeat the process. Youngsters will be very proud of their work, and undoubtedly have a healthy snack of popcorn along the way.
Purchase some pretty pasta from Wal-Mart. Barilla pasta works well for such a craft. The left over noodles can be used to make a luxurious pasta salad for dinner.
Be certain to select several styles of pasta. The various shapes and sizes add some flair to homemade Christmas ornaments. Use a small photo for this craft. A wallet size is perfect for making ornaments. Make a photo frame from card stock or construction paper. Decorate the frame with spiral noodles. The colored noodles accent the project nicely. This idea is great for toddlers to express their creativity. Grandma will love featuring this gift on her tree. Using pasta shaped like a bow, will accent a young lady’s photo well. Take a dot of Elmer’s glue and paste the noodle like a bow in the girl’s hair. For a boy’s photo, glue the bow pasta to the photo to create a bow tie.
Parents and children will truly enjoy working together to make chocolate covered pretzels. Melt a bag of Nestle morsels and dip pretzels in the luscious chocolate. Mini twists from Rold Gold are terrific. Serve these bite sized treats with peanut M & M’s. Try dipping the ends of pretzel rods into the chocolate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or sprinkles to add a pretty look to this tempting snack.
For those naughty people on your Christmas list, give them a bag of poop! Mini marshmallows in a snack sized Ziploc baggy make a perfect practical joke. A small poem attached to the Ziploc explaining that this snowman poop was all that Santa had in his sack, completes the gift. A few chocolate covered peanuts or raisins represent reindeer poop. These little packages may convince the recipients to be nice next year.
The poem may read:
For those naughty ones on his list
Santa should have missed.
But you’re not out of the loop
Have a small bag of poop!
Decorate with a snowman or reindeer sticker or stamp. Kids of all ages get a thrill out of this one.
Let your creativity flow with this edible abode. Try your hand at making a gingerbread house. Consider using Honey Maid graham crackers to begin. Use Betty Crocker frosting to cement the sides together. As the house begins to take shape, you can decorate with all sorts of goodies. Powdered sugar looks like snow. Icing and Cocoa Krispies make a neat effect. Line the walk with gumdrops of different colors. Use blocks of Hershey bars for doors, windows, or even bricks! The possibilities are endless.
If a gingerbread house is a little more complicated than you prefer, try constructing a small sleigh instead. Begin with one standard size Hershey bar any variety. Do not open the package. Tape two Reese’s cups, still in their original package, perpendicular to the Hershey bar. This should form a cross or X shape. With the chocolate bar on top, place two candy canes on your sled to mimic runners, with one on the right side and the other on the left. Don’t forget to have the curve of the candy cane facing upwards towards the sled. Maybe you can add some kisses to the little sleigh to enjoy the ride. Be creative. Your youngsters will love this project. Each candy sleigh will only cost around $1.50 each. At this great price, you will be able to fill the stockings of everyone on your Christmas list with this tasty snack.
A beautiful holiday decoration can be made using assorted sizes of Styrofoam balls and food. Choose your different foods for their color and texture. Cover each ball with the food completely. For example, use a large foam ball and cover it with large nuts. Pecans add a nice look. Use clear glue to attach dried peas to a smaller ball of foam. The more you vary the food by shape, color, etc. the better the project looks. Display your craft in a fancy basket. Do remember to spray the project with a clear sealant to promote the longevity of the decoration.
Make some gingerbread men. This is a delicious way to be creative. Decorate them with frosting, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and much more. Create a huge gingerbread person to share with the whole family. What a wonderful snack to munch on while decorating the house for the holidays. Jelly Belly eyes are adorable. Mini marshmallows in assorted colors add polka dots to a cute dress for your gingerbread girl. Try these terrific ideas or create your own.
Give a gift to nature this season. Collect pinecones from around the neighborhood. Spread Peter Pan peanut butter all over the pinecone using a knife or spoon. Roll the item around in birdseed. A fabulous method is to place some birdseed on a paper plate. Attach a string to your project and hang it outside for the animals to enjoy this winter.
The products you use everyday can turn items from ordinary to extraordinary! Take a break from the holiday rush to enjoy some fun with food.