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April Fools Day

Posted by on Mar. 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM
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 It's almost here. Do you have any plans for tricks with food?

by on Mar. 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM
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SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM

 Gelled Juice

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This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine

April 1st is a day for fooling, so why not make a little mischief this year? A thirsty family member is the perfect target for this glassful of trickery that's impossible to drink. And since the undrinkable beverage is made by the batch, you'll be able to fool more than one person.

What you'll need

  • Lemon-flavored gelatin
  • Red food coloring

How to make it

  1. Following the package directions, mix up a box of lemon-flavored gelatin (we added a drop of red food coloring to darken it). Pour the mixture into clear glasses and insert a drinking straw into each. Place the glasses in the refrigerator to set. When they're ready, serve the jiggling juice to the next parched target (or two!) looking for a cool drink.

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

 

Fried Marshmallow Eggs

 
There's no chance of breaking the yolks when you cook up these eggs. That's because they're actually dried apricots -- a tangy complement to the sweet marshmallow egg whites.

What you'll need

  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 12 marshmallows
  • 2 dried whole apricots

How to make it

  1. Place a piece of aluminum foil on a flat working surface and then grease the surface of the foil with 1 teaspoon of the butter.

  2. In a small saucepan, melt the second teaspoon of butter over low heat. As soon as it has melted, add the marshmallows to the pan and turn up the heat to medium-low. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon until the marshmallows are completely melted and have just started to bubble.

  3. Fried Marshmallow Eggs Step 3

    Immediately remove the pan from the heat and spoon the melted marshmallow, in 2 separate blobs, onto the greased foil. You have to work fast, before the marshmallow begins to solidify again. TIP: When spooning the melted marshmallow onto the greased foil, work quickly, using the back of the spoon to spread out the "egg white" a bit.

  4. Fried Marshmallow Eggs Step 4

    Shape 2 dried whole apricots and gently press each one, rounded side up, into the center of a marshmallow blob. TIP: To make a dried apricot look just like a dome-shaped egg yolk, use your thumbs to push the center of the fruit until it is concave.

  5. Fried Marshmallow Eggs Step 5

    When the marshmallow has set enough to hold together, but before it stiffens too much, use a spatula to transfer the eggs to a breakfast plate. TIP: Once the candy eggs have set, insert a plastic spatula beneath each one and, at the same time, use your fingers to gently peel the marshmallow from the foil.

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 4:56 PM
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Gag Lunch

 
Gag Lunch
 

April 1st is a day for fooling, so why not make a little mischief this year? Here's an idea for good-humored high jinks that will bring a smile whether you're the trickster or the target.

What you'll need

  • CAN'T UN-ZIPLOCK:
  • Sandwich
  • Sandwich bags
  • Double-sided scrapbook tape
  • WORMY APPLE:
  • Apple
  • Gummy worm
  • Plastic ballpoint pen
  • SNACK SWITCHEROO:
  • Snack bag
  • Baby carrots
  • Double-sided tape

How to make it

  1. Can't Un-Ziplock: Hungry April fools will be trying hard to wrestle the goods out of one of these special sandwich bags. The reason? The opening is discreetly sealed with a thin line of clear adhesive strip. To set up the prank, zip the bag closed and place a length of double-sided scrapbook tape (we used Zips Ultra Thin Clear Adhesive Lines) on one of the flaps just above the closure. Firmly press the flaps together to make them stick.

  2. Wormy Apple: The creature wiggling out of this apple will make an April Fools' Day lunch both silly and sweet. Use a plastic ballpoint pen, washed and with the ink cartridge removed, to bore a hole in the fruit, then insert a gummy worm. (Don't make it the night before, or the worm may get mushy.)

  3. Snack Switcheroo: The joke in this snack-sized scheme is let out of the bag as soon as your target realizes the contents don't match the label. Make the switch by carefully opening a snack bag along the top seam. Empty out the original contents and fill the bag with another edible item (we filled a cheese puff bag with baby carrots). Add a playful message such as "April Fools!," then use a strip of double-sided tape to reseal the bag along the seam.

jessicasmom1
by Laina on Mar. 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

hahah how cute Luci 

Peachy34500
by Gold Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 6:24 PM
Cute!
megandwade
by Silver Member on Mar. 30, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I love the gag lunch idea! What a great idea to brighten up the kiddo's day!

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Apr. 1, 2014 at 7:42 AM

 Ice-cream Potatoes

What's your Take?

A scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt makes for convincing mashed potatoes. Set a helping on each plate and top with butterscotch or caramel sauce gravy just before serving.

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Apr. 1, 2014 at 7:45 AM

 

A Fool's Dinner
What's your Take?

Do your kids balk when it comes to eating their peas and carrots? With this meal, they're in for a sweet surprise.

What you'll need

  • Peanut butter log candy
  • Peas-and-carrots candy mix
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Caramel or butterscotch topping

How to make it

  1. On each dinner plate, arrange four or five peanut butter logs (to look like chicken nuggets) and a small handful of the candy mix (for vegetables).

  2. Right before serving, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt to each plate for "mashed potatoes." Top with gravy -- a spoonful of caramel sauce or butterscotch topping.

batjmom
by Sarah on Apr. 1, 2014 at 7:45 AM
No plans

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Apr. 1, 2014 at 7:56 AM

 

Fakin' and Eggs

What's your Take?
This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine

On April Fools' Day, trick your family with a tiny breakfast that's really a cleverly disguised dessert.

What you'll need

  • FOR THE EGGS:
  • 3 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • 12 yellow M&MS
  • FOR THE FAKIN':
  • 1 square caramel
  • 1 Tootsie Roll Midgee

How to make it

  1. For the eggs: Melt the white chocolate chips according to the package directions. Transfer the melted chocolate to a ziplock bag and snip off a corner.

  2. Squeeze nickel-size portions of the chocolate onto a sheet of waxed paper, then gently press a yellow M&M, letter side down, into the center of each. Let the candies cool. Makes 12 eggs.

  3. Fakin' and Eggs Step 3

    For the fakin': Remove the wrapping from a square caramel and a Tootsie Roll Midgee. Microwave the candies for 4 seconds to make them soft. Use your thumb and forefinger to slightly flatten each candy piece, then press them together.

  4. Fakin' and Eggs Step 4

    Halve the candy, then stack and press the pieces into alternating layers.

  5. Fakin' and Eggs Step 5

    Slice a 1/4-inch-wide piece from the stack. Pinch and stretch the piece lengthwise into a flat bacon strip, then cut it in half. Add ripples to each half by gently bending the edges. Makes 3 strips (6 pieces).

Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine
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