A sweet little green dessert packed in serving-sized mason jars! For half of the winter I’ve been looking forward to celebrating the green…the green of spring. There is no green around here. Amazingly, the snow has started melting a lot and we can see grass, it’s just not green yet. Seriously, it’s been about 12 years since we’ve had nice weather to be outdoors for my daughter’s bday next week. It has always been winter weather, usually snowing. So bring on some shamrocks, rainbows and a whole huge pot of gold! Spring is in the air!
Extra bonus for you: 5 minute shamrocks: use a heart punch. punch. glue together, or not. There you go.Enough with the decorating, back to the desserts…
My Mom gave me a flat of little mason jars, I’ve had so much fun with them! They are the perfect size for individual desserts. So instead of making a big trifle with the pound cake I baked the other day, I made these jar desserts for each of us. It wasn’t very difficult to fill the jars. All you need is cake, whipped cream, jello and some fruit slices. The other day I baked up a vanilla pound cake, the old fashioned kind, and tinted it green. (any kind of cake should work). I sliced the pound cake up then cut out circles with a cookie cutter. Mix up some green gelatin/jelly jello, I used lime flavor. Use a tiny bit less water than called for, and do the ice cube method to cool it off faster. Add a few spoonfuls of jello to each jar, then let it set up (I stuck them into the freezer for a bit) while you are cutting the cake into circles and whipping the cream (or Cool Whip will work). The rest of the jello went into the fridge to start setting up.
So, jello, a round of cake, a squeeze of whip cream. Then slice up some kiwis and chop each slice in half. Set them in the jars against the side (so you can see them!), then fill up the hollow with some jello when it is half-set, so it is still kind of blobby and pourable. Then another layer of cake and some whipped cream. Let them sit for as long as possible in the fridge (overnight is best. Especially if the cake was a little stale!) When I open them up, I’ll add another slice of kiwi on top. I love that these jars have lids, so easy to pop into the refrigerator. They would be great to take on a picnic (if the weather was nice enough!), or even for the kids’ lunches (if I was nice enough!)My favorite Irish band has a new release today! yay! And here’s a great watch for today:
For us, fall has come and gone…too quickly! This October was busy for me, with a couple of parties….in particular this Garfield party for my son that I had been thinking about for awhile. I always start thinking about the parties way ahead of time, but the nitty-gritty gets done mostly last minute! (by that I mean, practically everything gets done last minute!!) October is a great time for a Garfield party….all the stores carry lots of black and orange stuff because of halloween, so it was easy to find orange and black crepe paper streamers. So I stocked up on those before hand, and some orange plates and bowls from the dollar store. I think that was the extent of my pre-preparations.
Garfield, oh Garfield…..what a funny cat! He was totally a part of my growing-up days, so I feel quite nostalgic about him. My youngest son just devours all the Garfield comic books that his uncle gave the kids…I have to force him to stop reading and turn out the lights for bedtime! We also enjoy watching episodes of (that old) series Garfield and Friends….that includes US Acres with Orson the Pig and others….so funny! (I don’t like the computer animated Garfield shows at all, rant rant!) So Garfield is practically a pet in our household, and thus it seemed like a really good idea to have a Garfield party when my son suggested it! 🙂 (gotta stick a “thus” in there because of my tendency to way overuse the word “so”…I also credit that to my brother.)
Last minute idea: Garfield’s famous black stripes, even if they are going the wrong way!
On this awesome lunchbox site I saw a lovely Garfield bento box lunch for kids…but that didn’t work out for me exactly…so this is what I came up with: eyes=cucumber slices, pupils=raisins, eyelids=cheddar, face=mozzarella, nose=cherry tomato, ears and whiskers=cucumer and then some pickle-and-ham fancy sandwiches for some real food. (And yes, I know that Garfield hates raisins, but my kids hate black olives!!)
Another necessary on our Garfield party table was some Tang to drink!! These Mason jars have been a great help to my parties of late! My mom gave me these little Mason jars and I have loved using them for drinks for the kids: take off the lid and take out the metal disk, add a paper cupcake liner over the top of the jar-after you’ve filled it with juice of course! and screw on the outer metal circle on over the cupcake liner. This time I printed out Garfield faces and set them on top, then cut a small hole through them to pop in the straw:
This was our fabulous lunch dessert. Jello Pinwheels!! We just loved this fun sweet! Easy and fun and yummy for kids and grownups. Here’s the link for the jello recipe and how to, here.
I’m saving the little boxes from all the food that I use for the parties…saving them for a Christmas craft! 😉 Oh yeah, the Reese’s pieces were from the cookies that my son took to school for his bday…appropriate colors of course!
You can find this Garfield pipe cleaner craft here. It was a little tricky, and the kids didn’t get into this craft, but I thought if someone (not a kid) wanted to try them for your next Garfield party, they could be used like this for a place setting:
I feel like getting into the festive mood for tomorrow. Yesterday I posted a bit about what we’ve done for St. Patrick’s Day before, today I’m trying to get a couple things ready for tomorrow. I’m thinking a lot about food, too because my nephew and my daughter’s bdays are right about St. Paddy’s day!! Clicking around on Pinterest, I saw lots of fun ideas, and since I love rainbows so very much right now, I thought I’d try rainbow jello parfaits…you know, as in the “end of the rainbow” that’s where you find the pot of gold! 😉 So I’m working on that right now…it’s time consuming and mine is not turning out professional looking like the blog where I found it here: http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/2012/03/lucky-rainbow-jello.html, but I guess Glory has made them a few times, and has all the “bugs” worked out!! Here’s what they look like so far:
As I work on the layers and layers of jello, I thought of “encouraging” my daughter to make something to “recycle” the jello boxes. She didn’t want to at first, but I threatened her, and that worked fine! So now she’s busy making something cool out of them…
Another little “green” craft is a frog out of pop bottles. Of course I found this idea on Pinterest…Cut the bottoms out of two 2 -litre green pop bottles (I’m Canadian, ok?!eh?!), for the head and body. Then with your handy dandy glue gun, glue strips of felt around the sharp edges, and a small rectangle at the back for a hinge on froggy’s mouth. Glue on the 2 pop tops as eyeballs, then add details with the glue gun: lips, freckles, cheeks, and around the eyeballs. A just-for-fun craft! We have been using it to store our ABC flashcards that we made the other day…more on that later. Here’s froggy: (this was actually our Leap Year craft, heh, heh)
I’ve also printed out some St. Patrick’s Day old-fashioned greeting cards from the Lucky digital kit from my previous post. Haven’t quite figured out what I’m going to do with them, but will make some sort of decoration.
Now for some food planning for tomorrow….what to do? I’ve made a pasta salad with lots of green bits in: cucumber, green onion, parsely. A few years ago I actually made green bread! Doesn’t look like I’ll get that done! I was thinking we’d drink Root Beer Floats! I know the kids will like that! And yesterday I found this cool idea for a shamrock quiche on Pinterest, here’s the step by step instructions: http://www.diamondsfordessert.com/2011/03/lucky-spinach-quiche.html I want to try it out!!
Are you planning any special food for tomorrow? Just wondering….how about a lovely green sauce for your chicken?? green salad? green bread? I’m not Irish, so I really don’t have too many ‘authentic’ ideas! 😉 We’ll see what I actually get done…..