Snow day snacks
Make some tasty treats when the weather gets cold.
You've built a snowman, sledded down a hill 20 times, constructed a fort, won your snowball fight, and now you're just bored ... not to mention hungry! So what's next? Snow day snacks—delicious munchies that take very little prep and can be eaten with one hand while you throw a snowball with the other! These recipes ideas come from the National Geographic Kids Cookbook by Barton Seaver.
Prep time: About 5 minutes, or as long as you want!
Assemble your snowmen using the marshmallows and toothpicks. You can use different sizes for the body, head, and arms, or do whatever you like!
Now decorate your snowmen! You can use pretzels for arms, licorice for candy scarves, candy for hats, or whatever else you can dream up. Frosting helps secure the candy to the marshmallows.
ANTS (AND FIRE ANTS) ON A LOG
Prep time: About 20 minutes; serves 4
Using a butter knife, spread the nut butter into the celery sticks.
Garnish each stick with a few of the raisins and cranberries. You can alternate the raisins with cranberries on each log or you can keep them separate.
DINOSAUR KALE CHIPS
Prep time: 10 minutes, plus 40 to 50 minutes cook time; serves 4
Preheat your oven to 350˚F. Thoroughly wash and dry the kale.
Strip the stems from the kale by holding the stem and running your fingers gently up the stalk in order to separate the leaves. Throw the stems away or save them for the next time you make veggie soup.
Toss the kale leaves with the oil in a bowl, mixing thoroughly to ensure that each leaf is evenly covered.
Season the leaves with a little salt and place them on a large baking tray. Place the tray in the oven and cook for 25 minutes.
Take the tray from the oven and toss the leaves using tongs to expose the parts that are still droopy.
Place the tray back in the oven and cook for another 15 to 25 minutes, or until the kale is crispy throughout. These are best when eaten right out of the oven.