Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Midweek Moments-Donut Hole Acorns

Fall is my favorite time of year! Changing leaves, cooler air, pumpkins and acorns. Where I live, the acorns are tiny and cute. I remember reading "My Side of the Mountain" when I was younger, wondering how many tiny little acorns it would take to make pancakes. It wasn't until I was older that I realized acorns grew A LOT bigger in other places. Even the tiny little ones make me smile (but I am grateful I don't have to gather enough tiny acorns to feed my family for the Winter).

There are so many fun Fall books The book I chose today is "Fox and Squirrel", a story about friends, not acorns. Fox and Squirrel are friends, even though they are very different from each other. All of us-grownups included need a reminder that we don't need to be the same to be friends. This story is a darling reminder that though we are different, there are many things that make us the same!

Our food art today is donut hole acorns. For each quick and easy acorn you will need:

*A donut hole (I found apple cider donut holes, but any kind will work)
*Peanut butter, Nutella, or frosting of your choice (about a tablespoon)
*Krispie Rice cereal (about 2 tablespoons)
*A pretzel stick

Put a small amount of frosting or nut spread on the top of the donut hole. Have your child spread it around with a knife, the back of a spoon, or even their finger.

Turn the donut hole over and press into the cereal, making sure to cover all of the frosting or nut butter. The Krispie Rice cereal should stick to the frosting or nut butter to make the acorn "cap".

Break a pretzel stick in half (or close to) and insert in the top if the donut hole (this makes the stem of the acorn).

Eat your cute little acorn (and be grateful that these are the ONLY kind of acorns you will have to eat this fall)!

Tips and tricks:
*Spreading on the top of a donut hole can be tricky. It will make it easier for your child if you hold the donut hole while they spread.
*Don't miss the chance to talk to your child about being friends with people who look, act, or believe differently than your family.
*As always remember-
                  You are making memories, not masterpieces!

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