We started out with Christmas Coal Popcorn in honor of Wyoming being the nation's leading coal producer. I liked this one better than the edible coal we made for West Virginia - thought it looked more real :) Plus this would be a great funny stocking stuffer.
From there we made Chocolate Mint Muddy Buddy mix that was inspired by this recipe for Orange Creamsicle Muddy Buddy Mix. We followed the recipe but used the chocolate mint flavoring packet. Love it! And it turned out such a pretty green color. The we tried Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow (we had quite the time with the food processor today) and though I don't have a recipe for it, we also made Egg Nog Puppy Chow. I had snagged a bag of egg nog flavored Wilton melting disks (OMG - YUM!) and used those and then tossed the resulting mixture in powdered sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. (Yay for me own creations!)
Then we started on the cookies. I saw this recipe for Rainbow Cookies the other day and thought the red and green ones would be so much fun! We made (sans the chocolate chips) one batch of each. About half we swirled the two together and left them that way and the other half, we of course had to frost and decorate. The Bean started in on making snowmen which of course meant I needed to get in on the action as well (ah cute food!) and she did a fabulous job.
We then set out to make some cake pops (which I've never done before!) based on this idea for Little Debbie Cake Pops. We actually used a box of "Fancy Cakes" and got 12 perfect sized pops which we dipped in peppermint crunch Wilton melts. We used the rest of the melts to coat some of the Oreo Truffles we made (just for Grant) and ended up drizzling the end of the rest.
If all that wasn't enough... We're *supposed* to be hosting brunch here on Wednesday and I'm a little ahead of the curve (hahaha) and had my recipes picked out and ingredients bought. So Kayla and I made these Glitter Grapes in red and green which we really hope to share with everyone on Wednesday. If not, more grapes for us, right? I'm trying really hard here, people...
You'll forgive me, but we have opted to move the geyser experiment until tomorrow. (Can't imagine why) It'll give you all something to come back and see, right? My little Christmas Chef has her eye on two more recipes tomorrow as well, so we'll see how that all pans out. Until then...
Wyoming Fun Fact of the Day: The Red Desert in south central Wyoming drains neither to the east nor to the west. The continental divide splits and goes around the desert on all sides leaving the basin without normal drainage
My penguin at breakfast
She was so excited to get started - especially when I told her she could use her own kitchen gear. So we got to work on the coal
Which made one big lump that we had to break up later
So onto some Mint Chocolate muddy buddies
This was her favorite part - shaking it up!
Beautiful (this isn't the best picture, but it is a really pretty light green color)
Break to taste test the coal
Then dumping in the plethora of smashed up candy canes to make peppermint crunch puppy chow
Again, not the greatest pic but this is tasty and pretty with chunks of candy cane all over it
Onto some red and green cookies
Had to mix the red dough in the red bowl of course
Aren't they cute?
Unwrapping the cakes so we could make cake pops
Her favorite part - smashing them all up and rolling them into balls
Onto some oreo truffles just for Daddy
The Peppermint and Mint Chocolate all dry and ready to be bagged up
And we broke the coal into pieces
Time to frost!
While Noah continues to entertain himself with the cars he was building with Lego
Mikayla made a snowman
So I had to as well
Putting the sticks in the cake pops
We had another recipe to use the egg nog melts on but decided to experiment with our egg nog puppy chow instead - good call!
Cake pops were firm and ready to dip
So she went to town (I'm telling you the girl is a chef in the making)
We dipped a few of the truffles but then went for the drizzle
And a sprinkle of candy canes
Noah grabbed the camera to show us what he was up to...
Time for some glitter grapes
Rolling them all out
Believe it or not, even the red ones start as green grapes! How festive :)