The boys and I did a fun little "school" (science, right?) project today. We made edible robins' nests with little blue eggs! :)
We used these ingredients to make 3 nests:
3 small handfuls fresh spinach leaves
1 1/2 cups freshly grated carrots
2 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 drops blue food dye
Step 1: Mix the cream cheese, blue food dye, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drop by teaspoons onto a little plate, making about 9 little "eggs". Place plate in the freezer to harden the balls of cream cheese. When balls are chilled (or when you can't wait any longer, if you're like me!) take them out of the freezer and smooth them into "eggs".
Step 2: Place a thin layer of spinach leaves on a plate, for the "tree" leaves.
Step 3: Put 1/2 cup of grated carrots on the bed of spinach leaves and form into a nest shape.
Step 4: Place 3 eggs into the nest. Top with salad dressing if desired and enjoy! :)
Our robin eggs weren't very smooth. I didn't chill them long enough. Oh well; they were the first things to be eaten off the top of the boys' "salads"! :)
And surprisingly, the cream cheese eggs actually tasted okay with the spinach and carrots. I topped with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. It was good! Of course, this is coming from the girl who likes popcorn cereal, so take it for what it's worth... ;)
And if the birds nests weren't enough, later this morning I made popcorn. The boys filled some empty parmesan cheese containers with popped corn and had a picnic in their bedroom. They were eating out of the lids. This is normally NOT allowed in their bedroom (all food stays at the table!!) but I was feeling generous.
I regretted it later when Eliyahu thought it'd be fun to dump his popcorn on the carpet. Yehoshua, being the sweet boy he is, got the big vacuum cleaner out and cleaned it all up! But now the... uhhh, sweeper.... well, it kinda needs emptied. :)
Another fun kiddie project: Food Creatures. So cute!! :)
Originally published in 2009; Spring is here and we'll have to make these again! The boys still remind me about "the time we made robins' nests and ate them"! :)