Flower-Power Fruit Pizza

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Dress up your everyday English muffin breakfast rut with this adorable “floral” idea.

Ingredients:

  • 1 English muffin
  • 2 tablespoons non-dairy cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • Clementine slices
  • 2 raspberries
  1. Cut the English muffin in half and toast.
  2. Meanwhile, stir together the cream cheese and agave until blended. Spread evenly over both halves of the English muffin.
  3. Arrange the clementine slices in a circle like petals of a flower, and add a raspberry in the center of each. Blueberry centers look pretty, too!

Sweet-Potato-Fry Nachos

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Frozen sweet potato fries are the base in this novel twist on nachos. My preschooler dubbed this the “cheesy dinner,” the perfect alternate name! Note: For older kids, you can add a bit more zip by adding 1 cup store-bought green or red salsa in step 2 below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (20-ounce) bag crinkle-cut sweet potato fries
  • 1 (15-ounce) drained and rinsed can black beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) drained can corn
  • 2 cups shredded Daiya cheddar
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  1. Spread the fries on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees F for 24 minutes.
  2. Top the fries evenly with the black beans, corn, and cheddar (and salsa, if using). Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Divide the nachos evenly among 4 to 6 plates, and top each serving with sliced avocado.

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Foam and Cork Canoe

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This was not so much a craft that Travis and I did together, but more of a toy that I put together for him. It mainly involves scissors and hot glue, so definitely grown-up materials! If your kids are8 years old and up, they can help out with the hot glue under careful supervision.

I had actually hoped to put the little canoe together around Thanksgiving, when Travis learned about Native Americans and the holiday. But alas, at the time I didn’t have enough wine corks! With a trove of 5 corks now on hand, I finally got around to making the canoe. If you want a bigger boat, use up to 8 wine corks.

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To start, I drew a canoe shape on white paper, and traced that two times on brown craft foam. Cut out; these are the two sides of the canoe.

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To make your boat buoyant, hot glue together the wine corks in a row. Travis did venture over to see this stage, thinking it was pretty neat!

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Glue the corks near the bottom edge of one canoe half, then add drops of glue to each cork and press on the other half of the canoe.

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Seal the top edges of the canoe together with more hot glue.

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You can assemble your canoe’s passenger from additional shapes of craft foam. I snipped out red rectangles for body and arms, a brown square for the face, and a larger square of black foam for the hair, all of which I attached together with hot glue.

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Cut fringe in the black foam for a cute touch.

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Now we needed to test if he would float! To Travis’s delight, the canoe worked great.

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It wasn’t long before he grew impish and wanted to see if our little foam person could swim.

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This being closer to Christmas than Thanksgiving, he turned the canoe into Santa’s “sleigh” during his bath. Bath was nearly double its normal length because he was having so much fun. However you use it, a great floating toy.

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