Tuna Boats

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There was a very cute recipe in our summer issue of Ranger Rick Jr., for a sandwich in the form of a sail boat. The recipe called for tuna salad, and happily there are multiple choices on the market for vegan tuna these days. Using a can of Loma Linda Blue fishless tuna, we were ready to set sail!

First we mixed up a batch of basic tuna salad: 1 can of vegan tuna, 1/4 cup Earth Balance mayonnaise, and 1 chopped celery stalk.

Divide the tuna salad evenly among 2 hot dog buns (or 1 sub roll cut in half).

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Cut carrot sticks that are about 5 inches tall and stand upright in the tuna salad. Tear off two leaves of romaine lettuce and poke two slits in each lettuce leaf; slide onto the sails.

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Sail away!

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Mini Pinatas

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Do your kids have extra energy to burn off at the end of a summer day? Whack out those summer crazies with homemade mini piñatas – no birthday party required!

To make the piñatas we first had fun decorating old party hats. Any cone-shaped vessel will work well, such as paper cups used for sno-cones in the summer.

Travis preferred using markers and playing with the leftover crepe paper.

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Meanwhile, I added strands of crepe paper around all the hats.

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Fill half of the cones with candy or other treats. Travis opted for Annie’s fruity bunnies!

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Originally I snipped the top off of the remaining cones, intending to thread a string through, but found it was easier to make a hole punch and tie the string through that.

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The next step is a bit tricky: Hot glue two cones together to make one piñata. It was hard to line the edges up exactly… but that said, the more tenuously your two halves hold together, the easier it will be for your tykes to break them open.

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Ideally, we would have hung these outside from a tree branch. But lacking a backyard, we tied them up inside.

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That didn’t stop Travis’s fun one bit. He loved having permission to swing with the baseball bat as hard as he could.

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Come out candy!

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Fun for everyone!