Thursday, February 11, 2010

Black Olive Penguins

Aren’t they just cute? Don’t they just want to make you do a happy dance like in “Happy Feet?”
While visiting my mom, she made the kids Black Olive Penguins. We’ve both seen them in a magazine before and she had them at a party, so we tried to make them. Google “Black Olive Penguins” and you’ll find a flock of them in different places.

To make your own flock of penguins you’ll need:
  • Softened cream cheese
  • Flavoring if you want to flavor your cream cheese, we used Hidden Valley Ranch
  • Large black olives
  • Medium or small black olives
  • Carrots
  • Toothpicks

Here’s how you make them:

Step 1: Whip your cream cheese and your flavoring of choice. It can be plain if you choose.  We used about 2-3 tablespoons of dry Hidden Valley Ranch mix.

Step 2: Slice carrots into circles. Cut a small triangle out of the circle. The remainder of the circle will be the feet of your penguin and the triangle will be used for the beak.

Step 3: Fill the large and small olives with the cream cheese filling. You can use a pastry bag or tube with a large opening. Or you could put it in a plastic bag and cut a small opening and squeeze the cream cheese in. Or you could try to put it in with whatever you choose. Just wash your hands first please.

Step 4: Cut a v-opening in the large black olive (see pictures below).

Step 5: Place large black olive on top of carrot and the small black olive on top of the large olive. Pierce a toothpick through all of them so they stand up.

Step 6: Cut a small slit in the small olive and stick in the triangle piece of carrot to make a beak.

Step 7: Enjoy!

Any other cute looking foods that kids like to munch on?

On a side note…..we made it home fine. Take note….if you’re taking 2 children and three bags down an escalator, you’re bound to not get everything on it. In my case, a child. And once again I’ve added to my airplane bathroom stories, but I won’t regal you with the full details now. I was quite familiar with the airplane bathroom after 4 trips to it on the first leg of our flight (none of the trips were for me). One trip to the restroom included a child left behind who apparently screamed loudly the whole time I was gone, “Buckle me in, buckle me in.” Fun times I tell you. Fun times.  Enjoy!

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