Thursday, April 8, 2010

Stickin' It To The Fruit

We had an Easter Tea at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) the other day. I signed up for a fruit dish.  I went a little crazy.  Not typical.  I stuck sticks in fruit.  And added dark chocolate.  Because chocolate is good!

I combined this Pine-Tree Fruit Kabob recipe from Disney Family Fun and a chocolate covered grape recipe from a Costco Connections cookbook. 
image from here

It looks complicated, but it's easy.  It takes some time, I split it up into steps throughout 2 days.  Because really, how do you get things done at one time with kids?

Step 1, Day 1, Morning: Wash and cut the fruit.  Little helpers can pick the grapes off the stems.  (I used pineapple, cantaloupe, green grapes, and strawberries.)  Don't let the little helpers near the big knifes.  I don't even like the big knifes. 

Step 2, Day 1, Afternoon: Peel Dove Chocolates with a little helper.  Melt chocolate in the microwave and dip fruit.  Place on waxed paper and into refrigerator to harden.  I also sprinkled some of the chocolate covered strawberries with sprinkles.  Pretty little Easter sprinkles.  I would totally recommend Dove dark chocolate to dip fruit in.  So easy!

Step 3, Day 2, Morning:  Skewer that fruit.  Poke it, thread it, stick it.  It helps to make extra just in case some break or chocolate falls off the grapes.  My kids got broken chocolate covered grapes for breakfast!  I don't think they minded that at all.

Step 4, Day 2, Morning again:  Transport that fruit and set-up.  I wasn't going to set up the towering skewered fruit tree before I left home.  I didn't know how it would travel in a seat of its own and I didn't trust my 3 year old to carry it.  She would either A) drop it, B) eat it, or C) poke her eye.  And for some odd reason my van already smells like a garbage can, so I don't need fruit hiding under car seats.  So I traveled with a tray of skewered fruit in the front seat and a pineapple in my bag.  When I got to the meeting, I put the pineapple on the tray and stuck those skewers any which way into it.  Notice how I didn't peel the pineapple?  Less mess, easy travel, and just plain easier.

Pretty, Pretty, Easy Peasy!  Not to mention yummy in my tummy!

Any crowd pleasing fruit feats?  Towering kabobs of something?  What have you made with food?

And I had a great time at the MOPS tea.  The ladies always make me laugh, they have great tips and ideas, and it's nice to know I'm not the only one with embarrassing public restroom stories.  Join a MOPS group near you if you are expecting or have young children.  If you aren't in that boat, consider joining a group at your church or visiting some christian churches near you if you don't currently attend.  You're bound to find a group of people to laugh with and who will listen to you.  (Even when you've drank too much coffee and then tend to talk too much!)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


  1. So yummy looking and what a great centerpiece it makes.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog so that I could find you, now a new follower and looking forward to reading more here.

  2. Wow, that is a huge and fancy fruit centerpiece!


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