Simple Sandwich Art
Send your kids off to class with a fun flip on the bento box, turning a plain old lunch into edible artwork. Make owly eyes and a beak with cheese. Snug everything up in plastic wrap to keep your creation as cute as can be.
These cheery cookie cubs will delight kids of all ages! I like to make fun foods but don't care to spend a whole lot of time fussing. So the idea of using candy for the bears' features was right up my alley. —Susan Schuller, Brainerd, Minnesota
Tip your hat to St. Pat with a rainbow of multicolored munchies. Suddenly, even the littlest leprechauns are happy to eat their veggies. Put a pot of honey-mustard dippin' gold at the end of the arc. Hummus works, too.
Kick off Easter Sunday with a breakfast that's as tasty as it is cute. Start with pancake mix so you can hightail it out of the kitchen in no time. Make a tail with a dollop of whipped cream. Then fuzz it up with coconut.
Easter Egg Mice
Here's an easy way to use up all those leftover hard-cooked Easter eggs! Every year, Cyndy Gerken of Naples, Florida designs a new fun food for her nieces. They loved these guys that sport radish pieces for ears and shredded-carrot tails.
What a great Easter treat! Rebekah Murray and her son from Winter Springs, Florida placed no-bake chocolate drop cookies in muffin cups and hollowed them out with a glass, then filled with jelly beans.
Brenda Brock of Perrysburg, Ohio wanted something other than the usual watermelon basket for a fruit salad, so she made this pig instead with some clever cutting.
Some cakes stand on their own without icing. For this bright Rainbow Cake, use a little whipped cream to make fluffy clouds. — Janet Tigchelaar, Jerseyville, Ontario
Ice Cream Sandwiches
Roll the classic ice cream sandwich into any sweet snack you like (pictured here: Teddy Grahams, chocolate-covered pretzels and confetti sprinkles), and get a slam-dunk of a treat that has the whole gang screaming for seconds. Before you decorate, let the ice cream get a little soft so goodies stick. Refreeze if needed.
Make a splash with these darling cupcakes from Leslie Merritt of Laguna Niguel, California. Bouncing on blue "waves," the babies, beach balls and inner tubes are handmade from fondant and chocolate and entirely edible. Think of these for your next summer birthday or pool party!
Peg Owens of Gainesville, Florida "plants" veggies or fruits on wooden skewers in a bed of wheatgrass. It takes about a week to grow the grass, she says.
Don’t kiss summer goodbye until you’ve puckered up to this sublime dessert in disguise. This one’s so easy, kids could make it themselves! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Hollie McNeese from Bonney Lake, Washington whipped up this cute cake, made with two round cakes and four cupcakes, one Halloween when her daughter wanted a cake to match her costume for the school carnival.
Raid your fridge for everyday ingredients like chicken strips, ranch dressing and mustard to make an instant Halloween hit. Dinner's so simple it's scary, and that's a good thing! Fill a squirt bottle with ranch dressing while the chicken strips bake. Drizzle in zigzags to make the mummies' wraps.
Bring on the Thanksgiving snack attack. These light bites are made for gobbling. You can even switch up your turkey fixin's by fanning colorful veggies slices around half a pepper (filled with dip, of course) instead.
Sweeten up your holiday trimmings with garlands starring everyone's favorite chocolate-covered treats. Grab these goodies at the grocery store or dunk and decorate your own. The best part: taking them down. Mmm.