The Kid's Table.
You know the spot where you spent holidays with siblings, various cousins, and the obnoxious kids of your neighbors that your parents felt obliged to have over for every holiday dinner....you know..that place.
The place where you spent holiday dinners isolated from the real fun. The fun going on at the "big table". The place where you sat with your booger eating cousin* while you strained to hear the juicy conversation in the next room. Which as far as you were concerned, might as well have been miles away instead of feet for all you could hear.
You missed out on the good stuff. Like, the gossip about Aunt Ethel's* "fill in the blank problem" that nobody would discuss when you were around. Or Great-Uncle Fred's* "issue", or Betty* the floozy former cousin twice removed, that everyone was glad was no longer a party of the family. You know...the good stuff.
*all name's have been changed to protect the not so innocent, and if any of my cousins are reading this, the booger picking reference does not apply to you.
Let's just face it, the kid's table isn't all it's cracked up to be. That's why we are devoting several posts over the next two months to At the Kid's Table!
Fun projects, decorations and recipes to make sitting at the kid's table just a little bit better. So join us during the month's of November and December as we feature great holiday ideas that will make the kid's table as fun as the big table!
I would love to meet the ingenious person behind the concept of "dirt and worms". You know...dirt and worms. That gooey pudding mixture covered in crushed chocolate sandwich cookies that you stick gummy worms in. I mean who doesn't love pudding, chocolate and gummy candy all in one delicious dessert. What's even cooler is that this person just knew kids would love anything that turns a perfectly respectable dessert into something that looks like top soiled covered in lumbricus terrestris (that's the scientific name for words, in case you were wondering).
My girl loves dirt and worms and I decided a spin on this great idea would be a perfect dessert for the kid's table at Thanksgiving. We came up with our own version. Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes.
They are perfect for little hands and do not require any special dessert plates or utensils. You might even find a few adults paying a visit to the kid's table when they spy these great pumpkin patch cupcakes!
Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
your favorite homemade or store bought cupcake mix
your favorite homemade or store bought chocolate frosting
white or brown cupcake liners
1 package chocolate sandwich cookies (such as Oreos or a store brand version)
24 candy corn pumpkins
1 package green and red Rips candy
Bake cupcakes according to directions. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack. While cupcakes are baking open your package of Rips and remove all of the green ones. Now, see those red ones left? Those are yours to eat for being so clever and making these pumpkin patch cupcakes. Keep your stash well hidden though, because your kids might think they are entitled to some of the red Rip's...and they're not.
Begin to gently pull apart the individual strings, being careful not to rip them in two. They are called Rips for a reason.
Once you have enough strings for two to a cupcake, carefully pull and twist the strings to lengthen them and make them more flexible. These will become your the "vines" for your pumpkins.
After you have your strings (vines) prepared. Place one and a half rows of your sandwich cookies into a food processor and pulse until you have fine crumbs. If they look like a pile of dirt, they are ready. Keep the remainder of the cookies for those picky children at your dinner who will turn up their nose at pumpkin patch cupcakes but will eat a lard filled cookie without hesitation. Place your cookie crumbs in a bowl.
Frost each cupcake generously, forming frosting into a nice mound (think pile of dirt)
immediately roll frosting part of cupcake in cookie crumbs. To fully cover frosting you will have to also scoop crumbs up and gently press onto cupcake. Shake off access crumbs. You will need to do each cupcake one at at time through this step, so frosting does not have time to harden.
Top each cupcake with a candy corn pumpkin, pressing it into the crumbs and the frosting, and two "vines". You can twist vines into curls, tucking the ends down into the cupcake.
These cupcakes are sure to be a hit with your smallest guests on Thanksgiving, they will appreciate having their own special dessert to enjoy At The Kid's Table!
Be watching for many other great ideas in November and December to make the holidays even more fun for the kids in your life! If you have a fun project, decoration or recipe and you would like to be considered for a guest post on a segiment of At the Kid's Table please email me, I'd love to hear your idea!
Also, I always love to hear what my readers have planned for the holidays. Will you have lots of kids at your home? Will you be travelling? Are their any kid friendly ideas or recipes you would like to read about over the next few weeks. If so let me know in the comment section!
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