Posts Tagged ‘vegetables’

Squash Creatures

Monday, November 11th, 2013


Make some fun squash creatures with your kids instead of eating the squash. (Who actually wants to eat squash anyway, especially ornamental squash that looks like it’s been grown by aliens?)

Plug in your hot glue gun, take out your craft supplies, and decorate a squash to look like a creature. You can use google eyes, feathers, buttons, and bits of cloth. It takes less than 5 minutes to make this craft, so you can do this, even if you feel foggy and in need of sleep. As soon as you’ve made your squash creature, shout for your children to come running.

Listen to their squeals of joy as you show them your creature. Then let them get to work. One of my sons wanted the squash to have only one eye. Yes, since it’s all lumpy and looks like an alien anyway, why not go with it? You can turn the squash in any direction to make your creature.

I told my kids to use at least one feather, since I wanted to use these as Thanksgiving decorations, you know, to represent the Native American generosity to the Pilgrims. Enjoy your cute and easy-to-make squash creatures.

The Exploded Cauliflower

Thursday, January 19th, 2012


Once upon a time a few years ago, I was using a homeschool cookbook. (I won’t tell you which, to not insult them.) It said to put a cauliflower into the microwave for 20 minutes. I had never done that before, so I decided to go ahead and give it a try.

Needless to say, after a few minutes, I heard a loud POP!

The microwave was silent.

I opened the microwave, and the cauliflower was on fire. I’m not making this up. This really happened.

“Alan!! The cauliflower is on fire!!” I screamed, not knowing what to do.

My husband put out the flames and threw the charred cauliflower in the trash.

He looked at me with incredulity, and I said, “I was following the recipe. Look! It says microwave the cauliflower for 20 minutes…” He looked at the recipe and confirmed that I was not crazy. By that time we were both laughing.

“Kids! Get your shoes on! We’re going to buy a new microwave!” shouted my husband to the children while unplugging the microwave. He picked up the microwave, went down to the garage, and threw it into the trash can.

The End. True story.

Vegetable Creatures

Thursday, October 7th, 2010


With the autumn comes the harvest, and lots of fresh vegetables are readily available for low prices. What can you do with a pile of vegetables, to make your kids want to eat them with gusto? I’ve seen lots of pictures of vegetable creatures and smiling children wanting to eat their vegetables with more enthusiasm. I decided to have my kids make insects, since that’s what we were studying. My older two sons made the main part of the body out of a half a bell pepper. They used a cut tomato for the head. Eyes were made from cut raisins on top of either radish or carrot slices. Antennae were made out of thin celery or carrots. Legs were made out of carrots. One of my sons made spots with cut (and therefore sticky) raisins.

ladybug-tomatoMy third son wanted a ladybug, so he used half a tomato for the body, with raisin spots. Antennae and eyes were made out of carrots, with the eyeballs being raisins. My daughter made a caterpillar out of a cucumber, with lots of carrot feet poked in. I think I poked the holes with an ice pick. (An adult should obviously poke the holes, unless you have a teenager who is making a vegetable creature.) Raisins formed the eyes, with celery for the antennae.

After going to the fair a couple of weeks ago, our family saw lots more vegetable creatures, and some fruit creatures, too. We saw a puppy made out of bananas, a spider made out of a coconut and a kiwi, a pumpkin creature with hot peppers for a smile and carrots for legs, and a melon head with a purple cabbage scarf and prune eyes. We saw squash creatures with lemon slice eyes, a radish nose, and potato feet. We also saw a potato crab with snow peas for legs and blackberries for eyes. Apparently you are allowed to use toothpicks to attach these creatures together when you are entering them at the fair. I even saw sticks and pine needles used, so the category must be to use things that grow out of the ground. An interesting scene displayed what looked like a woman next to a pole. Lots of cabbage was used, and many raisins dotted the ground. These fair entries sure looked like great fun to make!