Super Cute Treats for Kid’s Birthday Parties! Fruit Sushi Recipe from Recipe.com

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RECIPE

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups Rice Chex® cereal (gluten free)
1 cup white vanilla baking chips
4 rollsBetty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® chewy fruit snack (any favorite flavor; from 5-ounce box), unwrappedsee savings
12 candy worms
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Directions
1. Place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and crush with fingers to make 3/4 cup.
2. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave baking chips as directed on package until melted and stirred smooth. Add crushed cereal; stir until well coated.
3. Unroll fruit snack rolls. For each sushi roll, spread 1/4 of cereal mixture on snack roll to within 1/2 inch of one short side. Arrange 3 candy worms, side by side, on cereal-covered short side.
4. Starting with short side topped with candy worms, roll up each snack roll tightly, pressing unfilled short side of roll to seal. Let sushi rolls stand 5 to 10 minutes or until firm. Cut each roll into 4 slices. Store loosely covered.

Nutrition information
Per serving: Calories 110 (Calories from Fat 35); Total Fat 4g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 65mg; Total Carbohydrate 19g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 14g); Protein 1g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 2%; Iron 4%. Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 Fat. Carbohydrate Choices: 1. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Covered In Chum In Shark Infested Waters

I chose to forgo Black Friday deals again this year.   As my witty uncle put it, I skipped shopping on “Black-and-Blue Saturday and Bloody Pulp Sunday”.  I love people and shopping as much as any red blooded American woman, and just hearing any word that remotely sounds like “sale” makes my heart pound a little harder and faster, the thought of shopping the day after Thanksgiving sends an eery chill up my spine.

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The tales of standing in line for hours upon hours, being squeezed through a store entrance like frosting through a tiny corner slit in a Ziploc baggy, only to be elbowed down isles by competitive shoppers up well past their bedtimes to save three dollars on a toaster for Aunt Becky does not appeal to the confrontationally challenged. I would rather toast bread and drive it three hundred miles to Aunt Becky’s breakfast plate or strategically place hot nails in my eyeballs.

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Granted, at the present time I do not have the budget to buy Christmas gifts for my extended family anyway. In fact, my immediate family is in danger of being giftless too. But — even when I had a real-life Christmas fund (read: credit card), I never packed a lunch to stand in line at the corner of Best Buy and Cutabitch Avenue.

Yes, I will admit to being intrigued by the bombardment of sale, discount, limited-edition-tote-with-purchase emails and texts I received. I thought: it might be exciting to start the holiday off with a red and green bang. And perhaps the aroma of coffee and the palpable energy of eager shoppers lined up like the ants on my driveway might just keep me awake until the wee hours of the morning. I might even develop the skills needed to appear tough and street-smart like the heroines in my favorite movies, and the discount-seeking bullies wouldn’t think of trampling me.. I might even make a few friends while standing in line, I fantasized. I am known to cheerily chit chat in lines. And, I thought, maybe my beautiful offspring would let Mommy take a long nap the next day as a reward for braving the dangerous crowds overnight. There is after all, a first for everything and I believe in Christmas miracles.

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Those thoughts were fast and fleeting much like the reindeer hooves my baby hears on our roof every Christmas Eve.

One little click of my favorite news web site later and the headline reads “Top Ten Deadliest Black Friday’s in History and How You’re Better Off Rolling In Chum and Throwing Yourself Into Shark Infested Waters”. Or something to that effect.

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Am I paranoid? Am I just falling prey to sensational news stories? Are the video clips of hoards of people being injured, stepped upon like welcome mats, wigs removed, sworn at, cut, scraped and bleeding all in the ‘spirit’ of baby Jesus’ birth few and far between?

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