Monday, June 28, 2010

Paint Your Food and Eat It Too!

Today I had a brainwave.  I was going to make a cake with Little Miss.  No, not another rainbow cake.  Just a cake.

For a few days she has been begging to make something together with me.

I had a box of cake mix and even a tub of frosting (I didn't mean I was going to make it from scratch, ok?) sitting in the pantry.  I went down into the basement to hunt down an appropriate vessel to bake said cake in and procured a bundt pan from one of the many non-unpacked kitchen boxes.  The bundt wasn't my first choice, but it was sitting on top of one of the first boxes I opened so I went with it.

I was feeling pretty clever with my pan in hand, and Little Miss gave a little scream of delight when she saw me emerge from the basement steps.  I haven't been able to locate many craft supplies since the move (and I'm afraid I'm out of Busy Bee Bags) so this little cake idea was going to be a nice diversion for the two of us.

I can only say I'm thankful that I didn't fully reveal to L.M. what we were going to be doing.  I had forgotten that we have a non-working oven.  Oops.

I know I know, we've lived here a month already.  It was broke when we moved in, so why has it not been fixed yet?  Sue me, it's the summer and we've been grilling and using the stove top for meals since we moved . . . it's too stinking hot for an oven anyway!

So I was stumped.  Little Miss gave me that "Mom is so clever, I wonder what we're going to do!" look of expectation and I knew I had to think fast.

All I can say is Praise God for Bloggers.

Seriously.  I get so much inspiration from so many of them.

This little gem I just came across the other day and tucked it in the back of my brain for just such an occasion.  OK, maybe not the "stuck-with-a-bundt-without-an-oven" occasion, but you know . . . a "mom-let's-do-something-together" occasion.

SUPER SIMPLE.  I'm just glad I had the incredibly basic supplies on hand.

Step 1: Mix small amount of milk with food coloring.

Step 2: Pop some popcorn.

Step 3: Spread it out and let 'er paint!

Step 4: Admire your delightful rainbow of snacky delight.

Step 5: Now quick . . . stuff your face!


She LOVED it.  We will most definitely be doing this again.  Thanks to Living Locurto for posting this idea.

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