Do you enjoy a good prank?
How about fun food and I think you’ll really enjoy that not all of these are sweets!
April Fools is a perfect time to tease your kids, family and friends, and imaginative food is a wonderful way to creative memories.
While the kids were at home, April Fools allowed for ‘practice’ time to play a good natured joke or two. It was important to my husband and myself to make sure our kids knew how to take, and give, a teasing (not at the expense of being mean-spirited). They all learned very well – too well, I think. In fact you can see how our oldest son, Derek pranked us…and how we got him back HERE
One of the most important aspects of gags and tricks is learning to be a good sport when the trick isn’t malicious. It’s OK to laugh at yourself! In fact, it’s kinda healthy! It’s a lesson to learn at home so you know how to handle yourself when you’re outside ‘your comfort zone’. People LIKE and RESPECT anyone who can take a good tease.
So, let’s get cooking and have some fun!
There have many things over the years I have done to fool and tease my kids and family.
- I have colored the milk with food coloring
- I have made a meatloaf in cake pans, then covered it with masked potatoes and decorated it to look like a cake
- Frozen cereal in the bowl and then put it out
- I have made this candy HERE but I decorated it with spring colored or other type of sprinkles
And so many other things, but I wanted to share these FOUR with you that maybe you haven’t seen before
Swimmy The Fish
Sweet Grilled Cheese
Once everyone has their kitchen gadget, put the cooked and drained pasta in the center of the table. Pour the sauce over the pasta. Everyone pulls the amount they want towards them and all eat right from the table – this makes for many laughs as they struggle and watch the others try to eat spaghetti with their not so user friendly utensil too.
The utensils – gather one odd kitchen gadget per person. I have 2 fun options tossed in there also
Put them in a brown paper bag and have each person choose one out with their eyes closed.
Write the name of each kitchen gadget on a small piece of paper, fold and put in a bowl. Have each person pick out a paper from the bowl for their assigned utensil for the dinner.
The Food –
Disposable table cloth
Make your own, or use bottled spaghetti sauce.
Cook up pasta of your choice
Stuff Pig Sandwich
My hubby Stan helped me with the pig creation – THANKS sweetie!
I originally found the idea for pig shaped bread in an old Cub Scout Pow Wow Book, in the “Rhodes Dough” section, and decided it would be a perfect thing to ‘stuff’ for April Fools Day. It turned out so awesome looking and tasted just as good too!
Frozen bread dough, or you can make your own,
1 lb. loaf per pig
1 egg, beaten
thin sliced ham, cheese, spinach or lettuce, sliced tomatoes, any condiments or sandwich ingredients you prefer.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Roll out the dough to a rectangle about 12″ x 8″
Make the pig right on parchment paper so it is ready to bake as you form it.This will make your pig turn out better, since it won’t have to be transferred.
Cut the front of the ‘face’ taking off about 3″ at the widest part.
To make a flared snout, pinch the ‘nose’.Carefully move the lower part of the ‘jaw’ to form a mouth.Taking the slanted portion, divide into two large pieces and one small piece.
Roll, or pat, one large piece into a flat rectangle and cut into two triangles for ears.
Brush the entire rectangle (minus the cut off portion) with a beaten egg.
Attach short base of ears to head. On the ear in the back, fold tip over.
The front ear, fold if over.
Use a bit more of the beaten egg for glue.
Shape the other large piece into 4 tear drops and slice part way up.
Two balls will be a bit larger than the other two, which will give some dimension for the position of the feet.Position the hoofs on the body.
Spread to resemble a hoof.
Again, use the beaten egg to help attach the dough.
Roll the small piece of dough into a rope and curl for the tail and place in desired position.
Use the beaten egg to attach.With the tip of a sharp knife, make a slit in the dough and push the raisin in part way.
This will prevent it from popping out when it rises and bakes.
Brush the entire pig with the remaining beaten egg.
Allow to rise for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until the bread is done and cooked through.Cool completely.
Slice the pig horizontally from the hoof side up to about the ears, but not all the way through.
You want to keep the pig attached to itself towards the top.
Fill with sliced ham, cheese, sliced tomato, lettuce/spinach, whatever you desire.
Swimmy the Fish
JELLO Berry Blue Jello
Swedish Candy Fish
Make the blue jello according to the package directions for QUICK SET method.
A HUGE trick to making any flavor of jello: when you add the boiling water, STIR for a FULL THREE MINUTES.
Do not stop and no less than 3 minutes. This steps prevents that icky thick layer on the bottom.According to the quick set method add in the ice cubes until it thickens. Take out any remaining ice.
After removing the ice cubes, pour jello into clear cups.
Insert a few Swedish fish, pushing them down into the jello. Put in the refrigerator to chill and set up completely. About 5-15 minutes before serving insert a fish part way in.
Do not do this step too early as it begins to dissolve the fish and does not appear appetizing.
These are best made and eaten same day.
Sweet Grilled Cheese Sandwich
I saw this idea on the internet somewhere, but I can’t remember where and couldn’t find it again, so I ‘winged it’ and I think it turned out great! Can you tell this sandwich isn’t a grilled cheese it’s really a pound cake with frosting?
Pound cake, I used a Betty Crocker mix
Vanilla flavored frosting
Yellow & Red food coloring
Butter or Margarine
If using a pound cake mix, prepare according to box directions.
Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and coat well with spray release.
Spread out the batter as evenly as possible, then give it a few sharp taps (like you are dropping it, but only from 2-3 inches height) to cause the air bubbles to the top.
When the cake is baked, cool completely.
Slice the pound cake in thick slices, of approx. 2 inches.
Using a fry pan, heat the stove to medium.
Spread a bit of softened butter or margarine on one side of matching slices of pound cake – on the sides which will be the outside.Fry in the pan on ONE side – butter side down, just until nice and golden brown.
Add in drops of red and yellow as needed to create an orange ‘cheese’ appearance.Spread a bit of the frosting on one slice, with enough to squish out to look like melted cheese.Top with another slice of cake to form a sandwich.
Fry to toast really well and browned nicely so it resembles a grilled cheese sandwich!
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2017
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