Only 32 days left until my little one turns one. I am really excited and can’t help but count down the days. It will be fantastic. Until then, I come bearing some new ideas and a yummy snack recipe. So let’s start with the game ideas. Previously, I mentioned a simple yummy activity. This one is all about good cheap fun. We could even call it old fashioned fun. I got this idea from Parents magazine: Backyard Bowling. Now, how to do it.
You’ll need some empty water bottles, food coloring, two long pieces of crepe paper, and a ball. Fill the bottles with water and add food coloring. Shake to dilute the colors and set up in a triangle shape. Once this is done, put down the crepe paper like a lane. You can use rocks or small decorations to weigh the crepe paper down. Once this is all done, you’re ready to get started. I would suggest letting the birthday boy/girl go first (if they can roll a ball) and you have got a fun way to start a children’s party.
Now onto my delicious recipe of the day. This one called Mint Chocolate Rounds with a Twist.
Mint Chocolate Rounds with a Twist
What you will need:
- 10-20 medium mint leaves (rinse them under running water and pat dry with a paper towel)
- Milk Chocolate
- White Chocolate
- 2 Glass Bowls
- Wooden Spoon
- Parchment paper
- Cookie Sheet
Step 1. Assemble your ingredients.
Pictured above you can see my 10 mint leaves, milk chocolate, white chocolate, glass bowl( 1 of 2), and wooden spoon. The rest is not pictured but I have already set up. How did I set everything up, well it’s time for step 2.
Step 2. Pour about a fourth of the white chocolate into a glass bowl and put in the microwave to melt. Stir with the wooden spoon. The melting usually takes about 1-2 minutes.
Step 3. While your chocolate microwaves set up your cookie sheet by cutting a piece of parchment to cover the bottom. Once this is done, lay out your mint leaves. The leaves should be about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart face down on the parchment paper.
Step 4. Take a small to medium dollop of white chocolate and place on each leaf. Should look like this (shown below).
Step 5. Melt about 10-12 ounces of the milk chocolate by placing it in a glass bowl and popping it into the microwave for 1- 2 1/2 minutes. Remove it from the microwave every 30 seconds to stir until melted. You want to check it every 30 seconds to make sure it does not burn.
Step 6. Once the chocolate is smooth and velvety pour a medium dollop over the mint leaves and white chocolate. Enough to coat mostly coat the leaf ( as shown below).
Step 7. Cut another piece of parchment paper. It should be the same size as the cookie sheet. Place over the chocolate and press lightly. Press just enough to make the Mint Chocolate Rounds even. Then refrigerate. Let cool for about an hour.
Step 8. Eat!
That’s all it takes to enjoy a refreshing and delightful snack. These are tasty, creative, and good looking. Just a twist to an old favorite.