Monday, December 5, 2011

Who needs fruitcake . . .

. . . when you can have Fruity Pebbles!  Today’s family fun was decorating the Christmas Tree and then making our own tree out of Fruity Pebbles.
The Fruity Pebble Tree was a fun family project that although it didn’t turn out exactly how it was supposed to, it did turn out really cute.  The recipe is right below the lessons from today.
Here’s what I learned about decorating the tree and making one of your own:
1)      There may be a reason that you haven’t put the Angel on the top of the tree for the last few years.  It's a pain in the @$&!  We put the Angel up about once every two or three years, but the girls are now old enough that they’re not willing to let it slide.  Even 6’2” daddy + 3’ Ego (middle child) couldn’t get it on there.  Guess we’re gonna have to pull out the ladder.  (The Ego is unwilling to let it go).

The Angel was unwilling to have branches put up her skirt!!

2)      You will give your children all kinds of warnings about being careful and not dropping ornaments, and then the only ornament that breaks is the one that you are trying to hang!  Sh*t!

3)      Fruity pebbles are only intended for consumption by children 12 and under.  Of course, after making the Fruity Pebble tree I had to taste my masterpiece.  Daddy promptly spit it out, but of course I, who will now have to spend 45 minutes on the treadmill to work it off, decided to keep eating it.  I’m not sure what kept compelling me to do so because they taste like fruity flavored wax flakes; it may have been all the frosting that I put on top of them! 

I have no idea what is up with the Id's smiles lately. 
If you look close enough she looks possessed!
Here’s the Fruity Pebbles recipe (that I found in a People magazine) It was a family fun project I would definitely recommend – it’s quick and the kids will love it (oh, and unfortunately for me, it’s gluten free).  If you can find them, add some snowflake sprinkles to the frosting.
¼ cup (1/2 stick) of butter
1 package of 10.5 oz miniature marshmallows (6 cups)
1 box of 11 oz of Fruity Pebbles
1 can of white frosting

Melt butter in a large saucepan on low heat.  Add marshmallows and stir until melted completely.  Add Fruity Pebbles  and stir until combined.  Place mix into a 13x9 pan and cool completely (approximately 1 hour).  Cut into stars.  If you have different size stars you can cut them into progressively smaller stars.  (I only had one size, so rather than progressively smaller, I just rotated the star shapes to make it look like branches).   Add some frosting to the plate to look like snow. 
Mine looks like something straight out of Whoville!

What it was supposed to look like.  Unfortunately I couldn't get
the Flintstones to pose for  me.  The girls are cartoon enough though, right?1

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