Friday, January 9, 2009

Share a smile!

A few years ago, I started making a snack for my little boy called "cat smiles". It combines three of his favorite foods: apples, peanut butter and marshmallows.



I found the recipe in this tea party book that I own, which is full of cute tea party ideas and fun themes:



In case you're wondering, the "cat smiles" name has to do with Alice in Wonderland. In the story, the Cheshire cat keeps popping up and then disappearing. When he does disappear, what's the one thing he always leaves behind? His smile, of course!

You can make a cat smile for your little ones today by spreading peanut butter on an apple slice, then lining up mini-marshmallows on it for the cat's teeth, and topping it with another apple slice that was also spread with peanut butter. If you don't care for peanut butter, you could also make it using this:



And what's not to like about Nutella? It's great on everything!

Cat smiles are such a fun after-school snack and they're sure to bring a big smile to your child's face... and yours!



"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had none yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing".

- Lewis Carroll, "Alice in Wonderland"

56 comments:

April said...

That is the cutest little snack idea I've ever seen! Abby would love that! Definitely makes me SMILE!

Farrah said...

I Love Nutella! That stuff rocks!

blessings!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

I love the smile, so cute! Never tasted Nutella, will have to try it.
Valerie Bircher

MSM said...

This is so cute - and sounds so tasty-wonderful; I can't believe I've never seen anything like this before.

THANKS so much for sharing this!

Linda said...

What a great snack idea! I'm going to keep it in mind when we got to visit the Grands in a few weeks. I'm sure they'll love it.

Tracy said...

How Cute!

It's All Good! said...

What a cute idea. I'd have to do the Nutella or something else. I can't believe my daughter doesn't like peanut butter. What kid doesn't like pb? Thanks for stopping by for a visit.
Brenda

sunshine said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I appreciate it, really. :)

Oooooooo!!! I love this idea. My two youngest are 6 and 3 (almost 7 & 4) and would absolutly have a blast with this. I'm sure my teenagers would like to eat them too. Perhaps without the marshmallows for them though. I'm going to try it out this weekend with both peanut butter and the Nutella. We're Italian.. you KNOW we have Nutella in da house! LOL

Love your Gingerbread House too btw. We made the same one (pictures are on my blog) but it was nowhere near as good as yours! We had fun though. :)

Take care and thanks again!
Laura

tardevil said...

I love it! That is just adorable! I'll have to remember it for me. I like it better than my kiddo!

Liz said...

Thanks for coming over and leaving a comment. I love new blogging friends. This snack sounds wonderful. I like all three ingredients. We may have to try this one.

bj said...

Ummm, there's not too many things better than apples and peanut butter. One of my favorite snacks is crackers and peanut butter with a slice of apple!
This little "smile" is just precious and I'm pretty sure i will be making these for some grandkids I know !! tee hee...
Thanks for the cute post.
bj

Lib said...

How Sweet! Thanks for sharing, I will be making this:o)
Have a great wk.end!
Blessins',Lib

Gretchen said...

Way darling!

I'll have to get some marshmallows. And apparently, some Nutella, too. :)

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Too cute! I think my son would enjoy these!

Carol said...

What a clever snack! I'll have to remember to make this for my soon to be born grandson when he's old enough.
Hugs,
Carol

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

This is so cute! I can't wait to try this with my kids! I know my son especially will love this. :) It gave me a good chuckle! :) Thanks for the idea. :)

And thank you for stopping by my blog and for leaving a comment! :) I am adding your blog to my favorites! I love the pictures of your tea room, too. SO pretty! :) Have a fantastic weekend!

Kelly said...

How cute is that? And how can anyone pass up Nutella. I can just eat it out of the jar with a spoon.

Thank you for your sweet comment, it really meant a lot

Jen said...

These are very cute snacks. I'm going to try them with my kids. Thank you for sharing.

Deb said...

This is absolutely adorable! My daughter turns 24 this month and LOVES Nutella :-) I will make it for her. Thankyou for sharing!
Thank you also for stopping by my blog and your kind comment.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Mae said...

Thanks for stopping back and leaving a comment and that is a neat snack.

PEA said...

Well isn't that the cutest little snack there ever was!!! Such a fun idea...I'll certainly be making those for Lily when she's old enough:-) xoxo

Toni said...

Oh my goodness, that is the cutest snack EVER! I can see why it's a favorite and I'll have to try it with my bunch as well. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Blessings,
~Toni~

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

We used to make these during our dental health unit when I was a first grade teacher. What fun!
I love the way you tied them into Alice in Wonderland. :)

Chris said...

Well, you just know I will have to make that snack. First of all I love apples and peanut butter together. My grands will think I'm so cool. :) Thanks for your visit.Come back anytime. I love making new friends.

Hugs,
Chris

Rhondi said...

Hi Melody
that is the cutest snack. I'll have to remeber it when our grandkids come to visit. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad to meet you.
Rhondi xo

Miss Janice said...

Love this smilin' snack! This is a very cute idea...Please stop by my blog if you have chance. I have a dear friend who needs our prayers.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

That is the cutest thing I've seen in a long time! I can't wait to make some myself :), thank you for sharing! I learned to love tea some years back, you've made me smile huge this morning :).

Have a wonderful day!
Kathi :)

Kathleen from Eggs In My Pocket and Yesteryear Embroideries said...

This is such a cute idea! When my children were small, they also loved Alice in Wonderland. We had a Mad Hatter's tea party once with their friends. They were all so cute wearing funny hats. Just loved your blog. Blessings, Kathleen

Jess said...

when Emmy gets a bit bigger, I will have to try this for her.

Have a wonderful week, Lots of love, Jess

Stephanie said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I just love your snack idea..that's so cute. I think I'll have to try that one :)

Susan B said...

What a clever idea...so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Susanne said...

I am so going to make those this week for my dayhome kids. How cute is that!

toodlebugz said...

Those are adorable.My children would love those since they are some of their favorite foods.I even own the book, but alas, have not really looked at it!Maybe we should have a tea party today!:o)

Wildflower Cabin said...

What a fun and cute snack idea! That's what my grandchildren shall have for their after school snack today! Thank you!
Blessings,
Janice

Deb said...

That is an adorable idea. I cannot wait to try it, with peanut butter or Nutella.

We got Deb Jr. a "Monkey Mouth" for Christmas- she molds teeth out of clay and puts them in the monkey's mouth, so she's very into teeth right now. She would love this snack.

RN and OSHP said...

So cute! I will def be trying this!

Peach said...

That is adorable! I love Alice in Wonderland!

Amy said...

Hey thanks for stopping by, I love to make new blogging friends since I'm new at all this. I love this snack idea! Too cute and very clever.

Happy @ Home said...

What a cute idea. Nutella ~ yummy!!

Charli and me said...

What a great idea. This is so cute!

Janeen said...

Greetings! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment today! Aaaah, another Melody in the family! ha ha Very nice to meet you!

That snack is just adorable! I have all those ingredients too including the Nutanella! I'll be making that this week you can be sure! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Lorrie said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit me. I just love this snack idea and I'm going to keep it in mind when little friends come visiting!

Kelly said...

This is awesome!! I cannot wait to make this tomorrow for the kids, they will just scream and laugh so much ....it is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly

Betty said...

What a cute sandwiches...My grandchildren will love them....

Please come by for an award...Betty

my3boysandi said...

thanks for visiting my blog
Im going to bookmark yours
its so yummy and interesting
I like your miniture village too
always liked minitures dont have them but I do like them
blessings
Jen

Raise Them Up said...

My son and I both giggled over the smile. Thanks for sharing!

toodlebugz said...

Melody, we made them,loved them and posted about them! Yum yum!

Hootin' Anni said...

On your comment you left me t'day, you mentioned that you should get 'sweet cheeks' to get the telescope out. DANG!!! That is a nickname for dear man of mine too. Hmmmmmmm.

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed having your company.

Erin said...

I have never tasted nutella. I'll have to try it one of these days. I love that cute sandwich. I think my kids would love that!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

What a neat idea, and healthy too!

Hope you're having a great week, Melody. :o)

Love and hugs,

Diane

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a darling idea! I must do this for my little grands!

I love Nutella on graham crackers or vanilla wafers, or pound cake, or just about anything!!

Katherine

theshepherdshouse said...

That is just too cute! My 11 year would like to make some now!!

Blessings,
Sharon

SarahHub said...

I love this idea! And you can't go wrong with Nutella!

nikkicrumpet said...

Very cute idea!!! And it even sounds yummy too!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That is the cutest and funniest thing EVER! I wish my hygenist could see this! LOL! It's so very clever.

Xo,

Sheila :-)

Cali Girl said...

how fun!!!