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Truck snacks from Susanna Leonard Hill for when your little road builder gets the munchies

While we wait a few more days to know who of you wins a copy of The Road That Trucks Built by Susanna Leonard Hill, Susanna came up with a little trio of “recipes” to go with the TRUCK book. 🙂  Enjoy!

From Susanna …

If you’ve got a little road builder at your house, what could be better than a traffic light snack? 😊

Here are three options with varying degrees of preschool do-it-yourself and grown-up actually-having-to-cook involvement 😊

Easy Healthy Graham Cracker Traffic Lights

You will need graham crackers, strawberries, bananas, green grapes, and some kind of nut butter.

Divide graham crackers in half along the lines provided so you have rectangles instead of squares.

Slice circular pieces of strawberries, bananas, and green grapes.

Spread the graham cracker rectangles with a little peanut butter (or other nut butter to taste or if there are allergies).

Place a strawberry round on top for the red light, a banana round in the middle for the yellow light, and a green grape round on the bottom for the green light.

Voila!  Easy, healthy traffic light snack for your little driver!

Rice Krispie Treat Traffic Lights

You will need Rice Krispies, a bag of marshmallows, and about 1/2 a stick of butter, (or ready-made Rice Krispie Treats), and red, yellow and green m&ms.

Make a batch of Rice Krispie Treats as per the directions on the cereal box  or, if you’re short on time or prefer not to tangle with melted marshmallow 😊  do it the easy way and buy ready-made Rice Krispie Treats.

If you make them yourself, cut the treats into rectangles and, while still a little warm and soft, press red, yellow and green m&ms on for traffic lights.

If you use the ready-made ones they are precut to the correct dimensions but since they’re cold you’ll just need to use a tiny bit of nut butter, icing, or softened marshmallow to stick the m&ms onto them.

Voila!  Easy, still pretty healthy traffic light snack for your little construction worker!

Cookie Pop Traffic Lights

You will need a batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe, or a Betty Crocker or similar mix with 1/3 cup butter, 1 egg, and a tablespoon of flour, or a roll of refrigerated sugar cookie dough, plus some popsicle sticks (flat craft sticks with rounded ends) and red, yellow, and green m&ms.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Prepare a batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe (or do it the easy way and use Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix or refrigerated rolled sugar cookie dough)

Roll the dough on a floured surface about 1/4 inch thick and cut into 3 X 1 inch rectangles.

Place about an inch of a popsicle stick into a 1 inch side of each cookie.

Place on an ungreased cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

Bake 7-9 minutes or until edges are light brown.

Immediately press red, yellow, and green m&ms into each cookie.

Cool 2 minutes, then remove from baking sheet and finish cooling on cooking racks for about 30 minutes or until completely cool.

Makes about 30 cookie traffic lights for your little road builder!

These all look so fun to make! And you can still enter the July 29 draw to win a copy of The Road That Trucks Built by commenting on my July 20 post

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂


Elephant snacks from Susanna Leonard Hill for when you & your elephant have the munchies; book winners

It’s been a busy blog tour for Lion and Elephant! And, of course, for Susanna Leonard Hill

Because it was originally my plan to announce the winners of Lion and Elephant books on this date – and then I gave them each their own day of glory – I’ll congratulate the winners today anyway: Happy Congrats to Teri for winning a copy of When Your Lion Needs a Bath and to Debra for winning a copy of When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles!  Yay!

Actually, everyone wins because of the fun extras Susanna has been sharing with us. To linger in the excitement of the release of When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles, here’s something yummy sent by Susanna …

… an elephant recipe 😊

Elephant Sugar Cookies

You will need:

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsps baking powder

2 3/4 cups flour

An elephant-shaped cookie cutter

Raisins or chocolate chips (for the eye)

Sprinkles, small candies, colored sugar, a little icing, etc. for decoration

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cream butter and sugar.

Add egg and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients then add slowly to butter mixture until all incorporated.

Roll out on lightly floured board to desired thickness (probably about 1/4 inch or so)

Cut out elephant shapes with cookie cutter.

Press a raisin or a chocolate chip in place for the eye.

If decorating with colored sugar or sprinkles, sprinkle on top and press lightly with the bottom of a glass before baking.

If decorating with small candies, press lightly into elephant before baking.

Bake at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes until light in color with light browning on the edges.

If using icing, add after baking.

If you missed earlier news and fun you can check all of my July posts for fun events, including reviews, interviews and giveaways.

So ends my participation in When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles blog tour. Huge thanks to everyone for adding to the fun through your visits and comments. Especially, many thanks to you, Susanna, and to Little Simon and Daniel Wiseman. 🙂

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂