Cook with Books: Mouse Mess

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Cook with Books: Mouse Mess from the Homeschool Share Blog

My nieces came to visit for an “Art Day,” and I decided we could throw in a “cooking” project, too. After all, culinary art is art!

We read Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley–a short, rhyming romp about a mouse who snacks his way through the kitchen. After the tale, we got started on our cracker snacker lunch.

Cracker Snackers

I gathered lots of fun ingredients. I split the dining room table into two spaces for the girls to work. One side was savory. The other side was sweet.

You could use any of the following combination of ingredients for the savory snackers:

  • Crackers, Appetizer Bread (bases)
  • Sliced Boiled Egg
  • Sliced Cucumbers
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Peanut Butter (and Jam)
  • Cheese Spreads
  • Cheese Slices
  • Pepperoni or Ham Slices
  • Olives, Pickles (for toppers!)
  • Goldfish Crackers (another good topper)

Cook with Books: Mouse Mess (Homeschool Share Blog)

You can really let your imagination go wild for the sweet snackers:

  • Graham Crackers (base) Did you know they come in cinnamon and chocolate, too?
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nutella
  • Vanilla Pudding
  • Fruit Slices (any kind!)
  • Berries (for toppers)
  • Mini Chocolate or Peanut Butter Chips (a favorite, for sure)

Cook with Books: Mouse Mess (from Homeschool Share)

I let the girls go to work, and work they did. The combinations were fantastic and delicious!

Cook with Books: Mouse Mess (from Homeschool Share)
Happy Eating & Happy Reading!

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Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book

Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book (Homeschool Share Blog)

When I saw The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt, I knew it would not be enough to borrow it from the library. No. We had to own it. Each page brings a kaleidoscope of paper-cut colors, making it truly beautiful. It also provides a base for discussion of various emotions: alert, calm, energetic, fiery, exciting.

The Rainbow Book is also the perfect literature selection to go with Rainbow Fruit Kabobs.

Rainbow Fruit Kabobs Recipe

You need lots of colorful fruit–one kind of fruit per color.

Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book (Homeschool Share Blog)

Red: watermelon, strawberries, cherries, red raspberries
Orange: cut oranges, mandarin oranges, cantaloupe, mango, peaches
Yellow: pineapple, golden delicious apples
Green: honeydew, green grapes, kiwi slices, avocado slices
Blue: blueberries
Purple: blackberries, grapes (red or purple), plums

Don’t forget to add wooden skewers to your shopping list, too.

The child can help prepare the fruit by washing it. Then you can finish the prep by chopping and slicing.

Cook with Books ~ Rainbow Fruit Kabobs

We assembled the kabobs by adding the fruit in order of the rainbow.

Enjoy your treats–the book and the food!

Cook with Books: The Rainbow Book


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