Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Valentine Apple Ladybugs / I'm Not Perfect *sigh*

These are the Apple Ladybugs that I made for my little guys Valentine's Day school party last year. They are pretty simple to assemble, but again, just time consuming. I'm still on the hunt for this years inspiration for party goodness. I'm thinking about doing a heart shaped fruit pizza with all the fruit in the shape of hearts and some coconut for the 'cheese'. I get so excited to do these party snacks for the kids. I have this imaginary hope that I can get all kids around the world to eat fruit, yeah right huh? Ah well, in my dreams at least.
Things you will need:
Apples- I used red delicious. You will need 1 apple for 2 ladybugs.
Chocolate chips
Chocolate icing
A bowl of salt water- This keeps the apples from turning brown. Soak them as you cut them. I fill the kitchen sink up with water and put ~4tbls of salt. Your apples will not taste salty. *Reminder: Don't forget to sanitize the sink before you put all your apples in there.

Cut your apples like this:
3 cuts makes 2 ladybugs, 2 'bodies' & 2 'wings'
Take one 'body' and one 'wing'. Slice into two 'wings'.

Like this!
Remove core with a melon baller. Don't go too deep, you don't want to go through the 'body' layer of your ladybug.
Once soaked in salt water, dry and assemble

Once you have all your apples sliced and soaked in salt water, remove them from water and use a paper towel to dry them off. Place a small amount of icing on the bottom of each one of your 'wings'. Attache to body on a slight angel.

Once you have all your wings attached, place your icing in a ziplock bag and cut the very tip of bag so the icing can be dispensed. See a step by step guide to making your own piping bag at my other post here. Now get your chocolate chips ready and place a small dollop of icing where you want the 'spots' to go and place a chocolate chip on top. Use your icing bag to make little 'antennas' at the base of the head. I just made a hook shape on each side. Once they are complete, place them on some parchment paper and put in the fridge to 'set' the icing. That's it. These ladybugs are ready to party!



Although I would like to pretend that all these treats go off without a hitch, my efforts are not always successful. I once made a batch of Rice Krispie Apples that ended up looking more like pumpkins. I was devastated! Seems silly right? I thought, 'How embarrassing, the kids (& the teachers) won't know what they are, it's a complete failure'.

Why are us mom's so hard on ourselves? These kids aren't going to care what colour my apples turned out, but at the time, I was apologizing to the teacher of my mistake and feeling awful about them. Really, the only person I let down was myself. If I don't expect absolute perfection from others, why do I from myself?

So, with that said, I am NOT going to apologize that the 'apples' are not red. I AM going to try and let the mistake go, as the perfection I try to attain can not be achieved realistically, right?? I am also NOT going to apologize for such trivial things occupying my mind and I am NOT going to say it's not really my fault and blame it on being a Virgo (this only applies for this specific post alone *wink*) I guess I can only be perfect in my dreams...maybe. ;)




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23 comments:

  1. Those apple ladybugs are just the cutest!! And hey, I still think your rice krispie ones look good to me lol. :) Like you said, kids don't care...we obsess about it more ourselves!

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  2. I love your ladybug apples...especially the chocolate chip spots! I think your Rice Krispie apples are cute--I'd eat them! Thanks so much for linking up to my Valentine Link Party!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I found your blog through Crafting & Creativity. Thanks for hosting & stopping by. I'll be back to party & poke around, I'm your newest follower :) Thanks again!

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  3. You've been Tagged! Check out my blog if you want to play along! :)

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    1. I'm game! I have to come back & do it later, all kidlets on deck today. Have a good day!

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  4. It took me a a couple days before I did mine, so no rush! ;)

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  5. I think your ladybugs look great!

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  6. What a fun snack idea! I definitely struggle in the creative presentation area.
    Shiloh
    everydaygameplan.net

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  7. I featured your ladybugs today! http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/01/valentine-love-bugs.html

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    1. WOW! I'm sooo excited about this! Thank you so much Michelle I REALLY appreciate it. I grabbed your 'featured me' button :) I'm over the moon. Thank you!!!

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  8. These are SO dang cute!! My Little Man would so love these! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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  9. Too too cute! I am so going to make these for my boys - not for a whole class mind you - just my two little guys :) Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

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    1. Thanks Trish! Just finished linking back up this weeks Valentine Goodness! Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

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  10. So cute!! I love cute snack ideas though I never tend to make them for my little one. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday! We hope you will join us again next week!

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    1. Thank you for hosting Carrie. I will be back. Could I ask you a question? I have my links to your party under my 'Where I like to Party' page and link to that at the end of my post since there are quite a few places I like top hop around ;) Do you think this is an acceptable way to link back to your page or would you prefer ALL the buttons at the bottom of each post?? I would really love your feedback? Thanks so much!

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  11. These are DARLING!!! I LOVE ladybugs! Pinned this of course. Too, too, cute!

    http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks so much! They went over well, thanks for saying Hi!

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