Apples- I used red delicious. You will need 1 apple for 2 ladybugs.
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'.|
|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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