Food For Eat & Food For Play

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036For Mother’s Day last week a work colleague gave all of us mommies a giant chocolate bar. I love chocolate of course, but am not a fan of plain chocolate. I  wanted to make some sweet treats with the chocolate, but wasn’t sure what to do. I often refer to myself as a junk cook because I love to just grab random leftover junk & throw it together just to get rid of it. Last night was a good night for that & my daughter loves cooking with mama. The measurements are random because they are leftover ingredients, but my junk bars came out pretty good. My husband says they taste like a Twix bar.


1 7oz chocolate bar

12 marshmallows

1 /8 cup of margarine

1 1/2 cups of graham crackers (chopped)

1 cup of chocolate cheerios

Directions: Melt the margarine over low heat. Add marshmallow & stir until melted. Add the chocolate bar. Remove from heat & mix until marshmallow & chocolate are melted. Quickly add the graham cracker & cheerios. Press into a pan. I used an 8X6X2 pan. Refrigerate & then cut into squares.

We went through many Cheerios. Mai was having so much fun with them, we used up most of the box.

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Luckily for Mai, an accident the next day kept her in the food fun.

While I was work today, I received a text message from my husband. The text went a little something like this..”Do you know why there was a box of spaghetti open on both ends?”

Do you know why there was a box of spaghetti open on both ends?

Oops! I knew already that this was my fault. Sorry honey. But as the saying goes “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” So that is what we did. Daddy gave her a bowl and a handful of the spilled pasta. Mai was happy playing with the spaghetti while I was at work. When I came home I saw the big bowl of the uncooked pasta & remember something that I had seen before. I had a styrofoam cone laying around & stuck the dry spaghetti into it. We took some of our stale Cheerios from last nights food fun & our little tot had another activity to keep her busy. This is such a wonderful way to teach hand-eye coordination & as you can see my daughter loved it.

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So what else can we do with all that floor pasta?

How about spaghetti art?



Who knew Cheerios & spaghetti could be so much fun?



  1. I love this! I’m so gonna give it a try. We had similar fun with two half boxes of old cereal. Who knew burying cars in Rice Crispies and and digging in Corn Akes could be so interesting. It literally kept him busy all afternoon! Amazing!

    1. I know! Isn’t it amazing how fascinated they can be with such simple things. It some times makes you wonder why your house is so full of toys when you can just give them cereal. Lol! The corn flakes sound fun too. She would love the crunch. Thaks for the great idea.

  2. Your daughter is so adorable! I didn’t realize spaghetti can be a way for kids to learn and have fun too, I mean uncooked spaghetti. Ahaha 🙂 Way too creative!

    Dropping by from Countdown in Style! 🙂

  3. Oh my goodness! Floor pasta?? I’m starting to wonder what I could do with these 2 year olds. I actually just did a post on this! The pointy things or them concern me because they are super rowdy! The elmer’s glue scares me because they still put things in their mouths. I need edible glue maybe? I will figure it out! I’m going to pin this or later so I don’t forget the ideas. I love love love this post though. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Countdown in Style!

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