We LOVE Monster’s Inc. and are psyched to be launching our summer off with a trip to the movies to see Monsters University. And, although we haven’t seen it yet and had it as part of the plans in week one, we celebrated with an ‘off the bus’, last day of school bit of fun with a few monstrously delicious bites.
Find #1: Salad Stuffed Cyclops
5 Sunset Mini Bell Peppers
1 1/2 cups chopped salad*
2 tablespoons light ranch dressing
Price Chopper Black olives, sliced
1 fresh beet
Wash the beet. Removed the ends; as if you were cutting an onion. Peel the beet with a potato peeler. Shred approximately 1 tablespoon per Cyclops.
Wash the peppers; remove the ends and the seeds. Toss the chopped salad with the dressing and stuff each of the peppers.
Cut a whole in the pepper to place a slice of olive as the Cyclops eye. Cut a sliced olive in half to create a mouth. Slice a triangular shape in the pepper to insert the mouth. Stand your salad stuffed Cyclops on a tray and top with approximately a tablespoon of pinched, shredded beet for silly hair.
*Chopped salad: We used romaine, carrots, bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers in our combination, but you can use all of your kid’s favorites when making your salad Cyclops.
Find #2: Watermelon Monsters
1 golden delicious apple
You will need a triangular slice of watermelon per monster that is cut approximately 1 – 1 1/2 inches thick. Remove the rind. Cut the bottom to create a flat edge. Then cut the right and left side slightly to create your monster shape. Insert a craft stick in the bottom to form a fruit on the stick affect.
Wash the blueberries and cherries. Pit the cherries and slice them. You will need 1 cherry and 1 blueberry per monster. Using a toothpick, simply carve a circle the side of your cherry in the watermelon to insert the cherry slice as a Cyclops eye. Add the blueberry into the center. Cut another slice of cherry in half to create a semi-circle as the mouth. Using the toothpick again, carve a shape to fit the mouth of the monster and insert the cherry. Discard the toothpick; it’s only a carving utensil in this recipe.
Cut a slice of apple and cut the apple into strips. Place the strips into a snap and seal lunch-sized or snack sized bag, add cinnamon and shake. Insert two strips into the top of the watermelon to serve as horns.
Find #3: Sully’s Cheesy Popcorn
Find #4: Monstrously Fun Pizza Night
You can find our family fun for this activity by clicking through here.
Find #5: Easy Mike Wisnowski Cake Pops
I used the same method when I made the Truffula trees on the site, but simply used white melting chocolate found in the craft stores in the candy making aisle, added green food coloring and stirred it together for the coating. While the chocolate is still wet, add a large size Wilton Candy Eye, which can also be found in the candy making aisle at your local craft store. To add his eyebrow we simply used the black cake decorating gel.
You can follow these easy cake pop making instructions by clicking here. I LOVE these, because they are NO BAKE and the kids can really complete this activity from start to finish.