Friday, April 22, 2011

One Track Mind: Tiny Wings

Maybe you  know how it goes. An idea floats through your mind and then continues to make appearances in different form. What do they say, deja vu all over again? It's been that way with tiny wings. Somehow they morphed into edible tiny wings for the grand-lovees.

What you'll need:
A bag of Campfire marshmallows. They're huge. And puffy. And soft. And huge. Did I say that?
Some sucker sticks. Available at Michaels or Wal-Mart.
Edible Easter grass. Tar-jay. Hurry. There wasn't much left.
Sprinkles. Bunny (not as in Easter, but as in daughter aka Math Girl) used to tease me about the multitude of boxes of Jello in my pantry. I got rid of that and replaced the space with sprinkles that always add some zip to the babies' ice cream, waffles, etc. If you give a shower for a grandmother-to-be, always include sprinkles on the gift list.
Almond bark or chocolate coating.

Melt the bark or coating in a double boiler or according to package instructions. If it's too thick, add a little vegetable oil and stir until smooth.

Take a stick, dip it in the coating and then into the marshmallow. You have to do this to secure this jumbo marshmallow in place. Once you get the coating on it the marshmallow weighs about 50 pounds and needs a lot of support.

Place the marshmallow gizmo on a piece of wax paper until the stick is secure. Save any extra marshmallows for the marshmallow war after Sunday lunch. What do you mean you don't have a marshmallow war? Y'all are no fun. At any moment... when you least expect it... WHAM! any member of the family could be the first casualty of a matriarch-pelted fluff ball. Then the fun really begins. Warning: children two and under will cry the first time they observe this form of family bonding. And then they throw one at you and they're in, baby!

Dip the marshmallow gizmo in the coating and swirl it GENTLY to coat. You probably will have to smooth off the excess with a fork. Mary Kelly has this swirling coating thing down to a science. Dip, twist, tap, tap, tap. I'm still a novice.
Before the coating has set sprinkle to your heart's content and top with a peep.
Stick tiny wings in a block of Styrofoam to set up.

If you have any patience left, gently tear away a little handful of edible grass and form it into a nest. When you attempt this you will understand why it is that birds make nests for a living and you don't. Slip the little nest over Mrs. Peep.

 I'm thinking I'll wrap these up in cellophane bags and tie them with a ribbon, but I've not gotten there yet and the laundry is shouting my name.

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