Originally published in Seasonal Guide, January 10, 2013
Winter food fun—with faces!
never easier or more fun than in the winter, especially when you make creatures you can eat! Try some of these tasty treats after school or after playing in the snow. All you need is fresh or dried fruit and veggies to make some fun and delicious snacks.
Caterpillar Kabobs—You can make these in fruit or veggie versions. Assemble chunks of melons, apples, oranges and pears along the skewer. For a veggie version, use zucchini, cucumber, sweet peppers or tomatoes. (Fun extra: take toothpicks and attach dried cranberries or raisins to them for eyes on stalks!)
Fruity Peanut Butterfly—Start with a carrot stick or celery for the body. Attach wings made of thinly sliced apples with peanut butter and decorate with halved grapes or dried fruit.
Bugs on a Log—This classic brings together crunchy celery with creamy peanut butter topped with raisins. Try variations on the theme with cucumber or carrots sticks as the log, and dried cranberries, cherries or blueberries as the bugs.
Potato People—Bake potatoes and cut in half, then decorate. Use sliced cherry tomatoes, peas and low-fat cheese on the potato to create funny faces.
For more health games and tips, visit cdc.gov/family/kids.
Places for kids
Once kids have had their fill of the outdoors, or if it’s too cold and blustery to be out and about, consider bringing the kids to the library, where they can hunker down in warmth and take a trip via the pages of a book.
Blue Hill: Public library, Main St. and Parker Point Rd. For information, call 374-5515 or visit bluehill.lib.me.us. You can also bring the kids to the library in East Blue Hill, open year-round on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 374-5577.
Brooklin: Friend Memorial Library, on Rte. 175 in the village of Brooklin, 359-2276 or visit friendml.org
Brooksville: Free Public Library on the Coastal Road, 326-4560. They’re open Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Castine: Witherle Library often has events for children, 326-4375, or visit witherle.lib.me.us
Deer Isle and Stonington: Enjoy the indoor gym at the Island Community Center, up Russ’ Hill from the Opera House. The Island Community Center islandcommunitycenter.net. The Stonington Public Library and the Chase Emerson Memorial Library in Deer Isle often have story readings or other events—check our community calendar at penobscotbaypress.com. Enjoy the ice-skating rink hosted by the Island Recreation Board across from the former Stonington Elementary School.