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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day Fun and Food Ideas

What better way to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 then by planting something and making dirt cups!


Growing Projects for Earth Day

First here are some ideas to plant on this Earth Day. Of course planting a tree is a great activity, but if you don't have the space here are some smaller space ideas for planting.

1. Plant seeds in egg cartons or reuse plastic cups.


2. Regrow your vegetable scraps into new plants for your garden.

3. Plant an herb garden.

4. Plant grass in a crafty box.
Create a cardboard box out of recycled cardboard or cereal boxes. Decorate, color and design the outside how you'd like.
Line the bottom with heavy plastic sheeting. Add potting soil. Press seeds into soil. Radish seeds grow quickly or to look like straight hair plant grass seeds.
Using a spray bottle, spray seeds slightly with water and cover with plastic wrap for several days. Uncover and spray every day.
1 to 2 weeks later you will have a basket that has real looking grass in it.


Dirt Pudding Cups

In a plastic cup, add chocolate pudding. Add gummy worms poking out of the top. Crush chocolate sandwich cookies and sprinkle on the top to resemble dirt.

Dirt Cupcakes Recipe

1 1/4 Cup of water
1/3 Cup of canola oil
3 eggs
1 (18.25 oz.) box chocolate cake mix with pudding
3/4 Cup ready to spread chocolate frosting
24 gummy worms

Preset the oven temperature to 350 degrees allowing the oven to preheat.
Place paper cupcake liners into the cups on a muffin tin.
Spray the lines lightly with a non stick cooking spray.
Pour the water into a mixing bowl.
Whisk the canola oil into the water.
Add the eggs and whisk until well combined.
Add the cake mix powder and stir until blended in well.
Fill the paper lines 2/3 full of the batter.
Bake for 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.
Remove the cupcakes to a wire rack and cool for 20 minutes.
Using a wooden spoon handle make a hole in the center of each cupcake about as wide as a penny.
Place the frosting into a baggie and snip one corner off the bag.
Squeeze the frosting into the holes on the cupcakes allowing a small amount to top the cupcake.
Press a gummy worm into the frosting hole of each cupcake leaving a portion of the worm over the edge of the cupcakes.

Or make a whole dirt cake instead of cupcakes.


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