Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday's "Mama, Whatcha cookin?"

Bird Nest Treats

Hello Spring!
The birds are chirping early in the morning now. Spring is right around the corner, and I can't wait! Today's recipe inspiration came from a project that I helped with this afternoon.
Twice a month two other mothers and I teach a ministry class at the christian school that our children attend. The goal of this class is to inspire young upcoming adults to minister to others for no gain to themselves other than the blessing of knowing that they have brightened someone's day. This class is involved in a variety of things such as cleaning, setting up for events at the school, putting on luncheons, making treats or cards for the senior citizens, and also doing nice things for the younger classmates in the elementary. We want these young people to experience the joy and gratification that comes from doing for others, and they do! Seeing people smile and being surprised by something that you have made or done equally blesses both the receiver and the giver. It also bridges the gap between our teenagers and others, instilling a connection with both the elderly and the young. It has been a tremendous joy to work with these kids.

This week our project was just so cute and easy. It caused such spring fever that I just had to share it as Monday's recipe. They were yummy too. Maybe you will be inspired to make these with your children, and make a few extra to minister to someone in your life. Let your children feel the joy as they see the smile on the receipients face, and know that they have been a blessing to someone that day!

Bird Nest Treats

1 cup butterscotch chips, melted
1 can oriental noodles
jelly beans

Melt your butterscotch chips in the microwave or double boiler. Either is fine. If using microwave, be sure to melt at 1 minute intervals to assure the candy does not burn. Add entire can of noodles, stir until evenly coated. Scoop out by the spoonfuls onto wax paper, shaping into a nest shape. Gently press indentation in center to place jelly beans. Let them set until they are hardened and lose the shiny wet look. Store in airtight container or package for giving away!
We put them in cup cake paper cups, then placed them into small plastic bags and tied with a spring colored ribbon. They were all packaged and ready to give out. They were a hit!
(You may substitute any other chips, such as chocolate or peanut butter, and also, there are a variety of egg shaped candies to use this time of year. Enjoy making your own creations!)

We made and gave out 90 of these today. That's a lot of happy smiles!

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