Groundhogs Day...

Feb. 2, 2012

My boys were up at the crack of dawn this morning to see whatPunxsutawney Phil decided about the length of the winter season. Because we have had less than 14 inches of snow this year compared to the 60+ inches we had last year, the boys were REALLY hoping for a longer winter (complete with snow if at all possible). They seemed to be putting a lot of hope in the fact that the little groundhog in Philadelphia would declare 6 more weeks of winter so they had more time for winter fun. We all watched in anticipation this morning and when they announced "6 more weeks of winter" the boys erupted in cheers! Maybe there is a chance for more snow this year after all!

Today's "Groundhogs Day" Lunch includes: peanut butter sandwich (if nut allergies are a concern you might consider using sunbutter), Trader Joe's chocolate almond for the nose, white American cheese for the cheeks and string cheese for the teeth, cucumbers, peanut butter/chocolate chip mini muffin, Trader Joe's letter/number cookies, and a homemade fruit roll up all packed in an Easy Lunch Box. You'll notice that I did, in fact, manage to find a way to sneak in another heart shape in today's lunch.

I'm often asked for the recipe for the homemade fruit roll up so here it is (this is from Maria's web-site HERE)


Combine ingredients in a blender until smooth. (I have a Blendtec brand blender and use it nearly every day.)


For drying in a dehydrator: Spread the mixture onto 3 or 4 trays depending on the size of your dehydrator. (I have THIS dehydrator and I love it because it has a timer and automatic shut off. ) Set the dehydrator to 105 degrees even though though the dehydrator instruction manual says to dry fruit at 140 degrees. Dehydrate for 8-12 hours. I find that it works much better to dehydrate fruit leather at lower temps for a longer period of time.


For drying in an oven: Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.Pour mixture onto parchment paper and spread evenly until it is about 1/4 of an inch thick. Dehydrate for 4-6 hours at the lowest temperature possible.



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