So, occasionally I'll see something like this:
or this:....and I start feeling pretty crummy about the lame Wheat Thins or Goldfish I threw in a baggy at my kid just before heading into the van.
And while it is awe inspiring and really nice for a party or special occasion to spend an hour creating a snack masterpiece that will be devoured in approximately 5 minutes, I've discovered that just a little twist on an old (and inexpensive) favorite can result in a big smile and an unspoken understanding of love between me and my kids.
So, break out the Pretzel sticks.
Sometimes (especially for family movie night) I give my kids pretzel sticks for a snack. After Easter we had lots of egg candy lying around. When I dumped a few pretzels into the bowl and it looked like a nest, I put a few Robin Eggs chocolates inside and voilà! An exciting bird's nest snacktime was born.
Since our first bird's nest snack, I have tried a few different twists with things we have on hand. Marshmallows also make a fun surprise in your nest. And sometimes I arrange the pretzels to look like a little bonfire with a few marshmallows stuck to the ends like we are going to roast them on the fire. The kids LOVE this!
While I hope to keep aspiring to a level of superior child snacking such as this:
My kids are pretty happy with our little pretzel nests and pretzel bonfires. What are some simple snacking favorites in your family?