Penguin in a Pear Tree

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On the First Day of Christmas my true love gave to me... a Penguin in a Pear Tree (maybe make that an Olive tree).

Speaking of Penguins, did you see the Living Planet Aquarium is hosting a FREE day on Dec. 13, 2010 from 11 am to 6 pm in Salt Lake City.  Our kids love the new Penguin Encounter.  (See more free admision info for Hogle Zoo, Red Butte Garden and several UT museums at ZAP.)

We love Christmas books during the holidays. Several books feature these cute waddling penguins.  As you read books, have your kids try making this cute Penguin olive appetizers.

Our kids had a blast making these. They realized you can do more with olives than just put them on every finger. They look a little sloppy because that's what happens when kids get in on the fun.  The kids loved eating them too I just had to swat their hands away a few times while we were making them.

My neighbor introduced me to these darling penguins made out of olives, carrots and cream cheese. I'm not sure where she originally got the idea but I'm glad she shared it.

Now see my neighbor's beautiful version. I love her cheese ball igloo made out of softened cream cheese, mixed with chives and garlic salt. She also cut pimentos for the bow ties.  Don't forget the decorative toothpicks. Kids love making these.

All has a great recipe to make these.
If you want to see some perfect penguins go to Once Upon a Plate.
Or see this tutorial at Paper Caper.
Serious Eats uses a mozzarella ball instead of cream cheese.

You might like Mr. Popper's Penguins. Try finding a penguin book at your library or online.

Linking to Today's Creative, Get Your Craft On Tues.
Somewhat Simple's Strut Your Stuff Thursday
House of Hepworths Rock your Recipes.
Fingerprints on the Fridge, Feature Yourself Fridays
Tatertots and Jello, Weekend Wrap-up Party
Show and Tell Saturdays at Be Different Act Normal


Lisa said...

These are SO cute! I remember seeing these last year around the holidays and being sad I didn;t get a chance to make them. I need to try to this yearR

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

These are so cute. I've made them before and I got the recipe from

Tauni said...

Little H had a penguin birthday this year and I made a few of these little guys for dinner. Though the boys thought they were cute, not one of them liked to eat the little suckers!

I heard your kids really liked them...I guess you never know, right?!

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