Well, we had our first snow of 2013.  It wasn't huge, but it's the most snow we've gotten all winter.  The girls were very excited and eager to go out after breakfast.  I decided to liven up their yogurt with these little snowman faces.  The girls were surprised and really liked them.  

I think if food is inviting, children will be more apt to try it.  Whether that means serving it a different way (in a mug, on a stick, etc) or "fancy-ing" it up with a face or arranging it in a special way.

After breakfast, we suited up and headed out.  It was C-O-L-D.  Even in the sun, that wind was chilly!  The girls had fun walking in the snow, making snow angels, touching the snow and we even made a little snowman.  Of course, we had to have some hot chocolate when we came in.  :)

Before lunch, I wanted to try a fun-looking recipe I found when browsing for snowflake snack ideas.  I had never seen anything like this before and thought it would make a nice treat to go with lunch.  

Sweet Tortilla Snowflakes
Ingredients:  Flour tortillas, vegetable oil for baking, confectioners' sugar, sprinkles or edible glitter (optional)

Supplies needed:  clean pair of scissors, cookie sheets, brush for oil, sifter for sugar

What to do: 

1.  Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2.  Warm the tortillas (about 15 seconds) in the microwave to make them easier to fold and so they won't crack.  I didn't have to do this with my tortillas.  Maybe it's because they were kept in the refrigerator.

3.  Individually fold the tortillas in half once and then in half again, so that you end up with a shape that resembles a wedge of pie (it will be thick).  
4.  Using clean scissors, cut triangle, circles, or squares out of the edges, as if you were making paper snowflakes.
5.  Unfold the tortillas and place them on a cookie sheet slightly apart. (Mine touched some because I had big tortillas.  I could only fit one on my smaller cookie sheets.)
6.  Lightly brush the tops of the snowflakes with vegetable oil.
7.  Bake them until lightly browned and crisp (about 4 minutes). You can bake them a few minutes longer, if you want a crispier snowflake, but keep an eye on them.
8.  Sift confectioners' sugar on the snowflakes while they are still warm. Cinnamon could also be used.
9.  For an extra sparkly effect, you can sprinkle on a bit of edible glitter.
The girls thought these were fun to eat.  Look how big they are!

I'd love to know if you try these out for yourself!

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