Breadstick Shamrocks

Breadstick Shamrocks | Zim on a Whim

Gather ’round me lads and lasses! I have such an easy treat for you to make just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. It is easy enough that even the kids can help. This comes from an old issue of Family Fun Magazine. Give it a try!

All you need is:
1 can Pillsbury Breadsticks dough (original) – 11 oz./12 breadsticks*
Cinnamon
Green decorating sugar

*1 can of breadsticks makes 3 shamrocks, so if you need more buy accordingly.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment (preferred) or use a non-stick ungreased baking sheet.

Separate breadsticks. For each you will need 3  1/2 pieces.

Holding both ends of one piece, slightly stretch and twist. Form a heart shape.

Breadstick Shamrocks - Step 1

Make 3 hearts for each shamrock. Arrange on baking sheet to form the “leaves”, making sure to pinch together in the center to adhere to each other. Half of the sides of the hearts should touch. Take half of another breadstick and twist, forming the stem. Give it a little curve. Press the stem into the center of the hearts.

Breadstick Shamrocks - Step 2

Sprinkle some cinnamon on your shamrocks, and then the green sugar. Your sugar might not stick in some spots after the cinnamon, so you can dab a tiny bit of water in those areas as needed. Just use your finger so you don’t get too much water on there…you just want to dab or smooth it on.

Breadstick Shamrocks - Step 3

Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Check after 13 minutes…mine took about 15 to get nice and golden brown.

Let it cool before handling so it doesn’t come apart on you or you will have bad luck for 7 years! Just kidding. You’ll have a bunch of sad little green hearts.

If you’d like to see a couple more posts for St. Patrick’s Day, check out the Irish Beef Stew and my St. Patrick’s Day Ombre Cupcakes!

Erin Go Bragh!
Micha

Tips for Tuesday 3/12/13

Tips for Tuesday | Zim on a Whim

Has it been a week already since I posted the first Tips for Tuesday? Oh my. I’m a little surprised, not only in that, but also that I remembered it’s Tuesday to post a few more!

1. EGG FRESHNESS TEST

Do you ever wonder if your eggs are really fresh? Do the stamped dates on the carton really matter? Here’s a great way to tell if they are fresh or if you need to toss them. Get a bowl and fill it with water. Place your eggs in the water and see if they sink or float.

Egg Freshness Test | Zim on a Whim
If they sink, they are fresh.

If they stay submerged, but the wide end doesn’t want to stay on the bottom, they are still good but use them up quickly.

If they float, toss them.

2. KEEP APPLE SLICES FROM BROWNING

If you have to pack lunches for the little ones, this tip might come in handy for you. When the kids are little, it’s hard for them to bite into a big apple so they prefer apple slices. But if you pack them, they turn brown. You don’t need to buy the overpriced prepackaged apple slices anymore!

Keep apple slices from turning brown

Just slice up your apple and put the slices in a bowl. Add some lemon-lime soda or ginger ale and soak them for about 10 minutes. Either soda works and it can be flat – it doesn’t matter. I usually do this and then make the rest of the lunches. I’ve had them soak for less than 10 minutes and it still works in case you’re crunched for time. I don’t dry them; I just let the excess drip off and put them in a resealable bag.

They will stay good all day. I am not sure if they last longer than a day, but if I test it out I will update.

3. HELP LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

If you have high blood pressure or you were told you were borderline, you might consider having these items as a snack: Raisins and dark chocolate!

Raisins and Dark Chocolate to Lower Blood Pressure

It is suggested to eat a snack of raisins 3 times a day, but even once a day can’t hurt!

We’ve all been hearing about the benefits of dark chocolate for some time now because of the flavanols it contains, from lowering your cholesterol to lowering your risk of heart disease. It has also been shown to reduce the dilation of blood vessels which in turn lowers the blood pressure.

Hope you can use one or more of these tips…and if you have any tips you’d like to share, feel free to add them in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!
Micha

President’s Day Cookies

presidents day cookies

Maybe you have seen these already, but I just saw them last night and I had to share them with you! How cute are they? If you have kids that will be home tomorrow for President’s Day, this would be an easy, fun, and yummy project for them to do. Teachers, if you are feeling overly ambitious, I think your students would love these!

For Abe Lincoln, you need Nilla wafers, mini chocolate chips, a chocolate bar, and a black edible marker.
For George Washington, you need Nilla wafers, JetPuffed Mallow Bits in vanilla, and a black edible marker.
To adhere the sweets, simply use frosting.

Check out www.partypinching.com for lots of other adorable ideas for the rest of the year!