28 June 2008

diversionary tactics



Yesterday morning was the first in quite some time where I didn't take the kiddos to some sort of park. After a few minutes of general stampeding about the house, I decided an intervention was needed, and they spent the remainder of the morning working on spelling words and word puzzles at the table.

In the afternoon, we read SWEET DREAM PIE (Audrey Wood), and determined to make our own version of this delectable treat.







First, the boys took turns transcribing a list of all the sweet ingredients we stormed up in our brains:






Then we edited our list to increase the odds of our pie actually turning out edible. On paper, the kids helped me write everything we already had in our house, and then list the ingredients we needed to purchase.

We zipped off to the grocery store and happily zipped back out through the self check-out lane with our four items.

Home again, we assembled the pie. We began with a chocolate crumb crust, slathered on peanut butter, lined the edges with halved mini-Twix bars, and mixed up vanilla ice cream and crushed Oreos. After easing the ice cream into the crust, we liberally sprinkled on miniature marshmallows.





Next came a drizzling of chocolate and caramel syrups, followed by milk chocolate chips.







And finally, we crowned the ├╝ber-sweet pie with whipped cream and colored sprinkles.





The finished product (albeit a little sprinkle-heavy toward the middle):





So, here's a tip in case you decide to try this out at your place: slice your pie really, really skinny to avoid stomach aches and potential enmity with the National Dental Association.

Also, consider these variations:
crust (regular pie crust, graham crust, cookie dough crust, crushed pretzel crust)
filling (pudding, ice cream, cream pie, peanut butter pie, or even no filling--just use a layer of PB and sprinkle the candies directly on top)
embellishments (instead of candies, try brightly colored fruits--strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, etc.)

Enjoy!

24 comments:

Stephanie said...

How fun! I bet they just loved eating that. I would have loved to see how you might have incorporated cotton candy into your pie though. That would have been funny!

Whitney :) said...

OMG you are so creative, Nic!!! My kids would love you, LOL ... love the post and the pics :)

whit :)

deconstructing jen said...

Oh man that looks like fun. And so creative. Evey would LOVE LOVE LOVE that. We may have to have some of her girl friends over and try it (you know Ben's a little to young to ingest an entire weeks worth of sugar in one sitting, lol.)

~love said...

the outragous sweetness of that totally nausates me at the moment, but i'm filing this idea, as the girlies will LOVE it. what fun. *wishing you lived down the street*

Rebekah said...

What a fantastic idea! I will be looking for that book at the library on Monday.

Eileen W. said...

This is the perfect summer fun pie!! I love it!! :)

Jenn said...

You are such a fun mom Nic :) Your kids are so lucky to have you!

Looks yummy!!!!

take a bow Jenn

Christine said...

That looks soooo good! I bet the kids loved eating it!

Heidi Zawisza said...

Totally going to do it!! That looks awesome! Great idea!

Heidi Zawisza said...

Totally going to do it!! That looks awesome! Great idea!

jorth said...

My teeth are hurting just looking at those pics.

But damn I bet it tastes good!

Swede at Heart said...

What a fun idea! I would like to eat that right now for breakfast. :)

Hot Flash MaMa said...

For someone who is on a diet---again :-(, it sure looks good to me!!

Courtney said...

That looks so good...you have great ideas and are always willing to try new things with the kids..How fun!

P.S. I think you are one of the most fun moms I know!

Anonymous said...

Nic,

What a sweet & special day you shared with your kiddies! I'll bet the pie was SUPER delicious. They must have been so proud to eat something you all made together.

I must get that book now. I'm sure my DD will enjoy it too!

~D

Melissa said...

What a wonderful idea! I'm sure the kids will remember that forever!!

A's Mom said...

Now that looks yummy! What a great idea to keep your kids busy and educate them at the same time!

Kimberly said...

Brilliant! And suddenly I'm hungry...

pickles*and*co said...

You AMAZE me!!! I want to come live with you, and bring my kids too! lol

sweetfunkyvintage said...

what a neat project - totally creative and fun!
missy

Rebekah said...

I keep meaning to tell you that we did get to borrow this book, and we made our own pie, too :) I blogged it - thanks again for the idea!

Hot Flash MaMa said...

For someone who is on a diet---again :-(, it sure looks good to me!!

Eileen W. said...

This is the perfect summer fun pie!! I love it!! :)

~love said...

the outragous sweetness of that totally nausates me at the moment, but i'm filing this idea, as the girlies will LOVE it. what fun. *wishing you lived down the street*