So here is our first garden party of the Easter season on our new Easter tablecloth (which I love so much that I'm probably going to use it year round)...
~The Good Shepherd's Pasture~
The children were fine with the idea of combining a few symbols. The Shepherd and his Staff are both represented in these Shepherd's Pies. Chicken and cheese baked inside biscuits in muffin tins. Not traditional shepherd's pies by any means, I know, but they look like little pies and they have shepherd staffs on them. Good enough!
The Sheepfold was represented by the heart shape bowl holding all the white fluffy sheep, I mean, popcorn. It was also our acknowledgement of Divine Mercy Sunday along with the Divine Mercy chaplet we've been praying as a family.
I used these Teddy Grahams Soft Paws to make our Wolf's Paw treats. I still cannot find the Voortman's cookies that Jessica uses and my kids aren't crazy about the Tahiti Coconut Cookies anymore.
New to us this year was a Ewe and Ram-en Snack mix, I sort of cobbled it together from some suggestions I found online so I'll post my recipe below. It was a big hit and the kids said they thought the Ramen noodles actually looked like bits of sheep's wool. This made a lot so we have snack mix for the week ahead!
For our Lamb, I used my lamb butter mold to make a chocolate lamb. I thought I had bought the Lindt lambs that we usually use but I guess my tired brain played a trick on me. By the time I thought to look for them, the stores were empty. This one turned out just fine though and I let the kids believe it was butter for a little while just to surprise them later.
Oh, I almost forgot the Gates! Actually, I did almost forget to set them out on the table. My kids like to build their own so I didn't take a picture of the supplies. I did remember to snap this one that Bigboy made. He says the popcorn are the sheep trapped inside the gate...
Head over to Catholic Cuisine and check out the other garden parties and/or share your Divine Mercy celebrations too!
Ewe and Ram-en Snack mix
1 C. craisins
2 C. pretzels or pretzel goldfish
1 C. cheerios
2 C. graham cereal ( like Golden grahams) or broken graham crackers
3 C. teddy bear shaped grahams
2 C. ramen noodles, crushed
1 C. sliced almonds
1/3 C. butter
1/3 C. honey
1 tsp. orange juice
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Melt butter, honey and orange juice together in a pan over low heat. When melted, pour over dry mix. Toss to coat and bake at 350 for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. When done, turn out onto a large piece of tin foil or another cookie sheet and allow to cool thoroughly, stirring occasionally.