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sparkle kitchen – toppings!

Toppings! Another Martin & Sylvia favorite!

Toppings is the perfect thing to make when you need to come up with a creative snack (because everyone’s tired of the same old apple & peanut butter).   But your kitchen cupboards seem bare.

For example, when you go to look, you find:

1 banana
some left over walnuts
the dregs of the corn flakes
a huge jar of coconut flakes
1/4 jar of almond butter
just 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
and the last 5 pieces of bread.

And you have 3 children to feed.

It’s time for toppings!

The basic idea for toppings is as follows: combine a variety of different “toppings” on slices of bread or individual crackers.  Each one should be just a little different than the next.

And the best part: children love to come up with their own.  You say “Here are your options”, and let them create.

Of course the more creative you get with the presentation, the more the fun the whole thing is (and appealing).

Our toppings here included apple, banana, nut butter, coconut, walnuts, honey and goat cheese.

I have to give credit where credit is due: we didn’t come up with this idea.  Little brother did.  One morning early, he got up before any of us.  And he was hungry.  When we, his bedraggled and exhausted parents, suggested that he go start the day by making everyone some delicious toast for breakfast, he jumped at the chance.  15 minutes later he came up with a plateful of toast — each slathered with a different combination of butter, honey, peanut butter, jam, and chocolate sauce.

And so “Toppings” was discovered!

Good stuff.


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