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A Seuss Inspired Supper

HorrorFFF 1 A Seuss Inspired SupperThe elementary teacher in me cannot let Dr. Seuss’s Birthday slip by without celebrating it somehow.  But it also could be the party planner person in me looking for any reason to celebrate something.  Either way, Dr. Seuss’s body of work and contribution to children’s literature and literacy should be recognized.  So with a little research and some creativity, I found a fun Seuss Supper to serve my family this week for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday and this week’s Friday Food Fight.

Do you like Green Eggs and Ham?  Would you like them here or there?  Would like them in a house?  Would you like them with a mouse? ­(from Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham)

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Well, don’t feel bad, because my kids wouldn’t eat them either.  Funny enough, they’ll eat green cupcakes and candy, but they won’t touch green eggs.  Honestly, the eggs (and the photo) didn’t turn out quite as well as I had hoped.  I followed these instructions and tried really hard not to break the yolk, but I don’t think my cage-free organic eggs were fresh enough to cooperate.  (Real mature, Denise.  Blame it on the eggs.) With each failed attempt, I just kept scrambling the eggs.  The “ham”, on the other hand, was easy to make green.  Using a dinner plate, I added two drops of green food coloring to about a Tbsp of water and soaked the “ham” (which is really tofu bologna because family won’t eat ham, green or not) in the solution.  Then, I fried the ham in a pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

When my family wouldn’t eat the green eggs and ham (which is probably a good thing because there’s enough dye in that food to kill a horse make even the Grinch green with envy), I let my creative juices flow.  I knew they would devour Eggie Middles (others call this dish a Nest Egg).  Instead of a circular cookie cutter, I used a star shaped cookie cutter to cut a hole in the center of each slice of 5-Grain Italian bread.  Unfortunately, the eggs wouldn’t cooperate once again and did not retain an egg shape once cooking in the pan.  But at least the star shaped toast looks nice, so the slices could have stars upon thars (The Sneetches and Other Stories).

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After finding an adorable Cat in the Hat inspired cupcake, dessert was simple, but finding all the materials necessary to make the cupcakes was not.  Thanks to Felicia of Go Graham, Go, I located blue cotton candy at our local Dollar General.  But then, I couldn’t find red cupcake liners!  Not even the silicone kind!  So, I cut red large beverage cups and used the bottom portion of the cups to hide the plain white cupcake liners.  Then, I downloaded Suess font and created Thing 1 and Thing 2 tags on white cardstock.  (Pay no attention to my poor cutting skills.)

You will see something new.  Two things.  And I call them Thing One and Thing Two. ­(from Dr. Suess’ The Cat in the Hat)

 A Seuss Inspired Supper

On a side note, cotton candy does not do well in humidity.  Therefore if you live in a humid climate like me, add the cotton candy to the cupcakes right before you serve them.

If a cupcake loaded with icing and blue cotton candy isn’t your cup of tea, then perhaps Ten Apples Up on Top (or just three) is a healthier option for you and your family.  May I suggest one of our favorite apples, such as a Jazz, Pink Lady or Gala?

ApplesonTop A Seuss Inspired Supper

So there you have it: A Seuss inspired supper with some healthier options too!  Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Now link up and see what If I Could Escape and Gone Bananas are serving for this week’s Friday Food Fight.


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Denise

Living life as a mom on the run between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 11, 7, 2). Before a blissful life as a SAHM, I taught elementary school for 7 years. In 2007, I discovered a passion for running. I'm currently training for a fourth marathon as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. In my spare time, I am the lead organizer for the Tampa Bay Bloggers on Facebook. I'm currently training for two marathons as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. From start to finish, I'm a mom on the run trying maintain an easy pace through it all.

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  • losangelas says:

    what a lot of effort, very creative of you!

    4 March, 2011 at 5:28 am
  • Buckeroomama says:

    Wow, you certainly went the extra mile! :) We love eggie middles around here, too. My son would often request them for breakfast.

    4 March, 2011 at 5:55 am
  • Jenny says:

    Very neat ideas…but the cupcakes are my favorite!

    4 March, 2011 at 6:59 am
  • If I Could Escape . . . says:

    Woah, you really went all out! Awesome! x

    4 March, 2011 at 7:47 am
  • Dina @ 4 Lettre Words says:

    Those cupcakes are utter brilliance! LOVE them and can’t wait until March 2, 2012. :)

    4 March, 2011 at 7:58 am
  • SarahinSC says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate Dr. Suess’ birthday! Looks like fun!

    4 March, 2011 at 10:36 am
  • Sharon says:

    Love the tribute to Dr. Seuss! Such devotion and creativity. The cupcakes are genius!

    4 March, 2011 at 1:44 pm
  • kirsty815 says:

    Awesome cupcakes woman! I love that idea (files in her mental roladex)! :o)

    4 March, 2011 at 3:58 pm
  • DaBudges says:

    Such a good idea! I didn’t even think to celebrate his birthday with my kiddos, so even if they wouldn’t touch the green eggs and ham, it’s the thought that counts :D Such fun ideas!

    4 March, 2011 at 4:02 pm
  • Cecily R says:

    Aren’t you clever! LOVE the Sneeches reference!

    4 March, 2011 at 4:18 pm
  • Lorie Shewbridge says:

    These are absolutely wonderful!! I love everything about the post.
    What a brilliant idea to use the red cups for the bottom of your cupcakes – such a smart mommy – I know your kids loved everything about it.
    I don’t think I could eat the green eggs and ham, my boys however would have devoured them.

    4 March, 2011 at 6:02 pm
  • Felicia says:

    You are awesome! Will you be my mom?

    Wait.. that’s almost another Seuss book.. Are You My Mother? lol!

    PS. Such a creative idea with the cups. I found my cupcake liners at Ingles. They were in packet with primary colors (red, blue and yellow).

    4 March, 2011 at 7:03 pm
  • Jen Has A Pen says:

    This is amazing! What an awesome mom you are to have taken all this time! :-)

    Visiting from LBS. :-)

    5 March, 2011 at 9:19 am
  • Rachel says:

    So cool!!!!!! Wow!!! You rock!

    5 March, 2011 at 12:59 pm
  • liveinthebadlands says:

    We had green eggs and ham at preschool and all but 2 kids tried and liked them!

    5 March, 2011 at 3:08 pm
  • Carolyn G says:

    OMG this is so awesome!
    The cupcakes I love, thing one and thing two. I am so going to try and get creative just like you. :0)

    5 March, 2011 at 3:21 pm
  • Secret Mom Thoughts says:

    Cute dinner ideas. I love the cotton candy on the cupcakes.

    5 March, 2011 at 4:36 pm
  • Gabie says:

    Very cute! Those are some creative ideas! I loved the Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes! :) I’ll have to try that out sometime! :)

    5 March, 2011 at 5:30 pm
  • ofelianj says:

    Beautiful meal, from start to finish. I’ll have to try cotton candy cupcakes soon

    5 March, 2011 at 8:29 pm
  • Ms. Blasé says:

    I’m creative, but this takes the cake! (No pun intended!) And, for the record, I would’ve totally eaten those green eggs and ham. It’s a shame that the fam didn’t indulge because they look mighty fine to me… as does the entire spread! Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier from the LBS Tea Party :) I finally woke up after sleeping the entire day away and taking a nice long shower. Now I’m wide awake and ready to do some serious blog hoppin’! Have a great weekend!!!

    5 March, 2011 at 11:54 pm
  • JamericanSpice says:

    You are so creative!

    I absolutely want to make thing one and thing two cupcakes.

    We LOVE LOVE LOVE Dr Seuss!

    6 March, 2011 at 8:46 pm
  • Life with Kaishon says:

    You are so creative. I love that you did this. I showed the pictures to Kaish of the green eggs and ham and he said you were a cool Mom
    : ) I asked him if he would have eaten it and he said NO!

    10 March, 2011 at 9:50 pm
  • Scott says:

    I didn’t realize it was Dr. Seuss’ birthday–you’re quite original, celebrating it like that!

    (I liked “Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Cat in the Hat”–but my favorite was always “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back”!)

    11 March, 2011 at 9:51 pm
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