Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From Poop to Flower Balls

Many of you have seen or used my recipe on homemade Larabars. In an effort to keep the bars a little more mobile, I decided to begin rolling them into small balls so they were quick to pop into the mouth. But this posed a slight problem - what do the kids call these little brown balls that really do have an eerie semblance to large deer pellets?

Poop balls. Yep. I said it. They named them poop balls. This was a surprise to me since our kids aren't allowed to use "potty talk" and they don't watch television shows that use such language. So needless to say, I was aghast at such a name and have been desperate to try to figure something out to solve my dilemma because running around town during errands with your children asking for "poop balls" is not exactly on my game plan.

Homemade Larabars molded into Flower Balls
A nice trip to Ikea and $1 later, we had the solution. A rubber flower mold. So now, as you can see in the picture, we have "flower balls" for snacks for on the road.

The irony of this whole situation is that Blaise, the one who lovingly nicknamed my homemade fruit and nut bars that detestable name, was beginning to tire of his desire for "poop balls" (he's my moody eater). But now that they are flower balls, I've got to hide them in the back of the refrigerator or little hands are sneaking them at rates faster than their bowels can handle! (Maybe the nickname isn't so ironic after all.)

Sometimes it's all in the presentation!