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Create these tasty, kid-friendly recipes with your children!

April 2024

Caterpillar Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Family Features/Nature’s Own


  • 4 Nature’s Own Butterbread slices
  • 4 ham slices
  • 2 lettuce leaves
  • 4 American cheese slices
  • 1 cherry tomato

Directions: Using bread, ham, lettuce and cheese, make two ham-and-cheese sandwiches and two lettuce-and-cheese sandwiches. Cut cherry tomato in half. Cut green onion into circles. Using a small biscuit or cookie cutter, punch out two rounds from each sandwich. Arrange sandwich rounds on sides, alternating slices of cucumber and tomato between each. Use toothpick to secure. Place halved cherry tomato on each end. Using small amount of mayonnaise or cream cheese, “glue” green onion rounds to cherry tomato for eyes. Serves 6.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn

Recipe courtesy of Family Features


  • 8 cups popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons smooth
  • natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

Directions: In large bowl, stir popcorn and jam until evenly coated. Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheet. In small heatproof bowl over small saucepan of barely simmering water, add white chocolate chips and peanut butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes, or until smooth and melted. Drizzle peanut butter mixture over popcorn mixture. Sprinkle with strawberries and cranberries. Refrigerate 10 minutes, or until peanut butter mixture is set; break into pieces to serve. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week. Serves 4-6.

Graham Cracker Picnic Mix

Recipe courtesy of Family Features


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 5-6 drops pink neon liquid food color or desired color
  • ½ cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1 package mini pastel marshmallows
  • 1 cup bear-shaped graham crackers
  • 1 package white fudge-covered pretzels
  • 1 cup mini cookies

Directions: In large pot over medium heat, stir oil, sugar and food coloring. Stir in popcorn kernels; cover. Cook until popcorn begins to pop. Shake pot over heat until popping slows. Remove pan from heat and pour popcorn into large bowl. Add marshmallows, graham crackers, pretzels and cookies, then toss lightly. Yields about 12 cups.

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