Tuesday, March 30, 2010

April Fools ideas

April Fools Day is on Thursday, and I want to play a trick on my kids, and these are a few ideas I got from www.familyfun.com. They have a whole section of pranks listed on their website, and these are the ones I thought would be best for my family. What are you going to do? If you have any great ideas, please leave them in my comments section, or e-mail me: risabaker@gmail.com. Be sure to include blog links or photos. I will post them this weekend!


  • Cornflakes
  • Sugar wafer cookies
  • Peanut butter
  • Green taffy candy (we used green apple AirHeads)
  • Seedless strawberry jam
  1. For the fish sticks, place a couple of handfuls of cornflakes in a ziplock bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Cover 2 sugar wafer cookies with peanut butter, then toss them in the cornflake crumbs to coat.

  2. For the peas, tear off and roll small pieces of the taffy candy into balls. If the taffy is too stiff to work with, microwave it for about 6 seconds.

  3. For the ketchup, use a fork to stir a few teaspoons of the jam until it's smooth.


  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon dark, unsulfured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup canned sliced beets (not pickled)
  • 1/4 cup (or more) warm milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  1. Heat the oven to 350º. In a small saucepan, combine the barbecue sauce, milk, molasses, cocoa, and chili powder. Set the pan over medium heat and whisk the mixture until it is lukewarm and the cocoa is completely dissolved. Set it aside to cool.

  2. Sauté the onions in the tablespoon of canola oil until they are transparent, about 7 minutes.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the salt, celery salt, pepper, and bread crumbs. Then add the beef, egg, sauce mixture, and onion. Thoroughly mix the ingredients using your hands or a wooden spoon.

  4. Remove the pie shell from the freezer. (We placed ours in a Pyrex dish to help ensure that the pie would bake evenly.) Transfer the meat to the shell, spreading it evenly with a spoon. Bake it until the meat is cooked through, about 60 minutes.

  5. While the pie is baking, prepare the mashed potato topping. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to completely submerge them. Salt the water lightly, cover the pot, and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and cook the potatoes at a low boil until they are tender, about 12 minutes.

  6. While the potatoes cook, puree the beets and 1/4 cup warm milk in a blender until only small bits of beet are left in the mixture. Set aside.

  7. Drain the potatoes and transfer them to a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and pureed beets and, using an electric mixer, whip the mixture until it's smooth and fluffy. Add more milk if needed and salt to taste.

  8. Spread the whipped potatoes over the top of the cooked meat pie with a spatula, as you would whipped cream, mounding it slightly in the center. Slice and serve the pie while the potatoes are still hot. Makes 8 servings.


Brooke said...

I went to familyfun.com too and liked the idea of this
and this

I love to celebrate each holiday and love to see what fun ideas you have come up with.
Love your blog!!

Debbie said...

This works even better if you really DO make what your fake food is...So I make the fake fish sticks and peas...and REAL fish sticks and peas, but serve the fake ones first. Then your house Smells like the real food and it throws them off even more. Usually the fake food is sweet, but my kids have always eaten the 'real' food after.

Anonymous said...

Soooo cute I am doing this! Thank you!


Brad Kami and kids said...

I'm going to tell my ten year old that the legal driving age has just legally dropped to ten because lawmakers realized that kids are so good with video games that they'll probably be good drivers. She'll FREAK! :)

Last I served our meals backwards.. dinner for breakfast (pizza, salad, and brownies) and breakfast for dinner (cereal.... put a couple drops of blue food coloring in the bottom of a cereal bowl then fill it with cereal... when the kids pour their milk the milk turns blue and the kids think you're the coolest-April-Fools-mom- EVUH!!!

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