Thursday, December 8, 2011

Penguin Poppers

Once again, I'm completely humbled by the love you guys show me whenever I open up my mouth and vomit all my failings over the screen. (Which seems to occur with some regularity doesn't it?)  Thank you everyone, for your "me too's!" your encouragements, and words of love and kindness in your comments on yesterday's post.  I don't believe God will ever use me for His purposes unless I continually come clean with my weaknesses, and y'all let me do it with out judgement.  I feel so blessed by every single one of you!
 Okay so now that I'm back on track kicking December's butt...I put a few things into practice (today) that I was failing at last week.  One of those things... bring the fun to family time this month.  (Cause let's face it, it can feel like absolute chaos and zero fun during the holidays right?)  I'm renting Mr. Poppers Penguins tomorrow night. (If you want some good review information and a way to prepare for quality discussion after, check out this site.)  Thanks to the magical inspiration of Pinterest, I stumbled upon this idea and knew it would be a perfect (and gluten free) nibble during movie time!
 It was incredibly easy, not to mention just about the cutest thing I've ever seen.  
 Here's what you'll need:  A can of large black olives, package of cream cheese, (mine was nearly room temp.) carrot chips or sliced carrots, toothpicks, and either a pastry bag or some kind of ziplock bag for piping the cream cheese into your olives.  (If I lost you at "piping" please don't panic.  You can do this.)  Fill your pastry bag or ziplock with cream cheese and snip a small hole (about the size of your olive opening) in it. 

Use the carrot chips or slices of carrot for the feet.  Cut a small wedge and set it aside- you'll be using this as the penguin beak.  Place those little wedges into the opening on each olive that looks like a + sign. 
 Slice an olive lengthwise, and gently squeeze some cream cheese into it.  Use a paper towel or clean finger tip to smooth the front of it so it's flush with the sides of the olive.
  Then use a toothpick to skewer the cream cheese olive to the carrot feet.

Now gently slide the head onto the toothpick and snip the top if it's too long.

Stand back and admire your handiwork.
 And then try and decide if anyone in your family actually likes olives.  Bwahahahaha!

Say, "Priceless pack of petite penguins," really fast, ten times. 

Happy Fun-making!


Sara said...

Those are absolutely hilarious and darling! ;)

SarahinSC said...

These are so adorable! Katie Lloyd and I would love to have you link up to our new linky, Project Pinterest, on Thursdays!


carissa at lowercase letters said...

oh my penguins! so CUTE!!!

Christi said...

I have those pinned, too - they are adorable!!

kate said...

Oh goodness gracious! I just saw these at a function and now I can make them, too? Oh Happy Day!

Alicia said...

SOOO cute!! a winter study on penguins would be perfect, right!? i could make these...and copy you again! yeah! i'm gonna!

Trish said...

My grand children made these and brought them to Thanksgiving dinner. I think they are the cutest things. I love your names of Jesus tree garland. I thought it would be great to put on the tree at our church so I made one, stenciling each name by hand on a ribbon.It took me three days. I wish I would have thought to ask if you were selling them I would have bought one. :)

Tiffini Kilgore said...

I have never seen such a thing..they are to adorable to eat

Bonnie said...

These are stinkin' cute!! My son even said her would eat olives if they looked like that! Thank you for the movie review reference too! Love it! :)

daisy said...

Those are absolutely darling. I feel like such a slacker.

Between You and Me said...

love this.

and love the christmas bokeh....I've been working on it the last few days....

Noelle said...


Two Shades of Pink said...

These are such squeezably cute and scrumptious little things! I adore them!

Jacquelyn said...

Those penguins are the cutest little guys I have ever seen. I may make them for an appetizer for an upcoming holiday party. How fun and festive!

The Little Red Shop said...


: )

Julie M.

Jeannie said...

Too cute! You are so creative.
Happy munching!

Farmgirl Paints said...

those are like the cutest things i've ever seen. why can't you be MY mom;)??

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

haha omg he's too cute to eat....(so not true...haha)

hclairec said...

So cute, my SIL loves penguins - I'm going to make them for suprise on Christmas Day.

Thanks for the idea.

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

Those are so cute!

Rachel said...

Those are so cute! I wouldn't eat them since I don't like olives, but I might make them for my cousin's daughter who loves them. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs M said...

You are so funny.... here I was thinking "wow! Your kids like olives??".... Have a fun weekend.

PS the penguins are so cute!

Seattle Gal said...

I made these yesterday. They are so easy and the cutest! I impressed everyone. I used the cream cheese spread flavored with onion and chive. It is softer and adds a yummy flavor. Thanks for the idea Sasha.

Julie Wurth said...

Genius! We already have this movie ready to watch tonight, so I am going to try this - thanks! (I found you via a post from Kristin's Veranda on Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now.)

Jo et brian! said...

I think if these were served on glass blocks surrounded with "snow" they would also be a crowd pleaser in the summer! Great idea even for adult partaking.

KARMEN said...

Good idea. Thank you for shering it with us. :)

Sanny D. said...

LOVE these!! needed ideas for a pre-schooler-finger-food for a new year's party at my baby's daycare! can't wait to go home n try these! Thanks!!

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