Today we started off the day studying the ocean, since our move we miss the beach so much (hopefully we will be back their in less than a year). Peanut loved to wake up to the sound of the waves and go swimming before breakfast. I loved to enjoy a morning cup of tea, while watching him play. I cannot tell you how many times we woke up early just to watch the sunrise. Something just seems so right about starting your day with your toes in the sand!
Now, that we are all wishing we were at the beach, me especially! Back to today's post. Part of our lesson was an under the sea lunch. Real simple, fun, and of course budget friendly!
For lunch, we had Octopus Hot dogs, seaweed noodles, coral broccoli, sea water drink, shark dip and ocean jello!
You will need blue jello, blue and green food coloring, nerds, gummy fish, ramen noodles, broccoli, ginger ale, all beef hot dogs, ranch dressing and bell peppers.
|Ocean in a bowl|
|ocean water with peanut's fish, he wanted to have a fish on his straw!|
|octopus hot dog!|
|under the sea meal|
|broccoli as coral|
Ocean Jello: The jello takes the longest, I actually started mine before the keiki were up this morning. Make jello according to package directions, I used two boxes but you could get away with one. About one hour later, gently add the nerds. Add slowly so they do not discolor. Set back in the fridge, after two hours, take your gummy fish and using a tooth pick gently push them into the jello. The closer to the edge of the bowl the easier they are to see. Let set another hour and you are ready to serve.
The seaweed is one pack of ramen noodles. Cook according to package directions. After you add in the seasoning, add in green food coloring to the desired color! I used about six drops. Gently place noodles onto the plate, trying to use little broth.
The hot dogs are super easy, take a knife and cut the bottom half of the hot dog into eighths. Drop into hot water and they will do the rest. You can use food coloring and add eyes.
The broccoli was a left over, I just warmed them up in the microwave and cut off the stems!
Ocean water is nothing more than ginger ale with blue food coloring and a gummy fish in the bottom. I also created fish ice by freezing gummy fish in ice cubes and dropping them in. (prepared these the night before).
Somehow I forgot to take pictures of the dip. Cut your bell peppers into strips and then into very basic fish shapes. Add blue food coloring to the ranch dressing. Arrange the "fish" throughout the dip! Peanut said there are sharks in the ocean, and he called his shark dip. I am by no means an artist so they look more like fish!
Simple, easy, fun and budget friendly. The entire meal for the three of us cost $5.00. During Halloween, I take the children's candy and freeze it. Instead of having candy for a week or two, we have it all year round. This helps with the budget but also helping the keiki to make healthy choices .
|Peanut enjoying his under the sea meal|
|Pumpkin wasn't sure what to make of it!|
|He thought it was so funny that his seaweed was hanging out of his mouth!|
Hope you have a fishy day!