Fun kid foods when the holidays hit

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Getting ready for the holidays means making a list for things to be done: clean house, decorate, shop for the family's favorite foods, etc. 

If you have small children, here's another list to make it fun for the kids too! 

Margaret Berns, Minnesota Mom Blogger joined KARE 11 News at 4 with some of her tips to dress up holiday food favorites in a way that makes them accessible and fun for kids.

The Appetizer - Fruity Gobbler:

Transform your fruit tray into a festive turkey decoration that kids will love to gobble up! 

I have kids create the turkey themselves! Odds are they will snack away as they build their turkey, coincidentally, filling up on the good stuff!

What you need:
Bosc pear (head)
Melon (body)
Cheese (beak and tail feathers)
Red pepper (snood, feet and side feathers)
Raisins (eyes)
Grapes (tail feathers)
Bamboo skewers
How to:
1. Stabilize the melon body by cutting a shallow slice off the rind to form a flat base. Using a section of bamboo skewer, attach a Bosc pear head to the melon, as shown.
2. Cut a cheese triangle beak and red pepper snood. Attach both, along with raisin eyes, to the head with sections of toothpick.
3. Cut red pepper feet and set them in place. For tail feathers, skewer cheese cubes and red grapes, then insert the skewers as shown. Pin pepper side feathers in place with toothpicks.

The Main Course: Wild Turkey Muffin:

Kids don't always love turkey but as the main dish on your Thanksgiving table, it's important not to skip it! We've baked the turkey into a muffin essentially hiding it in something almost all kids like to eat - bread! With the addition of our edible turkey décor we've created a turkey main course with even more nutrients for kids.

What you need:
- Muffins
- Red apple
- Green apple
- Sliver of carrot
- Squeezable icing - eyes

How to:
1. From each apple, cut a slice from the side of the apple.
2. Set flat and cut squared-off, tapered feathers.
3. Cut a small beak from a thin slice of carrot.
4. Make a slit in the end of a green grape and dab off excess moisture.
5. Insert beak into grape.
6. Poke small ends of feathers into muffin and set head on muffin, resting on the muffin paper.
7. Once assembled, add tiny dot eyes with icing.

The Side Dish: "Ice Cream" Mashed Potatoes:

Mashed potatoes almost always taste good. But for some kiddos, they may look - dare we say it - yucky! Kids won't mind finishing their vegetables if it means eating potato ice cream. Scooped to look like ice cream, this dish will seem like dessert! You can even leave an ice cream scooper on the table and have kiddos dish it up themselves.

What you need:
- Sweet potatoes
- Red or white potatoes

How to:
1. Use the ice cream scoop to place each type of potatoes onto the kids plate.


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