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Impromptu post: and now for something completely different

Well, at least one of you was impressed with the reindeer food art I created with my kids and featured in my recent WordPress Weekly photo challenge on “happy”. When I mentioned to her in the comments section that we often “play” with our food, she wanted to see more. She even gave me a fun opportunity to do it by suggesting me to participate in the Weekly Writing Challenge: And Now For Something Completely Different.

So now you can blame thank Nancy at Spirits Light The Way for this so-silly-it’s-awsome post on… FOOD ART! And this time, I’ll only mention food art I actually meant to create, not the results of my klutziness like this spilled yogurt masterpiece.

Food art: yogurt bunny with spilled yogurt

Food art: yogurt bunny with spilled yogurt

Of course, kids shouldn’t play with their food instead of eating. My kids are good at putting food in their mouths rather than screw around with it. But when we eat out, I find ways to keep them quiet and occupied, especially when they’re done with their meal and I haven’t finished my salad yet. We like to play with words so we often make up jokes, stories, or look for words that rhyme. And sometimes we play with our food.

Grape stems are quite a challenge, because they can contain so many little stems, it’s hard to see shapes in them. But some of them are less cluttered, so it helps. Here are a few examples of what you can do with grape stems. Unfortunately I don’t take enough photos of our food art. There are so many missed opportunities and grape season is almost over!

Food art: reindeer made with grape stems

Food art: reindeer made with grape stems

We’ve made dinosaurs, dogs and other animals with grape stems but unfortunately I don’t have any photos of them. I do have a picture of a giraffe though. It was quite a challenge to find a grape stem that would stand up long enough for me to snap a photo without my four-year old trying to knock it over.

Food art: giraffe made with grape stems

Food art: giraffe made with grape stems

Panda Express seems to be a place where creativity can spur at any moment. When my eldest was five years old, he created this palm tree with celery and a piece of chicken.

Food art: palm tree made with celery and chicken

Food art: palm tree made with celery and chicken

And sometimes you don’t have too do much but pay attention to what’s right in front of your face. I’ve shown you this photo before but for those of you who missed it the first time, I’ve worth its weight in gold. Some people see the face of Jesus on toast. We see pigs! Courtesy of Panda Express, I present you the orange chicken pig, who just appeared on my son’s plate one day. The slogan was right: “Pork, it’s the other white meat!”

Pig made with orange chicken at Panda Express

Pig made with orange chicken at Panda Express

Did you play with your food when you were a kid? Do you do it as a grown-up, alone or with your kids?