Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Fools!

In an effort to stop my kids from pulling their own pranks we do a prank dinner on Dad. Our family nights are on Monday and we usually have dessert so tonight we decided to only have dessert for dinner!

Mmm, Dad, don't those cupcakes and that frothy juice look delicious? They would be IF that is what they were!
In fact, they are mini- meatloaves with mashed potato frosting. That drink, yeah, just try and drink it. It is actually fully set jello. We did a few green beans we pulled out once the joke was out. My two year old kept eating the 'frosting' and saying, 'yummy frosting mommy!'

For my gluten free meatloaf (we have a gluten free guest in the house)
1 1/2 pds ground beef
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1 cup rolled quick oats
1/4 cup finely diced onion
2 tsp seasoning salt (we use Lawrys)

Mix together and form in balls. Put each ball in a separate muffin tin and bake for 30 minutes. Take out with a large spoon and let the mini-meatloaf drain on a paper towel for a few minutes. Place each in their own cupcake liner (foil works best - we were out of foil and had to triple up to keep the shape)

For the mashed potatoes -
Okay, I admit it! I used the just add water kind! My kids and I then added 10 drops of blue food coloring to make them look like frosting. Then with a frosting bag we 'decorated' the tops of the meatloaf. The potatoes can be a little hot so let cool or wrap a towel around the bag first.

For the 'fruit punch' -
We got clear plastic cups from the grocery store and made our favorite jello. We blended it to make a frothy top (the girls worried that Dad would guess if we didn't). Put in a straw and let them set up in the fridge. Ta-da, drinks you can't drink!

We initially got the idea from MyLitter.com
The link (and her cupcakes look much cuter - my kids were helping A LOT with the decorating) is http://mylitter.com/recipes/meatloaf-cupcakes-a-april-fools-favorite/