Welcome Spring! 

Today is the first official day of Spring!

A rainbow pattern with bright colors will be the perfect ray of hope
that warmer days and outside fun is on the way.
While you are waiting, bring the fun inside! 

Cooking together is a wonderful family activity.

Making this simple, fun, nutritious “pizza” together will create magical moments, as well as unleash the artist inside of each of your family members. The pattern below is beautiful, but it is only an idea.  Choose your family’s favorite fruits and let the creating begin!
Additional ideas: 
1.  Let each person decorate their own miniature pizza with their favorite fruits . 
2.  Have a contest for your mini pizzas.  Judge the most creative entry, the best blending of flavors,
     the prettiest colors or pattern, etc.
3.  Make your “pizza” in different shapes:  a heart, dinosaur or other animal shape, etc.
4.  Try a different kind of cookie for your pizza crust.
Experimentation is fun.  Remember to laugh at the flops!  That’s part of the fun.

Fruit Pizza

Source:  http://pinchofyum.com/fruit-pizza   with a few adaptations from the blogger in italics
Fruit Pizza
Author: Pinch of Yum via Kristin and America’s Test Kitchen
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 1 hour 20 mins
Serves: 16

       FOR THE DOUGH    You could also use refrigerated sugar cookie dough
                                           or a prepared sugar cookie mix
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 14 tablespoons (1¾ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened – to lessen the calories, use low fat
  • 7½ tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1¾ cup powdered sugar
       You might want to experiment with using plain vanilla yogurt instead of the frosting. 
       This would reduce calories and add more nutrients.
  • assorted fresh fruit cut into slices
  1. Beat the butter and 1½ cups sugar together in a large bowl until fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) and mix until just combined, about 30 seconds. Chill the dough.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Roll chilled dough into one big cookie and place on a round baking stone. Sprinkle with 2-3 tablespoons sugar. Bake for 17-20 minutes. Let cool; chill in fridge.
  3. Mix frosting ingredients together and spread on chilled cookie. Chill again to set and thicken the frosting.
  4. Top with fresh fruit. Cut into slices and serve!

This recipe calls for the dough to be slightly underbaked, but if that’s not your thing, bake the dough for an additional 5-10 minutes.

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