An Unbirthday Party?
Hi friends. Asking how you are seems like an awkward question right now, with everything going on in the world, but…how are you? Do you feel like you’ve slipped down the rabbit hole?
With schools canceling and serious social distancing happening all around us, things can feel overwhelming. I’m going to leave the sharing of important information up to the professionals. I am here to spread positivity, to hopefully inspire, and at the least, to serve as a distraction.
Alice in Wonderland
Right now many of us are feeling overwhelmed, scared, vulnerable and responsible for our families and our communities, all at once. Those feelings are all part of the human experience right now, but they don’t have to be our focus. The distraction I’m offering comes in the form of an unbirthday party.
Feeling overwhelmed isn’t new to me, when my own children were small I often found myself feeling overwhelmed. I was a young, inexperienced mother and I had no idea what I was doing. Ha! However, now that I’m older I’ve discovered that feeling is the same, no matter how old you are when you have children.
One afternoon after watching Alice in Wonderland I had an idea. We purchased a random birthday cake from Kroger and set about celebrating. We didn’t decorate a lot, but we sang Happy Birthday, blew out some candles and pretended to be whatever age we wanted. It was an Unbirthday Party and it was a blessed distraction.
Today, while practicing social distancing, I needed a little pick me up, so I brought back the Unbirthday Party. I made Rice Krispie Treats, decorating the tops with Lucky Charms marshmallows and I made birthday cake popcorn, including unicorn sprinkles.
Birthday Cake Popcorn
The first time I made birthday cake popcorn was four years ago. Here is where you can find the original recipe.
The ingredients are:
~ 1 1/2 cups melted white chocolate or almond bark. I prefer the taste of almond bark.
~ 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, Crisco
~ 1 1/2 cups White Cake Mix
~ 6 cups of popcorn
~ 1/4 cup of sprinkles, or M&M’s or other candies
Melt the chocolate or almond bark however you choose to melt your chocolate or almond bark. I don’t use a microwave so I use a double boiler. Add the vegetable shortening to the chocolate mix. Mix in the cake mix, stirring. The sprinkles can be added now or after you spread it out.
Mix the cake mixture with the pop corn and spread the gooey goodness onto parchment paper to set. After the cake mix sets store in an airtight container for up to three or four days.
Rice Krispies with Lucky Charms Marshmallows
This is simple and the recipe is on the back of any marshmallow package. The only thing I did different was add Lucky Charms marshmallows to the top.
Kids, adults, it doesn’t matter how old you are these are fun to make and to eat. It’s okay to not know what to do in uncertain times. What we can do is turn off the news, wash our hands and distract with celebrations.
I hope you decide to have an unbirthday party or some other sort of celebration. If you make up your own holiday, I’d love to hear about it.
Be you…be beautiful…be imperfect