Saturday, July 25, 2015

Worms in Dirt - 52 Church Potluck Dishes Snacks for Children's Chursh

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It's a classic!

And kids go CRAZY for these!

Recently my church expanded their children's chapel.  Largely in the past the rooms were used for little more than an hour of baby sitting (not a small inconsequential thing).  But now the leaders are trying to add about 15 minutes of religious instructions.  Children's versions of the story of Moses, Noah's Ark, Garden of Eden and the like.  We have a wonderful young woman who happens to be an education student and she has stepped up and agreed to do all the lesson planning and leading the events (way to go Jennifer!!!).

My wife agreed to provide the snacks for the 10-20 wee ones that attend.  And of course when she volunteered, she actually meant me.

Which is fine.  My chance to start a new topic... A year's worth of children friendly snacks.  Perfect for Grandma visits, after school sit downs to find out how their day went, play days with neighbors and friends, baby sitters... Or Children's Chapel!

So let's start with a classic.  These have been around almost from the first minute that gummy worms showed up in candy aisles.  Kids LOVE to play in dirt and the boys LOVE to eat worms.

A wee ones crowd pleaser!

OK... Here's what I did...

Worms in Dirt

  • Will make 10 servings.  Double/Triple or more as needed.  
  • 1 Package (3.9 Oz) Jello Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding
  • 2 Cups COLD Milk
  • 2 Cups Whipped Cream (Tub from the frozen food section works fine)
  • 20 Oreo Cookies, Crushed
  • 30 Gummy Worms
Cooking Directions
  1. Beat pudding mix and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min. Stir in COOL WHIP and 1/2 cup cookie crumbs.
  2. Spoon into 10 (6- to 7-oz.) paper or plastic cups; Insert three gummy worms in each cup leaving half sticking out of the pudding.
  3. Top with remaining cookie crumbs, gently tap the cups on a table top so they mix evenly
  4. Refrigerate 1 hour. Serve chilled and ENJOY! if available.
Part of the fun is to "see" the dirt.  Use clear plastic glasses


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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