It has been awhile since I posted one of our Art In The Kitchen creations. When my youngest came to me with a request to make a mouse sandwich for lunch I dropped everything and said of course. With her starting school this fall, both of my girls growing up so fast I feel like moments like this are slipping away. I will take every opportunity I get to make fun, goofy, art in the kitchen anytime for as long as they will let me.
So this Mouse Sandwich, I wasn’t sure where to start I was thinking a little mouse, like the one you see in The Night Before Christmas book. Then I got thinking maybe more a Tom & Jerry style mouse. I had no clue what she was thinking. She started explaining it and stopped and ran out of the kitchen and returned a couple of minutes later with a little Lalaloopsy toy mouse. We had our vision and she started going through the fridge and cupboards to figure out what she wanted to use to make this mouse. Of course she grabbed bread (our favorite Food For Life Ezekiel Sprouted Bread), jam (one of her favorites Crofter’s Organic Premium Raspberry Spread), and she was going to pick the standard favorite Peanut Butter & Co Smooth Operator. I knew we were almost out of Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonderful and when we get down to the last of the jar I get to make overnight oats in the peanut butter container! Yep I get excited for that first dip in a new jar of peanut butter and that last drop when I get to make my oats! Her eyes got big and she was excited, “White Chocolate Raspberry Sandwich, mmmm!”. Next we need to find eyes, whiskers, a tail, and we get to the ears… there was a debate on using lemon slices or bread with lemon curd. I said we didn’t have any lemon curd (yep 5 year old loves lemon curd!) and she realized we had some Crofter’s Organic Blood Orange Spread in the fridge that is a yellow color. We collected all of our medium and supplies and put together a mouse. Oh but the mouse needed some cheese! We made healthy little “cheeses” with triangle shaped carrots.
Again this is meant to be an inspirational post and guide. Below are the directions and ingredients we used, but feel free to make your mouse however you like and use what you have on hand. Most of all have fun!
What you will need to make 1 Mouse Sandwich with Carrot Cheese triangles as shown.
3 slices of bread (used Food For Life Ezekiel Sprouted 4:9 Bread)
1-2 TBSP peanut butter or nut butter of choice (used Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonderful)
2 TBSP raspberry or red preserves of choice (used Crofter’s Organic Premium Raspberry Spread)
1 TBSP orange jam or lemon curd (used Crofter’s Organic Premium Blood Orange Spread)
Eyes- we used 2 raisins
Nose- we used raspberry preserves leftover from sandwich
Whiskers- Used lemon peel
Tail- Used lemon peel
Cheese, optional, 1 large organic carrot
Start by making your sandwich using 2 slices of bread, peanut butter, and raspberry jam (saving a little for the mouth if you are making the mouth out of jam). Cut sandwich, using a sharp knife, into the shape of the body of the mouse so a round curve on top almost as wide as the top of the bread, you can make a half circle and go straight down. Place sandwich on a plate. Take the last slice of bread and cut 2 circles using a knife or biscuit cutter, we used a 2″ biscuit cutter. Place the slices above your mouse body and spread some of the orange jam or lemon curd into the middle of each circle for the ears. Add eyes, pipe on nose/mouth with raspberry jam (you can do this with a small snack bag and snip the end. For the whiskers I used a zester and cut the tail out of the same lemon using a vegetable peeler and she placed them on. The lemon did not go to waste we sliced it and put it in our water. To make the carrot cheeses I sliced a carrot and cut each slice into little triangles and she arranged them on the plate. Enjoy!