This recipe was inspired by the Zoo Cage Salads in the Better Homes
and Gardens Step-By-Step Kids Cookbook published in 1984. Yeah, way
back then. Some of our moms might have had that cookbook as kids.
didn't want to cage her little banana mouse so instead she redesigned
the toothpick and orange cage as an airy little home a mouse would
- Cream cheese
- Sliced almonds
- Shredded carrot
- A little adult help
- A butter knife
- A sharp knife
- A cutting board
- Kitchen shears or scissors
- A serving plate
- Unpeel the banana and cut off about 2 1/2 inches on each end. Put each end cut side down on the cutting board and you have the beginings of 2 mice. There might be a hunk left over from the middle of the banana. You can eat it to keep your energy up while you work!
- Choose 2 sliced almonds that look like mouse ears. Push the pointed sides down into the top of the banana.
- Cut two tiny pieces of raisin for the eyes. Use the cream cheese as edible glue.
- Cut a raisin in half for the nose and glue it on with cream cheese.
- Add 2 shredded carrot whiskers on either side of the nose.
- Ask for adult help if you need it at this point, since an orange can be tricky to cut because it wants to roll. Cut the orange about 1/3 of the way from the stem end. This will be the dome roof of the mouse house.
- Then cut another slice of orange about 1/2 inch thick.
- Put the slice of orange on the plate and place your mouse in the center.
- Stick toothpicks into the white of the orange to make the house walls.
- Carefully place the dome on top of the toothpicks. This works well with two people so ask mom or dad to give you a hand. Remember, "please" helps any work in the kitchen go smoothly!