What a Hoot! Brighten Up Snack Time with Cute Owl Crackers

10/01/2013 at 04:19 PM ET

owl crackers
Courtesy FamilyFun

We have come a long way from ants on a log, folks.

Ask any parents and they’ll tell you that perfecting the after-school snack takes real skill. You have to offer something hearty enough to satisfy post-spelling class hungers, light enough to not spoil their dinner appetites, healthy enough so they’re not pumped with processed sugar—and, after all that, the kids have to actually want to eat it!

That’s why we fell in love with these adorable Owl Crackers from the team at FamilyFun. These birds aren’t relying on good looks alone—they’re healthy with a good dose of kid-friendly flavors, like a salty cracker base, tart cream cheese coating, crunchy almond ‘wings’ and sweet raisin ‘eyes.’

Better yet, these little guys take only a minute to make—and we have a feeling the kids will get a ‘hoot” out of helping!

Whooo’s Hungry Owl Crackers

Round crackers

Mini round crackers

Cream cheese

Almonds

Raisins

1. Spread a layer of cream cheese on a round cracker, using the tip of the spreader to make small indents for feathers.

2. Press on a pair of mini-cracker eyes and attach raisin pupils with a dab of cream cheese.

3. Finish by pressing on an almond beak and almond-slice feathers.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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