March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' Birthday! One of the greatest contributors to children's literature, he brought us away from the hum drum world of Dick and Jane and helped make reading fun for little ones. So of course try to read a few Dr. Seuss books, watch one of the movies based off his books, or even enjoy some green eggs and ham! For my son's first birthday we had a Green Eggs and Ham themed party so I thought I would share some of what I did since it would work very well for Dr. Seuss' birthday too.
I made the cake in a rectangle pan that holds two cake mixes. After I frosted it with orange frosting I used a toothpick to draw the cover of the book and then outlined everything in black using a small round tip. Then I used a larger round tip to fill in the white and green and used a frosting spatula to smooth it out. I then went back to black to add details like the lines on the hat and the ham and touch up the outline.
Green Eggs and Ham
Everything we had for our meal was based off the book. The main course being green eggs and ham. Ham is not something I normally make, so I just bought a spiral ham and followed the directions on the package. For the green eggs I made deviled eggs and added green food coloring. It worked better for dinner than a green scrambled egg, and looked more like the eggs from the book. Of course kids usually like green scrambled eggs too!
2 bunches broccoli
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 lb bacon cooked and crumbled (you can also use real bacon bits)
6 oz shredded cheddar cheese
6 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp vinegar
2 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Cut up broccoli into small pieces. Add cheese and onions. Mix vinegar, mayonnaise, sugar and salt in a separate bowl until well blended. Stir into vegetable and cheese mixture. Add bacon last.
1 fresh pineapple
Cut a fresh pineapple into lengthwise quarters. With a sharp knife, remove the center core. Do not remove the pulp. Slice the pulp. Spear each piece with a maraschino cherry on a toothpick. Serve in the leftover pineapple skin.
*bonus for Dr. Seuss - the pineapple boats are the same color as Sam I Am and his hat!
We also had cheese and crackers for "could you, would you, with a mouse?" parker house rolls for "could you, would you, in a house?" and the drinks were labeled "could you, would you, in the rain?"
Have fun, and if you have any of your own Dr. Seuss ideas let us know in the comments!