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Making Your Own Fruit Animals

When I was a child, I had a sbuscription to a Dutch audio magazine for blind children ages five to nine. The magazine was fun and educational at once, and usually had interviews in it, informative articles, as well as activities and recipes. It was here that I first learned about making a fruit hedgehog. A fruit hedgehog is made entirely of fruit, and is therefore healthy as well as being easy to make and delicious. You will need:


  • 1/2 cantaloupe or water melon

  • Lots of other fruit, whatever is available at the moment

  • 1 pear

  • Raisins or blueberries

  • Wooden skewers

Cut your chosen fruit into bite-sized portions. Put the 1/2 cantaloupe or water melon, flat side down, on a plate. This will be the hedgehog’s body. Stick fruit bites onto the skewers and stick the skewers into the melon. Cut the lower side off the pear and use the upper side to make the hedgehog’s head. Stick it into the melon using a skewer. Lastly, stick two raisins or blueberries into the pear to make eyes and one raisin or blueberry to make the nose. Use parts of your skewers to do this.

There are many variations to the fruit hedgehog. For example, instead of just fruit, you can combine fruit with cheese cubes. You can also make other animals from fruit. For example, here is how to make a fruit giraffe. For this, you will need:


  • 1 kiwifruit

  • Seedless grapes

  • 1 strawberry

  • 4 toothpicks and 1 longer skewer


The kiwifruit in this case is the body. Stick four toothpicks through one side of the kiwifruit and put two grapes on each toothpick. These are the legs. Use the longer skewer for the giraaffe’s neck, again sticking grapes onto it. Use the strawberry for the head.

Again, there are many variations to the fruit giraffe. For exaample, you can use blueberries instead of grapes for the legs and neck. You can also make the body out of a cantaloupe cut to shape. Kastly, try adding the giraffe’s typical spots. Use strawberry slices, raisins or blueberries for this.

I’m linking up with Mostly Homemade Monday. I hope my post qualifies. I apologize for no pictures. As you may’ve guessed, I’m blind, so I can’t really use pics.

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Smoothies

For my birthday in 2012, I got a blender from my parents. I wanted one, because I wanted to make smoothies. Well, I did this a number of times during the summer (my birthday is in June) and then gave up. Until last Friday that is, when the idea popped into my head again. I bought some ingredients and on Saturday, made quite a delicious smoothie. Well, a nurse ended up doing most of the work, even the things I could do myself. Then yesterday, I made another smoothie myself. Both of these recipes are really easy. I noticed most people say prep time is only five minutes for smoothies, but I took a bit longer.

Banan-orange-kiwifruit smoothie

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 1 banana

  • 2 kiwi fruits

  • 1/2 orange

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup yoghurt


Throw all ingredients into the blender and blend till smooth.

Pear-kiwifruit smoothie with fresh mint

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 2 kiwi fruits

  • 2 pears

  • A bit of fresh mint (I used only 3 leaves)

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup yoghurt


Again, put everything into the blender and blend till smooth.

Being that I still have a lot of fresh mint left, I think I’m going to make tea out of this. Speaking of which, the idea of making my own herbal teas popped into my mind. I haven’t tried this yet, but when I have, will sure share a recipe.