Earth Worm

When I was approached to be a part of the hospitality team at church I immediately started daydreaming (remember, daydreaming is my thing). This was my chance, my opportunity, my outlet to unleash my festering creativity. I didn’t just want to do the typical cake squares and chips with salsa. I really wanted to ‘questomize’ the experience and bring things to a whole nutha level

When I finally fell in love with cooking and baking a few years ago, I realized that food is central in a lot of the things we do. Just think about family time, or business meetings, or parties, or first dates. These things usually revolve around food. And why not use well thought out and fun food items to enrich these experiences?!

So, for this particular ‘shift’ I set out with a few goals in mind. That people would walk away from church that evening saying, “something was different about tonight.” That conversations after church would get deeper and people would feel encouraged to linger a little longer. That those who sampled the food received enjoyment in doing so.

Looking back at the few pictures I managed to take on that day, I realize the outcome was really tame compared to my more recent big ideas. But considering a limited budget and some fear about doing things totally different, this earthy theme with woods, foliage, and flowers that I executed was definitely a step up for the team. Best part is that within 10 minutes of putting everything out, it was all gone … every single piece!

To create this theme, I got wooden tiles/slats and fake flowers and leaves from my local dollar store. I made sure to wash everything down since I knew that I’d be putting food on top of these items. I then plucked the leaves from the fake tree branches I had and scattered them on the counter. I used colourful flowers on the leaves and tiles as a finishing touch. Recipes for the Triscuit squares, Skor bars, and banana muffins can be seen below.

I’m really curious to know your thoughts. Let me know if you try any of these items out. Happy apping!

 

Zesty Triscuit Squares
Yields 45
These zesty squares are perfect for parties or small gatherings. Don't be surprised if your guests start hoarding these tasty appys.
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Prep Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 255g box Sea Salt & Black Pepper Triscuit crackers
  2. 226g Philadelphia Garden Vegetable cream cheese
  3. 45 small Sprigs of dill
  4. 23 Cherry tomatoes
  5. 1 Cucumber
Instructions
  1. Wash dill, cucumber, and tomatoes, dry them as much as possible, and then put them on a clean cutting surface. Remove approximately 45 small sprigs of dill and place in a small bowl. Cut cherry tomatoes into 4 pieces and put in a small bowl. Cut 23 moderately thin slices from the cucumber then cut all of the slices in half and place in a small bowl.
  2. Take a whole Triscuit cracker and generously spread cream cheese overtop. Take two half cucumber slices and insert into cheese towards the back of the cracker. Next, place a sprig of dill in front of the cucumber slices. Then, place two tomato slices on the remaining cheese.
  3. Arrange crackers on your desired serving tray.
Tips
  1. One box of Triscuit usually has about 45 whole pieces of crackers. You'll definitely find broken crackers (hopefully not too many of them). If you're able to find two pieces in reasonably good condition, you can align them together and place a thick spread of the cream cheese overtop to try to keep the pieces together.
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Savoury Triscuit Squares
These savoury squares are perfect for parties or small gatherings. If you catch people licking their fingers afterwards do not be alarmed - it's normal.
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Prep Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
40 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 255g box Rosemary & Olive Oil Triscuit crackers
  2. 226g Philadelphia Plain cream cheese
  3. 45 small Sprigs of dill
  4. 23 Cherry tomatoes
  5. 1 Cucumber
Instructions
  1. Wash dill, cucumber, and tomatoes, dry them as much as possible, and then put them on a clean cutting surface. Remove approximately 45 small sprigs of dill and place in a small bowl. Cut cherry tomatoes into 4 pieces and put in a small bowl. Cut 23 moderately thin slices from the cucumber then cut all of the slices in half and place in a small bowl.
  2. Take a whole Triscuit cracker and generously spread cream cheese overtop. Take two half cucumber slices and insert into cheese towards the back of the cracker. Next, place a sprig of dill in front of the cucumber slices. Then, place two tomato slices on the remaining cheese.
  3. Arrange crackers on your desired serving tray.
Notes
  1. One box of Triscuit usually has about 45 whole pieces of crackers. You'll definitely find broken crackers (hopefully not too many of them). If you're able to find two pieces in reasonably good condition, you can align them together and place a thick spread of the cream cheese overtop to try to keep the pieces together.
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Mini Banana Bread Muffins
Yields 48
A bite sized take on everyone's favourite banana bread. These little tasties may cause your guests to try to secretly stash some away in random places at your party.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 or 4 Overripe/almost rotten bananas, smashed
  2. 1/3 cup Melted butter
  3. 3/4 cup White sugar
  4. 1 Egg, beaten
  5. 1 tsp. Vanilla
  6. 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  7. 1 1/2 tbsp. Cinnamon, separated
  8. Pinch of salt
  9. 1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
  10. 3/4 cup Walnuts/pecans, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/175ºC.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix butter into the mashed bananas.
  3. Mix in sugar, egg, vanilla, and 1 tbsp. of cinnamon.
  4. Crush the nuts and mix in.
  5. Sprinkle baking soda and salt over mixture and mix in.
  6. Add flour and mix.
  7. Spoon mixture evenly into two greased 24 mini cupcake pans.
  8. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon over batter in pans.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes.
  10. Cool for approximately 15 minutes on a wire rack.
Notes
  1. A mixer is not needed for this recipe.
  2. To spruce things up, you can also use mini cupcake liners or just enjoy the mini muffins without the hassle.
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Skor Bars
Yields 45
These bars are the perfect mix of chocolate and toffee. You may want to make a few batches ... they won't last long(er than 5 minutes).
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Butter, softened
  2. 1 cup Brown sugar
  3. 1 Egg yolk
  4. 2 cups All-purpose flour
  5. 1 cup Skor toffee bits, 1/4 cup set aside
  6. 2 cups Semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven at 350ºF/150ºC.
  2. Cream butter with a mixer or spoon until soft.
  3. Add brown sugar and egg yolk. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add flour and mix. You may need to add a bit more flour to achieve a dough-like consistency.
  5. Add toffee bits and mix.
  6. Spread mixture evenly into a greased baking pan. Bake for 15-18 or until golden brown.
  7. Immediately after removing from oven, add chocolate chips and wait for them to melt. Once melted, use a knife to evenly spread chocolate.
  8. Let cool for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with remaining toffee pieces.
  10. Cool and cut into squares.
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