Now she is a picky eight-year-old!
In a frenzy of monkey-themed gifts, activities, piñatas, and food, my big girl turned eight a couple of weeks ago. Happy birthday, little monkey.
Suggested menu for a monkey-crazed eight-year-old's birthday party: monkey cupcakes and banana ice cream. I got the idea for decorating the cupcakes from My Little Mochi (who got it from Kelly at Buzzville), with some adjustments to compensate for my laziness. The ears and mouth are mad with vanilla wafers, with chocolate icing covering half of the wafers to make the semi-circles required for the ears. The nostrils are mini-chocolate chips. The eyes are white choclate chips, upside down, with mini chocolate chips ontop. The smile was the only part I actually had to pipe on with icing and as you can see, the results were a little messy. The kids didn't mind though.
The banana ice cream recipe I used is from Alton Brown, but I can't say I really recommend it. First of all, one of the whole points of making homemade ice cream, for me, is that I can leave out things like corn syrup. Second of all, the result tastes a little too strongly of bananas for most palates, I think. The one great thing about the recipe is how very easy it was to make. Just toss some stuff in a food processor, process, and then toss the result in the ice cream maker. The kids were reasonably pleased, though several only had a couple of spoonfuls before pronouncing it "too banana-ey".