Florida Veg-A-Bird

Ingredients

  • 1 large honeydew melon or Florida cantaloupe
  • 1 small Florida yellow squash
  • 1 cup cubed cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium Florida yellow pepper
  • 1 medium Florida red pepper
  • 1 medium Florida green pepper, cut into squares
  • 1 cup Florida cucumber, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pint Florida grape tomatoes
  • 8 pieces Florida carrots, cubed and slit 3 times at one end (This step should be completed by an adult or left out entirely)
  • 2 whole cranberries
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Toothpicks

Preparation

  • To keep the melon from rolling, cut a shallow slice off the rind to form a flat base.
  • Attach the squash, large portion pointing up, to the melon with part of a bamboo skewer.
  • Cut a square of green pepper in diagonally in half, forming two triangles. Cut a thin slice of red pepper for the wattle. Attach both using a toothpick to the squash.
  • Attach two cranberries, one for each eye, using toothpicks.
  • Cut red pepper into six strips for the feet and set into place.
  • Alternate tomatoes, cheese, green pepper and cucumber on skewers to use as tail feathers. Top 8 pieces with slit carrots cubes. Insert skewers into the back of the melon.
  • Slice 4 red pepper pieces and 5 yellow pepper pieces into ½-inch slices to use as side feathers. Stick the pepper slices in place with toothpicks.
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