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Groundhog Day Activities: Fun Projects You Can Eat

It’s Groundhog Day 2011 already! Tomorrow, when Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, it’s likely he’ll find himself in a snowdrift. Whether or not Phil sees his shadow, there will be plenty of snow days tomorrow – if you’re stuck in the Chicago or Milwaukee blizzard, take comfort in the fact that you can cozy up in your kitchen and make yourself a layered rice pudding parfait, topped with little pecan half “groundhogs”. (Yes, it’s a stretch. Feel free to add little icing eyes and ears if you really want to go all out.) Kids will love burrowing them into the “dirt”, and if you use tall parfait glasses, they’ll be able to see the layers of sliced banana, chocolate chips, pecans and rice pudding that make a kid-friendly sundae-of-sorts.

If you’re up for some baking, Brooke posted adorable Punxatawney Phil graham crackers. They’re completely adorable.

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Rice Pudding

adapted from riceinfo.com

3 cups cooked medium grain U.S. rice
2 cups milk
1 14 oz (398 mL) can sweetened condensed milk
2 medium bananas, sliced
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
8 whole pecan halves

In a large saucepan combine rice, milk, and sweetened condensed milk. Cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, about 20 to 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

Alternate layers of bananas, chocolate chips, pecans and rice pudding in parfait glasses. Garnish with chocolate chips and pecans. Makes 8 servings.

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