This is my nephew, Peyton. Today is his 8th birthday!
I spoke with Peyton yesterday about his birthday plans, and it turns out that next weekend he is having a party at the ice skating arena. Sounds like a fun way to celebrate!
Peyton told me that his favorite food is "cheesey bread". This, essentially, is bread with cheese melted on it. Peyton explained that you take bread and cut it into two parts. You put white cheese on it, put the parts back together and then put it in the oven and cook it until the cheese is melted. This sounds a lot like garlic bread with parmesean on it- but I could not get Peyton to say for certain that this was what he was talking about. His Mom told me that they have cheesey bread with many different types of cheese and Peyton does not discriminate- he loves cheesey bread.
One of Peyton's favorite things to drink when he visits me in Monroe is blue milk. This is a crowd pleaser, really, a favorite among the elementary set. My wonderful Grandma Muriel used to make this for her grandkids - just one of the many things that made her such a fabulous grandma really!
Grandma Muriel's Blue Milk
Into a tall drinking glass, place a little bit of sugar, a few drops of vanilla extract, and several drops of blue food coloring. Fill the glass with milk (I prefer organic- just don't want any extra hormones and antibiotics in my milk- especially when serving it to kids!) Stir until the desired shade of blue appears (it helps if you think happy thoughts here- I am not sure why).
The drink should be somewhat sweet and vanilla-ish- adjust your ingredients until pleasing. Most important of all: Blue milk should be served with a straw...kids generally find that the last few drops of blue milk make wonderful blue frothy bubbles when blown at with a straw....just have them keep the straw in the cup when blowing-they can play with their food without making a mess this way!
While Peyton loves his milk in a blue shade, it is important to note that other colors taste great too...Pink Milk was my favorite when I was a kid, and Peyton's younger brother always asks for his to be Yellow- which tastes better than it sounds. You will probably find that each child you serve it to has their own preference.
Undoubtably, Blue Milk goes great with Cheesey Bread. We will have to try that when Peyton comes over again. Happy 8th Birthday, Peyton! I love you!