Swampy Bug Juice & JELL-O worms!

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Swampy Bug Juice

INGREDIENTS
-24 ounces frozen strawberries, thawed
-6 ounces lemonade, frozen concentrate, thawed
-1 quart ginger ale
-1 cup raisins
-1 cup blueberries, fresh, or frozen and thawed
-Gummy worms

DIRECTIONS
1. Place the strawberries in a bowl and mash with a fork.
2. In a large pitcher, mix the strawberry mash, lemonade and ginger ale.
3. Place handfuls of raisins and blueberries (these will be the bugs) into tall glasses.
4. Pour the liquid over the bugs. The bugs will rise to the top of each glass.
5. Drape gummy worms over the rim of your glass (or punch bowl).

Adapted from a recipe at justkidsrecipes.com.

Jell-o Worms

INGREDIENTS
-Flexible plastic straws
-Empty 1-quart milk or orange juice carton to hold straws
-1 package (6 ounces) raspberry or grape-flavored gelatin
-3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
-3 cups boiling water
-3/4 cup whipping cream
-12-15 drops of green food coloring
-waxed paper

DIRECTIONS
1. Combine gelatins in a bowl and add boiling water. Stir until completely dissolved. Chill for 20 minutes, until lukewarm.
2. Pull straws to extend to full length and place in tall container. Wrap straws together with a rubber band.
3. Blend cream and food coloring with the lukewarm gelatin mixture. Pour into container, filling straws.
4. Chill until gelatin is firm, at least 8 hours and up to two days.
5. Pull straws from container. Pull straws apart. Run hot water for about a few seconds over 3 to 4 straws at a time. Starting at the empty ends, push worms from straws with rolling pin, or use your fingers.
6. Lay worms on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover and chill until ready to use, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days. Worms will hold at room temperature for about 2 hours.

— Adapted from a recipe at theidearoom.net

For more ideas.. http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20121016/LIFE/121016017/1003/SPORTS/?odyssey=nav%7Chead&nclick_check=1

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