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Tom Smart, Deseret Morning News
Rosie Tippetts and grandchildren, Taya and Gavin Johnson, with some of her April Fools' Day food.

PLEASANT GROVE — Taste buds beware!

Rosie Tippetts and her daughter Shilo Johnson like to play with their food.

So on April Fools' Day at the Tippetts' house, be on the alert when you reach for a cupcake.

It could be you're getting meatloaf instead of a frosted treat or a cupcake that looks like spaghetti and meatballs.

Those green beans may very well be Airhead candy and those moldy rolls are actually probably delicious!

"Most of these are my own lame brain ideas," Tippetts said. "I'm definitely an April Fooler." (Tippetts runs the Pleasant Grove Macey's floral department when she's not mixing things up in the kitchen. She also teaches an occasional class in the store's Little Theater.)

"My daughter helps me think of them and then we just experiment."

Tippetts said her grandkids love eating the unusual foods and sometimes will even down a vegetable without realizing it.

"I have practice runs with them," she said. "It's a lot of fun."

Here are her recipes:


Fooled Ya Cupcakes

Your favorite meatloaf recipe or the one below:

2 lbs. lean ground beef

1/2 green pepper, diced

1 onion, diced

2 eggs

1/4 cup bread crumbs

1 small jar A1 Steak Sauce

1/4 cup catsup

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon pepper

19-20 cupcake holders with

foil

grape tomatoes or small

cherry tomatoes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients and scoop mixture in cupcake holders. Fill to top of holders. Place into cupcake tin. Bake 30-35 minutes. While warm, pipe or spread "Tater Frosting." Put a grape or cherry tomato on top.


Tater Frosting

8-9 potatoes, boiled until very soft

1 8-oz. package of cream cheese, softened

salt and pepper to taste

milk (as needed)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

clove of garlic, minced finely

Cook potatoes. With mixer, combine potatoes and cream cheese, add rest of ingredients, add milk to mixture if too dry. Whip to a frostinglike consistency. Place whipped potatoes in a frosting bag and pipe onto warm meatloaf cupcake or simply frost. Reserve some for Tater Sundaes.


Tater Sundaes

cream cheese, whipped potatoes

1 package pork gravy mix/1 package brown gravy mix

grape tomatoes

ice cream sundae dishes (optional)

With an ice cream scoop, scoop out whipped potatoes. Prepare gravy as directed on package. Pour gravy over potatoes to look like caramel or butterscotch topping. Put a grape or cherry tomato on top. Place on table where dessert would usually go.


Refreshing Lemonade Quencher

1 large Jell-O (pineapple or lemon)

1 cup club soda

1 yellow fruit juice (optional)

2 cups hot water

lemon slices (optional)

Dissolve Jell-O in hot water, stir. Pour cup of fruit juice in, stir to mix. Place in refrigerator and allow to set up for about an hour. Removed thickened Jell-O. Slowly pour in a cup of soda and stir to distribute. Pour into cups. Place lemon slices on cup edges. Place in a straw for added effect. Put on the table where the drink would usually go.


Moldy Rolls

3/4 cup milk

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 packages quick-rising yeast

1/2 warm water

2 eggs

4 1/2 cup flour

In a separate bowl, add the yeast to the warm water, set aside. Warm milk to almost a boil, add in the shortening, stir to melt. Add the salt, sugar and eggs. Mix with hand mixer. Add 2 cups of flour. Mix again and add the warm water/yeast mixture. Gradually stir in 2 more cups of flour. Place on evenly floured board and knead to soft yet pliable dough. Add more flour if dough is not firm enough. Place back in bowl and allow to rise to double.

When rise is finished, punch down and shape into desired shapes. For moldy effect, place some small amount of green food coloring in some spots where mold might grow. Set aside to rise again. When rolls are double, bake in 350-degree oven, bake until golden brown.


Sweeeet Green Beans

10 Airheads watermelon taffy

Soften candy in the microwave for 1-2 seconds while still in package. Flour your hands with a bit of powdered sugar. Unwrap candy and stretch a little. Roll really small in a snake tube, stretching a little as you go. Cut into two parts. In your fingertips, roll the ends to a point. Place on the plate in 5-6 pieces per plate to resemble a green bean helping.


Sweet Spaghetti and Meatballs

cupcakes or shortcakes

vanilla frosting

strawberry jam

chocolate Rice Krispie squares

white chocolate — shredded

Drizzle vanilla in ropes onto cupcake or shortcake. Top with a dollop of jam. Roll Rice Krispies into balls. Sprinkle white chocolate atop (to look like Parmesan cheese.)