I Saw a Ship a Sailing

Apple Ship Appetizer I saw a ship a-sailing,
 A-sailing on the sea; 
And oh, it was all laden
 With pretty things for thee!

There were comfits in the cabin,
 And apples in the hold;
 The sails were made of silk,
 And the masts were made of gold.

The four and twenty sailors,
 That stood between the decks, 
Were four and twenty white mice, 
With chains about their necks.

The captain was a duck,
 With a packet on his back;
 And when the ship began to move, The captain said, “Quack, Quack!”
– Mother Goose

Core and Slice your apple Slice the bottom so its sturdy Sunflower seed butter, apple, fruit leather, cheerios Fruit Leather, Cheddar Cheese

My 3 year old and I are loving this new snack, we have been making them every day. I even made a fleet of them for his preschool picnic! These are easy to make, delicious, and super healthy. Since his school is a nut free school, I used sunflower seed butter (if you have never had it, I think it tastes better than PB).

Kitchen Play holds a monthly contest for food bloggers, they ask them to replicate one of the dishes featured on the Kitchen Play Progressive Party menu. Bloggers are encouraged to modify the recipe to make it their own. So I’m giving it a try, this is cakestudents’ first competition so wish me luck!

This months Progressive Party menu is sponsored by the US Apple Association, and so each dish was influenced by apples. Since September is back to school month, I thought that the Itty Bitty Apple-tizers (created by The mommy bowl) were just the thing for itty bitty fingers. I played with the ingredients.. using cheese and sunflower seed butter for a nut free treat (the original calls for almond butter). Also, I used the entire wedge to make preparation easier and less waste of the apple. Since the wedge makes a natural ship shape, I made them into ships!

Recipe: Apple Ships


  • 1 apple
  • juice of half a lemon
  • Cheese (I use cheddar)
  • sunflower seed butter (or peanut butter, almond butter)
  • Cinnamon
  • Toothpicks
  • dried fruit leather
  • dried apple rings


  1. Cut your apples into 8 wedges. I use an apple corer/slicer tool to make even wedges.
  2. Slice a sliver from the bottom of the apple (see picture) so that your ship isn’t rocky.
  3. Toss wedges in a bowl with lemon juice.
  4. Decorate!

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 8

Fleet of Apple Ships

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