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Hot Dogs with a Sweet Side

By August 16, 2017 Let's Feed the Beasts

Hot dogs are always a crowd favorite, but when the T-Rex went through the picky phase, we had to kick these up a notch! 

Hot dogs are such a standard for most kids. All you parents are nodding your heads and thinking, ” and fires, and chicken nuggets, and pizza.” It gets to the point when you think you may want to just lie and say they no longer make them any longer. The stores have run out, or that McDonalds burned to the ground. Yes, I have said the last one. It saved me some time in the play area filled with screaming kiddos while I had a migraine!

I had to make my son believe he could eat hot dogs again. I didn’t want his minimal food list to shrink any more. Since I am a sweet toothed kinda gal, I decided to raid the baking shelf. Brown sugar jumped out at me. Now, judge if you will, but I didn’t use a ton, just enough to make it amazing. I believe I used about a quarter cup for like a family of 5 servings. After I have the dogs cooking for a bit, I sprinkle the brown sugar over it and let it melt around them. A warm delicious syrup develops and you turn the hot dogs over and over and coat them evenly. The results, the kid devoured them!

Now, hot dogs are lovely, in moderation. We decided after trying hot dogs this way a few times, we were going to be sneaky. We made brats. I was giddy when T-Rex ate every last bite. Pushing our luck, and crossing our fingers, I made polish sausage. Again, he ate every bite. It was like a dream come true!! I was giddy on two levels, I could eat something more than hot dogs, and our mighty man was eating! Toddler feedings are a rough thing right! Now he also loves getting to have his breakfast sausage made with a bit of brown sugar.

We decided to even expand our boundaries and have tried this on chicken strips, and we had some success! Sometimes, just thinking a wee bit out of the box is just the way to get those little people eating again. Do you have a secret to get your kids eating again? I would love to hear from you on what you try to get them to gobble up dinner again! I am always on the hunt for little tips and tricks. They change their minds so fast it helps to have a pocket full of go to’s!

 

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Sugar For My Love

By August 7, 2017 Family Life

This little sugar bowl has sat on my counter for four years. Its the sweetest reason why. 

My husband loves sugar in his coffee. The fact that he drinks coffee is comical , because four years ago he didn’t. However, four years ago, we wed. I then corrupted him and got him drinking coffee with sugar in it. Over the last couple years, I have tried to upgrade this little jar, but he just will not have it.

You see, my husband, he hates change. On top of that he is sentimental. A quality I love about him. We met in first grade, and I think somehow I am a memento from childhood. When he decides that something has value, he won’t come right out and say it. I found this out the hard way with our sugar jar.

This little jar came from the very first ever gift basket he got as a married man from his boss. It contained huckleberry jelly. Now as we know, I love huckleberry, so he beaming gave me this from his basket. Being a grateful and dutiful wife, I devoured that jelly. Also being a crazy hording crafter, I cleaned the jar and held on to it just in case.

Soon, I corrupted him into getting up and having a cozy cup of coffee with a wee bit of sweetener for him. He had to be difficult ( insert a wicked grin here.) and have a particular kind of sweetener. So of course I had to have somewhere to put it. Enter adorable jelly jar. I fill this little sugar jar up every few days, and I have for several years. I sell Tupperware, and when I have tried to swap out old jelly jar to new Tupperware, I get grumbles and complaints about the convenience of the jar vs the new whatever.

It took me a while, but then it dawned on me. He had assigned this amazing sweet memory to this little jar. We were newly married, we had little money, and I kept this little jar full for him so we could enjoy a cup of coffee together each morning. It was simple, it was a time when it was just us.

I decided that the jar will not be replaced. I will refill the sugar every few days, and I will get up each morning and make his coffee for him so we can have a cup amongst the craziness of our day. Its a small thing, but its such a sweet one.

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