I am Trish. I’m a working mother of two adorable baby boys and I’m married to my lovely husband for about five years. I work very hard on creating a well balanced, fun and simple life for my kids and family. I’m an artist/designer and a homemaker amongst other things. I love to do a little bit of everything including arts & crafts, cooking, decorating, sculpting, painting, organizing and gardening etc. I get inspired from everything that I look at. I feel like I can make and do just about anything. My superpower is my creativity that I am only now appreciating and embracing for the first time through by blog, Crafty Moods. There is no other way to showcase or share my ideas than this way. I feel a strong urge to share my ideas because I believe that anyone can do these ideas and it creates a fulfilling feeling knowing that you can make something for the third of the price or recycle something into a another beautiful, useful product. Thanks for spending some time with me.
Okay, so here’s the story…I have a pretty picky toddler that refuses to eat anything he hasn’t fully examined or approved just by its color or look. If it looks funny, (even macaroni and cheese) he won’t eat it. Only after I chase him around and dab a tiny taste in his mouth – will he will then realize that it tastes good. He’ll then follow me for more. I’m sure most moms go through this often. When I have the time on my days off or on the weekends I like to get a little more creative with his food. One thing that is successful is using cookie cutters to make tiny shapes from his sandwiches. He gets pretty happy and its worth the extra effort. I decided to go even more creative than the sandwiches and came across this idea. A hotdog octopus. He loves hotdogs! I’ve seen them done before and wanted to try them out for a good laugh. I think I secretly wanted to do this for my own amusement.!
Things you will need:
- Cooked hotdogs (boiled works best rather than grilled-don’t want a charred octopus right??)
- Candy eyes from craft stores or baking supply stores
- Sharp pointy knife (be careful!)
- Pan for frying (optional)
Start from about an inch and a half from the top and slice down. Slice 4 times through the hotdog, that should give you 8 legs ( or arms, tentacles, whatever they are called)
For a more accurate and even cut of the legs: make the first 2 cuts, then cut the remaining legs individually in half.
Insert the eyes and you will be amazed at how funny they look. If you don’t have candy eyes, you can use pieces of cheese, dots of cream cheese, carrots, cereal etc…use whatever you have in your refrigerator or pantry.
Extra step: fry the hotdog in the same pot in a half inch of water to curl up the legs. Remove the eyes if you’re going to do this step.
After spending the time boiling, frying, cutting and inserting the eyes I was super excited to show my son the results. I set it on a plate and presented it to him – needless to say he enjoyed playing with it more than actually eating it. Eventually, he ate one leg at a time until it was all gone. Compliments to the chef!! Definitely worth putting a smile on your kid’s face. Try it out for yourself and see the reaction your kids will have.