My nieces and nephews have already started back to school and heck, now that I think about it, that was at the beginning of August! My wife and I stood back and laughed at her siblings – wow, that must really stink that they have to return to school so early…
Cut to – our household at the end of August.
The day starts by me noticing, separating and journaling the fresh squadron of gray hairs that have erupted from both sides of my head. My wife and I take turns stepping on the scale, silently acknowledging that we’ve eaten far too many take-out meals over the last eight weeks – and they’ve finally caught up.
We’ve shifted from bikini’s (don’t judge my Speedo action) to full 1930’s bathing suits, complete with massive umbrellas and beach canopies to hide our accumulated shame…
With both of us now working full-time (I still work from home with a machete at my side, don’t think about robbing us), these last few days of lunch breaks (thank you Hebrew National!) and weekends are filled with the inevitable – shopping for school supplies, new clothes, backpacks, etc.
We’re attending orientations, scheduling arrival and departure times and updating the infamous chore chart. We’re spending an hour or two a day working on our Brain Quest books, hoping to impress our teachers during the first week and going over our safety drills – in the event there’s an emergency.
Golf, tennis and day camp have subsided and it’s now a relentless onslaught of asking for my Netflix or Apple ID password as we hit the bottom of the barrel, with them literally clawing at my shorts to buy apps with a one-star rating and a single review.
We’ve been in and out of town, visited with family in Pennsylvania and had house guests of our own, here in Virginia.
Those backyard crops are pushing out their final yield – with a little help from their friends…
With the revolving door of summer winding down, we’re extremely aware that it’s only the calm before the storm.
Time is stretched forever thin and while I do love making homemade meals three times a day – our schedules simply won’t allow it right now.
But I can’t get lazy – I need my kids to stay excited AND well-nourished.
Thankfully, my friends from Hebrew National have provided me something that can be prepared quickly and easily, but still allowing me the creative freedom to present it in a fun manner – it’s a mealtime WITHOUT the battle. For this mission, I chose the Hebrew National BUN LENGTH variety…a little longer than your normal hot dog…
I took the bottom half of these dogs and made tentacles, wrapping them in crescent roll dough. I tossed them into the oven at 350º for about 10-15 minutes and POW – I had hot dog sea creatures. Nothing beats the simple, quick preparation and also gives me a product made with 100% kosher beef. I tried to limit the carbs on this one, only offering my hot dog octopii sweaters, instead of a full outfit.
Paired up with some fresh fruit, this took me less than fifteen minutes and the kids were excited to dig in. How else do you transform such a simple thing into something that your kids will enjoy? What are your favorite Hebrew National go-to recipes?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hebrew National. The opinions and text are all mine.