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Corn Dog Bites

Okay, I’m not even going to pretend like these are healthy. They are just so good and reminiscent of summer fairs! The girls and I had so much fun making them though and it was super easy. The most time consuming part was the frying but it was worth the little extra time that went into it. I served them with strawberries to make myself feel a little better about ti.

If you have toddlers, I recommend making sure there is another adult around while you fry. Hot oil is only a teachable moment at a distance! Cutting up these hot dog bites is also important with small kids.




Corn Dog Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Corn Dog Bites

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add egg, buttermilk, oil, and honey. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Add more buttermilk as needed for the correct consistency. The batter should be the consistency of cake batter.
  3. Pour frying oil in a pan. I used a medium saucepan; however, the taller the pan, the better. Turn heat to medium.
  4. Dip hot dog chunks in batter and fry. I used a spoon to transfer, although tongs would probably be easier. Place a paper towel on the plate you are using to set the corn dog bites on after frying. This will help soak up some of the excess oil.
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Serve with fruit to alleviate some mom guilt.

Homemade Pizza

This hands-on dinner is a great way to introduce the joys of cooking. The ingredients are easy to handle, and even with kid creativity, it is hard to go wrong. Add a level of imagination and mold the crust into festive shapes or cut the pepperoni into letters. The teaching opportunities are endless with this quick family dinner.

Homemade Pizza

Homemade Pizza

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare Jiffy pizza dough according to package.
  3. Shred mozzarella cheese and prepare additional toppings.
  4. Mold pizza dough into desired shape using flour to keep the crust from sticking to your fingers.
  5. Spread pizza sauce over the dough and top with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Add toppings.
  7. Cook for 16-20 minutes depending on oven, or until cheese is turning golden brown.
  8. Topping ideas:
  9. Pepperoni, sausage, onion, peppers, garlic, olive oil, pineapple, ground beef, ham, mushrooms, olives, additional cheeses
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