Wacky Wednesday

It’s time for Wacky Wednesday!!! One of my favorites of our new features. Each week we are going to do something a little off-the-wall and FUN! This week the end result isn’t as important as the fun in getting there!

I am always telling the kids NOT to play with their food. But after I saw this post, I changed my mind! It did inspire me to see what else we could use to paint with and our “paint-able food” looked and smelled pretty awesome!

What you need:

  • OLD muffin tin or something to hold your “paints”
  • Spices and Seasonings
  • Condiments
  • Vegetables and Fruit
  • Nature
  • Paper

Paints:

I decided to start with my seasonings to see if I could create “paint” with those; sure enough there were quite a few that I used to get some great textures and colors. Pretty much any seasoning that is ground finely will work as your “paints”.

The ones that I found that worked great were:

  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • Ground Dry Mustard
  • Paprika

Then search your refrigerator for other “paints” keep in mind all sorts of things can work if they have the right consistency! We used:

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Blackberries

Add each of these to a separate compartment in your muffin tin or cups. I used approximately 2 Tbs of each. For the seasonings, add a little bit of water and stir to get to the right consistency for painting. Only add the water a little bit at a time. If you get it too thin add more seasoning, too thick; add more water. Mash up, or toss in a blender,  any fruits or vegetables you want to use for ‘paint’. Keep in mind all these things stain so make sure you are careful to not get it everywhere when you are mashing them up! Since we used Blackberries, I simply smooshed them with a fork in the muffin tin.

Paintbrushes:

This can be anything you can find! We had some leftover spaghetti, some leaves from celery and we were going to use potatoes with designs carved into them as stamps, but I had two impatient little boys wanting to get started. Get creative and anything you can find will work.

 

Get Started:

Send the kids outside and paint away! It was the perfect opportunity to talk about nature since everything we were using was natural. Once the kids got bored with the paintbrushes I gave them, we went on a scavenger hunt to find more paintbrushes! We ended up with pine cones, branches from the bushes, different sticks and rocks for them to try different textures.

Like I said the end result isn’t as important as getting there, and since we used food products I don’t recommend keeping their artwork (unless you have some type of shellac or something to seal it!)

WARNING: These ‘paints’ will NOT be good to get in mouths or eyes, so make sure you keep a close watch and always make sure there are no food allergies before you start creating! :-)

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We’re mixing things up on In Good Cents and launching some new things, so keep watch.

One we’re most excited about is Wacky Wednesday where anything goes.  We may be sharing some crazy recipes, fun ideas, insane things we do to stay frugal, hysterical things we’ve seen (or done) while shopping, or whatever grabs our fancy that week.

So here goes it goes!

Getting my kids to eat is a never ending challenge some days, but getting fun with food helps!  I’ve learned that adding sprinkles to about anything makes it so much more appealing and cupcakes are always popular, even when they aren’t really cupcakes.

That’s where Hot Dog Cupcakes come into play.  They are especially great if you have left over hot dogs from a cookout or camping.  Though, if you’re like up, you never have left over hot dogs!  I know, it sounds gross, but these are so delicious.

 Hot Dog Cupcakes Recipe

You will need:

  • 2 (8.5 oz.) packages of cornbread mix
  • 2 TBSP brown sugar
  • 2 standard-size eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 5-10 hot dogs (leftovers work great!)

How to make them:

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grab a muffin tin and grease the cups or line them with cupcake liners.

Cut into bite-size pieces.

Next, chop your left over hot dogs into bite-size pieces.  Circles work great, but if you have little ones, try triangles or half-moons to avoid a choking hazard.

Next, mix the cornbread mix and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and milk, then add to the cornbread mixture.  Stir until smooth.  I typically use my electric hand mixer to save time and get all the lumps out.

Toss in the cheese and hot dogs into the mixture and gently stir.

Spoon your mixture into the muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3rds of the way full.  Make sure the hot dogs don’t settle to the bottom, or you’ll end up a bowl full of hot dogs at the end.  If that happens, no worries.  Just spoon a few hot dogs into each cup to spread them out evenly.

Place your cupcakes into the oven and bake for about 14-18 minutes until they are golden brown.   Keep watch.  You don’t want them to burn on the top!

Serve with your favorite side, like baked beans.  To make them look more like cupcakes, drizzle with ketchup, mustard, or your favorite dip.  Or, if you prefer, you can put the dip on the side to dunk, like we do!  But, they taste yummy even without dip.

Mix things up!  Try this recipe with sausages for breakfast or brats for dinner.

These are a great meal for Freezer Cooking, so just place them in a freezer bag and place in the freezer for storage.  You can pull them out and heat them individually in the microwave to put in lunchboxes or for a quick lunch or snack.

 

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