Thursday, January 14, 2010

WARNING: The Grossest, Most Deliciously Disgusting Lunch On Earth

Last Sunday, I lost my marbles.


I took this mother of boys thing so far that I don't know if I'll ever return.

But, this love thing? This thing that makes you wanna see your kids happy even if you are gagging over a trash can?

This stuff is strong, man.

Let me show you.

*WARNING*: This is not for the weak. Proceed at your own risk.

My boys and I made a very special lunch together.

I cut up hot dogs, and gave them some spaghetti noodles. Which they poked through the cut up hot dogs. This was serious, serious business to them.

I then defiled my favorite Southern Living platter by filling it with these concoctions. It is still livid.

Then, I upset my new dutch oven by boiling some water and throwing our hot dog concoctions in. She has resolved never to speak to me, again. She's French. She's prone to snobbery.

After 15 minutes and a quick rinse of my platter, I took our hot dog/spaghetti doohickeys out of the water. "Look, Mom. Octopuses."

Let it be noted: I did not gag.

"Ketchup, Momma. Ketchup, Ketchup, Ketchup." Uh, I had not planned on that.

Let it be noted: I did not gag at this point either, though I came very, very close.

And, then they ate them. Their deliciously disgusting, wormy, hot dog octopuses.

That they happily dipped in ketchup. Over and over and over.

Yeah, man. This is the best lunch ever.

I love my boys. I really, really love my boys. Just in case there was any doubt.

I can't either. Except that I love your smile.

I've come a long, long way since first birthing a son some 5 1/2 years ago.

A long way, baby.

*I can't remember where I first saw this idea, but I tucked it away in the deep recesses of my brain and didn't note the source. I'm not creative or crazy enough to come up with something like this on my own.


  1. They WILL remember the memory. And they will laugh. What a great mom you are!!!

  2. You must love them a whole lot, because I'm gagging over here. Ick. Your poor Dutch oven!

  3. You are the best! And even more the best for sharing it! My kids will LOVE you as I am sure this will be their favorite short stop recipe to date! All I kept thinking while reading this was, "Man my kids would LOVE that!"

    I on the other hand will be eating something else. :-)

  4. Is it bad that I'm not remotely grossed out by that? LOL. Looks like they had an awesome lunch.

  5. Just found you through Deb. I'm totally grossed out but I know my girls will love it! I'm stealing! Thanks!

  6. I have seen this before and thought what a really cute idea, but how do you get the noodle into the hotdog? Duh, use uncooked noodles.

  7. If you think about it, that's basically the same ingredients as Chef Boyardee or Spaghetti-Os: tomato sauce, noodles, and meat. And it probably has a lot less sodium and preservatives if you make it "from scratch" then if you buy the canned stuff. Definitely a lot more fun. Use all-beef hot dogs, whole wheat noodles, and organic ketchup, and you've got a healthier meal than most kids get in a school cafeteria.

  8. Yeah, I've seen that before and thought I'm going to have to make it sometime. Thankfully, Elle will probably side with me on it being disgusting! :)

  9. That is TOO funny! I would have never thought of that either. We have grilled hot dogs on shish kabobs, but noodles?! LOL... I'm not sure what my girls would think of this. Jules would laugh, Kate would eat the noodles and leave the hot dogs (she's my grown up eater), and Sierra would eat the hot dogs and gag on the long noodles...sorry. She's sensitive to that!

    You are a great mom, Sarah!

  10. As a mom to 3 boys, I completely think this is a great idea. Of course, my 2 year old girly would probably love it best. Is this a go- along to the octopus week in My Father's World? If not, it would be perfect. I'm going to try it when we get to that unit. You are a great "boy" mom, Sarah. Can't wait to see what the Lord blesses you guys with for #4!

  11. Looks like fun to me. I am going to try it with the grands sometime.

  12. I am totally doing this, but with a cheese sauce, it will be like mac and chess and hot dogs, right..?

  13. That was very clever. Noodles and ketchup...? haha.

    I used to take my french fries, dip them in ketchup and suck the ketchup off. Dipping the fry back in ketchup, and repeating the whole process until I had one soggy fry. Then I ate it. Yuck,


  14. One day I will have grandchildren and guess what they will have for lunch at Great-grandma? You got that right!!

  15. An update from my earlier comment...after showing my girls the pictures, they all thought it was cool and would like this for dinner!

  16. That is excellent! I want little boys in my house just to see their excitement.

  17. That. is. disgusting.

    just thinking about it again grosses me out. but, at least they ate lunch without complaining! :)

  18. Wished I would have known about this when I taught Headstart. We could have done this for a snack but I'll definately be doing this with my grand-daughter. How Fun!!!!

  19. i think it's a great idea. kids love hot dogs and spaghetti noodles. and they got to make them themselves. obviously your kids are pretty normal =)

  20. That's an awesome idea for my boys! And totally disgusting! Just what they would like. What a fun mom! Thanks for inspiring me to be more fun today!!

  21. my kids would love this... although the hot dogs gross me out.