Octopus and Seaweed

Hi there… I am Sabrina. I am a guest blogger for the Big Red Kitchen. I just wandered in here and they said “You’re on in 4, 3, 2, 1”. So now I have to come up with something. Who knew this could happen???

Nah, I’m just kidding. Robin (you know her as Robin Sue) and I have known each other for, let me see… about 7-8 years. Is that right? We met each other when we were in MOPS (mothers of preschoolers). We couldn’t finish a sentence without a baby crying or something then. Now we can’t finish a sentence without a kid sayin’ something. Oh my, how things change yet stay the same.

Anyhow you are not here to read my ramblings. Although, it is what I do best. You are here for some great culinary creation. Believe me, I will not disappoint. Actually, I probably will. But bear with me. I am going to share a closely guarded family recipe. You actually, met my Mom and Dad on a previous post about fun at the lake. My mom makes this for my kids every time we visit their home at the lake. You see this recipe is called Octopus and Seaweed. Ummmm, exotic. Here goes, follow closely.

Octopus and Seaweed

Here are our main characters: Ramen noodles, green food coloring and wieners (huh huh, I said wiener) That word makes me laugh. Editor’s Note- There are a lot of words that make Sabrina laugh!

Prepare the ramen noodles as directed.

Now, slice the hotdog in half but not all the way to the end. Then that part that you sliced, do another slice perpendicular to it but again not to the very end.
I throw the hot dog in to boil with the noodles. As the hot dog cooks the ends you sliced will curl up like octopus tentacles. (another funny word, say it out loud, it’s funny.) Editor’s Note- Told you so.

Take out the hot dog before you add the seasoning packets. After the seasoning packet add the green food coloring. My nutty son likes the noodles blue. Place some noodles on a plate and top them off with an octopus. My kids dig it and I hope yours will too.

Oh, I have to give a shout out to Rindy. She is the one that showed me you could make the hot dogs curl. She quarters her hot dogs all the way and boils them into ‘worms’. Gross, but the kids love it. Little weirdos.

*Note: All the pictures except the 2nd and 3rd were taken when I was visiting my mom. When I wrote this I realized I needed extra shots. So those were taken at my house. Now you can rest easy, that you were not hallucinating the counter, stove and hand being different.

Editor’s Note- Thanks Sabrina, you always keep me laughing. My kids will love these. Like Sabrina said we met in 2000 at MOPS, she was my table leader and had to call me to remind me about the meetings each week, I guess because us moms can’t remember things. One time during one of our long and very interrupted conversations I said, “Sabrina you sound all echo-y, where are you?” “I’m in my shower stall with the door closed, in my bathroom with that door closed, in my bedroom with that door closed, I hope they don’t find me.” She whispered. She and I went to great lengths to talk, even if it was hiding from our kids in the shower! I am in Supper Club with Sabrina as well, she hosts wonderful nights that we all end up laughing so hard, like the time she served us our dessert in miss matched Cool Whip containers! You’re the best Sabrina!

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

    Sabrina – What a great idea! To get kids to eat can sometimes be a chore. I am going to try these with my grandkids when they come on a Sun. nite. I like this recipe – easy is the word and fun. Ma

  2. bobi
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

    That is indeed a hot dog with personality!
    It looks like he will either sink or swim when people view the dinner plate. That is one way to check the plaque on your children’s teeth – if they are not brushing there will be tell-tale signs.

  3. Sabrina
    Posted September 5, 2008 at 4:37 PM | Permalink

    Ma…. thanks! I hope you grandkids love it.

    Bobi… that is great. I had not thought of the die sticking to the schmutz in their teeth. I will be on patrol now.

    Thanks for the comments.

  4. Lisa
    Posted September 6, 2008 at 11:47 AM | Permalink

    This is just too funny! I was in MOPS too. Great group where I made some really good friends.

  5. Sabrina
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 9:55 PM | Permalink

    Lisa… MOPS is awesome. I learned alot and made great friends. It was nice having others relate to what I was going through with preschoolers. Also, thanks for saying this was funny. That’s what I was shooting for.

  6. Kristen
    Posted September 7, 2008 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

    I can so relate to the whole bathroom thing. All of my important conversations on the phone happen in the bathroom. It is the only place I have to hide from them!

    Sabrina – ADORABLE! My kids will go nuts for these. Great idea!

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