The Recipe: Mini Corndog Muffins, Jell-O Oranges, Fruit Salad, and Mocktails – Brik

I’m in need of a meal that is kid-friendly, so I’m taking a break from something that I actually want to eat and preparing a meal that my kids (and husband) might actually enjoy. I think it should also be fairly simple, so this will be fun to try. Albeit, not the most nutritious thing in the world… C’est la vie.


Hot Dogs

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Favorite flavor of Jell-O


Various fruits, i.e. kiwis, apples, strawberries,  etc.

Whipped Cream



Sugar Free Sprite

Mini Corndog Muffins:

Mix Jiffy mix and pour into greased muffin tin. Add hotdogs, sliced to where they just barely poke out the top of the muffin batter. Bake according to directions on box.

Jell-O Oranges:

Cut oranges in half and scoop out the fruit. Mix Jell-O according to package directions and pour into orange peel. Refrigerate for at least an hour or until set. *I’m planning on doing the finger jell-O version* Cut into wedges.

Fruit Salad:

Cut and peal any fruit that needs it, adding in the fruit from the jell-o oranges, mix together with whipped cream, or just sprinkle a little sugar on top.


The idea behind this is that the drinks with higher sugar content will sink to the bottom, so the different drinks will stay separated. We shall see if it actually works or not. Hey, look at that. We’re throwing in a science experiment with our meal. Educational and kid-friendly. I digress….Anyway, Pour some Kool-aid into a clear cup and add a little bit of ice *The ice supposedly helps to keep it separate*. Repeat with Gatorade (Use a different color or shade from the Koolaid), and then again with the sprite. The Gatorade must NOT be sugar free, and the Sprite needs to be.


The Recipe: Cranberry Turkey Sandwiches and Tuna Macaroni Salad *Amanda

Cranberry Turkey Sandwiches


  •                     Sourdough bread
  •                     Cooked turkey breast
  •                     Cranberry sauce
  •                     Onion and chive cream cheese
  •                     Green leaf lettuce
  •                     Tomatoes
  •                     Sweet pickles
                   Spread cream cheese and cranberry sauce on a slice of bread. Put on lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles as desired.  Cut thin slices of turkey and put on top. Apply another slice of bread, and poof… you have a sandwich!!!

Tuna Macaroni Salad


  •                     2 1/2 cups elbow macaroni
  •                     1 cup mayonnaise
  •                     1 (10 ounce) package frozen green peas, thawed
  •                     1 (6 ounce) can albacore tuna, drained and flaked
  •                     1 cup diced celery
  •                     1 cup cubed Cheddar cheese
  •                     1/2 cup chopped red onion
  •                     2 tablespoons chopped sweet pickle
  1.                     Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain macaroni and cool under running water.
  2.                     Place macaroni into a large salad bowl. Stir in mayonnaise, green peas, tuna, celery, Cheddar cheese, red onion, and chopped sweet pickle until thoroughly combined. Chill and serve.

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The Recipe: Pizza Sticks – Brik

Okay, we’re trying something new here, and crossing our fingers that it works out. I plan on using a homemade pizza dough, but you can purchase some and just follow the baking directions.

The recipe for the dough can be found here:

Basic Pizza Dough
yield: 2-12 inch pizzas, approximately 1 lb. of dough

1 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey {or sugar}
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
3 cups bread flour {give or take 1/2 cup…depending on the heat & humidity} (I used regular all purpose flour and it turned out fine)

In a large mixing bowl, preferably that of a stand mixer, stir yeast and honey into warm water. Sit for 5-10 minutes or until bubbles form and mixture starts to foam. This tells you that the yeast is alive and kicking. Pour in salt, oil and half the flour and mix.

Once that flour is incorporated, start adding flour in bit by bit until you get the pizza dough to the consistency you want: slightly tacky, but when you touch it it doesn’t stick to your hands.

Knead until the dough should be smooth and easy to work with. And the bowl should be clean!

Lightly grease the bowl & the dough so it doesn’t dry out, cover with plastic wrap and let it rise 1-2 hours. That’s it!

Pizza Sticks


Pizza dough


Mozzarella Cheese

(Any other toppings you may like, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc)

Pizza Sauce

Parmesan Cheese

Italian Seasoning

Garlic Powder

Preheat oven to 500 degrees with the pan in the oven. Roll out dough in a rectangular shape. Slice into a manageable number of pieces. Having not tried this, I’m not sure what that would be, but I would guess 6 – 8 slices.Layer cheese and pepperoni (you can add the sauce here or warm it up later for dipping)on the bottom half and fold the top half over.  You can do this hot dog or hamburger style (if that makes any sense).   Twist it if you feel like it. Butter the top and sprinkle with garlic, parmesan, italian seasoning, and  mozzarella cheese. Take hot pan out of the oven and arrange pizza sticks. Bake for 10 minutes or until done. I haven’t tried this yet, so it may need longer.  EDIT: I ended up baking for 12 minutes.The time and temperature are according to my recipe for the dough. Follow the temperature and baking times on whatever dough you use. Heating the pan in the oven before hand was also part of the baking directions for this dough.

The Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie *Amanda*


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1-2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas
  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones)
  • 8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice


1 Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).

2 While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan.

3 Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.

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4 Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add worcesterchire sauce. Add half a cup of beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.

5 Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.

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6 Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well.

7 Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.

Yield: Serves four.


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