During the past two months, between holidays, “snow” days and sick days, my little guy and I have spent many days at home together so the concept of Mommy needing to work isn’t new to him. But I also want to give him lots of attention and make the day special since we don’t always get these days together. In order to balance my need to work and my need to spend time with him, we divide our day into work time and play time. During work time, I set a special timer for 30 minutes. While I work, he plays. When the timer beeps, we do something together. Sometimes he gets to choose the play time activity. Right now, his two favorite things are playing hungry hungry hippos and hide and go seek. But sometimes I choose. One of my favorite things is to get him in the kitchen with me.Today, as we were trying to decide what to have for lunch on this unexpected day home, he requested corn dogs, which we happened to be out of. But I did have a package of cornbread mix and hot dogs. So we made Corn Dog Mini Muffins and he had a blast. He helped stir up the cornbread batter, cut up the hot dogs (with a butter knife) and then put the hot dog pieces into the muffin pan. Not only did we have a great time but he also ate a super good lunch because he was so proud of what he had made.
Corn Dog Mini Muffins.1 package sweet yellow corn bread mix plus ingredients required for mix
2 hot dogs, each cut into 8 round pieces
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Mix cornbread according to package directions. Fill mini muffin cups about half way full. Then place a hot dog piece in each mini muffin cup. Don’t worry if the batter doesn’t cover the hot dog because it will rise when it bakes. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes 16 mini muffins.