Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Dog Gone It

I've never thought of myself as a picky eater, now or growing up. I say that, but then I do remember a few stand-offs I had with my mom over food that I was too much of a stinker to eat. Some nights I'm sure she wanted to run her forehead across the cheese grater after we fussed about the food she made for us. Thankfully she stuck to her guns and taught us to eat what was placed in front of us and we learned to eat all sorts of food. That went decently well until my youngest brother. There is no making him do anything he doesn't want to. Mom, Dad, and us kids tried everything in all the books to get him to do different things, but if he didn't want to do it that was the end of the story. Mom got pretty creative in trying to disguise food so she could get some nutrition down his sweet but stubborn little throat. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. I know my mom can commiserate with Suzanne, the submitter of today's fantastic Pinstrosity. 

Suzanne says, "My son is a picky eater so I found a cute Pinterest idea "dog in a dog" that looked easy." 

The Original Pin:
Roll the dough around the hot dog, shape the appendages. Bake. Looks easy?
"Apparently, dough baking is not as easy as it looks, and you have to be careful to roll the 'legs' and 'ears' perfectly even or it will not look right."

The Pinstrosity:

"My son refused to eat it and said, 'Why is the plane broken?'  When I told him it was supposed to be a doggie, he became upset and felt that I had 'killed' the dog in the oven.  Sigh.  I would have added the eyes and nose but I felt the overall dog body was such a fail that I did not even complete it.  ARGH!  Not even close!!!"

"The directions should have called for making sure that the legs and ears were symmetrical and evenly rolled, and the baker should keep an eye on the dog baking in case the oven does not distribute heat evenly. Rats!"
Mother of a 2.5 year old

So apparently it's a dog eat dog world, but not a kid eat dog world. 


  1. I was going to say: If my mother had done this, I would have gotten hysterical. Luckily, I was not a picky eater, but I was definitely high-strung. Next time just go with "plane".

  2. Oh boy. This. I'm praying my 1-year old isn't a picky eater like I was. So far, he loves everything. Prayer circle it doesn't change.

  3. Here is the original recipe, from the Rhodes Bread site:

    As you can see, you use rolls of dough to make the legs; the middle of the roll is beneath the dog body. And the ears are another roll that is placed over the head of the doggie. Super easy. Pinterest is nice, but we all know you really cannot rely on any instructions people post there.

    And, you do not have to use bread dough/rolls. Refrigerator biscuits work really well, are easier to manipulate and since the hot dogs are already cooked, they warm up nicely in the time it takes to bake the biscuit part.

    I made them using store brand biscuits (refrigerator case, in cans) and they worked a charm. They were delicious as well. I mean, who does not enjoy greasy sort-of-biscuits and mystery meat!!!!

  4. I am rolling on the floor laughing at this one!


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