Thursday, April 9, 2015

H is for Hot Dog Roll-ups and Helpers

One of the quick meals the girls loved when they were still at home was Hot Dog Roll-ups. Yummy, quick and delicious, you can read step-by-step directions on how to make them here in a previous blog-post.

I don't know if you are a connoisseur of hot dogs or not, but my family loves the Oscar Mayer brand. Just sayin'

Myself, I wouldn't mind trying this recipe with a Nathan's hot dog, but that's just me.

Once my family decides they like a certain brand of food, that is the only brand they want from here on in, world without end.

Speaking of brand loyalty, I'm reminded of one of my favorite stories from when the girls were little. When our oldest daughter started school, I would ask her every day what she had for lunch. She never knew. Evidently from noon to 3:30 p.m. was too long for that information to remain in her brain. One day, she actually remembered what she had for lunch. 

"It wasn't good, Mom," she declared. "The lunch ladies just can't cook as good as you do."

I was all, "Yes! I knew all that reading of cookbooks, menu planning and trying new recipes was paying off!" 

"So, what did you have, honey, that didn't taste as good as Mommy's?"

"Chicken nuggets. They were nasty. They didn't taste like yours at all."

My bubble burst.  How could just pouring frozen nuggets out of a bag be that hard? Turns out it wasn't my cooking she loved so much, it was the BRAND of nuggets I was smart enough to buy that made the difference!

Do you know, she still talks about my nuggets to this day? That's because Wal-Mart discontinued their Great Value brand of Southern chicken nuggets in the pink bag. We still mourn the loss of that nugget. I kid you not, we mentioned them fondly not long ago.

Yesterday, we talked about fresh grace. Today, I want to focus on how that grace helps us. The awesome thing about Jesus is that He experienced life just like we do. Fully God and yet fully human, He moved into our neighborhood and did life among us. He knows what it feels like when we are tired, frustrated and "hangry" (hungry and angry). He knows our fleshly life sometimes gets in the way.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16

I love the part that says come boldly to the throne of grace. Don't dilly-dally. Come and just say what you need. He promises mercy and He will help you find grace - the two best helpers ever!

What do you do when you get "hangry?"

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  1. Such a cute story about your daughter and the chicken nuggets. Son had a girlfriend that was very particular about her brands, LOL. She didn't know the names of them all but she would say the color of the packaging, LOL, like she liked Velvetta mac and cheese so she would ask for the "orange mac and cheese" when we went shopping. (she lived with us for 6 months, long story, basically she got kicked out of her house at 18 years old, her mom had been using her name to get credit cards and she found out about it and her mom kicked her out; she stayed in a separate bedroom from son; the mom/daughter reconciled).

    Anyway, back to the topic of hand. Son likes Nathan hot dogs :) I like hot dogs, simple and quick!


  2. Hi Jerralea! No one can pour out those nuggets like Mom...
    I remember asking my Mom what was for dinner. The question that followed was always "are you making it like you usually do?" Heaven forbid there would ever be anything different or new!
    I hope I'll be as bold in asking the Lord for what I need. What a great point about Great Grace. Love that!

  3. I still remember a Mexican frozen dinner my mom used to get when we were teens. I'd eat one before going to my job at the movie theater. I didn't see it for years (I think it's called El Charrito?) and then one day a guy was heating one up at work. I said, "WHERE DID YOU GET THAT?" He just got it in the freezer section of the grocery store. Our grocery stores don't have them...the one on his town did, oddly. It was a blast from the past.

  4. My bunch gets hung up on brands, too! But my grown son has called me several times to get step by step directions on how to cook something I make from scratch.

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  5. That is such a cute story! But what I really loved was the picture of those amazing looking pigs in a blanket! I'm sorry, I'm a hot-dog hound. I really, really love them. I wish I didn't love them as much as I do. Those look so good...I'm heading off to my fridge now to see if I have any Trader Joe parmesan pups.

  6. Oh that is a precious story about your little girl and the lunch ladies. I have one too! When my oldest was in 1st grade at our public elementary school, she decided she wanted to buy her lunch so I set her up with the account, etc. On the 2nd day of school they served hot dogs. she came home and said she was never buying lunch at school again! (and she didn't until 9th grade) she said the hot dogs didn't have the lines on them! (we had always just grilled hotdogs). I had to explain that school cafes can't time and too many boil them. Now we don't eat them at all but that story is still hilarious to us. When I'm hangry (Love the word!!) I tend to grab either a coffee which does help me relax, or an iced tea, my Bible (for the Psalms which i find soothing) and my journal and I go out on my deck or comfy chair (if cold) and read, pray. If I'm really hungry I tend to grab a granola bar or a homebaked goodie. :) great post!!

  7. I never knew there was a word for hungry/angry! We like certain brands too and am not "allowed" to change it up. Cute story about your daughter and the nuggets.


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