Monday, July 21, 2014

Grandparenting: Proper Feeding of Grandchildren


One of the many privileges of grand-parenting is serving as  adjunct advisor concerning the proper feeding and nourishment of little ones. In previous posts we have discussed this topic in depth here and here. Today we will focus on three vital components of a child's diet, protein, carbs, and condiments.
We will be assembling hamburgers and hot dogs, two nutritional mainstays of the younger set.
First, gather together all necessary ingredients:
Candy circus peanuts
Nilla Wafers
One can white ready made icing
One can chocolate ready made icing
Red, yellow, and green coloring for icing
Decorator bag and tips #4, #5, #7, #10, #80
Using white icing and small bowls, tint 1/4 cup icing in each color.

 
With a paring knife, make a clean slice into the "hot dog bun" about 2/3 of the way down, being careful not to slice all the way through. Gently bend open the bun. 
Carbohydrates are a necessary component for maintaining sufficient energy to enjoy
all activities in the home of grandparents.
With your cake decorating bag, gently squeeze the hot dog onto the bun.
Processed meat products accompanied by red dye are known to be beneficial to the well being of grandchildren.
A swipe of mustard can easily be applied.
Mayo is neither available nor tolerated at Grammy's.
Set aside for serving.
Remove hamburger buns from the package and place on platter for application of the burger and condiments. It is entirely likely that your grandchildren will require a sample of the buns to verify both taste and freshness.
By all means comply.
Any buns that have been chipped or damaged in any way in the packaging process should be immediately consumed.
Pipe the meat onto the bun using the #10 tip.
Be sure to  fill the bun to capacity with the meat, piping  as close to the edge as possible.
Using the #80 tip, add a ruffle of lettuce to the burger.
This is a sure-fire method of introducing green leafy vegetables into little darlin's diet.
Using the #4 or #5 tip apply mustard and ketchup to burger as desired,
making certain that both are visible at the edge of the burger.

Place bun top on burger.
Arrange hot dogs and burgers on a serving platter. 
Serve immediately, encouraging your grandchildren to clean their plates.
Their parents will thank you.