Pigs in a Blanket

Tonight is Family Night at the house. Not a Wednesday goes by where the kids don’t ask what we are doing for family night…and unfortunately, last week had to be canceled due to John’s work schedule. The kids have not forgotten of course…really, we never do much spectacular, the trip to the pizza joint a few weeks ago was out of the ordinary. Dorothy asked this morning if we could have tacos for Family Night, and since it seems to be the most popular Wednesday night meal, I may have to run to the store for some hamburger and sour cream. I think tacos can pretty much please anybody as long as they have a nice selection of fillers. The only down side to taco night is the clean up, because at least two tacos will completely fall apart when the owner of them takes the first bite and the fillings squeeze out the backside.

One of my favorite stories to hear about myself from when I was little involves something similar, only the food was Pigs in a Blanket. I didn’t usually eat lunch at school, my mom usually packed it for me, but for some odd reason I must have asked to eat Pigs in a Blanket. I suppose that in 1st grade that food choice must sound very exciting, as an adult the idea of hotdogs in crescent rolls is not so appealing, so my mom let me buy my lunch at school. My parents were told this story by a nice lady who worked at the school, my mom was a teacher and my stepdad a principal, both at other schools. Bite one, I get a little bite, squeeze and the hotdog flies out the bottom and hits the floor. I think I must have cried and told Mrs. Berger because I got to get a new Blanketed Pig. Bite two, repeat results of Bite one and the new Pig. Bite 3 must have been successful and likely bite 4 as well because when the pig squirted out the blanket one last time I didn’t get to have a new one, she figured I had managed a whole pig by that time.

On second though, I make bread almost daily…i bet we could have a good time actually making Pigs in a Blanket. How much fun would that be for Family Night?!


Last night we took the 4 littles out for a suprise. After a long hour at tae kwon do, where Maggie, Liam and I patiently waited for Dustin and Dorothy to finish class, we headed over to America’s Incredible Pizza Company where John was already waiting. If you aren’t familiar with AIPC, it is something like Dave and Buster’s combined with Chuck E. Cheese. Sounded wonderful. We paid for our food and bought the kids the Wednesday night special of unlimited play for 90 minutes.

The unlimited play did not include some of the *big* games or the go-carts. That was fine. Dustin and Dorothy were thrilled and had a lot of fun! We went directly to the area with games for smaller children for Liam to play. Surprisingly, the unlimited play didn’t include several of the children’s games, and of the ones it should have worked for a couple were broken. Also, the carpet was already coming up at the seams, this place is new.

The food was better than expected, but the children’s game selection combined with the hefty price tag of the evening pretty much ensures that our family will not return. It was fine for an evening, but I think next time we’ll stick to the tried and true, and leave a little change in our wallet.