Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss’s birthday is on March 2. Here are some fun foods inspired by our family’s favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Have your own celebration by reading the books and trying out these recipes.

Hunches in Bunches Hot Dogs

Hot dogs for lunch- that sounds so yum! I have a hunch the kids will want some.

• 6 hot dog buns
• 6 tablespoons butter, softened
• 6 hot dogs
• 1 tablespoon canola oil
• 1 medium sweet onion,
sliced thin
• 1 apple, cored, pared and cut
into thin wedges
• Brown mustard

Split hot dog buns and spread 1 tablespoon butter evenly on the cut sides. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat until golden brown. Keep warm until serving.
Slice hot dogs lengthwise stopping just short of cutting all the way through. Cook in a large skillet over medium heat, turning once halfway through cooking, until warm through and golden. Keep warm until serving.
Place canola oil, onions and apples in the pan used to cook the hotdogs; cook, stirring occasionally until onions are translucent. Remove from heat.
Squirt the desired amount of mustard on each hot dog bun, top with a hot dog and desired amount of apple and onion mixture. Serve warm.

Circus McGurkus Pink Lemonade

While 500 gallons of pink lemonade may have been just the right amount for opening night of the Circus McGurkus, this recipe serves 6. It’s sweet and refreshing with just the right amount of pucker!

• 6 large lemons
• 2 cups cran-raspberry juice
• 1/2 – 1 cup powdered sugar
• 4 cups cold water

Squeeze juice from lemons into a large pitcher; stir in cran-raspberry juice, sugar and water.
Fill tall glasses with ice; fill with lemonade. Enjoy!

Cat in the Hat Cupcakes

The Cat in the Hat is likely the most recognizable Dr. Seuss character. These fun cupcakes are easy to make and delicious to eat. They are the perfect finish to a Dr. Seuss meal.

• 1 boxed strawberry cake mix
• 1 aerosol can whipped cream

Prepare batter according to package instructions. Fill every other greased muffin pan to within a half inch of the top with batter. The cupcakes will overflow, forming the “brim” of the Cat’s hat. Bake according to package instructions. Cool.

To Assemble:
Cut cupcake into 1/2 inch horizontal slices. Starting with the “brim” of the hat on the bottom, alternate layers of cake with whipped cream; finish with cupcake on the top. Enjoy!

Besides her two favorite jobs of wife and mom, Michelle Ann Anderson homeschools her children, is a freelance writer, enjoys public speaking, writing cookbooks and sharing her love of food with those around her. You can find her blog at www.MichelleAnnAnderson.com.

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