Back to School Time! Creating a Cute Lunch for Your Child (Giveaway)

The holidays are over, breaks are ending, and it’s time to send the kids back to school. Over the break, I spoke with a lot of moms who were unhappy with a lot of changes that have been made to school lunches recently. They were asking me what they could do to send their child a good lunch to school without having to break the bank.

We homeschool so we do not have that problem, but I still fix lunch every day for my kids. During the holidays, my daughter and I created some fun and festive lunch creations using Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies.

Kayla loves corndogs, so when we were browsing the cute party animal ideas on the Lil Smokies list, she found the Corn Doggie and wanted to fix them. I will never buy store bought corn dogs again. This is so simple and easy to do and they are cute and festive and would make a great addition to any lunch box.

1 pkg. Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies®
1 pkg. (8.5 ounces) corn muffin mix
2/3 cup flour
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Preheat oil to 375°F. Open package of Lit’l Smokies® and drain off any liquid. Insert wooden toothpick into tip of each sausage.
  2. Combine corn muffin mix, flour, egg and milk in a large bowl mixing until combined well. Working quickly, dip 4-5 Lit’l Smokies® in batter.
  3. Fry ‘em in oil 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and batter is cooked in the center.
  4. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining Lit’l Smokies®.

This will make 40 little dogs. What we did was make the whole batch and then we froze them on a cookie sheet. Now, when she wants to have a corn dog, she can pop a couple of these out of the freezer and warm them in the microwave or heat them in the oven.

For lunchboxes, just put a couple wrapped in paper towels and plastic wrap in the lunchbox. By the time they get ready to eat, they will be thawed and will only need a few seconds nuked in the microwave.

Be sure to check out the other Party Animal recipes on the Hillshire Farms website.

Enter to win

We are giving away three coupons so that you can create your own party dogs and lunchbox ideas yourself! Three winners will each get a coupon for a Hillshire Farm Lit’l Smokies® free product. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second video on how to enter!

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I was sent coupons so that I could try and create the party animals recipes from the Hillshire Farms website.


  1. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    I think it’s having everything on hand to make them! I’m always running low on ingredients!

  2. Louis says

    to bring variety in, and to make sure everything is to their liking that it will be eaten
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  3. Melissa P. says

    The hardest thing for me is breaking away from the same-old lunches. My son is still in elementary school so he has non access to a microwave. With that said, cold lunches seem to be the only option. I’d like to see that change.

  4. Alison Jones says

    Keeping them from spilling all over-hate it when sauce leaks out of the box & coats the inside of the backpack.

  5. christina says

    My biggest challenge is packing something different everyday. My family needs more variety, but it is hard since they are also picky eaters.

  6. Cheryl W. says

    My biggest challenge is keeping other kids from begging my daughter for her food. A lot of time she comes home and says that I make the best lunches and all the other kids beg her for her food. Being kind hearted, she nearly gives her whole lunch away. I have spoke with the teachers and they are helping her tell the other kids no, that she needs to eat as well.

  7. Anne W. says

    Keeping lunches cool and not mushy. Also portions can be hard (too much and it goes to waste, too little and I’m still hungry).

  8. Laura says

    Variety! My 6 year old takes his lunch to school each day, and it is so difficult to come up with new and appetizing lunch ideas for him, since 1. It has to be good cold and 2. It has to be something really tasty or he simply won’t eat. I try to balance healthy with kid friendly, but its hard.

  9. Laura says

    Hitting the major food groups without packing a feast. I need my protein, fiber, and of course, a little something sweet!

  10. Heather! says

    The biggest hassle I have is satisfying everybody! What one person likes, the others don’t, or they argue over who gets what, etc. Drives me nuts.

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  11. Carolyn S says

    Trying to make sure that is a balenced…healthy enough for me to happy about fixing it and tasty enough that they will eat it

  12. Laurie B says

    Finding healthy snacks and lunches that my daughter will actually eat. She has become very picky lately and I am running out of options.

  13. Elise says

    A big challenge to me is finding lunch combinations that are not only tasty, healthy, and not always the same, but also remain fresh until it’s time to eat! I always want to pack a salad, but I hate their tendency to wilt or get liquidy. Other things don’t remain cold or hot enough, heating takes up precious lunch time, etc. I just want something that is good, easy to prepare, and can be eaten right out of the lunch box!

  14. Jeana O'donnell-Murphy says

    Not being able to send something that they can heat up- so it’s challenging to not have the same thing

  15. Candace Butler says

    Finding something easy and quick but tastes good. I am not a huge sandwich fan but end up having a sandwich just because it is easy.

  16. JJ Caraway says

    Packing something that will be a variety and will be healthy and filling to give them the energy to get throught the day and something that says I love you is always a plus.

  17. Fawn Strunk says

    The hardest thing about lunches is that I have 3 kids that like different things I have a super picky one and then the I have ones that like to try new things

  18. Mary Beth Elderton says

    My biggest lunch challenge is to add variety. I tend to stay with a boring formula just because it’s easy.

  19. Tami Valentine says

    The hardest thing about lunches for me is that I get tired of eating the same old thing. My kids all take hot lunch so I don’t have to worry about making them a lunch.

  20. Sue Hull says

    Trying to think of different healthy food and snacks I know my daughter will eat. I’m a big fan of these little smokies.Thank you for the cool giveaway! :)

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