Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo

September 13th is Scooby-Doo's birthday, so you know what that means - we had to celebrate with him! The day was filled with tons of Scooby-Dooby-Fun. We colored Scooby pictures, assembled Scooby puzzles, played Scooby computer games, and watched Scooby movies. We even had an injury during all the fun and used a Scooby-Doo band-aid, of course.

If you're a fan of the Scoob, you know that he and Shaggy can eat. And eat. And eat. While they're "searching" for clues, they're often distracted by a kitchen or a spread of food on a table. And they especially like sandwiches. Bigger-than-your-mouth sandwiches. Huge, monster-size sandwiches with crazy ingredients.

So, we made our own monster sandwiches, Scooby-Doo style.

I let them choose their own fixings. Whatever they wanted. Whatever they wanted. It was . . . interesting watching them pull ingredients out. I started to question my sanity. And theirs.

Alyssa's monster sandwich: bun, black cherry topping, bologna, cheese, pickles, Hershey chocolate, rotisserie chicken, peanuts, chocolate spinkles, pickles, mandarin oranges, buttercream frosting, bun, topped with a cherry.

Jake's monster sandwich: bun, buttercream frosting, bologna, pickles, butterscotch topping, honey mustard, rotisserie chicken, chocolate sprinkles, Hershey chocolate, strawberry syrup, buttercream frosting, hot sauce, bun, topped with a cherry.

Oh, yeah. They were big. And other then the buns, they ate every. last. bite. Each crazy ingredient. Every odd concoction.

Scooby would be proud.

Me? I'm still amazed they said it was yummy.

Throughout the day we spent plenty of time solving mysteries with the gang. There were missing doughnuts, lost dino bones, and mummies on the loose! It sure was a good thing they had our help. We are master sleuths, you know.

Speaking of mysteries, we even had our very own. In our very own house.

Everything seemed normal as we headed to the kitchen to make Scooby Snacks. What would his birthday be without his beloved treat? Anyway, as we started to gather our ingredients, we discovered that they were all GONE! Every single ingredient was missing. What we found instead were strange items.

Dinosaur and play dough toys in the pantry. Socks with the eggs. A book and Polly Pocket in a cupboard. Car, remote, hairbrush, marker . . . all found in odd places. Sure, we're used to that. In fact, I was the one who questioned the strange items. The kids just kept saying, "We don't have any. It's all gone," as they ignored the toys. It would have been comical had our things not been missing.

We had a mystery! It was time to solve the Case of the Missing Ingredients! {dun dun dun}

As Jake went to the drawer to put away the Wii remote, he found 3 sticks of butter in its place. Oh, sure, it was silly. But more importantly than that, it was our first clue! Next, they returned the socks to Alyssa's drawer. What did they find? A bowl with 4 eggs! Can you believe it? Eggs with her socks! Someone sure was playing a trick on us. The kids found it hysterical. Jake started jumping up and down. It was all starting to make sense to them and they were excited. They ran around the house, returning each item to its home. Every time, they found an ingredient. There were tons of laughs and smiles as they solved the mystery. Jake thanked me over and over. Me? I was just as confused as the kids. Sort of.

Let me tell you, when your kids are by your side every second, it is a little difficult to exchange items. Or so I would imagine. You know, if I had been the one to set up the mystery.

We eventually made our Scooby Snacks once all the ingredients were accounted for. The kids giggled the entire time. Jake asked for more mysteries. Zac kept looking in his drawers for his own bowl of eggs. They let me know just how much fun they were having.

I wish I had a video camera running to capture the excitement and remember it forever.

We let the dough chill for a couple hours and continued with our Scooby fun. When it was time to bake the cookies, we found one more mystery - the cookie cutter was missing! This time, they knew exactly what to do and we were forming our bone-shaped cookies in no time.

I'll tell you what, Scooby knows what's good. Those Scooby Snacks are delicious! Soft, flavorful, yummy. I might even walk into a haunted castle full of unthinkable creatures. For 2 Scooby Snacks, of course.

Happy Birthday, Scooby-Doo! I hope your day was just as fun, just as silly, and just as memorable as ours.

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