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Easy Homemade Ketchup

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When my kids were little, especially my son, they were both pretty picky when it came to their food choices. For instance — when he would eat a sandwich, we had to cut the crust off. If I made peanut butter and jelly, I had to smear the peanut butter on both sides before adding the jelly. If his bread was soggy, he would have a total meltdown.

It was then that I started getting creative with our lunch ideas. One of my favorite is making slinky snake corn dog lunches and serve it alongside my homemade ketchup!



My kids are almost grown now, but I still like to surprise them with creative lunches when they are at home. It makes them feel special and it makes ME feel like I am still needed 🙂

I was planning to make corn dogs the other day and realized I was out, so I headed to Sam's Club to stock up on my favorite brand — Country Ribbon. I love these corn dogs because they have a honey batter around them, and are super delicious, and at Sam's, the club price is cheaper than any I have seen at the grocery store.

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I was planning on buying the regular sized corn dogs because I saw the sample and demo booth showing how to make reindeer, but when I went to the freezer case to get them, they were sold out. I was bummed, but decided to get the mini corn dogs so we could make slithery snakes instead.

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There were so many crowding the demo booth that day, I wasn't able to get up there and see the cute tutorial of how to make the reindeer but I did find the PDF on how to make corn dogs into reindeers on the the Sam's Club website.

How to Get Creative with Your Child's Lunch

If you have a picky eater in your family, find ways to turn their food into fun characters. I don't know what it is about doing that but kids are more likely to eat something that they can play with than they are if they just have to eat it.

For sides to go with your corn dogs, you can serve palm trees made out of fruit, broccoli as trees, or some healthy homemade baked chips.

If you want to get real creative, you can make my yummy homemade ketchup recipe!

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How to Get Creative with Your Child's Lunch + My Recipe for Homemade Ketchup #GetCorny #Cbias #Shop


  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup tap water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  1. In a medium bowl combine all of the ingredients with a wire whisk.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Scrape the mixture into a plastic squeeze bottle.
  4. Chill overnight, to blend the flavors. Use wherever ketchup is desired.

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Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks)

Friday 3rd of January 2014

What a fun idea! I never thought of making my own ketchup! #client


Wednesday 18th of December 2013

You are giving me hope for my two picky boys ;) I'm constantly trying to come up with ideas so they "play" with their food just to get them to take a bite. I have never made my own ketchup but this seems like something I should try. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Jennifer Sikora

Saturday 21st of December 2013

Making ketchup is fun and you can let your boys help!

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