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One of the perks about moving back to the midwest is getting to spend time with my nephew. While he’ll always be a little kid to me, I’m starting to see how he’s growing up. He no longer rides a scooter, he rides a pocket motorcycle. He doesn’t play with toys, he likes to build things. So instead of our usual games, I thought it would be fun to get him outside and build a raised bed planter.
I’ve been wanting to teach the kids where food actually comes from. Living in the midwest, there are farms all around us but much to the disbelief of many of my non-midwestern friends, I did not grow up on a farm! Growing up my grandmother grew every kind of fruit and vegetable imaginable but it was in a plot in her backyard. Knowing that my dad wouldn’t let us till up his yard, my brother and I decided we could start Tanner small with just a few plants and if that went well, they’d plant more.
The boys were having a great time building (and I had a great time “supervising”) and then the rain came. And our project had to be postponed until the next day. That gave my daughter and I time to run to Sam’s Club and pick up some some Tyson Chicken Fries. I had promised the boys I would make them lunch and decided to try out a new recipe on them.
The rain held off the next day so we were able to finish the planter. For having no plans, it turned out pretty good! Brecken and Tanner enjoyed mixing the top soil and compost and actually planting the plants. For me, it was nice to do something that didn’t involve electronics for once. I was able to spend some time with my favorite kids doing an activity that they will both remember.
And as promised, I made everyone lunch. I wanted to do something simple but a little bit different than what the kids were used to eating. Because everyone likes cheese and marinara sauce, it only made sense to make a chicken parmesan sandwich.
The sandwich was really easy to make using the Tyson Chicken Fries. After toasting the buns under the broiler for a few minutes, I cooked the chicken fries according to the package directions. While the chicken fries cooked, I began to prep the sandwiches. On one side of the bun I put a thin layer of marinara sauce (so the bread wouldn’t get soggy) and once the chicken fries were done, I put about 4-5 on top of the marinara sauce and then added a few slices of cheese.
The sandwiches went back under the broiler for just a few minutes, just enough to melt the cheese. Make sure to watch this carefully as my first batch burned just a bit. Once you pull them out of the oven, add some more marinara sauce and serve!
The sandwiches were a hit. The planter was a success. And look, I even got a picture of my nephew and his dad with a slight smile. Complete success!