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Last week I got called to serve in the Young Women’s presidency in our ward. (translation: in the LDS church, everyone has different assignments in the congregation and we call them “callings”. The Young Women’s organization is for the girls age 12-18 and involves lessons on Sunday, youth group every week, and lots of other bigger activities throughout the year). Last night we had our monthly youth devotional that I was in charge of planning rather last minute. We talked about sharing the message of Christ this holiday season and ended the night snacking and mingling. I was worried no one else was going to bring food so I doubled this blondie recipe and brought along some corn dogs from the freezer. Thankfully other people brought treats so we had a huge spread and surprisingly…the corn dogs were the hit of the night!
There were twelve year old boys scarfing them down, teenage girls complaining they were gone so quickly, and grown men asking why their wives didn’t buy these. Talk about an easy crowd pleaser.
***I didn’t snap pictures last night because I didn’t want to email a million
parents asking if I could post a picture of their children on the internet.
Corn dogs might not something I’d serve to friends at a dinner party, but you can bet they’ll make another appearance at big youth gathering (or maybe for a kids table during the holidays?). I put them out with ketchup, bbq sauce, and sweet and sour sauce but had fun experimenting today with a few other ways you could eat them. This basic melted cheese dip was my favorite and is great to serve with corn dogs, sweet potato fries, chips, or veggies.
Chili Cheddar Dip:
- Melt 2 Tbsp of butter on medium heat over the stove.
- Whisk in 1/4 C flour.
- Add 1/2 C milk and whisk over heat for five minutes.
- Add 1/4 teaspoon chili powder and dash of salt.
- Remove from heat and add 2 C cheddar cheese, grated.
- Stir until cheese is all melted and serve.
**this would be great with a mexican blend of cheeses as well
A Corn Dog Don’t: Don’t attempt to fry them in a mix of olive oil and bbq sauce – the bbq sauce burns (or at least did when I tried it). However, you can brush them in a bbq sauce/olive oil mixture and then bake them, that works a whole lot better. Lots more corn dog recipes here.
^^add cute straws and some IBC rootbeer (the only dark soda I like) and you’ve got one gourmet kids table 🙂
striped straws from here // corn dogs found in Sam’s Club freezer section
A little more on Young Women’s: I am so excited to be back in Young Womens. Funny enough, the last time I was in a regular family congregation I was in high school, and in YWs myself (for the past four years I’ve been in a student congregation where everyone is essentially the same age). I love the youth program in the church and am so grateful for the support it gave me through middle school and high school… I’m just hoping I can be half as awesome as my young women leaders.