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One of our favorite meals is Mac n cheese and hotdogs. To make it a little more fun, I found this idea in a book and it turned out great!

You need cooked hotdogs, a knife, and mustard as well as some cooked mac n cheese on a plate.

Step 1: The Octopus: First Cut

Place the hot dog on a surface to cut it like a plate or cutting board.
Cut down the middle of the hotdog vertically (longways) starting at about 2/3 of the way up.

Step 2: The Octopus: Second Cut

Now rotate the hot dog and repeat the cut on this side. Cut right down the middle while you hold the bottom end together to make sure the cut is even. You should now have 4 legs as shown in the photo. 

Step 3: The Octopus: Final Cuts

This is the hardest part.
First turn the hotdog so that one leg is isolated against the cutting surface as shown in the photo.
Now carefully cut down the middle of the leg along the ridge.
You have to be patient and take your time or you'll cut the leg off.
Repeat this for all 4 legs and you should end up with 8 legs.

Step 4: Final Touches

Now set the octodog on the macaroni and cheese. Position it's legs to look cool. Then add small dots of mustard for the eyes. 

Step 5: Make Happy Kids!

Feed the children and make them happy. :)
Haha by some coincidence we made these last night! I cut them into 6 legs cause it's easier (sextopusses? Sextopi??) I showed my son that if you turn the heat to medium high and hold them with tongs they sizzle and squeal. Take that, Squidward haha!
hahaha! thats awesome! though, it sounds kinda dirty lol!
Great idea to carry the theme through with the shells pasta! I've seen the octopus hot dog before but adding the shell pasta is very smart! Great post! =)
Thanks so much!

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