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Wacky Wednesday Meals: Easy Fun for Busy Moms

A Wacky Wednesday dessert - self portrait cake

My sister in law Nicole (my little brother Robert’s wife) is one of those women you kind of want to hate, but just can’t because she’s so nice. She’s an attorney who graduated near the very top of her class at a top 10 law school, and she’s also one of the youngest people to ever pass the CPA exam in her home state. She and Robert have four wonderful kids, yet thanks to yoga and running, Nicole still rocks a string bikini like a supermodel.

See what I mean? She’s kind of perfect, and to top it off, she even finds time to do all kinds of fun things for her kids, including a weekly dinnertime tradition that their family calls “Wacky Wednesdays.”

Every Wednesday evening, Nicole (with some logistical support from Robert, who is a very hands on Dad), comes up with some fantastical way to serve tasty food to her four children. And they all absolutely love it, as do my own kids and the other cousins whenever we happen to be visiting their house on a Wednesday night.

Even for really busy parents, this “Wacky Wednesday” theme is pretty do-able, and I thought I’d share some of Nicole’s recent greatest hits to inspire any of y’all who might want to start a similar weekly tradition in your own families.

Behold! Wacky Wednesdays!


  • Meatloaf Christmas Tree 1 of 16
    Meatloaf Christmas Tree
    Broccoli branches decked out with cherry tomato ornaments.
  • Snake Slithering Through the Grass 2 of 16
    Snake Slithering Through the Grass
    French bread dough shaped into a snake shape and filled with cheese. Salad or green beans become the grass, and a bit of sandwich meat makes for a perfect snake tongue.
  • Octopus’s Garden! 3 of 16
    Octopus's Garden!
    Pasta with goldfish, topped with Polish sausage cut and shaped into the octopus.
  • Chicken Laying Eggs 4 of 16
    Chicken Laying Eggs
    Roasted chicken, hardboiled eggs and a "nest" made of saffron rice.
  • Horrible Lawnmower Accident 5 of 16
    Horrible Lawnmower Accident
    Bratwurst, sauteed onions and bell peppers, a bit of ketchup and strips of cheese for bandages.
  • Spaghetti and Eyeballs 6 of 16
    Spaghetti and Eyeballs
    Spaghetti and meatballs with "eyeball" olives topping it off.
  • Wacky Wednesday Dessert – Self Portrait Cakes 7 of 16
    Wacky Wednesday Dessert - Self Portrait Cakes
    Sheet cakes for each child with bowls of colored frosting to fingerpaint their own self portraits.
  • Another Self Portrait Cake 8 of 16
    Another Self Portrait Cake
    One more!
  • Leaning Tower of Pizza! 9 of 16
    Leaning Tower of Pizza!
    Small homemade pizzas stacked precariously with plates to serve them.
  • Tic-Tac-Toe Sandwiches 10 of 16
    Tic-Tac-Toe Sandwiches
    Carrots, asparagus and onions create a tic tac toe sandwich.
  • Upside-Down Dinner! 11 of 16
    Upside-Down Dinner!
    Who cares what the food is when it's served upside down.
  • Hanging from the Chandeliers 12 of 16
    Hanging from the Chandeliers
    Wacky Wednesday meal hanging from the chandelier.
  • Meatloaf Cupcakes 13 of 16
    Meatloaf Cupcakes
    Meatloaf cooked in cupcake pans with mashed potato "icing."
  • Heart-shaped Chicken Pot Pie 14 of 16
    Heart-shaped Chicken Pot Pie
    Yummy and pretty.
  • Bug Dog 15 of 16
    Bug Dog
    A hotdog becomes a bug with the addition of onion crisp legs and a bed of peas.
  • Panini Hands 16 of 16
    Panini Hands
    Flat bread panini shaped into hands after it's cooked, and then cherry tomatoes added to create fingernails with red polish

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Do y’all have any fun meal presentation ideas that you’ve done for your own family? If so, share in the comments below.

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