Fun Memory of Grandpa’s Dr. Seuss Food Menu

by Penelope · 8 comments

in Meal Time/Recipes,Our Home Life

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd and touches a special memory in my heart. Every year, I celebrate with my kids with a special edible Dr. Seuss food menu…because of my dad’s epic fail…

My Daddy was shy, rarely appearing in public. But he had a quirky sense of humor.

On a March 2 evening in my youth, I came home late from school to find my dad in the kitchen already preparing supper. (I grew up in a single-parent home with my dad and two younger sisters)

He informed me that it was a special day – a special day, indeed! It was Dr. Seuss’ birthday!  He added that since we didn’t have any Green Eggs and Ham – that he had a better Dr. Seuss food idea and would be serving another delicacy:

GREEN CHICKEN!

My sisters and I just looked at each other as he proudly placed his colorful, culinary masterpiece on the table. We tried to eat it – we did – however, we just couldn’t get past the color to eat GREEN CHICKEN!

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The funniest point of the evening that made us laugh as a family even years later is -

EVEN OUR FAMILY DOG WOULDN’T EAT THE GREEN CHICKEN!

My dad passed away from brain cancer just a few years later. He never met his grandchildren (or his sons-in-law).  My children will have no memories of their Grandfather; however, I want them to feel as though they knew him. One way I’m creating a connection with their deceased grandfather is to preserve that silly memory of Dr. Seuss food on March 2nd with my children.

Over the years, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, has been commemorated by National Read Across America Day. (In fact, next week, my son will celebrate a Seussibration week at school.)

Our family has our own unique celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday – to celebrate a Grandfather.

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DR. SEUSS FOOD MENU IDEAS & RECIPES

  • Green Deviled Eggs & Ham Rolls
  • Red Fish, Blue Fish Tuna Sandwiches
  • The Cat in the Hat Parfaits made with Strawberry Jell-O & Cool Whip
  • Seussibration Splash made with Strawberry Jell-O, Berry Blue Jell-O, and Sprite (sugar-free Jell-O floats)

For more ideas, check out my Dr. Seuss Pinterest Board!

What ways are you creating family memories? Do you celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday? What food ideas do you have for a Dr. Seuss party or shower?

 

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1 Erica Williams July 15, 2014 at 9:12 am

I celebrate EVERYTHING! Or pretty much everything…
I have a Dr. Seuss board, too, to keep me inspired. I have been celebrating Dr. Seuss bday for a 4th year in a row.

If you check out http://am-ericasezso.blogspot.com/search/label/Dr.%20Seuss, you’ll see what I’ve done in the past. I talk in rhymes & everything!

And how sweet to carry on the legacy of your dad. And what a great way to do it!

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2 Jacqueline March 3, 2014 at 12:21 am

Love that your dog wouldn’t even try the green chicken out. Have always been a Dr. Seuss lover and am glad you have happy memories because of him!

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3 FosterCare Dad
Twitter: fostercaredad
March 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I do not remember celebrating the day, growing up, however we may since our mom loved reading books with us. My wife, a third grade teacher, shares that it is always a fun and exciting day in the classroom! Each year, she collects dozens of books from the public library to bring in for an afternoon of Dr. Seuss reading.
Check out what FosterCare Dad recently posted..Creating Lasting Impacts – Dr. Seuss Style

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4 Penelope
Twitter: Foster2Forever
March 14, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I think it’s great how Dr. Seuss is honored through National Reading Day.

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5 Called to Foster Momma February 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Awww, that’s such a sweet memory of time with your daddy. Love it!

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6 Penelope
Twitter: Foster2Forever
March 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm

My very shy, hear-impaired dad surely had a quirky sense of humor. I miss him. My kids would’ve loved him…

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7 Denver Laura February 28, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Never really knew when Seuss’ birthday was until this year. All I can remember is green eggs and ham was my favorite book growing up. One snarky morning, my mom asked me wanted I wanted for breakfast (I think I was about 7 or 8) and I said, “green eggs and ham.” She didn’t say anything and I went about my morning routine. When I came to the table, she had prepared scrambled eggs with green food coloring and fried ham. I was like you, I couldn’t get past the color. But I had to eat my words, literally. I barely back-talked my mom after that. At least when it came to food.

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8 Penelope
Twitter: Foster2Forever
March 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm

LOL! Green eggs & green chicken for Dr. Seuss’ birthday! Our parents definitely thought the same way…

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