My 6 year old became OBSESSED with the Nintendo Wii this past March. This is his first real obsession. He was never a paci/blankie/lovie baby and has never really been into any toys (despite having a room full of them) and never even really played with the kids electronic devices we had given him (like the Leapster) so I never imagined that introducing him to video games would end up having such an impact on my life. Suddenly, he loved something SO much that I had a bargaining chip! He knew he had to follow the rules or his beloved wii would get taken away from him. Before, he cared so little about the consequences of actions because the punishment didn't mean enough to him.
Before I can go forward with this little tale you need a little background. You see the wii was not actually purchased for my son but for my husband. He has always been into video games - since the days of Pong. He was thrilled about his son's obsession because now he had a video game play mate.
Several weeks ago we purchased the Game Skylanders for him. Have you heard of it? It's kind of similar to Pokemon in that there are a bunch of these creatures that have different powers and can evolve to have more powers as you move through the world of the game doing puzzles and quests. But what makes this game unique is the have a little figure for each of these creatures and the figures interact with the game itself by placing them on a portal. So, in addition to the game itself, you need to track down all these various figures so you have enough power and abilities to finish the game. And as with any collectible, some are mass market and easy to find, while others are rare and you could purchase them for $300 on ebay if you were so inclined (I am not!!).
Bottom line is that as much as my son is obsessed with playing the game is how obsessed my husband is with collecting all the figures.
The only saving grace is that my scrapbook nook is in the same den as the wii so we can all be up there pretending that we are having quality together time as the older boys play wii, I scrap, and the little one plays with whatever toy is striking his fancy at the moment.
So what does all this have to do with my meal plan, you ask? This week Frito-Lay came out with a promotion where you purchased the large variety pack of 20 chip bags and you could send away for one of 4 exclusive Skylander figures. Yesterday my husband came home from the market with 80 bags of chips!!!!! Chips we really don't even eat! Bags too big for me to feel comfortable even putting them in the kids lunch bags for camp.
I decided to find some creative ways to use the chips in our family dinners. So this week's very unhealthy meal plan is brought to you by Frito-Lay (Ha!)
Monday we will be having Frito Pie. This is apparently a southern dish that is similar to nacho's but with fritos. Tuesday will be kabobs on the grill. Wednesday I will be making baby back ribs n the crock pot with corn and smashed potatoes. Thursday will be potato chip encrusted chicken with a side dish to be named later (probably something off of Pinterest). Friday will be baked ziti.
What's your meal plan this week, folks?