rainy days + sausage mummies

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The past few days have been rainy and cool here in Texas, so we've been cooped up inside. 24+ hours inside with a little one can be testy, so to keep myself (and the toddler) busy, we've been doing some baking. With the kitchen all warm and cozy as rain pours down outside, it all feels a little magical.

With my picky toddler, there are two no fail food items -- bread and sausage. I mean, can you blame the kid? So yesterday, we decided to try out a Halloween treat I've seen a few times here and there...SAUSAGE MUMMIES! One trip to our local Safeway store to pick up the ingredients and we were ready to get cooking.

You'll need to buy a refrigerated container of crescent rolls and a package of Hillshire Farm's Beef Lit'l Smokies. Right now, if you sign up for the "Just For U" program through Safeway stores, you can save $3 when you buy 3 Hillshire Farm products; so, buy multiple products and freeze them till you need them! This deal is only good until THIS SATURDAY, October 19th, so be sure to take advantage of it now. The Hillshire Farm website also has tons of great recipe ideas for their products.

The making of the sausage mummies couldn't be any easier which makes it a perfect food item to prepare right before a party of get together. 

You'll want to unroll the crescent rolls and cut them into thin strips. The thin strips make part of the sausage still visible after cooking and should help the entire crescent roll container cover the package of lit'l smokies. 

Next, wrap each lit'l smokie with a crescent roll strip. I like to keep a little bit of the top bare so you can create eyes for the mummy later.

Bake the wrapped lit'l smookies on the temperature and time stated on the crescent roll container. After baking, let the mummies cool (and try to keep toddler hands away) so the bread can really attach to the lit'l smokies. 

We served our sausage mummies with little dipping sauce cups of ketchup and mustard, but you could serve them with any of your favorite sauces. I also use mustard to make the mummy's eyes. Just dip a toothpick into the mustard and use the end to make the dots. 

If you haven't baked much with your kiddos, this is a really great place to start. Gunner loved playing with the dough and he loved eating the mummies even more.

What do you do to pass time on cold, rainy days?