Make kids' lunch fun with a hot dog "octopus." It would be fun to combine with reading a book about the ocean-- the kids could help make the book come to life! And if they helped make lunch, it wouldn't be such a challenge to get them to eat!
Buttercakes with Sour Cream Frosting. Sugar flowers make a sweet statement atop these light and buttery cakes. You can find sugar flowers among the baking ingredients at the grocery store or at a baking-supply store.
Spaghetti w/ bottarga, pistachios, & lemon zest. (Also called Sardinian caviar, Bottarga is made with salted and pressed mullet roe. It looks like a square brownish-orange salami.) The recipe is in Italian, but you can make it out pretty well.