My youngest loves a good tuna salad sandwich. And he loves to read Calvin and Hobbes. And being the youngest of four, he gets whatever he wants. At least that's what my three older ones accuse me of.
So when he begged for a stuffed Hobbes, I went searching online. OK, maybe the older ones are right.
Quickly I found out that a stuffed Hobbes can't be purchased anywhere, because Mr. Bill Watterson never liked the idea of commercializing his work. So if you want to own a stuffed Hobbes, you gotta make it yourself.
And here I found a great free pattern available online. Thanks to super creative Seamster, the instructions, complete with helpful step-by-step photos, were super-easy to follow, even for this novice sewer.
The hardest part was hand sewing Hobbes' way-too-many stripes, but my youngest "hoorayed" and said things like, "Mom, you are the best sewer in the world!" every time a stripe was sewn on. With this kind of encouragement, I could have sewn the moon for this kid.
Just like the real Calvin and Hobbes, these two are inseparable lately. After only a few weeks, Hobbes' white muzzle is already grey-brown, and his limbs are beginning to detach from being carried around so much. And watching them share this tuna salad sandwich for lunch? Priceless.
Hobbes' Favorite Tuna Salad
Makes 2 generous sandwiches
Recipe inspired from Cook's Country
2 (5 oz) cans solid white albacore tuna, packed in water
2 Tablespoon grated onion (great way to hide onion from kids)
1 Table Olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 Cup Hellmann's Mayonnaise
Salt and Pepper to taste
Optional ingredients: finely chopped celery, hard boiled eggs, fresh dill, or anything else that catches your fancy.
4 slices of bread
2 pieces of lettuce leaves
Open two cans of tuna and drain water completely. Transfer tuna into a medium size bowl and pat dry with a few sheets of paper towels.
In a small microwave safe bowl, combine grated onion and olive oil and heat for 45 seconds. Cool.
Using a fork, toss onion mixture with tuna and add lemon juice and mayo. Add any optional ingredients if using. Season well with salt and pepper.
Assemble the sandwiches or use it to top a bed of greens.
Note: Here is the link to canned tuna drainer that Pateberry mentioned in her comment. Thanks Pateberry for this tip!