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Have you seen those commercials on TV for Ragu pasta sauce, the ones that highlight what a long day of childhood is like? They are pretty funny.

My kids complain about things all the time like how lunch period is too short, they get too much homework, why do they need to do chores. It’s called reality… get used to it. Ha Ha. Some kids quibble about how they have a rough life with homework and school. 🙂

Nothing makes you feel better after a rough day like some comfort food. I made some last night – beef stew, or the way I make it the meal should be called vegetable stew with an occasional piece of meat (I always go overboard on the veggies). I even use Ragu in my stew. I make it in the crock pot. I’ll share the quick and easy recipe later on in this post.

If you have some time you should check out Ragu’s YouTube channel and watch some of the other “Long Day of Childhood” clips. Some of them are really funny. I especially like the one where the little boy walks in on his parents in the bedroom. LOL!

Here is one of the videos. If you are reading this via e-mail you can see the video here,

I grew up on Ragu. It’s the only pasta sauce my mom would use. When I got married I continued to use Ragu just as my mom did, much to the dismay of my Italian mother in law. She couldn’t understand why I didn’t make the sauce from scratch. 🙂

As I mentioned earlier I made stew last night, which is one of my family’s comfort foods. It’s especially nice when it’s cold and raining outside. Another words is the perfect Fall or Winter meal that warms you up and fills you up.

I’m far from a gourmet chef. The quicker and easier a meal is to make the better. For stew all I do is buy beef pre-cut into chunks, then I just cut them down into smaller chunks then brown them. Then I toss the meat into a crockpot along with a large jar of Ragu. After I empty the sauce I fill the jar with water and then add that water to the crockpot too. Then I toss in frozen veggies like broccoli, peas and corn. I also throw in a package of fresh baby carrots and some cut up potoatoes (canned potatoes work just fine). Then I cook it on high for a couple of hours then let it sit on low until dinner time. It’s quick, easy and oh-so-good! You can add seasoning to it if you wish. I sometimes add garlic and black pepper.

Here is another super easy dinner idea that your kids will love (mine sure do – they request it often). They saw it on the show iCarly. This is my own photo too (I think it came out pretty good).

Spaghetti Tacos

Ingredients:

1 package of spaghetti (try whole wheat pasta)

1 jar of Ragu (any flavor)

1 package of Taco Shells (any brand)

Directions:

Prepare the pasta as directed on the box. After you drain it return it to the stove and pour in the Ragu sauce. Heat until warm/hot.

Warm Taco Shells as directed.

To serve use a fork and add some spaghetti into the Taco Shell and enjoy!

Optional: You can add cooked chopped meat into the pasta, or serve chopped up meatballs to top off your Spaghetti Taco. You can also top off the tacos with Parmesaan cheese or shredded Mozerella cheese. A fresh garden salad make a great side dish.

Spaghetti Tacos are a bit messy (especially if the Taco Shell breaks) but that is all part of the fun of eating them. 🙂 My kids are teenagers and they love them, as do me and my husband.

Does your child or grandchild have a favorite comfort food they request after a long, hard day of childhood? Feel free to comment and let me know.

For more creative ideas visit Ragu.com. You can also find them on Facebook (RaguSauce) and Twitter (@RaguSauce).

To help create your child’s favorite comfort food, Ragu would like to give a lucky reader a $25 Amex (American Express) gift card and a couple of coupons for FREE jars of Ragu.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on October 19, 2012 at 12:01 AM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen.

To enter please leave a comment on this post and share with me your “long day of childhood” story. It can be from your childhood or from your child/grandchild’s childhood.

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*I received a free product coupon and compensation for my participation. All opinons expressed are entriely my own and are not influenced in any way.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I remember my mom would make egg noodles with Ragu on many occasions.

  2. Lisa Brown says:

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  3. Barbara S says:

    pizza bagels mad with Ragu or pizza muffins (english muffins) made with Ragu

  4. My long day of childhood story is when I fell off my bike when I was little and scraped my knees up pretty bad. We were at a park so my parents only poured some seltzer water on it. I was traumatized!

  5. Cynthia R says:

    after what I thought of were long days, mom knew spaghetti was my favorite and we used ragu. If spaghetti couldn’t be made, as a snack she’d let me get a bagel and toast it with cheese and some ragu sauce as a mini pizza

  6. As a kid, I remember wanting to cook spaghetti because my mom never did. Wasn’t bad, should of cooked the noodles longer, but the Ragu sauce was great! After that mom made the spaghetti.

  7. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    After long days at school,m y son loved Ragu spaghetti for dinner–then again sometimes for breakfast. I always let him choose his birthday dinner–he always chose Shrimp Spaghetti, and I always made it with Ragu. School days ARE long for kids. They are as long as an adult’s…then they have homework.

  8. Albert ruiz says:

    My kids love when my mom makes them ramen noodles with spaghetti sauce and popcorn chicken

  9. Stephanie says:

    i loved when my mom made Ragu spaghetti!!

  10. Tabathia B says:

    When I ripped my pockets on my pants at school and I had to put in a safety pin so my underwear wouldn’t show

  11. my son’s favorite – mom can you make chicken parm – with ragu of course – we don’t use anything else

  12. Jessie C. says:

    My long day was alone at home when my little sister and my parents ran to the ER in the midnight.

  13. Margaret Smith says:

    My long day was when I had chicken pox during one summer and I had to stay in the house while all the neighborhood kids were swimming in our pool with my siblings.

  14. Whenever I was sick as a child, it felt like a long day.

  15. My boys love to make their own mini pizzas using Ragu sauce! Thanks!

  16. My mom used to like to dress me kinda boyish when I was little, I remembered one time I went to a Birthday party dressed with dressy pants, long sleeve shirt and a bow tie while all of my friends where wearing cute dresses, so embarrassing, longest party ever!

  17. Starr Greenwell says:

    my long day was with my son when he had to have stitches in his head. Terrifying

  18. Olivia Rubin says:

    Yeah, I unplugged the fish tank when I was like 13. I needed the outlet, well I plugged it back in a few minutes later and electrocuted 12 fish. They all died with in 2 minutes. They were my sisters fish. Why would u have something plugged in if it sits in water? I never even knew you could electricute fish

  19. Shannon Morris says:

    My Sundays always seemed long to me

  20. A wasp flew up my shorts when I was a kid. That sucked.

  21. recess was so long for me in elementary school. the playground was always *packed* so I’d just sit there…

  22. I think mine was when I missed the school bus and had to wait for my mother to pick me up from school.

  23. Samantha Meyer says:

    My mother made the best “homemade” chicken and dumplings using Mrs. Grass Soup mix.

  24. Going to the dentist for a checkup…finding out I had a cavity…and knowing I’d have to go back to get it filled.
    Thanks!

  25. A long day of childhood for me was back when I had asthma as a child. I had a big attack and had to be rushed to the hospital. Luckily I was fine and outgrew it.

  26. my long day was when my jeans split and I hd to tie a sweater around my waist for the rest of the day.

  27. I once fell in this gigantic mud puddle hole, I had to ride the bus home from school soaking wet and dirty for the hour and a half it took to get there.

  28. My long day of childhood was during the summers. We had a huge garden and we had to keep all the weeds out of it. Who wants to do that when you could be out playing with your friends.

  29. my long day of childhood was the day i forgot it was picture day, and so had a goofy hairdo and mickey mouse tshirt for my class picture

  30. I think my ‘longest’ day of childhood was when we drove to Disney World from Wisconsin…. I thought we would never get there!

  31. Laura Miller says:

    I could not wait to have a skating party!….when I finally got one, I broke my arm!!!

  32. Cynthia C says:

    My long day was when I fell off my bike and my mom spent the afternoon digging gravel out of my knee.

  33. My long day of childhood was when I broke my arm when learning how to skateboard. I didn’t know it was broken until several hours later, and the pain was unbearable.

  34. My long day of childhood happened when I thought it would be cool to wet down my hair in the water fountain at school. Soon, everybody else adopted this new trend too, and I got in major trouble for water getting everywhere! So traumatic, lol.

  35. I remeber making pizza burgers with ragu on top of hamburger buns

  36. Monique Rizzo says:

    I missed the bus and had to walk all the way home. Took 2 hours.
    Thanks for the chance.
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  37. Katherine says:

    having a fight with my brother and having to sit ina chair until we hugged each other we were there a very very long time

  38. When I was 9 I had to have surgery on my eye; I wasn’t allowed to eat for what seemed like FOREVER and was super-worried about the procedure. That was a really long day….

  39. Barbara Montag says:

    My long day – getting my tonsils removed – I was so scared!
    Thank you.

  40. Debbie Jackson says:

    I had a long day when my dad was injured and waiting to make sure he would be okay
    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  41. Heather S says:

    we would have to mow a big piece of property and pull weeds and my sister and I hated it

  42. Traci Lynn Butler says:

    My long childhood day was a rainy one – I dropped all my books while waiting for the bus (so everything got soaking wet and I missed the bus)

  43. Debra Hall says:

    my daughter could never say Spaghetti she called it spee-heti

  44. Michelle C says:

    When I was going through a tom boy stage my mom surprised me with a barbie shaped birthday cake. I was mortified! LOL Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  45. Nicole-Lynn says:

    A fun pasta memory as a kid, my parents always made spaghetti with meat sauce and we used Ragu! Love their product.

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

  46. My Mom called me pleasingly plump!

  47. Wendy McBride says:

    A long day was when my parents had a “Teacher” workday…they were both teachers and my brothers and I had to stay in the house and out of trouble. lol

    wendym at cableone dot net

  48. I gad quite a few LONG days of childhood. My mother would always pick out my clothes when I was young and these weren’t nice, cute girly clothes. These were corduroy pants and an ugly button down shirt, kind of more boyish clothes. She also made me get my hair cut really short like a boy. Needless to say it was never fun for me at school. Thanks so much for hosting this great giveaway!

    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

  49. My long day of childhood was when some bullies at the bus stop stuffed my backpack full of snow.

  50. Morgan Lepley Edger says:

    I lost my brother’s pet lizard while I was playing with it. We found it later that day..in the dog’s mouth 🙁 oops! long day there

  51. I really liked making cookies on Saturday when I was little. Chocolate Chip was a favorite.

  52. Any day I was sick as a kid felt like a long day

  53. jenn poulin says:

    whenever my little man gets sick i make him spaghetti its his favorite

  54. Ttrockwood says:

    My long day of childhood started with sunshine and swimsuits and ended with stitches in my chin! I remember spaghetti pie was always a favorite dinner!

  55. april yedinak says:

    My long day of childhood was the time my sister and I got caught throwing all the monopoly money out our 4th floor window to the parking area below.

  56. My long days were always when I had basketball practice….I HATED practice!

  57. Spaghetti was a hugely popular dish at my house when I was a kid. As a kid on Sundays it was the dish I could make on my own for the family meal. Lots of fun memories making spaghetti and cooking the garlic bread in the oven. Ragu was always the tomato sauce we used.

  58. LOIS PAYTON says:

    I have 2 they are the day my daughterdied, and the day my husband died,GOD BLESS AND KEEP YA’LL SAFE IN HIS LOVING ARMS.

  59. Michelle S. says:

    When I was in elementary school. The day when my friend was going to walk back to school with me after lunch and left without me. I went to her house looking for her and then back to school. I didn’t see any other kids outside so for some reason I thought it was still during lunch. The principal saw me across the street and came and got me. It was a horrible feeling, I didn’t understand why I was in trouble over a misunderstanding. Everyone was made at me I felt like my friend had let me down.

  60. The time I tried to run away from school was a long day!

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  61. Charlotte Padgett says:

    My grandkids used to love Ragu on English muffins as a mini pizza.

  62. When it was my birthday it seemed like a long day before dad got home from work and we could celebrate my birthday

  63. Christie Mackey says:

    I was cleaning the back of my mom’s oven with a wet rag, and somehow got electricuted! Still not sure how that happened, but it’s one of my earliest memories.

  64. Watching Grampa, he was complaining of stomach pain, and he ended up in the hospital. Looooong day.

  65. I fell in a big mud puddle on my way to school.

  66. Carolyn G says:

    My long day of childhood was when I got lost in a department store and I couldn’t find my mom.

  67. Jamie Brigham says:

    One long day in my childhood happened when I was roller skating at my grandma’s house, I went over some gravel, fell down, had a rock in my knee and had to go to the hospital to have it removed and to get stitches. That day seemed to last forever.

  68. I broke my arm after being pushed off a swing. i had to wear a cast for six weeks.

  69. CherylS22 says:

    One of my long days of childhood is the day I fell off the monkey bars at a family reunion & broke my arm.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. Janice Cooper says:

    My long day was when I was a child I couldn’t walk for 2 weeks because I had a virus in my legs

  71. Lindley A says:

    I had a bully on the school bus who would make fun of me and sing a horrible song making fun of my name- that made for very long days for a couple of weeks until I finally found the courage to tell my parents.

  72. just waiting for my parents to get home everyday. from work , was only a hour wait but i was always bored for that hour.

  73. Casey Everidge says:

    i ripped my pants while in school early in the morning… i had to weat a huge sweatshirt all day.the day lasted forever

  74. Kate Rivers says:

    when I had limes disease and had to get my blood taken, I couldn’t stand to watch and my friend had to hold my hand

  75. I always requested sliced beef gravy and fried potatoes as my comfort food after a long hard day of childhood.

  76. my five month old baby vomitting in the car, on a hot, humid day.

  77. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    Long day was the first day I had to ride the bus by myself
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  78. Stephanie says:

    I got pooped on by a bird at a garage sale when I was 10 or 11. Freaked out screaming and the lady was nice enough to go inside and grab a paper towel. Lol worst day ever, esp for a girl who hates being dirty.

  79. elven johnson says:

    I came home from school one day to find that my mom & grandma where burning everything that was my dads in the back yard. I didn’t get to keep any of his things after he died.

  80. my son took the wrong lunch to school he took my husbands and ate almost nothing he lived off of the choc chip cookies, apparently spicey chicken with peppers and rice pudding is not a kids lunch

  81. At the beginning of the summer following my kindergarten year I broke my arm on a playground slide! It hurt, was itchy, and I couldn’t swim most of the summer. Plus the week after I got my cast off I got chikenpox! That was a terrible summer for me.

  82. laura ari says:

    My long day as a kid was the day I tried to rollerskate down a big hill and wiped out! I had skinned knees (and elbows, chin, palms) for weeks!

  83. long days were during summer vacation as a child.

  84. the longest day was when I had flu and went to hospital

  85. Rae Cicelske says:

    My long day of childhood was going to see the Blob when I was about 7. It changed my life. To this day I never close my bedroom door. Even knowing it was black trash bag rolling around doesn’t change my feelings

  86. patricia skinner says:

    We were snowed in and nothing was moving but ATV’s so we paid a few teens to haul horse feed to the barn so the kids and i could feed the horses that week.

  87. kyl neusch says:

    ripped shorts in school

  88. As a child of a career marine, I was always worried my dad would not be home one day!

  89. Well, the longest day of my childhood was when our dog bit me. However, my own children were very fond of spaghetti, much more than sweet potatoes. My one son still thinks I tried to poison him with sweet potatoes.

  90. Penny Snyder says:

    Mine was a long day of school, coming home to the wonderful smell of spaghetti cooking in our kitchen & Mom with her apron on!! grammypenny@frontier.com

  91. Linda Lansford says:

    when I had my tocills removed was a long day

  92. when I got in trouble and couldn’t go to my friend’s birthday party.

  93. mine was when i had a pair of clean underwear fall out of my pant leg at school from the dryer! long day for sure.

  94. My anticipated dish was actually a snacks. It was a piece of baguette smeared with butter and topped with a few squares of dark chocolate.

  95. Getting bit by a neighbors dog and waiting in the er to be seen that was a long day

  96. Hollie Jahnke says:

    After long days of childhood, we always wanted spaghetti when we were little. My Mom always used Ragu and I continue in the tradition.
    Their daily schedule now is school and soccer practice. There are many nights they wanna come home and eat something that can be made quickly!!

  97. sandy weinstein says:

    i dont have any human kids. i had several long days of childhood. i used to run away all of the time. i did not like my father, he was not the nicest person, but he was sick..sometimes i would climb out of my window at nite and go to the corner in the bushes and watch the cars go by….i would have nite mares that there were people under my bed trying to kill me….i also was not a very good eater. my parents used to have to force me to eat….i would say most of the problems came b/c my parents had a very bad marriage and my dad would scream, throw temper tantrums and hit me..i was the youngest, a mistake, my mother had me at a late age….my oldest sibling is almost 20 yrs older than me…being the baby in my case, did not give me privileges that other baby siblings had, i had it worst, which is why i moved out of the house as soon as i was able….b/c i got the blunt of my father’s temper…i was also accident prone, my neighbor’s dog bit my face when i was abt 5…had to have over 60 stitches, had a bad bike wreck in 2nd grade, several horse accidents (concussions, broken shoulder, etc.), hit in the face w/ a baseball bat in 4th grade, cracked my cheekbone, ocular bone, had stitches), one of my brothers shot me w/ his bb gun, and more, the same brother used to hit me all of the time and one time chased me into the street and i got hit by a car, all b4 i reached my 18 bday….

  98. sandy weinstein says:

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  99. When the kids on the bus tied my shoes in knots around the seat pole and I couldn’t get off at my stop.

  100. Richard Hicks says:

    My long day was being rushed one morning and I put on 2 different shoes that looked alike but were different!

    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  101. My son and daughter-in-law recentlly moved from one state to the next. My 2 year old grandson had an extremely long day while they were packing.

  102. Susan Marcy says:

    My long days included any camper trip or car ride over an hours. Torture. Unfortunately, those were the trips my parents liked to take.

  103. My mom’s homemade chicken noodle soup was great for a long dy!

  104. Melodic Mom says:

    My mom gave me this AWFUL, short haircut for the 1st day of kindergarten. I’m a female, and this cut was super short: right at the nape, and I think she even gave me little sideburns! Anyway, my first day of school some kids outside in line asked if I was a boy or a girl. That bothered me so much that to this day my hair will never be shorter than my shoulders. That was a long school day.

  105. Angela Cisco says:

    When I went to Ceder Point. We left extremely early in the A.M , it was in the 90’s that day and we were there way into the night. I was so cranky and worn out by the end of the day that I treated everyone with me horrible.

  106. Marie Darrer says:

    I broke my leg and had a year of long days watching everyone else do things while I wore a 1/4 body cast…uck

  107. Brittney House says:

    My daughter has a long day almost every between school, cheerleading, swimming practice and studying.

  108. My daughter’s long day so far has been when she got really sick and had to spend hours at urgent care.

  109. A long day of childhood…we had a dirtbike track near my home – decided to take my bike for a spin one day “like a pro”….chose to go down the biggest hill in the track…didnt end well..limping home crying with a super skinned knee and dragging my bike…still have the scars…a REALLY long day lol~

  110. renee walters says:

    My longest day was when I broke my foot while my parents were out and I had to wait in pain for hours until they returned.

  111. AS A CHILD, ONE OF THE FIRST MEALS I LEARNED TO COOK WAS LASAGNA USING RAGU

  112. I think my sons will be today! He got up at 4:30 this morning to go on a hunting/camping trip with my hubs. Not only did he have to get up so early, he also has a 6 hour drive ahead of him. And setting up when they get there. I imagine he’s going to be in bed by about 7:00 tonight!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  113. We recently had a long day where all 6 of us were sick with the stomach flu. No fun!

  114. School days were always too long

  115. I remember when my mom got remarried and I had a long day of preparation. I just remember how long I had to sit at the salon to get my super long hair curled!

  116. Raymon Sherrell says:

    My mom has 5 boys so growing up we ate a lot. Therefore, when she was strapped for time and money she would make a huge pot of spaghetti and guess the sauce she used? If you guessed Ragu you are correct.

  117. Raymon Sherrell says:

    and after a long day of playing football with all my brothers because we are only a few years apart Mom would make that huge plate of spaghetti.

  118. Kelsey Little says:

    My long day of childhood is when I was left at home all alone.

    shopditzydiva@yahoo dot com

  119. Mine is when my daughter was like 6 months and she got RSV them days seemed like the longest days of my life.

  120. Ed Nemmers says:

    As a latchkey child, I would make many spaghetti dinners before Mom would arrive home!

  121. My long day of childhood had to be when I was knocking on a window and it broke. It was older and needed to be replaced soon (one of those little peek decorative windows next to a door) and while cleaning out the glass my hand slipped and a huge shard went right into my knuckle. I didn’t realize how bad it was until after I cleaned it and ended up having to walk to my mother’s job and wait a couple hours until she could take me to the ER to have it stitched up.

  122. See, I was raised a Prego child and converted to Ragu as a married adult…my mom would kill me if she knew 🙂

  123. There was one day where I had a bad headache and ended up vomiting in class toward the end of the day.

  124. not having ac in jr high
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  125. Mary Cloud says:

    My daughter always claims she has a long day – especially when there’s lots of homework to be done

    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  126. We have power outages often so my kids have a looong day without the TV or computer.

  127. had a long day the day i stuck my hand in my shoe and when i pulled it out a huge black beetle was crawling on my fingers!

  128. I broke my hand when dancing and spent my Sunday afternoon in the hospital ER. That was a rough day.

  129. amy deeter says:

    being sick at home on a rainy or snowy day seemed like a real long day

  130. A long day of childhood was when my umbrella broke and I got to school all wet. I had to wear damp clothes the whole day. trixpixel[at]gmail.com

  131. Russell Moore says:

    In 6th grade I spent what seemed like 6 hours waiting for 10 minutes to go by. I was waiting to give a speech in front of the Kiwanas club. Rough day.

  132. Lisa Fonseca says:

    When I had sewn my bell bottom pants to be straight leg, only to see the stitching showing the next day at school.

    lisando at hotmail.com

  133. My long day was when I remembered that i had a big project due the next day at school so we went to walmart to get a poster board really late and then we accidentally locked the keys in the car so we had to wait for a towing company to come break into the car – we didn’t get home until almost midnight.

  134. School, sports/activities, homework, phone time, TV time, bedtime. Never enough hours, even in a looooong day.

  135. Aimee Fontenot says:

    I had some long days as a child…one was when I was really sick and missed school. I had the worst earache that I cried all day. My mom fixed my favorite food and I had lots of ice cream.

  136. Lisa Sliwa says:

    My daughter’s long ay of childhood happened when she was in 3rd grade – her school’s fire alarm went off in the middle of a tremendous severe storm complete with thunder, lightning and hail! Several hundred terrified children were herded out of the school through the hail and rain and lightening to a church across the street who, thank God, opened it’s doors to the sobbing, hysterical kids. Definitely a day that called for the comfort of pasta and Ragu.

  137. Trisha McKee says:

    My daughter tripped getting off the bus and when she got to the car, she cried out, “The big kid saw! The big kid saw!” She was so frantic, all I could do was laugh, which made her even more upset.

  138. After a long day at school my oldest son always looked forward to when I mad Spaghetti with Ragu. As a matter of fact, he still does!

  139. Denise Donaldson says:

    my long day of childhood, is when I broke my wrist when I was 9. I was playing tag with a crush of mine. I was chasing him, tripped and broke my wrist. Spent the rest of the day in the hospital. What we will do for love! LOL

  140. Corey Olomon says:

    When it would be too cold or wet to go out for recess, those days seemed to crawl by!

  141. tracey byram says:

    My long day of chilldhood was when I ran into a mailbox with my face while trying to ride my bike with my eyes closed.

  142. My long day of childhood memory is of long, boring Sunday drives.

  143. Michelle Bryan says:

    my son hurt himself in PE, failed his test that he thought he would ace, and then his book fell out of his backpack into the mud.

  144. caitlin tate says:

    Making pizza with ragu!

  145. I grew up in foster care so my stories aren’t very good but I have a little girl named Lily and hopefully her stories will be awesome.

  146. Way back when my brother had mumps, the house had to be kept dark, mom kept us all in and there were no kids shows on tv- what a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG day for someone who spent most days outside playing or at the lake.

  147. kathy pease says:

    my son recently had one when our long time chow chow died..he took it pretty hard

  148. Kathy Bose says:

    My long day of childhood was when my mom tried to give me a perm for school pictures. She made up for it by making spaghetti with Ragu.

  149. christal c w says:

    Sundays were seem to go on forever as a child, now its Mondays, go figure

  150. shared~~posted on twitter

  151. I had some minor surgery on one of my eyes when I was a child, which resulted in me having to wear an eye patch. I knew that I would have to wear the patch for a while, which made me sad because I didn’t want people to see it. My Daddy, who was the cook in the family, made my favorite meal that night. He made a long day seem much better.

  152. I once put my clothes on over my pajamas and went to school dressed that way.

  153. Michaela Davis says:

    My long day of childhood started off, innocently enough, looking at cute tadpoles in a pond, and not noticing I was standing in an anthill until they ate my legs up and sent me the the ER.

  154. My daughter’s long day was when she fractured and dislocated her little toe. She was in so much pain while getting xrays and seeing the dr. They sent her home to wait for ortho appt next day. It was a loooong night.

  155. susan smoaks says:

    My long day of childhood was when I was riding my bike through my neighborhood and got bit on the butt by a dog. The dog came over a fence and chased me down and then bit my butt. It was scary and then I had to ride my bike back home and get some help. Turned out it didn’t break the skin and I was fine, but it was a long day!

  156. being left at school after a ski trip

  157. Angela Neynaber says:

    My daughter will ask me to make Chicken Squares as her comfort food dinner.

  158. Gennie Lancaster says:

    My grandma told me I had to sit at the table until I ate her meatloaf. I sat there for 3 hours before my grandma finally let me be excused. To his day I still hate meatloaf.

  159. There have been several, but one that sticks in my mind was the day my grandson was bitten by a rattlesnake, and then we discovered he was allergic to the anti-venom. Was actually a couple of long days until we learned he would be OK.

  160. Diane Kleemann says:

    walking home from school with books so heavy I was sure I wouldn’t make it – wheeled backpacks look so smart now!

  161. I was wearing mommy’s high heels pulling my sis on a blanket up the hallway when I tripped and sliced open my chin. My scar reminds me of this often

  162. I can’t tell you when it was, but I think the longest day of my childhood was the day I pretended to not feel well to stay home from school, thinking I’d spend the day watching cartoons and having a grand time. Little did I know that during the day, the only things on were baby shows, soap operas, and Maury-type TV! I don’t think I ever pretended to not feel well again!

  163. School days sometimes seemed so long as a child! Coming home to dinner was always the best especially on spaghetti nights!!

  164. Carolyn Daley says:

    I remember chipping my tooth. I had walked to school the previous day with a big umbrella and accidentally left it there. The next day, I had rode my bike and my teacher insisted I take the umbrella home. The umbrella was too big to fit in my backpack so I hung it off the handle bars. I literally went flying off my bike and chipped part of my tooth right next to the school. My grandmother picked me up and took me to the dentist. It felt like I was there forever. Of course, I was in 2nd grade and this was shortly after my adult teeth came in. They had to bond the corner of one tooth. My diet consisted of noodles and mash potatoes that week.

  165. My brother and I would always get sick at the same time and we are 7 years apart. As you could imagine, being 7 years apart, it was TORTURE to be home sick with my little brother. But now we are BBF’s and if we are both sick at the same time, we end up enjoying each others company.

  166. my mom would make home made mac and cheese which was delicious

  167. mary gardner says:

    my long day was when my son banged his head on the bunk beds and had to have stitches.

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  168. Mya Murphy says:

    The longest days of my life, was summer… I LOVED school, and I thought it was pure torture those 2 and a half months not learning…so my mom would go to the store and get my workbooks for the coming year, and I would be done with them WAYYYYYYYYYY before school started… lol, let’s just face it: I’m a nerd, and I still do the same today! Learning means everything!

  169. I loved Sundays…they seemed to last forever, but my mother did a lot of cooking and baking on that day.

  170. Jennifer Peaslee says:

    My long day of childhood was when I was swinging on a swing set near a boy I had a little girl crush on, and I fell off the back of it and into a mud puddle below…LOL!

  171. Once our mom forgot to pack utensils in my little sister’s lunchbox – and she had packed cereal! My little sister had no clue what to do, poor thing, and came home STARVING! livinglearningeating at gmail dot com

  172. Snowy day inside being sick and not being able to play with friends.

  173. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    My Long Day was listening to my Sister cry all day………. I use to hate to hear her cry !!!
    Funny but I still don’t like it when people cry !

  174. KIM CRAWFORD says:

    I HAD A LONG DAY WHEN I WAS A KID… I USED A KNIFE (STRICTLY FORBIDDEN) TO CUT APART PLASTIC BARBIE PARTS ON CHRISTMAS MORNING. NEEDLESS TO SAY, I SPENT CHRISTMAS MORNING AT THE ER. IT WAS A VERY LONG CHRISTMAS DAY…

  175. Lisa Canada says:

    The long 13+ hours of driving to West Virginia every year to visit with Grandpa Jack were VERY LONG as a child.

  176. jessica schueler says:

    My boys want spaghetti after their long days of school and such and I only use Ragu

  177. Gina Ferrell says:

    My childhood story was when I was at the school yard playing on the monkey bars and I jump off and sprain my ankle and I had to walk around the block to get home. I hopped all the way home on one leg. I was so tired and scared to tell my mom because I wasn’t supposed to be at the school yard by myself. I remember that well because my mom was cooking spaghetti and meatballs at the time I came in the door.

  178. Terri Moore says:

    School in the upper grades are a long day of childhood, sit and pay attention for 7 hours, come home and do another hour of homework, help with chores and then get up the next morning and do it all over again. My boys are excited when I make spaghetti, it is a comfort food.

  179. tina page says:

    i loved coming home on a cold day to my dads veggie soup

  180. My long day of childhood was when I was about 5 years old. I was playing with marbles, and I kept putting them in my mouth. My mom told me not to put them in my mouth or I’d die. Well, you know what happened. I swallowed one. I went in the house crying stating I was going to die. It took a long time for my mom to calm me down and to tell me that I’d be all right.

  181. Susan Smith says:

    A long day for me was when I was a child and we drove 12 hours to visit our relatives.

  182. Brad Merrell says:

    Whenever I had to go to a party with all adults

  183. Sarah Yurga says:

    my long day was missing the valentine’s party in 2nd grade because of the chicken pox. Then my dad put red marker “pox” on my Cabbage Patch kid.

  184. vikki Billings says:

    My long day as a kid story would be when my “Friends” talked me into drinking something out of a bottle on their back porch, when I went home, my mom kept asking what;s that smell. She bent down and smelled my breath. They took me to the ER because the kids had me drink paint thinner. Not a good day at all, I was about 7 yrs old.

  185. carol lewis says:

    We had spaghetti and went for another huge helping. My Mom got mad if we wasted food, so I remember she made us eat it all to learn not to take more than we could eat.

  186. Whenever my mom would dress me for picture date.

  187. Rachel Newman says:

    I remember when I was in the fourth grade, I got picked for the geography bee. The bee was in the morning. I waited my turn on stage. As I went up, a big, huge FART ripped out of me (nerves, I guess). Needless to say, I got the question wrong, whatever it was. And the rest of the day was TORTURE.

  188. Rachel Ellis says:

    My long day was when I had surgery on my ears during summer vacation and had to sit next to the pool and watch the other kids swim.

  189. Andrew Sellen says:

    Growing up in the country a long day was helping grandpa on the farm. Hard work.

  190. My long day was when all 3 of my kids had chicken pox at the same time!

  191. I remember the day we lost our family dog. That was the longest day of childhood I remember. I wish family pets would live at least as long as us!

    sandysaveseveryday AT gmail DOT com

  192. the day i got hit by a car
    mom always said look before you cross the street

  193. Ttrockwood says:

    I did a somersault in the swimming pool and had to get stitches thebnight bedore vacation!

  194. swimming in the pool

  195. I remember sitting down to many a comforting meal of chicken and dumplings at my Grandma’s house after a “long day” of playing outside!

  196. Laurie Emerson says:

    My longest day was when I was 7 and had to wear glasses to school for the first time. All the other kids called me four eyes all day!

  197. Bad day: toothache, school, dentist, school, no dinner, homework.
    Thanks for the contest.

  198. Veronica Garrett says:

    We were raise on spaghetti and Ragu but my brother never really cared for spaghetti. I would sneak it to the dog under the table.

  199. Thanks for the giveaway… had a few “fun” days during cold & flu season last year when my daughters got sick at school i.e. vomiting; had to come directly from work, so I didn’t have any clean clothes for her…fun drive home !

  200. I step on a nail that went through my shoe and deep into my foot that was a really long day

  201. love ragu. long sundays.

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