Showing posts with label main dish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label main dish. Show all posts

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Dinner

Charlie Brown and Thanksgiving go hand-in-hand.  (Actually, I like watching Charlie Brown on ANY holiday.)  Bud is especially into Snoopy.  He laughs his head off when Snoopy is chasing the lawn chair.  The day before Thanksgiving I decided to have a nice, laid-back Charlie Brown Thanksgiving dinner with my family.

Here's the set-up (complete with Snoopy).  We ate the same foods that Charlie Brown ate with his friends in the movie: popcorn, toast, pretzels, ice cream, and jelly beans.  I also made little pilgrim hats for all of us to wear to dinner.

Bud enjoyed everything about this meal.  What kid wouldn't?!  As an adult, it definitely makes you appreciate a REAL Thanksgiving dinner.

Princess looking cute and Pilgrim-y.  I found directions to make the girl pilgrim hats HERE.

Snoopy approves.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Heart Pizza

Those of you who know me or read this blog have probably figured out by now that I adore pizza.  (Perhaps it's because my palate is as refined as a child's.)  I make pizza nearly every week.  I love that it's so versatile!

Homemade pizza is so much better than store bought, don't you agree?  You can put so many wonderful things on it (check out these 8 pizza ideas), you can shape it into anything (did you miss the pizza snowmen post at Christmas?), and kids love it.

To celebrate Valentine's Day we made a heart-shaped pizza.  Hubby laughed at the fact that I cut the pepperoni into hearts.

Here's a closer look at the heart-shaped pepperoni.  I didn't have a cookie cutter, so I folded them in half and cut them into hearts using a knife.

Make your own heart-shaped pizza!  I used store-bought dough, but you can make your own.  There's a pizza dough recipe near the bottom of this post.

What will you put on your pizza?

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day Mystery Dinner

Ever eaten spaghetti with your hands?  Or have you tried to pick up a pile of cheese with a toothpick?  These are all viable dinner options if you have this silly Valentine's Mystery Dinner with your family.

Throughout the month of February I like to do Valentine-themed activities.  I especially like to make meal time special.  While I was scrolling through Pinterest I happened across this cute idea from Gourmet Mom on-the-Go for a Valentine's Mystery Dinner.  It looked kind of fun.  I decided to give it a go, and I am glad I did.  My entire family LOVED this activity!

Here is the table setting.  It's nothing fancy.  I threw some hearts around on the table, and I set out a pencil and the menu.  You can print off your own menu HERE.

You order the meal in four courses.  For the first course you only get three dinner items.  You do not know what you are ordering because the things on the menu are in Valentine's code.  For example: melted hearts is spaghetti sauce.

Princess got lots of food with her first order, but no utensils.  When I told her she would just have to eat it with her hands, she laughed and said, "This is silly."

Once you order something you get to keep everything that comes with that order.  Eventually you will get the whole meal and the silverware to go with it.  Hubby laughed a lot during dinner.  (He also told me I am crazy, but I already know that).  He had fun trying to figure out what each item on the menu could be.

Goofy really enjoyed her Puppy Love (a.k.a. orange Crush).  I don't usually have soda in the house, so that was a particular treat.

Hubby helped Goofy make her order for each course.

Princess didn't get any silverware until the very last course.  Doesn't look like she minded too much though huh?

*What sorts of things do you like to eat for Valentine's Day?

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pizza Snowmen

Most parents focus on what to make for breakfast Christmas morning.  Maybe you are planning to make Rudolph pancakes, Grinch ka-bobs, or waffle trees.  But what about meals for the rest of the day?  These little pizza snowmen are easy to make and absolutely delicious!  Your whole family will love them.

My best friend (Bestie) and I made these snowman pizzas with our kids for a little friend Christmas party.  They were a hit!

Here is our basic snowman shape.  I rolled out three small pieces of dough onto cornmeal.  This helps keep the dough from sticking to the pan.

Cover the dough with pizza sauce.

We let the kids spread sauce over their own snowman.

Cover with cheese.  Mmm!  Cheese!

Add olives for the eyes and a triangle-shaped piece of pepperoni for the nose.

The girls showing off their finished snowmen.

A little pizza masterpiece.

Into the oven they go.

All done!

You can see there was a lot of pizza for each child.  My kids ended up saving half of their snowman for lunch the next day.

Can she look any prouder?

They had fun biting off the heads of their snowmen (and so did I to be honest).

Personal-Pan Snowman Pizza
Pizza Dough (you can make your own, but I buy mine pre-made)
Pizza Sauce
Olives, cut in slices
Pepperoni, cut into triangles (for the nose)
Anything else that would be tasty on a pizza

Preheat your oven to the directions on your pizza dough package (usually around 400 degrees).  Sprinkle cornmeal on your work space.  Roll out three small balls of dough and flatten into a snowman shape as best you can.  Spread pizza sauce on your dough.  Cover with cheese.  Place your pepperoni nose and eyes.  Decorate your snowman with your favorite pizza toppings.  Put your snowmen on a lightly greased jellyroll pan.  Follow the pizza dough directions for bake time (about 15-20 min.).  Cool for a few minutes.  Enjoy!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Getting a grill for my husband for his birthday about 3 years ago was probably one of the best gifts I've given (both to him and to myself).  He loves to grill and I don't have to cook. Win-win!

These pork chops are super tender and super delicious.  Our entire family absolutely LOVED them.  They were divine, scrumptious, mouth-watering.  Words cannot express...

I'm not even going to babble anymore.  Let me just give you the recipe so you can try them out tonight.  (Really--TONIGHT!)

Honey Garlic Pork Chops
(From Spark Recipes)
1/4 + 1/8 c honey
3 T soy sauce
6 cloves garlic, minced
6 pork loin chops, boneless (the original recipe said to trim them of excess fat, but I didn't)

In a shallow dish whisk together honey, soy sauce, and garlic.  Coat chops in mixture.  (I let mine marinate for 3 hours.)  Reserve left over honey mixture for basting.  Place chops on greased grill over medium-high heat.  Close lid and cook basting 2 times.

That's it!  Isn't it simple?  Don't they look wonderful?  Well they were!

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