Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Home Alone Dinner

Well, Christmas came and went!  I can't believe it!  We did a dinner for Home Alone right before Christmas and had a great time.

For dinner, we had Little Nero's Pizza, Kevin's Mac and Cheese, Gold Teeth Corn, Fuller's "Wet the bed" Pepsi, French Lemon Meringue Cookies, and "Junk Food" Ice Cream. 

Little Nero's Pepperoni Pizza
If you want cheese pizza, someone's gonna have to barf it all up... 'cuz it's gone. 

We opted for a pizza from Pizza Patrol.

Kevin's Mac and Cheese
We made up a box of Kraft Mac and Cheese because I'm pretty sure that's what Kevin would make. 

Gold Teeth Corn
We steamed some frozen corn.  

Fuller's "Wet the Bed" Pepsi

French Lemon Meringue Cookies
I got these cookies from my France: Try the World box 

"Junk Food" Ice Cream
I got turtle sundae ice cream!  It was so tasty!

Our cheesy girl eating cheesy mac and cheese!

Monday, December 19, 2016

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Dinner

We had such a fun dinner for the Grinch!  It got us in the holiday spirit!

For dinner we had Who Roast Beast, Who Hash, Who Pudding, The Grinch Cocktail, and Three Sizes Too Small Cookies.

Who Roast Beast
We had roast beef from the deli at Hornbacher's

Who Hash
We got corned beef hash in a can.

Who Pudding
I found this easy rice pudding recipe here!

1 cup of cooked rice
1 cup of milk
1.5 Tablespoons of butter 
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
Red and Green M&Ms

Combine ingredients over medium low heat.  Bring to a boil and let cook for 15 minutes.  Serve in a bowl with red and green M&Ms to get in the Who Christmas Spirit.

The Grinch Cocktail
Sweet and Sour Mix
Apple Pucker

Three Sizes Too Small Cookies
I found this recipe and have made these cookies every year (with my own little change) and boy are they delicious!  

1 box of French Vanilla cake mix
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
Green food coloring, as many drops to make the desired color
Red Gel Icing

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix cake mix, vegetable oil, eggs, and green food coloring together until smooth.
3. Chill the dough for a few minutes.
4. Make round tablespoon size cookies and make a thumbprint in them.
5. Bake for 9 minutes (until golden brown on the bottom)
6. Let cool and make a heart with the red icing on top. 

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Dinner

We had our friends Dan and Dianna over for a Star Wars Episode II dinner!  We wanted to get super pumped for Rogue One!

And who wouldn't get pumped in a Chewbacca Bro Tank!! 

For dinner we had Jar Jar Links in a Blanket, Jango Mango Salsa, Dark Side Chips, Yoda Ears, Bantha Milk, and Tuscan Raider Cookies. 

Jar Jar Links in a Blanket
I bought cocktail sausages and wrapped them in pieces of crescent rolls.  I bake them for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Jango Mango Salsa
I bought salsa from the grocery store.

Dark Side Chips
I also bought dark (blue corn) tortilla chips.

Yoda Ears
Baked snap peas.  Delicious!  Olivia loves them!

Bantha Milk
3oz Milk
1oz Heavy Whipping Cream
1oz Blue Curacao
1oz Amaretto
1oz Rum

Tuscan Raider Cookies
Milano cookies
Almond slivers
Tan/White Frosting
Chocolate Icing
Mini Chocolate Chips
Gold Pearl Sprinkles

1. On the Milano cookie, draw a mouth with dark chocolate icing and put a gold pearl on the top of the mouth.
2. Use the white frosting to make decorate around the mouth and place the almond slivers that look like spikes.
3. Then add the mini chocolate chips as eyeballs. 

Olivia loves when it when we do Star Wars dinner!

If you liked this dinner, check out our other Star Wars dinners:

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Christmas Story Dinner

We are getting in the holiday spirit with our dinner for A Christmas Story!

For dinner we had The Chinese Restaurant's Mongolian Beef, Triple Dog Dare Ya Dogs, an Ovaltini, OHHHHHHHHFUUUUUUDDDDGGGGEEE, and "Wash your mouth out" Soap.

Chinese Restaurant's Mongolian Beef
I found this recipe here

1/2 cup of soy sauce
1lb of steak, cut into strips 
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of garlic, minced
2/3 cup of brown sugar
Green onions, sliced for garnish
Vegetable oil

1. Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a skillet.  Add ginger and garlic and cook for two minutes.
2. Add soy sauce and water.
3. Stir in brown sugar and increase to medium heat and bring to a boil.
4. Let boil for three minutes and then remove from heat and set aside.
5. Toss steak with cornstarch.
6. Place wok over medium high heat with 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.
7. Add steak and saute for 2 minutes. 
8. Remove steak from the pan and transfer to a plate.
9. Get all of the oil off of the steak and the empty pan.
10.  Add the brown sugar mixture to the wok (which should boil almost instantly now that it's so hot).
11. Add steak and green onions and cook for two minutes
12. Serve over rice.

Triple Dog Dare Ya Dogs
Here's the recipe that we tweaked a bit!

1 package of little smokies
2 cups of ketchup
3/4 cup of bourbon
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/3 of a diced onion

Combine all ingredients in the crockpot.  Cook on high for an hour and then bring the heat down to low for 45minutes. 

We took this recipe and tweaked a bit

2oz of Whipped Vodka
1/2oz of Creme de Cacao
2 Tablespoons of Ovaltine

We used Nordic Fudge that we got from our Try the World box.

"Wash Your Mouth Out" Soap
I melted down a package of red andes mints in a saucepan with a little bit of milk on low heat.  I transferred it to a rectangular container.  Stick in the freezer until frozen. 

We all had to wash our mouths out but Olivia liked it a little more than expected!


If you liked this dinner, check out our Elf dinner!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gilmore Girls Dinner

 We had an all day Gilmore event watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life!  We laughed, we cried, we ate, and then ate all of our feelings.  
Don't worry, no spoilers!

My dad, dressed like Luke, serving up coffee, pop tarts, and burgers.

Here's Olivia in a newspaper hat--- just like Rory!

For breakfast, we had Luke's Coffee and Pop Tarts.  For lunch, we had Luke's Diner's Bacon Cheeseburgers and more coffee.  For dinner, we had Sookie's Magic Risotto, Al's Pancake World's Lo Mein, and Founder's Day Punch.  For dessert, we had Taylor Doose's Ice Cream Parlor Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Luke's Coffee and Pop Tarts

Luke's Diner's Bacon Cheeseburgers

We just got Bacon Cheese Burger patties from the grocery store. My dad cooked them up on a skillet.  They were so good!

With coffee! (of course!)

Sookie's Magic Risotto

My Try the World: Italy box came with an excellent risotto mix!  I added in truffle zest which was amazing! 

Al's Pancake World's Lo Mein

I found this recipe and changed it a bit. 


Udon noodles
2 Tablespoons of olive oil
8oz of mushrooms
1 red pepper, sliced
1 cup of snow peas
3 cups of spinach
2 teaspoons of garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of ginger
1/2 teaspoon of Sriracha 
2 teaspoons of sugar


1. Boil noodles according to package directions
2. Mix together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, Sriracha, sugar, and ginger in a small bowl.  Set aside.
3. Heat olive oil in a skillet
4. Add in mushrooms, garlic, and red pepper for 7 minutes
5. Add in snow peas and spinach until spinach is wilted. 
6. Mix in noodles and soy sauce mixture and serve immediately.

Founder's Day Punch

I found the recipe here and changed it a bit! 


1 bottle of champagne
1/2 cup of Citron Vodka
1/2 cup of Bourbon 
2 cups of Orange juice
2 tablespoons of cherry juice
1/4 cup of Maraschino cherries
2 Halo oranges 

Taylor Doose's Ice Cream Parlor Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Here's me and my hubby!

Mom and I enjoying some Founder's day punch!  Cheers!

And here are some pictures from our fun Luke's pop up diner experience!!

Oy with the poodles already!