Tuesday, June 28, 2016

WALL-E Dinner: Anniversary Edition!

Today is our two year anniversary!  
To celebrate, we did a dinner for WALL-E!

For dinner we had Pizza Plants, Trash Compactor Cubed Cheese, Eve Eggs, Septuacentennial Cupcake in a Cup, and WALL-E Cookies. 

Pizza Plants
We got Bridge Pizza! 

Trash Compactor Cubed Cheese
We got colby jack cheese sticks and cut them in cubes.  We also stacked them- just like WALL-E!

Eve Eggs
I hard boiled eggs and decorated them with black, green, and blue markers.

Septuacentennial Cupcake in a Cup

2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
1 oz of Whipped Vodka Liqueur 
1 oz of Chocolate Whipped Vodka Liqueur
Colorful straws!  

*It tastes like cake!

WALL-E Cookies
I got the idea here and changed it up a bit based on what we had!  

Sugar cookie dough (see Toy Story 2 recipe)
WALL-E Eye cut out (see this link here to get the pdf file)
White Frosting (thicker consistency)
White gel frosting (thinner consistency)
Black gel frosting (thinner consistency)
Black chocolate wafers (I used Godiva)
Mini M&Ms

1. Roll out the dough and place the WALL-E cut outs on the dough.
2. Use a butter knife to cut out the eyes (obviously make sure you have equal right eyes and left eyes)
3. Bake for seven minutes at 350 degrees.
4. Once the cookies  have cooled down, spread the thicker white frosting over each cookie.
5. Place the chocolate wafer on each cookie (see picture as example)
6. Using the thinner white frosting, make a white circle on the wafer.
7. Place a brown mini M&M on the white thin frosting.
8. Using the black thin frosting, make three "rivets" on the cookie.
9. Place a left and right cookie on top of a pretzel.

We had an awesome dinner!

I'm excited for many more years of themed dinners with my amazing husband (and our little goober)!  

Happy Anniversary!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Batman (1989) Dinner

For Father's Day we did a Batman dinner!  

My husband's first word was actually Batman so we decided to do this dinner!  Before Olivia was born, I gave him a Bat Dad t-shirt, diaper bag, and a ton of fun accessories!

For dinner we had "You can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs" Omelette, Bat Wings, Batman Fruit Skewers, The Joker's Smylex Cocktail, "Never rub another man's rhubarb" dessert, and "Got me a live one here" cookie crisp!

"You can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs" Omelette
I found this recipe here!  It's an omelette with Joker colors! 

4 eggs
1/2 of a red onion, sliced
1/4 of a small butternut squash, diced into small pieces
4 strips of bacon, diced
2 twigs of fresh tarragon
4 spoonfuls of Mascarpone cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Cook the sliced onion and butternut squash over medium heat until the squash has softened.
2. Add bacon and fry until squash is completely soft and bacon is cooked.
3. Remove from heat.
4. Mix two eggs with a splash of milk and cook on medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.
5. Put half of the squash ingredients in the omelette.
6. Put 2 spoonfuls of Mascarpone cheese in the omelette.
7. Fold in half and garnish with tarragon.
8. Repeat steps 4-7 for the second omelette.
9. Serve immediately.

Bat Wings
We got Buffalo Wild Wings for this!

Batman Fruit Skewers
We skewered pineapple chunks and blackberries.

The Joker's Smylex Cocktail
I found this recipe here and tweaked it a bit.

Ingredients: (makes two)
8oz Vodka
5 Grape Jolly Ranchers
2 Limes 

1. Unwrap the 5 jolly ranchers and put them in a sealable bottle.  Add 8oz of Vodka and let sit overnight until the candy dissolves. 
2. Add 4oz vodka and the juice from one lime in a glass with ice
3. Fill with seltzer. 

"Never rub another man's rhubarb" Dessert
I found this recipe and boy was it delicious!  I changed it up just a bit!

2 cups of rhubarb
1/2 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of flour, separated 
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, separated
1/4 cup of metter
2/3 cup of old fashioned oats
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon of salt

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
2. Mix rhubarb, sugar, 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon in a bread pan.
3. Mix butter, oats, 1/2 cup of flour, brown sugar, salt, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon in a medium bowl.
4. Sprinkle butter mixture of the rhubarb mixture
5. Bake for 20 minutes 

"Got me a live one here" Cookie Crisp
We got these cookies from our Swedish Try the World Box.  Yum!!

Of course, we had to wear outfits!  I had a Robin costume from a previous Halloween, Tim had his Bat Dad stuff, and Olivia... well she had three outfits!  

Olivia's first Batman outfit.

Olivia's second Batman outfit.

And her third Batman outfit! 

Happy Father's Day to all the Bat Dads out there! 

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Muppets Dinner

We did a dinner for The Muppets with my parents!  

For dinner we had Miss Piggy's Pigs in a Blanket, The Swedish Chef's Swedish Smorgasbord, Gar-Gonzo Bean Dip, Fozzy Beer, and Kermit the Frog cupcakes!

Miss Piggy's Pigs in a Blanket
I rolled up cocktail weenies in crescent roll dough.  I cooked for fifteen minutes on 375 degrees. Yum!

The Swedish Chef's Swedish Smorgasbord
In my Try the World box, I had Swedish Mustard and Flatbread crisps.  I bought some honey ham and Gouda cheese and made some appetizers. 

Gar-Gonzo Bean Dip
I reused the hummus recipe from our Aladdin dinner!

Fozzy Beer
We found a brown beer at the grocery store. 

Kermit the Frog Cupcakes
I used this recipe from our Mulan dinner and I added Mentos on top with some strategically drawn on eyeballs!

It was so fun and I loved seeing my parents hang out with Miss Olivia!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Inside Out Dinner

To celebrate our eventual move to Minnesota, we did a dinner for Inside Out since Riley's family is from Minnesota!  We also had our friend KC as a guest and she got to meet baby Olivia! 

For dinner we had Anger's Pan Seared Steak with a Red Wine and Caramelized Onion Sauce, Disgust's Broccoli Pizza, Sadness's Memories, Fear's Liquid Courage Cocktail, Joy's Almond Joy Truffles, and Bing Bong's Crying Candy.  It was a fantastic dinner!

Anger's Pan Seared Steak with a Red Wine and Caramelized Onions Sauce
We found some ideas on Pinterest and mixed them all together to create this amazing recipe! 

3 Steaks
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 Tablespoon of salt
1 Tablespoon of pepper
1 Tablespoon of Rosemary
Caramelized Onions with balsamic reduction and Port wine (from our Portuguese Try The World box)
Cabernet Sauvignon (just a few splashes) 

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2.  Simmer the caramelized onions with butter and a splash of Cabernet Sauvignon for five minutes.
3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
4. Combine Rosemary, pepper, and salt in a small bowl.
5. Season steaks with Rosemary mixture.
6. Sear steaks 2 minutes on each side.
7. Place in oven for about five minutes until steaks are about medium rare.
8. Put steaks on the stovetop and cover with caramelized onion sauce and add another splash of Cabernet Sauvignon.
9. Cook for two more minutes.
10. Serve immediately.

Try The World Caramelized onions!

Disgust's Broccoli Pizza
We got the recipe here and had a blast!  It was surprisingly amazing!

3 English Muffins
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Parmesan cheese
4 cups of broccoli
Mozzarella cheese
2 teaspoons of Garlic Powder
2 teaspoons of salt
2 teaspoons of Oregano
1 cup of Alfredo Sauce

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a small bowl, combine garlic powder, salt, and oregano.  Set aside. 
3. Cut the English Muffins in half and place on a cookie sheet.
4. Drizzle olive oil evenly over English Muffins.
5. Coat each half with Alfredo sauce.
6. Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.
7. Cook broccoli in a bowl in the microwave for two minutes.
8. Sprinkle broccoli evenly on the muffins.
9. Sprinkle the Garlic Powder mixture evenly on the muffins.
10.  Bake for 13 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
11. Top with more Parmesan cheese and serve. 

Sadness's Memories
I found this recipe here. 

One container of blueberries, rinsed.
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 individual serving plain greek yogurt

1. In a bowl, mix together blueberries, cinnamon, and yogurt.
2. Stir with a spoon until all the blueberries are covered.
3. Take out a cookie sheet and cover with parchment paper.
4. Place covered blueberries on the parchment paper and let set in the freezer for one hour.
5. Remove blueberries from the freezer and put in a bowl.
6. Place immediately in the fridge until ready to serve.

Fear's Liquid Courage Cocktail


*Place desired amount of ice in the glass and put equal parts Viniq and Champagne. 

Joy's Almond Joy Truffles
I found the idea here and we tweaked it a bit! 

8oz of sweetened condensed milk
2 cups of sweetened flaked coconut
1.5 cups of powered sugar
4.5oz of slivered almonds
1 teaspoon of vanilla
8oz of milk chocolate chips
Whole almonds 

1. Combine condensed milk, coconut, vanilla, powdered sugar, and almonds in the Kitchen Aid mixer until smooth.
2. Roll the mixture into small balls in the palm of your hand.
3. Place on a cookie sheet in the fridge for 2 hours.
4. Melt the milk chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave.
5. Spoon the chocolate sauce onto each of the truffles.
6. Put a whole almond on top of each truffle.
7. Put in the fridge for another hour or until serving. 

Bing Bong's Crying Candy
I found Inside Out Jelly Beans at the store!

We had a wonderful time!