Monday, October 31, 2016

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Dinner

To celebrate Halloween, we did a dinner for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.  It was a request from my brother-in-law Jake and we finally tried it out.  We had such a great time!

For dinner we had Slimy Eel Pasta, Eyeball Appetizers, Short Round Rolls, The Blood of Kali Ma Cocktail, and Indy's Pull Apart Monkey Brains.

Slimy Eel Pasta
I cooked up half a package of spaghetti and put 3 drops purple food coloring in the water. 
Serve with butter, parmesan, red sauce, or inside of a large snake.

Eyeball Appetizers

Green Olives (pitted but not stuffed)
Kalamata Olives (pitted)
Mozzarella Balls

1. Cut a slice of green olive near the pit opening.  
2. Stuff the hole with a chopped up piece of Kalamata olive.
3. Top a mozzarella ball with the olive slice.

Short Round Rolls
These were egg rolls from the frozen section of the grocery store.

The Blood of Kali Ma Cocktail
1/8 cup of white rum
8oz of Blood Orange soda
3-4 mint leaves
A splash of lime juice

Indy's Pull Apart Monkey Brains
I found the recipe here and tweaked it a bit. 

3 tubes of buttermilk biscuits
3/4 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar
disposable chopsticks
1/2 teaspoon of red food coloring
3 teaspoons of cinnamon

1. Heat the butter and brown sugar on the stovetop until melted.
2. Pour the sugar and cinnamon into a gallon sized bag.
3. Open each biscuit tube, separate each biscuit, and cut each biscuit into four parts.
4. Put the biscuit pieces into the bag a handful at a time and shake.  - set aside sugared pieces
5. Split the butter mixture into two bowls and add the red food coloring to one of the bowls. 
6. Coat the bottom a large stainless steel mixing bowl with the red food coloring butter mixture.
7. Break the chopsticks in half and put them in the center of the bowl to form the two lobes of the brain.
8. Place sugared biscuit pieces in the bowl on either side of the chopsticks and cover with the other butter mixture.
9. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes until the top is golden brown.
10. Let cool and then turn over the bowl on to a plate and remove the chopsticks.

*it's ok if it's messy!

Happy Halloween!
If you liked this, check out our Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Dinner.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Shining Dinner

I've been Assistant Directing The Shining with Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre and decided that we should probably do a themed dinner to the movie!  

For dinner, we had A-maze-ing Lasagna, Redrummus, Hallorann's Oranges, The Red Rum Cocktail, and Doc's Rocky Road Ice Cream. 

A-maze-ing Lasagna
Tim bought a frozen lasagna.  I wanted to make a maze out of our Try The World pesto sauce but it was too warm and kept dissolving into the lasagna.  I should have done it and taken a picture before placing it in the oven or waited until the lasagna was cool.  But come on... who waits until lasagna is cool to eat it!???

I used this recipe from our Aladdin dinner and served with naan bread.  I used Sriracha sauce to spell out 'redrum' and you can also use it give your hummus a little extra zip!

Hallorann's Oranges

The Red Rum Cocktail
2oz of White Rum
Fill with Pomegranate Izze 
Add a splash of lime juice

Doc's Rocky Road Ice Cream

If you want to see all of the hard work the the cast, crew, and I have put into The Shining, you can get your tickets here!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Nightmare Before Christmas Dinner

To celebrate Halloween, we had a dinner for Nightmare Before Christmas!  This is Halloween! Olivia was ok with the movie... there were parts she wasn't too sure of!

For dinner we had Sally's sausage stuffing, "What's This?" mashed potatoes, Oogie Boogie's rolls, The Bone Daddy Cocktail, and The Pumpkin King Bars.

Sally's sausage stuffing
Tim cooked up boxed stuffing and added browned sausage. 

"What's This?" mashed potatoes
Tim cooked up some instant mashed potatoes for dinner.

Oogie Boogie's rolls
We bought rolls from the grocery store. 

The Bone Daddy Cocktail
1oz of Apple Pucker
1/2oz of Hennessy
1/2oz of Butterscotch Schnapps
Fill with Apple Juice

The Pumpkin King Bars 
I found this recipe here.  It's a gluten free one.... mine is gluten full.  Sorry folks. 

Pumpkin Bar Ingredients:
4 eggs
15oz can of pumpkin
1 1/3 cups of sugar
1 cup of vegetable oil
2 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ginger
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

Cream Cheese Ingredients:
3oz of cream cheese
1/4 cup of butter
1.5 cups of powdered sugar
3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x13in pan
2. Beat the eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and oil together.
3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, the ginger, and nutmeg.
4. Mix until smooth and spread the batter in the pan.
5. Bake for 25 minutes and let cool.
6. Combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in a bowl until smooth.
7. Add powdered sugar and beat until desired texture.
8. Spread on the pumpkin bars and enjoy!

Baby Pumpkin Food

Here's Olivia with a happy pumpkin bib from Grandma Cindy!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Dinner

We did a dinner tonight for Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue!  It was fun to watch Olivia react to all of the bright colors!  She has never bounced so much in her bouncer!!! 

For dinner we had Lizzy's Butterfly Sandwiches, Vidia's Vidalia Onions, Fairy Berries, Pixie Dust Puckertini, and Iridessa's Sunshine Lemon Cookies 

Lizzy's Butterfly Sandwiches:
For the sandwiches, I made up a salami and cheese sandwiches on wheat bread and used a butterfly cookie cutter to cut the sandwiches.

Vidia's Vidalia Onions:
I got the idea for this recipe here!

2 vidalia onions
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 tablespoon of butter

1. Cut the top and bottom of the onions and peel off the outer layer.
2. Scoop an inch deep hole on the top of each onion.
3. Place 1/2 tablespoon of butter and bouillon cube in each onion.
4. Place in a microwave safe dish with a lid and cover.
5. Cook on high for 8 minutes. 

*It tastes kinda like French Onion Soup!

Fairy Berries
I cut pears into little flower shapes, topped with raspberries and drizzled with honey.

Pixie Dust Puckertini
2oz of Whipped Vodka
2oz of Apple Pucker
1oz of Triple Sec
The juice of one lime with a lime wedge

Iridessa's Sunshine Lemon Cookies
I got these cookies from our Portuguese Try the World box! Yum!

Look at that goober!!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mean Girls Dinner

"On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was.  'It's October 3rd.'" -Cady, Mean Girls.  Since it's October 3rd, we did a mean girls dinner!  We had a great time! 


For dinner we had "We should totally just stab Caesar" Salad,  "Just that one time" hot dogs, "Would you like me to assign someone to butter your muffin?" Muffins, Gretchen Wiener's Toaster Strudels, You go Glen Coco Peppermint Cocktail, and Regina George's Kalteen Bars

"We should totally just stab Caesar" salad
I got a Caesar salad from Hornbacher's that was quite tasty!

"Just that one time" hot dogs
Tim boiled some hot dogs on the stove top.  

"Whatever, I'm getting cheese fries"
I got frozen shoestring fries from the freezer section and got queso dip.  They were super trashy... but also kind of tasty!

"Would you like me to assign someone to butter your muffin?" Muffins
I got muffins and a served them with butter (is butter a carb?)

Gretchen Wiener's Toaster Strudels
We had strawberry and cream cheese toaster strudels!  My favorite!

The "You go Glen Coco" Peppermint Cocktail

2oz of Peppermint Schnapps
1oz of Vanilla Vodka
1oz of grenadine
Fill with sprite

Regina George's Kalteen Bars
I found some European candy bars at the grocery store.

We had a great time!  On Wednesdays we wear pink!  *we are all wearing pink but it's hard to take selfies when you have a five foot different between the tallest and shortest family members!