Wednesday, August 16, 2017

That '70s Show Dinner

We started That '70s Show a long time ago and just weren't really in the mood to do a dinner for it.  This summer, we needed some levity, and then we finished all eight seasons.  Olivia was obsessed with the theme song.  She can be heard saying, "We're all alright, we're all alright" in the cutest toddler voice ever!

For dinner, we had Fatso Burgers, Kelso and Fez's Friendship Tots, Jackie's "Try the Gouda - it's so Good-a" Cheese Plate, Kitty's Kahlua, Fez's Candy, and Hyde's Brownies.

Fatso Burgers
Tim made up burgers with cheese and ketchup on a bun.  

Kelso and Fez's Friendship Tots
We had frozen tots and cooked them up.

Jackie's "Try the Gouda - it's so Good-a" Cheese Plate
Hornbacher's Cheese Plate 

Kitty's Kahlua
Kitty doesn't mess around.  This is straight up Kahlua on the rocks. 

Fez's Candy

Hyde's Brownies
I bought a brownie mix and added Thyme on the plate... just for fun!

Even though this summer has been filled with trying times, "we're all alright, we're all alright!" But we're excited to move on to the Fall.... for sure. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Signs Dinner

We did a dinner for the movie Signs!  I hadn't seen it in a long time and it was a lot better than I remember!  

For dinner, we had Swing Away Chicken Drummies, Morgan's Mashed Potatoes and French Toast, Crop Circle Corn, Alien Fingers, and Bo's Water.

Swing Away Chicken Drummies
We got drumsticks from the deli at Hornbacher's 

Morgan's Mashed Potatoes and French Toast
We used instant mashed potatoes and Tim quick made up French Toast

In the egg mixture for the French Toast, he added some cinnamon and fried up the French Toast.  Serve with syrup.

Crop Circle Corn
We heated up some frozen corn on the stove.

Alien Fingers
Tim cooked up green beans from the can on the stove.

Bo's Water
Like in the movie, we just filled a bunch of random glasses with water.... ya know, for protection!

Check out Olivia's super cool aluminum foil hat!  It will keep her thoughts private from the aliens.... though I'm sure you'll be able to tell what she's thinking.... she's kind of an open book!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Dinner

We did a dinner for one of my childhood favorites, Honey, I Shrunk The Kids!  We had a great time!  How could you not!??

For dinner, we had Thompson Family's Catch of the Day Fish Sticks, Wayne Szalinski's Test Run Applesauce, Anties on a log, Nick's Cheerios, Mudslide Cocktail, and Backyard Oatmeal Creme Pies. 

Thompson Family's Catch of the Day Fish Sticks

We got fish sticks from the grocery store.  I hadn't had fish sticks in ages and actually these weren't too bad!

Wayne Szalinski's Test Run Applesauce

Anties on a Log 

Nick's Cheerios

Mudslide Cocktail

We kind of made this one up with what we had however it's close to this Frozen Mudslide recipe.

We used Rocky Road Ice Cream, Milk, Ice, Kahlua, Whipped Vodka, Creme de Cacao.  Tim said it was pretty tasty.  I obviously just had Ice Cream, Milk and Ice.  

Backyard Oatmeal Creme Pies 

This was SUCH an easy dinner and so much fun to show Olivia!  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Close Encounters of the Third Kind Dinner

We are getting ready to go on vacation to see my in-laws and we decided that we want to visit Devils Tower beforehand!  Tim suggested that we do a dinner for Close Encounters of the Third Kind to prepare for this.  I hadn't seen the movie so Tim planned this one and it was really fun!

Sleep Gas Livestock Steaks, Devils Tower Mashed Potatoes, UFO Fruit Bowl filled with Barry's Berries, Close Encounters of the Slurred Kind Cocktail, and UFOreos 

Sleep Gas Livestock Steaks
Tim made up these steaks with some different seasonings we had in the house

Devils Tower Mashed Potatoes
Instant mashed potatoes made into a Devils Tower-esque shape

UFO Fruit Bowl filled with Barry's Berries
We got this fruit bowl from Hornbacher's and Olivia was a huge fan!

Close Encounters of the Slurred Kind Cocktail
We got this from our book: Gone with the Gin

2 ounces of Tequila
1 once of grapefruit juice
4 ounces of Hefeweizen beer
Club soda to fill

*unless you're pregnant... than just club soda to fill with a splash of grapefruit juice


We had a great time and are very excited about our vacation out west!

I thought I'd post some pictures of our trip to Devils Tower!  We had a blast! 

We watched Close Encounters of the Third Kind AT DEVILS TOWER!  

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bridesmaids Dinner

Our good friends Ryan and Lindsey are getting married and we thought we'd post our dinner for Bridesmaids to celebrate!  

For dinner, we had Explosive Brazilian Chicken, Lucky Carrots, Brynn's Pain Relief Peas, "That Shit is Fresh" Pink Lemonade, and Cake Baby Cupcakes. 

Explosive Brazilian Chicken
I got this recipe from my Brazilian Try The World Box. 

1/2 lb of chicken
1/2 can of churrasco sauce
1/8 cup of canola oil
1 Tbsp of churrasco spice mix
Zest of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
Salt to taste

1. Combine churrasco sauce, oil, lime zest, chili powder, and salt.  
2. Once well mixed, add chicken.
3. Let marinate for 1/2 hour
4. Cook chicken on stovetop on medium high heat for 8 minutes or until cooked. 
5. Serve with remaining churrasco sauce

Lucky Carrots

Brynn's Pain Relief Peas
We heated up some frozen peas on the stove.  It was easy-peasy! 

"That Shit Is Fresh" Pink Lemonade
We bought fancy pink lemonade from the grocery store. 

Cake Baby Cupcakes 
We bought these amazing cupcakes from Gigi's Cupcakes. 

We had a fun time and can't wait to celebrate with our friends on their very special day! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sound of Music Dinner

I am honored to be able to contribute as a guest to Katie and Tim’s Reel Fancy Dinners blog.  My closest friends and I get together roughly monthly at each other’s houses for an evening of fun, dinner and games. The month before this dinner, we went to Bozeman’s Ellen Theatre together to see Sound of Music on the big screen.  This month, it was my turn to host, and inspired by Tim and Katie, I decided to do a Sound of Music dinner with my friends.

For dinner we had "16 Going on 17" appetizer items (including jam and bread, lonely goatherd goat cheese and crackers), Schnitzel with Noodles, Warm Apple Strudel, and My First Champagne to drink.

16 Going on 17 Salad/Appetizer Items
There was a large platter with spinach leaves covered with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, green grapes, red onion and pecan halves. (That’s 8 items). Then there were appetizer dishes with carrots, celery, “jam and bread”, lonely goatherd goat cheese and crackers, almonds and radishes. (8 more)  This was served with a raspberry vinaigrette.

The entrĂ©e was Schnitzel with Noodles from “My Favorite Things”.  The schnitzel recipe follows and I served that with buttered egg noodles.
From The Daring Gourmet,
4 boneless pork chops (I used chops that were already sliced thin and also pounded them as below)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup all purpose flour combined with 1 tsp. sale
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
¾ cup plain bread crumbs
Oil in pan for frying….enough so meat will “swim” in it

Place the pork chops between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound them until ¼ inch thick or thinner using the flat side of a meat tenderizer. Lightly season both sides with salt and pepper.
Place the flour, mixture, egg and bread crumbs in 3 separate shallow bowls. Dip the chops in the flour, the egg and the bread crumbs, coating both sides and all edges at each stage. Be careful not to press breadcrumbs into the meat. Gently shake off excess crumbs. Don’t let the schnitzel sit in the coating or they will not be as crispy once fried—fry immediately
Make sure cooking oil is hot enough at this point (about 330 degrees F) as you don’t want the schnitzel to sit around in the coating before frying.
Fry the schnitzel for about 2-3 minutes on both sides until a deep golden brown. Transfer briefly to plate lined with paper towels.
Serve immediately with slices of fresh lemon and parsley sprigs.

And don't forget the brown paper packages!

We shared glasses of “my first champagne”

Warm Apple Strudel
Recipe from

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and coarsely shredded
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled cored and sliced
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup golden raisins
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg
¼ cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place apples in a large bowl. Stir in brown sugar and golden raisins; set aside. Place puff pastry on baking sheet. Roll lightly with a rolling pin. Arrange apple filling down the middle of the pastry lengthwise. Fold the pastry lengthwise around the mixture. Seal edges of pastry by using a bit of water on your fingers, and rubbing the pastry edges together. Whisk egg and milk together and brush onto top of pastry.
Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
I realized at last minute I did not have raisins and used a mixture of craisins and dried cherries. Worked just fine.

My dear friends, Jan, Karen, Linda and Tam, came dressed as favorite characters. Yes, Tam stole the show as Mother Superior, complete with rosary beads and wrench from disabling the Nazi cars. We played a Sound of Music Trivia game which Jan won. Prizes for all were in “brown paper packages tied up with string.”  It was a night of such fun with a movie that is so dear to our hearts.

Thanks for letting me share this with you.   Love, Cindy (Tim’s mom)