Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town Dinner

We did another dinner for our Rankin-Bass Christmas Special Marathon and that was for Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town!





For dinner we had Burger Meister Meister Burger Burgers, Magic Feed Corn, Santa Fruit, Cran Kringle-Tini, and Red Coat Krispies.



Burger Meister Meister Burger Burgers
I thought this burger HAD to be german with the name "Burger Meister Meister Burger."  I found a recipe for a sauerkraut burger here.

Ingredients:
15 Bread and Butter Chip Pickles
1/4 cup of buttermilk
1/4 cup of flour
2 teaspoons of salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of ketchup
2 tablespoons of sweet relish
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 tablespoon of Sriracha sauce
1/2 tablespoon of yellow mustard
1.5lbs of ground beef
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup of Sauerkraut
1 teaspoon of vegetable oil
Hamburger Buns

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Combine flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, black pepper in a bowl
3. Pour buttermilk into another bowl.
4. Place the pickles in the buttermilk and transfer to the flour mixture coating on all sides and setting on baking sheet.
5. Once you have repeated for all pickles, bake for 15 minutes and flip. Then cook for an additional 10.
6. When pickles are golden brown, remove from oven and let cool.
7. In another bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, sweet relish, white vinegar, Sriracha sauce, mustard, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Set aside.
8. In yet another bowl, mix together ground beef, 1 teaspoon of salt, and Worcestershire sauce. Separate into four beef patties.
9. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and cook until browned (about 4 minutes) and flip.  Cook until done to your liking (about 4 more minutes).  
10. Serve burgers on buns with Sauerkraut, 1 tablespoon of sweet Sriracha sauce and 4-5 pickles.  Enjoy!







Magic Feed Corn
We used frozen corn and added a little butter and salt to make it magical.. (who doesn't love butter... am I right????)






Santa Fruit
I used bananas, greek yogurt, strawberries, and a skewer to make these Santa Fruits. 






Cran Kringle-Tini
I found the recipe here.

Ingredients:
3oz Cranberry Juice Cocktail
1oz Peach Schnapps
1oz Vodka







Red Coat Krispies
I used this recipe!

Ingredients:
3 Tablespoons of butter
1 3oz package of Jell-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
1 10oz package of miniature marshmallows 
6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal
Black Icing
White Icing

Directions:
1. Melt butter in a saucepan on low heat.
2. Add Jell-O mix and stir until completely dissolved.
3. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted and well mixed. 
4. Remove from heat and add cereal.
5. Press mixture into baking dish.
6. Using black and white icing to make Santa coat. 



If you liked this post, check out our Frosty The Snowman Breakfast!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Frosty The Snowman Breakfast

We did a theme dinner to the classic Rankin-Bass Christmas Special, Frosty The Snowman!
We are a Rankin-Bass obsessed family.  Once a year, we watch 13 of the specials in chronological (yes, chronological) order.  Check out our order below if you want to have your own Rankin-Bass Pajama Day Marathon but for now, we will just focus on Frosty The Snowman.






For breakfast we had Snowman Pancakes, Bacon Scarves, Fruit Snowmen, Melted Snowman, and Frosty Donuts. 


Snowman Pancakes
I used a Norwegian Pancake recipe we always had as kids.

Ingredients:
1 egg
3/4 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3/4 cup of milk
1/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of oil

Direcctions:
1. Blend ingredients in a blender
2. Heat on a skillet at medium high heat
3. Flip when the edges begin to get firm.
4. Sprinkle with powdered sugar






Bacon Scarves





Fruit Snowmen
Assemble banana slices, strawberries, and raisins on a skewer




Melted Snowman
We used milk but you can also use water... that's more accurate!




Frosty Donuts
I took mini donuts and drew eyes and a mouth.  I took an orange gumdrop and stuck it in the center of the donut.  





We had a lot of fun!




Rankin-Bass Christmas Special Pajama Day Marathon!
1. Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
2. The Little Drummer Boy
3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. Jack Frost
5. Pinocchio's Christmas
6. 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
7. The Year Without A Santa Claus
8. Frosty The Snowman
9. Miser Brother's Christmas
10. Frosty's Winter Wonderland
11. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
12. Rudolph's Shiny New Year
13. Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

Monday, November 27, 2017

Fantastic Mr. Fox Dinner

We did a dinner for Fantastic Mr. Fox that ended up being a pre-Thanksgiving celebration with my mother-in-law.  This was one of the best dinners we have ever made!


For dinner we had Boggis' Boiled Chicken and Dumplings, Rabbit's Brussels Sprouts, Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots, Blueberry Patch Blueberries, Beans' Alcoholic Cider, and Mrs. Beans' Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps.





Boggis' Chicken and Dumplings
I got this fabulous one pot (though I had to cook the chicken in a pan) recipe from the incomparable Martha Stewart. 

Ingredients:
5 Tablespoons of cold butter, divided
1 yellow onion, minced
2 stalks of celery, sliced
3 carrots, diced
1.25 cups of flour
3 cups of chicken broth
1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into one inch cubes
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 cup of frozen peas
Salt and Pepper
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon of parsley
1/2 cup of whole milk

Directions:
1. Add olive oil to a skillet and cook chicken on medium high heat.  When it's done, set aside.
2. For dumplings: whisk together 1 cup of flour, baking powder, parsley, 1 teaspoon of salt.  Cut in 2 tablespoons of butter and stir in milk.  Knead together to create a dough.  Make balls of dough and set aside. 
2. Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter over medium high heat in a large pot
3. Add onion, celery, and carrots and cook until onion is translucent, about 4 minutes. 
4. Add 1/4 cup of flour and cook for one minute
5. Add broth and bring to a boil
6. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Stir in peas and chicken and season with salt and pepper.
7. Drop in dumplings on top of the chicken mixture. Cover and simmer until dumplings are cooked, about 12 minutes. 
8. Serve in a bowl and enjoy!







Rabbit's Brussels Sprouts
This is a tweaked version of Iron Chef Mario Batali's Brussels Sprout recipe.  He was the voice of Rabbit in the film and made this recipe as an homage to the movie.

Ingredients:
1.5 pounds of Brussels sprouts, halved and trimmed
4 ounces of pancetta, cut with a scissor
Zest of one lemon
Salt and Pepper

Directions;
1. Preheat the broiler
2. In a large pan, cook the pancetta over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes
3. Add Brussels sprouts to the pan and stir to combine.
4. Transfer to baking sheet and broil until the vegetables are brown, about 15 minutes
5. Zest a lemon into the bottom of the serving dish and toss Brussels sprouts into a bowl
6. Salt and Pepper to taste








Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
I used this recipe here.

Ingredients: 
1 16oz bag of baby carrots
1/2 cup of water
1.5 Tablespoons of butter
1.5 Tablespoons of brown sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions: 
1. Bring carrots, water, butter, and brown sugar to a boil over medium-high heat
2. Turn to low and simmer for five minutes
3. Turn to high and cook until carrots are tender (about 5 more minutes)
4. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper








Blueberry Patch Blueberries







Beans' Alcoholic Cider
My mother-in-law, Cindy gets the apples from her tree processed into cider.  We used this amazing cider and added whiskey to taste. It was incredible!





Mrs. Beans' Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps
I found the recipe for these amazing cookies here.

Ingredients:
1 cup of butter, softened
1 Tablespoon of molasses
3 Tablespoons of brown sugar
1/4 cup of white sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
2 Tablespoons of grated fresh ginger
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of cornstarch
1 pinch of salt
2 apples

Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. Cream the butter in a stand mixer until it forms peaks.
3. Add molasses, brown sugar, white sugar, spices, grated ginger, and vanilla extract and blend.
4. Add flour, cornstarch and salt to the butter mixture on low speed until fully combined.
5. Roll dough into balls and place on a greased baking sheet.
6. Slice apples as thing as you can.  I purchased large apples and had to cut each of the slices into pieces.
7. Place apple pieces into the cookie
8. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the edges are golden.





A great dinner for a great movie!  

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stranger Things Dinner

We are back!  It's been a crazy few month and we have a new addition, Madeline, to welcome to our family!  Hooray!
Just like the rest of the world, we have been watching the second season of Stranger Things and decided to do a dinner for Halloween.



For dinner we had Eleven's Eggo Waffle Bar, Demogorgonzola Steak Bites, Pumpkin Seeds, Coke, and Chocolate Pudding Christmas Light Cupcakes. 






Eggo Waffle Bar
With the toasted waffles I had a few different types of jams, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, maple syrup, whipped cream, peanut butter, and hazelnut spread.







Demogorgonzola Steak Bites
I got the idea here.

Steak:
Strip Steak
1 tsp of brown sugar
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon of oil

Gorgonzola sauce
1/4 cup of Gorgonzola crumbles
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons of sour cream
1/4 cup of cream cheese
salt to taste

Instructions: 
1. Cut your steak in one inch cubes.
2. Cover steak bites with brown sugar, salt and pepper.  Set aside.
3. Over medium heat, combine Gorgonzola, heavy whipping cream, sour cream, cream cheese and salt in a saucepan until fully combined.  Set aside.
4. Heat a skillet with oil
5. Sear meat for about 3-4 minutes or until fully cooked
6. Let rest and serve with Gorgonzola sauce on top. 









Pumpkin Seeds
After scooping your seeds out, let dry on top of a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.  
Cover with butter and salt and cook for 45 minutes at 300 degrees. 








Coke






Chocolate Pudding Christmas Light Cupcakes
I used our Lorax cupcake recipe.

I put whipped cream on top, chocolate icing, and plain M&Ms.




Olivia LOVED the Eggo Waffle bar- particularly the peanut butter!  



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!