theme meals and fun foods is one of the ways that I am trying to add a little something to our 3 million minutes.
some day I hope that I can come up with some of these creative ideas on my own but for now Pinterest is a great resource.
here are the two things that i made for Halloween to add a little fun to our time together as a family.
these are graham crackers with a strip of white frosting topped with a dollop of red gel frosting
next a common pinterest find
Candy Corn Fruit Cup
again super easy
clear plastic cups
layered with Pineapple tidbits, mandarin oranges
topped with whipped cream
OK so I wanted to try to make our 12 Olympic meals at home (instead of doing take out), but clearly trying to learn to make sushi within the time frame of the Olympics was a bit ambitious. Especially since I have spent so much time everyday watching the Olympics.
so we found Sushi at a local grocery store. I got ours at Harris Teeter, but I would imagine that most higher end grocery stores would carry some sushi.
we just bought 3 different kinds and I knew that my two younger daughters were not going to be that adventurous so i also made ham & cheese “sushi”
the ham & cheese is back there by the fake grass. tortilla, cheese, ham & turkey rolled like a burrito but then cut into pinwheels.
we also have pot-stickers from the frozen food aisle.
If you wanted to be more authentic you could also serve your sushi on more geometric shaped plates (like square or rectangle). I personally don’t have any of those in my vast china cabinet 🙂
we also had Raman Noodles
and for dessert
these are very interesting. They are actually pounded sticky rice “cake” balls filled with ice cream (which could be made from Rice Milk). We found the Mochi at a local Trader Joe’s grocery store.
I used a recipe that I found at food.com
Danish Meatballs with Creamy Dill Sauce
I used store bought meatballs and just made the sauce
Cheese Danish for Dessert
of course the cheese Danish was a big hit and the girls are hoping to finish it off for breakfast.
For our France meal I considered serving the meal that the mom served to the foreign exchange student in the 1985 movie Better Off Dead
“Two dollars, I want my two dollars”
“In honor of our special guest, I’ve created dinner mon dieu — including Frahnch fries … Frahnch dressing … and Frahnch bread.”
but instead we had: Quiche and French Baguette
Quiche is really easy to make. It is one of those meals that I can actually make without looking at a recipe.
- refrigerated or frozen pie crust (deep dish)
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup Swiss cheese
- 1 cup heavy cream (or even milk)
- 1 pound of bacon
- 1 cup frozen spinach
follow the instructions on the pie crust that you are using. for frozen you may need to poke the crust all around with a fork and bake for 10-12 minutes empty.
cook the bacon, drain and break into pieces. also cook the spinach and squeeze out as much liquid as possible. place the bacon, spinach and Swiss cheese in layers in the pie crust. while the bacon and spinach cool. whisk together the 6 eggs and heavy cream. pour the egg mix over the top of the bacon, cheese and spinach. place the pie on a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes or when the eggs have set all the way through the pie.
my girls love Quiche and with the basic beginning of pie crust, eggs and heavy cream (or even milk) you can add in other combinations of meats, cheeses and veggies
We had a big night planned for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
We planned to watch the ceremonies while eating Fish & Chips (a popular meal in London) and holding our paper Olympic torches.
but then… a big storm blew through our town
The storm knocked down this tree and knocked out our power 😦
so our Olympic party started the day after the opening ceremonies 🙂
we ate Fish & Chips
There really couldn’t be and easier meal.
I used frozen Beer Batter Fish and Frozen Steak Fries. I baked both.
We made our paper torches
These were so easy to make.
- construction paper; black, orange & red
you just rolled the black paper into a cone, and taped it shut and cut out the flames with the orange and red paper and use tape again to put the flames into the cone.
so even though we got off to a rough start we are still planning on have tons of fun watching the Olympics.
next up, we are planning 12 different menus each one representing a different country.
we chose 12 because it is 2012 😉
of course all of these dishes will be simple, budget friendly and in no way “authentic”… they are just meant to be a fun and creative way to celebrate the Olympics.