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Disney FROZEN Fun Family Night featuring Norwegian Meatballs {Recipe}

Before we get onto the Disney #FrozenFun, I should probably tell you that I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser.

Disney’s FROZEN the movie is all the rage in theaters right now. Have you seen it? Unfortunately, we have not. We were invited, as a family, to a pre-screening in Houston but due to school schedules, and the sniffles, we were unable to attend. *SIGH* But that didn’t stop us one bit from celebrating its release. You can’t hold a Disney family down. Instead, we decided to celebrate at home with a FROZEN themed dinner party, complete with Walmart toys, fun themed foods, and lots of imaginative play!

For us, family fun nights have to have a theme. I often get my inspiration for that theme from movies. Disney movies of course! We headed to Walmart to pick up the supplies for our dinner and of course I was roped into the usual “Mom, can we stop by the toy aisles please and thank you?” routine. And I was happy we did! There we found costumes, gift sets, cameras, and a little surprise for an unsuspecting recipient (more on that later). We had fun shopping together, as a family, and inspired by a healthy lunch and the FROZEN merchandise, we headed to the grocery section to pick up our dinner supplies.
We started with an appetizer platter of Olaf noses (so yea, baby carrots) and chips that we dipped in Glacier dip. Why yes, our dip is blue. There’s a theme here. This was a simple sour cream mixed with vegetable soup powder dip but it was a fun way to get the kids to eat their veggies and the adults liked it too.
Then we moved into the main course…Norwegian Meatballs. Since the movie is set in Norway, I felt it was only fitting. I had to Google Norwegian meatballs and adapt a combination of several recipes to suit our dietary needs but apparently these were the BOMB according to the meat-eating members of my family. If you’d like to make these yourself, here you go:

What you’ll need:
  • 1 lb ground chicken (you could use ground beef but we tend to avoid it)
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash original seasoning mix
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsalted crackers
  • 1 tbsp low sodium brown gravy mix
  • 1/2 tsp ginger (I just used the powdered stuff but you can use freshly ground ginger)
  • 2 tsp bread flour
  • 1 cup vegetable broth

What you’ll do:
  • Mix all of the ingredients, except for vegetable broth and flour, together in a large mixing bowl.
  • Roll into one inch balls and place in ungreased baking pan.
  • Bake in oven at 300 degrees for 15 minutes and remove.
  • Whisk the vegetable broth with the flour in a mixing bowl until you have a gravy mixture.
  • Place prebaked meatballs in pot, pour the gravy mixture over the meatballs, cover and simmer on stove top for one hour. 
  • Serve over cooked riced or egg noodles.
And what family fun night would be complete without the desserts? We all know this is NOT my strong suit, but I try! I had HUGE plans for dessert. They fell short in my eyes but in the eyes of my children? These snowball cake pops and snow-capped waters made the night complete! I simply used a cake pop boxed mix that you can find at your local Walmart in the baking aisle, and I used Jell-O and mini marshmallows to put together my ice-capped waters to fit the FROZEN theme. Seriously simple. Follow the cake pop directions (and hopefully yours won’t be as messy as mine) for your snowball pops. And for the snow-capped waters, simply prepare the Jell-O according to the package, melt in some mini marshmallows, cool in a glass baking dish in the refrigerator for an hour, and cut them into squares. How easy is that?
We had a ball with our #FrozenFun night, but let’s be real here. It wouldn’t be fun for ME if there wasn’t a lesson involved. My babies have a lot. Everything they could need, want, or dream of in fact. And luckily, I can provide them with all of their needs and wants with a wave of my magic wand (well, a swipe of my debit card but I love that they think I’m magical so I play along). But we found out that one of our friends was unable to fulfill one of her daughter’s wishes this Christmas because she couldn’t find the elusive Elsa doll she had asked Santa for. Guess what? We found it! And so Bug learned another pay-it-forward lesson and happily gave up some of her “budget” to buy this Elsa to make another little girl feel the magic. We’ve shipped her off to her new home and know that she’ll be loved and cared for. I just love a happy ending!
Host your own Disney #FrozenFun night at home. You can find all of the food items and fun merchandise at your local Walmart. The toys are conveniently stocked all over the place in the toy section (we even found some in the clearance aisle!), and of course, you know where to find the grocery section. Get creative with that. Our whole night was inspired the minute we walked into Walmart and headed to Subway for a quick lunch before shopping. 
We’re all about healthy meals and thankfully select Walmart locations house Subway Restaurants which offers the FROZEN Fresh Kit for Kids Meal. Bug loves a good Ham and Wheat Bread Sandwich (hold the cheese..weird kid). Add in a fun bag that she can carry all of her FROZEN toys in, plus a key chain (only available at Subway Walmart locations), a drink, a cookie, and inspiration for a fun night at home? SCORE! Apparently the offer for the FROZEN Fresh Fit for Kids Meal expired on 01/06/14, but check your local store. We still have them here, and you might too. Your kids (and you) can thank me later. Bug and I would pick a healthy lunch alternative over the “other option” in a lot of Walmart locations nationwide every time. I’m thankful to have a Walmart with a Subway close by. 

So, have you seen Disney’s FROZEN yet? What did you think? Are your kids FROZEN-obsessed like mine? We had a blast and can’t wait until the movie comes out on Blu-ray and DVD so we can watch it over and over again, just like all of the other Disney classics!

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, be sure to follow along on Facebook and Twitter to see what you’re missing. AND check out this Pinterest board for more awesome FROZEN party ideas. Be sure to come back and tell me how your party went. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Put Despicable Me 2 Under the Tree This Christmas: Dinner and a Movie

Just for the record, I should tell you that I received the following Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack with bonus features to facilitate this family movie night from Click Communications and their client. As always, all photos, ideas, and opinions are entirely my own.
Are you still looking for holiday gift ideas like me? Put the minions under your tree this Christmas because Despicable Me 2 is now available in stores on Blu-ray and DVD. This Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack will not only make your little ones (and you) laugh out loud for real for years to come, but it’s packed with all kinds of bonus features as well like 3 new mini movies, deleted scenes, and much more!
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, or the original, you are truly missing out and might not want to wait until Christmas to open this gift. The kids, B, and I just can’t watch it enough and WE, the family that lives under a rock, even went to see this one in the theater when it was released. Last night, we decided to have our weekly dinner and a movie, minion-style.
But since I’m so incredibly busy these days working and planning for the holidays, I didn’t go all out like I usually try to do. I kept it simple and you know what? The babies still loved it!
Simply serve “Minion Nuggets” (corn dog or chicken nuggets work) along with a side of fresh fruit and dipping sauce. If you’re feeling really creative, and have more time on your hands than I do, you can decorate the nuggets as minions with condiments. We’ll definitely do that one night but the babies loved these just the same.
And for dessert? BA-NA-NAAAAAA Splits of course. You know, because all little minions love bananas and who doesn’t like ice cream? A super simple dessert fixed in minutes that fits the theme and your kids will love it.
With dinner out of the way, you can just sit down and enjoy the movie:
“Gru, his adorable girls, and the mischievous Minions are back with a cast of unforgettable new characters in the blockbuster sequel to the worldwide phenomenon. Just as Gru has given up being super-bad to be a super-dad, the Anti-Villain League recruits him to track down a new criminal mastermind and save the world. Partnered with secret agent Lucy Wilde, Gru, along with the wildly unpredictable Minions, must figure out how to keep his cover while also keeping up with his duties as a father.”
 
Be sure to pick up your combo pack today and either save it for under the tree, or go ahead and bust it out for a fun family dinner and a movie night. I’ll let you decide. In the meantime, be sure to follow along on Facebook and Twitter to see what those hilarious little Minions are up to every day!

Dinner & A Movie with Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

I really should tell you that I received the following Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack with bonus features to facilitate this family movie night from Click Communications and their client. As always, all of the photos, ideas, and opinions are entirely my own.
I try to make Wednesday nights fun nights around here. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because we made it half way through our busy week. Maybe to keep the babies pumped for the rest of the week. Or maybe because fun nights just mean I get to take a little time off and enjoy time with my family in the evening. So this week, fun night called for dinner and a movie. Bubby LOVES Super Heroes. In fact, I think he’s pretty much a super hero himself. Seriously, he’s always dressing up as one super hero or another

So when I heard that Marvel’s Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United was available on DVD and Blu-ray on 12/3/14, I knew exactly which movie we’d be watching. And of course dinner had to fit the theme. Do I think that Hulk pizza looks just like the Hulk? Obviously not. It looks more like the Grinch but it was pretty hard to accomplish when Bubby won’t eat anything but cheese pizza. Do I think that’s the perfect Iron Man Mask pizza on the right? Pa-leeze, I’m not stupid. But the babies were thrilled with my creations. You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to entertain them and make their food fun and fit the theme. Anyway, back to the point. I always have a point. I’m sure it’s my fault that sometimes you miss it. 
The babies were excited for pizza and a movie and put on their best super hero faces. What? You can’t see the resemblance? I totally can. My little crazies are a lot like me I suppose.
Bubby cued the lights (literally, the kid told me to turn down the lights and get this show underway) and started the movie. And we were in for a real treat. 
“Marvel makes cinematic history again with the most unexpected team-up in the universe! Joining forces for the first time ever, Hulk’s pulverizing brute strength and Tony Stark’s high-tech brainpower come together to face off against the ultimate enemy.

When ‘ZZzax’, a seemingly invincible, energy-devouring monster, threatens to destroy the planet, Marvel’s unlikeliest pairing of Avengers is mankind’s only hope. Alone, neither can defeat the awesome power of Zzzax. As a duo, they just might have a chance – if they can find a way to work together without smashing heads before time runs out!”
While the movie played, they sat and watched as we ate dinner and then we sat in the living room to finish watching to the end. 

This movie is packed with action and the kids loved it, but I personally loved the lessons that they didn’t even realize they were soaking up. The importance of teamwork and good battling, and defeating, evil were strong throughout and these are the lessons I want my children to learn. Sometimes, most of the time, they listen to movies way better than they do to me. 
If you’re looking for a movie that the whole family can enjoy, or just have a super hero lover on your holiday gift list this year, you should really pick up this Blu-ray and DVD Combo. It comes with digital copy so you can watch it anywhere, it’s loaded with lots of extra content, and you can get a free Iron Man MiniMate Figurine and digital comic with purchase. Plus you can try your hand at making super hero pizzas with your kids and that’s always fun. Believe me, you really need to do this one night.

Who are your kids’ favorite super heroes? Who are yours? What are your fabulous ideas for a family dinner and movie night? I’d love for you to share because I’m just not that creative and I need some ideas. If you’ve seen this movie, I’d love to know what you think. And if you haven’t…what are you waiting for?