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!

It’s Not a Party Until Someone Busts Out the Appetizers!

Sam’s Club Daily Chef Chicken, Spinach & Artichoke Bruschetta Makes #MealsTogether Fun
My “big” girls and one of their boyfriends drove in from Georgia the day after Christmas and stayed with us until New Year’s Day. The entire week was somewhat of a party as no schedules were adhered to, I didn’t work much at all, B was off, and there was lots of crazy laughter. But on New Year’s Eve, we decided to have an “official” party since it was a holiday and their last night in Texas.
But it’s not really a party until someone busts out the appetizers and that’s always my job. I didn’t want to fuss much because I only see the girls about twice a year and I like to focus on our time together. It was a last minute plan so B and the kids headed to the store for a little libation for later in the evening as well as to grab a late lunch, and Bubby and I headed to Sam’s Club for appetizers and Cokes.
They got home way before we did and they were ready to ring in the New Year. They figured I would be in the kitchen forever like always but were all pleasantly surprised when I emerged 15 minutes later with a plate full of hot Daily Chef Chicken, Spinach & Artichoke Bruschetta covered in melted cheese. 
They looked and smelled amazing!
And suddenly, it was officially a party. It wasn’t fancy but there was amazing food, great conversation, and so much laughter. 
And it went on like this for hours, with all of us in the same room, laughing, talking, eating, and enjoying the night without me being stuck in the kitchen. I cooked 2 batches of the Daily Chef Bruschetta and they would have eaten more if I had them. 
Apparently I’ve found the perfect party food!
Y’all know B is one serious eater!
And even though, for once, this party was more about the adults than the babies, the biggest shock came when Bubby entered the scene. This little man of mine that doesn’t like anything but chicken nuggets, french fries, fruit snacks, chips, and pizza actually took the advice of his 23 year old sister and tried some bruschetta. 
And he loved it! 
I’m so excited to have found a food with chicken breast meat, spinach, artichokes, and cheese all on a buttery crisp bread that my whole family loves, even the pickiest of eaters. And it was so quick and easy to make which is a major score for mom. I feel so accomplished for some strange reason. I got them to eat vegetables, I got them to love them, and I didn’t do any of the work! I’ll be heading back to Sam’s Club to stock up on these to keep in the freezer for football games, lunch time, and for whenever company pops in. It’s a major win for everyone!
To learn more about the Daily Chef line of products, be sure to follow Sam’s Club on Twitter and like them on Facebook. You can thank me later! May 2013 be your best year ever!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Sam’s Club Daily Chef. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own. #CBias #SocialFabric #MealsTogether