Big Hero 6 Dinner and a Movie

Dinner and  Movie this week fell on Sunday instead of Saturday, thanks to a camping trip this past weekend (no technology allowed on camping trips!)  We watched Big Hero 6, one of the Frog family’s favorites!  Because, let’s face it, camping is a lot of work, I kept it simple.  Classic hero subs with a homemade oil and vinegar dressing and “healthcare chips”  – some chips that the froglets picked out during our shopping trip.  Instead of popcorn, I made Baymax Chex mix (recipe at the end of the post) and the kids used marshmallows to create their own Baymaxes.  DSCN0686  DSCN0701

To make your own Marshamllow Baymax you will need:

Extra Large Marshmallows

Small Marshmallows



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The skill set ranged mightily at my house, but this edible craft was a hit with all of them!  DSCN0693


The Boy could hardly wait to chomp into his.




Lizard Breath used scissors and some serious skills to make her Baymax.  Before it was all said and done, she melted chocolate to add the face.  Unfortunately, she didnt take a picture of that part, but rather, a video….


Big Hero 6 Chex Mix


1 box rice or corn Chex

1 bag of white chocolate chips

2 c. powdered sugar

2 c. red cake mix (Pillsbury created a line of cake mix with bright colors and we were able to find red)

red sixlets or other other red chocolate candy


Divide Chex cereal equally between two bowls.  In one large ziploc bag, add the powdered suage.  In another add the cake mix.  Melt chocolate chips over low heat until completely melted.  Pour one half of the melted chocolate into each bowl and mix to coat evenly.  Pour one bowl into the bag containing the powdered sugar and shakle to coat.  Repeat with remaining bowl and cake mix.  Shake excess powder off both the red and white cereal.  Combine into a large bowl and add the red sixlets. Enjoy!



Rango- Dinner And A Movie

So Saturday nights on the pond are family Dinner and  a Movie nights.  I have decided to share these with you, in case you want to start this tradition with your own Froglets.  The conditions are – the movie has to be family friendly (each family has to choose that one on their own), dinner is served in a theme with dessert, popcorn follows and fun is had by all.  I had planned to do a cactus craft with the froglets to decorate for this movie night, but somehow in the rush of Saturday it didn’t happen.  😦    I make a poster to go in the house and one on the front door to remind the froglets that this is a special night, and to remind Papa Frog if he happens to be working.   (A printable PDF of the image can be found at the bottom of this page)



One package chicken legs (we use the family size with approximately 42 chicken legs- no I reckon it is more like 10-14)

One bottle of marinade (or make your own)- this was a southwestern chipotle marinade

Marinade legs for 2 hours, then grill until cooked through.


This was just 1 1/2 lbs of pasta with some pesto and parmesean cheese on top.


Green beans and corn.


Root Beer Floats

What can I say?  I was not terribly prepared this past week for movie night, but I have found that if you are even slightly creative, you can make family movie dinner night work with any menu.  This month I am planned a little better.  So, stay tuned for Princess and the Frog, TMNT, Mary Poppins and Rio 2 (not necessarily in that order!)




Family Movie and Dinner Night and “I Love…Day” – This is How We Eat In May

menu notepad with tomatoes

As promised today I am posting my menu plan for this month.  Now you wil notice a couple of odd things on my menu, so let me go ahead and clear those up now.  Here on the Pond we do things a little differently.  I like to surprise the Froglets with “I Love You” days.  These days are days where we focus on one member of the family and consciously do and say nice things to and for them.  I also like to make foods I know they particularly like.  These days happen roughly once a week, but sometimes they are more frequent.  On my menu plan you will see that I have them “sceduled” for Wednesdays.  That is strictly for ease of making the plan, as the days do change.

Another thing you will notice are that I have scheduled Family Movie and Dinner nights.  These nights we have a themed dinner that fits with the movie we plan to watch.  This is a new thing on the Pond, (we already do movie nights, but these will be even more fun!).  The food I have planned may not be your family’s favorites, but I encourage you to consider adopting this with your own Froglets.  (Stay Tuned for more information about these, including recipes, crafts and desserts as they happen.)

I have also included two nights of eating out, although one is Ice Cream For Dinner.  We typically go out and get ice cream when Papa Frog gets home from work, and then come home and make dinner for dessert together.  It’s a fun treat for everyone.  I was concerned when I first did it that perhaps the Froglets would not want to eat their dinner, but its a ritual here now and we have never had a problem with that.

As I mentioned yesterday, my menu planning runs from the 10th to the 10th.  I don’t remember why it started that way, but it did several years ago and that tradition continues on today.

Meal Planning May 2015