Sunday, March 6, 2011

Family Night

      A few months ago we started having a structured family night.  The kids take turns choosing what they would like for dinner and dessert.  We dine together and then head downstairs to snuggle and watch a kid chosen movie.  I love family night, but the funny thing is the kids LOVE family night and get seriously disgruntled if we skip it. 

    Anyways, this Saturday we settled in for family night.  It was Grace's turn to choose dinner, now remember she's a seven year old, who likes the finer things in life like:  steak, twice baked potatoes, Caesar salad and fresh bread.  Now, that is well and good, but I scaled back on her meal, a little, we had steak, baked potatoes with all the fixings, Caesar salad and asparagus.  Yum!  Noelle chose dessert- chocolate covered creme puff's and a brownie torte.  It was amazingly scrumptious and I am sure calorie free.

   I wish I had a picture of the Torte, but I don't.  I'll give you second best, the recipe.

Brownie Torte

One package of brownie mix
One package of white chocolate or french vanilla pudding
1 3/4 cups of milk
2 cups of Cool Whip
2 TBSP. Instant Coffee
3 Heath Bars crushed

Bake brownies as directed and cool.  Meanwhile, blend milk and
 pudding mix and instant coffee.  Fold Cool Whip into pudding
mixture.Slice brownies and arrange one layer on a cake
plate.  Top with 1/2 the Cool Whip/pudding mixture and
1 1/2 bars of crushed Heath.  Repeat layers.  Refrigerate 30 minutes
before serving.  Enjoy!

    After making glutton's of ourselves we settled in for the family movie Booky's Crush.  It was a cute family movie, but did not compare to our second movie Like Dandelion Dust.

     This movie was excellent, though I have to admit, it made me do the ugly cry.  You know the one,  torrential downpour of tears, holding your breath so the people you're watching the movie with don't here you hiccup, swollen eye's, the whole bit.  Crazy yet, good.  This movie was based on a book written by Karen Kingsbury. It's excellent.   (Note:  We put Grace to bed before starting the movie, as I thought the content was to mature for her.) 

   There's a day in the life for you.  Hope your weekend was full of joy and adventure.

Blessings to you and yours!

    P.S.  I'm tired of couponing. 

1 comment: said...

Oh, I am very familiar with the ugly cry! And in the theater when they get to that part in the movie it is always so quiet, and I am trying not to blubber out loud! Family night sounds wonderful! I love that they get to choose the meal too! The fun thing is, when the kids are grown and have spouses, family nights are still treasures!