Disney Dinner & A Movie Night: Frozen

Well, we finally did it. We watched Frozen.

I’ll be honest, while I have always liked the movie Frozen, I don’t love it, and I don’t think it lives up to all of its hype. In my opinion, Frozen became such a popular movie in part thanks to outstanding marketing. Tangled came out just a few years before Frozen but had terrible marketing and wasn’t nearly as popular (but I think Tangled is the better movie). I feel like I have been subconsciously putting off watching this movie as a family, but it really did make for a great movie night.

The movie Frozen tells the story of two sisters, Anna and Elsa. Elsa possesses supernatural powers that allow her to create ice and snow. After accidentally setting off an eternal winter, Elsa isolates herself. Anna heads out on an adventure, with her new companion Kristoff and his reindeer Sven, to find Elsa and bring her home.

I wanted to get Brooklyn something special to wear for our movie night, so I ordered a soft play dress from Little Adventures. I know that I have talked about their dress-up clothes before, but they truly are my favorite! Not only are their dresses soft, but you can throw them in the washing machine when they get dirty. The dress I ordered is the Alpine Princess Coronation Dress, which looks just like Anna’s dress on Coronation Day (make sure you check out Little Adventures and use code MVM15 to save 15% at checkout!).

Each time I plan a Disney Movie Night for my family, I do a lot of brainstorming about what I should make for our meal. I try to find foods that are toddler-friendly and easy to cook, but also along with the movie. For Frozen, I was inspired by some of the most popular songs in the film. In the song “Love Is An Open Door,” Anna and Hanz sing about finishing each other’s sandwiches, so I quickly decided sandwiches would be our main course. I broke out the panini press (that I haven’t used in years) to make our turkey and swiss sandwiches a little more exciting, and I even used it to make Brooklyn a grilled cheese. 

For our sides, I made us each a “Melted Olaf” along with some “Frozen Hearts.” For the Frozen Hearts, I cut some strawberries into the shape of a heart, dipped them in warm white chocolate, sprinkled them with blue sprinkles, and allowed them to cool. Below you will find the full recipe for my Melted Olaf.

Melted Olaf

16 ounce sour cream

1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix

carrots

pretzel sticks

black olives

Carefully stir the Hidden Valley Ranch Mix in the sour cream. Once the ranch dip is ready, place a scoop of ranch into a small bowl or cup. Add two pretzel sticks, a carrot, and two black olives (Olaf’s arms, nose, and eyes). Enjoy!

In the song “For The First Time In Forever,” Anna sings about stuffing chocolate in her face. For our dessert, I knew I needed to make chocolate cake balls. I made cake balls for our Inside Out Night, and they are truly the easiest dessert to make. To make cake balls, you bake a cake according to the directions, and once cool, you crumble the cake and stir in a tub of frosting. Once the cake and frosting are combined, scoop out the mix, roll into bite-size balls, and dip in melted chocolate. Brooklyn has a sweet tooth, and I think stuffing her face with chocolate was her favorite part of the night!

Brooklyn sat through the entire movie and LOVED it! She also loved twirling around in her dress to all of the music in the film. Although we don’t do these movies as often as we once did, we love them and hope to do them more often. There are so many fun things coming up in the next couple of weeks, and I can’t wait to share it all with you. Please subscribe to my blog if you haven’t done so already!

Sending love and magic,

Disney Dinner & A Movie Night: The Incredibles

After an incredible week of finally getting my Instagram account back, I felt the only appropriate movie to watch this week was The Incredibles. (Yes, you heard that right, I finally got it back. Make sure to follow my @minnievanmom Instagram account!)

The Incredibles is a Pixar movie about a family of superheroes. They are forced to hide their superpowers after the public becomes concerned, but they save the world in the end. Although my daughter has never seen The Incredibles, I knew she would love all of the superhero fun.

I decided to start our Friday with a fun activity, and I made a new sensory box for my daughter. To make this, I first soaked black, red, orange, and yellow water beads overnight on Thursday. On Friday morning, I poured all of the water beads into a large, flat plastic tub and added some of our Incredibles figurines. I then gave my daughter the option to play with her hands or with a pair of Incredibles gloves (she loved both ways).

This sensory box gave us hours of fun on Friday during the day (and while we watched our movie). She loved burying the figurines in the water beads and digging them out.

After playing with her sensory box all morning, my daughter took a nap, and when she woke up, I surprised her with her own Incredibles costume! Of course, the first thing she wanted to do was go outside and play in her “superhero clubhouse.” She had so much fun running around, being silly, and getting ready to watch The Incredibles. 

I thought long and hard about what I wanted to make for dinner, and my husband inspired me to make something I like to call “HONEY, WHERE IS MY SUPER SOUP?!” (just one of my favorite quotes from Frozone in the movie). My husband is on the keto diet, so I found this Creamy Taco Soup recipe from Gimme Delicious which is keto-friendly and really good. It’s cold outside, so it was nice to curl up with a warm bowl of soup to watch the movie. I also made an “incredible” topping bar for our soup.

Dessert is always important for our movie nights and I made something a little silly, “Brownies Edna Mode”. These brownies contain M&M’s and are topped with vanilla ice cream and a pair of chocolate glasses (that look similar to Edna Modes’ glasses in the movie). Below you will find the recipe for this delicious treat.

Brownies Edna Mode

Brownie Mix

M&Ms (red, yellow, orange and brown)

Vanilla Ice Cream

Melting Chocolate

Plastic Bag

Wax Paper

Start by mixing brownies according to the package and stir in some M&Ms. Bake the brownies according to the package.

While the brownies are baking, melt chocolate in the microwave. When the chocolate is melted, scoop into a plastic sandwich bag.

Make a tiny cut in the corner of the plastic bag and carefully pipe tiny chocolate glasses onto the wax paper (they don’t have to be perfect!).

Put the chocolate glasses in the freezer to set. Once brownies are done baking and cooled, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a pair of chocolate glasses. Enjoy!

I’m so glad we are back to doing our Disney Dinner & A Movie Nights again! We haven’t decided what we are doing next week, but I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Sending love and magic.

Disney Dinner & A Movie Night: UP

If you have ever seen the beginning of the movie Up, and it didn’t make you cry, you’re not human. The song that plays during this emotional scene is “Married Life” and it has so much special meaning to me; that song was playing on Main Street USA in Disneyland when my husband proposed to me. I love everything about that song and everything about the movie Up, and I was so excited to share this film with my daughter.

Up tells the story of Carl Frederickson, a 78-year old balloon salesman who wants to fulfill his lifelong dream of traveling to South America. He ties thousands of balloons to his house, the house lifts and floats away, and he sets sail to Paradise Falls. Along the way, he discovers a stowaway aboard his home, a young Wilderness Explorer Scout named Russell, and the two of them find adventure together. It is such a heartwarming film (and one that will make you cry multiple times).

When planning for our night, I knew we needed two things: balloons and grape soda. Balloons play such an essential part in the movie, and I knew they would make our night extra special. Grape soda, well, a grape soda cap, also plays an important part in the film. At the beginning of the movie, Carl’s future wife pins a grape soda cap to his shirt as a badge, and this badge stays with him until he gives it away to Russell. I feel like you can’t watch Up without balloons and grape soda! Spoiler alert, grape soda is gross.

So we gathered our balloons and grape soda and sat down as a family to watch this movie. Dinner is obviously an important part of our night and I wanted to do something a little out of the box. I played around with a few ideas but ultimately decided that we should have a meal inspired by South America because that’s where Carl wants to go so badly. I wanted to eat empanadas, which are delicious. First, I was going to make them from scratch, but then I realized that our local grocery store has fresh empanadas that you can warm up in the oven (thanks, HEB!). I grabbed beef empanadas and bean and cheese empanadas for our entree and added some rice and beans on the side. Such a yummy and very easy dinner.

For dessert, I wanted to make some “Wilderness Explorer S’mores” inspired by Russell. We used graham crackers, marshmallows, regular Hershey’s Chocolate bars, and Hershey’s Cookies and Cream bars. These s’mores were super messy, so not the best idea for a two-year-old, but such a great treat. After the movie, my daughter was covered in marshmallow and chocolate, but they were 100% worth it. My friend Lin shared a great way to make less messy s’mores (where you make them in the oven, almost like nachos) I think I’ll try that next time.

My daughter happily sat through this entire movie, which came as no surprise because she seems to be obsessed with Pixar movies. She would much rather watch Cars, Finding Nemo, or Toy Story over any princess movie and seems to get bored through some of the Classic Disney Animation movies. I can’t wait to see what she thinks about The Incredibles! I hope this movie night inspires you to make magic at home.

P.S. The bonus magic of the night for my daughter, was running through the yard with her balloons.

Sending love and magic.

Disney Dinner & A Movie Night: Hocus Pocus

Halloween is a little less than a week away, and we are trying desperately to cram in as much spooky fun as possible! Last week for our Disney Dinner & A Movie Night, we wanted to watch another Halloween movie, and we settled on Hocus Pocus.

Hocus Pocus is a movie about a group of kids who accidentally frees a coven of witches. With a magical cat’s help, they have to steal the witches’ book of spells to make the witches go away forever. It is such a classic Halloween movie, and I love watching it. I knew that this movie might be a little over my two-year-old daughter’s head, but I still thought it would be a fun movie to enjoy together as a family.

I wanted to make ALL of the Halloween treats this week. I had a tough time narrowing down the foods I was going to make, but we ended up with a delicious menu. Let me share what we had!

For our main course, we had Stuffed Jack-O-Lanterns. This super easy entree is one of my favorite things that I have ever made. I started by cutting off the top of 4 orange bell peppers and cleaning out the inside. Then, I took an Exacto knife and “carved” a jack-o-lantern face in each pumpkin. I browned some Italian sausage, added rice, marinara, and spices, and then topped them with mozzarella cheese. I baked these cute stuffed peppers in the oven at 425 for 30 minutes; they were cute and delicious!

For the sides, we had Witches Fingers, which were just frozen mozzarella sticks that I baked in the oven and served with marinara sauce on the side (yum!). I wanted to make some caramel apples (which I thought were perfect for Halloween) but then decided caramel apples could be too messy with a toddler. I ended up slicing some Honeycrisp Apples and served them with caramel dip. The perfect compromise!

I made some cute Witches Brew Brownie Bites for dessert, and they were so good. I wanted to share this recipe with you because it ended up being perfect! Funnily enough, I never planned on putting the brownie bites in cauldrons, but I had some laying around, and the brownie bites fit perfectly on top!

I found the tiny cauldrons that I used on Amazon, and I am an Amazon Affiliate, so if you purchase them from the link, I will receive a small commission.

Witches Brew Brownie Bites

Tiny Cauldrons

Brownie Bites

Vanilla Frosting

Green Food Coloring

Green Sixlets

Purple Sixlets

Green Sprinkles/Nonpareils in different sizes

I started by placing a brownie bite top of each little cauldron. Next, I added green food coloring to the vanilla frosting and mixed it around until it was the perfect green color. When the frosting was ready to go, I scooped and frosted the top of each brownie bite (this doesn’t have to be perfect, it can look like witches’ brew that’s bubbling over). Finally, I topped each little green brownie bite with different Sixlets candies and sprinkles to look like bubbles, and that’s it!

We only watched about half of the movie until my daughter decided that she had enough and wanted to watch something else, but it was still a fun night. This meal was full of things we don’t usually eat, but I think that we all enjoyed the food. We have one more week of Halloween fun; I can’t wait to share our next Halloween movie night (hint: it won’t be a Disney movie).

Sending love and magic.

Disney Dinner & A Movie Night: Toy Story of Terror

It is finally October! This month I planned for my family to watch Disney Halloween movies, but unfortunately, Disney doesn’t have a massive selection. So I am making do with what is available. I remembered a short Pixar film I saw a couple of years ago, and I thought it would be perfect for Halloween! My daughter has always loved Toy Story, so this week I thought we should ease into Halloween movies by watching Toy Story of Terror.

Toy Story of Terror is a 21-minute movie that takes place in between Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4. This movie follows Buzz, Woody, Jessie, and all of the other toys on a road trip with Bonnie. Bonnie’s car gets a flat tire, so she, her mom, and the toys stop to stay at a motel until somebody can repair the tire. While they are staying at the motel, some spooky and mysterious things happen. But don’t worry, it all turns out fine in the end.

My daughter gets bored and antsy sometimes while watching movies, so I thought a 21 minute movie could be perfect for her. I also thought that this Bumkins Toy Story plate would be perfect for our Toy Story night! These Bumkins plates are our absolute favorite, we use them every single day. They are easy to clean, they stick to her high chair, and they are so durable. I also love that they have so many cute Disney options. You can purchase Bumkins on Amazon (please note, this is an Amazon Affiliate link and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase).

I wanted to keep it simple for this meal and make something that my family really seems to enjoy, and that would be a snack board. My husband and daughter are big-time snackers, so any time I put out various snacking options, they are happy. I wanted the snack board to be a fun and delicious mix of Toy Story and Halloween (just like the movie).

When making a snack board, I like to get a variety of items. For my daughter, I like kid-friendly things like fruit snacks, grapes, and cheddar cheese. For my husband, I get snacks like blue cheese, salami, and chips. When you put everything together, it’s a fun smorgasbord of treats, and everyone is happy!

We had a fun night watching Toy Story of Terror, and as it turned out, my daughter LOVED the film! It was such a short movie that kept her attention the entire time. Once the movie was over, we watched some other Toy Story shorts that we found on Disney+ to continue the Toy Story theme. It was the perfect Friday Night!

Next week we will have family in town and won’t be doing our movie night, but that just means that I have time to brainstorm our movie night on October 23. I would love to hear any Halloween movie ideas that you might have!

Sending love and magic.

Disney Dinner & A Movie Night: Sleeping Beauty

You might not know this, but one of my favorite scenes of any Disney movie is in the movie Sleeping Beauty. I have always loved the movie’s final scene, Aurora and Prince Phillip dance together, and Aurora’s dress changes from pink to blue. To me, it is such a magical moment, and this week I was so excited to share the movie Sleeping Beauty with my daughter.

The Disney movie Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Aurora, a princess who is cursed to sleep for a hundred years by an evil fairy named Maleficent. In the end, she awakened by true loves kiss from a handsome prince, and they live happily ever after.

For this meal, I thought it was only appropriate that my daughter had a Sleeping Beauty dress. While I have always thought Aurora’s formal attire was beautiful, I love her Briar Rose dress even more. I was so excited to see that our favorite dress-up company, Little Adventures Dress Ups, has a Briar Rose Sleeping Beauty dress. This dress was absolutely perfect for our Disney Dinner & A Movie Night. My daughter loved running around the yard with her basket and making magical cupcakes in this dress; she did not want to take it off. Make sure you check out Little Adventures and use code “MVM15” at checkout to save 15% off your order.

I will be candid, I had no clue what to make for our meal. I then remembered that a few months back, I had ordered some Disney Princess Pasta from Italy (seriously, the instructions are in Italian). I decided to use my princess pasta for our meal. My husband is not a fan of red sauce on pasta, so I made my grandma’s homemade Alfredo sauce and ta-da! We had Aurora Alfredo. As a side for our pasta, I grabbed some blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries and made us each a bowl of “woodland berries.”

I was trying to be creative, so I also made some Maleficent garlic bread. When my husband first saw these come out of the oven, he said that I burned the bread, but I didn’t! I used black food coloring to create this effect. I started by taking tin foil and bending it into a horn shape. Next, I rolled out Pillsbury Crescent Dough and cut it into strips. I sprayed the foil horn with cooking spray, and then I loosely wrapped the crescent dough around it. Finally, I melted some garlic butter, added black food coloring to it, and painted the black garlic butter on each horn. I baked these in the oven according to the crescent directions, and they came out so good!

Our dessert was a very last minute idea, but it ended up being the highlight of our evening. I baked up some mini vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting using cake mix and vanilla frosting. I then grabbed some pink and blue sprinkles, and the fun began. Like the fairies in Sleeping Beauty, my daughter used the sprinkles to make the cupcakes pink or blue. She loved this! Yes, my kitchen was covered in sprinkles when she finished decorating, but it was such a fun activity and a yummy dessert.

After being out of town last week, it was great to jump back into our Friday family night tradition. My daughter loved watching Sleeping Beauty and really loved decorating her cupcakes. Comment below and tell me which movie we should do next.

Sending love and magic.

Disney Dinner & A Movie Night: Moana

Today I am sharing all of the fun details of our Moana Movie Night (and “what can I say except you’re welcome”). When Moana came out in theaters, my husband and I rushed to see it and fell in love with the story and the music. We immediately bought the soundtrack, and it has been some of our favorite Disney music. Ironically, my daughter has heard the soundtrack many times, but has never seen the movie!

Moana is such a precious movie about a Polynesian Village Chief’s daughter, who sets out on a voyage across the ocean to return the Heart of Te Fiti. Although her family is against her going on this adventure, she knows she must do it to save her village. My daughter is smart, fearless, and somewhat defiant (kind of like Moana), so I hoped she would love Moana.

When it came to our meal, I had a lot of ideas. Maybe something tropical? Or a recipe from Disney’s Polynesian Resort? In the end, I went with a simple dinner that made our tummies happy. I saw cute croissant sandwiches on Pinterest that looked like crabs, and they inspired me to make our own “Tamatoa Turkey & Swiss Sandwiches.” (If you didn’t know, Tamatoa is the crab that Moana meets along their journey to return the Heart of Te Fiti). I added some Goldfish crackers as the side.

While shopping for our meal’s ingredients at the grocery store, I found a “personal watermelon” (I didn’t even know this was a thing). I bought the little watermelon, cut it in half, scooped out the inside, and cut the inside into pieces. I added the watermelon pieces into one half of the empty watermelon and mixed in some pineapple pieces. Finally, I took a piece of paper, a red marker, and a skewer and made a sail for our “watermelon boat.” This watermelon boat was an enjoyable side dish to make (and it looked so cute).

For our dessert, I came up with this “Heart of Te Fiti” Cookie recipe I wanted to share it with you.

Heart of Te Fiti Cookies

Store Bought Sugar Cookies (or homemade if you’re feeling adventurous)

Whipped Vanilla Frosting

Green Food Coloring

Yellow Food Coloring

Green Decorating Icing

Green Sanding Sugar

Add two drops of yellow food coloring and four drops of green food coloring to the tub of whipped vanilla frosting. Mix well until frosting is a lime green color. Spread lime green frosting on top of each sugar cookie. With the green decorating icing, pipe a swirl in the middle of each cookie. Top with green sanding sugar and enjoy!

The Heart of Te Fiti cookies might not look perfect, but they were the perfect way to end up our dinner.

We loved watching this movie as a family, and my daughter loved twirling around inside (and outside) to the music from Moana in her Island Princess Dress from Little Adventures. These dresses have been the best for our Disney Movie Nights because my when daughter inevitably spills food all over them (like green frosting from cookies), I can throw the dress in the washing machine and it comes out good as new! Check out these beautiful dresses and use code “MVM15” to save 15% at checkout.

I think this was an effortless dinner night that was full of magic and fun. I am looking forward to next week already!

Sending love and magic.

Disney Dinner & A Movie Night: Inside Out

I know that I usually have many cute pictures of my daughter for our movie nights, but full disclosure, the terrible twos are starting in our home, and she has been acting more like Disgust and less like Joy. So with emotions running high, I thought that Inside Out would be the perfect movie to watch this week!

Inside Out is such a cute Pixar Movie about the different emotions we feel over time. It follows Riley, an 11-year-old, as she tries to navigate significant life changes. I truly forgot how much I love this movie and how funny it is. It was the perfect movie for our Disney Dinner & A Movie Night.

Of course, there was only one thing I could make for this meal, and that was broccoli pizza.

As you can imagine, my husband was not excited about the idea of broccoli pizza, but to our shock, it was delicious!

Inside Out Broccoli Pizza

White Sauce

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Roasted Broccoli

1 head of broccoli

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Pizza

1 cup white sauce

1 cup roasted broccoli

1 ready made pizza crust (I used a frozen ready made pizza crust)

3 slices provolone cheese

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

Prepare White Sauce: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once butter is melted, stir in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add garlic powder. Add parmesan cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set white sauce aside.

Prepare Broccoli: Cut head of broccoli into smaller pieces. Toss broccoli in olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. Set broccoli aside.

Prepare Pizza: Spread an even layer of white sauce on your pizza crust. Space out and place your three pieces of provolone cheese. Sprinkle half of your mozzarella cheese over the pizza. Add broccoli. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and remaining mozzarella on top. Bake pizza in a preheated 425 degree oven for 8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!

We all agreed that the broccoli pizza was super yummy and had the same flavors of broccoli cheese soup. It is something I would definitely make again in the future! As a side, we had a “Mixed Emotions” Fruit Salad made of blueberries, purple grapes, green grapes, and maraschino cherries. This fruit salad was my daughter’s favorite part of the meal.

For dessert, we had “Core Memory” Cake Balls. I made these using Funfetti Cake Mix, vanilla frosting, and Candy Melts to make these cute cake balls. We gobbled them all up before the night was over.

My favorite part of the night was watching my daughter enjoy the movie so much! She has been indifferent about most Classic Disney Movies but really seems to love Pixar movies. We might have to watch another Pixar movie next week.

Sending love and magic.

Disney Dinner & A Movie Night: Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite Disney movies, and I was so excited when we decided to watch it this week for our Disney Dinner & A Movie Night! Belle is smart, strong, and self-assured, and I knew my daughter would love her the way I do. Go ahead and tie your napkin ‘round your neck while I provide all of the details of our night.

When it came to dinner, I went back and forth about what we should have. After asking the question on my Instagram page, the response from followers was pretty unanimous; I needed to make Beef Ragout and Cheese Soufflé (it was also suggested I make a pie and pudding en flambé, but I didn’t have time for that).

To be honest, I had no idea what Beef Ragout was, and after a quick Google search, I found that there is technically Beef Ragu and Beef Ragout. To make matters worse, the internet wasn’t sure which Lumiere was singing about in the song “Be Our Guest.” Ultimately, I decided to make Beef Ragu, because honestly, it sounded easier to make, and it had ingredients in it that I thought my family would eat.

The recipe I used for the Beef Ragu was from Let’s Dish, and you can find the recipe here. I found this dish very similar to a pot roast, just with crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. I served it over pappardelle pasta and added some parmesan cheese on top. My husband claims that this is one of the best recipes that I have ever made and because I cooked it in the crockpot, our house smelled amazing all day!

I had never made a soufflé before and had only eaten it once, so it felt like a disaster waiting to happen. I’ve always thought that making soufflé sounded complicated, but I wanted to try it. As it turns out, creating a soufflé was also much easier than I thought it would be. I looked through a couple of recipes and ended up going with this one from The Kitchy Kitchen. I made a few tweaks based on ingredients I could find, I used Swiss Cheese (instead of Gruyere) and used freeze-dried chives because our grocery store was out of fresh, but it was honestly incredible.

Dessert was an easy choice! In the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, there is a restaurant called Be Our Guest, and they serve a fantastic dessert called the Grey Stuff (because, you know, “try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!”). Essentially the Grey Stuff is a mix of pudding, Cool Whip, and Oreos, and it truly is delicious. I felt this was the only choice for Beauty and the Beast dessert, and I was so excited when I realized that Disney posted this recipe not too long ago. You can find the recipe here.

If you can’t tell from the picture above, my daughter LOVED the Grey Stuff and was so upset that there wasn’t more for her to eat.

The highlight of my daughter’s afternoon and evening was wearing her Little Adventures Dress Ups dress while reading books and searching for adventure in the great wide somewhere (around our house). If you are looking for the cutest, comfiest dress up clothes (that you can throw in the washing machine!), check out Little Adventures and use my code MVM15 to save 15% at checkout!

In the end, my daughter decided that she did not like the Beast, which meant she didn’t want to sit through the entire movie, but that’s okay! We still had so much fun eating our delicious meal, singing along to “Be Our Guest”, and dancing to “Beauty and the Beast” as a family.

Sending love and magic.

Disney Dinner & A Movie Night: Snow White

We decided to continue with a princess movie theme this week for our Disney Dinner & A Movie Night, and we watched Snow White. If I’m honest, Snow White has never been my favorite Disney princess. That being said, the film is just classic Disney, and I love it for that reason. My daughter wasn’t a huge fan of Snow White either, but she loved the dwarfs and the song “Hi-Ho.”

When deciding what I would make for dinner, I decided to base our meal off of the movie itself. In the movie, Snow White makes the dwarfs a stew, and I wanted to do the same for our meal. Although the stew in the film is probably something traditionally German, I made a basic stew that I knew my daughter and husband would eat.

I tossed my stew meat in flour, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper, and then I browned it on the stove. Once that was done, I put it in my crockpot with carrots, mini potatoes, and beef stock and set the crockpot to cook on high for 8 hours. I loved being able to throw our dinner together in the morning and not worry about it all day.

Once I had our dinner together, cooking itself, I decided to focus on dessert. In the movie, Snow White makes a gooseberry pie for Grumpy, but I wanted to make traditional (but mini) apple pie. My daughter loved helping me make our mini apple pies; her favorite part of making pies was helping me peel and core the apples with our apple peeler.

I used a straightforward apple recipe because I wanted my daughter to be able to help and not worry about messing up anything complicated. I even used Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts (my grandma would be ashamed), but it turned out really yummy. After we ate our dinner, we topped the mini pies with vanilla ice cream and gobbled them up!

Snow White was such a fun movie to watch as a family. My favorite part of our new Disney Dinner & A Movie Night tradition isn’t the food or the movies; it’s the memories we create as a family. With everything going on in the world, we try to stay home as much as possible, and this gives us something to look forward to on Friday nights. I hope that our movie night meals inspire you to create fun memories with your family.

Sending love and magic.