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Friday, January 30, 2015

Win $250 in Event Tickets From Rukkus

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Here at Midwest Family Food and Fun we believe in fun. It's right in our name. One of the best ways to have fun is seeing your favorite sports team or artist live. Right!?! Well how about doing it for free? Can't get much better than that! 

Want to know how? We'll tell you. The Rukkus Win $250 in Event Ticket Contest is how. What is Rukkus? It's a fast and easy way to get tickets at the best price to great events in any town imaginable. Now you ask how can you win $250 in event tickets free. Well here are the ways to win:

  • Write a haiku about your favorite concert, sports, or theater event you’ve attended and send it to giveaway@rukkus.com (+1 entry)
  • Tweet “I just entered to win $250 in event tickets from rukkus.com #jointherukkus” (+1 entry)
  • Tag Rukkus on Instagram at a concert, sports, or theater event with the hashtag @jointherukkus #jointherukkus (+1 entry)
Yes it really is that simple. The contest will begin February 2nd and run until February 16th. Click here to read more about it!

So enter to win. Make sure to share with others. Good luck!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

DIY Desktop Number Line

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Jude is really enjoying homeschooling, which is such a relief to me! We have gotten into a routine for the most part, making the day go faster and easier. Not to say it is perfect, nor do I strive for perfection. What I strive for is a comfortable environment that fosters curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge.  Sound good doesn't it!?! Well like I said for the most part we're getting there.

Even though we are only in kindergarten we already have or most favorite and least favorite classes. To date we dread history. We love learning about people and places, but for some reason we just haven't clicked with the OHVA/K-12 history curriculum just yet. But it's getting better. I just think it was a little overwhelming to start. Our favorite subject by far is math. Yes math! Jude can't get enough of it. And by far his favorite way to do math, is his number line. So we thought we would share the project with everyone.


This is what you'll need. A roll of Repositionable Vinyl which can be bought at craft stores or by clicking on the link for purchase on Amazon. This stuff is super ease to work with and like it states is repositionable without leaving a sticky residue or causing damage to the surface you are placing it on. You'll also need a black, red and blue permanent marker, a ruler, a pair of scissors and small figures to use to mark your place on the number line when finished. Pretty straight forward supplies.


The first thing you will need to do is decide how long you want to make your number line. This will be determined by the amount of space you have on the desktop or table you will be placing it on. Then mark and cut your vinyl. I chose to cut a couple of strips instead of one long one to save on the vinyl used. Waste not want not. It worked perfectly fine. I just overlapped the strips a little when placing them on the desktop/table.


After your strips are cut start by peeling a little of the backing of the vinyl.


Then turn the strip over and place on the desktop/table where you would like the number line. Then you can use the ruler to press down and make sure you get all the air bubbles out and get a good adherence. If you are using more than one strip like I did, just overlap them a little so that the edges don't pull up.


Then use your ruler and divide the number line in half. Place a black line with the number zero at the halfway point. Then you will draw a straight line with an arrow with your blue marker to the right and then a straight line with an arrow with your red marker to the left.


Finally you will evenly space out your numbers positive (blue) to the right and negative (red) to the left. We did -30 to +30. Of course we are not using negative numbers yet, being in kindergarten, but it is never to early to start to introduce the topic. Now you're all set to start adding and subtracting! Just use your favorite figure to move about the number line. We call him our traveler. It helps to make math and adventure.

Well hope you enjoy! Let us know what you think. And if you get a chance to make your own feel free to send us your pictures of your travelers number line adventure. We love sharing!

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Strange Magic Movie Matinee

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The boys and I ventured out to a matinee of Strange Magic yesterday. We finished up homeschool classes early, love it, and headed to the theater. We went to our favorite AMC Theatre. The reclining seats are amazing.  As a mom, I am a fan of the AMC Stubs Card. It has been well worth the small investment. Especially with the no online ticket fees. I am able to get my tickets a head of time!


As you can see, Jude made himself right at home. We got situated with our movie candy and drinks and we were ready for the show.



"Strange Magic" is a Lucas Film and according to the movie maker it is inspired by "A Midsummer Nights Dream". It has a nice moral for children "everyone deserves to be loved." And while it has a magical musical selection, the plot is a little lack luster. It is a "love story" but does have some sword and army action, which my boys appreciated. There are some cute animal characters. The music will keep you involved but the story will not linger.

We may not be bringing it home on DVD/Blu-Ray, but it did leave us smiling and singing the whole way home! So for that it was well worth the price of admission. Have you seen "Strange Magic"? Let us know what you thought about it!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread

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Looking for an alternative to your plain old garlic bread? Try this Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread. It has a crispy outside from the baked cheese and a soft and slightly chewy inside that is irresistible. Jude helped me make this tonight as our side to a giant pot of garlicky steamed mussels. What a treat!



As you can see from the ingredients above, this pull apart is filled with yummy pesto and cheesy goodness. It is a great recipe to use up that little bit of pesto we always have left but are not sure what to do with.

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.  Then generously spray your nonstick bundt pan with cooking spray. It is very important to grease the pan well because of the amount of cheese in this recipe.



Start by opening up the two cans of refrigerator biscuits and cutting each biscuit into four pieces and place the pieces in a large bowl. We used our board scraper to cut the biscuits. Super easy.


Jude enjoyed this part of the recipe. This is a good recipe to get the kids cooking in the kitchen with you. I find if they help you make it, they are more likely to try it!


After all of the biscuits are cut and placed in the bowl, stir in the pesto. Make sure you get all of the biscuits coated evenly.  If the biscuits are sticking together, you might need to get your hands a little dirty, but they are your best tool in the kitchen. Trust me it will be worth it! Use your favorite store bought or homemade pesto. I know that pesto is not usually used in recipes where it will be cooked, but it is perfect for this recipe.  As I said before, it is a great way to use up that little pesto we always have left over. 


Next you will need to mix in the grated Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Once again make sure you get all the cheese nicely incorporated. This will ensure the cheese runs through the bread evenly.


Transfer your biscuit mixture into your greased bundt pan. If there is cheese left in the bottom of your bowl that did not get fully mixed in, sprinkle on top. Then place your filled pan into the 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes.



After 30 minutes it should be nice and golden brown on top. Check the inside with a toothpick to ensure it is completely done. Then remove from the oven. Allow to bread to cool in pan for 5 minutes and then turn out on plate or tray to serve. I like to flip it back over to see the puffy golden brown top. Can be served warm or at room temperature.




Cheesy Pesto Pull Apart Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serving: 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (16.3 ounce cans) refrigerator biscuits
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Generously spray nonstick bundt pan with cooking spray.
  3. Open cans of refrigerator biscuits. Cut each biscuit into four pieces and place cut biscuits in a large bowl.
  4. Stir pesto into bowl of cut refrigerator biscuits making sure biscuits are thoroughly coated.
  5. Then add shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese to the biscuit mixture and once again stir to combine completely.
  6. Transfer biscuit mixture into greased bundt pan.
  7. Place filled bundt pan into preheat oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes it should be nice and golden brown on top. Check the inside with a toothpick to ensure it is completely done. Then remove from the oven. 
  9. Allow to bread to cool in pan for 5 minutes and then turn out on plate or tray to serve. Can be served warm or at room temperature.

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