Treasure Planet

We were supposed to be doing Snow White for our first movie night but the kids and I had the great idea that since it was Father’s Day we would devote it to my husband. So we let him pick and he chose Treasure Planet! I had the kids make the crafts before my husband got home. My daughter did a beautiful canvas of a starry sky and my son painted a ball like the map. Our night officially began with opening presents. We gave my husband the crafts as well as the pirate’s drink of choice, a bottle of Appleton’s Jamaican Rum.

For dinner we made Alponian chowder (I meant to pick up dog bowls at the dollar store to serve it in but I totally forgot). I was trying to keep the movie nights healthy and not serve cupcakes but my husband told me that because we almost never make desserts that he thought that was crazy, so “Bring on the cupcakes!”. I also gave the kids little chocolate gold doubloons as a snack while they watched the movie with their dad. A fun time was had by all and it was a great start to our Family Movie Nights! The cupcake were really easy, they were just vanilla cake mix and icing with purple food colouring added. Then the kids decorated them with purple sugar sprinkles and silver dragées. I’ve added a recipe below for the Alponian Chowder (Beef Stew) from the allrecipes.com site which I really like but to tell you the truth, for this one, I just threw it together out of my head!

For the painting, all you need is a canvas, some acrylic paint and a couple of brushes, you can find it all at the dollar store. Kids paint a dark background and when it’s dry they take a little bit of white or yellow paint on a large dry brush and flick the paint off the brush with their finger.

For the map, all you need is a ball, some sticker or label sheets, acrylic paint and a brush. The kids just cut up some labels or stickers and tape the ball with lines and circles. Then they paint with some cream acrylic paint and peel away the stickers or labels when dry. The artists in this case was a messy six year old so we touched up the lines and circles afterwards with some matching brown paint.

Alponian Chowder (Beef Stew) (Serves: 4)

Ingredients:
30 mL all-purpose flour
.655 mL ground black pepper
450 g beef for stew, cut into 1-inch cubes
15 mL vegetable oil
1 (294 g) can Campbell’s Condensed Beef Broth
125 mL water
2.5 mL dried thyme leaves, crushed
1 bay leaf
3 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium potatoes, cut into quarters
Method:
1. Stir the flour and black pepper on a plate. Coat the beef with the flour mixture.
2. Heat the oil in a 6 L saucepot over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook until well browned, stirring often. Remove the beef from the saucepot. Pour off any fat.
3. Stir the broth, water, thyme, and bay leaf in the saucepot and heat to a boil. Return the beef to the saucepot. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
4. Add the carrots and potatoes to the saucepot. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the beef is fork-tender and the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
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