The winds of change are coming to Patchwork Farm. As our state slowly moves from red to yellow, normalcy (under strict mitigation) is returning. This week work at the daycare resumes for Grace. Graduation is a week away for Rusty and Braden. Molly will be leaving us in seven days to head to Salt Lake City to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the next 16 months. Grace and Zach spent the weekend moving back to their little apartment, after living at Patchwork Farm for the last 9 weeks during quarantine. With all these changes coming down the pike, we have been working hard to create pockets of fun and memory-making opportunities before everyone scatters.
One way we have done this is through themed dinner nights. Gracie had the idea of having a Disney dinner night, an idea that our Disney-loving family jumped at!
This was probably our most extensive themed dinner yet. This Disney-loving family had lots of ideas, and our inability to edit ourselves meant we incorporated
EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!
This themed dinner took a day’s worth of effort as we spent all of last Wednesday shopping for groceries, decorating, cooking, and creating.
Our efforts began in the dining room as we transformed the space into a tribute to all things Disney, incorporating many decorations from Rusty’s room!
Then we started cooking. Our meal was a hodgepodge of Disney-themed dishes.
Grace took on the task of creating corresponding food tags for each of our side dishes. Using water colors, she captured the Disney film represented by each dish.
While she painted, Rusty and Molly helped me cook.
Some of our culinary nods to classic Disney films included:
Our main dish was Toy Story’s Pizza Planet Pizza. We made the pizza dough ahead of time. When Toby and Zach arrived home from work everyone was sent to their rooms to dress for dinner. Everyone was instructed that they were to arrive at dinner Disney-bounding as a character from a Disney movie or ride.
Many of our outfits paid tribute to Toy Story…
With Molly representing Woody:
Tyler dressed as a Pizza Planet delivery boy:
And Toby and I as Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head:
Rusty came to dinner Disney-bounding as Brer Fox from Splash Mountain:
Others came to dinner dressed not as a particular character, but instead sporting Disney gear.
Then it was time to make our personal pizzas. Everyone got a ball of homemade pizza dough that Grace had mixed ahead of time, and plenty of toppings to pick from. The kids enjoyed getting to create their own culinary masterpiece.
As the pizzas baked everyone headed into the dining room to check out the other goodies,
Including character cupcakes for each family member.
When the pizzas were done baking everyone dished up and headed to the dining room where we enjoyed a delicious dinner paired with Disney music and Disney movie trivia.
We REALLY loved “The Grey Stuff!” Here is the recipe we used if you’d like to try it yourself…YUM!
- 1 1/2 cups of cold whole milk
- 1 (3.4 ounce) package of instant vanilla pudding mix
- 15 chocolate cookie sandwiches (Oreos)
- Food processor
- 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
- 3 tablespoons instant chocolate pudding mix
- Edible sugar pearls
Pour milk into a large mixing bowl. Add instant vanilla pudding mix and whisk for 2 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened. Place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, until firm.
Place chocolate sandwich cookies in food processor and pulse until pureed.
Fold pureed cookies into pudding mix. Stir until fully mixed.
Add whipped topping and instant chocolate pudding. Stir until fully mixed.
Place in refrigerator and chill for one hour.
Spoon grey stuff into piping bag fitted with desired tip. Pipe grey stuff into cups. Top with sugar pearls.
Enjoy your very own grey stuff, because as Lumiere says, “It’s delicious!”
It was a “magical” night!