When we moved to our new place, we decided to leave the cats up at the country home so they'd have plenty of room to roam. Not gonna lie: it broke my heart to know I wouldn't have them with me every day, but they have the dogs to play with and Oma and Opa take great care of them.
I really can't feel too guilty about it: our “second home” has way more space than our place in suburbia and we're up there every time we have a couple days in a row off. Some Boy gets to visit with his grandparents, I get to do big projects with the help of Opa and all his fun tools, and the whole family gets to breathe a little fresh air. We really do get the best of both worlds this way.
We try to bring treats along for the animals on occasion. I like to take these Milo's Kitchen home-style snacks for the dogs because they're nice and healthy, with no added colors or flavoring. And of course, the cats get their favorite Meow Mix or an occasional tuna treat.
Attached to the snacks I got for the animals last time I went shopping was a $4 coupon for We Bought a Zoo. I'd been wanting to pick this movie up when it came out since I heard great things about it, knew it would be a real crowd-pleaser and I'm a big Matt Damon fan. The coupon is valid on the We Bought a Zoo Blu-Ray or DVD with the purchase of any two of the featured pet products, including specified sizes of Milo's Kitchen, Meow Mix, Milk Bone, PupPeroni and Kibbles ‘n Bits products.
The country home is our favorite place for family movie night because it has a nice roaring fire place and comfortable couches for everyone to sprawl out in – Great Danes included.
We Bought a Zoo seemed fitting for our latest family movie night, since it sometimes seems like we're surrounded by our own little zoo.
And don't forget the people snacks, too! I'm all for popcorn and cookies once in a while, but I do try to make healthy bites, too. I made these mini peach cobblers with Del Monte fruit cups (there's a $0.50 off coupon currently being featured in First for Women, Parade and Women's World magazines) for a healthy and easy recipe.
I simply ground 1 1/2 cups dry quinoa in the food processor and mixed that with 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 3 Tbsp olive oil, 1/2 cup milk and 3 Tbsp maple syrup to make a healthy pie crust. I pressed those into muffin tins and cooked them at 350 degrees for 10 minutes before filling with two packages of Del Monte Diced Peaches with Cinnamon & Brown Sugar, drained, mixed with 1/4 cup flour and half a cup of sugar, and baking for another 10 minutes. I didn't have to add any other spices to the filling since the Del Monte peaches already have cinnamon and brown sugar in them, but I did sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top just for looks.
What are your favorite family movie night traditions?
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