Last fall we took our first trip as a family to Disney World and it was my dream come true. I had gone to Disney World many times as a child and it has a special place in my heart. When Mike’s parents gave us the opportunity to take our own children, I was ecstatic. I was also inspired to bring a little Disney magic home with us.
Once a month we are going to dine on Disney for Dinner! The plan is once a month we chose a Disney movie to watch together and make something for dinner inspired from that movie. Example: For March we selected the Princess and the Frog and for dinner we will have Tiana’s Gumbo!
To be totally honest this whole idea didn’t come together as planned. The plan was to drop off the oldest little one at a birthday party while I ran to the store for some decorations and beignet ingredients. Well not 5 minutes after leaving the house, a small local flurry turned into an hours long snow squall which nearly doubled our drive time with almost zero visibility. By the time I got to the birthday location, I was in no shape to try and drive in a whiteout to the grocery store. So no decorations and no beignets! I tried.
I used this slow cooker cajun chicken and sausage recipe from Tastes Better from Scratch. The recipe was easy and so delicious. I followed the recipe to the letter only omitting the green onion and parsley because adding something green to dinner decreases the change my picky kids will eat it. If you are interested in making it yourself, get the recipe and instructions at Tastes Better from Scratch!
Since I was with no Plan B for some easy and cute table decorations I had to scrape something together from my party bin and the results were pretty sad. A couple of balloon holders, table cloth, a paper plate with Tiana stickers as a centrepiece held together with tape and purple, gold and green streamers.
Dinner was great. The kids sat politely at the table (I think it was the table cloth!), ate dinner and only asked if there was going to be dessert once. The littles then settled in to watch the movie before bath and bed. Even with my slapped together table, no dessert, the delicious gumbo style dinner and movie made the kiddos feel extra special and we had nice couple hours of down time. It’s a fun little family night I can’t wait to do again!