2020 has proven to be by far one of the most challenging years for me and my little fam bam, and here in SoCal, we are back under new stay-at-home orders which honestly feels like a gut punch. #2020sucks
Basically, since March, my kids have lost so much…sports, in-person school, jobs, extracurricular activities, parties with friends...You name it, they probably can't do it anymore.
Honestly, it’s been so hard to see them lose all of the things that they love doing the most, and to top it off our oldest daughter is a Senior so no Homecoming, or Varsity sports, or Senior special events...and at this point, Winter Formal, Prom, and Graduation seem like a pipedream. 💔
Even though things in the outside world feel depressing and hopeless, the one thing I can control is what happens under our roof at home, so I’m doing my best to make some kind of lemonade out of the rotten lemons we’ve been given.
So this Holiday Season, I am upping the game on festivities at home.
One of the things that we added to our family bucket list is to watch holiday movies together (Missed that blog post? You can read it here)…which is all well and good but I’m determined to kick it up a notch and have decided to make our movie nights also themed dinner nights.
First up…The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
I mean, this one is super easy…even if you aren’t the super creative type, you can throw some green food on a plate and call it a “Grinch Dinner”.
Luckily for me, there are T-O-N-S of ideas on Pinterest (check out my Grinch Board here), and that made the planning so much easier!
Here is what was on our menu:
1. Grinch Pinwheel Appetizers (recipe here)
2. Grinch BLT Wraps (basically regular BLT wraps but with green spinach tortillas). I would have made "Roast Beast" since that's referenced in the movie, but we don't really eat beef in our house, so we customized it to meet our dietary preferences with turkey bacon.
3. “Who Hash” - which was seasoned hash browns - The kids got a kick out of this because when we watched the movie they specifically refer to “Who Hash” in the movie.
4. Grinch Fruit Kebobs (get the recipe here)
5. Grinch Salad - any green salad you want to make - we opted for Caesar Salad!
6. Grinch Juice - I wanted to make this one with Sprite and lime sherbet, but I could not find sherbet at my grocery store, so I just served Sprite in green sugar-rimmed wine glasses.
7. Grinch Dessert - Instead of “Mint Moose Tracks”, we called it “MAX-Tracks” in honor of the Grinch’s dog Max.
I was a bit worried because my kids are all teenagers (13, 15, 18) they would think our Grinch Dinner was “lame” or “too cheesy”, but honestly they loved it! (or at least they acted as they did!) I think my husband really enjoyed it too!
Since basically everything in our community is shut down again, our lives are pretty.dern.boring these days so really any little injection of fun is a BIG WIN in our house!
Up next…planning for The Elf Movie…hmm….this one should be interesting!
Until next time, cheers to making the most of whatever life throws at you, and cheers to you!🥂