Tomorrow is one of my children’s favorite days of the year. April Fools Day provides so many funny moments and fun activities if you just look for it. Every year, I make a special dinner or dessert. My kids look forward to it, so I can’t let them down. I’m including last year’s menu and the year before if you want to start a tradition like this. The way this works is that they are given a card for each of the three courses. They must pick 3 or 4 items at the beginning of the dinner for each course with no duplicates. They could end up with a fork, a cake pop, and a glass for one course. You just have to make your best guess. I try to save plates and napkins from other holidays and use them on this day. There are so many silly things you can do! I hope you have a fun day tomorrow no matter how you choose to celebrate it!
My girls love all things pasta. Since my husband and I don’t eat pasta, I usually just leave it out of our dishes and serve it on the side. It’s a little more difficult to do with lasagna, but I still do.
Here’s how I do it:
2 lbs. sausage (any kind you like), cooked and drained
1 large container (usually 16 oz.) ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella
2 cups parmesan cheese
1 package of provolone cheese slices
2 jars of Rao’s spaghetti sauce (many other sauces have LOTS of sugar. You must read the labels)
Mix the meat with the spaghetti sauce. In a lasagna pan, layer a meat layer then a ricotta/parmesan layer, then slices of provolone. Continue layering. On the last layer, put the mozzarella cheese on top. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly.
(The provolone is a little thicker and doesn’t melt away like the shredded cheeses.)
Yesterday, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a very simple dinner and some homeschool lessons pertaining to the day.
I got the worksheets from The Mailbox where I have a subscription, but they do have some worksheets for free.
I made Margarita Chicken Dip, Frozen Margarita Pie, and Pina Colada Floats.
I got the Margarita Chicken Dip recipe from a pin on Pinterest.
The Frozen Margarita pie was super fast and easy to make. I tweaked a recipe I found on Pinterest to make it more to my family’s taste.
Frozen Margarita Pie
one graham cracker pie crust
one can sweetened condensed milk
one container frozen margarita mix
one tablespoon of lime juice and lime zest
one small container of Cool Whip
Mix together the condensed milk, margarita mix, lime juice and zest. Then fold in the Cool Whip. Pour it all into the crust. Place in the freezer until you’re ready to eat it.
The pina colada floats were just made with pina colada sherbet and Sprite.
I hope you had a nice Cinco de Mayo as well!
My girls really enjoy Star Wars. After I had the baby boy, they went over to my niece’s house and they watched all of the episodes over the course of a couple of weeks. I think they genuinely enjoyed the movies; but they also have that special feeling of being cared for to go with them. Since The Force Awakens came out, I think they have become even bigger fans. May the 4th was just naturally a day I wanted to do something fun. I looked over Pinterest for ideas. I wished I had gotten an earlier start because I saw lots of cute ideas that needed cookie cutters and other equipment that I just didn’t have on hand.
We ended up with breakfast for dinner. This is not unusual. We usually do this once a week on our more hectic nights.
The eggs were the Twin Suns.
Cinnamon rolls were naturally Leia’s Buns.
We had bacon and hashbrowns, which were a pretty terrible looking “Chewbaccon”. At least we got a good laugh out of it!
The sausage links were Light Sabers.
I made Yoda Soda which was basically just a lime sherbet float.
I made Chewy cookies from Little Debbie Star Crunch cookies and added candy eyes and a frosting mouth and nose. I got that idea from Pinterest.
I purchased Star Wars plates and napkins. I also got some Star Wars fruit snacks for little treats. The children all thought everything turned out really cute and I think they love a themed dinner as much as I do.
I made all the signs and the framed “May the Fourth Be With You” sign using DaFont’s Star Jedi font.
Next, Cinco de Mayo!!