Recently my daughter and I read Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
We enjoyed the book so much that we were thrilled to learn that there is a movie with John Cary loosely based on the book.
When my husband was traveling for work we thought we would have a Mother/Daughter Movie Night.
I made a little Chili Bar with our family favorite Quinoa Chili (recipe below) and some toppings including cheese, cilantro and jalapeno peppers.
For drinks, we made cute little Coke Penguins. You can find downloadable versions at HungryHappenings.com.
And for a little treat we made Chocolate Penguin Bananas. These can be a little messy to make but they are such a fun treat. The recipe is also provided at the end of this post.
I found adorable matching Penguin PJ at Kohl’s.
And to keep us cozy for the movie we made a tie blanket out of black and white checked fleece. These blankets are so fun to make. They require nothing more than fabric and a good pair of scissors.
- Purchase 2 yards no pill fleece from your local fabric store
- Lay the fabrics on top of each other completely flat. Make sure you have no bumps or clumps of fabric. Cut any excess fabric along the edges so each piece of fabric is even in length and width.
- Cut off squares at all four corners.
- Then cut 3-4 inch stripes every 1 1/2 inches.
- Take a top and a bottom and tie a double knot! It’s just that at easy!
My 8 year old loves making these blankets!
Now it is movie time. And you can’t watch a movie without some popcorn.
We had so much fun enjoying Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
Here are the recipes:
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-ounce can yellow corn, drained and rinsed
2 15-ounce cans of mild or medium red enchilada sauce, divided
1 15-ounce can of diced fire roasted tomatoes and green chiles
1 cup un-cooked quinoa + ½ cup water
4 ounces cream cheese (light or fat free is okay)
Toppings: chopped cilantro, diced avocado, sour cream, Mexican cheese
- Add beans, corn, enchilada sauce, diced tomatoes and chiles, quinoa, water, cream cheese, and salt and pepper to the slow cooker. Stir everything together.
- Cover and cook 4-5 hours on high or 5-7 hours on low.
- Uncover, top with toppings of your choice and serve.
Orange Reese Pieces
- Peel the bananas.
- Slice in half, width-wise.
- Place on a parchment-lined baking tray.
- Melt chocolate chips (adding about1 1/2 tsp oil per half cup of chips for a smoother sauce).
- Dip each banana half into the sauce to make the penguin heads. Put in freezer to set.
- Adhere feet and beaks to the bananas using melted chocolate as the “glue.”
Photography by: S.Wolfe Photography