Hi I'm Stina from Moms Have More Fun and I love helping families to make memories with simple, creative ideas for themed movie nights and more. This Storybook Advent was the perfect challenge for this time of year because How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas books and movies.
"Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot. . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville did not."
So begins the classic tale. The Grinch may not have liked Christmas, but the Whos sure do! We're going to party like Whoville with these family movie nights treats that your kids can make too.
First up, Grinch punch!
What you will need to host your How the Grinch Stole Christmas Family Movie Night
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Whether you are a movie or a book fan this is the perfect How the Grinch Stole Christmas Family Fun Menu and Recipe inspiration. Load up the movie, dig out the storybook and make sure that you are ready for some Dr Seuss Family Fun.
Grinch Punch Recipe
If you're using the Kool-Aide, you'll want to be sure to grab the pre-sweetened kind or add in sugar since the soda doesn't have any sweetener. Lime Jello works great, but if you can find it, the limited Star Wars flavor called Rebel Force Berry is PERFECT. It's a tangy sweet berry flavor with a bold green color. (Look for BB8 on the package) We found it at Walmart but also available on Amazon.
Roast Beast Sliders and Who Hash
Family movie night for our gang involves eating dinner in front of the tv. That calls for something more substantial than just a few snacks. These Roast Beast Sandwiches and Who Hash are the perfect combo.
"And he... HE HIMSELF...! The Grinch carved the roast beast."
I just love that last line.
If you've made oven sliders before this recipe is pretty similar but uses deli roast beef instead of ham and I added a little horseradish mayo to give it a little kick. You can print the recipe here:
As for Who-Hash, it's pretty simple.
"Why, that Grinch even took their last can of Who-hash!"
When I was a kid, I thought Who-hash must be something like sauerkraut. I don't really know why, but it sounded un-appealing...the one last can of something weird in the pantry that no one really thought of as food.
I've taken that idea and made it something that looks quite Seussical and is definitely delicious.
1 package of Bratwurst
1 red cabbage
Chop your brats into 1" pieces. Thinly slice the red cabbage into ribbons. Slice the leek into ribbons and put in a bowl of water. Swish them around a bit to let all the sand that gets caught between the leaves fall to the bottom of the bowl, then scoop the floating leek slices out onto a towel to dry.
Heat a large skillet or pot over medium high heat. Cook the bratwurst slices until almost done.
This is a funny sight because the sausage casings will shrink and the sausage will burst out the ends making odd little shapes. I love how Dr. Seuss uses unusual shapes in his drawings so I wanted to incorporate that into the dish!
When the sausage is nearly done, remove the bratwurst from the pan and spoon out some of the grease (if there's too much), until there is just enough to coat the bottom of the pan. Toss in the cabbage and leeks and stir fry until tender, about 6-7 minutes. (Your preference may be different than mine on tenderness.) Season with salt and pepper and a bit of white wine vinegar (optional). Then add the bratwurst back in and toss together.
When it's all done, you'll have a hilarious looking dish with bright green and purple and funny shaped meatballs! This is definitely a dish fit for the Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss.
Grinchy Heart Cookies
Who doesn't love the pivotal moment in this classic tale when the Grinch hears the voices of the Whos ringing out, without any presents at all?
"And what happened then...?
Well. . .in Who-ville they say
That the Grinch's small heart
Grew three sizes that day!"
These sweet sugar cookies capture that moment with hearts in incremental sizes!
You can use whatever rolled sugar cookies you prefer or get the recipe here:
Heart Cookies Recipe from Moms Have More Fun
You'll need a set of incremental heart shaped cookie cutters like these (affiliate link): Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters.
Roll your cookie dough out rather thin, about 1/4". And cut one large heart and one medium heart with a smaller heart cut out of it. Be sure to cut the same number of each one and leave the largest hearts solid.
Kiddies love to help with this part!
If you would like, you can sprinkle baking sugar on top of the medium hearts for a bit of extra color. We chose a grinchy green for these!
Arrange the cut-out cookies on baking sheets with their like sizes--all the large on one pan, all the medium on one pan, and all the smallest ones on one pan--so you can control the baking time based on the sizes.
The smallest cookies are actually just spare, leftover bits, but they make a great little bite sized snack with tea!
Bake the cookies until they are just set, but not quite brown on the edges. Allow them to cool. (Your cookies will crumble if they are under-baked or too hot, so be sure they're cool!)
Spread a bit of strawberry jam on the large cookies and gently press the medium sized cookie on top to smush the jam out the sides.
As an added activity with preschoolers, you can count the hearts and talk about how the Grinch's heart grew three sizes. It started as tiny as the center, then grew to the medium cookie edge, then the jam edge, then the largest cookie!
These are quite large and quite the treat!
For extra fun, do up your hair and makeup like a Whoville resident and make a big show of it! I'll have a tutorial coming soon on Moms Have More Fun showing how I got this crazy style.
You can snag the printable menu and food labels and lots of other goodies in my secret printables library here.
May your Christmas be as merry as the Whos--the tall and the small--singing in the day, without any presents at all.
Twinkle lights and tasty treats,
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Stina Maloney is a girl who just wants to have fun. Keeping life simple and organized allows for creativity and memory making.Whether its a family movie night, a married date night, or the quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie, this mom of 4 kids, toddler to teen, knows it's all about balance and finding joy.
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