Friday, February 7, 2014
February’s Entertainment Schedule Friday, February 7th
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Celebratee Valentine’ss Day y with kidss in n tow Romantic nights out on the town are how many couples celebrate Valentine’s Day. Restaurants and resorts book quickly come Valentine’s Day, while movie theaters tend to be packed as well. Even babysitters cash in come February 14, as parents look to enjoy a romantic night away from the kids. Parents who do not secure a babysitter well in advance of the holiday will have to spend Valentine’s Day with kids in tow. Many parents actually prefer to spend Valentine’s Day with their children, and there are plenty of family-friendly Valentine’s Day activities to keep everyone occupied.
Dessertt Spree Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year to fully engage your sweet tooth. And what child doesn’t enjoy sampling plenty of sweet treats? Create a sundae station after dinner, complete with different flavors of ice cream and various toppings. Include mix-ins, like brownie bits or small chunks of pound cake. Everyone can create their own sundae, topped off with whipped cream and a cherry. This is also a time to experiment with different dessert recipes. Encourage kids to come into the kitchen and dabble in pastry arts. Bake and decorate heart-shaped cakes and cookies. Whip up healthy, pink-tinged strawberry-banana smoothies. Create edible candy-and-chocolate bouquets to use as the centerpiece on a dining table. The opportunities for fun with sweets are endless.
Gett crafty Families also can use this Valentine’s Day as a chance turn off their electronic devices and have fun with crafts and hobbies. While heart-shaped paper crafts are requisite for the day, that doesn’t mean you need to be limited to all frilly creations. Boys can construct their own Cupid bows from twigs and some yarn. Everyone can whip up a batch of fizzing, scented bath salts. Homemade craft dough also makes for a fun project, and the dough can be turned into all different shapes, including hearts and bows.
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Fancyy dinnerr att home Who says you have to venture out for fine dining? Plan an intimate dinner right in your own dining room. Have the entire family dress up in semi-formal clothing and enjoy a candle-lit meal on fine china. The meal need not be fancy, as long as everyone enjoys what they are eating. Plan for dessert afterward.
Moviee night Rather than facing the crowds at area
theaters, you can visit your nearest movie quick-serve kiosk or purchase a movie through your cable service provider. Find family-friendly films with love and togetherness as the center theme. Then whip up a large bowl of popcorn, snuggle under the blankets and enjoy a movie marathon.
Memor y Box Purchase or find a wooden, plastic or metal box that will last for several years. Have all members of the family gather their favorite items or things that are sentimental to them and place them in the box. These can be ticket stubs, photographs, jewelry, or other trinkets. Place them in the box and seal it. Agree not to open the box until next Valentine’s Day to see how the family has grown and evolved.
Gett Planting Valentine’s Day is frequently accompanied by bouquets of roses and other flowers. Begin a new family tradition of planting flower seeds on February 14. Use small pots that can be kept indoors in a bright window for a few weeks until the arrival of spring. Then transplant outdoors and continue to enjoy full-grown flowering plants for months to come.
Plan n a Familyy Excursion Engage in an activity that everyone enjoys together. Spend a day sledding down a wintry slope or skating at a nearby ice rink. Hike through a town park and witness the landscape during a coldweather season. Visit a zoo, museum or aquarium and take in all the sights and sounds. Although Valentine’s Day is billed as a day for couples, the entire family can still enjoy the day together.
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Turn n up p the e chocolate Stopp Byy and Pickk Upp Your on n Valentine’ss Day Few desserts are more universally enjoyed and coveted than chocolate. It is the flavoring for sweet and savory cakes, cookies and pies, and chocolate can be enjoyed entirely on its own. Chocolate is particularly prized on Valentine’s Day, when it is enjoyed as a special treat, whether it is given as a gift or eaten as an aphrodisiac. With so many varieties of chocolate desserts available to tempt the taste buds, it can be difficult to decide on which treat to serve to that special someone. Cheesecake is versatile and works well with chocolate as the centerpiece. It also can be prepared in advance and enjoyed later on for the best taste and results. Cherry-Chocolate Cheesecake Pie Serves 6 to 8 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 1 cup (8 ounce container) sour cream 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4 to 5 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate 1 stick unsalted butter 12 to 18 chocolate sandwich cookies, like Oreos(R) 1 container cherry pie filling/topping Preheat the oven to 350oF. Prepare the crust by melting 1 stick of butter over low heat on the stove or by using the microwave. Do not overcook. Separate the halves of cookies and remove the cream filling. Put the chocolate cookies into a large zipper-top bag and use a rolling pin to crush the cookies into crumbs. You may also pulse the cookies in a food processor to create crumbs, if available. Mix the crumbs with the melted butter in a bowl until they begin to clump. Press the
cookie crust into a 9-inch pie plate, coming a little bit up on the sides. Allow the crust to set in the refrigerator. Soften the cream cheese by leaving it at room temperature for a little while and massaging the unopened packages with your hands. Otherwise, microwave the cream cheese on low power until slightly warm and softened. Add the cream cheese, sour cream, eggs and vanilla to a large bowl. Using a stand or hand mixer, blend the cheese mixture until all ingredients are well incorporated. Then continue to mix for 2 or 3 minutes more to make the mixture more creamy. In a microwave-safe bowl, place the squares of baking chocolate and use low to medium power to melt the chocolate. Mix thoroughly until all the chocolate has liquified. Let the melted chocolate cool off before adding it to the mixture, so the hot chocolate will not curdle the eggs and cream when added to the cream cheese mix. Blend the chocolate with the cream cheese batter until thoroughly incorporated. (Note: If you prefer marble cheesecake, swirl the chocolate through the cream cheese instead of mixing thoroughly.) Pour the batter into the pie plate over the crust. Bake for around 1 hour, checking the cheese cake to see if it is firm and set. Place the finished pie into the refrigerator and allow to cool for 3-4 hours, or overnight. Do not worry if cracks have formed in the top. Use the cherry filling to top the pie. If desired, decorate with chocolate curls. Serve and enjoy.
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