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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Nacho Dip

Here's a great recipe for nacho dip for your family game night:

2 small containers of cream cheese
1 small container of sour cream

mix well together

layer with the following
1 jar salsa
chopped green onion
chopped green pepper
top with graded sharp cheddar cheese

serve with dip style chips

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Spongebob Squarepants Memory Game

Okay, Phoebe now has a new favorite! This is the traditional memory card game where players turn over cards until they get a match. This one is Spongebob themed.

It is a fun game! Players can play from 3 years old and older. Phoebe and I played at least 4 times last night! My husband Allen had to get into the game as well, he could see how much fun we were having! Of course, Owen (my 2 year old) had to walk off with cards when we weren't looking...obviously, not a game for his age group!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Chicken Quesadillas

My kids love Quesadillas. They are so easy to make, what a great idea for your game night snack plan! Here's how I prepare mine.

Cheese (I usually purchase Sargento's Mexican Cheese mix)
Flour tortillas

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees

I start off by getting a cookie tray and putting foil down with a little spray of Pam. I put down my flour tortillas, add my cheese and top it off with the other flour tortilla.

Cook your quesadillas for 7 minutes or until your cheese melts.

That's it! Sometimes I will add some grilled chicken and or bell pepper and onion. For a quick lunch or dinner this one takes the cake!

Go Fish!

Hasbro sent the games I requested, I am so excited to get started!

When we received the box my daughter, Phoebe immediately had to open a game and play. We sat down and I taught her how to play 'Go Fish'. This particular game was "The Littlest Pet Shop Go Fish Game". Since Phoebe is 4 years old it took a little bit of understanding, but, she picked it up pretty quick. This game is great for learning numbers and memory. Phoebe loved this game and wanted to play several times. When my husband got home we played again and my 2 year old even got into the game (he of course wanted to walk away or throw the cards shouting "mine" with the cards rather than actually play the game! :-)

Here are some instructions for how to play "Go Fish" with a regular deck of cards.

Number of players: Two to six

Object: To win the most sets of four cards (books) by asking other players for them.

The cards: A regular 52-card deck is used, but you might shorten the pack in order to have a quicker game by removing all cards of a few different ranks.

To play: When two people play, deal seven cards each; otherwise, deal five cards each. Leave the undealt cards face down as a draw pile. Starting with the player at dealer's left, each player asks another for cards of a specific rank. For example: "Kevin, do you have any 6s?" In order to ask, you must already have at least one 6. Kevin has to give you all the 6s he holds, but the other players do not.

Whenever your request for a card is filled, it remains your turn. Continue with your turn, asking any player for cards of a specific rank. When the player you ask can't oblige, you'll be told to "Go Fish." Pick up the top card of the draw pile. If it's the rank you called for, show the card at once, and your turn goes on. Otherwise, your turn ends.

Play proceeds to the left in this fashion. Whenever you have collected all four cards of one rank (a book), show the other players, then place the book next to you in a compact pile.

Scoring: When all the cards have been drawn and all the books collected, whoever has gathered the most books wins.

Tip: Pay attention to who seeks which cards, for you will inevitably draw a card someone was looking for earlier. You can capture those cards at your next turn if you can remember whom to ask!

Variations: Call for cards from all players at once -- the game moves faster when everyone must give up the wanted cards. This also makes it a better move to ask for a card when your book lacks just one, since whoever might have drawn the fourth one must give it to you. An interesting scoring variant is to assign each book a value equal to its rank. Aces would then count 11, picture cards 10, and all other cards would be worth their face value.

Look for more posts coming soon!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

New opportunities!!

Hasbro has allowed me the opportunity to play some of their new games and review them on my blog! I look forward to sharing them with you soon!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

How to Play Ker Plunk

I remember Ker Plunk when I was growing up. Now I can show my 4 year old how to play!

Here's the rules of the game:

"Ker Plunk is the game where you take your pick and pull a stick. If all the marbles fall, you lose it all! You're only sunk if they go...Ker Plunk!"

This classic game of skill can be learned in seconds, but it offers a fun test of hand-eye coordination that is challenging to people of all ages and skill levels. As a result, Ker Plunk was a popular favorite among skill-game enthusiasts throughout the 1960s and '70s.

The game consists of a clear plastic tube, 30 thin sticks, and 32 marbles. Play begins with the players inserting the sticks through the tube and then pouring the marbles into the top of the tube. The sticks act as a web that block the marbles at the top of the tube. At this point, the players begin to carefully remove the sticks one by one. The goal is to get the stick out without making any of the marbles sitting on top fall through. If any marbles fall through, the person who made them fall collects them. Once the last marble has fallen, players count their collected marbles, and the player with the fewest marbles wins the game.

Ker Plunk was first published by the Ideal Toy Company in 1967, then later by Mattel and finally by Tyco in 1991. Mattel also published a variant of this game called “Super Ker-Plunk!”

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