Our family is celebrating best friends with a family fun night featuring Netflix, Walt Disney’s favorite chili recipe, and one-hour homemade cinnamon rolls. Best friends can come in many shapes and sizes: from furry beasts, to childhood companions, college buddies, or even a great neighbor. I hope your family takes time to celebrate the friendships that make our lives great.
As I mentioned in my Saturday Morning Cartoon Party and King Julien Party posts , we gave up cable about 3 years ago and instead we stream Netflix to watch our favorite shows. It’s a great way to get quality entertainment while saving money!
Best Friends Family Fun Night Entertainment
Netflix streams lots of great movies that celebrate friendship. Today I’ll share some of our family favorites… and let you know how we celebrated best friends on our family fun night.
For furry friends:
The Adventures of Puss in Boots, this all-new Netflix original series from Dreamwork stars the Shrek favorite Puss as he takes on new adventures and meets new friends. It’s a terrific new series.
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale, we love this movie since we’ve visited the statue of Hachiko at Shibuya station in Tokyo, Japan. The dog spent 9 years meeting the evening train to wait for his master who had died. It’s told as a story of friendship and loyalty to schoolchildren in Japan. The movie, starring Richard Gere, tells this story.
Annie, the new Jamie Fox version is in theaters but you must watch the classic 1982 adaptation that is packed with stars like Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters and Albert Finney. Annie and her best friend Sandy (the dog) capture Daddy Warbucks’s heart during the Great Depression. We love the movie and the historical discussion it presents (prohibition, the Depressions, radio programs, etc.)
For Disney fans:
Netflix is best friend when it comes to our love of Disney entertainment! Not only did Netflix bring Disney movie classics to their catalog, they also have lots of Disney channel favorites to stream. (There are more than 100 choices for Disney shows on Netflix today.) Even more exciting… beginning in 2016 Netflix will be the exclusive streamer for Disney’s first-run feature films (including Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Disney Animation studios).
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Netflix always has something to keep me entertained once little people are in bed! This month I was excited for the arrival of Friends! (It’s here, it’s here!)
I have been waiting years to access Friends through my streaming devices.Now all 236 episodes (10-seasons) are available on Netflix. Thursday nights in college meant fun nights with friends watching “Must See TV” on NBC. I can now binge watch all the episodes – check out the crazy crossovers with ER stars George Clooney and Noah Wyle or Mad About Your Stars Helen Hunt and Leila Kenzle – and remember fun evenings spent with dear friends.
Best Friends Family Fun Night Entertainment
As far as friendships go, there are foods that seem to be best friends too. Those perfect menu pairs that always seem to be found together such as: bacon and eggs, macaroni and cheese, or hamburgers and French fries.
Two foods that are best friends and make a great family dinner are chili and cinnamon rolls. Have you heard of this dynamic duo? It probably depends on where you live; it’s a Midwest specialty. I grew up (for most of my young life) in Iowa. My husband, however, is more of a Westerner (from Colorado).
Our family relocated from Japan to the Midwestern US last summer (we move a lot). My husband was astonished to hear that our neighbors served cinnamon rolls and chili for dinner. As a Colorado boy he had never heard of this combo. As an Iowa girl, I had grown up being served it as a school lunch combo. I decided that my husband needed to experience this Midwest specialty. I used my favorite recipe for one hour cinnamon rolls and Walt Disney’s favorite chili recipe.
Walt Disney’s Favorite Chili Recipe
Did you know Walt Disney grew up in Illinois and Missouri? His favorite chili recipe certainly reflects his Midwest roots. It is heavy on the beans and meat but light on the spices. You can get the recipe and full instructions at the official Walt Disney fan club: Walt’s Own Chili.
The chili recipe is a bit vague, here are a few adjustments I made while cooking:
- The recipe calls for 1 tsp. chili powder, but it makes a very large batch for this little chili powder I increased the amount used to 2 Tbsp. and it still had a very mild flavor.
- The recipe asks for 1 large can solid pack tomatoes, I used 2- 28 ounce cans of diced tomatoes (these can be regular or petite diced).
- Finally the recipe calls for 2 lbs. dry pink beans, I used dried kidney beans.
One Hour Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon rolls are one of my specialties! I love making them for my family and have perfected an easy recipe that only take about an hour. While they are not exactly health food, I love knowing that they are homemade and free of any preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, and contain no hydrogenated fats. You can get the recipe here: Easy One Hour Cinnamon Rolls.
You can download my free printable to show your favorite friends just how special your relationship is, the card features that unique but fabulous pair chili and cinnamon rolls. (You would be a wonderful friend if you included some freshly made cinnamon rolls!)
Have you ever paired cinnamon rolls and chili? Where did you grow up?
Comment below to help me with my informal chili/cinnamon roll research!
Disclosure: Netflix provided me with a streaming device and service in return for writing about their service. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
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