How to Throw a Family Movie Night | The Secret Life of Pets

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It’s been pretty crazy around the Keller Farmhouse the past couple of weeks.  Jenny Cookies Bake Shop opened last weekend in Old Town Lake Stevens with a line wrapped around the building and customers shuffling in all weekend long.  To say I’m absolutely exhausted would be an understatement.  I could literally crawl in a hole and sleep until next year.

But since I have two small kids, crawling in a hole probably wouldn’t be ideal, so we settled on a family movie night to celebrate the shop opening and spend a little time together as a family.

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The kids chose The Secret Life of Pets which just came out on DVD and Blu-ray December 6.  They were so excited to cuddle up on the couch and have a movie night.

Even without the never-ending to-do list of the bake shop. this time of year is busy for everyone.  It’s nice to take a breather and plan a simple family movie night together.

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We organized our movie night menu around our favorite movie snacks.  Pizza, soda and popcorn!  We ordered pizza from one of our favorite restaurants and had a tray of soda ready to go.

For our snack, I made a huge batch of my favorite movie night popcorn mix.  It’s super easy to do and everyone loves it!  It’s a combination of sweet and salty treats.  (See recipe below).

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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS POPCORN MIX

Ingredients:
2 (2.9oz) bags of salty and sweet kettle corn
1 (12 oz) package of blue candy melts
1 (8 oz) package of Snickers bites
1 package of Trader Joes Chocolate Cat Cookies
1 (8oz) package of Twix bites
1 package Pretzel Flipz

You will need:
wax paper
bone/pet paw mold

Directions:

  •  Pop the popcorn according to the package directions.  Lay flat on waxed paper to cool.
  • Lay snickers and twix bites on waxed paper.
  • Melt the blue candy melts in microwaveable bowl in 30 second increments at 40% power for about 1 1/2 minutes, stirring as needed until smooth.  Drizzle blue candy over the popcorn and candy pieces.  With remaining colored candy, fill mold cavities.
  • Once molds have been filled, pop into freezer for about 5-10 minutes. Remove from molds.
  • Mix all of the ingredients into a large bowl and serve.
  • We couldn’t leave our pets out, so we made a little snack for them as well.  Using a dog bone and pet print mold (found on Amazon) we mixed peanut butter and plain yogurt together in a small bowl.  To speed up the time to fill each mold cavity, fill a piping bag with the mixture and pipe into each tray.  Once the mold is filled, place in the freezer for 1-2 hours to form it’s shape.  Once frozen, pop them out of the tray and serve!

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    Our cat Charlie was pretty excited to find a treat just for him!

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    Once everyone had their snacks and dinner in hand, we plopped on the couch for our movie.

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    Ever wonder what your pets do when you’re not home?  The Secret Life of Pets is a darling animated movie that features an all-star voice cast including Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Dana Carvey, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan, Steve Coogan and Albert Brooks. In addition to all the brilliant voices, the new release features nearly an hour of bonus content, including three hilarious mini-movies. Plan your next family movie night and pick up a copy on Blu-ray or DVD this holiday season.

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    I’m pretty sure my cats sleep most of the day…but I could be wrong!  They seem to look like this the majority of the time:

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    Photos by Kelly Clare Photography

    THIS IS A SPONSORED POST. JENNY COOKIES HAS RECEIVED PAYMENT, TRADE AND/OR PRODUCTS FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT IN EXCHANGE FOR PROMOTING, HOWEVER ALL OPINIONS STATED ARE MY OWN AND I ONLY PROMOTE PRODUCTS/COMPANIES I LOVE.

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