Summer: Free/Cheap Family Movies

The previous few years the movies have been free but times are getting really tough all around and now they are $1 a person.  Thanks economy!  While still about 70-90% cheaper than traditional movie tickets this is still a great deal and an awesome motivator (if you behave this week then we can go to the movies!).  A quick Google search should provide you with your local info.  For our area its the Werenberg Cinema, home of the extremely creepy whispers!  If you are unfamiliar watch this YouTube clip and listen for it!

Today we saw The Lego Movie and everyone had a great time.  Seriously one of the best family movies I have seen in a really long time but make sure to bring some tissues for those tears that sneak out at the end!



Some tips I have found along the way with kids and movies:

*Don’t go at nap time- you are ASKING for trouble!

*Bring coats, esp if you or your little one usually get chilly in movies.

*We brought a small blanket today and that worked out great for the little one to snuggle up in when she got cold.

*Bring sippy cups to minimize spills.

*Ask for some extra popcorn bags to divide up a large tub of popcorn and water cups to split up drinks or simply just drink water and save more money!

*Get there early esp if you want to find seats together!

Recipe: Quick Chicken Parmesan with Garlic Bread

It’s been raining and storming the last few days (and forecast all week!) so I am moving pretty slow the last few days thanks to my lovely rheumatoid arthritis.  Anyone with any kind of arthritis can sympathize I’m sure!  Didn’t want to spend a whole lot of time standing in the kitchen so I made this super fast, easy and cheap version of Chicken Parmesan and garlic bread.


Quick Chicken Parmesan

*bag of frozen chicken patties (my youngest son calls them “the biggest chicken nuggets ever”)

*2 jars of pasta sauce

*box of pasta (any kind is fine- I used rotini last night)

*shredded Italian cheese


1. Bake chicken patties as directed.

2. Heat up the sauce in a saucepan.

3. Prepare pasta according to package.  I subscribe to the theory of adding a little bit of olive oil and salt to my water to help prevent sticking and to flavor the pasta.  Strain and return to the pot.  My hubby used to work for a local Italian restaurant and demands I prepare pasta “properly”.  Add just a ladle or two of the sauce into the noodle and combine.  This coats all the pasta with a little bit of sauce and also prevents the pasta from sticking and clumping together.

4. On a plate lay down 1 or 2 chicken patties then top with a ladle of sauce.  Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

5. Spoon on a portion of pasta and top with more sauce.  I also sprinkled some grated Parmesan Romano cheese on top.

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Homemade Garlic Bread

*8 slices of bread

*butter or butter spread

*garlic salt (I don’t have many “brand preferences” and usually just go for cheapest but Lawry’s Garlic Salt is one of those that is a must have for me)



1. Butter each slice of bread on one side and arrange on a baking sheet.  I use a silicone baking pad under to prevent things from sticking to the pan.

2. Sprinkle a little bit of garlic salt and paprika over the bread slices.

3. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until toasted.

4. Serve whole or cut into half.

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Before going into the oven