Little Linc and I are having lots of fun with all of this family here in New Hampshire! We’re excited to have partnered with Hasbro® and Mars to create a fun game night for our family while we were in town!
Growing up, every Monday evening was set aside for family time. There were three rules my parents enforced. First, one person talks at a time (probably really important when all four of us kids were toddlers). Second, you must find a seat and stay there (probably even more important when all of us were squirmy toddlers). Third, and best, we always have treats. Usually the evening involved family scheduling for the week, some sort of lesson, followed by a fun activity and treats. Ben and I try to have a similar routine in our little family, but its hard because when there’s really just two of you, every night seems like family night. That said, it was fun to be in charge of the Monday evening festivities around here last night and we put together a fun spread!
I loaded up on chocolate and fruit for some pavlova and we had fun teaching my grandparents how to play Jenga 🙂 We had every intention of getting into a gun game of monopoly afterwards (my very favorite childhood game), but ended up wearing out the grandparents with all our giggling. Sometimes you just need to put the technology away and enjoy some time with your favorite people (or, in my case, enjoy some time while your favorite tiny person is fast asleep).
I’ve included the recipe for the Pavlova at the bottom of the post, but here are a few pictures from our fun night!
^I find the key to a successful game night is the people and the food. In addition to various toppings for the pavlova, we had plenty of M&M’s® and candy for the fam to snack on.
^how cute are these mint gum balls? Even grandpa wanted to try one 🙂
^Grandma was excited to learn to play Jenga – these two are my “game-playing” grandparents. All my childhood memories of them are filled with hours and hours of games and I love that they live in a little apartment off my parents house so I get to see them each time I come home. I’m also excited for Linc to have his first game playing experiences with them in a few years. They may be pushing ninety, but they are always up for time with their great grand kids 🙂
^I may have let my mom do the actual baking and decorating of the fruit pavlova (because personally, I think its only dessert if it includes chocolate 🙂
^my mom wearing a sleeping baby Linc 🙂
^I get to hangout with my sisters between hours and hours of studying for AP and IB tests this week …so much for a spring break!
^missing out on all the fun (or facilitating it, one of the two 😉
^not sure how she got old enough to go to college next year..
^entertaining tip: add fresh limes + cute straws to any soda for an instant update
^also, my dad decided to eat the peanut M&Ms inside raspberries – a fun little treat 🙂
^my kind of dessert
^Little Linc woke up just in time for us to take a little break, give him a bath and put him to bed before we continued the fun. I love watching my two little sisters be aunts. As the oldest, its a little strange to think of having a nephew while in high school, but they’re great with him (and its fun to hang out with people who are as interested/obsessed with my child as I am….)
The initial plan was to make dessert and fruit pizzas but my sister talked me into switching the base to pavlova, a delicious treat my Grandparents enjoyed often while living in Australia. Here’s the recipe for the base, and you can go ahead and top it with whatever you want! I preferred the M&Ms, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream but you can also layer on the berries.
What You’ll Need:
- 4 eggs whites
- dash of salt
- 1 C sugar
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 2 tsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 C heavy cream (or whipped cream)
- desired toppings (we had M&Ms and chocolate sauce on one with mixed berries on the other)
What You’ll Do:
- Beat egg whites and salt in stand mixer until soft peaks form. Add the sguar and beat until he mixture is stiff.
- Gently fold in the vanilla, vinegar, and cornstarch.
- Spread the mixture evenly in a circle on a pan covered with a piece of aluminum foil (in approximately an eight inch circle).
- Bake at 300 degrees for an hour and fifteen minutes (when we use my mom’s oven, which is convection, it only takes 50 minutes).
- Let the meringue cool, top with cream and desired fruit or candy.