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Movie Night: The Biggest Little Farm

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Roll up your sleeves and get ready to dig in to a darling movie night. The Biggest Little Farm is a delight! It’s a beautiful story of hard work set against a stunning backdrop of nature, animals, and dreams.

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The Biggest Little Farm is a documentary chronicling the eight-year journey of a couple who followed their dog (yes, their dog) to create a haven of vegetables, baby animals, fruit trees and chicken coops.

For parents… this movie has one bad word (it’s more implied than heard) and you will see animals both give birth and fall victim to predators. We found it suitable for our family, but just know some scenes will be hard on little (and big) hearts. However, there’s a payoff when you see nature truly work in harmony and did I mention the baby animals? So many adorable baby animals!

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My goal was to create a table for this movie night that had a farm or barnyard feel, but more rustic and sophisticated than many of the preschool-themed products I initially found. I discovered this set of plates and napkins and they were just perfect.

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I used honeycrisp apples we had in the pantry to create a centerpiece. Look at all of the darling plates! I used kraft paper for a runner and a random collection of mason jars and glasses.

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Our farm-worthy feast included oven-fried chicken, grilled corn on the cob, and salad.

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Of course the corn was an excuse to use my pig corn holders!

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Movie night is all about the treats. For dessert I served strawberries dipped in orange chocolate on a bed of crushed Oreos. It looked like a sweet little carrot patch. Just stick Oreos in your blender and you’ll have “dirt” in no time. I thought this turned out to be such a charming little treat for this movie.

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The Biggest Little Farm is big on heart, brimming with cute baby animals, and will leave you amazed at how God created all the earth’s plants and creatures to work together. It will warm your heart!

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Movie Night: Twelve

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It’s Friday night and that means movie night is up to bat! This one not only delivers an encouraging message, it’s the perfect excuse to eat hot dogs for dinner… which is a home run after a busy week.

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Our movie is called Twelve and follows a young boy as he learns about hard work, patience and sportsmanship through baseball. This movie contains a couple of crude jokes (that don’t completely cross the line), but I consider it to be clean and family-friendly. It starts off a little slow, but by the end it offers a valuable message and will have you cheering.

Of course the one of the best parts of watching sports is the food. We dined on cheddar brats with baseball cheese puffs and root beer. Baskets with paper liners made us feel like we were at the ballpark. I had peanuts in the shell on hand for snacking as well.

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Just like our movie, the meal had a sweet ending. My kids aren’t big on Cracker Jacks, so I tried to think outside the traditional baseball treats for dessert. I ended up picking up some Bundtlets from Nothing Bundt Cakes and calling them “bunt cakes”… because who doesn’t love a good pun? Or cake?! Baseball napkins completed the look.

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This movie night was a way to come together, eat an easy but delicious dinner, and cheer on the good sportsmanship we saw in this movie. If you have baseball players or any kind of little athletes in your home, I recommend Twelve.

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Movie Night: Apollo 11

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It’s movie night, y’all! This week we are throwing it way back to 1969 and the historic Apollo 11 mission that put a man on the moon. This one is not only educational, the theme is a blast. See what I did there?

This documentary came out earlier this year and as we were watching, my husband had to look up whether it is made up of actual footage or if it was made as a movie. It’s historic footage and the quality is that good! Apollo 11 is really interesting and offers a snapshot not only of this incredible feat in American history, but of the late 1960’s culture. Keep an eye out for Johnny Carson!

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A movie night like this of course calls for snacks that are out of this world. I used this divided serving dish and filled it with space-themed snacks.

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Here’s a look at everything… Trader Joe’s Cheddar Rocket Crackers and Half Moon cookies… Moon Cheese… Imag!ne Cheese Stars… and Sea Stars cereal from Kroger.

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For the table, this tablecloth took us to outer space and these little astronauts explored the tablescape. Galvanized chargers and black plates complete the look.

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We found this movie to be fascinating and enjoyed having a front row seat to a famous event that happened before our time. Also… who doesn’t love astronauts? Happy Friday, friends!

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