Family Movie Night! Plus a Recipe for Naturally Gluten Free Marzipan Cookies

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Do you struggle with picking movies everyone wants to watch? Do you find yourself with nothing to look forward to with your family at the end of the week? Do you struggle to find affordable activities for everyone in your family? Do you wish your family spent more time together? Are you unable to go anywhere?

Back in the fall I decided to re-vamp our movie-watching. There was way too much of it and the quality of the movies we watched was poor. Fighting over movies was common and more often than not we just couldn’t find anything to watch that everyone agreed on.

So, I made a rotation. Each person in our family gets a Saturday for their movie night. We start from the oldest and when we are done with the youngest’s turn we start over again. You can petition the committee (me) to swap nights, but the other person has to be in agreement.

On Saturdays the person whose movie night it is gets all kinds of special treatment, but they also have a great responsibility- to pick the movie the whole family will watch! Everyone has to watch it unless they have been excused for an outside activity by the committee. Lol. Other people may bring things to do like sewing, knitting, or drawing, but they may not get on a screen. You would not believe how careful everyone is to pick a movie that they think everyone will like! (If movies are not received well it is up to the movie night person to pick another one if they wish, but it must be done soon after the movie starts.)

The person whose turn it is gets to pick where we watch the movie (in the living room or in Dad and Mom’s room), what to have for family dessert that weekend (we make one dessert a week) and we usually have fun snacks too. Everybody scrambles around on Saturday to get chores done and the dessert baked and to gather snacks. We usually have the kids take their showers early so they can watch in their jammies.

It has been such a wonderful thing for our family! And it’s a way to teach our children cultural literacy. We use “The Best Old Movies for Children” book as a great guide.

It’s officially summer! Yay! I can’t wait for moon-flower blooms like this:

 

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Dump cakes cooking on open fires…

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Watching my Hollyhocks grow to 8′ tall!

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Gong to the drive-in movies with Abbey and the kids:

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And making gorgeous memories!

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My husband’s favorite dessert for his movie night are Marzipan Horns- a type of lovely cookie that is made from marzipan. It is naturally gluten-free. If you have egg allergies you can sub in corn syrup. If you have corn and egg allergies anything with the same viscosity of egg whites will be fine.

Marzipan is a lovely candy dough made from almond flour and it is very expensive. You can make your own cheaply at home! Aldi has very well-priced quality almond flour.

For this recipe you make the Marzipan first, then use it to make the cookies. It helps if you have a food processor or blender but can be done with a hand mixer too. You’ll notice the cookie recipe feels kind of like you are just making more marzipan! Also it only takes 8 oz. of the Marzipan for the cookies, I just guess at it and have never had any problems. Also, when rolling the cookies your hands will get really gooey, just wash them every so often. We like to double these recipes to get 18 or more cookies. Both recipes originate in Germany and are very popular at Christmastime!

Marzipan ~ Almond Paste

1 1/2 Cups almond flour
1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 egg white

In a food processor with the regular blade, blend the dry ingredients first, then add the wet. Keep going until the dough forms a ball. Makes about 12 ounces. Keep refrigerated.

 

Marzipan Almond Horn Cookies ~ Mandelhornchen

8 ounces of the marzipan from the recipe above
1 Cup almond flour
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
almond slivers for decorating

Put dough mixer (not blade) in food processor. Add and mix dry ingredients, then wet. The dough will be sticky. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Pinch 1″ pieces from the dough. Roll into balls, then roll into crescents. (Your hands will get sticky!) Bake for 10-15 minutes until browned slightly. Makes about 9, 2″ cookie horns.

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Happy movie night to you from Kansas Street,

-Jaime

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