This was my daughter's week to pick a family activity so she created "Meal and a Movie Night". Her idea was for each family member to find a recipe, make it, and share it with the family as a special meal. Then, we'd all watch a movie! Throughout the week, we each picked out a recipe, wrote down the ingredients on a shopping list, and then we went shopping for the ingredients together.
http://www.recipe.com/ and as usual, wanted no short cuts and wanted to change the recipe to make it his own. My husband and I each took turns supervising and helping him with this recipe--making the dough and filling, boiling them, and then frying them.
My youngest had been begging to make a recipe he'd seen at a friend's house--milkshakes. So he createda mint chocolate milkshake on his own. This was perfect for him as all he needed to do was blend it in the blender! Boy, was it scrumptious.
My husband and I topped off the meal with a special treat that the kids have never tasted yet--Pistachio Gelati. The whole meal ended up being a "tasting party" as each dish was something we'd never tried before and happened to have a sort-of international flavor in the end. My favorite part was getting to work one-on-one with each child in an activity and then coming together as a family to enjoy. Although we all couldn't agree on the movie (truth be told!), we did watch one together with just some grumbling. The whole evening was a lot of fun.