Thursday, August 23, 2012

Game On! Family Night with #DipDipHooray

Rushing here, rushing there, some nights it is nice to put aside time to just spend as a family. Time to talk, time to laugh, and time to enjoy each other's company. Since my children were born I knew that family game night was an important tradition I wanted to start in my family. I watch for sales and pick up games when the opportunity arises. I love the classics from my own childhood, Hi Ho Cherry-o, Candy Land, Hungry Hungry Hippos.

When I told my kids I was planning a Hasbro Game Night they were excited. Especially when I mentioned they could help pick out a new game.

After walking through the game aisle we found many games we want to try, but finally agreed on Connect 4. Did you ever play this as a child? My son loves playing tic-tac-toe so he understood the concept and was really looking forward to playing with us.

You can see my entire shopping trip in my Google+ album. I was able to find everything we needed for our Hasbro Family Game Night at Walmart; the food, condiments and games were all there.

On game night, the last thing I want to do is spend all of my time in the kitchen. Meals that can go together in less than 30 minutes and please my picky eaters are a bonus.

For this #DipDipHooray party we stuck with the classics, french fries, chicken nuggets and ketchup. Of course, I love to switch things up and am always looking for a way to incorporate a little zing.

Asked to come up with a 5-ingredient meal using Tyson Chicken Nuggets, Ore-Ida French Fries and Heinz Ketchup, well I bring you my favorite Hot and Tangy Goop. Good for dipping either your nuggets or fries. Though, you might notice it is actually 6 ingredients... depending on who you ask they might encourage you to leave out the Sriracha hot sauce, or pickle juice, but I say leave them be! Sorry, I just couldn't leave out either one. The hot and tangy is what makes my mouth happy and adds a bit of kick to my favorite dipping choices.

Andrea's Hot and Tangy Goop 

You Will Need:
  • 1/4 c. Heinz Ketchup
  • 1 tsp. pickle juice, I used my bread and butter pickles
  • 2 Tbsp. Mayo
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha hot sauce, or to taste
  • Tyson Chicken Nuggets or Ore-Ida French Fries for dipping
Mix all ingredients together until well blended. Dip liberally and often. In fact, get your own little dish so you can do some double dipping!


 My kids insist on keeping the classics pure. They like their nuggets and fries with just plain ole' ketchup. Lots and lots of ketchup!

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Both my kids really had fun with Connect 4. Even my 3 year old understood about trying to get 4 in a row. This was a game my kids could even play together. Shocking? Well, they were so excited to play they even took turns.

With young children family game night means changing the games often enough to hold their interest. After Connect 4 we switched to their Toy Story Memory Game. My daughter gets so excited to play she often can't wait for her next turn. I love how intent both my kids get to remember where their favorite characters are.

And our family favorite, by far, is Hungry Hungry Hippos! The kids can't get enough of seeing who's hippo can get more marbles.

What are family's favorite games and game night food?

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