12/31/12

I made Tamales this Holiday Season....

I made home made tamales from the heart. I often cook special meals without measuring and just feeling my way through taste. This makes me a terrible cooking teacher. In this post I will try to share my way of making tamales. My parents were indigenous and their way of cooking is through love and taste. No measuring is involved in indigenous kitchens, just love. 
Masa for making Tamales 
I buy my masa from the local Mexican Market. I use about 20 lbs to make enough tamales for my family and to give away. I make about 100 of them with this amount of masa. This means the masa is spread lighty on a corn husk that has been soaking in water. 
The sauce is made with dried chiles found at any local store. They are boiled and then blended to make the sauce. California and Japoneses Chiles are the ones I use. Use one medium bag of  California Chiles and a handful of Japoneses Chiles. Japoneses chiles make it spicy. California chiles are mild. I add a small white onion, two cloves of garlic, chicken broth (about to a spoon and half), salt to taste, three cups of water and black pepper all blended together. Some Mexican's add pumpkin seeds to the sauce to add more flavor. Making the perfect sauce is an art. Here is where you taste it and more water add water. I usually use the water that the chiles were boiled in. Remember that you may have to do a few sauce batches because you are making sauce for pork and chicken tamales. 
tamales

The perfect sauce will not have any chile skin or seeds. Use the strainer to remove the pulp as well.  


(To add more flavor blend black pepper, salt and chicken stock into the sauce.) 
While you are making your sauce and cooking your chicken or pork the dry corn husk should be soaking in water. The corn husks will be used to spread the masa and meat(sauce mixed in). During the holidays some markets will have cooking demonstrations. Look for the signs in the store. 

Masa, Corn Husks, Chile Sauce with shredded Chicken
Cook the meat that you will be using in a separate pot. The meat will be shredded and the chile sauce will be mixed in for flavor. I used chicken for these tamales.  I shredded the chicken and mixed it with the sauce before adding it to the masa.  Spread the dough on the corn husk in a thin layer with a spoon and made sure it's evenly spread. Then add the chicken and sauce in moderation. Fold the corn husk like a burrito. Fold the bottom to make sure nothing falls out. Then stand them in a steam pot with the folded corn husk facing down. Once you have finished setting them in the steam pot cook on low heat. It is cooked through steam only. Be careful not to burn the bottoms. Once the corn husk burns, the smell sticks to the rest of the tamales. Keep an eye on the steam and cook time. Every stove and pot is different, so here you will have to check on the dough to make sure it is cooked. I usually cook them on the stove for an hour and half on slow. I let it rest in it's own steam for another 40 minutes before testing it to eat. The masa should look firm like the picture below. If it's still wet then you spread your masa a little to thick and it needs more time to cook. 
mexico tamales
Ready to eat

tamales americanos
Hot and Delicious Yummy Tamales.
Visit the Mexican Market to find the ingredients: Masa Prepared, California Dry Chiles, Corn Husks, chicken stock, fresh meat (pork, chicken or beef.)

Remember to try something new everything day and keep learning.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!!

12/26/12

Happy Belated Merry Christmas


Happy Belated Merry Christmas!!!! I hope everyone is having a great time. As for me I took time out to spend with my family. (This means that I did not call, write, post or share very much through my Social Media outlets.) This Christmas I held on to hope that things would be great. I put fear aside and faith on top of my list. I focused on family and those around me. I have to say that I had a great Christmas. My brothers who rarely visit stopped by. My Christmas tree was put up just in time for the holidays. My kids received an abundance of love and gifts. The grandparents showered us with gifts and encouraging words. Things worked out just the way they were supposed to be. There was no family drama (relatives) just love understanding and kindness.  I feel extremely lucky to have family and friends with such kind hearts and a great holiday spirit. I know Christmas has past, but I hope the spirit continues on inside of your heart. Stay positive, love and encourage others and don’t give into fear. If you have fear than you don’t have faith.  Happy Belated Merry Christmas. Alma

12/8/12

Words for Thought... Happy Saturday!

 
Happy Saturday! Stay positive and go forward.
 
 
“The only reason we don’t have what we want in life is the reasons we create why we can’t have them.” ~Tony Robbins


“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.” ~ Tony Robbins

12/4/12

OC Family Page 10

I still remember the first time I found OC Family Magazine. I felt as though I had found great wealth. You see being a stay-at-home meant I had a very limited budget. (Stay-at-home moms make their money work for them. Every dollar matters and is well planned for spending.) The first time I met OC Family, I was inside a Subway with a baby and a toddler. I was getting lunch for my son and I, wondering what I could do for fun, beside the park again?  The answer was waiting for me inside the OC Family Magazine. Coupons! Coupons to the Irvine Park Regional Train ride. Coupons to Jamba Juice. They were buy one get one free. It was like money found! They even had a family calendar of things to do around town!!!!! Field Trips on a calendar! I am proud to say I took a few more magazines with me and stuck them inside my neighbors mailboxes. I could not believe the magazine was free with coupons and field trip ideas. FREE!!! Of course I told others. Those coupons are valuable and the calendar is super great for parents. I love my family, friends and neighbors, so I had to share this great treasure with them. I love OC Family Magazine for their articles and their deals. I usually have the latest copy in my car, at work and home. You never know when you will need it. Today, I am on their page 10 as a blogger to follow on Twitter. How amazing and crazy great!!!! Please help me say thank you to OC Family. Leave a comment at the end of this post. Thank you :)




Dear OC Family aka Churm Media,

Your writers, bloggers and people who work for you are some of the friendliest people in media as well as talented. Your articles are always very interesting and fresh. I am so proud that I am on page (10) as "OC Family's Five to Follow".  I am so happy I found you all those years ago. I can't wait for next month's magazine.


Thank you OC Family for being so kind and loving.


Happy Holidays,

Alma - Field Trip Mom aka @Fieldtripmom

You can find OC Family online.

OC Family Online
Churm Media


Disclaimer: This is not a paid post. I was not paid nor compensated for writing or posting this article.  This is my personal blog. All opinions are my own.

Field Trips for 2013 - Looking ahead....

I wish I could take my family on field trips everyday. While that seems very romantic and fun, it is not a reality. So planning ahead makes sense for my family. Which made me think about sharing some of the places that I have visited in the past and loved it. In particular order:


Environmental Center - Newport Beach

Family Programs

There are several opportunities each month for families to enjoy nature programs at the ENC. Full moon hikes and Star Parties give families the chance to explore the Center after dark. Little Naturalists programs feature stories and hands-on fun for 2 - 5 year olds and their parents. Family hikes feature hands-on activities; crafts for children aged 5 and up and their families. For a current list of events, check out our Events page, or call the office at 949-645-8489 to be added to our Public Programs mailing list.

Sherman Library & Gardens - Corona Del Mar


Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre Corona del Mar horticultural retreat.
The Gardens provide a museum of living plants, displayed amidst a setting of immaculate gardens, patios and conservatories linked together by wide brick walkways, beds blooming with seasonal flowers and bubbling tile fountains. The Library is a specialized research center devoted to the study of the Pacific Southwest

Sherman Library Gardens - Corona Del Mar



Pacific Marine Mammal Center - Laguna Beach

Pacific Marine Mammal Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of marine mammals stranded along the Orange County coastline and to increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research.

Pacific Marine Mammal Center Link


I hope that you plan ahead and visit one of these wonderful places. Stay creative and happy holidays.

Alma


Disclaimer: I was not paid to write about these great places to field trip. This blog is a personal blog.  This was not a paid post or sponsored. Just sharing with my fun field trip ideas with my readers.

11/30/12

Field Trip to CA Science Center




Over the Thanksgiving Holiday we drove to Los Angeles and visited the CA Science Center. It is an amazing thing to see the Endeavour Space Shuttle up close. The years of hard work by the NASA and others was very visible on the walls and throughout the exhibit. There is a short movie of the Endeavour at the end of the exhibit that I recommend you watch. But this is an exhibit you have to visit at least once. It will take your breathe away. I don't want to give too much away, so that you can see it through your own eyes. Let me know if you.

Happy Field Tripping!

11/28/12

Nemo DVD - Giveaway





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Great movie to watch with the whole family. It is a movie that reminds us all to be thankful for everyday, because things change in one instant. My whole family was entertained the entire time. We love it! Happy Holidays!

Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” dives back into homes this coming holiday in breathtaking Blu-ray™. The must-“sea,” must-own Oscar®-winning underwater adventure—featuring the unforgettable Marlin, his forgetful friend Dory and the lovable young Nemo—swims into living rooms for the first time ever in high-definition Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and Digital platforms on December 4, 2012.

The film fully immerses viewers in the stunning underwater world of Finding Nemo! From the creators of Toy Story and Monsters, Inc., Disney•Pixar’s critically acclaimed and heartwarming tale splashes off the screen with brilliant digital picture, high definition sound and breathtaking 3D bonus features that transport you beyond your imagination.

Dear Reader,

Dear Reader,

I am very excited to bring you another giveaway. Due to the popular response on the past giveaways, I have decided to continue adding giveaways for the month of December. Make a note that most of the prizes will be coming from businesses around town that would like to offer a free product to my readers and myself. I do not get paid for posting the giveaways. My hope is to help you with the holidays and bring you some fun things to your doorstep. Thank you for your continued support.


Happy Holidays,

Alma

11/24/12

Thank you!


I wanted to say "Thank You" for all your support all year long. I am amazed how great you have been and how often you visit my blog. As you have seen my life has changed a little. I am now working a part-time job to help my family. I still pick-up the kids from school and have family dinners. I am grateful for everything this year, because all the changes have made me a better mom and better person. I do have to admit, it has been hard these past few months with all the new routines and schedules. But it has been great to feel the support of you and my family. I could not have made it this year without all of your continued support. May you always find peace and love where ever you go. Happy Holidays.  Alma

 

11/20/12

Mattel Disney Pixar Cars Micro Drifters

Mattel and Disney introduce their newest toy that will melt your heart. Cars Micro Drifters are tiny and fast. Every child and adult will love collecting these toys.

New from Mattel, Disney Pixar Cars Micro Drifters Motorized Super Speedway.  This action packed race track is great for children ages 4 and up.  Some assembly required and requires 3 "C" batteries.  Join Lightning McQueen in a race to the finish as the motorized starting line pushes the Micro Drifters up the ramp allowing for these speedy racers to drift around the corners and speed down the track to the finish line.  Multi Car, Side by Side Racing at its finest.  This speedway includes (1) Lightning McQueen Micro Drifter Car, other cars sold separately.  
Each sold separately, (3) Micro Drifters cars come in a package priced around $6.99 each pack.  These cars are handsome and super fast.  Your kids will want to collect all of them.   The speedway retails for approximately $36.99 depending on the retailer you go.  This is a great gift for kids ages 4 years and older, due to the size of the toy. They are so small that you could hold (5) CARS Micro Drifters in one hand. (Take caution to ensure they do not go in your little ones mouths.)
Will you be a CARS Micro Drifter collector? There are (60) reasons why you should consider collecting them soon.

How they work?  Each Micro Drifter has a silver ball bearing underneath the car allowing for them to go super fast!
These won't last long at the store. Start Christmas shopping early and surprise your kids with these incredibly fun cars and speedway.  Believe me, your kids will have lots of fun playing with these Micro Drifters.  Even the big kids (my husband) loves playing with this toy! 

The race track in this picture was a custom downhill course used just for the Mattel event we were invited to however just look at these kids playing and having a great time. It was hard to pull my kids away from the CARS Micro Drifter toy test drive.  I loved watching them smile and enjoy themselves.

The whole family had a great time making fun memories at the "Mattel Micro Drifters Toy Test Drive". On behalf of Field Trip Mom, we want to say thank you again to all of the people at Golin Harris, Mattel and Disney for putting on such a great event.

Open to US Residents only - As a special offer, Field Trip Mom is raffling off (1) Micro Drifters Motorized Super Speedway. You need to hurry, the deadline is rapidly approaching on this raffle and is limited to one toy. Click on the link below and sign up using your Facebook log in or email address.

Giveaway is closed.


Disclaimer: I was not paid to advertise this product. All opinions are my own from my own experience. I was given a light dinner and a gift bag as a thank you for participating in this great event. Thank you for reading my post! :)
Written by guest blogger: Tim Bosek - VP of Operations, Field Trip Mom

11/16/12

Send a Letter To Santa Claus! via USPostal Service

 

Just in Via USA Postal Service....

Is There Really a Santa Claus?

Kids Will Truly Believe When Santa Writes Back

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is helping keep the enchantment of Santa Claus alive with its “Letters From Santa” program. “Letters From Santa” allows a parent, grandparent or any person in a child’s life to mail a letter to their child “From Santa,” postmarked from the North Pole.



Here’s how “Letters From Santa” works:
1. Write a letter to your child from Santa Claus and sign it “From Santa.”
2. Insert the letter into an envelope addressed to your child with the return address:

SANTA, NORTH POLE.

3. Ensure a First-Class Mail stamp is affixed to the envelope.
4. Place the envelope into a larger envelope, with appropriate postage, and address the larger envelope to:

NORTH POLE POSTMARK

POSTMASTER

4141 POSTMARK DR

ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998



5. Your letter “From Santa” will be mailed back to your child, postmarked from the North Pole.

“Letters From Santa” must be mailed to the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 10, 2012. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest.

For More information log on to the US Postal website: US Postal Service

The personalized letters that parents send to their children via the “Letters From Santa” program is different from the historical “Operation Santa” program. In “Operation Santa,” the Postal Service facilitates the matching of customers with letters written to Santa from needy children. Participants in “Operation Santa” help fulfill a child’s dream with a gift and a response letter from Santa. (Customers are not provided the child’s address in the “Operation Santa” program.) The “Letters From Santa” program helps parents fulfill the dreams of their own children.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


***Disclaimer: Field Trip Mom did not receive any compensation for posting this press release.

11/15/12

Disney on Ice - Dare to Dream - Promo Code

Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream coming to Southern California this holiday season.  The producers and Disney are offering this exclusive promotional offer listed at the bottom of this post to all who wish to attend this amazing show.  Disney on Ice has been a long time favorite of the Field Trip Mom family and today we are excited to share this amazing offer with you.

Dare to Dream is an all new ice skating production starring Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella.  Recaptured movie inspiration is brought to life from the famous Disney movies Tangled, The Princess and the Frog and Cinderella bringing romance, humor and adventure to this skating spectacular.  Included in the cast are Rapunzels' wacky companions Flynn and Maximus.  See Prince Charming as he fits Cinderella with the glass slipper and much more.

Coming to an arena near you:

Los Angeles Staples Center - Dec 13th thru 16th
Honda Center - Dec 19th thru 23rd
Citizens Bank Arena - Dec 28th and 29th
Long Beach Arena - Jan 4th thru 6th  
               
Don't miss out on this amazing promotional opportunity....Grab the promo code listed below and book your tickets today.












The producers and Field Trip Mom exchanged no monetary value for this posting.

11/12/12

The Scary Truth - Dealing with Diabetes

Every year, more than 15,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.  Type 1 Diabetes is defined by Wikipedia as:

Diabetes mellitus type 1 (type 1 diabetes, T1DM, formerly insulin dependent or juvenile diabetes) is a form of diabetes mellitus that results from autoimmune destruction of insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. The subsequent lack of insulin leads to increased blood and urine glucose. The classical symptoms are polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst), polyphagia (increased hunger), and weight loss.  Eventually, type 1 diabetes is fatal unless treated with insulin. Injection is the most common method of administering insulin although other methods are insulin pumps and inhaled insulin. Other alternatives are Pancreatic transplants that have been used and also pancreatic islet cell transplantation. Transplantation is experimental yet growing.
Most people who develop type 1 are otherwise healthy. Although the cause of type 1 diabetes is still not fully understood, it is believed to be of immunological origin. Type 1 can be distinguished from type 2 diabetes via a C-peptide assay, which measures endogenous insulin production.
Type 1 treatment must be continued indefinitely in all cases. Treatment should not significantly impair normal activities but can be done adequately if sufficient patient training, awareness, appropriate care, discipline in testing and dosing of insulin is taken. However, treatment remains quite burdensome for many people. Complications may be associated with both low blood sugar and high blood sugar, both largely due to the nonphysiological manner in which insulin is replaced. Low blood sugar may lead to seizures or episodes of unconsciousness, and requires emergency treatment. High blood sugar may lead to increased fatigue and can also result in long-term damage to organs.

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Signs and symptoms
The classical symptoms of type 1 diabetes include: polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst), Xerostomia (dry mouth), polyphagia (increased hunger), fatigue, and weight loss. Before a person knows they have diabetes, blood sugar levels are in a very high range for long periods of time which could cause diabetic ketoacidosis. These symptoms could be xeroderma (dry skin), rapid, deep breathing, drowsiness, gastralgia (abdominal pain), and copremsis (vomiting).

Children with this disease often have a difficult time going to school and managing their disease as many schools are running out of funds for on site nurses.  This makes it stressful and challenging for parents to ensure appropriate care for their child while in the hands of our school system.  November is the National Diabetes Awareness Month and with the hard work of the American Diabetes Association, Government Affairs and Legal Advocacy and parents, these groups have created an online destination dedicated entirely to Type 1 Diabetes on the Disney Family website at www.family.com/type1.

Field Trip Mom has been provided with books from Disney and Lilly Diabetes to help families understand and better manage their diagnosis of a family member or friend with Type 1.  The books, "Coco Goes Back to School" and Dishing It Up Disney Style (A Cookbook for Families with Type 1 Diabetes) help support all those who are looking for additional information.  Even if you are not directly effected, awareness is the key.



Coco Goes Back to School is an excellent children's book with the characters Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald, Daisy and Minnie joining in the story.  Coco has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and wants to share her new medical bracelet with her class but is nervous to do so.  With the help of the Disney gang, Coco  gets help with her science fair project  to create awareness for all.  This book is excellent for helping explain to children the difficulties associated with Diabetes and having to manage the disease while in school.

Dishing It Up Disney Style is Delicious cookbook for families to serve healthy meals for their families while couping with a family member who has  the disease.  Recipes are separated by breakfast, lunch and dinner and have incredible names such as Coco's Banana Smoothie, Peter Pan's Pumpkin Waffles, and Alice's Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches.  Listed below is an example of one of these delicious recipes.

Genie's Fuancamole Potato Salad
3 lbs red potatoes
2 tbsp  + 1 tsp salt
1 ripe avocado, peeled
2 tsp grated lime zest
Juice of 2 limes
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tbsp light mayonnaise
2 celery stalks, sliced
In a large pot, cover the potatoes with cold water.  Add the 2 tbsp of salt and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.  Drain them in a colander and allow to cool.  Puree the avocado, lime zest and juice, garlic, cilantro, mayonnaise, and remaining salt in a food processor until smooth.  If the dressing seems too thick, add a tbsp or so of hot water.  Cut the potatoes into bite-sized chunks and place them in a large bowl with the celery.  Scrape in the dressing with a rubber spatula and gently stir it all together.  Serve immediately or cover and chill.
Serving about 1 cup
Calories 184 per serving
Total Fat: 5g
Total Carbs: 30g
Fiber: 4g
Protein: 4g
Carbohydrate Choice: 1 1/2

Disclaimer:
On behalf of Field Trip Mom, we wish to thank Disney and Lilly Diabetes for the incredible books in exchange for this post.

The Movie Giveaway - ICE AGE Continental Drift



 
 
Coming December 11th, Blue Star Studios and 20th Century Fox are proud to release the latest installment of Ice Age, Ice Age Continental Drift on Blu Ray DVD.  Starring voice over work by Ray Romano, Dennis Leary, John Leguizamo and Co Stars Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Drake and Queen Latifah.  This movie is directed by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier.  Available in DVD, Blu-Ray DVD and Blu-Ray 3D DVD.

Content provided by the publisher:

History's greatest heroes return for the most outrageously funny and entertaining "Ice Age" adventure in two million years. When Scrat's acorn antics cause a cataclysmic crack-up, Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo) and Diego (Denis Leary) go where no herd has gone before - on a high-seas quest aboard a floating iceberg. But a menagerie of misfit pirates are determined to shiver their timbers and capsize their journey home. Join a boat-load of lovable new characters (voiced by Jennifer Lopez, Aziz Ansari and Peter Dinklage) for original songs, spectacular animation and heartwarming family fun.

Field Trip Mom was given the incredible opportunity to prescreen Ice Age Continental Drift prior to its Blu Ray DVD release.  As an incredible continuation to the adventures, this movie is chalk full of laughs and adventure, continuing with the saga.  Nothing is left out for this franchises' 4th movie and is just as exciting and entertaining as the first three movies.  Ray Romano, as Manny, is funny as always with wise cracks that keep you laughing.  Antics by Sid, played by John Leguizamo, make for slap stick humor aimed at kids and adults alike.  Dennis Leary, as Diego, is wild and witty.

Ice Age Continental Drift is rated PG and has a run time of 88 minutes.  Plenty of extras on this DVD including:

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT Blu-ray™ 3D Special Features

·  Party with a Pirate! Mode
Ÿ  Sign Along Mode
Ÿ  Exclusive Featurettes
Ÿ  Through a Pirate’s Spyglass: Voices Ahoy and Capturing the Crew
Ÿ  Granny and the Stink of the Sloths
Ÿ  Scrat Got Your Tongue?
Ÿ  Whale of a Tale: Drifts, Rifts, Beasties and Myths
Ÿ  Shimmy Shake Music Section
Ÿ  Gutt’s Sing-Along Shanty Shimmy Shake
Ÿ  “We Are” Extended Music Video
Ÿ  “Chasing the Sun” by The Wanted Music Video
Ÿ  “The Sid Shuffle” Dance Along
Ÿ  Deleted Scenes
Ÿ  Dr. Granny
Ÿ  Shell Game
Ÿ  Ice Age: The Story So Far
Ÿ  Original Theatrical Trailers
Ÿ  The Scratist

The MPAA comments on the movie are listed below.  Every parent must use their own beliefs and discretion when monitoring their children's viewing habits and comments are simply suggestions for those purposes.

Sex/Nudity:
All the characters are animals covered with fur, however certain character have pronounced buttocks or anthropomorphic bosoms.  There are some romances between characters: Peaches and Ethan, Diego and Shira.  Two scenes involve fish who turn into figures that attract the others: for example Diego sees Shira, Sid sees a girl sloth, Manny sees Ellie and Peaches and Scrat sees Scratte.  A male seal is wondering where his 'booty' is and while searching for it, his butt gets close to the camera.  Peaches calls Ethan 'hot'.

Violence/Gore:
In many scenes characters are threatened with knives made of fish bones.  Nobody gets hurt.  Mild slapstick violence in general.

Profanity:
In one scene, Sid says "Holy Crab!" which sound a lot like "Holy Crap!".  When Sid meets his old family (in which they abandon him again a few minutes later), Granny says "I'll bury you all and piss on your grave"

Alcohol/ Drugs/Smoking:
Manny has a moan about Peach going to the falls, saying that 'First its the falls, then shes piercing her trunk then the next thing you know shes addicted to berries!" which could be drugs.

Frightening/Intense Scenes:
The first 20 minutes of the film can be quite a bit intense.  Characters are in constant danger from falling rocks and ice blocks, earthquakes, breaking ice, etc.  The film may upset as Peaches is frequently worrying about how she might never see her father again, and thinking how the last thing she said to him was that she never wanted him as his father.  The surreal grinning fish may frighten young children.  Kids may get scared as this film is shot in 3D.  The Siren scene may be scary for young children. Appropriate for 7 Years +.

As parents of 6 and 8 year old boys, we believe the movie was rated correctly.  At no time did we feel the scenes were too intense or suggestive for our children.  Adult connotations are occasionally evident in the movie however no scenes spoke of or showed topics that have not been explained or discussed in our home or at school.  Personal opinions may vary dependent on family beliefs and values.  Field Trip Mom respects the decisions of all.

As a special offer, Field Trip Mom is raffling off a copy of Ice Age Continental Drift.  You need to hurry, the deadline is rapidly approaching on this raffle and is limited to one copy.  Click on the link below and sign up using your Facebook log in or email address.

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11/11/12

Mrs. Knotts Thanksgiving Dinner To Go

Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner has never gotten easier with the help of Mrs. Knott's Chicken House at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park.  Field Trip Mom was one of the exclusive invitees to sample Mrs. Knott's Thanksgiving Feast and we are beyond excited to share our experience with our followers.

We arrived promptly at 6 PM, where Alma was easily dropped off in front of Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant.  The boys and I quickly parked the car in the 3 hour free parking lot near Ghost Rider and TGI Friday's restaurant.  Parking was simple, take a ticket from the automated booth and we found ample parking very close to our destination.  There are many shopping opportunities in the main street of Knott's Berry Farm and with this 3 hour free parking, there is plenty of time to pick up all of your favorite treats and gifts for this holiday season.  The boys and I quickly found Alma at the chicken restaurant "take out" store where she was standing in line.  A very quick and simple process as the employees were prompt and friendly assisting all of the bloggers for this event as well as the Friday night dinner orders.  Chicken meals to the left, biscuits and jam to the right, what's not to love.

The staff brought out our meal which I was expecting only a couple of trays, enough for a family of four and on the counter he laid the biggest, heaviest box of Thanksgiving Feast down for us.  That wasn't the end, another staff member came up behind with a whole pumpkin pie and handed it to Alma.  ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!  As I stand there in awe, I could only see a golden glow surrounding the box as the smell of turkey started to fill the air!  My initial reaction was, "Alma, get some paper plates from them because this isn't going to last during the drive home!"  I was excited but controlled my emotions as we started to walk out.  Alma wanted to buy some jams from the store next door, so we walked past the delicious bakery without having to walk outside into the general store next door.  We bought our jams and headed back to the car.  In no time, we were in the car, through the parking booth and on the freeway heading home.

We arrived home, set the box down and like a pack of wolves, the boys and Alma couldn't resist the smell from inside the box.  Knott's Executive Chef, Bobby Obezo, placed a very nice Happy Holiday letter inside the box with full heating instructions to ensure cooking success.  Now, I know what you are thinking, oh great, must reheat, now its dry....FAR FROM THE TRUTH!  Knott's culinary experts have created the perfect method for cooking and reheating to  ensure the meal is as fresh as cooking it yourself. 

The meal is cook to 90% completion at Knott's kitchen, then boxed and available for you to pick up.  You simply follow the easy instructions on the back of the letter and about an hour later you are ready to eat.  The turkey is covered in two foil trays then wrapped in foil to secure the trays and prevent the juices from leaking during transportation.  All of the side dishes are securely sealed in their own microwavable containers to prevent spills and ensure ease of reheating.  The cranberries, pickles, butter, jellies and rolls are all packaged in containers then separated in paper bags to ensure freshness.



The pumpkin pie was contained in its disposable pie tin then packaged in this plastic cover to ensure safe travels.  We took the turkey out of the box, preheated the over to 350 degrees F and set the 12 lb bird in the oven.  Watching it at 30 and 45 minute intervals we checked the temperature of the bird to ensure it was at 165 degrees and to prevent drying out the meat.  The instructions carefully advised us that ovens vary in temperature and to check the turkey.  About 50 minutes later, we were at our exact temperature and took the turkey out of the oven to sit for 5 minutes to rest from all of excitement of cooking.  During this time, we started warming all of the delicious side dishes and getting drinks on the table.  The joy of bringing the family together to cook, set the table and enjoy the smells of Thanksgiving brought happy thoughts and memorable moments for our entire family.  I unwrapped the turkey as the family set the table and carved up enough meat to serve us all.

We sat down at the table and said our blessing, thanking God and Knott's Berry Farm for this glorious meal.  We prayed for all of our soldiers serving our country and thanked our family and friends for all that they do for us on a daily basis.  Lastly, we prayed for those persons that are less fortunate asking that their prayers are answered for a hot meal, warm clothing and a roof over their heads during this holiday season and for time to come!  Bless all of our followers and please consider inviting a person or family who is less fortunate to celebrate with you during this holiday season.

I cannot tell you how good this meal is.  All of your favorites are in one box, ready to heat and serve.  The turkey is moist and seasoned to perfection, the rolls are soft and delicious, the potatoes are creamy and smooth, candied yams, cranberries, butter pickles, and who can forget the savory country apple stuffing.  Mouth drooling yet???  Keep reading, the how to order facts are coming!  Look at this delicious turkey.  This meal is a win for the entire family.  Save money at the grocery store as this meal is priced right.  No cutting, chopping, slicing and being stuck in the kitchen.  Go enjoy that family traditional flag football game in the park.


Knotts Berry Farm is making pick up easier than ever.  Drive to the easy pick up spot, no need to get out of your vehicle as Knotts is setting up a drive thru style pick up, simply show your paperwork, pop your trunk and head home to enjoy the rest of the holiday with your family.  Even if you decide to add some snacks before the meal, your food prep time is greatly reduced allowing for you to enjoy the family not live in the kitchen.  Husbands, save your wife's back and legs this Thanksgiving and order Mrs. Knott's Turkey Feast today.  She will thank you for it.  Tell her you have this meal covered, drive over, bang some pots together and serve her a delicious meal.  She will thank you for it later.



How to order:


Turkey Banquet

Complete 12-14 lb. Turkey
1 Quart of Country Apple Stuffing
2 Quarts of Mashed Potatoes
1 Quart of Giblet Gravy
1 Quart of Candied Yams
8 oz. of Cranberry Sauce
8 oz. of Bread and Butter Pickles
1 Quart of Whole Kernel Corn
1 Dozen Farm Baked Rolls
Butter and Boysenberry Preserves
Choice of Boysenberry or Pumpkin Pie

~ OR ~

8 - 10 lb. Honey-Glazed Ham
1 Quart of Country Apple Stuffing
2 Quarts of Mashed Potatoes
1 Quart of Giblet Gravy
1 Quart of Candied Yams
8 oz. of Cranberry Sauce
8 oz. of Bread and Butter Pickles
1 Quart of Whole Kernel Corn
1 Dozen Farm Baked Rolls
Butter and Boysenberry Preserves
Choice of Boysenberry or Pumpkin Pie

Price Subject To Change without Notice

ONLY $125.00 plus tax per meal chosen

Complete meal serves 6 - 8 people and can be picked up on, November 25 or November 26th In front of Simply Grand Foods (At the Park Entrance). Please call to get more information.

Place your order by calling (714) 220-5006 or order online at www.knotts.com.  Order early as this offer is while supplies last.  Please allow 48 hours notice.

Written by guest blogger: Tim Bosek, VP of Operations, Field Trip Mom
We wish to thank Knott's Berry Farm for their very kind donation in exchange for this blog post!

11/7/12

Events around Orange County in November 2012

Pumpkin Launch Logo
Discovery Science Center


Saturday, November 10, 2012
Join Discovery Science Center at Cal State Fullerton on
Saturday November 10, 2012 from 10am to 2pm

  • Participate in hands-on activities and challenges
  • Witness flying pumpkins launched by giant trebuchets
  • Enjoy food from your favorite gourmet food trucks
Free Event Pumpkin Launch - The Discovery Science Center along with California State University Fullerton and The Engineering Computer Science Dept of CAL State Fullerton is partnering up to present this Free Science event. The event is being sponsored by Time Warner and Scholarshare.com.

I attended last year and the event proved to be fun and educational. We learned hands on science. There were several stations on how to apply science in a fun way. One station was how much weight can an aluminum boat carry ( you made the boat). Another was a food coloring plus oil and water create a fun water decoration. It was free and the kids enjoyed learning about science in a fun way. They also had food trucks to feed your tummy. I recommended to get there early to find a parking spot.  

Register today and attend this Saturday. Go to the link now: Discovery Science Center


Tree Lighting Ceremony - Fashion Island (Newport Beach)

November 13, 2012 - November 14, 2012
Mickey Mouse and his pals bring yuletide cheer and holiday greetings from "The Merriest Place on Earth" as we kick off a bright holiday season with a dramatic and festive Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 13 and 14 at 6pm!

Enjoy the first big tree lighting ceremony in Orange County as well as the only one in Southern California to feature magical guests from the other favorite Orange County destination for the Holidays...the Disneyland® Resort.

The complimentary event will be held in the Neiman Marcus-Bloomingdale's Courtyard at 6pm both nights with exclusive performances which will culminate in the lighting of our stunning 92-foot Christmas tree.

For more information, please call Fashion Island

Fashion Island

Free Kids Clinic - Lowe's Build & Grow
November 17th 10am at your local Lowe's store. This is a great way to teach your child how to build and create. There will be other kids trying to build. It is a great experience for parents and kids. Help your child learn to build by attending this free event.

You need to sign-up ahead of time or show up early to the event.

Just click here and find out where your nearest Lowe's is located.
Lowe's Kids Clinic

You should know that parent participation is required. You will have so much fun! Hope to see you there.


Tustin Library - Orange County, CA


Tustin Library

Teens and Adults are welcome to attend this craft event hosted by the library. It is a fun way to get some crafting fun and get social. Love the library.

Category: Cultural Events, Lectures, and Groups
Location:
345 East Main Street
Tustin 92780
(714) 544-7725
Branch: Tustin

Saturday November 17, 10:00AM - Creative Cards
Wednesday December 5, 7:00PM - Easy Holiday Crafts
Saturday January 19, 10:00AM - Decoupage the Easy Way

Find more events on library's website, under events:
Orange County Library's


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11/1/12

Wreck It Ralph the movie.

Opening Friday, November 2nd is Disney next big hit movie Wreck-It Ralph!  Field Trip Mom was given an exclusive Pre-Screening at the world famous El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA. Field Trip Family went to Hollywood to get the scoop on Wreck It Ralph. Continue to read to find out more....

Disney and the El Capitan were excellent hosts to this pre-screening.  Our showing started at 10 AM so traffic to Hollywood was nice and easy.  Plenty of parking was located around the theater at this time for very reasonable prices.  We checked in with the staff out in front of the theater who gave us our media pack and tickets.  We entered the 86 year old theater and were greeted with history and nostalgia.  The theater is beautiful with every detail in old Hollywood affairs.  We were directed to our seats and allowed to capture the moment.  Decorated for Halloween, the theater had jack-o-lanterns and decor to celebrate the holiday.  As we took our seats, music began to play and a beautiful organ lifted from underneath the stage to play all of the Disney classic songs while seating continued.
Wreck-It Ralph is the story of Ralph an 80's 8 bit video game character who is the bad guy in the video game Fix It Felix Jr.  Felix is the games' hero and the main character of the video game who is everyones star.  After years of being the bad character, Ralph becomes tired and angry wanting nothing more than to prove he too can be a hero of all video gamers.  In an attempt to become a hero, Ralph hops games and discovers trouble in another game and fights to make it right before the game is placed out of order and is "Unplugged" for good.  The story has a great message showing how helping others is the key to happiness.








Full of memorable 80's arcade game characters from Q-Bert to Sonic to Mortal Kombat, the movie brought back fond memories of my days dropping quarters into games like Super Mario Bros., Asteroids and Punch Out.  Enjoyable for the kids as well as adults, this movies brings a little for everyone.  Check out the preview below and run to the theater this weekend to show your support for Wreck-It Ralph!
Field Trip Mom received free admission to this pre-screen in exchange for this blog.  We want to thank Disney and the El Capitan theater for including us in this opportunity!