Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Hosting A Fun Family Movie Night With Sing and Some Chocolate Vanilla Cookies to Bake!

*This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Australian families can now head in store wherever you buy your favourite family movies and find a Special Edition copy of the brand-spanking new film Sing on the shelves, ready to take home and enjoy! Woohoo!

Sing is the latest sensation from Illumination Entertainment, the studio who produced the hilarious flick The Secret Life of Pets, and in a nutshell, it's an animated feature about finding the music that lives within everybody. There's a cast of cute and loveable animal characters, such as Buster Moon, a vibrant koala voiced by star Matthew McConaughey. Sing also stars Reese Witherspoon as Rosita the underappreciated superstar-dreaming mama pig, amongst others. There's something to giggle at for all ages in this musical comedy of the year. You can read up more on this film in our recent Sing post here.

What better way to celebrate a latest release family movie, than with a special family movie night?!

We love a good new release movie for families for all the obvious reasons. Not only are they a fun opportunity to enjoy the cinema in the comfort of your own home, movie nights also provide valuable family bonding time. That's priceless. There's the added bonus of having your kids wholly absorbed for a couple of hours and the chance for parents themselves to put their feet up and relax too. Sing is one film that will offer viewers many great belly laugh opportunities!

Armed with a copy of this fantastic movie, we were raring to go with our big home cinema event. The kids were pumped with pre-movie excitement, having witnessed the buzz Sing generated in cinemas recently. Plus there's a toe-tapping soundtrack with lots of popular music kids recognise.

To ensure a super-fun family movie experience at home, there are a few simple guidelines to follow - or unfollow! In our home there's a blanket-ban on eating in our lounge area. Movie nights are not enjoyable however, if this rule is not momentarily lifted - which of course it was. Just for a few short hours, let the parenting slide and let the kids have their fun. (Tip: Cover your furnishings with a picnic rug and at least try to encourage kids to keep the mess within these bounds!)

Popcorn is everyone's eternal food of choice when it comes to visiting the cinema, so let the popcorn experience 'spill-over' in your home too. Try really hard to ignore the mess! Kids have got to have a bit of squirmy-fun together and let fly all that pent-up energy before the main feature begins. Just breathe through it - soon you too will be on the sofa to enjoy the movie.

While our kids squirmed settled themselves comfortably on the sofa beneath (piles of popcorn!), quilts, cushions, toys and one another, I got busy in the kitchen, quickly working to ice together these delicious chocolate vanilla cookies I had baked for the whole family to enjoy. These are such delicious little gems and they are very simple to make. Give them a try in your own home next movie night too.

Chocolate Vanilla Cookies
Makes approximately 18 finished cookies.
Preparation time: 15 minutes (plus 20 minutes dough refrigeration time). 15 minutes baking time.

50 grams of unsalted butter
1/4 of a cup of caster sugar
1 egg
2 heaped teaspoons of cocoa powder
1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder
3/4 cup of plain flour.

For the icing:

1 and 1/2 cups of soft icing sugar
1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1-2 tablespoons of boiling water.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees C.

In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, add the softened butter and caster sugar and whip together until pale and creamy. Add the egg, blending until combined, then add the flour, baking powder and cocoa. These ingredients will come together into a smooth dough. Remove this from the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for around 20 minutes. (You can speed the chilling process by popping this in the freezer for half the time.)

Lightly flour a bench and carefully roll out the dough to a thickness of around .5cm using a heavy rolling pin. With a cookie cutter of your choosing, cut out biscuits and place in rows on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.

Bake in the oven for around 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool on the tray before transferring biscuits to a wire rack.

While the biscuits cool, prepare the iced filling by blending all of the ingredients listed above until a smooth and thick paste results. Gently ice the underside of half of the cookies before sealing two biscuits together to form a cream biscuit. Depending on the size and shape of your biscuit cutter, you can expect a yield of around 18 finished biscuits.

You can double the ingredients in this recipe if you desire more biscuits in your batch. Also, try changing the flavours of the fillings too. For an orange filling, add orange juice instead of the vanilla essence and a touch of orange colouring, or give peppermint or almond essences a go in the biscuit filling. Even chocolate icing will come up well.

Serve these chocolate vanilla cookies with bottles of plain or flavoured milk and get the Sing fun started!

Finally, peace and quiet while our very enthralled children enjoy Sing on DVD!

Taite's new bed-buddy is Johnny the gorilla from the Sing movie. He's just adorable!

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Family movie nights are so much fun for everyone and a great way to re-connect with your kids, plus catch up on all the latest movies! With the coming cooler weather (and school holiday period), make sure you grab a Special Edition copy of Sing today and enjoy a movie day of your own! Sing is available right now on DVD and Blu-ray.

Did you see Sing at the cinema? Do you host regular family movie nights in your home?

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  1. We don't do movie nights but I recently said we would have won during the school holidays! My daughter is probably just getting old enough to sit and watch a whole movie.

    1. Oh you've got to start! They're so much fun and it's really an ideal way to score some time out. All the best with it!

  2. We loved seeing it at the theatre - the boys are still belting out "I'm still standing" on a regular basis.

    1. Such a funny film! We just missed it at the cinemas but I am so happy to own a copy now. The kids really love it.

  3. I haven't seen this movie yet but it sounds like a lot of fun o be at your house for a viewing. Whens the next one?

    1. LOL! Movie nights are the only 2 hours I can score on my sofa where I just don't have to get up! I really enjoy them and with winter on the way, there will be many coming.

  4. I think that is such a lovely idea! Thank you for sharing it. The kids looked like they had a ball!! Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 15/52. Next week is 'A Special Memory'.

    1. It was so much fun Denyse. We're having them a lot from here on. :D

  5. Those biscuits look so yummy! And you have a lot of patience to have made them. That or I don't have any patience at all :)

    1. The biscuits are very easy and kids like to cut them out. The last batch I made was eaten entirely by myself and my four year old! Oops!

  6. I saw Sing at the cinemas and we also watched it at home a couple of weeks back; it's an awesome movie. I have given up chocolate for Lent and anything with chocolate in it looks extra delicious to me!! Happy Easter to you and your loved ones!

    1. You are so good! I have eaten so much chocolate in the lead-up to Easter that it is almost off-putting now. (Nah, not really!)


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