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Friday, September 30, 2011

Let's Drink Dessert!

It's a damp, cool, fall day. There is no better way to enjoy the day or the weekend than with a great fall drinkable dessert! Check out these two great recipes below and enjoy!!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
This one isn't served hot, but the flavor will still make you appreciate the season. 
Prep time: 10 minutes
• 1 15-ounce can pumpkin (chilled)
• 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk (chilled)
• 8 ounces vanilla yogurt
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
• Whipped cream, to taste (optional)
1. Combine pumpkin, milk, yogurt, sugar and spice in a blender; cover.
2. Blend until mixture is smooth.
3. Pour into glasses; top with whipped cream (if desired) and an additional sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. Serves four.

Spiked Apple Pie Punch

This party beverage works well both hot and cold. With one 750-milliliter bottle of grain alcohol, you can serve about 36 people and get them all feeling seasonal with the apple and cinnamon flavors.
Prep time: 5 minutes, Cook time: 30 minutes
• 1 gallon apple juice
• 1 gallon apple cider
• 3 cups white sugar
• 8 cinnamon sticks
• 1 bottle 190 proof grain alcohol (750 ml)
1. In a large pot, combine juice, cider, sugar and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool completely.
2. When cool, stir in grain alcohol.
3. Transfer to large serving dish and let guests ladle into cups. Garnish with additional cinnamon sticks or apple slices, if desired

Monday, September 26, 2011

Activities for September 26 - October 2

Lots to do this week, as always!!

Storytime w/ Miss Katrina, Flint Library, 9/26
Storytime w/ Miss Susan, Flushing Library, 9/26
Storytime w/ Miss Carol, Grand Blanc, 9/26
Rock n Roll Painting & Paper Airplanes, Flint Children's Museum, 9/27
Knee High Naturalist: Leaves, Autumn's Painter, For-Mar Nature Center, 9/28, 9/29
Bubblology, Flint Children's Museum, 9/30
Storytime w/ Miss Carol, Grand Blanc, 9/30
NCG Family Film Festival, All NCG Theaters, 9/30 - 10/2
Davison Homecoming Parade, Davison, 9/30
Goodrich Homecoming Parade, Goodrich, 9/30
Mom 2 Mom Sale, Lapeer, Lake Orion, Clarkston, Holly 10/1
Halloween, Sloan Museum, 10/1
Spooktacular Kidney Walk, Crossroads Village, 10/1
Annual Peace Day Celebration, Flint, 10/1
Animal Families, For-Mar Nature Center, Flint, 10/1
R2K Robots, Davison and Clio Library, 10/1
AstroNite (Star Party), Longway Planetarium, Flint, 10/1
Super Hero Storytime, Mt. Morris Library, 10/1
Michigan Renaissance Festival, Holly  10/, 10/2
Porters Orchard Craft Show and Auction, Goodrich, 10/1, 10/2
Robots: The Interactive Exhibition, Sloan Museum, Flint, 9/24/11 - 1/8/12

Please comment or email me if you know of any other events this week!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Another Great Dinner Deal!

This tough economy is working in your "date night" favor!  We, again, just have to try different nights of the week sometimes.  Italia Gardens is offering a great Tuesday dinner deal.  It's a 2 for 1 dinner!


Receive a free meal from our select menu with the purchase of an entree and two beverages. Meals are dine in only, absolutely no take outs. Free entree applies to the lower priced of the two. May not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Italia Gardens, which originated in Flint, now has three locations to serve you.

G-3273 Miller Road
Flint, MI 48507

Phone: (810) 720-4112
Fax: (810) 720-4114

1141 S. State Road
Davison, MI 48423 Phone: (810) 653-6899 Fax: (810) 653-2746

1076 South Lapeer Rd
Oxford, MI 48371 Phone: (248) 628-4112 Fax: (248) 628-5652

Monday, September 19, 2011

Activities for September 19 - 25

There are lots of great things going on this week, plenty to keep you and the kids busy......as if you weren't already!

Storytime w/ Miss Katrina, Flint Library, 9/19
Storytime w/ Miss Susan, Flushing Library, 9/19
Storytime w/ Miss Susan, Clio Library, 9/20
Read to Kermit the Dog, Montrose Library, 9/20
Crafts for Kids, Montrose Library, 9/21
Veggie Tasting, Flint Children's Museum, 9/21
Fossil Find, Flint Children's Museum, 9/21 - 9/24
Knee High Naturalist, Defense! For-Mar Nature Center, Flint, 9/21, 9/22
Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest, Grand Blanc, 9/22-9/25
NCG Family Film Festival, All NCG Theaters, 9/23 - 9/25

Mom 2 Mom Sale, Grand Blanc, 9/24
Mom 2 Mom Sale, Lapeer, 9/24
Horticulture:Espalier, For-Mar Nature Center, Flint, 9/24
R2K Robots, Fenton Library, 9/24
Stomp Rockets, Flint Children's Museum, 9/24
Super Hero Storytime, Mt. Morris Library, 9/24
Marker Robots, Mt. Morris Library & Flint Library, 9/24
Big Band Memories, Davison Library, 9/25
Historical Carriage Town Arts and Crafts Festival, Flint, 9/24, 9/25
Michigan Renaissance Festival, Holly  9/24, 9/25
Great Space Chase Laser Show, Longway Planetarium, Flint, 9/24, 9/25
Robots: The Interactive Exhibition, Sloan Museum, Flint, 9/24/11 - 1/8/12

Do you know of other events in the area?  Comment or email me and I will add them!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

FREE Movies with the Kiddos!

Looking for a great FREE event with the kids?  How about taking the kids to the movie theater for FREE!  NCG Cinemas is hosting a Family Film Festival for the next month.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday they will be offering a movie viewing for free at 10:00am.  Each weekend will offer a different film.  Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.  This is a great opportunity to watch great children's movies on the big screen.  Below is the scheduled movies for the Film Festival:

September 16, 17, 18: Rango
September 23, 24, 25: Cats and Dogs
September/October 30, 1,2: HOP
October 7, 8, 9: Rio

*Doors open at 9:15 a.m.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Flint Area Family Events for September 12 - 18

Storytime w/ Miss Susan Flushing, 9/12
Storytime w/ Miss Katrina, Flint 9/12
Coupon Club, Burton, 9/12
Storytime w/ Miss Susan, Clio, 9/13
Moveable Type: Letterpress Truck, Flint 9/13
Wheels On The Bus Storytime, Flint 9/14
Knee High Naturalist: Six Legged Wonders, For-Mar, Flint, 9/14 & 9/15
Teen Book Club, Montrose, 9/15
NCG Family Film Festival, FREE MOVIES! All NCG Theater Locations, 9/16 , 9/17 & 9/18
Tale on a Trail, Flint Farmers Market, 9/17
7th Annual Fall Festival, Perani Event Center, Flint
CrimFit Family Event, For-Mar Nature Center, Flint, 9/17
Wood Burning Walking Sticks, For-Mar Nature Center, Flint 9/17
Chalk the Walk, Flint Public Library, 9/17
Marker Robots, Goodrich and Flint Public Library's, 9/17
R2K Rockets, Montrose Public Library, 9/17
Big Band Memories Concert, Grand Blanc Library, 9/18
Michigan Renaissance Festival, Holly  9/17, 9/18
Frankenmuth OktoberFest, Frankenmuth, 9/15-9/18

There are lots of great FREE events going on this week!  Take advantage of all the fun!

Know of other events going on in the Flint area? Comment or email me and we will add them on!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dinner and a Movie

When we think of "Date Night", so many of us often think of Friday or Saturday night.  Well, let's mix it up a bit!  I found a great bargain for a Tuesday Date Night.  It is not creative, it is nothing special, but it is a great deal! 

Stop #1
Da Edoardo North, Grand Blanc
Tuesday Dinner Special: 2 for $39.99, includes 2 entrees with salad or soup, bread, dessert and a bottle of house wine!

Stop #2:
NCG Trillum Movie Theater, Grand Blanc
Tuesday Special: $5 Admission for ALL movies!!

I know there are other restaurants in the area that offer 2 for $20 deals on dinner, but if you have never been to Da Edorado's, I highly recommend it.  It is a higher end restaurant with wonderful food.  This is a perfect way to get an amazing meal at a great price!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A MUST.....before extinction.

All to soon we will be bundling up and enjoy a new host of activities in Michigan......most of which will involve snow.  Before the cold air has a chance to seek in, enjoy a great summer time activity that is almost extinct. It's the perfect time of year to visit the US 23 Drive-In Theater!  Pack up the kids and take them to enjoy a dying past time.  There is not better movie experience than snuggling up in the car watching the big screen. The theater has 3 screens and is open on Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with movies beginning at 8:30 and a second movie at 10:15.

Currently there are 476 open drive-ins that we know of operating around the world. There are 368 in United States and 66 in Canada. There are currently only 9 left in Michigan. At their peak in 1958, there were between 4000 and 5000 drive-ins operating in the United States, 165 of those being in Michigan.

Ever wonder how the Drive-In Theater was created?  Richard Hollingshead Jr., father of the drive-in movie theater, capitalized on the success of the drive-in restaurant, extending the in-your-car-convenience to include the silver screen. He patented the idea three years after the idea's conception. The first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey in June 1933.

It is obvious that this great family-fun past time is disappearing.  Pack up the family and enjoy a movie outside, right here in Flint!

Monday, September 5, 2011

It's Back to School Time!

The Labor Day weekend always marks the close of summer and the start of a new school year in Michigan.  It is hard to believe, but that time is here already!  It will be a busy week of getting back into the school routine.  Take some time after a busy week to enjoy some great activities this weekend.

First Day of School!, 9/6
NCG Family Film Festival, FREE Movies! 9/9 
Mother Goose Hayride, For-Mar Nature Preserve, 9/10
Mom 2 Mom Sale, Holly, 9/10
Michigan Renaissance Festival, 9/10 & 9/11
Flint Festival of Quilts, Downtown Flint 9/9 - 9/11
**Flint Children's Museum is closed this week***

Know of other activites or events going on in the Flint area?  Comment or email me to spread the word!