Family Fondue Night

4 years ago
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Wow – last week just about kicked my butt! I had a sick kiddo – my little Monkey. And we had to do some blood work and are talking to the pediatrician about Periodic Fever Syndrome, since he gets these fever episodes every 4-5 weeks. Super high fevers. Super scary fevers. They stink. However, half way through the week, he changed from having his normal fever with no other symptoms to a runny nose and seemed to start getting worse. He hardly complained about anything, so we were waiting it out a bit. Friday I couldn’t wait it out any more – the doctor took a look in my baby’s ear and declared he had a perforated ear drum. My poor baby!!

So the week was filled with sick kiddo stress, normal life stress, and then a person who insisted on being quite nasty to me. (Cause ya know – that’s really what I needed last week!) By Saturday, The Coach and I were so grateful for his folks taking the boys for a sleep over. We got to head downtown and enjoy our local Ice Breaker festival with a chili cook-off and more than a couple ice-inspired drink specials. Lots of friends, lots of fun, and a much needed break! Then Super Bowl Sunday and more fun.

So where am I going with all this? Yeah – I have no recipe to share with you this week. Just couldn’t get it together. So instead, I’m sharing a fun idea for a family night, or a Valentine dinner with the kiddos included. Over the holidays, we did a family fondue night and the kids loved it! I mean, really, what kid doesn’t love dipping? So below are a few recipes I found for fondue dips and some ideas for what you can dip. 

Family Fondue NightCheese Fondue

Gooseberry Patch Cheese Fondue

Kid Friendly Cheese Fondue

Cheddar Cheese Fondue

Cheese Fondue dippers: chicken sausage, steak tips, ham cubes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, apple slices, hearty Italian bread, tater tots

Chocolate Fondue

Kid Friendly Chocolate Fondue 

Food Network Chocolate Fondue 

Chocolate Fondue dippers: pound cake, angel food cake, apple slices, strawberries, bananas, orange slices, pretzels, marshmallows, shortbread cookies

On to my menu! A bit of a crazy week filled with sports sign ups, rescheduled events from our zillion snow days, and The Coach and I both having work commitments on evenings this week (of course – the same night!). So meals are somewhat simple during the week and mostly things I’m pulling out of the freezer. This weekend I’m making a couple new dishes that I’m excited to try. I’ll be linking up on I’m an Organizing Junkie if you’re looking for more meal planning ideas! I also often link up at Feeding BigMarvelous Mondays, and Wonderful Food Wednesday. Or check out and follow my Yummy board on Pinterest! Interested in meal planning? Check out my post on meal planning. Here’s what we’re eating this week:

Breakfasts (we don’t plan for each day – see here for why – but these are our choices along with a fruit)

• Cereal
• Granola bars and yogurt
• Pancakes
• Cream of Wheat or oatmeal
• Toast or English Muffins
• Breakfast sliders
• Banana smoothies
• Breakfast bites 

Lunches (see this post for Peanut Free lunch ideas!)

• Roo: Monday – Lunchable; Tuesday – School Lunch; Wednesday – Lunchable; Thursday – Ham Sandwich; Friday – PB&J
• Monkey: Monday – Lunchable; Tuesday – Lunchable; Wednesday – School lunch; Thursday – Ham Sandwich; Friday – PB&J
• Me: Monday – Soup; Tuesday – Sandwich; Wednesday – leftovers; Thursday – Sandwich; Friday – Tacos


• Monday – Sub sandwiches, chips & dip, veggie tray (from last week – we ended up going to friends’ for the Super Bowl)
• Tuesday – Chili, cornbread
• Wednesday – Chili dogs, fries, carrots
• Thursday – Stuffed chicken, rice, green beans
• Friday – Pizza
• Saturday – Fettuccine Alfredo (making my own sauce), garlic bread, broccoli
• Sunday – Tuscan Garlic Chicken, pasta, asparagus

What are you eating this week? Leave a comment and feel free to link back to your blog if you have your plan posted!

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