Focus on Family: Baseball themed family dinner ideas and more from Beth Engelman

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Beth Engleman

Mommy on a Shoestring
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Beth's Ideas:

DIY Fan Centerpiece:
Fill a mason jar with peanuts (unshelled). Place your favorite team’s pennant inside to showcase your team winning spirit. Tip: After dinner, remove the pennant so you can enjoy the peanuts with your kids while watching the game!

DIY Home Plate Placemats:
Use markers and white construction paper. Have kids decorate each placemat as desired. Tip: to make the placemats waterproof, you can laminate them, or simply cover them with clear contact paper.

DIY Baseball Plates:
Use white, round porcelain plates and food safe permanent markers or paint to create a set of plates that will make eating a “ball.” Tip: After kids create their plates, place the plates in the oven at 250 degrees for about 30 minutes to bake the color in. Hand-wash the plates before using. I recommend using markers or paint from a “plate decorating kit” (available at most toy and craft stores). This way you know the ink is food safe and permanent.

Anthony Rizzo-Roni
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place 1 lb. ground beef into a large skillet, cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until evenly browned. Drain. Cook macaroni in large pot boiling water (about 8-10 minutes). Add macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain, and stir in 2 Tablespoons butter. Transfer macaroni to a large casserole dish. Mix in ground beef tomato sauce (I use 2, 15-oz jars of tomato sauce). Sprinkle 2 cups cheddar cheese on top. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes until heated through and bubbly.
(Recipe adapted from AllRecipes)

Chris Sale-ad:
Place the following items on a skewer: grilled chicken, lettuce, soft croutons, and cherry tomatoes. Repeat pattern if desired. Serve with Caesar dressing for dipping.

Team Sprit Fruit Salad:
Fill mini Cubs and Sox helmets (available online and at most sporting good stores) with color-coordinated fruit; blueberries and strawberries for the Cubs, blackberries and bananas for the Sox. Tip: Save the helmets to use as a later date for ice cream sundaes.

Mini Baseball Hats and Baseballs:
Dip Oreos in white chocolate and add stitching with red icing. Use melted chocolate to “glue” chocolate dipped marshmallow cookies atop a chocolate wafer. Let a bit of the wafer stick out to resemble the hat’s brim. Use white icing to make logos if desired.