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Dinner and a Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas


Dinner and a Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas -- Recipes for a meal and snacks to go along with the wonderful Christmas film

It’s the first Friday of the month and you know what that means!  Dinner and a Movie time!  And since the Grinch is one of my favorite characters of all time, I am particularly excited about this one.

When I was a kid, the Grinch cartoon was the one I absolutely Would Not Miss.  (And remember, that was in a whole other century, back before cable was the norm or satellite TV even existed.  You watched the cartoons when the local channels played them or you did not watch them that year.  And DVD?  Pshaw.  There weren’t even VHSs when I was very young.)


When I heard they were making a live-action version of the Grinch, I was not sure how to feel.

How could they possibly outdo the Grinch I already loved?

The one that is basically just Boris Karloff reading the book to me with moving pictures?  Was it even possible?

Of course it was.  I love having Grinch night–read the book, watch the cartoon, then watch the live-action movie.  My littles, of course, find the cartoon mildly boring though they love to have me read the book to them.  There’s no logic.

But they adore the live-action film, mostly because they are boys and therefore Huge Jim Carrey fans (I mean, so am I, because that dude is Funny).  You can have a fun movie night with just the Jim Carrey version, but my advice is to do all 3 and discuss the differences and similarities.  Then discuss the real meaning of Christmas for your family and how you can steal all the packages and bows and hustle and bustle away from your own Who-ville and make Christmas Really Mean something this year.

Start with being kind to Everyone when you’re out shopping.  It can be hard when other people are in aggressive mode, but it really will make your day better and maybe even someone else’s, and isn’t that what matters?

I’ve put together a delicious meal to go with your movie night.  If you make the dessert and snack a day or two ahead, you’ll find this is all pretty easy peasy when movie night comes.  And if you want even more activities to make your night complete, check out my Story Time for the Grinch.


Dinner and a Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas Slow Cooker Roast Beast and Carrots

Slow Cooker Roast Beast and Carrots

Because you can’t watch the Grinch without someone carving the roast beast.  Hello.

What you need:

  • 2-3 lb roast–venison, beef, or pork, doesn’t matter.  We used venison.  Because venison.
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

What you do:

  • Place roast in center of slow cooker
  • Pour beef broth over roast
  • Add onion, celery, and garlic around the sides
  • Add carrots atop other vegetables
  • Salt and pepper meat to taste
  • Cook on low 6 hours or on high 4 hours

Who Hash(brown) Casserole

I mean, Who Hash.  Yeah yeah.

What you need:

  • 1 lb hash browns, thawed
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In a saucepan, heat the butter and soup together
  • Add the sour cream, onion, and cheese
  • Stir till cheese is melted
  • Crumble hash browns into casserole dish
  • Pour soup mixture over hashbrowns
  • Stir to mix well
  • Bake for 45 minutes-1 hour


Dinner and a Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas Black Bottom Who Pudding

Black Bottom Who Pudding and Hot Chocolate Eggnog

Pudding is all over the place in the live action film, and one of my favorite parts is when Cindy Lou and Betty Lou Who are wearing hats that are garnished with cups of eggnog.  If you watch, the eggnog splashes around in the mugs.  I just think it’s a brilliant bit of costuming.  But not too many kids like eggnog, so the hot chocolate is a good way to introduce them to it.

Black Bottom Who Pudding

This is a really easy, chocolatey dessert that resembles brownies with a pudding-like topping.

What you need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 7 Tbsp cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • Whipped cream

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Grease an 8″ cake pan
  • Sift together the flour, 3/4 sugar, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl
  • Add milk, melted butter, egg, and 3 Tbsp cocoa
  • Mix together and pour into prepared pan
  • Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, and remaining cocoa (4 Tbsp)
  • Sprinkle overtop the mixture in the pan
  • Carefully pour boiling water over all of it–Do Not Stir
  • Bake 35-40 minutes
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes, then flip the pan upside down to remove the cake
  • The bottom will resemble pudding or frosting–don’t worry; it’s done.  It’s supposed to look like that.
  • Allow to cool completely
  • Serve topped with whipped cream

Hot Chocolate Eggnog

Dinner and a Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas Hot Chocolate Eggnog

What you need:

For each cup

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp sugar

What you do:

  • Combine egg, milk, water, cocoa, nutmeg and sugar, mixing until well blended
  • Transfer to the top of a double boiler
  • Heat, stirring occasionally, until the  mixture steams
  • Do Not Boil
  • Serve immediately
  • Heck, put whipped cream on top of this, too.  Add a candy cane for garnish.  Go nuts.


The Grinch spends the  movie eating glass because it’s his favorite.  In one scene, he sits in a recliner and eats a green bottle.  So you should make some glass for your littles to eat.

Green Glass Candy

Dinner and a Movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas Green Glass Candy Recipe

What you need:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Candy flavoring oil in cinnamon or peppermint (or any ol’ flavor  you want)
  • Green food coloring

What you do:

  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and butter the foil
  • Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan
  •  Add food coloring until you’re happy with the color
  • Cook over medium heat about 25 minutes till a candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees
  • Remove from heat
  • Add about a teaspoon of flavoring oil to taste, mixing well
  • Immediately pour onto prepared foil
  • Cool for at least 45 minutes
  • Break candy into pieces with scissors or the edge of a metal mallet
  • Let your littles eat glass with the Grinch

I am not making it up that this meal was delicious, the candy was a hit, and our Grinch night was a.maze.balls.  I hope yours is, too.

Love wins,


Looking for more holiday fun?  Check out:

Story Time: How Santa Got His Job

Story Time: Gingerbread Friends

Story Time: Snowmen at Christmas

Story Time: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Story Time: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Cuddle Up With Christmas Classics

2016 Ultimate Children’s Literary Gift Guide


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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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  1. How fun! That’s one of our favorite family Christmas movies. Thanks for joining the Family Joy link party!

  2. That hot chocolate eggnog sounds scrumptious!

  3. I’ve never seen the live film either, but I loved the cartoon when I was a kid. I even have a hallmark Grinch ornament hanging on my tree. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays.
    Brandi Raae recently posted…Literacy Musing Mondays ~ Stocking Stuffer IdeasMy Profile

  4. I love making the movie a little more interactive-plus what family doesn’t need to have a dinner together!
    Imaginary Book Club recently posted…TRADE | The Wicked + The Divine Volume 2 FandemoniumMy Profile

  5. I love it! The Grinch is my favorite Christmas movie, although I haven’t seen the live action one. I guess I need to though. 🙂 I’m sharing your post as my favorite for the Literacy Musings Monday link up. 🙂
    Leah Courtney recently posted…Five Classic, Family Christmas Movies You Need to Watch This YearMy Profile

    • Thanks so much, Leah! I’m chuckling over the number of people who haven’t seen the live-action film. Maybe it’s a generational thing? We all know what the Grinch should be! haha But I promise, the live-action film is good.

  6. Very cute idea! I’ve never seen the live action Grinch because I’m afraid it can’t compare to my favorite classic cartoon version. 😉 I love the themed food ideas. My kids would get a kick out of that.

    Thanks for linking up at the Homeschool Blog and Tell!
    Sara at The Homeschool Post recently posted…Homeschool Blog and Tell Weekly Linkup #6My Profile

    • It’s actually quite good, Sara. Of course, they had to add a bit more story to it to make it long enough, but Jim Carrey plays a stellar Grinch. From one original Grinch lover to another. 😉

  7. What great and creative food ideas to go with the movie! I’ve only gotten as far as making our dessert themed!
    Mother of 3 recently posted…Weekly Wrap- Up; The Week We Decorated for ChristmasMy Profile

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