Monday, April 14, 2014

Mom's Night Out - movie inspired recipe and giveaway

I will be the first to raise my hand in agreement that every mom needs a night out sometime. I'm about a couple years overdue, myself. I honestly even remember the FIRST night out I had after having G. He was probably 2-1/2 years old. Ladies, that is FAR too long to wait. As I'm writing this, I'm thinking it's probably time for me to be planning a night out...

Anyway, there's a movie coming out called Moms' Night Out. I was invited to a screening last month, but it fell on my birthday, and I honestly just wanted to spend my birthday with my family - kids included, so that's what I did. I've heard great things about the movie, though - and who doesn't love Sean Astin, right?

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The movie opens May 9. I think it looks fun. And seriously, way more traumatic than a moms' night out should be, but funny when it's happening to someone else. The movie premiere will take place in LA. I'd love to go, and I can't imagine why you wouldn't - especially if it's on someone else's dime. Right now, is offering up the chance to win an ALL EXPENSES PAID trip to LA to attend the premiere (valued at about $2000) this month! Just go HERE and fill out the form.

The winner will receive:

  • Free Airfare - Roundtrip airfare for 2 to/from Los Angeles, arrive April 28-depart April 30
  • Loew’s Hollywood Hotel - Two nights hotel in Los Angeles (April 28-29)
  • Walk the Red Carpet - Two tickets to Moms’ Night Out red-carpet premier at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on April 29
  • No Stress Traveling - Ground transportation in Los Angeles to/from hotel
  • Fun Money - $200 gift card for meals and expenses
  • VIP Access - Two tickets to exclusive after party with cast & crew at ‘surprise location’ on April 29
This contest runs through the 20th, so you have just less than a week left to put your hat in the ring! And just for entering, eMeals will send you some yummy recipes they've created inspired by characters from the film.

Just to wet your appetite, I'll go ahead and share one of those delicious recipes now!

Based on Trace Adkins' character Bones -

Moms' Night Out inspired: Bacon Cornmeal Pancakes recipe via @Emealz
Bones' Bacon-Cornmeal Pancakes
Because, who doesn't love the combo of bacon, pancakes, and maple syrup? 

6 slices center-cut bacon
2 cups self-rising yellow cornmeal mix
1/4 cup white-whole wheat flour (or sub all-purpose flour)
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Pure maple syrup
Additional center-cut bacon, cooked (optional

Cook 6 slices bacon in a skillet until crisp, and crumble.
Combine cornmeal mix, flour, and sugar in a medium bowl.
Whisk together buttermilk, eggs, 4 tablespoons oil and vanilla in another bowl.
Add to cornmeal mixture, stirring until blended.
Stir in crumbled bacon.
Brush a large nonstick skillet with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; heat over medium heat.
Pour about 1/3 cup batter onto hot skillet for each pancake.
Cook until tops are covered with bubbles.
Turn and cook other side until golden brown.
Serve with syrup.
Garnish with additional bacon, if desired.

Yield: 12 pancakes

Don't forget to enter for your chance to win the trip to the Moms' Night Out premiere! It's so easy, you could do it while eating these pancakes. 

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