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Wow, is it really summer already? Where has this year gone? It’s been a busy one, that’s for sure. One of the things that I remember loving about summer was the sense of freedom that came with being out of school and able to get outside and have fun. It occurred to me this year that, with our boys being homeschooled, they don’t really get that same feeling. For us, summer is marked most notably with a whole lot more activity in the typically quiet places that we often frequent. There’s no sense of wonder for the kids, no sudden freedom from the expectations of school paired with the warm summer mornings that just plead with you to go swimming and lounge in the shade. With all of the other changes that we’re working on, I’m now on a mission to change THAT, too.
We recently shared a story with you about why we needed to make a sudden change and we talked about bigger changes still to come. We’ve gone from worried, afraid and angry to excited, optimistic and eager for the future. Now, we’re ready to start peeling back the curtain and inviting you along to embark on these changes with us. Over the next several weeks or coming months, we’re going to be working on a major family transition that will allow us to not only bring a whole world of adventures and experiences to our boys, but also a lot of variety and new information for you. We’re buying an RV!!
Yes, you read that right. We’re going to indulge our wanderlust and answer the call of the ocean for a while, then we’re going to embark on a trip that will take us anywhere and everywhere. From culinary destinations to educational stops as part of our homeschooling adventure, we’re going to take this show on the road.
All that travel means we need serious cell service. You might remember that some time ago we told you about Walmart Family Mobile service. It was great for helping us stay in touch with family over the holidays and beyond that. In fact, we’ve been really happy with the service ever since. So, when I got the chance to check out the Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan, I was all for it. We’re talking unlimited talk, text and data with a full 10GB of 4G LTE on the plan. Oh, and the PLUS? Every month, we get a credit for a free movie on VUDU (worth $7). It’s all of that with a price tag of only $49.88 per month.
As part of this opportunity, we hit our local Walmart and picked up the LG K7 phone. At $89.88, it was a great deal. Paired with the Nano Starter Kit on rollback for only $19.88 (though it’s only $25 at full price), we were good to go. It doesn’t bill the first month of service until the end of the month, so that was all we had to pay up front. The best part is the VUDU movie rentals, because it gives us a chance to gather together and enjoy some downtime as a family amidst the hectic time that we’re facing getting ready for this big transition. With our ROKU(R) device, we can even stream our VUDU rentals on the TV. And, with all that extra data on the plan, I can use my phone to look up the ratings and details on any movie we want to stream before the boys see it. Tonight, it was The Lego Movie and a homemade brownie treat indulgence. We’re talking peanut butter salted caramel brownies. I KNOW I don’t need to say that twice.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/3edbv or your local Walmart for current pricing.
In keeping with our upcoming road trip theme and the inspiration we’re getting from our #DataAndAMovie deal with Walmart Family Mobile PLUS, we’re bringing you two things today. The first…a list of our top 5 summer road trip movies to enjoy with your family – all available on VUDU. The second….a recipe that you won’t want to miss for those peanut butter salted caramel brownies. They are the ULTIMATE family movie night snack – and you can even bake them in an RV oven (we baked them in our countertop oven!!).
Our Family’s Top Five Road Trip Movies
A Goofy Movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey
- ⅔ cup salted butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons hot coffee
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup flour
- ⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ⅓ cup peanut butter chips
- 2 cups sugar
- ¾ cup butter, cubed
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons large-crystal sea salt
- For the brownies:
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, then butter it.
- Add the the melted butter, sugar and cocoa powder to a medium bowl, then mix well until everything is thoroughly combined.
- Stir in the salt, vanilla and coffee, mixing until smooth.
- Add the eggs, one at a time. Mix well after each one so that they are completely incorporated.
- Mix in the flour until it’s all absorbed, then beat well so that everything is mixed.
- Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips and the peanut butter chips.
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan, then bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until baked through.
- Cool on a rack for at least 20 minutes.
- For the caramel:
- Put the sugar in an even layer in a large saucepan.
- Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly until the sugar melts to a bubbling liquid. It will clump along the way - just keep stirring.
- Stop stirring when all of the sugar is dissolved. Shake the pan periodically to keep things moving so that the sugar doesn’t burn.
- Lower the heat to medium-low and let the sugar simmer until it turns golden brown. An instant-read thermometer should read between 345 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Add all of the butter cubes and whisk them in quickly until fully incorporated. The sugar will bubble when you do this.
- Slowly pour the cream in with the butter, whisking constantly until it all comes together in a smooth, creamy, rich caramel.
- Stir in the salt until it’s dissolved.
- Let it cool completely, then pour it into a bottle and refrigerate it. It’ll keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge. Just warm it up when you’re ready to use it.