Monday, August 25, 2014

When the Game Stands Tall Movie Review

Mom Among Chaos had the opportunity to check out a pre-screening of "When The Game Stands Tall" last week at the Novi Emagine.  I was really excited to see this movie.  I was expecting something along the lines of The Blind Side, but boy was I wrong.

This movie is about a high school football team in California that had a 151 game winning streak over many years.  The movie is based off a book by Neil Hayes.  You can purchase the book on Amazon

I liked that the movie had a Christian theme.  I also loved the main character who is the football coach.  He was soft spoken and kind.  The movie had a great moral of working together as a team. 

My husband loved this movie.  He thought it was the best movie he had seen in a long time.  I even caught him crying during a few emotional scenes.  I personally thought the movie should have been shorter.  I kept waiting for it to end, which is a bad sign.  If you are a football fan, I would highly recommend checking this one out.

I personally would give this movie 3 out of 5 stars.  I did not fall in love with it, even though my husband did.  So, if you're looking for a good christian based movie or just love football, go see it.  It's playing 

You can learn more about the movie by liking "When The Game Stands Tall" on Facebook.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Crustless Quiche Recipe

©2014 Disney
In theaters Oct. 10, 2014, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—and soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Have a parent help you prepare this delicious dish from the film!

•1 tablespoon unsalted butter
•2 teaspoons olive oil
•½ onion,diced
•2 cups sliced mushrooms
•1(10-oz) package frozen chopped spinach,
thawed and drained
•4 eggs
•1 cup whole milk
•½ cup heavy cream
•Salt and ground pepper
•1½ cup shredded Swiss cheese
(or a cheese of your choosing)
•Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
•Grease an 8x8 glass baking dish OR 10-inch pie plate.
•Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
•Stir in onion and sliced mushrooms and cook until soft,
stirring occasionally.
•Add spinach and continue cooking until moisture evaporates.
Set skillet aside.
•In a bowl, whisk eggs, cream, milk, salt, and ground pepper.
Add cheese, spinach, onion, and mushroom.
•Pour mixture into the greased baking dish.
•Bake in preheated oven until lightly golden and center is solid.
(~30-35 min; you should be able to insert a knife cleanly in the middle)
•Let cool before cutting into slices and serving!
60 minutes
5 servings 
(for the Coopers)
(not recommended for the baby)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Crystal's Low Carb Lasagna

Mom Among Chaos
We have an organic garden.  I end up with a ton of zucchini, so this recipe has become a hit in my house.  It has been great for helping me lose weight and maintain my current weight because it's pretty healthy and low carb.  You can modify this recipe to suit what veggies you have in your fridge at the time.

2 medium to large zucchini
1 pound of ground turkey
1 small green pepper
1 pound of mushrooms sliced
1 cup tomato paste
1 jar tomato sauce
1 15 oz container of cottage cheese
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning or fresh herbs
16 oz of your favorite cheeses

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a deep 9x13 baking dish.

2.  It's prep time!  You can use a peeler to make long strips for the zucchini noodles.  Once you slice them try to soak up any extra water.  I usually put a towel on them to soak up any excess water.  Next, cut up your green pepper and mushrooms.

3.  Over medium heat cook your ground turkey.  Once it's brown, add in the green pepper, tomato sauce, and tomato paste.  Bring to a boil and then simmer for 20 minutes.

4.  It's time to layer.  Put half of the meat mix on the bottom layer, next add half of the cottage cheese, half of the mushrooms, half of the zucchini, and half of the cheese.  Repeat for the top layer.

5.  Bake for 45 minutes covered with foil.  Raise temperature to 350 degrees and bake 15 minutes uncovered.

Mom Among Chaos
Due to the nature of this dish the first day may be slightly runny.  Don't worry this dish is actually better the second day and everything firms up.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Marshmallow Fly and Fry

Mom Among Chaos
Marshmallow Fly and Fry Heritage Park August 19 

Have some family fun and see the City’s largest campfire ever at the annual Marshmallow Fly and Fry on Tuesday, August 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Park.

The City of Farmington Hills Department of Special Services, the Fire Department, and Busch’s Fresh Food Market have partnered to create a fun event where families can cook hot dogs and s’mores over the campfire, then watch over 1,000 marshmallows fall from the sky! 

Sophia, Katelyn, & Rylie at the Splash Pad
Also, enjoy the splash pad, play on the bouncer, check out the fire trucks, and a whole lot more.
Hot dogs, s’mores, and drinks will be available for a nominal fee. After dinner, kids line up and retrieve marshmallows dropped from the Fire Department ladder truck and then exchange them for goodies.

The event is free to attend. For more information, call 248-473-1800. Or visit:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Detroit Zoo Wild Summer Nights

#WildSummerNights featuring 
Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers

When: Wednesday, August 20
Time:  6 – 8 p.m.

The Detroit Zoo gets even wilder on Wednesday nights during August with its annual Wild Summer Nights #concert series. Concert-goers are invited to bring a blanket and pack a picnic.

Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers will play children's music in the Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 to 8 p.m. while the entire zoo is open until 8 p.m.  Visitors can enjoy the zoo for a special $6 pricing after 6 p.m.  There is a grill tent in the Main Picnic Grove that serves Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Brats, Vegetarian Hoagies and more.  Beer and wine also available for purchase.

All of our readers may print this special coupon for a discount at Valvoline Instant Oil Change.
Coupon will be accepted without Zoo Membership.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change will have a booth at the event handing out candy, coupons and prizes from their spin-to-win wheel.  Ford is paying for the first 100 non-member cars that come after 6 p.m. every Wednesday night. (Members receive free parking)

The final summer concert of the season will be on Aug. 27 featuring The Joe Reilly Band (children’s music).

More info:

School Supply Stock Up Giveaway

School Supply Stock Up Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Staples

Hosted by:  Savory Savings 

Co-hosted by: Swanky POV and Failing Perfect

Staples 25 dollar gift card giveaway August 17 - 31

Back to School is upon us all and that means buying school supplies in bulk like crayons, markers, notebooks, glue and more!  Staples can help you #MakeMoreHappen with your budget and wants to help kick start the shopping by giving you $25!  Krista over at Savory Savings received an assortment of the fun school supplies offered at Staples and shared her thoughts in this Staples review!

How would you like to win a $25 gift card from Staples?  Mom Among Chaos has your chance to win. Enter in the Giveaway Tool form below.  Good Luck!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kate Spade Fashion

Last week I went to a fun kate spade store event at The Somerset Collection. I saw some lovely items to add to my wishlist. Here are some of my favorites. 
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Crisp color, graphic prints, and playful sophistication are hallmarks of Kate Spade New York. 
kate spade new york Women's Jimi Ballet Flat - $258

If you are looking for cute styles that are less expensive I have some ideas for you, too.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Women's Cat Loafer 

Priced from $159.60

Marc by Marc Jacobs Women's 645026 Flat 
Priced from $108.90

My daughters love these slippers. Find them at Target. Sweet® Kitty Slipper - Purple only $9.99

kate spade new york Women's Sweetie Espadrille Sandal - $100.68

Link to order:

Women's Mossimo Supply Co. Novalee Wedge Sandal - Assorted Colors - $25.48
Link to order HERE.

kate spade new york Women's Imelda Wedge Sandal - $350

Link to order:

Women's Merona® Tori Ankle Strap Wedge Sandal - from $10.98
Link to order here

kate spade new york Hello Tokyo Cat Clutch - $298

Hello Kitty coin purse - $14.88