Easy Weeknight Fun: Wild West Dinner

Turn an ordinary weeknight into an adventure on the range with quick-draw recipes and cowpoke crafts.

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The Grub: Speedy Chili Con Carne

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The Grub: Speedy Chili Con Carne

This chuck wagon-inspired dish evokes a meal cooked over an open fire, but it's easily whipped up in the kitchen.

Originally published in the April 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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The Grub: Skillet S'mores

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The Grub: Skillet S'mores

This chuck wagon-inspired dish evokes a meal cooked over an open fire, but it's easily whipped up in the kitchen.

Originally published in the April 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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The Games: Appoint a Sheriff

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The Games: Appoint a Sheriff

Dress up the chow table and have the ranch hands wear denim duds and bandannas, then have kids make badges from gold card stock and markers (punched circles add a snazzy touch). Tape a binder clip to the back of each. Whoever wears a badge must safeguard innocent citizens against manners outlaws and dessert rustlers.

Originally published in the April 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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The Games: Pick a Trusty Pony

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The Games: Pick a Trusty Pony

To transform plain old dining chairs into beloved steeds, have each child dream up her horse's name, then use card stock or paper to make a horseshoe nameplate. Tape the finished nameplates to chair backs.

Originally published in the April 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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The Games: Build a Tabletop Campfire

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The Games: Build a Tabletop Campfire

Cut foot-long strips of red, orange, and yellow tissue paper. Snip flame-shaped fringe along one edge of each as shown. Stack them, then use a glue stick, dabbing it between the layers, to join them together. Tape together four battery-operated tea lights. Wrap the flames around the tea lights, taping the circle closed. Switch on the tea lights and pile some twigs on top. Surround your fire with a ring of rocks.

Originally published in the April 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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The Tunes

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The Tunes

Set the mood with some classic Western music. Singing along and yodeling are encouraged.

"Back in the Saddle Again" Gene Autry
"Ghost Riders in the Sky" Marty Robbins
"Happy Trails" Roy Rogers and Dale Evans
"Goodbye, Old Paint" Tex Ritter
"I'm an Old Cowhand" Patsy Montana

Originally published in the April 2015 issue of FamilyFun magazine.