Jan Scott

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
3 Party Games Apps to Play with Your Family
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This summer, instead of competing with a series of screens for my kids’ attention, I embraced them and have been using digital devices as way to have fun with my family.

For example, we’ve been playing a lot of party games together by using an iPad instead of a traditional board game, and it’s been a wonderful way to pass the time on road trips, while waiting for a movie to start at the drive-in, and when we’re feeling impatient at a restaurant. They’ve also come in handy when we had guests for dinner, allowing us to launch into impromptu games of charades and Pictionary without any pre-planning required.

Here are the three games we’ve been obsessed with this summer:

1. Heads Up!

How Does It Work: Choose from a variety of fun categories, then guess the
word (that’s on the card on your head) from your friend’s clues before
the timer runs out.

Cost: Approx. $2

Apple or Android: Available on iTunes (for iPad and iPhone) and Google Play


2. Party Doodles

How Does It Work: The ultimate drawing and guessing game is like a digital version of Pictionary.

Cost: Free

Apple or Android: Available on iTunes (for iPad)

3. Reverse Charades

How Does It Work: A hilarious twist on classic charades, a team chooses 30, 60, or 90-second rounds to act out as many words as a person can guess.

Cost: Free (with in-app purchases possible)

Apple or Android: Available on iTunes (for iPad and iPhone) and Google Play

Do you have any favourite digital games you play with your family? Feel free to share in the comments!

Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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Our SavvyMom editor, Michelle, recently pulled off a fabulous weeknight gathering, comprised of a menu made mostly in advance. It was a smashing success, of course, and her guests asked for several of the recipes. Naturally, I made her tell me all about it, and the details are too delicious not to share.

She opted for a Mexican fiesta theme and served proper, fresh margaritas (stirred, not blended!) with fresh guacamole and salsa to start. Then the guests moved on to carnitas, esquites, and ‘Dixie Caviar’ (a black-eyed pea and pepper salad, of sorts), before devouring a dessert of Mexican chocolate pot de crèmes.

Michelle was quick to tell me that she chose her menu items based on the fact that all of them could be made ahead of time. She says, ‘I got home at 5:45 pm and the guests showed up at 6:00 pm, so I had just enough time to lay the appetizers out on platters and shake up the drinks.’

While all of her menu items sound fabulous, I asked her to share the recipe for esquites, a Mexican-inspired corn salad. Like me, I’m sure you can use a few new ideas for eating this month’s hottest market ingredient, and this dish is ideal for dinner, potlucks, parties and picnics, and the flavours are mild enough to be enjoyed by the kids as well.

Tell us, do you have a back-pocket go-to entertaining menu for busy weeknights? We’d love to hear!


Esquites (Mexican Corn Salad)

Adapted from The Kitchn

Serves 4 to 6 (recipe can easily be scaled up or down)

You’ll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cups fresh (about 6 ears) or frozen (thawed) yellow corn
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese, plus more for garnishing
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt, to taste

Prep and Cook:

  1. In a large cast iron skillet, heat oil on medium-high until shimmering. Add the corn and cook, stirring occasionally, until the corn is toasted and golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the toasted corn mixture with the remaining ingredients. Adjust seasonings, adding more of your preferred flavours, if desired. Serve at room temperature with additional feta cheese.
Jan Scott is an event planner, food writer and the face behind the family food blog www.familybites.ca. She's also the mom of two school-aged boys, and when she's not planning a party or writing about feeding a family she can be found in her kitchen whipping up lots of yummy things for her boys to eat.
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