Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Family Movie Night

My son had been getting into a little bit of trouble in kindergarten being too rambunctious and energetic during class, so I promised him if he could go a few weeks without any problems at school we would have a special movie watching night when How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out on video.  He's lived up to his end of the bargain being a well behaved little boy at school so I'm sticking to my part of the deal and putting together a special night for the family.

The How to Train Your Dragon toys, television series, and movies are the hot thing that have captured my son's attention and imagination lately...he is so excited to be able to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 when it comes out on dvd and blu-ray! How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a fantasy film filled with dragons and vikings produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox that appeared in theaters this summer and is a sequel to the original How to Trains Your Dragon movie that came out in 2010.  This new movie takes place five years after the events in the first film and features Hiccup and his viking friends as young adults as they meet Valka, Hiccup's long-lost mother, and Drago Bludvist, a madman who want to conquer the world by controlling dragons.

To make our family movie night special we aren't just going to throw some popcorn in the microwave and flip on the movie, we're going to have a Viking Feast while we enjoy the show.  A Geek Daddy is going to put his mastery of grilling to good use and have some fun making up a meal that would even satisfy the appetite of a dragon.  We'll have some Viking Ale (actually a child friendly concoction of butterscotch and ginger ale) grilled Turkey Legs to gnaw on, and some Viking Boats for desert.

VIKING ALE (Non-alcoholic)


2 parts club soda, cream soda or ginger ale
1 part butterscotch syrup
1/2 tablespoon of butter


Combine butterscotch syrup and butter in a microwave-safe glass;

Microwave on high for one minute or until syrup is bubbly and butter is melted;

Stir and cool for a few seconds;

Slowly fill up the remainder of the glass with cream soda or ginger ale for a fizzy treat.


One of the best part of going to a Renaissance Festival is eating one of those great big turkey legs they grill up for you there.  Hey you can make them at home too with just a little bit of effort on your part.


**The Meat**
 Turkey Legs - you can buy these drumsticks at many markets

4 quarts of water
1/2 cup of sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar

**Basting Sauce**
Barbeque Sauce
Red Wine Vinegar


Combine the water, kosher salt and sugar and mix well. Place the turkey drumsticks in the brine so they're completely covered -- if you're making a lot of turkey legs, you may need to double the amount of brine;

Refrigerate your turkey legs, in the brine solution, over night. Remove from the fridge about an hour before cooking, so they can reach room temperature;

When you're ready to cook, remove the turkey legs from the brine and pat them dry. Brush each turkey leg lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Preheat your grill;

Combine the honey, barbeque sauce and red wine vinegar to taste. If you like yours sweeter use more honey. If you like your sauce tangier use more vinegar;

Place the turkey legs on the grill. Brush them with the sauce periodically, and turn them so they grill evenly;

Grill the turkey legs for  thirty minutes, occasionally turning and basting them. When finished wrap the turkey legs in aluminum foil for about fifteen minutes to finish cooking;

Enjoy - feast on these like a viking holding the drumstick in your hand and savoring it as you gnaw at it with your teeth like a medieval warrior.


While you have the grill going here is a quick and tasty desert that is easy to make and kids will love.

Chocolate Chips
Chocolate Syrup
Aluminum Foil


Open a banana but don't completely pull the peel off.  Slice it along its length so it looks like an open hot dog bun;

Place marshmallows, chocolate chips, and chocolate syrup within the slit you've created.  Drizzle some honey over the top of your stuffing.  Then wrap the banana back inside its peel;

Wrap the banana in aluminum foil and place it on a warm grill for ten minutes;

Unwrap the foil and the banana peel.  Ta da! You have a Viking Boat for desert! Tear into the soft warm banana filled with melted marshmallow and chocolate and devour it like a dragon.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning November 11, 2014.  Raise your turkey leg and viking ale with your hands into the air to cheer and toast for a successful adventure and journey be accomplished by Hiccup and his loyal companion Toothless in this family friendly animated feature film.

DISCLAIMER:  As a member of the Fox Home Entertainment Insiders blogger program A Geek Daddy Blog receives complimentary dvds and promotional items promoting films that are being marketed  in campaigns associated with this program.  A Geek Daddy Blog does not receive financial compensation for its participation as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider.


  1. Mmm those turkey legs are making me hungry!
    I saw the first movie in theaters but not the second, the first one was cute so I'll check out this one too - thanks for the post.

  2. I love how into it you guys got!! Looks like a fun family night :-)

  3. This is awesome! My kids love the How to Train Your Dragon movies