Why I Love Netflix – Documentaries

As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, each month I share a reason why I love Netflix. This month that reason is documentaries.

Each month I share a reason why I love Netflix. This month I want to talk about documentaries.

As a work outside the home mom, every summer I have to decide where my kids can stay so that they will supervised, safe, happy, and (somewhat) entertained. For the last several years that has been daycare. The transition from after school care to summer was pretty easy. This summer, however, they made it very clear that they wanted to stay at home so I hired a sitter, even though I was a little worried it was the best option.

For one, daycare did a pretty good job of keeping the kids entertained. They had friends to play (and fight) with, and the daycare took them on at least one field trip a week (which I had to pay extra for). I was also worried about them being home and doing nothing but watching TV or playing video games all day. I didn’t want them to turn into couch potatoes over the summer.

I put together a loose schedule for the sitter to follow during the day. All electronics are supposed to be turned off in the morning. They play games with each other, go to the library, play outside, do chores each day, and practice school work to keep them from losing ground over the summer. I have also tried to plan some field trip activities for them. They have been to the movies, the water park, and even on a short hike at our local state park. So far it has been great. I can tell that they are a lot happier being at home.

Another option (that we haven’t explored yet, but will) is what I like to call “edutainment” in the form of documentaries. Kids love to learn in ways that don’t feel like learning, and documentaries are great for that. They get to watch TV while learning about something other than how to build a portal to the slay the Ender Dragon in Minecraft.

Netflix makes it easy with tons of documentaries that can be streamed right into your home. Have a kid interested in dinosaurs? Space? The ocean? They are sure to find something that connects with their interests. To search for something they enjoy you can look at different subgenres like biographical, military, sports, music, travel and adventure, science, and cultural.

Need more suggestions. Check out these titles for big kids:

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1. Lewis & Clark: The Journey Out West
2. Walking with Dinosaurs
3. Secret Yellowstone
4. The Blue Planet
5. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions

Want even more brain-boosting titles? Our friends at Common Sense Media shared 12 age-appropriate documentaries that encourage kids to explore worlds they may not normally encounter, all currently streaming on Netflix – check out the list here.

For educational programming for the younger kids, check out these titles:

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1. The Great Mouse Detective
2. Busytown Mysteries
3. LeapFrog: Math Adventures to the Moon
4. Turtle: The Incredible Journey
5. The Magic School Bus (This is one of James’ favorites.)

What are some of favorite documentaries that you or your kids have enjoyed on Netflix?

Bacon Avocado Ranch Cheeseburger

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I’m a sucker for a good cheeseburger. There is something about this classic American favorite that makes me happy. A perfectly cooked patty topped with melted cheese between a soft bun… Yum! I eat hamburgers year round, but for some reason they just seem better in the summer.

I like to make hamburgers at home, and not just because they are delicious. For one they are easy. You can have dinner on the table in under thirty minutes whether you cook them on the grill or under the broiler in your oven. I also like that everyone can assemble their own burger with the toppings that they like. My kids like thinking that they get some control over what they are eating.

The one downside has always been that they are always the same. I’ll admit that I’ve never thought about being creative when it comes to this classic. That’s why I was happy when #CollectiveBias challenged me to come up with a twist on the Great American Cheeseburger. I came up with a recipe for a Bacon Avocado Ranch Cheesebuger, which is still easy to make and all of the ingredients can be purchased at your local Walmart.

Bacon Avocado Ranch Cheeseburger

Ingredients:
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 avocados
Kraft Naturals Slices, 1 – 2 per burger
Oscar Mayer bacon
Kraft Ranch Dressing
Toppings – Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Pickles
Hamburger buns

Kraft Natural Slices and Kraft Ranch Dressing make a great Avocado Ranch Bacon Cheeseburger.

1. Season your ground beef with your favorite seasonings. I like to use about a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and Weber Gourmet Hamburger Seasoning, which can be found at Walmart. Patty your meat and cook on the grill or under the broiler.

2. While the meat is cooking, cook your bacon in the microwave to your desired crispiness. I do four slices at a time for about three – four minutes.

3. Prep your toppings. Between switching bacon plates in the microwave, you can slice your tomatoes, avocados, and onions and shred your lettuce. Stage buns and toppings so that everyone can add what they like.

4. When meat is done, add one or two slices of cheese (depending on the level of cheesiness you prefer). You can go old school with American or shake it up with Pepper Jack. I prefer Cheddar, but you do you. Stick patties back under the broiler (or on the grill) for a couple of minutes until cheese is melted. Watch it! You don’t want your cheese to burn (or make a mess all over your pan that is hard to clean).

5. Assemble the burgers! Bun bottom, mustard or mayo if so desired, toppings of your choosing (I’m a no lettuce, tomatoes, or onions kind of girl) two slices of bacon halved, cheese-covered patty, avocado slices, and last, top with ranch dressing.

6. Eat! You can serve with chips or fries.

Open up and #SayCheeseburger when you eat this Bacon Avocado Ranch Cheeseburger.

This is a great twist on a classic favorite that will make you smile and #SayCheeseburger. I love the flavor combination of the avocado, ranch, and cheese. I’m sure you will too.

What is your favorite cheeseburger combination?

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