Thursday, October 30, 2014

DVD Review - Cartoon Network Holiday Collection

Cartoon Network Holiday Collection

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About the DVD
Start making your list and checking it twice, because whether you were naughty or nice, you will definitely want to make sure that Cartoon Network Holiday Collection is what you get for the holidays this year! This must-own, soon to be classic will feature 5 hit Cartoon Network series on one low priced DVD! You’ll be dashing through the shows with Adventure Time's "Holly Jolly Secrets Parts 1 & 2," The "Christmas" episode from The Amazing World of Gumball, and "The Christmas Special" from Regular Show. And as an added holiday gift, Cartoon Network Holiday Collection DVD will also feature bonus episodes from up and coming shows Clarence and Steven Universe, both on DVD for the first time ever. Talk about a Holly Jolly Christmas! Cartoon Network Holiday Collection will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98


My Take on the DVD
This is a great collection of fun episodes. What I loved was that it was a mix of many episodes of different series' that will get you in the mood for the holidays! As you will see this a well done DVD that brings together some great episodes. My kids and I enjoyed watching them and you will too!


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DVD Review - A Belle for Christmas

A Belle for Christmas
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About the Movie
Just in time for the holidays, Anchor Bay Entertainment brings home A Belle for Christmas, an uplifting comedy about family, friendship and a four-legged holiday miracle. The film, starring Dean Cain (The Dog Who Saved the Holidays, “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”), Kristy Swanson (Big Daddy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jet Jurgensmeyer (The Little Rascals Save the Day), and Haylie Duff (Material Girls,), will be making it's national retail debut on November 4, 2014. A Belle for Christmas is priced to own at $19.98 SRP.


My Take on the Movie
I enjoyed watching this family friendly movie. It was funny , heartwarming, and there was some adventure in it for the children who were trying to locate their missing dog. Kristy Swanson plays her part well as the gold-digging girlfriend of widower Dean Cain's character. He seems to be the only one not to see her behind the scenes antics, but the children do. The children use their wits and intelligence to save their dog and get rid of their dad's sly girlfriend.

It is a story that maybe your family can identify with in many aspects. The actors do a nice job of portraying their characters and the brother and sister actually like each other in the movie and work as a team which is nice to see.

A new Christmas movie , just in time for holiday viewing.


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Book Review - Clean Eating Freezer Meals

Clean Eating Freezer Meals

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About the Book
The busier life is, the harder it is to eat healthy. Using your freezer-and a little creative planning-you can eat well and save time. Clean eating is eating foods without any added chemicals or applied processes. These easy-to-assemble dishes help you and your family reap the benefits of naturally healthy foods. Entrees, soups, snacks, desserts, and more are perfect for sit-down meals, quick bites, or on-the-go meals. Included are freezing techniques, shopping and budget tips, and detailed nutritional information.




My Take on the Book
The introduction explains very well the history of the term clean eating It was something our grandparents took for granted and that is how they lived. With our convenience foods , packaged foods, and fast foods that has all changed. Now we have terms like "fat free", "low fat", "gluten free", "dairy free", etc . in our grocery stores.

So Tiffany's book has recipes that assist the reader to make healthy foods that can be frozen and once they are thawed will remain delicious. She has included sections on breakfast, casseroles, skillet and grill, slow cooker meals, soups, stews , and chilis, and desserts and sauces.

I read through all the recipes and there were many delicious choices. Most used ingredients that are easily located in your grocery stores.

I decided to prepare the EASY ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP which is a favorite of mine to prepare.
Each recipe has a photograph of the finished product and there is a short introduction by the author to the recipe. You will find the ingredients and step by step directions that are written well for the reader. On the side are nutrition facts like calories, fat, cholesterol , carbohydrates, sugar, fiber , and protein. 

The soup was very easy to make and came together quickly. I ate the soup for lunch on the day I made it and it was truly delicious. Now I will freeze the rest to enjoy in the near future.
I plan to try several more recipes. 

I am sure you will find this cookbook written well and the selections will give any family or individual many delicious choices. Buon Appetito!

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Book Review - The Princess in Black

The Princess in Black
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About the Book
Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.



My Take on the Book
The time has come for a new princess to surface on the scene. This princess has a dual identity and many secrets. Her name is Princess Magnolia but when trouble arrives she becomes the Princess in Black.

This is the first book in a series of THE PRINCESS IN BLACK. It was entertaining and the chapters were short. The story was well told . It was interesting how the authors took her from a princess dressed in pink to the princess dressed in black with super fighting powers.

Le Uyen Pham's illustrations added to the fun in the story. Seeing the characters reactions to the events helped to bring the story alive. The monster(s) that were created were very cute!

I think your little princess will enjoy this story.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One Step Ahead's Week #3 of "5 Weeks of Holiday Sweeps" Going On Now


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Book Review - Elephantastic

Elephantastic

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About the Book
You never know when a best friend will be delivered to your doorstep. And that's just what happens to Andrew when a mysterious box arrives with a talking stuffed elephant inside! The two new friends set off on an adventure, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, crawling through sun-filled savannahs, and exploring a deep, dark jungle. They're having an elephantastic afternoon together -- until Andrew's mommy interrupts. It turns out the box was delivered to the wrong address! It was actually meant for Louise, the neighbor upstairs . . .

Michael Engler's charming tale, matched with glowing images by Joelle Tourlonias, make Elephantastic! a story young readers will want to experience again and again.




My Take on the Book
I loved this story. Take a boy with a wonderful imagination and a stuffed elephant and just imagine the adventures they could experience. There were many parts of this book I loved but one was not actually in the book so you could read it. The part was seeing a child, not watching TV, using a telephone or I-Pad or computer, but instead using pencils, paper, crayons, cardboard boxes. etc. to produce the imaginative adventures that Andrew and Timbo were enveloped in, inside the house.
The ending was precious as Andrew realized that Timbo belonged to the little girl upstairs. Once again the author came through with a delightful solution: Louise, Andrew and Timbo would go on adventures together. 

Joelle Tourlonias' illustrations match perfectly this wonderful text. 

I know you and your child will enjoy this story together. Think about the adventures you could create together.

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Book Review - Frites: Over 30 Gourmet Recipes

Frites: Over 30 Gourmet Recipes

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About the Book
Fries! Everybody love fries, chips, patatas, or pommes fritex – no matter what you call them the French fry is one of the most celebrated staples in modern culture and never fails to bring pleasure to our plates.

The new book FRITES [Jacqui Small LLP, September 2014, $29.99 US / $32.99 CAN] by author Anne de la Forest, explores the different sizes, shapes, and flavors of the French Fry and embraces many different cooking styles and permutations of ingredients, from polenta and asparagus to the classic French frites Pont-Neufs or US-style skinny fries. Inside information on:

  • Grating, peeling, cutting, and cooking;
  • Traditional fries and trendy fries;
  • Creative fries such as turnip, parsnip, or beetroot fries
  • Sweet fries banana, apple, and pear fries
  • Sauces including BernĂ¥ise, curry, barbecue, and tangy tomato

Large or small, fat or thin, peeled or with skins on, French, Belgian, British or American, fries come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. In FRITES readers will be find them all and everything they need to know to make frites on their own delighting friends and family!




My Take on the Book
Frites are popular in many countries throughout the world.

The author has written a book that covers 36 delicious and sometimes nontraditional frites. Some of the recipes are traditional, some trendy, some very creative , and even some are sweet.

Anne de la Forest begins her frites cookbook by giving the reader many pages of excellent information. There is information about choosing potatoes, correct way to store them, and kinds of potatoes. She gives information about other fruits and vegetables and how to either deep fry or oven fry them too. Her recipes call for different kinds of oils and she explains their function. I was amazed by the wealth of information before the reader began to read the actual recipes.

So many recipes and sauces were in this book and all sounded delicious but I opted to make the sweet potatoes and cane sugar frites. The recipes have accompanying photographs, the ingredients are listed, and the directions are well written and were easy to follow. The end result for my sweet potatoes with cane sugar was slightly sweet and a little crunchy. It was a perfect after school snack on the day I made them.


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