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Applesauce Pork Tenderloin

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This Applesauce Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorite recipes. I've been making it for years. I adapted it from a Motts Applesauce Recipe I found in a cookbook about recipes found on the backs of packages and labels. I usually make it in my favorite Dansk pan, which I have had for years.

pork loin roast ingredients

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 to 1 t Mrs. Dash spice mix
  • 3/4 cup Cinnamon Apple Sauce
  • pork tenderloin

Directions:

Applesauce Pork Tenderloin is a very easy recipe to make, with great flavor. Easy enough for every night dinner, flavorful enough for a special occasion. And it has a very short prep time. As with many recipes, I tend not to measure so feel free to adjust the measurements to your own liking.

pork tenderloin topping
Mix together the applesauce, garlic powder, and spice mix. You can use any spice mix your palate likes.
 

pork tenderloin ready to cook
In a baking pan (my favorite is the Dansk which I have had for years) sprayed well with cooking spray, place the raw pork tenderloin and cover it with the applesauce mixture.

If you want a more moist pork tenderloin and topping, cover with foil before baking.

pork tenderloin after cooking
After cooking at 325 degrees for 2 - 2.5 hours. 
It's OK if some of the applesauce mixture burns in the bottom of the pan.
 

pork tenderloin served
And ready to serve for dinner!

The applesauce makes the meat very tender and provides a somewhat sweet and spicy coating.

Cheese Burger Casserole Recipe

Cheese Burger Casserole

I am having one of those nights where I don't want to cook, it is hot outside, and I have a family to feed with picky eaters. It has been a long time since I made this Cheese Burger Casserole. My kids have never even tried it, that's how long it has been. When I was staring at what was available in my kitchen, I remembered this easy recipe and decided to try it. 

Ingredients:

1
lb ground beef 
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup) - I used powdered garlic
1
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz) 
1
cup milk
2
eggs

Directions:

Cook and shred the ground beef and add in the onions or garlic. This could be even easier if you make it ahead of time and have batches frozen to use in recipes. 

cooked hamburger
Place the cooked beef into a casserole or pie pan.
I know this is a bit more than a pound of meat. (I don't measure.)

cover with cheese
Cover the meat with cheese. I used a Mexican mix. (you can use any kind, again, I don't measure)

bisquick mix
Mix the remaining ingredients together (eggs, milk, Bisquick)

before cooking
Pour the liquid mix over the meat and cheese.

Place it in a 400-degree oven to bake for 25 minutes.

finished casserole
Finished baked casserole.

serve
Cut and serve

The best thing about this recipe is that it is adaptable. You can add veggies. You can change the kind of cheese. You could change to meat to ground turkey. Try adding spices to your liking. How about different sauces on the side - ketchup, BBQ sauce... After making this, I thought hey, "I wonder how ground sausage and cornbread would work together!" So that might be something to try in the near future. Leftovers are easy to reheat or freeze.

 

Gluten-free version - replace the Bisquick with Gluten-free Bisquick

 

OREO Chocolate Free Candy Bar In-Store at Walmart Easter 2018

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Did you know that OREO has a special flavored candy bar made with crunchy bits of OREO + mint creme filling + rich Milka chocolate candy? YUM! These OREO Mint Chocolate Candy Bars have delicious bits of OREO Cookie mixed in smooth, mint flavored creme filling and are coated in European Milka chocolate candy. You will want to be sure to stop by Walmart and pick a few of these OREO Chocolate King Size Bars while they are on Rollback for only $1!

 

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How to Make Quick and Easy Holiday Fudge

I saw this recipe idea on Betty Crocker and knew I needed to try it this year. After having two knee replacements, I just am not up to par with being fully invested in the decorating and preparing for a festive Christmas. My daughters school was having a Holiday Carnival and we needed to donate a treat to sell. I knew this was it for me. The recipe really only consists of two ingredients with additional options available. And yes, it was quick and easy. 

ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of vanilla frosting
  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
  • Food Coloring - optional
  • Flavoring - optional
  • Decorating candies or sprinkles - optional

Directions:

baking dish
Line an 8" x 8" pan with aluminum foil and cover with cooking spray. Set aside. 
 

chocolate melted
Place the entire package of white chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl.
Begin with 30 seconds and stir. Add an additional 30 seconds followed by stiring until the chips are melted.
It is OK if there are a few lumps left, then will melt as you stir.
 

mixed together
Place the entire can of vanilla frosting in another microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.
Then add it to the chocolate chips. The mix starts to feel more stiff.
 

At this point the fudge is done but you can add color, flavor, or decoration to the fudge at this point.
 

red and green
I seperated the fudge into three bowls, red, green, and white. 
 

white layer
Start with a layer of the white fudge.
 

add colors and mix
Add the green and red fudge ontop of the white and swirl - but not too long or you will end up with a gray mess. 
 

candies added
Add your decorations if you desire. 

Place in the refigerator to chill before cutting into 1" square pieces. 

So, how's it taste? Really sweet. There definately is a strong flavor of icing. I think adding some flavor like peppermint would add to the flavor in a good way. The nice thing about this recipe is it is so flexible. Try different flavors of icing or chips for a different variety of fudge. Why not add nuts or marshmallows for a tasty variation. 

Making Party Appetizers Easier with Hormel Gatherings Party Trays

I received free product in exchange for my honest review

I was given the opportunity to review a Hormel Gatherings Party Tray. It couldn't have come at a better time. We purchased the Hormel Gatherings Supreme Party Tray from Walmart and brought it to our Thanksgiving Gathering. My family is very laid back. We don't fuss or make a big production of holiday gatherings, just good family time together. It worked out great. Everyone was thankful for the tray as we had to wait awhile for the meal to heat up and everyone liked something available on the tray.

party tray

You can easily remove the packaging and have an instant party appetizer. If you'd like to upgrade the presentation, you can always transfer the contents to your own dishware. One of the things I like the most about the Hormel Gatherings Party Trays is the time it saves me from having to cut up the cheese and meat if I were to make my own tray. 

Our Hormel Gatherings Supreme Party Tray contained:

  • HORMEL® Hard Salami
  • HORMEL® Genoa Salami
  • Sargento® Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Sargento® Havarti Cheese
  • Round Crackers
  • Peloponnese Pitted Olives

While all of the trays are slightly different, the Supreme Party Tray is the only one that contains the olives.

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Red Hot Apple Butter Recipe a part of #CCBG October Challenge

Homemade Red Hot Apple Butter is really easy to make in the slow cooker. It just takes time, a lot of time. I am all for less work so this simple version by-passes pealing and coring apples and instead uses applesauce. And it tastes wonderful! Next time I will make a bigger batch that is for sure.

 

I can tell you that if you never taste the Apple Butter, the time spent was still so worth it because the aroma in your house is phenomenal. My daughter kept asking when we could taste it. She wanted it for dinner with rolls, I mean that’s all she wanted for dinner, Apple Butter and rolls.

 

ingredients
ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 (48 ounce) jar applesauce
  • 2 1⁄2 cups sugar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon apple pie spice (or allspice)
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 ounces red-hot candies
  • 2tbs apple cider vinegar

The original instructions state this makes 4 - 1 pint jars. Mine actually cooked down to make half as much. I would use the 1/2 pint jars instead.

cooking
in the slow cooker, minus the applesauce

Directions

Place the first six ingredients into your slow cooker and heat on high for 12 hours. You can stir it a few times but not too much, just let it sit.

After the 12 hours, and if it is thick enough add the apple cider vinegar. If it isn’t thick enough, allow more time for cooking.

canning
canning water bath

Canning

Follow your jar instructions for canning. If you intend for the apple butter to sit on the shelf, you will need to follow the directions for sealing your jars.

If you are not going to can the apple butter, it must be kept in the refrigerator.

 

Printable

If you would like a copy of the label I made for the Red Hot Apple Butter, you can download a free PDF version of it here. [free PDF]

October Fall Recipes Challenge

This post is my response to the October Craft Challenge from #CCBG for Fall Recipes. 

Life Beyond the Kitchen   •   Knit Leaves Fall Table 

 

Home Crafts by Ali    •    Slow Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

 

Try it - Like it - Create it   •   Red Hot Apple Butter

 

My Thrifty House   •    Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

 

2 Dishing Divas   •   Apple Crisp - Comfort Food Dessert

 

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ConAgra Wicked Kitchen Launch at Kroger

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With no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives and kitchen-level ingredients like Guajillo chilies, mozzarella cheese, and chicken and beef raised with no antibiotics, tonight's meal is a no-brainer. And now, for a limited time, there is an online offer to save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Wicked Kitchen Mac & Cheese or Hand Pie at Kroger and Kroger banner stores! 

 

Click here to download this awesome deal before it's gone. And while you're shopping at your local Kroger or Kroger banner store, don't forget to stock up on all of the mouthwatering meals, from the Buffalo Inspired Chicken Hand Pie to the Chorizo Mac & Cheese. With these jaw-dropping flavors at your fingertips, you may never have to ask yourself, "So what's for dinner?" again.

 

Spread the love and share this limited time offer with friends, too, so that they can eat wickedly good during their next night in or TV binge session.

 

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Last Minute Foodie Gift Ideas For Everyone

Everyone knows a foodie or two. A foodie is a person who doesn’t just eat food and consume beverages out of necessity; oh no - for them, food and drink is an experience that is more like a hobby. They will constantly be trying interesting new ideas or experimenting with recipes, to the point where you wonder if they ever eat anything that’s just “normal”.

 

If you fancy giving the foodie in your life a present but are strapped for time, then here are a few suggestions to point you in the right direction.

 

Your Mom

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It might be a bit of a stereotype to suggest that women prefer sweet food to savory, but it’s one that has some justifiable reasoning behind it. So make the most of that and opt for anything with a sugar rush. Cupcakes and macarons have certainly had their moment of popularity, while it’s hard to go wrong with a good, exquisitely crafted French pastry.

Your Dad

Men are just as likely to be a foodie as women, but they may be a little less inclined to experiment. It’s therefore best to keep it simple; think samples from a variety of bourbon brands or a selection, or even a range of different coffees from around the world. If you want to go for food, it’s best to look for a voucher for their favorite restaurant than to try and encourage them to try something new.

 

Your Sister

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You still have the option of something sweet, but why not look for unusual beverages or cocktails? Cocktails - or mocktails if they don’t drink - are particularly fun, especially if you buy a few pieces of barware for them to experiment with. Find a recipe for an interesting cocktail then buy the components, along with a nice glass for them to drink it from.

 

Your Brother

Sticking with the savory theme, why not look for a moment unusual kind of meat for your brother? There are so many types of meat that are eaten throughout the world, but have yet to fully cross into the mainstream on our shores. You could suggest zebra, giraffe, or even alligator - package it up in a selection box with a nice red wine, and you’re guaranteed to be giving them the most innovative gift imaginable.

 

Your Friends

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To an extent, a lot of this is going to depend on your friends and what you know they like. Go through your mind for memories of them expressing a preference for a particular something, leaning heavily on this theme.

If you can’t think of anything that would fit, then why not try a selection of cheeses? Foodies as a whole love cheese; it’s a real delicacy that is popular no matter what the season. You could look for cheese presentation sets, or head to a specialist and pick up a few that you think that they should sample.

 

If you’d rather stick with drinks, then look for craft and indie alcohol producers. Staying away from the big brands encourages their love of something different in what they consume, so it should work out well for everyone involved!

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Crab Dip and Crackers

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I remember this appetizer from my childhood. My mom would make it for parties, it was requested quite a bit by friends and family. We would always have it around the holidays for some kind of gathering. As a child, I always thought it was so elegant and special. Now as an adult, I appreciate how easy it is to make. I found everything I needed at my local Market District store. 
 

shopping items
The variety of items required for this post from Collective Bias. I used the Cocktail sauce and Wheat Thins in my recipe.

 

in store
The crackers I needed for this recipe were so easy to find in my Market District store.

 

ingredients
The items needed for this recipe were easy to find and I was happy to purchase Market District and Giant Eagle brands whenever possible.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Cream cheese
  • 5 oz Pimento cheese
  • 2 Tbs chopped onions or onion powder
  • Cocktail sauce
  • Imitation Crab
  • Crackers (Wheat Thins, Ritz, or Triscuits work well)

Directions:

mixing
Mix together the Cream cheese, Pimento cheese, and onions till smooth. 

spread
Spread into your serving dish. 

cocktail sauce
Top with Cocktail sauce, use your desired amount. I used about half a bottle.

add crabs
Place small pieces of Crab on top.

crab
Enjoy!

Options:

  • Shrimp, Crab or imitation Crab can be used. 
  • You can omit the onions, or onion powder if you desire. 
  • You can omit the Pimento cheese if you desire.

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Solo :: A Star Wars Story

Tonight my family and I attended a screening of Solo :: A Star Wars Story. Our overall first impressions were that it wasn't a bad movie, obviously not one of the best in the Star Wars saga. It did fill in a few gaps in the backstory. There were a few surprises to keep viewers interested. The cinematography and animation were well done although dark in places and hard to see details when you might want too. The acting was believable and not lacking. Fans of Star Wars will want to see Solo. Die-hard Star Wars fans might pick the movie apart but I am not knowledgeable enough to know for sure. 

From Disney:

"Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' an adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes."

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The Family Fun Kit includes 9 coloring pages and 8 puzzle sheets - enough for everyone in the family!

 

Can't get enough Star Wars? Star Wars Celebration 2019 will be in Chicago and tickets go on sale June 5th.

12 Strong Movie Review

Tonight my husband and I were invited to see the screening of 12 Strong. It is an amazing story we didn't know about due to the events being classified until recently.

The day after 9/11 twelve soldiers were deployed to retaliate against the Taliban. With the odds against them, 12 Special Ops soldiers went into some of the roughest terrain to fight on horseback against missiles and tanks. They were outnumbered 5,000 to 1. The movie is so realistic you feel the challenges they faced and you will be amazed at their abilities and success. 

If you would like to enter to win a copy of the book and 2 Fandango movie tickets you can enter on another post. [enter here]

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Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok in theaters Friday

We were excite to get screener tickets to see an early showing of Thor Ragnarok. My family enjoys Marvel. From an early age, my husband would sneek to read his Marvel comic books. By the time we married, we had a room full of comic books. They have mostly all been sold to make room for our family but he has passed along the love of Marvel to our daughters. They both were excited to go to the theater tonight. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend with them. I just had my knee replaced a week ago so I had to sit this one out. When they got home, they told me it was the best Marvel movie so far. They also said there was a lot of humor throughout the movie and it was all funny. You know how some humor can miss the mark, well not so with this film. I am really dissapointed I had to miss it but when I am able to get around a bit better I imagine I will have no trouble getting someone to go see it again with me.

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!  “Thor: Ragnarok” is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.

To get in the spirit of things you just might want to make these Mjolnir Candy Apples.

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Rating: PG-13

Release date:  Friday, November 3, 2017

Thanks to the Owens Group, See it First, and Marvel for providing tickets in order to write this review.

Corydon - Indiana's First State Capitol has a lot to see and do

Disclosure: I have received accommodations and free tickets to attractions in return for posting about Corydon, Indiana.

We just returned from a great weekend in Corydon, IN. Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau invited us to explore the area. We were treated to a two night stay at Hampton Inn and given a gift basket that included area goodies.

 

We a began our weekend visiting the historic downtown area of Corydon. For those that didn’t know, Corydon was Indiana’s first state capitol.

 

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There are a ton of historic places and a great walking tour of the downtown. It was a beautiful fall day. We stopped into the Visitors Center to get a bit more information about the area and festivities happening that weekend, and there was a lot.

 

Butt Drugs

Besides the historic buildings, a fun stop was at Butt Drugs where we bought some fun shirts with their slogan. And you can see their famous commercial as seen on Ellen here [commercial

 

cave

From downtown, we drove to visit the Indiana Caverns. This tourist attraction features a rather newly discovered cave. The tour consisted of a path that led to a boat ride in the cave. It was a highlight of our trip.

 

constitutional elm
The Constitutional Elm. Where the state's first constitution was written.

 

tour sign

After grabbing a quick lunch, we visited a few studios in the area for their Hills of Harrison County Studio tour. Each studio on the tour is clearly marked on their brochure as well as with signage at each stop. The tour lasts the entire month of October. Check out the Hills of Harrison County Studio tour Facebook page and download the brochure.

 

At this point, we were a bit tired but we took the time to drive to the Overlook restaurant where we parked and enjoyed the magnificent views of the Ohio River.

 

On Sunday the weather didn’t cooperate so we visited Golf Shores Fun Center for a round of glow in the dark mini golf. http://golfshoresfuncenter.com/

 

state capitol
the first state capitol building in Indiana

There is a lot to see and do in the area and we will definitely be back. For more information on what you can see and do, visit https://www.thisisindiana.org/.

Things on our list to do on our next trip:

Zimmerman art glass

Squire Boone Caverns

Corydon Live!

Harrison County Discovery Center

 
 

Nitro Circus Review - Indianapolis

Prior to attending Nitro Circus, I really didn't know what it was. I guess I am showing my age here! Nitro Circus Live’s 2017 North American tour features over 30 world-class athletes. It’s an all-star international lineup, loaded with the best riders in freestyle motocross (FMX), BMX, scooter, and inline, performing the biggest tricks in action sports. Nitro Circus stopped in Indianapolis on July 28th. I was impressed, my kids were thrilled. Overall, it was a very entertaining evening. 

truck

The evening kicked off with a bit of silliness. Nitro Circus engaged the crowded with a drinking contest. The winner received a $500 gift certificate for tires. By texting, you could enter to win the truck pictured above as well as a motor bike. The kids were challenged in a dance off and the top three winners went home with either a bike, a skate board, or a scooter. A few audience members even got to be included in a few of the jumps. 

tower

This is the 40-foot high Nitro Gigant-A-Ramp that all the non-motorized riders went down. Look how many riders are up there all at once. Not only did they jump traditional wheels (bikes, inline skates) but there were a few crazy items as well. 

cooler
a cooler on wheels

barbie car
a kids Barbie car

recliner
even grandmas recliner!

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Look at all these motor bikes in the air all at once! I don't know, it kind of reminds me of E.T.

If you want to see more, check out this live action video. But really, seeing it in person in the best. 

Check out their site for 2017 tour dates. http://nitrocircus.com/

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Tonight my family and I went to see a screening of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" at the Imax theater in downtown Indianapolis. It was shown in 3D. We all enjoyed it very much (youngest is 11, oldest is 54). It held our attention and might have even seemed a bit rush. This movie in the series is generational, joining together Will Turner and his son Henry. The introduction of his son connected the two new actors into the series. If I state too much more, it will give away too much of the plot. I will recommend you stay until the end of the credits for an additional scene that hints at the future of the series. 

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced. 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” also stars Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs,  Golshifteh Farahani as the sea-witch Shansa, David Wenham as Scarfield, Stephen Graham as Scrum, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.

Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are directing “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with Jerry Bruckheimer producing. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Terry Rossio and Brigham Taylor. Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” drops anchor in U.S. theaters on May 26, 2017.   

We were provided tickets to the screening in order to write this review.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

The most anticipated movie of the Spring season in our house is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. We were invited to the screening of the movie last night. It didn't disappoint. At points, I laughed out loud. Of course, we loved the music. And we debate about our favorite characters, mine is baby groot! You will definitely see a few "easter egg" characters appear from Marvel history. I don't want to give anything away, but I highly suggest you stay until the TOTAL end of the credits and pay attention to the text.

Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers. Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” blasts into theaters on May 5, 2017.

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©2017 Marvel Studios

Rating: PG-13

Release date:  Friday, May 5, 2017

Smurfs - The Lost Village Review

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, is the biggest secret in Smurf history! A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest.

My daughter (age 11) loved the movie and wants to get the DVD when it comes out. Smurf lovers will enjoy it as well. Moms and Dads, it's entertaining enough to last the hour and a half. 

Have you ever wondered what Smurfette does? All the other Smurfs have their "job title" in their name, but not Smurfette. This question is brought to light in the newly released Smurfs The Lost Village animated movie. 

Given the slight focus on Smurfette, here is a great download that will teach you how to draw her. It is a free PDF file. 

[pdf file]

The film stars:
Demi Lovato as SmurfetteMandy Patinkin as Papa SmurfJoe Manganiello as Hefty SmurfJack McBrayer as Clumsy SmurfDanny Pudi as Brainy Smurf and Rainn Wilson as Gargamel.

singer Meghan Trainor recorded  "I'm a Lady" for the film
Rated PG

Run time: 1 Hr 29 min
Release Date: April 7

Fun facts:

  • There are 105 boy smurfs and 1 girl. (actually: Smurfette isn't the only female Smurf. There are three of them! The other two are Sassette Smurfling and Nanny Smurf.)
  • They may be "Smurfs" to us, but they're called schlümpfe in Germany, törpök in Hungary, sumaafu in Japan, smerfy in Poland and pitufos in Spain.
  • The Smurfs are Belgian, not American
  • The Smurfs are over 50 years old
  • Smurfs are three apples tall

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Beauty and the Beast 2017 Review

 

The 2017 movie version of Beauty and the Beast is anticipated by die hard Disney fans as well of fans of any of the all-star cast. As most are familiar with the storyline of Beauty and the Beast, you will find a few changes or details added to the 2017 version. 

 

My family was invited to see a preview release on Monday evening in Imax 3D. It didn’t disappoint. My daughters were excited to go, they are 11 and 14 years old and I thought they might be a bit over Disney princess themes but my 14 year old, sat there till the very end in order to hear the entire music track.

 

On our drive home we discussed our favorite song, favorite scene, favorite character and more. We each had our own favorites but we all agreed upon the overall enjoyment of this versions interpretation of “Be Our Guest”. 

 

As for the casting:

 

Emma Watson as Belle was beautiful and fitting, although none of us could understand how she didn’t fit in except for the fact that she was a girl who read. 

 

Dan Stevens as the Beast, we see him in his Beast form for most of the movie. His voice was fantastic to listen too in word and song. The transition from rough to a softer character progressed seamlessly through the length of the movie.

 

Luke Evans as Gaston did a great job progressing and building his evilness throughout the movie. I expected his character to present larger, more buff if you will. 

 

Kevin Kline did a wonderful job in his supporting role as Belle’s father Maurice. I truly enjoyed his scenes. 

 

Of all the actors that become objects, my favorite in this version was Mrs Potts played by Emma Thompson (which I didn’t know till the end). But Mrs Potts portrayed motherly characteristics while still being strong and standing up for her position which was endearing. 

 

 

PG  

2h 9min 

Family, Fantasy, Musical 

Release date: 17 March 2017 (USA)

 

 

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Hero Acts for Save the Children

Benedict Cumberbatch and Marvel Studios Invite Fans to Help Launch

“Hero Acts” and Raise Funds for Save the Children

 

Marvel Studios to donate up to $1 million in recognition of new charitable initiative

 

 

I am very excited to share with you that Marvel Studios is launching the first Hero Acts campaign today, and from now until the end of the year, Marvel Studios will donate five dollars ($5) to Save the Children, up to U.S. one million dollars, for every fan who uploads a photo of themselves in their favorite Marvel hero pose. Marvel Studios is collaborating with Fotition, a new social change platform, to power the experience on a brand-new website MarvelStudiosHeroActs.com. Fans will be able to visit the site to upload their photo and choose from a selection of custom Marvel-themed overlays. They will then be able to post their photo directly to the Hero Acts gallery and to their other social channels using the hashtags #marvelstudios & #heroacts

 

Official Website: http://marvelstudiosheroacts.com/#/

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