Monday Movie Review – Captain America 2 – The Winter Soldier

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥♥+ (5+/5) Movie Trailer Posted below

Marvel definitely rocked the sequel.  I am not usually a fan of sequels but this one went above and beyond.

I absolutely love the black ops outfit for Captain America.  Action from the start.  This movie delivers both a good plot and a fabulous action packed thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I rate this one of the best movies of 2014.  Any movie to slow my toddler down long enough to stop, watch, and cheer for the good guys in the action scenes is a winner in my book.  It takes a lot for my little guy to stand still.  I also love the plot twists.  This movie is one of the best if not the best sequel I have ever seen.

Trailer does not do the movie justice!!

Food Friday – Veggie Packed Meatloaf

With a picky toddler who will voluntarily eat only certain veggies I have started to get creative with how to mix them into meals I am making so they are nicely masked.  With the help of the moms in the mother’s group I am part of I have learned to be sneaky getting some veggies into my little fruititarian.

Veggie Packed Meatloaf

Ingredients:

2.5 lbs of your choice of ground meat (I use the meatloaf mix/blend)
1 small can of spinach
1 small can of corn
1 large can of tomato paste
3 cloves of garlic (I used 2 Tbsp dehydrated minced garlic)
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1 Tbsp chopped/minced dehydrated onion
A dash of cayenne pepper
2 large Eggs
1 cup Bread crumbs
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 jar/can of pasta sauce

Directions:

1.  Pre-heat the oven to 325° F
2.  In a large bowl put in the meat and combine all the veggies and tomato paste.  Make sure to mix this well.
3.  in a smaller bowl combine the 2 eggs, garlic, Italian seasoning, dehydrated onion, cayenne pepper, and the Worcestershire sauce.  Beat this mixture until it is well mixed.
4.  Add the egg mixture to the meat and knead together when it looks like it is mixed well add the breadcrumbs and knead until it is mixed well but don’t over mix.
5.  Lightly grease the pan you choose to use.  (I used a 9×13 cake pan)
6.  Add the meatloaf mixture and press down to make as flat of a surface as you can
7.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Then remove from the oven and and drain the grease as carefully as possible
8.  Pour pasta sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
9.  Put meatloaf back into the oven and bake for an additional 35 – 45 minutes.
10.  Check to make sure the internal temp is at least 155° F if it is then remove from oven and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes to cool down a little.  Cut, serve and enjoy.

Sicky Wednesday and Emetrol to the Rescue

Emetrol 

Product Rating: ♥♥♥ (5/5) works almost instantly…  for ages 2-12 (but I take it too and I am in my mid 30’s)

I think Wednesdays in my house are officially now called Sicky Wednesday instead of Hump Day.  This is now the third week in a row we have been sick.  First started with the little guy getting the nasty stomach bug.  Then last week I had the stomach bug, hence the week of no blogs.  Today started off fabulous.  We went outside and played for a few hours, delivered some baby things to a friend, went grocery shopping, played outside a little more before coming in for lunch and what was supposed to be nap time.

He spent a good hour puking everywhere and taking 2 showers.  He finally stopped vomiting after the second dose of Emetrol.  Our first experience with Emetrol was a couple of months ago when he was vomiting uncontrollably the nurse in the ER gave him this to help settle his stomach and it worked almost instantly.  After that I added it to our medicine cabinet.  When the stomach bug hit us last week I broke down and took 2 teaspoons every time I started to feel nauseous and it worked wonders.

It has been a long afternoon and you guessed it, no nap for the little guy today.  It might turn into a very long night.

Monday Movie Review: Noah

Movie Rating ♥♥♥ (5/5) Movie Trailer Posted below

Sums up the beginning books of the bible. Noah is the last of Seth’s Bloodline.  Begging with him becoming a man and witnessing his father’s murder.  Flash forward to Noah being a father.  Really cool creatures and animals.  The stone creatures are fallen angels.  I can’t stop thinking about this movie I can’t wait to see it again.  The movie makes me want to re-read the story of Noah.

I really enjoyed this movie and highly recommend it to everyone.  I liked how there was room for both the people who believe in evolution and the people who believe in the biblical creation story to enjoy this movie.  It was well done and the CG was amazing.  I liked how the focus is on Noah but we get to see into the lives of his family as well.

The trailer doesn’t even come close to the awesomeness of this film, enjoy.

 

**UPDATE**

I just watched a blog post from Renard Moreau that really put the questions I had about the story of Noah in place.  Check it out if you have time.  I like how he discusses the Illuminati and Gnostic connections.  it really made the meaning of the movie a little more clear.  It is an interesting piece – click here → Illuminati Gnostic Secrets Revealed

Monday Movie Review – Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥ (4/5) Movie Trailer Posted below

This movie was very cute and my toddler seemed to really enjoy it.  It did drag in parts.  As a Rocky and Bullwinkle fan from my younger years I had high expectations for this movie.  I do like how they kept the basic fundamentals of the original shorts by Jay Ward.  I did like how they defined the relationship between Mr. Peabody and Sherman in the film.  It is entertaining and all round makes for a wonderful family film.  This is one I look forward to adding to our movie collection.

If you haven’t seen it yet, run out and see it, don’t wait for Redbox to get this one!!

Enjoy the trailer.

Next weeks Film – The new Muppet movie…

Food Friday – Easy and Fast Chili

This is a quick and simple way to make chili in a hurry.
1 packet of chili mix
1 jar of salsa(what ever type/style you like, I use a large jar)
1 can beans(I use black beans)
1 small can tomato paste (Depending on how large a jar of salsa you use and how thick you like your chili)
1/2 lb cooked ground beef optional(I generally skip the ground beef)

Mix it in a pot simmer for 10-15 minutes and serve with cornbread, rice and/tortillas.

Monday Movie Review – The Wind Rises

The Wind Rises – Brought to you by Studio Ghibli

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5) Movie Trailer Posted below.

The Wind Rises is a wonderful movie.  Even though it is a fictional biography of Jiro Horikoshi it kept some of the fundamental facts right.  The designs in the movie that Jiro would dream of are based on the life Jiro’s first prototype design of the Mitsubishi A5M.  The movie glorified his young years leaving out the parts where he was sick for long periods of time.  He was survived by 5 children and the movie led the audience to believe that his wife left him and he did not have children.

It pulled together his young life in a nice fictional way.  I liked how there wasn’t one dull moment or a moment that would leave the audience hanging.  I expect nothing less than a superb movie from Studio Ghibli and they delivered.  It was better than the trailer made me believe it was going to be.  Call me a sap but there were parts I cried.

Monday Movie Review – King PINGU

King PINGU

Movie Rating ♥♥♥♥♥ (5/5) Movie Trailer Posted below.

Pingu films are made for toddlers between 2-4 years old. It is a well done claymation series. My son, who just turned 2, loves Pingu. It is important to know that there is no “real” language in the film. It is a language complete developed for the film series. It teaches the value of family and friends and how one little penguin can manage to get into trouble yet somehow always make things right by thinking about what he did. He also sparks creativity by showing him building and creating things. Before my son could say words he was making the “nock nock” sound that Pingu makes for everything. We have been watching all the Pingu films that are on netflix and when those started to get old we turned to YouTube. And what to you know there are oodles of Pingu films from around the world.

King Pingu has been the only one he requests to watch for the last few days. When he gets over tired I can turn on Pingu, cuddle up with my little guy on the couch and he will calm right down. His eyes get heavy and it is off to bed.

Thank you Netfilx for adding even more Pingu to your library. I wish they would set up playlists so I could program them to play sequentially with out having to search and wait for the to load. LOL. That is how much my LO loves Pingu.
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Enjoy a clip from King Pingu:

Food Friday – Veggie Brownies

Veggie Brownies – A healthy and delicious way to get veggies into those who don’t like them, wont eat them or into a stubborn toddler who refuses all green or orange food.

I used Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious Brownies recipe as a base for my brownies.  I made a few adjustments based on what I had in the house.  The recipe I am listing is my interpretation of Jessica Seinfeld’s recipe.  Because this recipe was so delicious I am going to buy her cookbook.  Next time I make these I am going to substitute Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for the margarine.

Yield: 16 small brownies

Ingredients
Non-stick cooking spray
3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (you can use bittersweet chocolate)
1 Jar(4 oz) Baby food carrot purée
1 Jar(4 oz) Sweet Potatoes
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar (you can use light brown sugar)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons trans-fat-free soft tub margarine spread
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 large egg white
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat an 8×8-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Melt the chocolate. – I did it in the microwave in a glass bowl.  30 seconds on high take out and stir for 30 seconds put back in microwave for 30 seconds on high and stir for about 1 minute repeat process until all the chocolate is melted.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the melted chocolate, vegetable purees, sugar, cocoa powder, margarine, and vanilla, and whisk until smooth and creamy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Whisk in egg white. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt with a wooden spoon.
  5. Pour the batter into the pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 16 pieces.

These brownies are only 100 calories per brownie.

Breastfeeding Wednesday – Sore Nipples

Sore Nipples…  WOW  I remember those.  When I started nursing my nipples would be sore.  Mainly because I never breast-fed before and the little guy was new to eating.  I thought once he got a good latch the soreness would go away and sometimes it seemed like it did.  Here are some things I did to help relieve the pain and what types of pain I was having.

Chapped Nipples – It seemed like the little guy lived on my boobs for the first 4 months of his life.  When my nipples would get chapped I used nipple butter at first, mainly because it was a baby shower gift.  But after joining a mommy support group one of the moms said how she used coconut oil.  I thought that sounded weird but what the heck I needed relief.  I went to the store and bought a jar of organic extra virgin coconut oil.  It worked fabulously, my nipples were softening up and I wasn’t worried about harmful chemicals on my skin or my little guy ingesting it.

Sore from Breastfeeding – Cool compresses worked wonders.  If the hospital I was given 2 circular gel filled pads I could use to help elevate the soreness.  When those wore out I went to the dollar store and bought 4 round kiddie ice packs.  I put them in the fridge to make them cold because I didn’t want them to be frozen.  On the plus side, I now have 4 ice packs for the kiddo when he falls and gets a bump.

Diet Changes – A friend suggested adding more citrus and vitamin C into my diet.  So I ate more Kale, Broccoli (that made my little one have gas), oranges, lemons, pineapple and limes.  Not sure if it helped or just helped to keep me healthy.

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