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Bring on the Popcorn, and Make It A LOL Kids Movie Night!


Includes the original HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA short “Puppy!”

Available on Digital October 10 and
On 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray + Digital, & DVD on October 24

Be the movie night hero and bring home the film that kids give two thumbs up to for the ultimate kid’s movie night! It’s time to express yourself when Sony Pictures Animation’s THE EMOJI MOVIE arrives for the first time on Digital on October 10 and on 4K Ultra HD+ Blu-ray + Digital, Blu-ray + Digital and DVD October 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  The animated comedy unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone.  Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favorite emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (James Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Anna Faris). Together, they embark on an epic “app-venture” through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it’s deleted forever.

The 411:

Friday night my family and I settled in to watch The Emoji Movie.  The movie is about the life inside your smartphone. You know where all the Emojis hang out waiting for you to use them. The ones you use most get to hang out behind the velvet rope because they are the superstars. The top emoji's in my phone right now in top order are....

The movie follows Gene who is the son of Meh. The Meh's are good at their jobs. They are meh about everything however Gene has a problem. He cannot stick with his emotion. He has emotions and can't seem to control himself.  He is about to make his debut in the cube of emoji's on a young boy named Alex. As he takes his seat along with Poop, Pizza, Hearts and the rest ready to be scanned if chosen in a text with his parents looking on he accidentally makes the wrong face in his scan completely messing up a text Alex sends to a girl.  He is quickly classified as a malfunction and will be deleted.

We thought the movie to be funny. It is a good family movie with lots of Poop puns and clean innocent fun. Who would have thought it was so stressful for all those emojis in our smartphones?

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this movie for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered or received.

The Wine Box Gnome Is The Perfect Hostess Gift

This wine box gnome is an adorable gift perfect to say Merry Christmas! It makes the ideal wine gift box for gifting a bottle to friends, family or anyone else with whom you want to share a special bottle. There's no reason why these cuties can't be used for candy and other gifts too!The amazing box is a perfect gift for holidays, dinners, Christmas parties, events & all occasions! 

 The 411:

So much cuter than I expected. The Gnome's nose is the only thing you see on his face because this guy is all beard. His hands are pose-able and can lovingly hold the top of the bottle.

His body is a cardboard cyclinder that fits a wine bottle perfectly and his head rests easily on the top of the cylinder without falling off. There is a twine handle but I would not carry it by the twine.

His head can also sit on a bottle as a topper if you choose.

Even the box is super cute.

I always give wine to my in-laws and I know they will adore this guy this Christmas.

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Look for this book in my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 which you will find at the top of my blog on November 1st.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or received.

Italian Cook Book: Autentico Cooking Italian the Authentic Way by Rolando Beramendi

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Rolando Beramendi

On Sale Date: October 24, 2017



An introduction to the the true flavors of Italy

From the bright notes of newly pressed olive oil to the hearty warmth of slow-cooked ragĂșAutentico is the definitive guide and homage to authentic Italian food. Rolando Beramendi, the importer behind Manicaretti and a connoisseur of all things Italian, details how to make classic dishes using simple, updated methods and the finest ingredients. The 120 recipes go beyond pasta by exploring an array of regional Italian dishes as they are meant to be. From the vibrant bitterness of Wild Herb Pesto to the sweet complexity of Dolce Forte—a lamb stew seasoned with spices first carried along the Silk Road—to Silvana Vivoli's masterful gelato, Autentico reflects the true essence of eating, drinking, and being an Italian.

ROLANDO BERAMENDI is the founder of the Italian fine food importer Manicaretti and a frequent winner of Specialty Food Show awards. Truly a “chef’s chef,” his products, cooking classes, and culinary expertise have been praised by luminaries such as Ina Garten, Alice Waters, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Nancy Silverton, and many more. He splits his time between New York, San Francisco, and his home in Florence.

The 411:

There is a foreward by The Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten herself who talks about Rolando and his passion for using the very best ingredients to create dishes that showcase the best ingredients from Italy.

The book is broken into 7 chapters:

Ready To Use
To Begin With
Now, For A First Course
As A Main Course
To Accompany
To Fish With

I love the pictures. They are definitely shot in Italy and made me think of my family. 

The beginning of the book I sat and devoured the section about different olive oils and how to store them.  I love and only cook with Olive Oil. It is by far the best. I buy the best I can afford and believe it can make or break your dish.

He has a great selection of tomato sauce recipes. I make a sauce every Sunday. It has been made for years and it is good! 

Another section I loved was about using fresh herbs. I grow my own basil and vow to water less next year. He says that basil leaves become soft and less flavorful when watered to frequently. I love my basil.

Out of the 120 recipes included I cannot wait to make Artichokes with a hard-on and Crostini di Melanzana 

His recipes also suggest wines to drink with each one that compliments the dish.   

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Look for this book in my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 which you will find at the top of my blog on November 1st.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or received.

250 Recipes From The Moosewood Restaurant Table

The Moosewood Restaurant Table: 250 Brand-New Recipes from the Natural Foods Restaurant That Revolutionized Eating in America

On Sale Date: September 26, 2017



Over 250 brand new recipes from Moosewood, the beloved Ithaca, New York natural foods restaurant still influencing the ways Americans eat in its fifth decade.

"It's Moosewood's world. We're just eating in it." —Christine Muhlke, The New York Times

The Moosewood Restaurant Table, the newest cookbook from America’s most beloved natural foods restaurant, brings the restaurant’s millions of fans up-to-date with what’s going on in the famous Ithaca NY kitchen that started a revolution in the way we eat. With the restaurant now in its fifth decade, the Moosewood chefs continue to remain faithful to the farm-to-table philosophy that has governed the restaurant since its founding while keeping an eye on what’s new in the greenmarket, what you might find in your weekly CSA share, and the meals you want to put on your table right now. The Moosewood Restaurant Table is filled with more than 250 never-published-before recipes, including a healthy number that are vegan and gluten-free, and the array is mouthwatering: Two Potato Tomato Curry, Cashew-crusted Chickpea Burgers, Cuban Picadillo with Tofu, Pot Pies for Autumn, Winter, and Spring, Butternut Latkes, Jamaican Jerk Tempeh Patties, and plenty more. Of course, a Moosewood Restaurant cookbook wouldn’t be complete without desserts and there are enough to please everyone—Turkish Coffee Brownies, Orange Pistachio Cornmeal Cake, and Cherry Tomato Upside-Down Cake to mention just a few. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Moosewood Restaurant and their cookbooks or someone new to the feast, let The Moosewood Restaurant Table revolutionize your table all over again.

THE MOOSEWOOD COLLECTIVE has nineteen members who share responsibilities and participate in the various jobs necessary to run what has grown from a very small natural foods restaurant to a larger and more diversified company. Some members have worked for the restaurant since it was founded in 1973. 

The 411:
The Moosewood Restaurant cooks natural plant based foods that even non-veterinarians love. You won't even miss the meat.  Many of the recipes include variations and serving and menu ideas for accompanying recipes that will complement the dish.

The chapter are broken up into:
Breakfast and Lunch
Starters and Snacks
Side Salads
Main Dish Salads
Grain Bowls
Stews and Sautes
Burgers and Beans
Pizza and Bread
Side Vegetables
Side Grains
Sauces, Pickles and Other Things

There is a Green Tomato Omelets that uses plenty of fresh ingredients including parsley, chives and thyme.

Jenny's Best Breakfast Smoothie that uses watermelon, avocado, kale, almond butter and flax-chia meal.

Think you don't like veterinarian? There are traditional recipes for favorites that will have you re-thinking that. and they even have recipes for Nori Rolls using Kale and Pasta Carbonara using zucchini and smoked cheese. They even have a Philly Cheese that uses Portabello Steak Mushrooms. YUM!

My favorite thing about the book is that as I glanced through the recipes I noticed that most of the recipes called for many of the ingredients I already have in my pantry! The recipes are easy to follow. 

Interested you can get 15 of these recipes on ebook for $0.99 to see if this is your thing. OTHERWISE, order it from here

Look for this book in my upcoming Holiday Gift Guide for 2017 which you will find at the top of my blog on November 1st. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or received.
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