Tongo 

Tongo 

Movie: The Tooth Fairy

  
Review: I was rather surprised with this movie. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I really think it’s a great movie for kids to watch too. It stars Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson in a role very similar to that of Tim Allen’s Santa Claus. As the movie progresses, he believes in magic, tooth fairies, and himself. He also learns to love his (girlfriend’s) children.

Sound familiar?

Yeah… All n’ all though, a pretty decent film. Billy Crystal is quite hilarious and when Julie Andrews walked in as an angel I simply thought “Makes sense.” A few other cameos to look forward to as well.

Rating: 4.5 paws out of 5

 

Lemon Chicken: This is a copycat recipe of the P.F. Chang version. I can’t say I’ve ever tried it since there isn’t one near by, but it is a good recipe. The only comment I would make about it is to make sure you use a very light-tasting oil in this one. I used a regular EVOO, and I could taste that the most. Otherwise, very good.

Tongan Faikakai: Dumplings with a caramel-coconut sauce. They were very good, but if anyone is ever going to make them, two to three dumplings per person is enough. Also, make sure the milk is ready to stir in, otherwise the caramelized sugar will harden too quickly.

Fortune Cookies: I’m surprised how will these turned out. They were pretty fun to make, but handling the hot cookies right out of the oven was a difficult task. 

So cute though:

   
 

Creme Brûlée Lattee: I really thought the only creme brûlée- like thing about this was the caramel, but I really does taste like the dessert! The milk acting as the cream, and the caramel added the finishing touch. Add this to the list of goodies!

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Mini Movie Night: Tanzania

Mini Movie Night: Tanzania

Movie: Prom

  
Review: Okay, so I actually don’t have that many complaints about this movie. Sure it’s been done a thousand times, the whole Cinderella-in-high-school thing, but this movie didn’t sugar coat things as much as it could of. There is the issue of the popular girl, who gets everything she wants, getting everything she wants. It may be true, but do we need to be reminded that if we aren’t in the “in” crowd, we’ll have a horrible time in high school?

On the other side of it though, you can think of it as a Cinderella story for the guy instead. He diffenately don’t get everything he wants, but if that’s the case, the movie should have focused more on him.

While it did have a more realistic approach to the “prom” story, and how a real guy would react in those situations, the girl’s reactions were clearly understated. How about a little emotion there miss? It was still very predictable though and reminded me quite a lot of Ten things I hate about you. (Minus the inappropriate teenage gambling). 

As much as I don’t really understand Aimee Teegarden’s acting, Thomas McDowell (the 100) was looking pretty good. I can’t decide if he was hot, or just really adorable…

Rating: 4 paws out of 5.

 
Tanzanian Baked Banana: It tastes as weird as it looks. I just can’t understand the two flavours together. Banana and brown sugar? It was a good idea in theory, but I think I’ll pass next time.

   

St. Maarten

St. Maarten

Movie: Life Partners

 
Review: Starring Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs, it’s about a lesbian and her best friend who finally meets a man, making her feel abandoned. It’s a pretty typical story, just with a few lesbians instead of the usual. I was kind of expecting the girl to end up with her neighbour instead though.. But dang Adam Brody. Why did you come from with that scruff and everything? You should keep that.

I think the actresses were good picks for this movie, but I feel like Gillian should have been the lesbian here.. Not sure why. Also, that little scene with Leighton and Adam felt much more natural than anything between the other two. Is that just me?

Yeah.. Like I said, it’s very typical. No surprises here. They did leave a few things unaddressed though. Like the movie quote thing. The relationship progressed really quickly and I feel like there’s a lot we could have seen in between there. And the ending. Nothing was resolved. They all like each other… For now.

Rating: 3 paws out of 5

  
Chicken Carbonara: While it was good, it wasn’t great. The recipe I used was very simple, but next time I’ll try a different one.

Lemon yogurt (bundt) cake: I found this recipe on Pinterest and had all the ingredients. It also happened it be my little guy’s fourth birthday, so it double as his cake! 

Butter cookies from St. Maarten: They taste amazing, but they crumble in your hands. Trying to eat them is a bit of a task.

Tim Horton’s iced cappuccino: made with coffee, cream, and ice. You can sweeten it to your preference, but the trick is to add a dash of vanilla (I used vanilla coffee flavouring).

  

New Zealand

New Zealand

Movie: The Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring

 
Review: Holy long movie.

Why does a movie need to be more than three hours long when it has multiple sequels. Heck, why does it have to be over two hours long!? The story did absolutely nothing for me in more than the first half. All it did was confuse me, and I went into it after having read the Hobbit. Here’s a tip, if the beginning prologue/story is longer than five minutes, you probably should make a movie about that whole thing first. If I didn’t know what a blockbuster hit this one was, I would have shut off the DVD then and there. (Yes, I still use DVD’s)

That brings me to my next point. I’m a huge movie lover, as you can probably tell from this blog. But honestly, I’m not getting the whole thing with these movies. Yes, so far I’ve only seen the first one, but did I mention it’s three hours long? It goes off on random tangents and there’s just way too much going on, but in the end, all they accomplished was make a few friends, which he leave behind? And really… Trolls, goblins, elves, dwarves, and now we’re gonna add in a few of our own made up species too? Yikes!

It’s too much.

I will say, that the artwork is beautifully done and the actors are for the most part believable, but there’s there’s way too much of it.

AND, I know that this wasn’t the doing of the creators of the movie, but why do hobbits eat so much and they’re still teeny tiny? Breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies,… And seriously, they live for hundreds of years, I’m sure they could have figured out how to craft shoes. Really.

Rating: 3.5 paws out of 5. Maybe you should read the books first???

  

Paleo Iced Coffee: Made with coffee, coconut milk, cocoa powder, and ice (maybe cream and sugar). You have to drink it right away before it separates but holy cow. Incredible. I recommend it. I can’t remember the actual recipe, but I’m sure you can find it on the web with those ingredients.

Mediterranean crescent ‘ring’: You can use Pillsbury, but I made the dough from scratch. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought and it tastes the same as store bought. I got the recipe on allrecipes.com. The ring is filled with spinach, peppers, cheese. It’s very good. It’s a great idea for a party or having guests over and it rips apart easily.

Apple Cinnamon Rings: These were not good at all. It’s a good idea in theory, but the texture isn’t right.

And for the LOTR night, we went to New Zealand, the place the movies were filmed. I made a “Lolly Log”. It WOULD HAVE been good, but the biscuits I used were not that tasty. My biggest issue with it was trying to get it to stick together. Although it does harden in the fridge, I had to add a lot of flour to get it into any sort of shape.
 Typical.    

Mini Movie Night: Italy

Mini Movie Night: Italy

 
Movie: Movie 43

Review: What a jumbled mess. It’s a bunch of filthy sketches with no point at all. At first it starts off with a story, then it gets really weird and instead of trying to get back on track they say “screw it, let’s just show the sketches”.

What an unbelievable cast though. Dennis Quaid, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Mr and Mrs. Pratt, Jason Sudekis as Batman! That one was okay, but I wouldn’t reccomend this movie to anyone. The rating on this was 1.5 stars. I think that’s generous.

Rating: 1 paw out of 5.

  

Double Chocolate Biscotti: They are so good. As good as any I’ve ever bought. I got excited and sliced them before they were totally cool, but they are still decent looking, and taste great.

Recipe found at allrecipes.ca 

Angolia 

Angolia 

Movie: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the remake)

  
Review: The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie was highly anticipated. Old fans couldn’t wait to see it. Children were excited to find a new obsession, and turtles were getting new homes. 

However, as a fan of the original, it was a complete let down. Megan Fox was way too sexy for the role of April O’Neal. And her part was very minimal anyway.mit reminded me of King Kong, when Naomi had about five lines and the rest was just the same terrified/intrigued expression. The story line was too much for me. If you’re going to remake a movie to appeal to the original audience, stay with the same basic story lines. None of this childhood pet business for me, thanks. The only really good and funny part is Will Arnet’s inappropriate comments.

As a parent (not that I am one), I would never let my child watch this. The story was way too confusing and complicated for a child to follow, the jokes were way over a child’s head, and the new turtles are just.. Creepy.

Seriously, who is your target audience here?

There is a lot of action and explosion, which I guess would appeal to some older men, but that’s not really what the turtles are all about…

Also, WHAT HAPPENED TO SPLINTER? Talk about an unfinished story. Esh!

Rating: At highest, a 3 out of 5 paws.

  

 

Food: 

Creamy Chicken and Mushroom bake: This was really good. It’s made with a homemade cream of mushroom sauce, and fried chicken. Definately going to add this one to the recipe book. Yum!

Coconut-custard dessert from Angolia: the recipe I used called for WAY too much coconut. Probably have that much would be good, but it was good tasting. It’s sweetened coconut in a custard dessert. Really good, but the texture is off with too much coconut.

  I made a Strawberry frozen yogurt too. It was made with strawberries, lemon juice, and plain yogurt. It was VERY sour. Once I added sugar to it, it was edible though.
And the strawberry hot chocolate. You’ll have to bare with it to the very end. It looks really bad until you strain it. It tasted good. I kept waiting for the after taste to hit, but it went down smooth.