Month: January 2014

UnEnchanted:  An Unfortunate Fairy Tale

UnEnchanted: An Unfortunate Fairy Tale

by Chanda Hahn Overview (from B&N.com):  Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; that is until she saves her crush’s life on a field trip, changing her high school status from loser to hero overnight.  But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light.  For Mina is a descendant from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business which includes trying to outwit a powerful… Read more »

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Turkey Roll-ups with Cilantro Mayonnaise

These make delicious snacks or appetizers.  Note:  you only need to use about 1 tablespoon or less of the cilantro mayonnaise on each turkey roll-up.  ENJOY! Ingredients (turkey roll-ups) – Serves 2 4 slices turkey breast 4 medium Boston lettuce leaves Cilantro mayonnaise (see below) 4 scallions (e.g. green onions) 4 red bell pepper strips Directions (turkey roll-ups) Place 1 slice of turkey on a lettuce leaf spread with Cilantro Mayonnaise (see below). Add 1 scallion and 1 pepper strip. Fold… Read more »

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Grown Ups (Rated PG-13)

Grown Ups (Rated PG-13)

Starring:  Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Maya Rudolph, and Maria Bello Directed by:  Dennis Dugan Synopsis:  After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend. My Thoughts:  This was not a typical Adam Sandler comedy (Billy Madison, Little Nicky, etc.).  Five friends (Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider) since childhood meet back up for the funeral… Read more »

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The Hot Girl’s Friend

The Hot Girl’s Friend

by Lisa Scott Overview (from B&N.com):  How can a plain Jane find love when her best friend is a curvy, blonde man magnet?  Jane usually busies herself during a night on the town, fending off the men lusting after her gorgeous friend Miranda.  When Brady the bartender overhears her inspired, ludicrous excuses, he resolves to hook up Jane with his friends.  But Jane would be quite happy with him.  Pine along as Jane tries to find her own happily ever… Read more »

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Atonement (Rated R)

Atonement (Rated R)

Starring:  Kiera Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn Directed by:  Joe Wright Synopsis:  Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit.  Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan. My Thoughts:  The story-line seems very interesting.  It is set in the United Kingdom during the World War II era.  The whole movie can be boiled down to how one mistake… Read more »

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Beasts and Maidens

Beasts and Maidens

by M. E. Timmons Overview (from B&N.com):  In a world in which all men are beasts until they fall in love, a young witch will do everything she can to break the curse. In it’s most basic form, this is a large-scale take on Beauty and the Beast.   Luckily, this book is so much more than that.  It’s got fantasy and magic; a curse, witches, and men that are literal beasts.  At its heart, it’s a love story.  It’s… Read more »

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The Amazing Spider-Man (Rated PG-13)

The Amazing Spider-Man (Rated PG-13)

Starring:  Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field Directed by:  Marc Webb Synopsis:  Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young.  His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. My Thoughts:  This was yet another movie that I saw with very low expectations.  I’ve seen the 3 Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films and thought they were alright… Read more »

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A Dangerous Game:  A Short Story

A Dangerous Game: A Short Story

by Ella Monroe Overview (from B&N.com):  In A Dangerous Game, an e-orginal by Ella Monroe, Taylor Cane is planning a dangerous game for tonight’s over-the-top party for Washington DC’s privileged crowd.  Not even her three best friends know what she’s going to do…what she has to do.  Because if Jackie Whitman, Laura Beth Ballou, or Lettie Velasquez ever found out they’d do absolutely anything to stop her. This is a short story (44 pages on the Nook) that comes from… Read more »

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Safety Not Guaranteed (Rated R)

Safety Not Guaranteed (Rated R)

Starring:  Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson Directed by:  Colin Trevorrow Synopsis:  Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel. My Thoughts:  I’m not normally interested in watching indie movies.  I originally watched this on Netflix because of Mark Duplass (The League) and Jake Johnson (New Girl).  I didn’t expect much going in, since it was on Netflix and the synopsis sounds kind of… Read more »

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Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

These make great appetizers and snacks.  They also make great lunches.  I actually make it and separate it into 1 cup servings that can be frozen for later (in freezer bags or freezer-friendly tupperware).  *Do NOT eat, if you have a peanut allergy!* Ingredients 1-1/4 pounds extra lean ground turkey 1 package (16 oz.) frozen stir-fry vegetable blend, thawed 1/3 cup reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce 1/4 cup hoisin sauce 3 tablespoons reduced-fat creamy peanut butter 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root… Read more »

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