Holiday Party Recipes from The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (Available now on Digital/Blue-Ray)

Nut Job 2 RecipesI’m always looking for some new recipes that are quick and easy for the holidays – and these two recipes fit the bill!

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature is now available on Digital & Blu-ray!

About The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

Surly Squirrel (Will Arnett) and the gang are back. We are once again in Oakton where the evil mayor has decided to bulldoze Liberty Park and build a dangerous amusement park in its place. Surly and his ragtag group of animal friends band together to save their home, defeat the mayor, and take back the park.

THE NUT JOB 2 also features the voice talent of Katherine Heigl (The Nut Job), Jackie Chan (Kung Fu Panda 3), Peter Stormare (Penguins of Madagascar), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man), Isabela Moner (Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life), and Maya Rudolph (The Angry Birds Movie).

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To get into the spirit, here are some nut-based recipes suited for the holidays (Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts & Cranberry Nut Bread)! The recipes are perfect for any holiday party!

Be a Warrior! A Wrinkle in Time to Open in Theaters March 19, 2018

I’ll admit I knew very little about this new movie from Disney and had to do a little research when I first heard about it. A Wrinkle in Time is based on a book from the 60’s of the same name. It’s the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. The more I researched the book (which was also made into a television movie in 2003) the more I knew I couldn’t wait to see what Disney would do with this film with today’s technology.

Wrinkle Time Trailer

The original book, published around 1963, had a rough road to publication, yet – it has never gone out of print since it’s initial printing. Throughout the years, the author has offered her thoughts on her struggle to have the book published: “1) that it was too weird, too unlike anything else being published; 2) that its complex content was too hard for kids, but its child protagonists wouldn’t appeal to adults 3) that its scientific, philosophical, and religious underpinnings were inappropriate for children; 4) and that it was a science-fiction-ish book with a female protagonist, and everyone knows only men can be sci-fi heroes.” Oddly, A Wrinkle in Time is one of the most frequently banned books of all time. Early on it was accused of being both too religious and anti-Christian.

I think the author, Madeleine L’Engle, was way ahead of her time in the 1960’s – don’t you? A child protagonist would not appeal to adults – think Harry Potter. Only men can be sci-fi heroes? Really!

The trailer shows us part of the very strange world the kids will enter in search of Meg’s father. Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, and Reese Witherspoon make appearances as Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsit.

A Wrinkle in Time Trailer

Official Synopsis

Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.

What is Tessering

Tessering is travel in the fifth dimension: the first dimension is a line; the second is a square; the third is a cube; the fourth is Einstein’s concept of time; and the fifth is a tesseract.

Tessering, a significant part of the fiction of A Wrinkle in Time, is a mode of travel in the fifth dimension that utilizes the shortest route. It can be used in space and in time. When used in space, it combines the straight line of the first dimension, the square of the second dimension, the cube of the third dimension, and the Einsteinian space-time continuum of the fourth dimension to create a circular space. In the story, Mrs Who and Charles Wallace explain to Meg that they will be traveling by “wrinkling time” through a tesseract and that “the fither four dimensions and you can travel through space without having to go the long way around.

The Lesson Learned

The story in many films teaches a lesson. I always look for the lesson when watching a film because I often feel it helps understand the film better. In many, the lesson is very clear and “in your face”. In others the lesson isn’t always clear until after you watch the film and think about the story and plot for some time. A Wrinkle in Time will be no different – the lesson will be there for anyone that is ready to learn it: “Through one girl’s transformative journey, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.” 

Be A Warrior

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

A Wrinkle in Time stars two-time Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Emmy nominee Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry, Michael Peňa as Red and introducing Storm Reid as Meg Murry, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium and Emmy nominee Chris Pine as Mr. Murry. 

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A WRINKLE IN TIME opens in theaters everywhere on March 19, 2018

It’s Incredible! You Have Powers! Incredibles 2 (Teaser) Trailer

Although this teaser trailer doesn’t reveal much of the entire plot, it looks like the sequel takes place almost immediately after the events of the first film. We have waited 13 years for the sequel and it’s beginning to look like it was well worth the wait!

Incredibles 2 Teaser Trailer

The youngest member of the Incredibles, who spent most of the first film with a babysitter, appears to be the star in this trailer since he uses his powers to modify the logo to showcase it’s a sequel. The trailer also shows Jack-Jack’s baby sneeze setting off his laser-vision to chop off a slice of his dad’s hair. “You have powers!” Bob shouts as Jack-Jack laughs at his father’s appearance. All of this makes us remember a short – Jack-Jack Attack –  produced by the studio and included in the DVD release of the first film. 

The teaser has me asking myself all sorts of questions about the plot – How will Jack-Jack learn to control his powers? What destructive craziness will ensue while he learns? What will he save his family from? I think it will all make for a great and entertaining film!

Incredibles 2 hits theaters in June, 2018.

Official Synopsis:

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

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INCREDIBLES 2 opens in theaters everywhere on June 15, 2018!

It’s Almost Time for Coco – Opens Thanksgiving Day!

Coco Final Trailer

Pixar’s Coco is going to be full of warm, gentle humor and colorful themes – after a very special guitar transports a young boy and his dog to the Land of the Dead, he meets some long-departed relatives and that’s where it all begins!! Thanks to the trailers available for Coco, it’s already obvious that this film from Pixar will be a beautiful, colorful masterpiece.

The more I see of Pixar’s Coco, the more I am looking forward to it opening on Thanksgiving. Full  of Mexican folklore and culture, Coco is destined to be a huge hit. Every Pixar film teaches a lesson and Coco is no different – delivering a universal message of family bonds and sticking to folkloric traditions. The movie no doubt will offer vibrant and colorful visuals as well as catchy and unforgettable music. I know where I’ll be after dinner on Thanksgiving!

Here’s the latest (and final) trailer for Coco!

Before heading to see Coco on Thanksgiving – include these recipes in the dinner line-up to get you in the mood!


Passing down recipes is a great way to honor current and past generations. Does your family
have recipes that have been handed down? Use these recipe cards to share some of your favorite Thanksgiving treats!

Coco is all about family – here’s a great family tree activity sheet for the kids to make!

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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COCO opens in theatres everywhere on November 22nd!

Harry Potter Fans – Let’s Celebrate at Universal Orlando Resorts

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Universal Harry Potter Celebration

Year 5 for the Potter celebration at Universal Orlando Resorts also happens to be the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I wonder if there will be some extra celebratory happenings?

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Step inside a world where magic is real –

For three days in January (January 26 to 28, 2018) you can stop dreaming and live in the world of Harry Potter! You can take part in a magical 3-day event presented by Warner Bros. and Universal Orlando Resort™, celebrating Harry Potter and his Wizarding World.

Join fans for the fifth year from all around the world and listen to film talent Q&A sessions featuring Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley). You will also be able to enjoy special panels, demonstrations and surprises. Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida™. It’s sure to be a Harry Potter lovers dream come true!

The Celebration of Harry Potter will bring Harry Potter fans from all over the world together with the actors and artists who helped create the amazing stories come to life. The celebration is similar to a comic book convention and will fans see the stars up close and personal. Paul Harris, the choreographer who created wand combat for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, has led master classes in wand dueling at past events, and the designers of The Wizarding World answered questions about their craft.

During the three day celebration you will also be able to buy exclusive Celebration merchandise and souvenirs. Come dressed in your best Potter inspired costumes and waving your favorite wand!

It’s guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience at Universal Orlando Resort. Special event packages for “A Celebration of Harry Potter” are on sale now right here.

If you plan to visit Universal Orlando Resort – Here are 10 Tips for Saving Money on a Trip to Universal.