Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Free Activity Sheets #VeryBadDay

Get your lucky charms ready! Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is coming to theaters on October 10, 2014.

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In celebration of this fun release I have a few fun activity sheets, and a delicious Crustless Quiche recipe to share with my readers.

Just click on each link below to print in .pdf form.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Door Hangers

Birthday Cake coloring Sheets

Don’t miss this Crustless Quiche recipe!

Crustless Quiche recipe

Starting Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey, Ed Oxenbould, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bella Thorne, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day will be in theaters October 10, 2014.

Get social with this release by following on Twitter and Facebook!

New recipes from the film CHEF

Last month I shared the movie poster and trailer for CHEF.

CHEF is expanding to more cities TODAY & you can join in on the fun!

Dreaming of the scrumptious food served up in CHEF?! Now YOU can recreate them in your own home and share with friends and family! To help celebrate the expanding release of Jon Favreau’s newest, mouthwatering comedy, I’m excited to share these awesome recipes created by the remarkable food truck pioneer who helped make those flavorful scenes happen – Chef Roy Choi!

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Mojo Pork Cubanos
Ingredients:
6 ounces thinly sliced boiled ham
Softened butter, for brushing
Six 6-inch-long soft baguettes or heros, split lengthwise
Yellow mustard, for brushing
3/4 pound thinly sliced Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder, or store-bought roast pork
1/2 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese
3 half-sour dill pickles, thinly sliced lengthwise

Heat a large cast-iron griddle or panini press. Add the ham slices to the griddle and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until browned in spots, about 1 minute. Transfer the ham to a plate.
Generously butter the cut sides of each baguette and toast on the griddle over moderate heat until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the baguettes to a work surface and generously brush the cut sides with mustard. Layer the ham, pork, Swiss cheese and pickles on the baguette and close the sandwiches.
Generously brush the out-side of the sandwiches with butter and set them on the griddle or press; if using a griddle, top the sandwiches with a large baking sheet and weigh it down with heavy cans or a cast-iron skillet. Cook the sandwiches over moderate heat until they’re browned and crisp on the outside and the cheese is melted, 3 minutes per side on a griddle or 3 minutes total in a press. Cut the cubanos in half and serve hot.
Recipe serves 6!

Pasta Aglio e Olio
Ingredients:
1 lb dried spaghetti
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
12 large garlic cloves, cut into thin slivers
1 T crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup fresh parsley, minced
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Sea salt
Ground black pepper
2 lemons
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add the spaghetti, cooking until al dente, 8-10 minutes. Drain.
Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir frequently until the garlic is golden brown. Add red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
Add the drained spaghetti directly to the pan. Toss until spaghetti is thoroughly coated with the garlic oil.
Remove pan from heat, add the parsley and Parmesan and toss well. Check for flavor and adjust the salt if necessary. Squeeze lemons to taste. Garnish with more Parmesan.

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Be sure to catch CHEF in a theater near you this weekend. Click here to find your theater!

CHEF Official Social Pages:
@ChefTheFilm 

 

Disney’s Super Buddies Blu-ray Review & Free Activities

There has been “Santa Buddies, Treasure Buddies, even Spooky Buddies” just when I thought this franchise could not get any cuter – Disney unleashed the “Super Buddies”!

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“An ordinary day at Fernfield Farms turns extraordinary when Budderball, Mudbud, B-Dawg, Buddha and Rosebud discover mysterious rings that grant them each a unique super power. Before you can say, “Buddies, assemble,” the pups unleash their amazing abilities and race to the rescue when a shape-shifting bully from outer space threatens the planet. But can they succeed in kicking major tail without revealing their new secret identities?”

From the first sneak peek, I knew I was I going to love this movie. Yes, Disney makes these movies for the “kids” and they can be somewhat cheesey at times – but I have such a soft spot for these pups that I enjoy every minute of them! Feeling somewhat bias, I decided to call in a few real critics!

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Cuteness aside – these three are going to tell it like it is! So, let the fur fly -

What did you think of this movie?
I love it.
Yeah – I liked it a lot.
I looooved it.

What was your favorite part?
The girl puppy.
When they got their capes.
When they used super powers.
I love to see them run.
I love to see them run too.
Yeah – they are so cool.

Was there anything you didn’t like?
The aliens from outer space
No.
Nope, I like the whole movie.

Would you watch it again?
Yes.
I don’t know, can I?
Yes, yes, yes!

So there you have it! These three hard hitters giving Super Buddies six thumbs up!

Much to no ones surprise I also loved this movie! Mixing my love for puppies and superheros how could I not? Super Buddies features a mysterious storyline, puppies with superpowers, aliens from outer space and a whole lot of adorable puppy fun. Making this not only a fun family movie choice, but I’m pretty sure my favorite of the Buddies franchise to date.

Super Buddies debuted On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD — August 27, 2013.

To celebrate this super addition to the Buddies franchise be sure to click the image below to download a free activity pack of dog treat recipes, games, and much more for you to enjoy with your little buddies.

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FTC Disclosure: I received a free Super Buddies Blu-ray Combo Pack for the purpose of this blog post. Opinions expressed are still honest and my own. This post contains no affiliate links.

Make Your Backyard Party Central This Summer with Frito-Lay #Giveaway

Fire up the grill and grab the chips, summer is finally here! Nothing screams summer like a family barbecue.
We recently kick started summer by enjoying an afternoon and evening outside with our girls. As always, we had a great time.

Chips and dip, and smiles all around as dad. a.k.a. the grill master made the burgers.

They were delicious as usual, and perfectly paired with homemade baked beans and corn on the cob.

Backyard barbecues are always a hit with our family. Especially with Roxy, our basset hound, who manages to find a little “extra” food before the day is over.

Speaking of a hit, these new Ruffles Max Smokehouse Barbecue flavored chips were a HUGE hit with my husband and teenage daughter. While I prefer Scoops and Tostitos Chunky Salsa, they both could not get enough of these.

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Frito-Lay wants to be sure we’re all fully prepared to turn any backyard into party central!

Click and print these delicious and easy recipes! Perfect for any barbecue or get together.

Grilled Vegetables Quesadilla

Enter to win!

One Five Dollar Shake reader will win an awesome Frito-Lay Backyard Party Fan Pack!

Your Frito-Lay Backyard Party Fan Pack will include:

1 Tampico Lantern

2-Piece Chip and Dip Set

1 bag of Tostitos® SCOOPS!® Tortilla Chips

1 jar of Tostitos® Chunky Salsa – Medium

1 bag of use RUFFLES® MAX Smokehouse Style BBQ Potato Chips

1 jar of RUFFLES® Ultimate Barbeque Dip

Enter to win by using the widget below. If you have any issues with the widget or would rather enter by email, please feel free to contact me at shakingit@gmail.com. One winner will be chosen and contacted by email on July 12th.

Disclosure: Free products were received for the purpose of this blog post. All opinions expressed and photos are honest and my own.

Join In & Win Prizes @ The Tastes of Summer® with Frito-Lay Facebook Chat

Join in the Tastes of Summer® with Frito-Lay Facebook Chat with Frito-Lay Flavor Kitchen Chef Jody!

I can’t wait to hear what tips and recipes he’ll be sharing throughout the one-hour chat as well as answering fan questions!

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The chat will take place on the Frito-Lay Facebook Page on June 25 from 8 – 9 p.m.

Because we all enjoy winning. Frito-Lay will be giving away fun prizes all night long as a thank you for . So, mark your calender – you don’t want to miss this one!

Homemade Lemonade Recipe & Truvia Review

Homemade lemonade is special. It helps create family memories that last generations. It’s touching to think of how many hours have been spent on our porch swing, or in our back yard visiting with family, and friends while enjoying my homemade lemonade.
Though the recipe sounds simple, it’s been crafted and handed down in my family like a treasure. It’s one I’m happy share, in hopes of bringing those same special memories to someone else.

4-5 lemons
1 cup of sugar
3 cups of water
Optional garnish, mint leaves or cherries.
Pour over ice.

I squeeze the juice out of four lemons, and slice the fifth.
Dump in one cup of sugar.
Mix it all into three cups of boiling water.
Let cool, pour all of it into a pitcher, and chill in the fridge for 24 hours. If I can keep everyone away from it that long. Then add garnish if you’d like.

I recently received a full size container of Truvia to review. I decided to try it in our homemade lemonade recipe as a replacement for sugar.

4-5 lemons
1 cup of Truvia
3 cups of water
Dropped in three cherries.
Poured it over ice.

I followed the above directions.

I thought it was delicious. Crisp and refreshing. A little sweeter than the original recipe. My husband thought the Truvia added a slight after taste. Being a diet soda drinker, I really didn’t notice or mind it. I plan to mix this again, and enjoy it over the summer. It’s a great way to cut down on my sugar in take.

I also used Truvia in place of sugar over fresh strawberries. This was a big hit with my entire family. To be honest, I don’t think anyone other than myself even knew.

About Truvia:
Truvia sweetener is a natural, zero-calorie sweetener made from the best tasting part of the stevia plant. Packets are available in 40-ct, 80-ct, and 120-ct boxes, and the Truvia spoonable jar makes it easy to spoon and sprinkle just the right amount into coffee, oatmeal, yogurt or more. The new Truvia Baking Blend, a blend of Truvia sweetener and sugar, is specially formulated for at-home baking and offers 75% fewer calories per serving than sugar.

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Truvia sweepstakes:
Truvia sweetener has launched the “Turning the Town Truvia” campaign in Dallas, Denver and Miami to promote natural, reduced-calorie sweetness.
Consumers can nominate a food service establishment via the Truvia page on Facebook and be entered for a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize. As result, Truvia sweetener may end up on the tabletop of their nominated bars, cafés or restaurants. A $50 Gift Card will also be given to one winner each week. Hurry! The contest is over on May 26th !!

Holiday Meal Planning with Bob Evans Chef David Eisel

With the holiday season here, it’s time for families everywhere to start planning meal menus and begin to prepare for other aspects of holiday entertaining. Executive Chef David Eisel, renowned chef and brains behind the menu of Bob Evans Farms, graciously took time out of his busy schedule to participate in interviews with select bloggers. His focus during this time – making holiday meal planning fun and adding unique twists on traditional holiday recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers.

You can view Chef Eisel answering my holiday meal time questions in the video below.

More About David Eisel: David Eisel has loved cooking his whole life, but decided to make it a career by going to culinary school at Columbus State Community College. He received his degree and his certification from the American Culinary Federation after three years of classes and an apprenticeship at Wedgewood Golf and Country Club, under Chef Tom Corbett C.E.C., where he continued to work as the banquet chef after graduation. He then worked for Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, specifically the privilege of working at both the Ocean Club and Mitchell’s Steakhouse in Downtown Columbus. He is currently the Executive Development Chef of Bob Evans Farms where he works to create recipes based on guests wants and needs and how they can continue to deliver on the promise of farm fresh goodness that brings families together.

Stay social and like Bob Evans on Facebook.

I would like to thank Chef David Eisel for taking the time to answer my questions, and for sharing such great tips and recipes. He is a true inspiration in the kitchen.

Disclosure: This interview opportunity is sponsored by Bob Evans Farms. Free product was received.

Hot Artichoke Spinach Dip

This is my favorite dip recipe! Perfect for movie watching, entertaining or just enjoying the chillier fall weather.

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1/3 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a blender or food processor, place artichoke hearts, Romano cheese, Parmesan cheese and garlic . Pulse until chopped, but not ground. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together spinach, heavy cream, sour cream and mozzarella cheese. Stir in artichoke mixture. Spoon into prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

I tend to overcook this a little, until the cheese on top is slightly brown with a little crisp. Yum!