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Dinner and a Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Recipes pulled from the movie iinclude Slow Cooker Beef Ragout, Creamy Tomato Soup, Easy Peasy Braided Bread, and Vanilla Pudding Pie

My friends, the Lit Mama is rendered speechless.  I just do not have words.

Okay, yeah, I do, because I’m me, but seriously, y’all… Have you seen the live-action Beauty and the Beast yet?  Because I’m in love all over again.

Beauty and the Beast ties with Sleeping Beauty for being my all-time favorite Disney movie.  So much so that I drove my family nuts singing along with the DVD at my first viewing of the latest version.  I remembered every word.  Every. word.  I geeked out big time.

And Emma Watson rocked all the songs.  Who knew Hermione could sing?!   Plus, seeing Dan Stevens in anything at all makes me miss Downton Abbey a little less, and he played a beautiful Beast.  Emma Thompson tops my list of all-time favorite actors, and she rocked Mrs. Potts.  Kevin Kline as Crazy Old Maurice was endearing and Luke Evans made for a magnificent Gaston.  But I’m not going to lie–Josh Gad as LeFou just about stole the show from Evans.  He was perfect.

I’m gushing.  Sorry.
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Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them includes recipes for Southern Fried Pork Chops, Parslied Potatoes, Honey-Glazed Carrots, Yummiest Apple Strudel, and Polish Donuts

Have you seen it yet?  Because wow.  Yeah yeah.

I wondered how they were going to make a film out of a book that was basically an encyclopedia of the beasts from the world of Harry Potter.  I should have known it was going to be fantabulous.

I ain’t lyin’, I’m a huge Potter fan and I think they did an excellent job with the films, but I may have liked this even better.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a magical film that has all the good stuff: wizards, muggles, super sinister bad guys, and kids that get caught up in something they don’t understand.

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Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse

Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse has all the recipes you need for a seafood meal while you watch the family film. Fried catfish, buttered shrimp, hush puppies, and butterscotch bread are on the menu.

I know, we’re going back a few years (or more) for this one.  But I sincerely love The Water Horse  (and the Dick King-Smith book it’s based on), because I have been fascinated all my life with the world’s mysteries, and this theory of how the Loch Ness Monster came to be is beautiful and inspiring.

If you don’t know the story, young Angus finds a a large egg washed up on the shore of Loch Ness near the manor where his mother is employed.  He takes it home to the workshop of his father, a WWII Royal Navy sailor who has been missing in action for a year.  When the egg hatches, a water creature emerges and Angus names it Crusoe.  With the help of his sister and the newly hired handyman, Lewis, Angus raises the creature until it becomes too big to keep at home.  They release the ‘water horse’ into Loch Ness.

In the meantime, troops from the Royal Air Force have been stationed at the manor.  And those troops cause an awful lot of trouble for Angus and Crusoe.

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Dinner and a Movie: Middle School

Dinner and a Movie: Middle School - Recipes for a fun meal to have while you watch the family film

It’s not often that a film surprises me.  But since I hadn’t read the book by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, this one did.

I love reading about and watching films about coming-of-age stories (obviously), so I was pumped to catch Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.  Plus, middle school really was the worst years of my life, so I figured I’d totally relate.

What surprised me about this movie was its depth.  I wasn’t expecting it.  I was expecting another piece of coming-of-age fluff.  This movie wasn’t that.  It appeared to be at first, albeit with fabulous acting (I’ve adored Lauren Graham since Gilmore Girls) and an amazing script, but then it showed its depth and made me love it even more.
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