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Dinner and a Movie: Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Dinner and a Movie-Disney's A Christmas Carol include recipes for Slow-Cooker Roast Beef with Sweet Potatoes and Christmas Pudding with Butter Brandy for a fun family night this holiday seasonYou already know what a huge Dickens fan I am.  I’ve never read one of his books that I didn’t absolutely love.  Of course, A Christmas Carol is the story most of us are introduced to first (because there are so many movies based on it) and I’m no different in that respect.  So it remains one of my favorite stories ever, even though I didn’t actually read it until years after I first saw it on film.

Disney’s version is awesome in that it is the one film version that captures Dickens’ sense of humor.  With Jim Carrey playing Scrooge, you’re gonna get some sense of humor.  So this holiday season, you should totally watch it with your kids and make a delicious meal to go with it.

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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: 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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Story Time: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

You didn’t think we were going to get through Christmas without a Grinch Story Time, did you?  If you did, you don’t know me very well.

Story Time: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

The Grinch is my favorite Christmas story.  Why?  Because the Grinch is a naughty guy, but he isn’t evil as might be supposed.  I love the idea of turning the bad guy into a marshmallow, and if you had known my beautiful husband when we first met, you would know I excel at it.  I learned it from the Whos of Who-ville.  The secret is to just keep being good and joyful and let that stuff rub off on the bad guy.  Next thing he knows, he’s been married for 13 years, lives for his family, and would give his neighbor the shirt off his back.  His heart grows three sizes before his brain can catch up.  Yeah, I know, it doesn’t work Every Time.  But when it does work, it’s a beautiful thing.  So it is with the Grinch.

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