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Dinner and a Movie: The Great Gilly Hopkins

Dinner and a Movie provides recipes for Bacon Ranch Chicken Breasts, Famous Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli, Corn on the Cob, and Red White & Blue Tiramisu for a fun family night with the film The Great Gilly Hopkins

Don’t you just love feel-good family films?  The Great Gilly Hopkins is that kind of book, and it’s definitely that kind of film.  But, I mean, you can never go wrong with Katherine Paterson.

If you’ve not seen this wonderful movie yet, it stars Kathy Bates (who is stellar, as usual) as Trotter, a foster mother with an enormous heart.  When she takes in  Gilly Hopkins, a tween girl who has been passed from home to home, she has her work cut out for her.  Gilly is trouble–mostly because no one has ever bothered to care whether or not she’s trouble.  Her mom is off on the west coast, and Gilly just knows she would come to get her given the right motivation.

So Gilly devises a plan.  And it’s a bad plan.  And it doesn’t work out quite the way she expects.  Because while she’s waiting to hear from her mother, Gilly falls in love with the Trotter family.
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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: Alice Through the Looking Glass

Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass - Get recipes for a full film-themed meal to enjoy with your family while watching the movie

Yay!  It’s the first Friday of the month!

Can I tell you that when I first came up with the idea of Dinner and a Movie, Alice Through the Looking Glass is the film I had in mind.  And now, well, we’re through the holidays and while I am super pleased with how Squanto and The Grinch turned out (both as a writer and by their popularity), this movie.  This is the one.  If you don’t believe that Alice is one of my all-time favorite characters, go look in my shop. My novel studies are series-titled Lit Looking Glass.

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15 Literary Cookbooks for Littles (WTRW Link-up)

Never heard of literary cookbooks?

Oh, my lovelies, do I have a treat for you.  I mean, kinda literally.  Literar-ily.

There’s nothing more fun than including cooking in your homeschool day–it adds so many lessons: following directions, math, treating equipment with respect, how to feed yourself.  I mean, Come On.  But adding cooking that comes from a favorite book?  Oh, that is a whole new level of awesome.  Here are 15 cookbooks that relate to their favorite stories to entice your littles into the kitchen!  Do I own all these?  No.  Do I want to?

Oh. Yeah.
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