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Monday, July 21, 2014

Easy Rhubarb Pie {Recipe}

It's getting a little late for rhubarb, but I still have quite a bit growing that hasn't gone soft yet. I pulled a big harvest on Sunday and chopped most of it up to freeze. But I kept out enough to make this pie. Super easy. Super tasty. And nicely sweet, with that rhubarb tartness underneath. I'm considering having a second slice now.

Easy Rhubarb Pie

4 cups chopped rhubarb
1 1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Pastry for two crusts or 2 frozen pie shells (Note - although I can make pastry, it's a bit of work and since great pastry is so readily available in the freezer section of my Metro, I don't see why I should bother.)

Mix the sugar, flour and spices together. Spread about 1/3 cup of the mixture in the bottom of one pie shell. Add the rest to the chopped rhubarb and toss to coat. Pour coated rhubarb into pie shell, top with another shell. Crimp edges and prick top with a fork.

Bake at 450 for 10 minutes, then reduce heat and bake an additional 35-45 minutes at 350.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Canadian Content on Netflix #StreamTeam

Boo found a new series of books to read. He picked up the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid last week and read straight through it in one sitting. I gather we'll be picking up some more titles soon! Since he had a busy week at camp last week, and it's kind of dreary outside today, we decided to have a low-key movie day, and he chose to watch "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," which we found on Netflix.

This is the third movie from the books and focuses on Greg's summer vacation. It is, naturally, full of mishaps and the expected embarrassments that come with being a middle-schooler. There's a love interest, misbehaviour, a falling out with a friend, and complicated situations with the parents. Of course older brother Roderick plays a key and annoying role in Greg's life too. The movie offers a good mix of laughs and cringe-worthy moments and ends up with some good lessons for kids and parents alike.  It is light and silly, much like the books, and it will entertain the kids while not annoying the heck out of the parents. Important in this type of movie!

What does this have to do with Canada? The movie was filmed in Vancouver and Coquitlam, BC, and it features Canadian actor, Devon Bostick, as Roderick.

Netflix Canada has great Canadian content for the kids to enjoy. As we celebrate Canada's birthday this month, why not introduce your brood to some of these titles. All of these shows were either filmed in Canada, take place in Canada, like Are You Afraid of the Dark, or were created here. O Canada!

For the Big Kids

  1. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
  2. Johnny Test
  3. Black Hole High
  4. Alpha and Omega
  5. Goosebumps
  6. Erky Perky
  7. Eliot Kid
  8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

For the Wee Ones

Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam program, and receive special perks as part of my involvement. I was not financially compensated for this post. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Rio 2 Now on Blu-Ray & DVD {Review}

Having loved the original Rio (and having watched it about 107 times), we were pretty keen to check out Rio 2. Sadly we didn't manage to see it in theatres, so our Blu-Ray viewing was our first time. Friday night Boo and I invited over one of his friends and the three of us settled in with our popcorn for the show.

Rio 2 sees Blu, Jewel and their kids heading deep into the Amazon when they learn that Tulio and Linda have discovered a colony of Blue Macaws. Our friends are no longer the only ones! But the city bird Blu has a hard time fitting in, and things are complicated by the presence of a cool old boyfriend  - and Blu's father-in-law!! 

I have to admit I did not enjoy this film as much as the first. It was very slow to start and I found it difficult to get into the story. The plot picked up about half-way through, but I was pretty disengaged by then. Also, I was not a fan of the musical aspect. The core music was great and catchy, but a number of characters had their musical moments, which fell flat for me.

On the other hand, Boo and his friend (both 8) enjoyed the film, and that's really the important thing.

The extras on the disc include a really fun feature on the Barbatuques, a Brazilian group who make music with their bodies, as well as other artists who create the core music for the film. Boo danced around and followed the lessons on how to use his own body as a musical instrument. He even brought his practice drum downstairs to play along with the percussionists.

Every Blu-Ray also comes with 15 exclusive levels for Angry Birds Rio™ and Music Machine Sing-Along and Dance-Along songs for a whole family party. There's about an hour and half of extras in all.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the Blu-Ray to facilitate this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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