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January 29, 2019

Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Review

Let's celebrate "puzzle day" and the release of Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms! When we first saw the trailer my son immediately compared the mystical style to Beauty and the Beast. We were rather excited about it! In true Disney form, this movie did not disappoint! It was a great movie for our weekly family night that kept all of us entertained. I personally loved the characters, graphics and overall recreation of this beloved story.
**This is a Collaboration with Disney. I received a copy of the movie to help facilitate my review. I was in no way required to express a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Here is a little backstory on what this particular version is all about:

In “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Clara travels along a golden thread, presented at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual party, eagerly searching for a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a music box that holds a priceless gift. When she enters a mysterious parallel world, Clara encounters a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and three Realm regents, including the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Ultimately, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world.
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BLU-RAY includes: A Conversation with Misty Copeland - Copeland shares the thrill of portraying one of her favorite characters in a whole new way. Unwrapping “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” - Dive into the production design, sets, costumes and more that helped transform a beloved ballet into an adventurous movie. 
Deleted Scenes: The Stahlbaums Arrive- As the Stahlbaums enter the Christmas Eve ball, the butler attempts to announce them to the assembled guests. 
Follow Your Ribbon- Drosselmeyer encourages a reluctant Clara to go find her gift. 
Clara Asks About Her Mother- Sugar Plum gives Clara a tour of her mother’s bedroom. 
Left, Left, Left, Left, Left- Wandering lost in the forest, palace guards Cavalier and Harlequin quarrel about which way to go. Out with the Old- Sugar Plum makes sweeping changes to the palace decor. 
Music Videos: “Fall on Me” Performed by Andrea Bocelli Featuring Matteo Bocelli- Experience superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo Bocelli performing their first duet together in this uplifting song. “The Nutcracker Suite” Performed by Lang Lang- Get swept up in a series of images from the movie, set to Tchaikovsky’s music and featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang.
Do you enjoy Disney movies??
Which Disney movie is your ultimate favorite??

January 21, 2019

Italian Sausage Tortellini Recipe

If you want a tasty dish that will wow your guests this is it! My family loves this so much we try to have it bi-weekly.  
What you will need:
1 tablespoon olive oil 
2 cups diced onions 
1 lb Italian sausage 
2-3 cloves garlic, minced  
1  can petite diced tomatoes 
1 cup Half and Half
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
9 ounces tortellini (fresh or frozen) I used mushroom
salt and pepper to taste 
2 cups fresh baby spinach, loosely packed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
 Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the onions. Squeeze the sausage from the end of the link to remove it from its casing and add directly into the pan. Use a spatula to break up the sausage into bite-sized pieces. 

January 17, 2019

Let's Celebrate World Quark Day- #WORLDQUARKDAY

What is World Quark Day
Raise of hands, who has made a New years resolution to "get fit", "Eat Better", etc?! In short, World Quark Day encourages a healthy lifestyle by including Quark in our diets! Some of you are saying "What is Quark"? It is a very popular term in the European countries but not as common here in the States. Let me fill you in on why you might just want to start adding it to your meals!

Quark or quarg is a type of fresh dairy product made by warming soured milk until the desired amount of curdling is met, and then straining it. It can be classified as fresh acid-set cheese-->think cottage cheese without the curbs mixed in!
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with the Queen of Quark. All opinions, memories and photos shared within this post are my own.
Why is Quark worth adding to your diet??

Quark contains dramatically less salt (sodium) than cottage cheese and ricotta. It would actually make a fantastic nutritional supplement in hospitals because of its high protein, low sodium nutrient profile. It's also high in protein and fills you up a lot faster without being fattening like other creams or cheeses. It is also high in calcium to help your bones, hair, and teeth stay healthy, vitamin A to maintain good eyesight, and vitamin B to support a strong nervous system.
Now that you know a little about the benefits, help me spread the word about World Quark Day, 19th January! Anyone can integrate quark into their diet, from breakfasts smoothies to low-carb lunches, dinners, even guilt-free desserts!

For all my fellow New Yorkers the Queen of Quark team has partnered with Hawthorne Valley Farm who’ll be heading down to Union Square on World Quark Day (January 19th 2019) to show New York how to #quarkupyourlife, and they'll be joined by the Queen herself!

Share your personal experience & recipes with other quark fans from around the world and learn from others how you can #quarkupyourlife. 

Just use the hashtags #WorldQuarkDay and #quarkupyourlife on social media to spread the word about healthy eating and living!
Still need some help to take the plunge in adding Quark to your diet? 
 Visit the Queen of Quark website and download a free E-book full of recipes and ideas on how to use Quark. You’ll also be able to order a hardback copy of ‘The Ultimate Quark Guide and Cookbook‘.

January 10, 2019

Our Visit to the Titanic Exhibit in Pigeon Forge, TN

Waterfalls in Pigeon Forge
Exploring different types of Museums have become sort of a passion for my family. Not only do we learning new things but we enjoy soaking in all the adventures along the way. The Smoky Mountains have a real sweet spot in my heart. Our first trip was a fluke accident because we were unsure where to take our honeymoon. After arriving, the magnificent mountains hypnotized us both. On long work days back in NY, I crave the sight of Mountains!! If you have driven through Pigeon Forge to get to Gatlinburg or the Smoky Mountains you might have seen the many tourist attractions and Museums along the way! Last Spring Break we had the pleasure of visiting several and I can't wait to share all of our thoughts, tips & recommendations!
Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN
**I received free tickets to help facilitate my review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Our first stop, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. This location is "endorsed by the world-famous Titanic Historical Society, TMA is an internationally recognized living museum that holds the largest display of Titanic artifacts anywhere".
Titanic Museum entrance
Let's face it the film Titanic also helped fuel the mystery behind this majestic ship. Many people want to experience this attraction so my suggestion is to arrive early. Even with an allotted time we still had to wait in line. Just kindly check in and the staff will point you in the right direction.
Titanic Museum  Boarding Pass
When you do find a spot in line they had you a Boarding Pass.
Passenger Elizabeth Shutes
Much similar to the pass I received while in the Holocaust museum (in DC) you become a character. Follow your crew mates as you reveal their story line. At the end of the Museum you will find your place on the wall to whether your person made it out alive. Does this put life in perspective, yes. It was truly a humbling experience that I shared with my family. My son was 8 at the time and trust me it hits home when you realize this could have been us!
Titanic built entirely from 56,000 LEGO
Most of the Museum discourages photo taking  because they want you to come and experience it in person. I have to agree with this frame of mind because being inside the ship, examining the artifacts really makes you feel what was felt on that last voyage! 
One of the last exhibits you will see is this Titanic built entirely from 56,000 LEGO bricks! Making this unprecedented achievement even more amazing is to know that it was conceived and constructed by a ten-year-old, autistic, Icelandic boy. My son truly related to him since he enjoys LEGO & was 8 years old on our trip!!
Photos of sunken Titanic
Not one artifact in this collection has been altered, forged, stolen or looted! Every piece on display, including those on loan from private collectors, either was carried off the ship and into a lifeboat or was recovered from the floating debris field after the sinking. 
It are these touches throughout that make you truly appreciate the time, sophistication and work that was put into this attraction.
Outside view of the Titanic Exhibit
Our trip to the Titanic Exhibit in Pigeon Forge, TN was both fun and beneficial. If I could give you some pointers before your visit? First, arrive early! Second plan to go in the early hours of the day because most tourists like to sleep in leaving you a less crowded experience. Take your time because they have really packed a lot in this location. Check around for discounts. Several places were advertising including Groupon when we visited!
Our Visit to the Titanic Exhibit in Pigeon Forge, TN
Have you ever visited the Titanic Exhibit in Pigeon Forge, TN??

What about this tragedy do you find interesting/educational??

January 8, 2019

Bread Bowl with Broccoli Cheese Soup

 I love whipping up a batch of some warm soup. Personally, I struggle with the consistency of soup. Just think of me as the "bear" in the old nursery rhymes that likes it "JUST right" (not to thick, not too watery). 

What you will need for the bread:
 2 dry yeast packets
1/4 cup sugar 
1/2 cup warm water 
4 1/2 cups of bread flour 
1/2 tsp salt 
1 cup milk
3 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs (beaten)

What you will need for the soup:
3 Tbsp Olive Oil 
1 Small onion
 2 Tbsp Onions 
2 cloves Garlic (minced) 
1/2 lb. Broccoli or 1 bag
1/4 cup Flour 
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup shredded cheese 
 1 cup Half n Half
Pinch of Salt and Pepper to taste
For the bread bowls:
Place the yeast and 2 tsp. of the sugar in a, then pour in water. Leave for  a few minutes or until it froths. Place flour, remaining sugar and salt in a bowl and mix well. Next, add milk, butter, eggs to the  yeast mixture.
Cover the bowl and let your dough sit. Move onto making the soup! Add onion, garlic to a pan over high heat with some Olive oil. Once they are lightly browned add flour, milk, broccoli, shredded cheese and half n half lowering the temperature to a simmer.
Cut dough into roll sizes for your bread bowls. Place on an oven sheet and bake until cook thoroughly. I like to brush the outsides with melted butter for that golden brown coloring! After they bake, push down the center of the roll to create a "bowl".
Next place the soup inside. 
Sprinkle some shredded cheese on top and serve!
Have you ever created Soup Bowls?
What is your favorite Soup recipe???
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