Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Celebrate 2015 with a Family Adventure; The Book of Life #Giveaway #BOLInsiders

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Bring home the magic and excitement with “The Book of Life”

on Blu-ray and DVD January 27 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Dec 9th, 2014) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment invites you and your family to join Manola, Maria and Chuy as they embark on a magical journey that takes them on an adventure of a lifetime in THE BOOK OF LIFE available on Blu-ray™ 3D, Blu-ray™ and DVD January 27. Written and directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the characters venture to the Land of the Remembered and embrace the rich culture and family history brought to life by the all-star voice cast of Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Kate del Castillo, Christina Applegate and Ice Cube.

THE BOOK OF LIFE is a breathtaking animated comedy with a dazzling visual style unlike anything you’ve seen before. Torn between the expectations of his family and the desires of his heart, a young man named Manolo sets off on an epic quest that spans three spectacular worlds in order to reunite with his one true love and defend his village. Not your ordinary fairy tale, THE BOOK OF LIFE is a wondrous fantasy-adventure filled with magic, music and fun!

THE BOOK OF LIFE Blu-ray™ brings culture and comedy into your home with unforgettable special features for parents and kids alike. Continue the fun with an all-new bonus short “The Adventures of Chuy”, highlighting the film’s lovable scene-stealing pet pig. Additionally, relive the musical hits from the film with the “Music Machine” featuring Latin-inspired versions of popular songs by Mumford & Sons, Radiohead, Elvis Presley, Rod Stewart and more!

Activity Sheets and Giveaway!

While the weather is messy outside, enjoy a little family movie time from the warmth of your living room with this sure to be hit! And for a little extra indoor, please enjoy these fun and engaging printable activity sheets and movie perfect recipes.

Win It: One lucky reader will win a copy of The Book of Life. Additional details in the entry widget below.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Don't Spill the Beans: Ordering Coffee Shop Concoctions Correctly

How well do you know the person you entrust to make your coffee at your favorite coffee shop? That coffee connoisseur is called a barista, and they do more than just pour a cup of Joe. In fact, many baristas receive two full weeks of training prior to beginning work, and at the very least they must study under more experienced baristas to learn the plethora of drinks on the menu. A barista must prepare espresso, know how to whip milk, and be well versed in the right proportion of milk to coffee in every drink. In order to get what you really want next time you need a caffeine fix, here is a quick guide to ordering coffee.

Use the Right Lingo

If you're not at Starbucks, a medium drink is just a medium...not a "Grande." Use the lingo of your local coffee shop, remembering where you are. This might sound trivial, but your local independent barista might not appreciate being lumped in with a national chain. Also call each drink by its proper name according to the shop's menu, not one that you're used to calling it somewhere else. Aside from frustrating your barista, you might end up with the wrong drink!

Know Your Beverages

To make the life of your barista easier and expedite the ordering process, learn a little bit about the menu. For instance, a cappuccino is equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and foamed milk while a mocha is equal parts espresso and chocolate with some steamed milk. Another popular drink, the latte, is just a shot of espresso with five times as much milk. Don't know what you like? Try some single serve coffee drinks like the ones found here: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/s/nespresso-capsules. Pod capsules are available in all your favorite flavors, from mocha and latte to hazelnut blends. Once you get a taste for what you enjoy most, you're better prepared to order from a barista with confidence.

Be Polite!

Want to know the most fundamental and important rule for ordering a coffee concoction? Say "Please" and "Thank You." Your barista loves coffee and would probably be happy to explain what a macchiato is if you show up with a smile. Likewise, ask for tips about how to order more efficiently, like calling a drink with twice the regular espresso a "double shot."

Don't Reinvent the Wheel

Trust your barista! Don't try to create a brand new coffee concoction when there are myriad already available on the menu. Sure, you might need to make a substitution or two, but trust what your coffee professionals created and put on the menu.

Your barista should become a trusted friend, especially if you rely on coffee to wake up every morning. Remember that tips are always appreciated, especially if your barista goes out of her way to create a drink with special ingredients or substitutions. Another inside scoop: baristas choose favorite customers, and you won't become one if you show up barking for a complicated drink while you talk on your cell phone. 

Deborah Hunter is always on the lookout for the perfect cup of Joe. An avid blogger, she likes to share her findings with others by posting on the web. You can find her interesting articles on many cooking, kitchen and home living websites and blogs.

Celebrate the Big Game and 50 Years of Wings! Original & Honey BBQ Wing #Recipes & A Frank’s RedHot Giveaway too!

Did you know that 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Buffalo Wing! Created in 1964 in none other than Buffalo NY, the original Buffalo Wing recipe was as simple as combining a little butter with Frank’s RedHot sauce. Many things have changed over the past 50 years, but one thing has remained a constant; the authentic Buffalo flavor can only be achieved with Frank’s RedHot, the secret ingredient in the original wing sauce recipe. With the big game day coming up there is no better time to celebrate the anniversary of wings. And with more than 1.25 billion wings served and consumed during Super Bowl weekend, what would a Super Bowl party be without the wings?!

Hosting or attending a Super Bowl party? Try this sure to please simple wing recipes

Franks RedHot Original Chicken Wings
Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time 20 min.

Game Day Favorites: Original Wings #Recipe

  • 2 1/2lbs chicken wing pieces
  • ¾ cup Frank’s RedHot Wing Sauce (any flavor)

1. Bake wings in a foil lined pan at 500 degrees on the lowest oven rack for 20 minutes or until crispy; turn once.
2. Toss Wings in sauce to coat

Buffalo Wing #Recipes

Alternate cooking directions: Deep-fry at 375 for 10 minutes or broil 6inches from heat 15-20 minutes.

Want to switch it up some? Try Honey BBQ Sesame Wings

Honey BBQ Sesame Wing #Recipe and Giveaway


  • ¼ cup honey BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • ¼ cup apricot Jam
  • 1 Tbsp. Asian sesame oil
  • 2 1/2 lbs Chicken wings, split and tips discarded
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

  1. Combine BBQ sauce, Frank’s, jam and sesame oil; set aside.
  2.  Deep fry wings at 375 for 10 minutes or until cooked and crisp; drain.
  3.  Toss wing with jam mixture; serve sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Can't decide on your favorite? Try them both. We were certainly a house divided, so what is a pregnant girl to do, but to prepare them both once again come game day! If your looking for more game day favorites visit FranksRedHot.com for additional recipes and ideas.

Buy It: Find Frank's RedHot sauces at your local grocer or super center

Win It: Celebrate 50 years of wings with Franks! Enter to win a prize pack including:

  • Super Bowl Press Release with recipes
  • Frank's RedHot Backpack
  • Frank's Drink Coozie
  • Frank's RedHot Keychain
  • Frank's Blinking Hot Lips
  • Frank's RedHot Magnet
  • 3 Coupons for product
Disclosure: Products and info received to help facilitate this review. Additional prize pack provided by Frank's RedHot or representing PR Agency.