Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!



Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a blessed and peaceful New Year!





Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Gift Recommendations - "The Wizard of Oz" and "Harry Potter" Pop-Up Books!



I personally think that every child should get a book for Christmas!  Here are a couple of beautiful pop-up books that would delight any fan (young or old!) of "The Wizard of Oz" and "Harry Potter! 

These books are incredibly well-made, and the artwork is just stunning on both of them.  It amazes me how far pop-up books have come along since I was a child - these are truly pieces of art!

These two delightful books make my Christmas Gift Recommendation list for this year! 






Few stories are as ubiquitous as The Wizard of Oz. It’s difficult to put a new spin on a classic, but that is exactly what has been done in this edition, which brings the story to life with three-dimensional pop-up scenes and Nicola Robinson’s intricate pen-and-ink illustrations.

Watch the tornado descend on Dorothy’s house and fear the cackle from the Wicked Witch of the West. Follow Dorothy, Lion, Scarecrow, and Tin Man down the yellow brick road into the Emerald City and experience the wonder of returning home with a click of the magic slippers.

Kids will love the charming drawings and interactive pop-ups and adults will enjoy revisiting a story from their own childhoods. An abbreviated adaptation of the original work by L. Frank Baum celebrates the tale that has transcended time while introducing it to an entirely new generation of readers.







This collectible Harry Potter pop-up book, based on the creative development of the films, features exquisite original artwork by Andrew Williamson, concept artist for all eight movies. With dynamic pop-ups animating memorable moments and locations — like the Triwizard Tournament, Diagon Alley, and Hogwarts Castle — Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book offers a 3-D glimpse into the amazing world, as seen in the films.

This deluxe book will delight Harry Potter fans with dynamic pop-up ingenuity, insights from the creative team who turned JK Rowling’s stories into movie magic, fascinating facts about the magical universe seen in the movies, and Harry Potter memories and memorabilia packed into every page.



Check out this amazing video that shows the pop-up book in all it's glory!







My thanks to Insight Editions for providing the review copies of these books. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Product Review - Kellogg's Gingerbread Pop-Tarts


I've talked about my love for anything gingerbread-flavored, so when I saw the Gingerbread Pop-Tarts at the grocery store, I just had to give them a try!




Product Description:

Toasted gingerbread flavored pastries with vanilla frosting filling - garnished with sugar sprinkles.


Pros: 

I thought the gingerbread flavoring was just about perfect, and the vanilla icing inside was a pleasing taste addition.  I'm not a big fan of the "frosted" variety of Pop-Tarts, so I liked that this type just had a slight coating of sugar crystals instead of a heavy frosting.  Warmed up, they were delicious - Cold, they were pretty good too!   I thought the stamped pictures of the gingerbread people snowboarding and ice-skating were cute, and I loved that the pastries were wrapped in a silver package with a red bow printed on the foil.  It made it seem like getting a special gift!




Cons: 

I had no cons for this product - I loved it!


Recommendation:

I highly recommend this pastries as a fun holiday treat for kids and adults alike!  After all, who doesn't love a Pop-Tart!


Kellogg's Pop-Tart website (www.poptartworld.com) had this fun recipe for using the Gingerbread Pop-Tarts in a unique way! 

Peppermint Bark Bars

 
 
 

Ingredients

  • 3Kellogg's® Printed Fun Pop-Tarts™ Gingerbread toaster pastries Limited Edition
  • 3 squares (3 oz.) white baking chocolate, broken
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • 8hard round peppermint candies, crushed

Directions

1. Cut each KELLOGG'S POP-TARTS GINGERBREAD toaster pastry into 4 triangles. 2. In small saucepan combine white chocolate and shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth. 3. Spread chocolate mixture over toaster pastry pieces. Place on wax paper. Sprinkle with peppermint candy. Refrigerate at least 15 minutes or until firm. Remove wax paper.
 
 
 
 
 
Disclaimer:
I purchased these items for my personal use. I was not compensated for my opinion.