Fruit Sushi – Big Hero 6 Family Movie Night

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Big Hero 6 was just released on DVD so my family and I planned a Big Hero 6 movie night with tasty Fruit Sushi.  The movie is set in San Fransokyo, a hybrid blend of San Francisco and Tokyo, so to celebrate the fusion between Japanese and American culture what could be better than kid-friendly fruit sushi!

Fruit Sushi - Banana sushi with peanut butter, blueberries and pomegranate - a kid friendly snack

The movie features a great blend of characters, including Hiro Takachiho, a boy genius, Honey Lemon, a chemistry whiz, Fred, who can transform into Fredzilla, Wasabi-No-Ginger, an expert on laser cutting and of course Baymax, an inflateable robot.Continue Reading

Frozen Fever Trailer

Disney just released a trailer for their new short film Frozen Fever!

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This highly-anticipated follow-up to Frozen will be seen exclusively in theaters with Disney’s new live-action Cinderella on March 13th.  Frozen Fever features Anna’s birthday celebration, and it looks cute – check out the trailer.Continue Reading

Books about Brendan the Navigator

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St. Patrick’s Day is approaching fast, and that means lots of attention on St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland.  But St. Patrick is far from the only famous Irish saint, so I wanted to point out another very interesting and yet under appreciated medieval Irish Saint, Brendan the Navigator.

Books about Brendan the Navigator - another famous Irish Saint who doesn't get as much attention as St. Patrick.

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What did Brendan do and why is he is he called the Navigator?  Well, according to tradition, sometime between 512-530 he took a voyage in a small Irish leather boat, called a currach, and traveled across the ocean to a new land.  His adventure was widely know all over Europe, and the manuscripts describing it date back to as early as the 900s.

In fact Christopher Columbus used Brendan’s story to support his idea that he could sail west and discover land.  After Columbus’ voyage and the discovery of the Americas many people began to believe that Brendan had actually reached North America, and was the first European to reach the new world, centuries before even the Vikings. Continue Reading

Guinness Bread

This hearty quick bread recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Guinness Bread - A hearty quick bread made with Guinness Stout which is perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

This Guinness Bread is packed with flavor, and has an amazing moist texture. Since it is a quick bread you don’t have to mess around with proofing yeast, the carbonation in the Guinness Stout combines with the baking soda to make the bread rise.Continue Reading

Thai Soup with Shrimp

This Thai Soup with Shrimp is a perfect meatless recipe for Lent.

Thai Soup with Shrimp - An easy weeknight meal for Lent - Shrimp and Petite Shanghai cabbage cooked in coconut milk - Lenten Recipes

I love Thai food, and this soup uses creamy coconut milk along with traditional Green Curry Paste to make a tasty seafood soup.Continue Reading

Don’t Worry Retire Happy – Retirement Security

For my husband and I, retirement planning has mostly taken the form of dreams, not planning. My husband wants to buy a boat, and cruise around the world during retirement. I fine with the boat, but not so sure about traveling around the world.  An ocean crossing in a small boat – no thanks!  But we can work out those details later, and where ever we end up taking a boat we need to start planning to make our dreams a reality.

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