Monday, December 6, 2010

Books, Blurays and a Giveaway!

B is for Books and Blurays!

If you're looking for books for teens or tweens, do I have some suggestions for you!

First off, if you haven't heard of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, check your surroundings, you may be living in a cave.  The latest book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, hit the shelves November 9th, meaning the franchise now has a whopping 42 million books in print in the US and Canada alone. The series has been sold in 37 countries, printed in 35 different languages around the world, and has been credited with turning reluctant readers onto books (yay!).  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth follows Greg into the perils of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and all the awkward changes that come from growing older, with his best friend Rowley at his side (Amulet Books, 13.95, Recommended for Ages ~5-10 years).

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The Book Thief, a book that's been out for a while but that I have only just discovered, is an excellent choice for teens. Though it deals with a difficult subject matter (World War II in Nazi Germany), it does so in an unique matter that will both engage teenagers' interests without patronizing them and perhaps encourage them to research this important topic with more empathy for the victims. Told from the point of view of Death himself, the Book Thief describes a young girl's relationship with her foster parents, the other residents of their neighborhood, and a Jewish fist-fighter who hides in her home during the escalation of World War II. Published in 2005, it has won numerous awards and has been listed on the New York Times Children's Bestseller List for over one hundred weeks. Thoughtful and engrossing, The Book Thief is available in paperback from (5.99, Ages 13 and above).

B is also for Bluray!

We've seen some fantastic Disney features come out on Bluray recently. I've mentioned Beauty and the Beast, a perennial favorite, on the blog previously, and that certainly tops my recommendations for kids.  

Another choice for the slightly older set would be Disney's Oceans, which includes stunning High Definition underwater coverage. Remember that the Disney Bluray also includes both a DVD copy and a digital copy that will play on your computer. Bonus footage for Oceans includes the music video "Make a Wave," select bonus videos entitled "Deeper in the Ocean," and a feature on Preserving the World We Share, about conservation efforts for marine life (Disney Nature: Oceans Bluray Combo, 24.99).

I'm also a big fan of Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon, which just came out recently on video and is an amazing 19.99 for the Bluray version! (Please note, this isn't the 3D version. If you are one of those amazingly fast-adapters who already has a 3D HDTV, more power to you, though).

And finally, coming out on DVD and Bluray tomorrow is my favorite "Adult" movie of the year, the amazing Inception. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and written by Memento's Christopher Nolan, this movie is just too involve to summarize in a single paragraph, but I guarantee it is a worthwhile purchase for the amazing anti-gravity fight scenes alone. 'Nuff said. Plus, If you snatch it up TODAY, Amazon has this blockbuster hit on sale for the unbelievably low deal of HALF the regular price, or just 17.99. Yes, you read that right! Inception Bluray Combo deal at

Okay, Here's how to win Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth! Just comment on this post with your favorite cookie recipe. 

Yes, I know that's crazy and completely unrelated, but tomorrow is C for Cookies, and I want to put YOUR favorite cookie in our holiday gift guide for everyone to enjoy! You can leave a link in the comment if your favorite recipe is online and I'll link it in tomorrow's post, or you can give us the actual directions for your favorite home recipe for TWO entries.

Additional Entries:

  • Follow this blog or subscribe to our feed (see top left sidebar)
  • Put the Holiday Gift Guide button on your blog! (middle sidebar) (2 entries)
  • Blog about this contest (3 entries)
  • Follow me on Twitter!
  • Tweet about this contest or our Hickory Farms contest (3 entries each!)
  • That's TEN extra entries! And TWO entries if you gave me your recipe, for a total of 12 chances to win a copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth. Deadline for entries is Monday, December 13th.

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

This might be cheating, but my fave recipe is the Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookie one on the back of the bag!

wigget said...

my favorite is the Original NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe

wigget said...

sorry forgot to leave the link!

wigget said...


Terra H. said...

My favorite are Chocolate Peanut-Butter No Bake Cookies. They're easy to make yet so delicious. Thanks.


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Taffy said...

I really to make Pumpkin Cookies because they are soooo easy!

Here's the recipe:


* 1 package spice cake mix (without pudding)
* 15 oz can pumpkin, NOT pie mix
* 1 cup chocolate chips


1. Thoroughly mix the spice cake mix with with the pumpkin, then add chocolate chips..
2. Drop by spoonful on a greased cookie sheet.
3. Bake at 375º for about 13 minutes.
4. Let cool on cookie rack.

Here's a link:

valerie2350 said...

peanut butter cookies - the basic betty crocker recipe

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marybelle said...

Ginger Snaps thank you very much. Delicious!!

Rebecca Hamlett said...

Cookie Bar Recipe Ingredients
• 1 cup crushed graham crackers
• 1 3.5 oz can flaked coconut
• 1 6oz bag semisweet chocolate chips
• 1 6oz bag butterscotch chips
• 1 cup chopped nuts
• 1 stick butter
• 1 small can sweetened condensed milk

Cookie Layer Bar Directions

Start oven warming to 350 degrees. Melt stick of butter in the bottom of a 9x12x2 inch baking pan. Make sure the butter coats the entire bottom of the pan.

Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs evenly over the butter layer. Sprinkle the coconut on top of the graham cracker layer. Place chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, then chopped nuts in layers on top of the coconut. Pour the condensed milk over the nuts making sure to evenly pour the milk.

Bake at 350 degree for 30 minutes. Cut into 2 dozen squares while still warm.

Rebecca (not a perfect mom!)

Anonymous said...

My favorite cookie recipe is from the cookbook Where's Mom Now That I Need Her?

Chocolate Chippies

1 package chocolate cake mix
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 6 ounce package chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts

Beat together cake mix, butter, milk, and egg until well blended; stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by spoonfuls on a greased cookie sheet; bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

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Sheila said...

Our favorite cookie at our house is the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie. The recipe is on every package of Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chips. You can't improve on perfection. I remember my mother making these cookies - over 50 years ago!

Linda Kish said...

I like persimmon cookies.

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Sarah said...

This is my favorite!!

Monster Cookies
Makes 6 dozen cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp corn syrup
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
4 1/2 cups quick cooking rolled oats
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups plain M&Ms

Preheat the oven to 350

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition, add the vanilla, corn syrup, baking soda and peanut butter. Mix until smooth. Ass the oats and mix well. Add the chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed throughout batter. Add M&Ms and mix well.

Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until the edges are golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for about 3 minutes then transfer to cooling racks.

Sarah said...

I think you said we get an extra entry if posting a recpie? If so, this is for the Monster Cookies recpie I posted!

jennifer57 said...

Like alot of others....I love to use the recipe for chocolate chip cookies right off the back of the nestle bag :)

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