Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs


First off, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (the movie) is almost nothing like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (the book). I have never particularly enjoyed the book; I really enjoyed the movie. My husband loves the book (and anything to do with weather); he loved the movie. This is one of the very few instances when you'll hear me say that I liked the movie more than the book...

The book version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a story told to two children by their grandfather and, in my opinion, it's kind of dull and more than just a little anticlimactic: the big food comes, and everyone leaves the island, never to return. 

The movie version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is so much more! The writers kept only the basic concept (food falling from the sky) and liberally applied creative license to result in a cute and downright funny movie: Flint Lockwood is an inventor who can just never seem to get his inventions quite right: the remote control TV that walks out the front door, ratbirds, spray-on shoes (to solve the untied shoe epidemic, of course). He invents a machine that turns water into food, which accidentally gets launched into the sky above his hometown, showering the town with food.

My husband and I both thoroughly enjoyed this movie, as did the in-laws. I was excited to show the movie to my nieces, ages 4, 6, and 7, thinking that they would laugh through the movie just like all of us [grown-ups] had. To my surprise, they didn't laugh at all. Not once. They enjoyed the movie, but they really missed out on most of the comedy and, in some places, had a hard time understanding what was going on.

Final word: B+. A great movie, which we will buy. Best for older audiences, probably 10 and up, who will understand the humor.

I am in L-O-V-E with F-E-L-T: a shape book, a fairy tale, and FOOD

Around Christmastime, I fell in love with felt. As I am ever procrastinating, I love how forgiving felt is and how quickly you can put together a project -- no finishing edges. I also have a little obsession with hand-stitching, so felt and I get along great.

I created this simple little shape book for my best friend's 1-year old for her birthday in just an hour or so (I had an *awesome* flap book in mind for her, but I made it and hated it, so once I fix it I'll show it off :) ):

And for that same adorable girl, I made this felt castle, with moving drawbridge from this tutorial:

And these royal finger puppets from these tutorials (the princess is Red Riding Hood, minus hood, and the prince is the woodsman, plus crown...):

And now, on Helping Little Hands, a discovered-today blog that I love already, felt food tutorials. A TON of them. <3 Love it!

The wonderful world of Ramen


As we speak,  I am eating these blessed noodles for lunch. For the third day in a row. I thought my times of Ramen were over once I was no longer a college student, but alas, tis not so.

Everyone, at one desperate moment or another, has eaten Ramen. It's my belief that Ramen is what holds the universe together. But everyone Ramens (yes, I just made that a verb) differently.

I used to babysit for a family that used Ramen as a snack. Hand your kid a package of Ramen and let 'em go to town dipping the broken up noodles in the seasoning packet.

I had no idea until college that Ramen was supposed to be a noodle soup. I have always just boiled the noodles with the contents of the [chicken flavored] seasoning packet, drained the water, and ate the noodles.

Ramen is not just for college kids [or lunch-lazy SAHMs like me] anymore, at least according to Ramenlicious. These enriched flour noodles have found a home in many traditional dishes such as


angel food cake

and snack mix.

Ramen has also been paired with many pantry staples:


Spam (everyone's favorite alternative canned meat)

Even Jello is not safe...

How do you Ramen?
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