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Valrhona Gastronomie Range Cocoa Powder, Ideal for Baking 250 g
Valrhona Gastronomie Range Cocoa Powder, Ideal for Baking 250 g
Offered by L'epicerie française
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Rich Cocoa, 21 May 2015
This is one of the best Dutch Processed Pure Cocoa Powders I have used. It is unsweetened, rich in color and taste. Valentina has an excellent reputation, and this cocoa powder is cream of the crop. This package contains approximately 3 cups of cocoa powder. I used this cocoa powder to make whoopie pies for Easter, and I will make more for Memorial Day.

The recipe is from Epicurious.
YIELD: Makes 8 individual desserts
ACTIVE TIME: 30 min
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
INGREDIENTS

For cakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
For filling
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
2 cups marshmallow cream such as Marshmallow Fluff
1 teaspoon vanilla
PREPARATION

Make cakes:
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl until combined. Stir together buttermilk and vanilla in a small bowl.

Beat together butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer or 5 minutes with a handheld, then add egg, beating until combined well. Reduce speed to low and alternately mix in flour mixture and buttermilk in batches, beginning and ending with flour, scraping down side of bowl occasionally, and mixing until smooth.

Spoon 1/4-cup mounds of batter about 2 inches apart onto 2 buttered large baking sheets. Bake in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until tops are puffed and cakes spring back when touched, 11 to 13 minutes. Transfer with a metal spatula to a rack to cool completely.

Make filling:
Beat together butter, confectioners sugar, marshmallow, and vanilla in a bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.

Assemble pies:
Spread a rounded tablespoon filling on flat sides of half of cakes and top with remaining cakes.

cooks' notes:
• Cakes can be made 3 days ahead and kept, layered between sheets of wax paper, in an airtight container at room temperature.

• Filling can be made 4 hours ahead and kept, covered, at room temperature.

Recommended. prisrob 05-20-15


Joy 75ml EDT Spray
Joy 75ml EDT Spray
Offered by Fragrance Specialist
Price: £62.21

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light, Flowery, 21 May 2015
This review is from: Joy 75ml EDT Spray (Personal Care)
Joy has been a perfume that I have used off and on over the years. I was introduced to Joy by a roommate, and she gave me the first small bottle I have ever had. When I was first married I could not afford the perfume, and my husband bought it for very special occasions. Now, I only wear it for special occasions. I have become an anti perfume person. I have been overwhelmed by so many women's perfumes, that I could feel short of breath. So, when I do wear Joy, I wear it sparingly, the pulse points. I do not spray.

"Joy is composed primarily of a combination of jasmine and rose; 10,000 jasmine flowers and 28 dozen roses are required to create 30ml of the parfum, contributing to its high retail price.Joy also contains other flowers such as ylang ylang, michelia and tuberose. Given its many ingredients, Joy does not smell like a specific flower. According to Luca Turin, "the whole point of its formula was to achieve the platonic idea of a flower, not one particular earthly manifestation. The bottle was created by French architect and artisan Louis Süe and was designed to have a simple, classical feel." Wiki

Joy is a light flowery scent, that most people enjoy. It used to be the very rich women's perfume, but now, almost everyone can wear it. Enjoy.

Recommended. prisrob 05-19-15


Children's Book:Ernie the Elephant in Henry Brags (funny bedtime story collection Book 3)
Children's Book:Ernie the Elephant in Henry Brags (funny bedtime story collection Book 3)
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons Learned, 19 May 2015
Do you know people who tease, do they tease you? How does it make you feel?

The author, Leela Hope, has written a lovely story about Ernie and Henry the elephants and their friends. Ernie the elephant was a nice elephant, he was a small elephant,mbut he made up for it in his kindness. On the other hand, Henry was a pain in the neck. He was always boasting that the was the best, the best at everything. In fact he was such a boaster, his other friends got tired of him, and they would not play games with him. One day, Henry asked Ernie to race with him. Henry said he was sure to win. Ernie saud he would, indeed, race with him, but if he won, he could no longer boast to all their friends. Ernie had a plan. When you read this book you will see who won the race, and what plan Ernie had.

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will be able to talk about friends that boast and tend to bully, and make suggestions that might make it easier for everyone. Children do not know how to help their friends who are being bullied, and this is a good time to discuss what is happening and what to do. There are several pluses in this book, one: the book is written in rhyme, and everyone enjoys reading in rhyme. Two: there are lessons to be learned, and this is an excellent manner in which children learn. The illustrations are bright, colorful and vivid. They depict the adventures of Henry and Ernie. I liked this book because of the writing particularly for children, and the lessons learned. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 05-19-15


Kids:Whats Book - 2: Kids book,Moral stories,Bedtime Stories,Children's Books, Early Reader
Kids:Whats Book - 2: Kids book,Moral stories,Bedtime Stories,Children's Books, Early Reader
Price: £0.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do Good, 19 May 2015
4.5 stars

What do parents look for in a book to read to their children, or for children to read by themselves?

The author, Tanveer Ahmed, has written several books that I have read, and in previous books the layout and writing were problematic for me. However,it seems the author has taken to heart the critiques. This is a well organized book with stories that end with a moral to tell. The stories are well known to me, but will be new for many and particularly children. There are eleven stories in this book which will keep the interest of parents and children.

Parents/teachers who read to their children will enjoy this book. These stories could cover a couple of days of reading. As mentioned, each story has a moral equivalency, and this is an excellent time to discuss with children, in general terms, what a moral is. I like to call it, lessons learned, and reading is one of the best methods for children to learn. The illustrations are bright and vivid with excellent color, and they all depict the particular moral of the story. Well done. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 05-18-15


Children's Book: The Carrot, the Egg and the Tea Bag: (Free Coloring Book Inside!)(Children's Picture Book Dealing With Pressure) (Ages 5-10) (Inspiring Children Books Collection)
Children's Book: The Carrot, the Egg and the Tea Bag: (Free Coloring Book Inside!)(Children's Picture Book Dealing With Pressure) (Ages 5-10) (Inspiring Children Books Collection)
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Worries, 17 May 2015
What do you do when you feel stressed? How does it make you feel?

The author, Assaf Marcus, is well know for his children's stories, where he provides lessons learned. In this story, we meet Sharon. She is a nice little girl, but at this time she is feeling very stressed and worried about several things. She has a ballet recital, she has to prepare for a math test, and she had a spelling bee in two days. On her way home she decided to go and talk to her father in the restaurant he owned. Her father was glad to see her, but he could tell she was troubled. Sharon told her father about her worries. Her father talked with her and prepared, carrots, eggs and tea. When you read this story,you will begin to understand the lessons learned from Sharon's father.

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will learn about worries and stress, and maybe a little bit about how to control them. The illustrations by Oliver Bundoc, are colorful, vibrant and alive, they help to tell the story of Sharon and her worries. I use the word worries, because that is what my daughter used to talk about when she had issues, her worries. Every child may have a different name for what causes them stress and concern. It is important to talk to your parents about this,because they can help you. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 05-17-15


Strawberry Shortcake: Meet Strawberry Shortcake [DVD]
Strawberry Shortcake: Meet Strawberry Shortcake [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sarah Heinke
Offered by SAS MUSIC & DVDS
Price: £8.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strawberry Shortcake, Huckleberry Pie, 17 May 2015
My five year old granddaughter loves Strawberry Shortcake. When I am with her, I watch her favorite PBS shows with her. She gets to watch for an hour a day.

Strawberry Shortcake is one of those characters you hope your children will emulate.mshe U.S. Kind and generous to everyone. She looks for adventure and always has a good time. In this episode we are introduced to custard her cat, and cupcake her dog. Custard always looks at everything with the glass half empty, while Strawberry looks at everything with the glass half full. Cupcake, the dog , frequently gets into trouble and makes messes.

Today Strawberry also introduce us to her sister, Apple Dumpling, she us one years old. Strawberry starts planning a party, and makes a list of things and ingredients she needs. Custard and cupcake help her and off they go on their adventures.

Strawberry Shortcake is a fun series,mthere us no violence, no bad words, just all fun and games. I found myself laughing along with my granddaughter at some of the funny events. Parents can feel self assured that their children are watching who,esoteric films with educational values. Strawberry Shortcake teaches positive values while having, fun. The videos are vibrant and colorful, the language is child approved. Your child will enjoy every episode.

Recommended. prisrob 05-16-15


Children's Book: Mom's Birthday Gift (Illustrated Picture Book for ages 3-6) (Piglet- Children's book collection 1)
Children's Book: Mom's Birthday Gift (Illustrated Picture Book for ages 3-6) (Piglet- Children's book collection 1)
Price: £1.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Is Best, 17 May 2015
What do you do when it is your mom's birthday? Do you give her a gift?

The author and illustrator, Veena Gyanani, has written a lovely book about a little piglet looking for the perfect birthday present for his mom. He got out of bed on his mom's birthday and wondered what he could give to his mother. He thought about making breakfast, but she had gone out for breakfast. He started making a birthday card, but he saw his sister had made a beautiful card, and he could not do as well. When you read this book, you will discover what Piglet decided to do.

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will enjoy guessing what Piglet could do, and will make suggestions for Piglet. It is important for children to think about how to surprise and please their parents. The illustrations are bright, cheerful and colorful. They depict all of the adventures of Piglet and his family. This is a fun and informative book for children and their parents. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 05-16-15


Children's Book: The Other Side: (Free Coloring Book Inside!)(Children's Picture Book On Being Grateful) (Ages 5-10) (Inspiring Children Books Collection)
Children's Book: The Other Side: (Free Coloring Book Inside!)(Children's Picture Book On Being Grateful) (Ages 5-10) (Inspiring Children Books Collection)
Price: £1.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is The Grass Greener, 14 May 2015
Do you wish you could live in a big house with lots of toys? What would the house look like?

The author, Assaf Marcus, has written a lovely book with lessons to be learned. In this case, we meet Adam. A young boy, who helped out in his house. His father was ill, and his mother worked all day. Adam would clean and do laundry, and he would sometimes cook. He worked very hard after his school day. But, he did have one hour near subset when he was free. He would go to a certain place that had a marvelous view of the sunset and places beyond. One day he noticed a house across the way, and it looked like it had diamonds in the window and that parts of the house were made of gold. He wished he could go there to see for himself. It looked like such a lovely very place to be and to live. The next day, Adam's mother told him she had saved enough money to hire a housekeeper for the day, and he could have the day off. Adam knew exactly what he wanted to do, he wanted to go on a journey, can you guess wher When you read this book, you will know exactly what Adam did.

Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book to their children. The children will wonder what Adam finds when he goes on his journey. One of the best parts if this story is that there are several lessons to be learned. One of them is that Adam learned to be a loving son, and to help out when times were tough. You will be able to talk about the otter lessons learned. The illustrations by Somnath Das are bright. Vivid and colorful. They depict Adam doing his chores, going to see the sunset, and the other adventures of Adam. A lovely book for all to read. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to dee to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 05-14-15


WHALES: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Book 16)
WHALES: Fun Facts and Amazing Photos of Animals in Nature (Amazing Animal Kingdom Book 16)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Whale Of A Tale, 14 May 2015
Have you ever seen a whale? Some people go whale watching on a boat in the ocean. What fun!

The author, Emma Child, has written another book in her series of animals. They are some of the most entertaining and informational books about animals I have read. I frequently astound people with my information about animals that I have read about in Emma's books. In this book we learn all about whales. And, believe me, I have a whale of a tale to tell you! Whales are mammals like you and me. They breathe through their lungs and most whales need to rise to the surface of the ocean to get air every fifteen minutes. Sperm whales can go for an hour without surfacing. Whales live everywhere in all the oceans and the seas. However, whales are decreasing in number because too many people are hunting and killing them for food and other things. Whales like to live by themselves except when mating.

Some fun facts:

Blue whales are the largest and can be 190 tons.
The heart of a whale can weigh 100 pounds.
Whales eat their food by swallowing it whole.

Many more facts and fun information can be found in this book. If you click on a photo it will enlarge and you can see whales up close and personal. If you go to an aquarium and see a whale, you will know a little bit more about whales by reading this book. Whales and hippos are not that far apart in the mammal kingdom, and when you think about it, it rings true. I line Emma Child's books a lot, and so will you. Note: a complimentary copy of this book was provided to read and review.

Recommended. prisrob 05-14-15


Still Alice [DVD]
Still Alice [DVD]
Dvd ~ Julianne Moore
Price: £10.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Long Journey, 13 May 2015
This review is from: Still Alice [DVD] (DVD)
Alzheimer's disease is a topic much talked about but not really looked at in a personal level. We may have family members with Alzheimer's, so we know this first hand. However, for the rest of us, this film is a 'must see' film.

Julianne Moore gives a devastating performance as Alice. A brilliant neuroscientist/professor at Columbia University. She recognizes some changes in her cognition, forgetting where she is, memory loss, and seeks medical attention. She is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's,which has a genetic component. She and her husband, played by Alec Baldwin, do all the right things, and they schedule a dinner so that they can tell their three children about the diagnosis. And. So, it begins, gage long road to a mind dissembling.

Julianne Moore, is superb in her performance, subtle nuances so well done. Her decline in physical and emotional appeRance. She deserved the Academy Award. Kristin Stewart, who plays the black sheep daughter, refusing collepge to follow her dream as an actor. She recognizes what her mother is going through,and how this is changing the entire family dynamics. She and her perfect sister, played by Kate Bosworth, have always had an edge,sibling rivalry to the max.

Alzheimer's disease is at the fore, and though it may be discouraging and difficult to face, this film shows how to face this disease in one woman's journey. In this film, Alice uses her computer and her mobile devices, the technology of today to help her memory. It is an excellent show of what we can bring to our lives. Well done.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 05-13-15


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