Christmas week is here! Christmas week is here! Christmas week is here! This is totally and completely without question my favorite week of the year! I heart getting everything ready for the holiday and wrapping gifts for my loved ones. Whatever else is going on I try each year to make Christmas a priority and to really focus on spending the quality time with my family.
This week we are featuring a family movie that brings to light the power of compassion. I love movies that teach us good lessons we can learn to apply in our everyday life. Enjoy!
Director: Giles Foster
Cast: Aidan Quinn, Alan Bates, Jonathan Hyde
Running Time: 90 minutes
An adventure classic about “how the other half lives” and the caring, understanding and compassion that can be learned…
Laura says: Cute film, kids really enjoyed it.
Paula says: I enjoyed the approach this film took and how it realistically showed the attitudes of two boys stuck in the wrong place.
Alexandria says: Valuable lessons
Kathleen: Very much enjoy it.
Worth Noting: There is mention about “putting animals to sleep,” so a discussion regarding this may be needed before viewing the film.
You can find more Mom Reviewed and Mom Approved movies from the National Board of Mothers® here.
This movie of course calls for the royal treatment in deserts, so what better than a Royal Bread Pudding to make with this family movie? Enjoy this yummy goodness!
• 8 slices honey wheat bread
• 2 cups low-fat milk
• ¾ cup egg substitute (or 3 eggs, lightly beaten)
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon, divided
• 1 package (7 ounces) dried blueberries (or mixed chopped dried fruit)
• 1 cup apple juice
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes or until bread is dry and very lightly toasted on top. Allow bread to cool about 5 minutes.
• Spray an 8 inch square baking dish with nonstick spray coating. Combine milk, egg substitute, sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a mixing bowl; whisk to combine. Tear each slice of bread into 6 to 8 bite-size pieces and add pieces to milk mixture. Press down gently with the back of a spoon so all bread pieces are covered in the milk mixture. Pour milk and bread mixture into prepared pan. Cover with aluminum foil.
• Place filled dish into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Pour hot water into the larger pan to a depth of about 1 inch. Bake 20 minutes. Carefully remove aluminum foil and continue baking 20 minutes or until set and knife inserted just off center comes out clean.
• While bread pudding bakes, prepare fruit sauce. Combine dried fruit, juice and remaining cinnamon in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until mixture boils. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until fruit has reconstituted. Stir in brown sugar. Remove from heat and allow to stand while pudding bakes.
• To serve, spoon warm bread pudding into serving dishes and top each serving with warm fruit sauce.
Makes 6 servings
It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoy this week’s picks have a healthy and happy Merry Christmas! As always I am here for you and would love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have, so please email me at Family Values Cinema. See you next Friday!
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