Monday, April 21, 2014

Labor Day on Easter Weekend #LaborDayMovie #ParamountMovies #Ad #Recipe

Disclosure:  I hosted a Labor Day viewing party and Paramount gave me a copy of the movie on Digital HD for testing purposes. Thanks to Influenster for the chance to partner up on this promotion and giving us the opportunity to enter the Brand Challenge for a chance to win a prize. A full disclosure is included here

It's amazing how much a short, chance encounter with some people can change your life!  

It may sound a bit funny to be talking Labor Day on Easter weekend, but we're talking about the Paramount Pictures movie here. As a member of Influenster, we were hand picked to host a viewing party and give you the scoop on the digital release.



We were just off for a 9 day spring break and it was the perfect time to relax and chiIL out with family and friends for a movie night. It wasn't overtly sappy, with enough suspense and plot twists to keep everyone intrigued. Labor Day was a great pick. I could relate, since I also have a 13 year old son (though we haven't harbored any bleeding escaped convicts recently).  With a PG-13 rating, this was a movie I was fine sharing with my tween & teen. They dug it too.





Labor Day centers on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler, who struggles to be the man of his house and care for his reclusive mother Adele while confronting all the pangs of adolescence. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape them for the rest of their lives.

  • 2014
  • 111 minutes 
  • Rated PG-13
  • for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality

We all enjoyed this quirky love story. The characters were lovable and charmingly flawed.  We were entertained by this feel good film and it's plot twists. Labor Day left us grinning & hungry for peach pie!!



Munching on popcorn but pining for pie!!


Learn to make the pie that Josh Brolin made every day on the set of Labor Day for Kate Winslet and the cast, using author Joyce Maynard's family recipe!

Ingredients:

 *   3 pounds peaches
 *   3/4 cup sugar
 *   2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
 *   3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 *   3 cups all-purpose flour
 *   3/4 teaspoon salt
 *   1/2 cup Crisco vegetable shortening
 *   1 stick plus 1 tablespoon chilled butter, cut into pieces
 *   1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water
 *   2 tablespoons Minute tapioca (plus 2 additional tbsp to stir into peaches)
 *   1 beaten egg
 *   1 tablespoon sugar

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the peaches, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Stir in 2 tbsp Minute Tapioca to help absorb juices.  Let stand, stirring occasionally.

2. Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, work in the shortening and 1 stick of butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the ice water over the flour mixture, stirring gently with a fork. Continue adding the water just until the dough holds together. Shape the dough into a ball and divide it into two discs, one slightly larger than the other.

3. Place the smaller disc on a sheet of waxed paper, and use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll the dough into a 12-inch circle. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin, dust it lightly with more flour. Lay a 9- to 10-inch pie pan face down on top of the circle; flip the pan over and remove the paper. For the crust, on a sheet of waxed paper, roll out the other disc to form a 14-inch circle.  Do not roll the dough more than necessary.

4. Sprinkle the tapioca on the bottom crust. Add the filling, mounding it in the center, and dot with 1 tablespoon butter. Lift the waxed paper with the remaining crust and flip it over the filling. Peel back waxed paper. Trim the edges of the crusts and pinch together the top and bottom crusts. Optional: Roll out the trimmings and cut into decorative shapes. Brush the pie with the egg, and arrange the shapes on the crust. Sprinkle with sugar. Poke fork holes or cut vents in the top crust. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.
Put pie plate on cookie sheet to catch drips.  Bake in 350 degree oven for about one hour.  Cool before serving.

To watch Joyce make an Apple Pie: http://curious.com/joycemaynard/joyce-maynards-homemade-apple-pie




Disclosure:  I hosted a Labor Day viewing party and Paramount gave me a copy of the movie on Digital HD for testing purposes. Thanks to Influenster for the chance to partner up on this promotion and giving us the opportunity to enter the Brand Challenge for a chance to win a prize. A full disclosure is included here

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