Valentine’s Day Recipe: Chocolate Mocha Bundt Cake

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2/3 cup high quality cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream
  • 5 tablespoons cold brewed coffee (we use Baltimore-based Zeke’s Coffee)
  • Butter Coffee Pour Over (recipe to follow)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Generously grease a Bundt pan with butter (we used a heart-shaped Bundt for Valentine’s Day). Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a standing mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter and sugar. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is smooth and light in texture (about 5 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the sour cream and coffee and mix until combined.
  5. Gradually add the dry JUST until incorporated.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt and bake until the center of cake springs back when touched and a skewer inserted near the center comes out clean (about 45-50 minutes).
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and pour Butter Coffee Pour Over mixture over the hot cake. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Release the sides and bottom of the cake from the pan with a narrow metal spatula or knife. Invert the pan onto a plate or cake stand. Remove the pan and dust with cocoa powder or powdered sugar before serving.

Butter Coffee Pour Over
Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup brewed dark roast coffee (we use Zeke’s Coffee)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Add ingredients to a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool slightly.

 

Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends on DVD 4/19

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Join best Friends Goldie and Bear on their adventures through Fairy Tale Forest in Disney Junior’s hit series Goldie & Bear: Best Fairytale Friends on DVD April 19th! It includes 7 episodes for over 2 hours of classic fairytales with a twist! Plus FREE Exclusive Playtime Fun Activity Kit with re-usable stickers, games and more!
 ONCE UPON A STORY, IN A FOREST FAR AWAY… Everyone knows “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” but after that story ended, a remarkable friendship began! Team up with newfound best friends Goldie and Bear on amazing adventures as they laugh, play and learn important life lessons in the wondrous Fairy Tale Forest.

 Climb a beanstalk with Jack, try on Little Red’s famous hood, outsmart the tricky Big Bad Wolf, and much more. Join Goldie and Bear – and your favorite fairytale and nursery rhyme characters – for magical, song-filled fun you’ll treasure today and ever after!

Voice Cast:       

                      Natalie Lander (ABC’s “The Middle”) as Goldie; Georgie Kidder (Disney XD’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) as Bear; Jim Cummings (Disney Junior’s “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”) as Big Bad Wolf; Mitchell Whitfield (“Winx Club: Beyond Believix”) as Humpty Dumpty and Woodsman; David Kaufman (“Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”) as Jack and Brix; Mary Birdsong (Disney XD’s “Crash & Bernstein”) as Mother Bear, Mother Good and Jack’s Mom; Barry Wiggins (“Dog & Me”) as Father Bear.

Bridge of Spies

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Bridge of Spies is a great movie, with the wonderful Tom Hanks.

Bridge of Spies is based on actual events.  It’s a great historical feature.  It brings Cold War things into perspective.

My dad was intrigued by Bridge of Spies.  He said it was so great.  He loved every second of it.

Bridge of Spies is 2 hours and 1 minute long.  But, the time seems to fly, because the action packed film just doesn’t stop.

Bridge of Spies is rated PG-13.

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A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story inspired by true events that capture the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

Bonus Includes:

  A CASE OF THE COLD WAR: BRIDGE OF SPIES  – The story of James Donovan, Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel encapsulates the Cold War era—a tense political climate shrouded in propaganda, espionage and the threat of nuclear war.  This piece explores the characters and the real-life people they’re based on, ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share personal stories of the Cold War, describing how experiences from their youth were part of the attraction to the script, how this influenced the way they approached the film and why the history behind Bride Of Spies resonates across generations and is relevant in today’s political climate.

U-2 SPY PLANE: BEALE AIR FORCE BASE – Showcases spectacular footage shot at the Beale Air Force Base of the U-2 plane and the scene where Powers and other pilots are instructed about their spying mission, including a cameo appearance in the film by Francis Gary Powers son, Gary Powers Jr. and discussion with the Air Force liaison about the significance of the scene and why they got behind the film

 SPY SWAP: LOOKING BACK ON THE FINAL ACT – Steven Spielberg and his team stage the pivotal scene of the film at Glienicke Bridge, the very same location where the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers took place. Gary Powers Jr. shares his memories of his father’s experience with voiceover recordings from Francis Gary Powers, as filmmakers and the cast recreate a page of Cold War history while filming in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.

 BERLIN 1961: RECREATING THE DIVIDE – A mix of behind-the-scenes footage with iconic archival imagery transports viewers to another place and time as the filmmakers construct the Berlin Wall, envision what it was like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie, and recreate the divide. On set in Berlin just days after the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a historian who lived through the experience describes what being there means to her. In Poland, where the Wall was recreated for the film, tanks, hundreds of extras and powerful sequences make the setting feel epic and surreal.

 

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Newman’s Own Giveaway

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Hello, welcome to Night Helper’s Newman’s Own Giveaway. If you have not read the review yet on Night Helper you can here. This giveaway includes the following items:

 

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This giveaway includes the following items:

Newman’s Own Organic:

◦Total: $50

This giveaway will go from February 6-13 12:00 am est. You must be 18 years old or older, and a US Resident.

You can enter below and Good Luck!

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We reserve the right to make revisions, to cancel, or suspend this contest for any reason. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Night Helper Blog (and any other blog participating) is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Lugz Shifter 6 White/ Black Boot Giveaway, USA only ends 2/13

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Hello, welcome to Night Helper’s Lugz Giveaway. If you have not read the review yet on Night Helper you can here. This giveaway includes the following items:

Lugz Shifter 6 color: White/ Black:

  • The Women’s Shifter 6″ is a durable boot that is made for women, providing a classic cool style and the comfort to last day and night.
  • This boot features a padded tongue & collar, a cushioned insole and a durable lug outsole for maximum performance.-1

◦Total: $79.99

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This giveaway will go from February 6-13 12:00 am est. You must be 18 years old or older, and a US Resident.

You can enter below and Good Luck!

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We reserve the right to make revisions, to cancel, or suspend this contest for any reason. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Night Helper Blog (and any other blog participating) is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

Salonpas Giveaway

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Hello, welcome to Night Helper’s Lugz Giveaway. If you have not read the review yet on Night Helper you can here. This giveaway includes the following items:

Salonpas:

  • Salonpas Jet Spray
  • Salonpas® Pain Relief Patch, The Only 12-Hour OTC Topical Pain Reliever
  • SALONPAS® GEL-PATCH HOT
  • NEW Salonpas® Pain Relieving Patch.

◦Total: $50

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This giveaway will go from February 6-13 12:00 am est. You must be 18 years old or older, and a US Resident.

You can enter below and Good Luck!

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We reserve the right to make revisions, to cancel, or suspend this contest for any reason. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to the US 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. Night Helper Blog (and any other blog participating) is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not.

The Land Before Time: Journey Of The Brave

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Oh my, my 4 year old Loves The Land Before Time, and my 18 year old went crazy when she saw what we were watching.

The Land Before Time:  Journey of the Brave, is only available at Walmart.  You really need to go get this new release, as of Tuesday, February 3.  It’s great to sit and watch with the kids, whether they are 18, or 4.  Both of my kids absolutely loved it, and asked to watch it again.

This also includes a New Song Performed By Reba McEntire.  That’s always a great treat.

Songs Include:  Today’s the Day, Hot and Stinky, and Better Off Alone.  Plus, you will hear Look for the Light, which is the one performed by Reba.

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Join your favorite young dinosaurs, Littlefoot, Cera, Ducky, Petrie and Spike, on their exciting adventure to rescue Littlefoot’s father. As they travel across strange landscapes and meet new friends, Etta (voiced by Reba McEntire), Wild Arms (voiced by Damon Wayans Jr.) Littlefoot and friends discover that by pulling together they can overcome any challenge. Filled with fun songs, surprises and laughter, it’s an inspiring tale of friendship and courage that the whole family will treasure.

The Land Before Time:  Journey of the Brave is rated G, which is for all ages, and also stars Damon Wayans Jr.

The Land Before Time is 1 hour and 22 minutes in length

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Sweet Leaf will get you ready for V-day

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Sweet Leaf is such a wonderful brand.  And, now they have Water Drops, to enhance the flavor of plain, ordinary water.  These drops are so delicious.

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So refreshing, and just plain good.  They have 0 Carbs, 0 Sugars, and so on.  Look below, for the back of the packaging.

Hydrate deliciously. Choose from four natural fruit flavored blends, available in 2.1 fl. oz. (64 ml) squeeze bottles. SweetLeaf® Water Drops are a natural, convenient, sugar-free and gluten-free water enhancer. No artificial sweeteners!

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The water Drops come in Raspberry Lemonade, Lemon Lime, Peach Mango, and Strawberry Kiwi.  These are all great tasting.

I’ve used Sweet Leaf for years, and I’ve loved it for years.  If you haven’t tried it, you are missing out.

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I only use one packet in my coffee, in the morning.

And, who doesn’t love a discount on shipping, and purchases…check out the below picture.

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Sweet Leaf has so many products, it isn’t even funny.  They have a wide array of products, so there’s bound to be something for each person in your family.

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The dramatic failure rate of New Year’s Resolutions makes some people skip resolutions altogether, but keeping a few simple elements in mind can turn your lists into achievable and sustainable goals that can be life changing:

  1. Be specific. Rather than writing “eat less junk,” jot down “cut sugar five days a week.”
  2. Make a plan. With an actionable goal, decide how best to achieve that goal. This might mean turning one resolution into more than one: cut sugar two days a week by mid-February, up that to three days by June, then to five by August. Maybe even work up to an additional step, like cutting sugar for an entire month by the end of the year.
  3. Tell someone. When other people know about a person’s goals it makes them easier to achieve.
  4. Review. Keep your resolutions posted somewhere they can be regularly viewed. Also, cross the steps of each goal off as they are reached.
  5. Limit the number. Sure, setting twenty New Year’s Resolutions offers a better chance at success, but it also guarantees a higher rate of failure because attention is spread too thin. Pick the three most important items on your list and turn them into actual goals.

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Modern Interpretations of the Seven Dwarfs Slideshow – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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BASHFUL by Benson Shum (Animator, Zootopia, Moana)

“I always wanted to be an animator and started to pursue that after high school! The Little Mermaid was one of the first movies that inspired me to become an animator. For Bashful, I looked at the original model sheets of the dwarfs to get inspired to see how they were drawn and created. I picked the background color to match Bashful’s personality.”

DOC by Andy Harkness (Art Director of Environments, Moana)

“When I was a freshman in college, Disney visited our school and showed us early clips of The Lion King and Pocahontas. I was hooked immediately. There was something about seeing the work in progress that sparked something in me. I created “Happy” using polymer clay. Then I photographed the sculpt and painted him in Photoshop. I found an image of him with a little guitar and thought that would make a charming prop for the design.”

DOPEY by Trent Correy (Character Animator, Zootopia, Moana)

“I was 17 years old and trying to find something to do after high school. I loved making live action films and also liked to draw, so animation seemed like a good fit! I just tried to have fun with Dopey and keep the drawing as wacky and energetic as his character.”

GRUMPY by Eric Goldberg (Supervising Animator, Moana)

“I loved creating flip books at age 6 and made Super 8 films at age 13, I’ve always had an interest in animation and filmmaking for as long as I can remember. Since he’s Grumpy, I wanted to tap into his “grumpiest” side, with strong underlighting and stylized color. This is, of course, before Snow white transformed him!”

HAPPY by Nara Youn (Animator, Zootopia, Moana)

“I always loved animation and was glued to the TV in admiration. There is one movie that made everything click for me and that movie was Monsters Inc. The animators gave so much character and story to such simple looking characters and I just fell in love with the craft. It was the movie that drew the bridge for me and made me think, ‘Wow, I really want to do this.’ For Happy, I used to draw on a Post-it note everyday for three years straight. Since then I have found it very comforting to work that way and have created more than a thousand tiny art pieces because of Post-its. It’s medium has become a signature of mine :)”

SLEEPY by Hyun-Min Lee (Animator, Zootopia, Moana)

“I think it was when I was about 4 and watched Robin Hood, which was the first Disney animated film I ever watched, that I first became aware of Disney Animation and its amazing legacy. I watched a lot of Disney features and shorts from then on, and even if I didn’t know what being an “animator” even was, I knew I wanted to do something related to the making of those films. I kept drawing and watching lots of animation, until finally I was able to realize my dream and became a Disney animator! I think picking “Sleepy” was a natural and fortunate choice for me, since I’m always the sleepy one around work! I think I identify with how hard Sleepy works on fulfilling his role no matter how tired he is. During important moments especially, he may be “sleepy,” but not “sleeping,” which I think is an important distinction!”

SNEEZY by Valentin Amador (Animator, Zootopia, Moana)

“According to my parents, when I was 4 they took me to see Fantasia and I was mesmerized by it. As early as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a Disney animator. For Sneezy, I wanted to create a little piece of animation, but leaving it rough, no clean up lines or color, to show a bit of the process to the audience. I even left the in-betweening charts to show how a finished rough animation looks. Also, to bridge the old and the new, I animated it on a digital medium, but I used one of the original sneezes from the character in the film.”