Goodbye and Good Riddance Flu

Michelle Snow at LEGO Store at Disney Springs Feb 2017

So you may have noticed Zengrrl has been a bit quiet lately. Well, you can thank the lovely 2017 flu for that.

Shortly after New Year’s, I got it and bad: coughing, no voice, hacking up a lung…you know, all the fun stuff. That flu then turned into bronchitis and WOULD NOT LEAVE my chest. Anywhere I went, I’d have to carry the whole bag of cough drops. And let’s not talk about the mucus.

No, seriously, let’s not.

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Netflix January 2017 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in January 2017, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Movie highlights for the month include newer releases like Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, It Follows, Miss Sharon Jones!, and Ratchet and Clank, as well as returning favorites Caddyshack, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, V is for Vendetta, HALO Legends, and all four Christopher Reeves Superman movies along with Brandon Routh’s Superman Returns.

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Hot Berry-tini Cocktail Recipe featuring Crystal Head Aurora Vodka #spon

Hot Berry-tini Cocktail Recipe featuring Crystal Head Aurora Vodka by zengrrl.com

I recently received a bottle of Crystal Head Aurora for review, and after a taste, I knew I had to try it in one of my favorite recipes, the Hot Berry-tini.

Aurora is the second vodka for the Crystal Head brand, and it comes in a very cool iridescent skull head bottle, as you can see in the photos.

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American Berry Mule Cocktail Recipe

American Berry Mule Cocktail Recipe by zengrrl.com

A traditional Moscow Mule is made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, but I wanted to create a holiday cocktail with a mule base.

I’ve dubbed this one the American Berry Mule, since it still has the vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer, but I add in cran-apple juice. It’s tangy with a touch of sweetness.

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Netflix December 2016 Additions and Departures

Netflix additions and departures for the month

Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in December 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy movie additions include Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War, Blue Jay, and The Angry Birds, along with the Netflix original Spectral. Series to bingewatch include Fuller House – Season 2, Colony – Season 1, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce – Season 2, and Versailles – Season 1.

For the kids, check out Trollhunters – Season 1, Cirque du Soliel: Junior Luna Petunia – Season 1, and The Adventures of Puss In Boots – Season 4.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in December 2016:

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A Taste of #Moana – Pineapple Salsa Recipe #ad #RWM @DisneyMoana

A Taste of Moana - Zengrrl's Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Disney’s Moana hits theaters tomorrow, November 23, so I’m celebrating by sharing my easy recipe for Pineapple Salsa.

The movie takes place among the many islands of Oceania, in the South Pacific, focusing on an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the once-mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder.

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Spiced Amarula Cocktail Recipe

Spiced Amarula Cocktail Recipe by zengrrl.com

Ten years ago, I happened into a African goods store in Naples, Florida, and I was first introduced to Amarula Cream. It was hard to find for a while, but the last few years, it has become widely available.

Amarula Cream is a South African liqueur feauturing the marula fruit. The juice from the ripe marula fruit is fermented, double distilled, then aged for two years in French oak barrels. During the final step, the liqueur is combined with fresh dairy cream.

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Netflix November 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the list of titles coming to Netflix in November 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy movie additions include Jon Favreau’s live action take on the classic Jungle Book, and Richard Linkletter’s award-winning Boyhood.

But the biggest draw this month can be summed up in two words: Gilmore Girls. New episodes begin streaming this month, and mark the first time in almost 10 years that the Gilmore cast has been together on screen.

Here is the complete list of Netflix titles arriving and departing in November 2016:

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Lesser Known Horror Movies Worth Streaming on Netflix for Halloween 2016

Lesser Known Horror Movies Worth Streaming on Netflix for Halloween 2016

Netflix is a treasure trove of movies you’ve never heard of. Some are not that great, but there are quite a few gems, especially in the horror genre.

Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, I’m guessing most of you will be staying home doing the Netflix and Scream thing, instead of going out and partying (hey – isn’t that what this weekend is for?).

If you fall into this category, and are looking for some horror movies beyond the blockbusters, here are my picks for what to stream on Netflix this weekend:

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Book Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Book Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia takes place in Mexico City, but in an alternate universe Earth where in the late-60s, vampires were found to be real. In this story, vampires are barred from entering Mexico City, but a young vamp named Atl has sought refuge there after her family was killed by a rival family of vampires known as Necros.

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Book Review: Satan’s Lambs by Lynn Hightower

Book Review: Satan's Lambs by Lynn Hightower

Satan’s Lambs by Lynn Hightower is taut mystery thriller that pits private detective Lena Padget against a group of Satanists who have kidnapped a child in rural Kentucky. To complicate matters, one of the Devil-worshipers is her former brother-in-law, Jeff. Former because he killed her pregnant sister and two-year-old nephew.

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Netflix October 2016 Additions and Departures

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Here is the full list of titles coming to Netflix in October 2016, as well as the ones that are leaving.

Noteworthy movie additions include Kung Fu Panda 3, and Big Eyes, along with classics like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Breakfast at TIffany’s, Patton, and Once Upon a Time in the West.

Netflix originals of note are Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (concert special), Mascots (the newest mockumentary by Christopher Guest), The Siege of Jadotville (based on the book of the same name), and 7 Años (Netflix’s first original in Spanish).

Also coming this month are the TV series The Flash season 2; Arrow season 4; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow season 1; The Originals season 3; Vampire Diaries season 7; and Dark Matter season 2.

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Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of the 1960 film of the same name…which itself was a remake of a 1954 Japanese film called Seven Samurai.

The basic storyline is that a town is under the thumb of a ruthless bad guy, and seven loners band together to save the town and its people.

This current version updates the story, with director Antoine Fuqua deliberately casting a diverse roster of actors to tell the story, instead of them all being white cowboys. He also further made this film different by changing the names and occupations of the seven, as well as giving the lead female character more to do than be the damsel in distress.

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Book Review: After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson

Book Review:  After She's Gone by Lisa Jackson

If you like mysteries with a slow burn, you’ll like After She’s Gone by Lisa Jackson. The book centers on the Kramer family: Cassie, Allie, and mom Jenna, all actresses. When the sisters were teenagers, a stalker of Jenna’s almost killed them all.

Fast forward to the present, Cassie is a struggling actress, while Allie is a star…a missing star. She failed to show up for shooting a last minute script re-write, and her body double ended up getting shot for real during the scene.

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Book Review: Salem’s Cipher by Jess Lourey

Book Review: Salem's Cipher by Jess Lourey

In Salem’s Cipher by Jess Lourey, Salem and Bel have been friends since childhood. Bel is now a police officer in Chicago, while Salem is a genius cryptanalyst who has been sought after by the world’s top security agencies since she made a quantum computing breakthrough in college. She’s also been an agoraphobe, unable to leave the safety of her comfort zones of work and home since the death of her father.

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