“GO CANADA: Youth Cheer
on Canadian Athletes” will be
running a photo/video blog that
will be hosted on
during the Sochi 2014 Olympic
Winter Games, which will go
live on February 4. Not only will
this blog be viewable to fans
across the country, it will also be
shared with our athletes
competing in Sochi via social
media, and will be running in
Canada Olympic House in the
Olympic Park for Team Canada athletes, staff and family
to view throughout their time in Sochi.
For more details on how you can show your support for
our Canadian athletes, please visit:
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ABC Play, part of the Little
Explorer series.
This app teaches children
about all sorts of different
types of sports and activities
through pictures and videos.
I have no idea how long it's
free so download it now!
Experience the thrill of
victory in an electrifying
Winter Sports competition.
Join Playman in five
exhilarating events. Choose
your favorite character
from 12 different sports
heroes and tackle exciting
competitions separately, or
together to become
Winter Sports 2014
Memory Game
The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
What it's about: The book tells the story of American and
British museum directors, curators, and art historians
who risked their lives to find and save European art
during World War II.
Who's starring: George Clooney is the screenwriter,
director, producer, and star of the film, playing the lead
alongside Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett,
Jean Dujardin, and John Goodman.
Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
What it's about: Set in the 19th century and modern
Manhattan, this epic NYC fantasy goes back and forth
to tell the story of the love that blossoms between a
middle-aged thief and a young wealthy girl who is dying.
Who's starring: Will Smith and Russell Crowe will star in
Winter's Tale.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
What it's about: The author's debut novel is the first book
in a trilogy set in a dystopian Chicago. In the postapocalyptic society, people have divided themselves into
five factions, each based on one core value. When 16year-old Tris finds out she falls into more than one
faction, she chooses "Dauntless" but still struggles.
Who's starring: Shailene Woodley is playing Tris, and
Theo James is playing Tobias.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
What it's about: A teenage girl, Hazel, fights terminal
cancer and falls for Augustus, a boy who also has cancer.
Who's starring: The cast includes Shailene Woodley and
Ansel Elgort as the leads in the film adaptation.
The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C.
What it's about: When an Indian family moves to France
and opens a restaurant across the street from
a Michelin-starred French eatery,
tension builds among families as they
struggle with loyalty. Who's starring:
Helen Mirren will star as chef
Madame Mallory opposite Manish
Dayal and Om Puri, while Steven
Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet
Blake are producing.
Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
What it's about: Similar to works by
Roald Dahl, the middle-grade-level
book is set in Ratbridge, a place where strange, quirky
creatures like boxtrolls and cabbage heads live beneath
the city. When a boy named Arthur uncovers an evil
plot, he enlists the help of odd allies.
Who's starring: The animated adaptation, The Boxtrolls,
features the voices of Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle
Fanning, and Tracy Morgan.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
What it's about: This tightly woven novel is told from two
perspectives: that of a husband whose wife suddenly
goes missing and from the missing wife herself.
Who's starring: Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike are
playing Nick and Amy — see who else is in the cast.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
What it's about: This novel follows a young girl who's been
in a terrible accident. After the trauma, 17-year-old Mia
can't remember what happened, but she slowly tries to
put all the pieces together in her mind.
Who's starring: Chloë Moretz will be starring as Mia in
the film adaptation.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
What it's about: Cheryl Strayed details her physical and
emotional journey along the Pacific Coast Trail in the
wake of losing her mother.
Who's starring: Reese Witherspoon is playing the lead
role, and Laura Dern is playing Cheryl's mother.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
What it's about: The first in a young adult trilogy, the sci-fi
book follows a young protagonist, Thomas, as he
navigates a fantasy world called the Glade. With a group
of other boys, they must solve the mystery of the maze
they're in while dodging monsters and other danger.
Who's starring: Dylan O'Brien is playing Thomas.
MOVIES continued...
Trash by Andy Mulligan
What it's about: When three boys in a third world country
discover something valuable in a trash heap, they find
themselves at the heart of a major mystery.
Who's starring: Rooney Mara will play an NGO worker
and Martin Sheen has signed on for the role of Father
Juilliard, with newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis,
and Gabriel Weinstein to play the three boys.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
What it's about: In the third Hunger Games book, Katniss
fights against the corrupt Capitol from within District 13.
Who's starring: Jennifer Lawrence and other franchise cast
members will reprise their roles in the first half of the
One Fat Summer by Robert Lipsyte
What it's about: A boy named Bobby Marks struggles with
his dysfunctional family, his absent best friend, and a local
bully when he spends the summer at a lake house.
Who's starring: In the film adaptation, called Measure of a
Man, Christina Hendricks will star as the mother of
Bobby, who will be played by Riley Griffiths.
The Jungle Book by Joseph Rudyard Kipling
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
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Red Velvet Cupcakes
What you'll need
1-1/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon liquid red food coloring
2 cups icing sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
additional candies or decorating sugar for topping
How to make it
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place 10 paper liners into
the cups of a muffin pan.
In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat
together the oil, sugar, egg, vinegar, vanilla and food
coloring until combined.
Hot Pizza Dip
What you'll need
1, 8 ounce package of reduced fat cream
cheese, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup of pizza sauce
Pizza toppings of your choice such as
pepperoni, olives, ham, bacon, pineapple.
How to make it
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease
a 9-inch pie plate.
Place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl
and add the garlic powder and Italian
seasoning. Whisk until combined. Spread
the mixture in the bottom of the
prepared pie plate.
Toss the mozzarella cheese and cheddar
cheese together.
In a smaller bowl, stir together the flour and baking
soda. Add to the egg mixture, in two or three
additions alternately with the buttermilk, beating well
after each.
Spread half the mixture on top of the
cream cheese. Spread the pizza sauce
over the cheese, then top with the
remaining cheese.
Spoon the batter into the 10 paper liners, dividing the
batter evenly among them.
Spread the toppings you have chosen
evenly over the top of the cheese, as you
would a pizza. Bake for 20-25 minutes,
or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Serve immediately with bread slices or
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick poked
into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean.
Remove from pan and let cool thoroughly.
Meanwhile, make the icing. In a medium bowl with
an electric mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add
the icing sugar gradually, in 3 or 4 additions, beating
very well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add
the milk or cream, one tablespoon at a time, beating
well, until the icing is creamy and spreadable -- the
more you beat this, the better it will be. Add food
coloring, if using it, beating it in gradually until the
icing is tinted the way you like it.