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12:16 PM - 01/21/2009

The topic: Oliver & Company


The Disney flick.

I’ve never seen it.  I just checked my stash of Disney VHS videos and there it is.  Still in the shrink wrap covered package.   [cool smile]

We’ve got lots of Disney VHS movies, Brian’s aunt and uncle owned a video store once upon a time, back before VHS movies were affordable.  Then the big video rental places started, you know, like Blockbuster, the prices of movies dropped and there was no longer a place for their store and they went out of business, liquidating their stock.

I got one each of the Disney videos they had (if I didn’t already have it). I think they sold them to me for a buck a video.  Nepotism.  *laughing*  I’ve even got the famous “Little Mermaid” with its questionable cover art. 

After that, if a video came out that we didn’t have, I bought it.  And it appears that I bought Oliver & Company to add to our collection.  But I never watched it.

A Musical Gang of Animal Outcasts inspired by the story of Oliver Twist! On February 3rd, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release OLIVER AND COMPANY: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION on DVD! Oliver, an adorable stray kitten (voiced by Joey Lawrence), takes Manhattan by storm leading a pack of resourceful pooches (voiced by Billy Joel, Robert Loggia, and Bette Midler) against a would-be kidnapper. Disney’s 27th full-length animated film features original songs performed by Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Huey Lewis and Barry Manilow. Bonus material includes animated shorts, A History of Animals in Disney Films featurette, and much more!

Well, somehow I got invited to review videos last year, Disney videos with kitty cats in them (cats rule, dude!) and I get advanced notice about upcoming videos and if I’m interested in reviewing what they’ve got, I just respond to the invite.  And I got the 20th Anniversary Edition of Oliver & Company on Monday. 

So, as soon as my cleaning chores are done today (like that ever happens), I’m going to pop this puppy in the DVD player and watch it!

Review to follow.

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09:29 AM - 01/21/2009
Wii Fit says I'm down .2 lbs

The topic: Last night we had


stuffed bell peppers with Mexican rice and pinto beans on the side (note to self: get more long grained white rice, brown rice wasn’t quite it for Mexican rice).

So, I ask Brian if he has any input on tonight’s dinner. He said “how about chicken?”  Okay, chicken it is. 

I get out my handy dandy allrecipes cookbook (the book is "tried and true favorites top 300 recipes")and found a recipe that look pretty simple and pretty good.  Since I’ve decided I want to try my hand at cooking again (at least until it’s too hot to cook), a nice thing is a full pantry.  Gives me more choices on what I can make.

So for tonight’s dinner I will be making Tomato Chicken Parmesan.  I won’t use as many chicken breasts as they call for, I’ll only do four, which should take care of one night of leftovers.

Tomato Chicken Parmesan


  • 2 eggs, beaten
    1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    7 ounces seasoned bread crumbs
    6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    12 ounces pasta sauce
    6 slices Monterey Jack cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)

    2. Pour beaten eggs into a shallow dish or bowl. In another shallow dish or bowl, mix together the grated Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Dip chicken breasts into beaten egg, then into bread crumb mixture to coat.

    3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add coated chicken and sauté for about 8 to 10 minutes each side, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.

    4. Pour tomato sauce into a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Add chicken, then place a slice of Monterey Jack cheese over each breast, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is completely melted.

I’m also thinking about making a loaf of walnut raisin bread.  Since we’re not bringing sweets into the house, I thought maybe Brian would like to make some toast for an evening snack.  To have with his hot cocoa.


Din was very good, we have a new entry into the rotation…  Click “but there’s more” to see pictures and get my thoughts on what I’d do differently next time.

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