<![CDATA[DayParentDad.com - Dad's Best]]>Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:39:23 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[Hidden Figures Hidden Truth]]>Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:25:07 GMThttp://dayparentdad.com/7/post/2017/02/hidden-figures-hidden-truth.html
I cannot stress strong enough that if you have children you need to run to this movie. Don't walk. Don't crawl. Don't delay. This movie, based on the true story of three mathematicians at NASA, will capture your heart and mind. Addressing discrimination in education, race, and gender, it shows how determination and intelligence can not only be empowering, but can reap success for all of us. It will leave you with chills and one big question, "Why don't the history books teach this?" The truth has never been more hidden.
The incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson - brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Release date: December 25, 2016 (USA)
Originally published: February 15, 2017
DirectorTheodore Melfi
AuthorMargot Lee Shetterly
Box office: 104.9 million USD

Rating: 5 out of 5 Theater Seats
Review By Russell Peterson
Copyright 2017 All Rights Reserved
<![CDATA[Costco Kirkland Olive Oil | Costs Less Taste Great]]>Wed, 11 Feb 2015 03:21:55 GMThttp://dayparentdad.com/7/post/2015/02/costco-kirkland-olive-oil-costs-less-taste-great.html
I've tried so many olive oils I've lost count. Most store brands are not worth the money. There is only one brand I buy now that is both great tasting and affordable: Costco's Kirkland Extra Virgin Olive Oil Toscano. It is strong, but smooth. It works well in my dressings or as a dip for bread. For cooking buy the Kirkland in the large plastic bottle. It works really well with a decent smoking point and wonderful light flavor.
<![CDATA[American Horror Story Freak Show | Jessica Lange Has Reached Mars]]>Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:55:46 GMThttp://dayparentdad.com/7/post/2014/10/american-horror-story-freak-show-jessica-lange-has-reached-mars.html
ABOVE | Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars in American Horror Story Freak Show.
NOTE | This is clearly a show for adults and not children. But moms and dads deserve something to watch too and this looks to be a very creative, (and if you love haunting) exciting show. It is for mature audiences and contains both violence and sexual situations.

Like many, I first saw Jessica Lange in the 1976 remake of King Kong. (Yes, I am that old.) Like many teenage boys, I eagerly awaited to see Jessica Lange's...uh...performance. She was of course beautiful, but the performance...Eh? 

Since Lange was originally from Minnesota, my curiosity continued to peak in her other performances. Much like the Minnesota Scandinavian tradition of saying "no thank you" three times before accepting a cup of coffee, I needed to give Jessica a few shots at proving herself. She began to find herself a few years later during her incredible portrayal of Frances Farmer in Frances. She added to that by taking roles that expanded her range in films such as Cape Fear and Tootsie as well as her portrayal of Patsy Cline. Then she changed venues and played Blanche in a Street Car Named Desire on Broadway. I think all of this prepared her for her ultimate role as the ever changing matriarch in American Horror Story.

I was mesmerized by her performance in the first American Horror Story season. Her range and delivery got better with each year until capping her multiple decades long growth with Wednesday night's apogee performance as Elsa Mars in Freak Show. 
ABOVE | Jessica Lang performs a version of David Bowie's Life On Mars.
I've probably led you astray with my Jessica Lange obsession (please don't find it creepy). The Freak Show ensemble cast is incredible in this show. There are deep performances from Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Evan Peters to name a few. The story line already seems strong. (Why is Twisty the clown collecting children in an old school bus?) The magic of combining Moulin Rouge movie techniques with a mid century aesthetic and multiple stories about desire becoming tragic are phenomenal. But as the big top falls on American Horror Story, a teenage boy had a dream that a beautiful woman would be a spectacular actress and now that he's an old man, she finally is.
American Horror Story Freak Show's first episode gets a five theater seat rating! You can find the current season on FX. Some previous seasons of American Horror Story can be found on Netflix.

By Russell W. Peterson | DayParentDad.com | 10 Oct 14
ABOVE | Introducing American Horror Story Freak Show

<![CDATA[Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie Mix | Our Little Secret]]>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:57:12 GMThttp://dayparentdad.com/7/post/2014/09/betty-crocker-peanut-butter-cookie-mix-our-little-secret.html
I'm going to let you in on a little secret. But, shhhhhh. Don't tell anybody. <whispering...softly> Sometimes I use a packaged mix. <looks over shoulder> Not often, but I've found a few that I really like and can't really do much better. So I just buy them and tuck them away in the back of the cupboard so nobody can see. 

This is probably my all time favorite: Betty Crocker's Peanut Butter Cookie Mix. It just costs a few pennies, really. But honestly, don't tell the ladies at the school fund raiser that I'm cheating with a mix. You can buy it at the grocery store or in bulk here. Make sure you put it in the back of the cupboard and throw a towel over it. You don't want anybody to know our little secret.

<![CDATA[The Hundred-Foot Journey | A Disneyesque Chick Flick With Food]]>Thu, 04 Sep 2014 18:58:34 GMThttp://dayparentdad.com/7/post/2014/09/the-hundred-foot-journey-a-disneyesque-chick-flick-with-food.html
By Russell W. Peterson | DayParentDad.com | 2014

Usually Disney is the one to kill off a parent in the opening scene. This sets up a struggle for a child to survive and achieve greatness. All you need is an evil step mother, a princess and an endearing humorous relative to complete the package. Thus is the set up for The Hundred-Foot Journey: A disneyesque movie for adults with food.

It turns out that the evil restaurateur, Madame Mallory, played consistently by Helen Mirren is actually not that evil. She just wants control and sees potential in a young chef played by Manish Dayal. Same goes for his father masterfully articulated by Om Puri. Charlotte Le Bon, who settles into the princess role as an up and coming sous chef, provides a bit of chic flick romance and tension.

The humorous and mostly believable struggle between Madame Mallory and Papa was the highlight of the movie. The small French town scenes were fun. If only the restaurants had been set there. It would have provided a richer atmosphere and experience. On the other hand it would have made the bicycle journeys in the countryside looking for produce, but finding romance a little more difficult. We also thought the film lingered a bit too long in the techno food world of Paris. More resolution upon returning home could have been an enhancement.

The Trophy Wife and I both actually loved the movie, except for the predictability part. The Hundred-Foot Journey receives 4 out of 5 theater seats.
Images courtesy Dreamworks.

<![CDATA[Silky Saws | Trim Trees Like You're Cutting Through Butter]]>Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:46:54 GMThttp://dayparentdad.com/7/post/2014/09/silky-saws-trim-trees-like-youre-cutting-through-butter.html
My mother in law, who is a rabid gardener, appreciates a good tool. I think after years of being a home economics teacher, preschool leader and homemaker, she should know a good tool. Her yard and gardens show it.

Several years ago, she gave me my first Silky Saw. An incredible device that no homeowner should be without. I can honestly say that I have never had to sharpen that_ saw and it still cuts through limbs like a hot knife sailing through cold butter. It is performance art in action. Just go get one or two or three...

<![CDATA[Fiat 500 | Dad's Best Little Car With Power]]>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:47:42 GMThttp://dayparentdad.com/7/post/2014/09/fiat-500-dads-best-little-car-with-power.html
After a few of our cars met with unfortunate circumstances, we found ourselves in need of an affordable commuter car for the kids. We looked at many cars and ultimately decided on the Fiat 500 Pop. I'm not a car jockey, so if you are looking for a review on the engine size and power or the specifics on the power train or the handling, you'll need to go elsewhere. What I can tell you is that it has been a perfect car for our family. 

I have driven from Minneapolis to Chicago in this car comfortably. The kids use it daily to get to school and activities. And we use it to tool around running errands and such on the weekend. It seats 4 people comfortable. Yes, I was surprised too. The dash is uber hipster stylish which the kids really like and includes a programmable computerized dash and USB port. It gets great gas mileage - around 38 mpg. It has a great storage compartment with fold down back seats for hauling larger items. It is easy to get in and out of all of the seats. It also has a great deal of zip for a little car and merges in and out of traffic on the freeway quite nicely. 

I have only two complaints. We've had to change two tires in the past year due to potholes and road hazards. I also have a hard time remembering that the power window controls are on the inside near the shift stick; not on the doors.

We have the automatic model pictured above in the light green color. I can highly recommend the Fiat 500 Pop as a great all around small car with a big heart and a lot of power. Starting prices are under $20,000.
<![CDATA[Jarred Pasta Sauces | Dad's 5 Best]]>Wed, 06 Aug 2014 23:22:29 GMThttp://dayparentdad.com/7/post/2014/08/jarred-pasta-sauces-dads-5-best.html
By Russell Peterson | DayParentDad.com | August 6, 2014

We area finicky bunch in our house. I think it comes from eating so much fresh and home made food. So, it is unusual when a canned or jarred product gets rave reviews from my family. There are the top five pasta sauces we love with the first one outshining all the others by far because of it's rich complex tomato flavor. The top five in order are:
  1. Kirkland Marinara Sauce from Costco 3/32 oz $9.40
  2. Trader Giotto's Low Fat Tuscano Marinara Sauce from Trader Joe's
  3. Giada de Laurentiis Vegetable Marinara from Target
  4. Newman's Own Tomato and Basil Bombolina
  5. Classico Tomato And Basil