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Thursday, January 15, 2015

MasterChef Junior Giveaway

It's hard to find shows to watch with the kids right now. At 10 and 7, their tastes and ours don't mesh very often. So we were excited to hit on something that we could all agree on: MasterChef Junior. Bob and I have been watching various Gordon Ramsey shows for years, particularly relishing the uncensored British series, which made it hard for us to imagine he could tone down his famously pottymouthed persona for such young competitors.

MasterChef Junior gives the best junior home cooks in America the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. Each episode, host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot on the MasterChef Junior judging panel.

The season premiered on Tuesday, January 6th with 19 contestants showing off their kitchen skills. These kids made their own pasta, then created sauces for them. From scratch. For real. And with enviable precision and spectacular plating. We were duly impressed. The kids are all amazing and Gordon is remarkably sweet with them. The whole show makes you want to get into the kitchen as a family and practice chiffonades, or something.

MasterChef Junior Season 3 airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on FOX. To celebrate the season, they've put together ‘warm winter’ kits containing everything you need to bundle up with family and whip up a steaming cup of decadent hot chocolate to settle in for a night in front of the TV watching America’s most talented young chefs. In addition to a selection of ingredients to make your own gourmet hot chocolate, the kit will also include recipes for delicious as well as a blank recipe card so you can jot down your own family favorite or let the show inspire a new masterpiece.

They've graciously provided me with a kit for our family, as well as a kit to give away to one of my readers– US only, please. The kit contains MasterChef Junior mugs, hot chocolates on a stick, various toppings and recipe cards. (FYI the hot chocolates on a stick are awesome stirred into coffee…)

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In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and the WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I received samples to facilitate this review, but no compensation was provided. All opinions are, as usual, strictly my own.

Astroblast! Rockets On To Sprout TV

Sometimes I get a little depressed that the kids are getting older. Not because I have rabid baby lust but because I love all the trappings of the 0-5 world: picture books, teensy tiny clothes, educational television programming. When Roo and Jasper were little, nobody would question me having Sprout on all day, for example.

Anyway, I don't really write about little kid stuff as often anymore, but I had to pass along this Scholastic-Sprout collaboration. With that pedigree, it's not hard to imagine how smart and kid-friendly the new show Astroblast! would be, but you just have to see how cool and cute the CGI animation is:

Astroblast! premieres Monday, January 19, at 1pm on Sprout.

Astroblast! follows the zany adventures of Comet, Halley, Sputnik, Radar and Jet, a crew of animals who run the Astroblast Space Station, the coolest hangout in the galaxy, all under the watchful eye of Sal the Octopus. Along with a constantly changing cast of quirky visitors from other planets, the Astroblast Space Station gang cooks up the perfect recipe for promoting positive relationships, self-esteem, good nutrition and physical activity.

Astroblast! is inspired by the Scholastic books of the same name by award-winning author/illustrator Bob Kolar, and every episode offers fun stories with age-appropriate messages about friendship and self-awareness. Like many of Scholastic Media’s popular TV series, Astroblast!is also a perfect choice for kids and families to tune-in to together – and its humor will have viewers of all ages laughing along.