Hallmark's "The Baker's Son" Movie QUIZ!

Starring:  Eloise Mumford and Brant Daugherty 

Released:  2021

Summary:  When a baker who is known for his brilliantly made bread loses his magic touch, the local islanders panic over their loss and turn to the man's true love for help.

Childhood friends, adult sweethearts.  Image: Crown Media

Mayor Seeks To Revitalize Windward

Tourism is down in Windward, so Mayor Walter plans a Pioneer Days Festival to celebrate the island's 200th anniversary.

Mayor Walter Rasmussen is played by Haig Sutherland  Image: Crown Media

When Mrs. Dean brings a ballet troupe to Windward, it's just the break the town needs.  Mrs. Dean pulls a few strings, and the news media arrives to cover the story of a ballet company being in town.  

Matt Duval (Daugherty) is instantly smitten with the lead ballerina, Nicole (who is a real-life ballerina, by the way).  His infatuation inspires him to bake the best bread of his life.  When the TV crew tastes it, they are impressed enough to mention it in their broadcast, and it's just the plug the town needs.  

Nicole is played by real-life ballerina, Maude Green.  Image: Crown Media

Travelers flock to Windward for Matt's magic bread, but when Nicole decides to pursue her career instead of a life in Windward with Matt, his bread loses its flavor, and the townsfolk panic.  Patrons are leaving the bland bread on their plates, so residents hatch a plan to help Matt fall in love again so he can return to making his acclaimed bread that will boost their local industries.

Best Friends?

Annie McBride has been Matt's best friend since grade school, and they schedule a weekly movie night together, which strikes Matt's ex-girlfriend as weird.  They both consider their relationship platonic, at least until Matt is charmed by Nicole.  At that point, it dawns on Annie that she's loved him all along.  Since it hurts too much to be in the same community and watch Matt fall for another woman, Annie decides to sell her business and move away.  

Image: Crown Media

Matt is perplexed by Annie's cold shoulder, finds himself a little jealous when Annie starts dating Philip (the ballet director), and he is gutted when he learns she's leaving town.  The thought of losing her jolts him into the realization that she's his true love.  To prove it, he bakes bread again, and it's his best yet.  He rushes to the ferry to stop her from leaving, but it appears he's too late.  Lucky for him, Annie is still at the dock waiting for the next ferry, they declare their love, and all ends happily.

Does Windward Really Exist?

The Washington island town of Windward is fictional.  The movie was filmed mostly in a Vancouver Island.

For more information on where the various scenes were shot in Vancouver, check out this interesting article.  

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You Can Catch Mumford & Daugherty In These Hallmark Movies

Eloise Mumford:

Christmas with Holly (2012)

Just in Time for Christmas (2015)

A Veteran's Christmas (2018)

Brant Daugherty

Mingle All the Way (2018)

Timeless Love (2019)

FUN FACT:  When Daugherty was filming the dock scene for The Baker's Son, his wife gave birth to their first son!  They named the baby Wilder David.  You can read more about it here.  

Hallmark's "Sweet Carolina" & "Winter in Vail"-Which Is Your Favorite?

Starring:  Lacey Chabert and Tyler Hynes

Sweet Carolina Summary:  A busy marketing executive returns to her childhood home in order to become a guardian to her niece and nephew, and she also reconnects with an ex-boyfriend.  (Released 2021)

Winter in Vail Summary:  A woman inherits a house in Vail, Colorado, and soon stumbles across a man she develops a connection with, and together, the two of them put on a festival. (Released 2020)

Winter in Vail-Image: Crown Media

Sweet Carolina-Image:  Crown Media

Which Story Is More Unique?

Winter in Vail was a resounding success when it aired during Winterfest in 2020.  Fans were enthralled with the chemistry, especially the final kiss between Lacey Chabert and Tyler Hynes when they were on the deck looking at the stars.

Image:  Crown Media

While many Hallmark movies incorporate a town festival, the Strudel Fest in this movie is really unique.  Chelsea learns her Uncle Grady had been a pastry chef, known for his legendary strudel, and she finds his special recipe. Baking is a recurrent Hallmark theme, but working strudel dough until it is thin enough to read through is far different than the usual sugar cookie baking and decorating.  

Chabert's characters have inherited estates before--think All of My Heart and Love on Safari--but the Colorado setting is so quaint, especially the location of the chalet.  The downtown doesn't allow cars and is pedestrian traffic only--another added nuance.

Making strudel sounds like a lot of work!  Image:  Crown Media

Chelsea and Owen go tubing down the mountain after riding to the top on a gondola--an activity we don't see nearly as often as carriage rides, ice skating, and camp fires.  It's one of the first times where a delicious cup of hot chocolate is referred to as winter in a cup.

Chelsea and Owen go snow tubing.  Image:  Crown Media

When Sweet Carolina premiered, fans were expecting more of the same sizzle they enjoyed with Winter in Vail, but the pressure was on because Hynes had just starred in It Was Always You, which ended up being a tough act to follow.  Online reviews show Winter in Vail holds a slight edge over Sweet Carolina.

Sweet Carolina is a poignant story about a woman, Josie, losing both her sister and brother-in-law and unexpectedly being named the guardian of her niece and nephew.  The movie is heartfelt and shows the realistic struggle a family faces in a custody shift resulting from a traumatic circumstance.  No one pretends to be happy.  The viewer is moved by the grief, loss, and upheaval experienced by Josie's family, but the story isn't a downer because it ultimately inspires hope.

One of the best lines from the movie is memories that make you cry now will make you smile later.  If you've lost a loved one, you know that statement is very true.

Josie gives her niece a charm for her mother's bracelet, but it makes her sad instead of happy. Image:  Crown Media

The only issue is that this story line is stale.  It's hard to keep track of the number of Hallmark movies that feature orphans being adopted by someone else--sometimes a family member, sometimes a stranger.  Who knew young parents died so often!

The scene where Josie and the kids are baking in the kitchen and throw flour at each other is also redundant in Hallmark movies.  Who does that anyway?  No one.  

If anyone threw that much flour at me, I wouldn't be smiling, and they'd have a wooden spoon up their rear.  Image:  Crown Media

As we watch the family advance through the stages of grief towards healing, we enjoy a few comedic respites.  Josie and Cooper trade jabs with playful banter, and it's fun.  Josie embarrasses herself when she thinks Cooper is planning to propose but learns he actually wants to borrow her dad's van for games.  At the end, she only agrees to go on a date with him if he makes the basketball shot that keeps eluding him--he doesn't make it, but admits she's a sucker for a guy with a whistle.

Josie and Cooper relive some of their best high school moments--that type of nostalgia is very relatable to viewers.

Chelsea and Cooper are back in their high school, but this time as adults instead of students. Image: Crown Media

The disappointing final kiss in Sweet Carolina cannot be overstated.  It pales in comparison to the kiss in Winter in Vail.  Maybe COVID has made everyone a little more germ-conscious because this is one in a long line of recent Hallmark movies where kisses are little more than a brief peck, with the actors clamping their lips tightly shut.  This needs to stop.  Viewers love the story, but we eagerly await the final kiss, and it needs to be a doozie.

Just when you think the kiss is going to be epic, if fizzles.  Image:  Crown Media

Both movies allow the female leading character to uproot her life with her portable career and connect with the male leading actor, who is the town native.

Although I enjoy both movies, Winter in Vail is my favorite.  The story is fresher and less cliche. Below, vote for which one YOU think is best.  

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What Hallmark Movies Have Been Released To DVD In 2021 So Far?

Hallmark DVD's Released Through Amazon In 2021

When you see a new Hallmark movie for the first time and love it, you cross your fingers and hope Hallmark will release it to DVD.  Not all movies make it to video.  

Multiple vendors distribute Hallmark DVD's, so sometimes Walmart or Target will offer a movie before Amazon does.

These Hallmark DVD's can be ordered through Amazon.

For the purpose of this post, we are sharing which Hallmark movies have been released on DVD through Amazon so far in 2021, including those that are currently available for pre-order.

You will notice a few movies are older releases, but they are being bundled with other movies to form a thematic set.

January 2021

January saw a bumper crop of Hallmark movies coming to DVD--something for everyone!



February 2021

A little Aurora Teagarden mystery along with Niall Matter and Jessy Schram performing country music graced our February.


March 2021

Lacey Chabert and Brennan Elliott plus Jesse Metcalf and Autumn Reeser equals great entertainment!


April 2021

Paul Campbell, Kimberly Sustad, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Robert Buckely star in April's DVD releases.


May 2021

Luke MacFarlane graces two of May's releases along with Kavan Smith and Brant Daugherty and their respective lady loves.


June 2021

If you are collecting all the Evergreen movies, you can add the most recent one to your shelf.  You'll find more mystery releases, a wedding themed combo pack, and the complete Cedar Cove series.



July 2021

July releases include several double feature combo packs, such as Valentine and royalty themed sets.



August 2021

It Was Always You is one of the hottest Hallmark movies of 2021 featuring everyone's beloved heart throb, Tyler Hynes.  Fans aren't enthused about Italia Ricci in Don't Go Breaking My Heart, but Ryan Paevey fans love watching him in the movie anyway.  


September 2021

Visit Ireland from the comfort of your own couch with As Luck Would Have It; grab the Kleenex box for Sweet Carolina; and enjoy the amazing chemistry between Andrew Walker and Nikki Deloach while learning more about maple syrup in Sweet Autumn


October 2021

Fans were a little ambivalent about Right in Front of Me, starring Marco Grazzini and Janel Parrish, but nonetheless, it will be released in the fall.


November 2021

So far, here are the DVD's we know will be released in November.


More Hallmark DVD's To Come

Hallmark will undoubtedly delight us by bringing more of our favorite movies to DVD before 2021 comes to an end.  Be sure to check back--we will update this list so you will be sure not to miss out on ordering the ones you want!

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