Movies I haven't commented on yet:
TRON: Legacy (2010) - 3D IMAX ... It Was Awesome! I have heard a lot of people complain about this movie, but personally, I really enjoyed it. We saw it opening day and we weren't disappointed. I went into it looking for a high tech action movie, and I wasn't looking for a remake or continued story line. I just wanted a good movie, and that's what I got. Will it be as impressive when I buy it on DVD and watch it on my little TV? I don't know, but I will own it anyway.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010) - Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart. This movie was so amusing. The whole video game/comic book feel to it was great. John and I both really enjoyed it.
Family Guy: It's A Trap! (2010) - Family Guy's version of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi was terrible. There were parts that were funny, parts that were offensive, and parts that were just plain stupid. I don't suggest watching this one.
What did we do last week:
Well, I cleaned out my side of the closet. Unfortunately there is still a lot that needs to go. I would look through and even though I know that shirt doesn't fit I love the color and "I'll lose weight and it will fit again." but we all know that that isn't how it goes. I just need to let go of that pretty pink shirt and those Old Navy shirts that I loved that just don't quite button over the abundant bosom that I have. I just need to let them go and realize that IF (when) I lose the weight I can just buy new clothes. And that's fun ... right? So Tonight it's back to the closet to pull out more stuff and pass it on to those who need it more than I do.
Last Friday was February 11th and it was Lucy's 4th Birthday. I can't believe that she's four years old... (but that also means that I can't believe it's been almost two years since Lariann passed away.) Scott and Ariane had Lucy's party on Saturday since all us adults (me, john, rachel, devin, ariane and scott) went to see Spamalot on Friday night. (More about that in a moment) She wanted a Star Wars party so she got one. I was given the opportunity to make Lucy's cake. Scott just wanted to buy one, and Ariane thought it would be fun to make one, and then I offered my services. It was R2-D2 and I must say it turned out fantastic. Lucy was super excited for her cake. R2 is her favorite Star Wars character, and I was more than happy to oblige. It was two layers one chocolate layer and one yellow layer with chocolate frosting in the middle.
How To Draw Cartoons Online and the step by step instructions were very helpful. I'm sure I'll use it again another day for another cake. I used my Wilton frosting tips 2, 16, and 18 to do the stars and striping and outlining, and I also used a few frosting bags with just the tip cut off for some of the outlines and details. I learned three things while making this cake.
For my new recipe last week I made S'mores. Here is the recipe:
S’More Bars Recipe
Prep Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 30 to 35 mins
1 stick of butter, room temperature
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 king-sized milk chocolate bars
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme/fluff
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (7 full-sized graham cracker sheets, processed till fine)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. Use an electric mixer to cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Set aside. Meanwhile,whisk together flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture until combined. Divide dough in half and press half of dough into an even layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.
Place chocolate bars over dough. 2 king-sized Hershey’s bars should fit perfectly side by side.
Spread chocolate with marshmallow creme or fluff. Place remaining dough in a single layer on top of the fluff (most easily achieved by flattening the dough into small shingles and laying them together). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until lightly browned. Be sure to cool completely before cutting into bars. Makes 16 squares.
I think I used too much marshmallow cream, and I over cooked it. So this wasn't as good as I wanted them to be. Maybe you'll have more luck with them. John and I each had one and that was it.
This weeks new recipe... I went for something easy... and we love it:
Italian Cream Soda
1 cup Italian Syrup Flavor (Choose your favorite: Vanilla, Cherry, Orange, Raspberry, Almond, Hazelnut or Caramel)
1/2 cup Half & Half or Heavy Cream
2 1/2 cups Club Soda
Ice (as needed)
Whipped cream (if desired)
MIX ingredients and serve over ice.
ADD a whipped cream garnish to make it more special!
Being a non-alcohol drinker it seems a stretch sometimes to come up with a tasty fun drink and this is my favorite thing to get when I go to any Italian restaurant (or anywhere that serves this drink.) What could be more fun than to make them at home?! The Italian syrup can be found in the coffee/tea aisle at the grocery store. My local Fresh Market didn't have a great selection so I bought strawberry flavor even though I really wanted orange. But I made-do with the strawberry. This is a yummy fun drink ... just remember to include a nice straw to drink and stir it with.