Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

  Today is Halloween, one of my favorite holidays.  Wll I love all holidays, any excuse to have a party and dress up and Im for it. This past weekend me and Mr.M had some friends over for an impromtu Halloween party. We weren't going to have one this year because most of the people we know are out of town currently, so I just figured everyone had plans. I was wrong, that is what happens when you assume and don't ask. I tried to go for a black and white Pleasantville look. That makeup is so hard to work with so I ended up looking more like a fresh zombie.
Mr.M as David Lee Roth
 (I know all of you ladies are so jealous right now)
The Brawny paper towel guy who was captured by pirates.
My awesome friend went as a sugar skull!
I could NOT stop staring at her makeup

I lovveeddd her costume, so creative and inexpensive. What did everyone do for halloween weekend or does anyone have plans tonight? We are just passing out candy to the trick or treaters and watching another Tim Burton Movie Nightmare Before Christmas. I remember I first saw that movie in theatres and it scared the poo out of me, literally I pooed my pants.
Happy Halloween everyone! Be safe and send me all of your candy.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blending is the Secret..

I am back! Whew that trip was a whirlwind, I will have some pics to post soon, promise! Now back to this blog, so I usually do a classic movie review along with some stills and maybe a video. With the holiday season approaching I am currently obsessed with Tim Burton, and my favorite film of his is Edward Scissorhands. 


I love this movie! It is about a creator who is in the process of making Edward (Johnny Depp) and he dies before he is complete. Edward has lived alone for a long time until a local neighbor takes him in. I love the imagery they play with as well as the characters. This was Vincent Price's last role before he passed away. The role of the creator was specifically written for him.

Vincent Price
I wouldn't mind hanging my hat there *drools*

I remember watching this in grade school and the scariest thing to me, was the actual neighborhood.
To me, it is still creepy to matching cars and houses.

Well that is it for now, hopefully I can get caught up and get my blogs I have been working on to load on the actual computer. Everyone have a great Hump Day!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hop, Swing and a Jump Away

There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror. ~Orson Welles

I can say that quote is definately true for me. That being said, I won't be on a plane but I am taking a trip a few states away for a bit of work and a bit of R&R. So this week on my blog is going to be a bit scattered but I will try my best. So thinking of traveling on the open road it got me thinking, has anyone ever seen an airstream trailer? I have seen one in real life. I am so in love with them but oy vey, they are $$$$$. Without further ado here are some lovely vintage photos related to travel.

This is how I *dream* of looking while going on a trip.
Don't they look fabolous?

Trivia Time!

Judy Garland had a tremendous fear of flying and would travel by train, car or ship.

I will try my best to keep up with the lovely blogs I follow while gone and be able to comment when I return. Hopefully  I will get some good road pictures and the like to share!
Have a fabulous Saturday!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's that time again..

 Starring Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron

I have to admit I am biased, I love anything with Fred Astaire in it. His acting, singing and most of all his choreography just gets me everytime. The plot consists of a successful millionare who anonymously sponsors a young french girl to attend college in the states. During her time at college she writes her sponsor and falls in love with him, but he never reads the letters and shows up at a dance 3 years later. The dancing is amazing, there are some dream sequences which I just adore.
Some of the dream sequence shots

I love any movie with costume changes and a dance number. I think it's because it really is fantasy and light hearted.
 Here is a bit of trivia related to the movie Daddy Long Legs;
Fred Astaire's wife of 21 years died of lung cancer right before filming was to take place. He was convinced to continue with the movie, and inbetween takes he would go to his trailer and cry his eyes out.
Leslie Caron in real life is a ballet dancer and was discovered by Gene Kelly.
Fred Astaire personally requested that Leslie Caron be in the role.
Everyone have a great Tuesday! Im almost 100% better from the flu, woot!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Happy Happy Birthday

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend. Currently I have the flu, my hubby gave it to me on Saturday afternoon(he's so sweet in that way) Anywho this past weekend was my hubby's birthday so I have a few photos from the weekend. On Friday we went bowling and then on Saturday we had a little get together to celebrate!
The birthday boy!
About to start bowling!
My dear friend Mrs.T
Mr and Mrs.T
Nachos!!! I love bowling alley nachos, I can't help it.
There are some more pics from the weekend but I didn't want to do a pic heavy post.
Remember tomorrow is Classic Movie Tuesday!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Happy hump day kids! Now for another recipe. Im not too keen on making up fancy food names,when it is what it is, know what im sayin? This is an easy crockpot meal. It is one that I make in the fall and winter months and when I'm a lazy ass and dont have many ingredients available.

Sausages and Split Pea Soup
(Same crockpot)

Now I will be the first to admit that I never liked pea soup much. Most of the time it is pureed until it resembles baby food. It was always the texture never the taste that I had a problem with. So this is my remedy for that and for my hubby who also isn't a fan of the baby food texture pureed soups have.
 So You will need split peas, I get the ones with the fake ham packet, but I never use the packet.
Sweet sausages or you can get any kind of sausages you like, just make sure they arent smoked.
parsley, tarragon,pepper, salt, minced garlic.
Half of an onion (white or yellow) rough chop.

1. Pour 1 cup of rinsed peas in crockpot, add 2 cups of hot water.

2. Add the chopped onion, then add all of the seasonings. I don't measure, so I took a pic of the amount I use.

As you can see, on the left is about the amount I use for all of the seasonings, on the right is the salt, keep in mind that I use sea salt, if you use table salt reduce it by half.
3. Add the sausages, I do 3 for two people. put the cover on the crockpot and put it on low for a minimum of 4 hours. Then it will be ready to eat.

 Mmm Mmm good. For some reason it isn't as bright and appetizing in the photo.
I will work on it.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Let Me Entertain You

Happy Tuesday Dolls. I apologize for the lack of posts these past few days, there was quite a bit going on this weekend and the hubby had a few extra days off so quality time was definately spent. Now on to the second installment of Classic Movie Tuesdays.
 Straight from 1945 supporting the war effort is Anchors Aweigh! Starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson.
The plot is...light..Two Navy buddies on leave in Los Angeles, one is naive(Frank Sinatra) and the other is more experienced in the ways of the world(Gene Kelly.) There are some great dance numbers as well as beautiful costumes.
Kathryn Grayson and Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra

The movie is in Technicolor! I don't know about you, but I like black and white and color movies. Some of the 1920's films are a bit hard to watch due to lighting and the technology they had at the time. There is a very famous scene with Jerry Mouse and Gene Kelly dancing together. Family Guy even spoofed the scene in one of their episodes. Below is a video of the scene. On the left is the Family Guy spoof and on the right is the original.

An interesting bit of trivia, Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra were the same height, Gene Kelly had was 30 lbs heavier and all of it was muscle.
 If anyone has any requests about a particular movie feel free to just ask! Everyone have a great Tuesday.


Monday, October 10, 2011

Another Manic Monday

I had planned to post a few blogs this weekend, but wasn't able to because we(hubby and friends) have been painting the kitchen and living room, alllll weekend long, and we still arent finished. So once the painting is caught up, which should be by the end of today, I will post my blogs again. Everyone have a great week!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hump Day Cookin'

I hope everyone's week is going well. Every Wednesday I will be posting a new recipe whether it be a dessert, snack or main dish. Today is going to be something easy with little fuss.

Chicken Wings & Dummies!

Usually Hot wings and drumsticks  have a light flour coating and are fried, fried and then fried some more. For me it is easier and just as tasty to bake them in the oven.

What you will need:

1. A package of wings with attached drumsticks. *If you would like to purchase already separated wings and drumsticks, feel free!

2. Aluminum foil, cooking spray or olive oil, knife, cutting board, 2 cookie sheets, pepper, garlic salt, and wing sauce of your choice.

*The pepper and garlic salt are optional, if you would like to use other seasoning or none at all, go for it. This recipe is easily interchangeable.
Now on to pictures....WARNING!!! Pictures of raw chicken are just gross looking, to me at least. Moving on...
So this is what an attached drum and wing look like. Place the wing/drum on the cutting board and take out your knife. Before cutting the chicken, Preheat the oven to 375.

Cut here and...
here.. You want to cut in between the joints, so you dont dull your knife or have chicken shrapnel all over you. Discard what is left or you can freeze them in a bag and boil them for home made chicken stock.
Next, line the cookie sheets with the aluminum foil and then using cooking spray or olive oil, lightly coat the foil. On a side note, I look like I have an E.T. finger(hoommeee)
For some reason I separate the wings and drums from eachother. You can mix them up it wont make any difference cooking or taste wise. Anywhoser, so put the chicken on the foil and if you choose to put any type of seasoning on them , now is the time.

I went with the cracked pepper and garlic salt combo, I know I know it's a bit fancy but damnit Im a classy kinda gal.
Now put the chicken in the oven on 375 for 30 minutes. Then take them out, and flip all of the chicken to the other side, bake for another 30 minutes.
When they come out of the oven they will be lightly crisp. If you really like crispy chicken add another 15 minutes to the cooking time.

Once ready I smother and cover them in my favorite locally produced wing sauce. I have another wing sauce that I make when I want something with a little spice.

Texas Pete Wing Sauce
All you need is Texas Pete hot sauce and a stick of butter.
1. Melt butter in microwave about 20 seconds
2. add 1/2cup of Hot sauce
3. Mix and smother with wings
Ta-da! quick and easy.

Voila! Ready to eat! Don't they just look delicious?
In the words of Julia Child- Bon apetit!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Classic Movie Tuesdays

I have always been a fan of classic movies usually anything over 50 years old is fair game.  For the past few months I have been obsessing over Miss. Ava Gardner.
"Most Beautiful Animal"
I just think she is gorgeous and I love watching her movies. If you're only going to watch one Ava Gardner movie I highly recommend this 1954 classic, The Barefoot Contessa .  The movie also stars Humphrey Bogart (what a voice). The story is about a woman named Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) and her rise to fame. She finds prince charming, but realizes all too late that all is not what it seems. Beautiful costumes, wonderful scenery, just all around great. 
I love movie posters, don't you?

A still from The Barefoot Contessa

Below is one of my favorite scenes from the movie. In real life she loved to dance and be around everyone famous or not. It didn't matter to her, she just loved being around people. Tell me what you all think of Classic Movie Tuesdays.

I was thinking about doing an installment of Movie Star Thursdays. Where I can reccomend books and movies about a particular actor or actress and some fun facts. Let me know what everyone thinks. Have a good week!