Monthly Archives: January 2013

Let’s Go See A Moooovie

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Bon soir mes amis!
As you know (or maybe not), while I was away in France for 4 months… I never watched television. I would see the occasional movie, but pretty much my boob tube watching was kept to an absolute minimum. I had better things to do anyway — like read or I don’t know, explore Europe?!

Regardless, now that I’m back on my home turf, televisions are everywhere, just begging to be watched! I’m sure the amount I actually sit down and watch television is still way less than average (books>>>), but I feel like I’ve seen a lot of movies lately. So, being the wonderful specimen that I am ūüėČ I figured I would share with you the titles, and a quick little synopsis in case you feel like you want to learn more.

Savages
Savages

This is not a movie for the faint of heart. It’s a film about Blake Lively and her two (yes, two) boyfriends who run into some issues with the Mexican Drug Cartel considering that lovely greenery, Marijuana. I would probably give it a 6.


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The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-ManI just finished watching this, like… 30 minutes ago. It has some twists in it with the usual dose of action, and Emma Stone is a pretty cool gal, but I don’t think I would rank this one as being better than the original. A 6 for this one, too.


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Django

Django UnchainedThis movie is freaking gnarly; I’m serious. You can’t expect any slave movie to be clean sans sang… especially a Quentin Tarantino film with Jamie Foxx and Leo DiCaprio. It was close to three-hours long, and each minute was packed with action. I enjoyed myself during this movie, and Christoph Waltz was probably my favorite. 9 for Django.


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Les Miserables

Les MiserablesHow could I not like this movie… the title is French! Not to mention I am a huge sucker for Victor Hugo’s book; but that also meant that I had high expectations. Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe did splendid in character, and Amanda Seyfriend’s role was better fitting than Karen from Mean Girls. I love musicals so I’m kind of partial to this, but even if you don’t enjoy that genre, check it out! Les Mis landing with an 8 for me.


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Exit Through The Gift Shop

Exit Through The Gift Shop

So the plot line at the beginning of this movie is pretty believable, but it gets a little far-fetched at the end. Regardless of that though, this movie is pretty brilliant. I am a sucker for art in any shape or form, and street art is just so damn cool! Banksy is a boss, end of story. I give it a 7.


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Well, there you have it, folks! I’m about to gorge on some tasty dinner (salad with herb chicken, goats cheese, beets and maple-candied walnuts), yumyumyum!

How Can You Not Like Muffins?

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Ayo, folks!

First of all, in regards to the title of this post, go here. This is a website that my friends and I were smitten with way back in the day. If you don’t share my sense of humor you may find it dumb, but at least give it a test drive. At the very least I hope you get a giggle out of it.

Artsy Balls^ This set-up was at Anthropology, one of my favorite stores in existence. Unfortunately, I’m wayyy too broke to buy pretty much anything in the store, but I still enjoy looking around and potentially stealing their artsy ideas. Like this Ball Jar Snow-Globey type thing, for example. Easy and adorable!

Fuzzy Wuzzy^ I want all those plates and dishes for my future home. That is all.

On another note, I’m starting this new breakfast foods kick. Basically, while I’m home with access to a fully-stocked kitchen (less than a week left now, eep!), I want to cook as many breakfast foods as I can, so I will have a nice arsenal when I get back to Burlington. Yesterday, my theme was muffins, but I also want to try things like eggs, croissants and bread… and just about everything else people eat on a regular basis for breakfast. I want to try and make things that can last for a few days, so when I wake up every morning I will already have these foods ready and waiting for me = more sleep, less fuss. Who doesn’t like that?

Let’s talk about the muffins I made; I only had time for two different kinds, but that’s a step in the right direction!
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Oreo Muffins

Oreo Muffins

Oreo Muffins
Ingredients:
wet ingredients:
– 1 egg
– 3/4 cup milk
– 2/3 cup vegetable oil

dry ingredients:
Р1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 3/4 cup sugar
Р2 teaspoon baking powder
Р1/4 teaspoon salt

more:
– 26 Oreo cookies
– 250ml double cream

Directions:
Wet and dry ingredients mix together and add 12 crushed Oreo cookies, mix again and pur into  the muffin pan.
Bake for 20 minutes in 356F.

Beat the cream and decorate top part of muffin with it, place on the top one Oreo cookie.

*Now, my muffins didn’t have the cream and extra Oreo on top. Mostly because I didn’t have the double cream in my pantry, and also there were a bunch of Oreo’s in there already… and I’m trying to not get obese at the ripe age of 21. Oui.*
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Gingerbread Muffins

Gingerbread Muffins

GINGERBREAD MUFFINS

Makes ‚Äď 6 large muffins (I made 9 regular muffins)

Ingredients

1 stick softened butter
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 tablespoon mixed spice
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch of salt
1/4 cup milk
1 cup self raising flour

Method

Preheat oven to 200C. Line a 6-hole large muffin tin with paper cases.

Place butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt in a large bowl. Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, ginger, cinnamon and mixed spice. Beat for a minute.

Add flour and milk and beat until well combined. Spoon mixture in muffin cases until each is 2/3rds full. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on top (optional).

Bake in oven for approximately 15 minutes until cooked through, risen and golden brown on top. Remove from oven and cool in cases on wire rack.

Serve dusted with icing sugar.
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Well, there is the start of my brekkie food collection. Stay tuned for more, as there will definitely be some.
I just finished my homework for my on-line class, and it’s not even 13h00 yet… wooo go me! I still have a bunch of crap to do before I go back up to Vermont, and with less than a week left it’s starting to make me nervous.
Instead of doing anything productive though, I am going to watch and episode of Dexter, cook some more, then go to the gym and some trampoline place with Max. I’ll let cha know how it goes! My apologies for the quick post, but it’s better than nothing.

Apple Turkey Melt

Apple Turkey Melt

x’s and o’s, my peeps.

Don’t Go Killing That Vibe

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Don’t go killin’, killin’ the vibe
I can’t take your lame style
Can’t you just sit a while
And try your hardest to smile?

Hi babies. This song is awesome, and I’m kind of obsessed (thanks Sarah), so you should probably check it out — it’s called “Killin’ The Vibe” by Ducktails.

My biff is cooler than yours

My bffl is cooler than yours

Anyway, hope y’all are doing well! I’ve been going h.a.m. at the gym lately; Max has me lifting weights so naturally my body is sore practically all over, but in a really good feeling way. I can’t boast too much, but for being a lankier, 130lb girl, I’m making progress. Usually I will just bench lift the bar, which is 45lbs, and I don’t go much over 40lbs for anything else. Gotta start somewhere! Soon I’ll be getting nice and strong. Womp.

Cute Weiney Dog

I can’t believe it’s already January 5th, noo! That means I have to end my break in like a week. Granted, I don’t have a very heavy course load next semester… but I feel like my stay in Rhode Island has been too short. I’ve also been taking an on-line 1 credit course since Christmas, which also eats up some of my time. The class is pretty interesting though, and I’ll definitely dedicate a post to all the useful stuff I have learned from it.

Meow

Let’s see… what have I been doing in the last few days? Yesterday was pretty jam packed — I had spent the previous night as Max’s house in Narragansett, so I had to wake up early, get my homework and reading done for the day (blah), and then head back home so I could clean the barn before my day plans were set in motion.

After doing all the horsey stuff, I went and picked Sarah and Katie up and we went to¬†Newport!¬† I love Newport; it’s so beautiful and the houses there are huge and gorgeous, definitely visit it if any of you are ever in Rhode Island. Ocean Drive is not something to miss. We spent a few hours there — long enough to drive around, explore for a while on the Cliff Walk and see the sunset over the ocean. Not bad, huh?

Pink EauWaterfallSunsetAwesome Clouds

After my afternoon in Newport, I went home for like 20 minutes then was out the door again with my Mom, Kiley, Brenna and Logan to head to my Grandparents house for a surprise dinner; they’re leaving to spend the next few months in Florida, so we met up with my Aunt, Uncle and Cousins and just hung out and ate some good food and drank some tasty wine. We stayed there for a few hours, then once we got back to my house I was out the door once more to go to Mollie’s house to spend the night with her and Molly. Beer was drank, we went nekkid in the hot tube, and good times were had.

Love is LifeOf course since it is break, I’ve been eating some good food lately. I haven’t been cooking as much as I would like – people in my life take up that time – but my mom is still a fabulous cook, and I’ve been gorging. For example:
Steak & Couscous stuffed PepperThat was pretty dank, if I do say so myself. Sarah and I also made these awesome cookies (along with mulled wine) the other day, I’ll post the recipe below in case you feel like re-creating it. Way worth your while, trust me.
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Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

Ingredients:

2 extra large eggs
1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup nutella
1/2 tsp instant espresso coffee granules
3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 stick butter, softened
3/4 cup M&M’s
3/4 cup chocolate chip morsels
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
3 1/2 cups oatmeal

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl whisk the eggs and sugars until creamy about 3 minutes. Add the salt, vanilla extract, nutella, instant espresso, flour, baking soda and butter. Using a spoon stir the ingredients until it is well mixed.

Stir in the m&m’s, chocolate chip morsels, pecans and oatmeal.

Using a cookie scoop or spoon drop tablespoon size drops onto a silicone mat or cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes and then remove to let cool for 2 minutes on pan. Then remove with spatula to wire rack to finishing cooling.

*Cookies will be thinner than normal just be sure to not over bake.*
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They sound pretty good, right? RIGHT. Being 21 and wine lovers (I mean, I did just get back from France), we made mulled wine with these spices my mom recently bought.

Mulled Wine

Also, I have a new goal in mind, folks: I want to start a wine and beer journal. Since I can now legally drink, I want to take advantage of all the microbreweries Vermont has to offer, and I just want to experiment with different kinds of spirits. I think I’m going to make it a new tab on this blog, so stay tuned for that. I don’t really have any idea how to start one of these journals, but I’ll do some research and get back to you.

Max & My Yankee Swap Gifts

Max & My Yankee Swap Gifts

Well, I think that’s all for now my friends. I’m hungry… so I’m going to go raid my cupboards and cook up something delectable. Until next time!

Aside

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY!
It’s about 1am right now and I am completely exhausted from spending my New Year’s Eve in New York City (stories to ensue at a later date), but I thought that I would just share two quotes that I came across today.

Manage change rather than letting change manage you.

I’m a lunatic, tock, tic, tock, falling off the clock. I’m living on lunar, unstandard time, where normalization might be a crime. This is not a regulated endeavor, but one of awareness and dareness. In this big old juggling act, it’s a fact,¬† we gotta react. Learn and live, act out, reconsider and give. I‚Äôm a lunatic, tock, tic, tock, leading the flock, free flight, quick as light, never uptight, out of sight.

… well, there you have it! Hope everyone enjoyed their first day in the splendid year of 2013, I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one; it’s definitely going to be a big one. If you haven’t thought of a resolution, then get on that, too! It’s always fun to have something to work towards. I haven’t solidified mine yet, but don’t worry I’ll let you know what it is after I get some sleep.x’s and o’s my darlings.

2013, Wassup.