Monday, August 30, 2010

Bell, Book and Candle...

This would be a really fun halloween movie choice for a party of teenage girls. I love Jimmy Stewart and he is wonderful in this film. When I watched it, I was wondering if this film inspired Bewitched. Lots of fun anyway. Although Kim Novak's eyebrows are so awful in most of the film that they were very distracting to me. Why wreck such a pretty face?

Mexican Rice...

3 T vegetable oil
1 C uncooked long-grain rice
1 t garlic salt
1/2 t ground cumin
1/4 chopped white onion
1/2 C tomato sauce
2 C chicken broth

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over med. heat and add rice. Coo, stirring constantly, until puffed and golden. While rice is cooking, sprinkle with salt and cumin.
2. Stir in onions and cook until tender. Stir in tomato sauce and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

This recipe is from and some of the contributors have posted some fun variations, but this is an easy and delicious side dish or perfect to go in those tacos or burritos we love.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Oatmeal Chocolate Chippers...

Oatmeal Chocolate Chippers...
3 3/4 C Unbleached Flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 1/2 C Butter
1 1/2 C dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
3 tsp. good Mexican Vanilla
3 C Guittard Milk Choc. Chips
Bake @ 350 for 9-10 minutes...

This recipes makes about 50 cookies

Friday, August 27, 2010

Salt Lake Magazine's Best of the Beehive...

One of my favorite publications. This issue is always the best one of the year. Find out what is THE BEST in Utah! I still have my last years issue and it's a good one to just keep in the car. If you find yourself in the city or even out of the way in Utah, you can check this magazine and find a new and wonderful place for lunch, a great treat, or even a wonderful place to have your skirt hemmed... they think of just about everything... except for Love Boxes... hint. hint.

Barbara's Fresh Peach Pie...

1 heaping cup of flour
1/2 c. butter or margarine
3 1/2 T. powdered sugar
Blend together and press into 9-10 inch pie pan.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Cool.
3/4 c. sugar
4 T. cornstarch
3 T. light corn syrup
5 T. peach or lemon jello powder
1 drop orange food coloring
2 T. lemon juice + enough water to make
1 1/2 c. of liquid
4-6 peeled and sliced peaches (fresh)
Mix sugar and cornstarch, add corn syrup and liquid. Bring to a boil and cook 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Add jello powder and food coloring. Stir to dissolve jello crystals. Cool mixture. Stir in sliced peaches and pour into pie crust. Allow to set in refrigerator 2-3 hours.

And, if you want to make it extra special...
If you save out about 1/3 c. of the syrup before adding the peaches, you can mix the remaining syrup with 1/3 c. evaporated milk and pour it over the pie after the filling has completely set.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Mirror Has Two Faces...

As much as Barbara Streisand drives me crazy when she opens her mouth publicly, some of her movies are my very favorites. What's Up, Doc?, Hello, Dolly!, Yentl and this movie.. The Mirror Has Two Faces.
This film about the creation of an unconventional marriage has a great ending I think.. too short (Hollywood could sure learn something from Charles Dickens), but good.
The theme of the movie is like the ensemble Streisand is wearing in the photo to the right. The shiny new silky pajamas shows our desire as women to be beautiful and loved and admired.. .and the chenille robe the desire to be known and treasured for what we know and what we've done and what we've experinced in life... and sometimes to have a little Puccini in the background.


Dear FB friends,
I just want you to know that for some reason my FB account has been disabled. I haven't "unfriended" or "blocked" anyone. I hope it will be resolved soon, but I don't know. I sure miss talking with you.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lars & The Real Girl...

Lars is a sweet and tender hearted man who grew up with a heart-broken and silent widower. Lars is lonely. When he buys a life size doll and introduces her to family as his girlfriend, his whole community becomes concerned.

This is one of the most original, dearest stories of love that I've seen. This film about a church community that reaches out kindly and without judgement to save one of their own is a do not miss.

A "Greener" Home???

This article written by Scott Adams the creator of Dilbert is quite funny and clever and the "green" homes are quite interesting to see...
"...Your architect only knows how to design homes using materials that his local planning commission is likely to approve. But he wants the job, so he tries hard to talk you out of using twigs, pinecones and abandoned bird nests. He tells you that no builder will build it. He tells you it won't get approved by the city. He tells you it won't stand up to earthquakes, hurricanes or termites. But you persist. You're saving the Earth, damn it. No one said it would be easy.
So the architect—and later your building engineer, too—each asks you to sign a document saying you won't sue them when beavers eat a load-bearing wall and your entire family is crushed by forest debris. You make the mistake of mentioning this arrangement to your family, and they leave you. But you are not deterred because you're saving the planet, damn it. You'll get a new family. A greener one..."


The Lives of Others...

This is a film that you want to see with your Clearplay... And, even with Clearplay, this is still a film that is for adults only in my opinion.
That said, this film is an important film and should be seen. The film is about how East German writers and artists were monitored and threatened by the Stasi (secret police) amounting to a complete loss of free speech. It is chilling and not for the faint hearted, but in these times important.

See the trailer HERE...