3.26.2015

UNBREAKABLE! #StreamTeam

I thought March would be all about binging on House of Cards (which I totally did)...then a little gem called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt came along. *sigh* LOVE.
This is the best. show. ever. I really hadn't intended to watch it. It's hard to invest in a new show. That said, my best friend was in town, and Ellie Kemper was being interviewed on the Today Show about it. I looked at Steve and said, "Let's just watch it, instead of watching her talk about it."

Ummm...we fell in love in the first 10 min. It's quirky, odd, funny...everything I love. Oh...did I mention it stars Jan Krakowski? I miss her from 30 Rock...I'd say she's one of the most under rated talents out there.
Before I knew it, we had binged our way through 3 episodes. Like cotton candy I tell you! Kimmy is a girl who is abducted and lives in a cult for 15 years. She's rescued in the first 5 minutes of the show, and the rest is her re-inventing herself in New York City.
She rooms with a wanna be Broadway star who calls himself Titus Andromedon. Oh. My. Hilarious! Now go and watch him sing Pinot Noir. Yes, you will be singing this all day...and you're welcome.

If you're like me, you'll love the trip down memory lane that Kimmy's phrases give you. Everything from her purple Jansport backpack, to her Tamogatchi dieing, to her Sony Sport Walkman. Oh 90's...you seem so simple now...

My only sadness is that, alas...I have watched them all...and I miss my Kimmy Schmidt. I need more Titus, more music, more nonsense. Please someone tell me when season 2 is coming!

Who else has binged it?

2.28.2015

Ever After High...and Whoopie Pies! #StreamTeam

Miss Maggie LOVES Ever After High. Ever since she found it on Netflix, she's had it on a consistent rotation. (Truth be told, I like it. I am a sucker for illustrated characters, and these are really good.)
When the Ever After High Party set from Netflix came in the mail, she was over the moon planning her party.

What shall we serve???
When having a viewing party for a few friends, one must serve something sweet...no?

Let's just say mommy was thinking ahead. You see, I woke up Friday feeling like grown up Christmas morning. This greeted me in my inbox...
There is no better way to wake up in the morning than to this! Oh my Frank Underwood...what shall we nosh on while binge watching House of Cards...something Southern and oozing with goodness...

Why YES...we'll make Whoopie Pies for the Ever After High party...and then later, I can snuggle up with the Underwood's and my Southern goodness. Plan=made!
I googled Whoopie Pies...Southern Moon Pies and everything in between. Let me tell you, there are many ways to make a Moon Pie. This recipe, looked most like what I had in my head for the all day yum fest!

It was super easy to make...and the perfect accompaniment to my House of Cards binge.

Here's what you need:
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup marshmallow creme
 First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Next, you'll mix 1/2 cup butter or margarine and white sugar. Add egg, evaporated milk, and vanilla. In another bowl, mix together flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Then, stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture and hand mix together until combined.

Then grease a cookie sheet and place tablespoonfuls, 3 inches apart. Pop that in the oven for about 10 min. Allow to cool before filling.

For the Marshmallow Filling, In a medium mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup butter or margarine, confectioners' sugar, flavored extract, and marshmallow creme. Mix until smooth. From here, I popped my fluff into the fridge for about 20 minutes so it firmed up.

Assemble pies by spreading 1 to 2 tablespoonfuls of filling on flat side of a cookie crust, then covering filling with flat side of another cookie crust. Sprinkle with powdered sugar...plop yourself in front of the TV and fire up House of Cards on Netflix and enjoy like that true Southern Gentleman, Frank Underwood ;)

Have you started House of Cards? I'm three episodes in!

2.16.2015

Snow Days

Not Boston snow...but Chicago has a lot!

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