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10 Bingeworthy TV Shows

Posted 6 September, 2016 by Trish in Life / 28 Comments

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Bingeworthy TV Shows

image credit: Paris on Ponce & Le Maison Rouge

Fall is right around the corner! At least to those of you who live a little more north than I do. We’re still firmly in the 90 degree weather, but I’ve seen a handful of turned leaves pictures in the past week. You lucky ducks…

With the arrival of Fall also comes new seasons of shows on TV. Truth be told, I haven’t watched a new fall show in years. I look forward to Outlander when it finally makes it’s appearance, but for the past several years all of my TV watching has come in the form of “backlist” shows that I can binge.

The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday theme for today is all about TV shows and I’m sharing 10 shows that my husband and I loved bingeing.

Ten Bingeworthy TV Shows

Lost

A plane crashes on an uncharted island and a whole lot of weird happens. While some of the weird was a bit too weird, I loved the characters and the way they developed throughout the show. I still miss them and would love to watch this one again in the future.

Alias

A badass female spy? Yes please! Sydney Bristow certainly fits the bill and all of her disguises were fun to watch. While the show is a bit formulaic in the beginning, the later seasons are stronger and my crush on Vaughn only continued to grow.

Gilmore Girls

I missed the Gilmore Girls boat when it first aired years ago, but even Scott got swept up in this mother/daughter dramedy. Yes, super cheesy at times but even the supporting cast was fun to watch. And major heart eyes for Luke.

Breaking Bad

This might be the first show that I truly binge-watched where I realized that having access to all the shows at once might not be a good thing. So incredibly addicting–even when you want to look away. And there were definitely times that I had to look away. I was grateful when after five seasons I could finally exhale.

Deadwood

I have a thing for westerns and Deadwood, based loosely on actual events and people in 1800s South Dakota, definitely fit the bill for me. Including a bit of a crush on Seth Bollock. If you’re noticing a theme here, you’re likely right. Cut short after three seasons, fans are continually teased with a continuation.

The Wire

This show based on Balitmore’s police department and large drug-running gangs is our most recent binge-watch. Apparently The Wire is a sleeper hit that never really took off when it was originally on the air, but the acting is superb and the script is smart. Sometimes the plot was slow but it was amazing to watch everything unravel (and knit back together).

Orange is the New Black

OITNB is the odd one out of the group as it isn’t a show that is over yet but I just can’t resist these women. We just finished Season 4 yesterday and I was left in tears and outrage. While it’s often debated whether OITNB is a comedy or drama, it’s an important piece that shows the humanity behind those incarcerated.

The X-Files

Oh Scully and Mulder. How do I love thee. I watched this cult classic when it first aired in the 90s but eventually lost touch when the politics and conspiracy was too much for my teenaged brain to be interested in. While the first season is very campy and the middle is way conspiratorial, the relationship between agents Scully and Mulder as they investigate the occult and paranormal can’t be beat.

30 Rock

Liz Lemon. My soul mate.

Chuck

Another spy show with a lot of heart–Chuck is the nerdiest of nerds who is implanted with a database that gives him access to criminal intel. While I didn’t watch the show religiously, I did watch many episodes with Scott through his two watches (when it originally aired and again this summer). By the end of the show, I’ve grown so attached to the characters and there might have even been a few tears. I would love a reboot!

 

There are several shows that we want to binge on but I refuse to start until the shows have finished. There have been many that we’ve started and caught up to real time and then lost interest as we have to wait week to week. Apparently bingeing has made us impatient! I’m especially looking forward to The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. One day.

Are you a binge watcher or do you prefer watching TV as it comes out? What are your favorite shows to binge?

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Family Favorite Meals Around the Web

Posted 19 August, 2016 by Trish in In the Kitchen / 21 Comments

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Family Favorite Meals Around the Web

 

The other morning Scott was making waffles for breakfast and he asked if I had a recipe. I immediately pulled out the sheet from my recipe scrapbook. He took one look at the worn page and said “wow, you must really like this one.” There are about a dozen recipes that I’ve found online that my family loves loves loves, so I thought I would share our favorite family meals from around the web. I’m not sure why so many of them come from Allrecipes–I’m guessing that several of these are from way before I discovered Pinterest!

Breakfast Favorites

Fluffy Pancakes from allrecipes.com – Confession: I love Aunt Jemima buttermilk pancake mix, but if I’m in the mood for making pancakes from scratch, these are my go-to.  On Pinterest

Fluffy French Toast from allrecipes.com – I used to make French Toast the way that my mom taught me–just throwing together ingredients in a bowl and hoping for the best. The result was alway edible, but then Scott found this recipe and ruined my French Toast forever. It must be the addition of flour? It’s now one of the kids’ favorites for breakfast. On Pinterest

Banana Muffins from allrecipes.com – My favorite is actually banana bread, but I love making these banana muffins in mini cups for the girls’ breakfast when we are on the go. I usually cut the sugar down by half and they’re still delicious. On Pinterest

Dinner Favorites

Fried Rice from food.com – Truthfully this recipe acts more like a gateway and I don’t refer to it anymore. I don’t measure any of the ingredients, skip the sesame oil and bean sprouts, add different veggies, use a combo of oil and butter but don’t know how much, etc. And instead of adding meat which would probably dry out on my watch, I pair it with sweet and sour pork balls. Mmmm!  On Pinterest

Salisbury Steak from allrecipes.com – Scott would eat this meal for dinner every night if I’d make it for him. I stick pretty close the recipe but add mushrooms to the sauce. The girls love it and the patties without gravy was one of Evie’s first favorite meats. On Pinterest

Parmesan Crusted Chicken from Hellmanns – I feel sinful including this recipe in the round-up, but my family doesn’t have the best track record with chicken. However, everyone will devour this chicken and the leftovers taste pretty good as well. On Pinterest

Vegetable Beef Stew from allrecipes.com – I love this beef stew for two reasons–it makes a ton of stew and the leftovers freeze well. It’s also a great way to dump in all the vegetables. Comfort in a bowl. On Pinterest

Creamy Tomato and Bacon Linguine from Foodie with Family – This is a newer one in our rotation but it’s so delicious and I love that it cooks in all one pot. The leftovers the next day are even better. On Pinterest

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops from Big Oven – A meat thermometer is key for this recipe or any pork chop dish. It’s so easy to over cook chops, but done correctly and this recipe has a great outside crust with a tender and juicy inside.

Cookie Favorite

Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies from allrecipes.com. They’re so amazing. Though I cut the recipe in half because this makes a billion and I can’t resist them. I also add a bit of salt because what kind of cookie recipe doesn’t have salt?! On Pinterest

 

I’d love to hear what recipes you make over and over again that can be found online! Share your links below.

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weekend cookingEvery weekend, Beth Fish Reads hosts Weekend Cooking.  “Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs.”  Hope you’ll join the fun!

 

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Ten Websites I Love [That Aren’t About Books]

Posted 10 May, 2016 by Trish in Blogging Thoughts / 21 Comments

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Awesome Nonbookish Websites

 

My feed reader is bursting full of awesome book blogs–one day I assume that my baby will nap and I’ll actually get to read some of them again. Snort.

Though most of the blogs I read are bookish in nature, I also have folders for cooking, quilting, and the miscellaneous. When I saw that The Broke and the Bookish was asking for Top Ten Nonbookish Websites for today’s meme, I started compiling a list of my favorites.  I posted a similar list about five years ago and when I reviewed my lists I realized that while none of the websites are the same, the themes are the same–quilting, food, and awesome.

Ten Websites I Love [That Aren’t About Books]

The Kitchn

The Kitchn

I don’t officially subscribe to The Kitchn because they put out too many posts, but I love their twitter feed and am more likely to click through to their articles than that of any other website. The Kitchn is full of awesome information including recipes, tips and advice, kitchen trends and must haves, and much much more. Since writing this post, I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of how to make pasta sauce more amazing, to basic pasta sauce, to how to doctor jarred tomato sauce, to…omg where did the last hour go?!

 

Dinner A Love Story

Dinner: A Love Story

I first fell in love with Dinner: A Love Story when I read Jenny Rosenstrach’s cookbook like a best selling novel (if family dinners is your thing, you need to get DALS). I love DALS for many reasons but mostly because of how approachable Jenny is. She lays it all out and keeps it real while also providing wisdom and inspiration. She’s a mom to two girls (now 12 and 14)–take her post on Catastrophic Happiness–I find so much of what she writes incredibly relatable. Plus she has recipes for cocktails, so.

 

Smitten KitchenSmitten Kitchen

Smitten Kitchen is one of the first foodie blogs I stumbled upon years ago and while I’ve never actually made anything from Deb’s site, I loooove looking at her gorgeous pictures and drooling over the recipes. Her’s isn’t a typical food blog that has huge pictures that cause readers to have to scroll to see the entire image–you can tell that she’s there for the recipes and that’s it. Maybe it’s time I actually make something from her website? Like this chocolate peanut butter tart. (On a side note, I did browse her cookbook but while her recipes are droolworthy and the pictures even better–I don’t think the recipes are realistic for our family right now).

 

Old Red Barn CoOld Red Barn Quilts

I subscribe to about 30 quilting blogs (I know, I know), but Old Red Barn Co written by Dana is my absolute favorite. She blogs about her lovely vintage looking quilts (though some are more modern in style), but she also writes about life in such a beautiful way. She includes gorgeous pictures of nature and her farm life as well as other little snippets of life. She makes me feel like I’m checking in with an old friend.

 

Crazy Mom QuiltsCrazy Mom Quilts

If you’re looking for suggestions on quilting blogs to read, I can share many with you (if you share your favorites with me!), but Crazy Mom Quilts is definitely at the top of the list. She has a ton of great tutorials (her quilt binding tutorial is my go to) and lots of inspiring projects. Check out this scrappy quilt top! But besides quilts, she has lots of other sewing projects that I keep pinning to do one day. One day. Like these cute little bunting notecards.

 

PicMonkey BlogPicMonkey Blog

I loooooove PicMonkey for creating graphics as well as occasionally touching up some of my own photos. I love it so much that I have a Royale account and wonder how I ever survived without it. The PicMonkey Blog has great tutorials for anything you can imagine and I love picking up tips and tricks for how to better utilize PicMonkey. My only complaint is that the feed is partial which means that I have to not be lazy and actually click through to the website.

 

Outfit PostsOutfit Posts

A little over a year ago, Lisa and I started texting our daily outfits back and forth to one another. I can’t remember now why we did this but it definitely made me more aware of what I was wearing, what I enjoyed wearing, and what I could put together to feel more together. Around the same time, I also started to pay attention to what my style might be (I was also receiving regular Stitch Fix boxes). I discovered Outfit Posts and love the way that this blogger puts together outfits based on an outfit she has seen and been inspired by. There is SO MUCH inspiration on her website, if her style is your style (which for me it mostly is).

 

nosegrazeNoseGraze

I met Ashley from NoseGraze when I migrated from Blogger to WordPress two years ago and she is a WordPress GURU. Her blog is full of WP tips and tutorials as well as other useful blogging information. If you’re already on WP, check her blog out for great tricks and if you’re considering moving from Blogger to WordPress, she’s your go to gal! Plus she’s a former book blogger (though she still has bookish posts on her blog), so she has lots of book blogging tips as well.

 

Modern Mrs DarcyModern Mrs. Darcy

Ok, Modern Mrs. Darcy is about books, but she takes blogging about books to an entirely different level than what I see on most book blogs. While I don’t read every post that she puts out or listen to her podcasts, I find myself inspired by her blog and the way that she presents her material. It’s the kind of blogging I would love to do. Hers is just such a beautiful and eyecatching blog that even when the material doesn’t interest me, I can’t help but be drawn to it.
The Skimm

The Skimm

Technically The Skimm is a daily email subscription, but I look forward to that email every day to give me little soundbytes of what’s going on in the world. The Skimm provides current events in a way that is fun and cheeky and on more than one occasion I’ve impressed my news junkie of a husband with some of my recent knowledge. Go ahead and subscribe and make your morning a little happier.

 

What are some of your favorite nonbookish websites??

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Favorite Reads from the Recent Past

Posted 3 March, 2015 by Trish in Reading Nook / 28 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is our favorite books from the past three years. Or five if three years isn’t enough. So, the sad news is that I couldn’t come up with ten FAVORITE books off the top of my head. The first five below came pretty easily, but others kept popping into my head–books that I haven’t read in the past 3-5 years. Atonement, The Bone People, Cold Mountain, Remains of the Day, The Book Thief. There are a lot of books that stick out in my mind as being good, but not favorite caliber. Maybe I’m too picky? Hard to please?

Regardless, these are ten books that I really loved over the past couple of years. Not all of them, but certainly some of my favorites.  See more Top Ten Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish.

 

favorite books

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer – Is anyone surprised to see this at top of my list?  Centered around young Oskar as he navigates the waters after his father’s death in the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. It’s strange and moving and intriguing and it ripped my heart to shreds in so many different ways. More of my thoughts on EL&IC.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving – Owen Meany took me by surprise. At first glance this is a childhood story about two friends–one looking back in retrospect–but it is about so much more than that. And while Owen Meany did take some time to grow on me, he is one of the more memorable characters that I’ve encountered. More of my thoughts on Owen Meany.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This tale of romance and survival and a bit of time travel might not have punched me in the gut like the first two books did, but it made me forget about absolutely everything around me. I fell in love with Jamie and Claire and Outlander is one of those books that I think about often. More of my thoughts on Jamie Outlander.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss – An aging recluse rethinking his life, a young girl easing her mother’s heartache, and a forgotten author whose book brings them all together. Truthfully this one was tough reading at times–it took a little bit of mental prowess (at least in my post-natal state), but it was worth it in the end. So worth it.  More of my thoughts on The History of Love.

11/22/63 by Stephen King – A high school teacher goes through a time portal in order to prevent the assassination of JFK. Hippy Dippy Baloney? Maybe but I was so wrapped up in the story and the characters–and any book that can make me cry…or sob…is one that I’ll always hold in my heart as a favorite. More of my thoughts on 11/22/63.

 

favorite books

It by Stephen King – Two Stephen Kings on one list? Trish from five years ago would have been in absolute disbelief. Honestly this one had a lot to do with the readalong and the experience of reading It. Sure it was scary as hell, but it also opened my eyes to what a fantastic storyteller and world builder and character creator Stephen King is. Not only that, but the audiobook narration remains the very best I’ve encountered.  More of my thoughts on IT.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell – A harrowing story of faith and exploration, I truthfully expected a little more from The Sparrow. High expectations can be such a dampener when reading a book. Though The Sparrow didn’t punch me in the gut like I wanted it to (I mean, seriously, who wants to be punched in the gut by a book anyway), the characters and the story were ones that captured my attention and will stick with me.  More of my thoughts on The Sparrow.

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – Part advice column, part memoir–Tiny Beautiful Things is the most raw and evocative work I’ve read in quite a long time. No matter what stage of your life, Cheryl has words for you to roll around in your head. Don’t be fooled by the “self-help” tag that this one is often slapped with–this is a gorgeous work. More of my thoughts Tiny Beautiful Things.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – RPO is the odd book on my list and probably only makes it here because I wanted a full list of ten books. But this science-fiction thriller that has more throw-back 80s trivia than you can shake a stick at is entirely entertaining and one hell of a ride. It might not be an absolute favorite of mine but it is one that I’ve enthusiastically recommended over the past few years–especially on audio. More of my thoughts on Ready Player One.

Blankets by Craig Thompson – Is it fair to include a book that I just read last month? So new to the rotation that I haven’t even written a full post on it yet? Maybe it’s too fresh to know whether it will stand the test, but when I think about Thompson’s drawings–his devotion to Raina, his religious anguish, his soul-searching–I find myself filled with emotion all over again.

 

What are some of your favorites reads from the recent past? Because you know I’m always looking for a good gut-punch-read! 

 

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TV Bingefest

TV Bingefest

Remember when you wanted to watch a television show but you weren’t going to be home during the scheduled time? Before DVR and TiVO. Before Netflix and On Demand. You know, having to grab a VHS tape and making sure that you had your time correct on the VCR. And heaven forbid that you recorded over another show that you hadn’t yet watched! Just me? Surely not. But I do remember that when we got […]

Posted 22 January, 2015 by Trish in Life / 34 Comments
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Seven Winter Survival Favorites

Seven Winter Survival Favorites

  Winter is upon us! At least for those of us in the northern hemisphere. And baby is it cold outside! Actually, I can’t complain–we had a colder than normal November in Dallas, but we’ve been averaging about mid 50s with some pretty awesome days amongst the cruddy days this December. But, I’m still a wimp when it comes to cold weather. W-I-M-P. I hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhate being cold. This month, the lovely lady bloggers at Estella’s Revenge, Traveling […]

Posted 18 December, 2014 by Trish in Life / 21 Comments
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10 Life Lessons from The Princess Bride

10 Life Lessons from The Princess Bride

For as long as I can remember, The Princess Bride has been one of my very favorite movies. I would participate in imaginary duels in the kitchen (this is also when I learned that “bastard” is a bad word), I jumped behind the couch and hid when the ROUSes came on screen, and I had a tiny bit of a crush on Fred Savages character.  And if you’re wondering, no, I haven’t read the book. […]

Posted 10 April, 2014 by Trish in Life / 26 Comments
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