Tuesday, February 18, 2014


I don't know about anyone else, but I've been getting back to my Jane Austen roots. Recently, I watched the 1980 BBC version of "Pride & Prejudice," and while it was a good portrayal (and I learned more about Mary Bennet), it wasn't my favorite. Mr. Darcy didn't learn to smile, and Lizzy was far too concerned with appearances, which bugged me. I'm going for a long road trip this week, and there's a TV in the van, so hopefully I can get some more Jane Austen watched (Maybe the 2005 version of "P&P," which isn't as true to the story, but OMG, is it gorgeous, both visually and audially!).

While I'm gone, I've got a surprise for you. I was recently contacted by Yekra, a film company that makes movies available online for a low price, and I have been given the opportunity to be an affiliate. As we all know, I'm all about the movies, and I'm especially gaga about Jane Austen movies, and that's what I bring you today: Austenland starring Keri Russell, Jane Seymour, and JJ Field, who fellow Austenites might recall as Henry Tilney in 2007's Northanger Abbey, which was the better version of the two I've seen. He's adorable, and so winning in Northanger, how could he not be wonderful in this, as well?

I will admit, I haven't watched it yet. It didn't come to theaters in this area, and I've been so swamped with travel stuff that I haven't had time to watch Austenland yet. I'm really psyched to, though, as soon as I return, and have an internet connection. The movies do cost, as I mentioned, but $3.99 is a decent rental fee for an afternoon's delight (or, ya know, whenever you choose to watch), especially in comparison to how much movies cost in theatres now ($7.50 at mine for the cheap shows!). I can't wait to check this movie out, and I hope you really enjoy it!

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Jane Hayes’s (Keri Russell) adoration of all things Jane Austen is complicating her love life. Determined to be the heroine of her own story, Jane spends her life savings on a trip to Austenland, an eccentric resort where guests experience complete immersion in the Regency era. Armed with her bonnet, corset and needlepoint, Jane strives to avoid spinsterhood … but has a difficult time determining where fantasy ends and real life—and maybe even love—begins. Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) and Jane Seymour (Wedding Crashers) also star in this charming romantic comedy.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

This is the week that doesn't end...yes, it goes on and on, my friends!

Things have been getting super hectic up in here. Like, mad crazy, even. Rather than my week flying by in situations like this, it's dragged. Dragged through snowy sludge, dragged.

Speaking of snow. We keep getting it! Too much! I'm so ready for warm weather, and walking barefoot through the grass, and having a reason to shave my legs again (Overshare? No such thing!). I've been having an easy time keeping busy, thankfully, but it doesn't make my time go any faster.

Why would I want time to go faster? That's an answer for another time and place (Like in two weeks), but I'm just ready to not have to worry about the weather anymore. Today I about had a royal flip out when it was snowing up a storm around 10 AM, but the weather turned nice, that snow melted, and all was well in Who-ville again.

I've been battling a bit of a cold this week, but my lovely papa bought me Puffs Plus Lotion, on the day before Valentine's day. Love my daddy. They helped SO much. At work,  was using paper towels when I sneezed, so that wasn't very fun at all. To thank him, and celebrate how much I love my family (I don't really like how Valentine's Day is usually celebrated), I baked them a cake.

Whenever I need to bake a cake, I used to search Pinterest, but that all changed sometime last year. Last year, I found Lizzy May Early's blog, www.yourcupofcake.com, and have made several of her recipes over the last year, or so. Every recipe I've tried has turned out so well, and received so many rave reviews. I bought her cookbook when it was $1.99 on Amazon, and made my mom the Chocolate Orange cupcakes, which my mom absolutely adored. I told my dad to peruse her site, and I'll make him whatever he wants for his birthday, next week.
These went fast...
Today, after working out, and shopping and watching a "Worst Cooks in America" marathon with mom (we LOVE this show), I started baking Lizzy's Red Velvet Sour Cream Bundt Cake. I can't wait to try it. Right now, it's cooling in the garage (Or Wintertime Outside Freezer, as we call it), and it looks perfect (Well, the cake did. The icing looks sloppier than hers did, but she also does it a lot more than me).

Tomorrow, I've got a busy day. Two church services (Worship team!), then I'm going to see Agrippina by Opera Omaha at the Orpheum Theatre with my aunt (We bought season tickets this year for SUPER cheap!), followed by the Bill Ramsey Financial Peace University at my church with my dad and sis. I'm pretty psyched to learn how to make my money work for me, and get my debt under control. My cousins, Joe and Brooke took it awhile back, and Brooke raves about it. I'm really hoping it's as much of a blessing to me as it was to them.

Anyway, I've got a surprise coming up, and I can't wait to share it with you. If you love movies, you'll probably be really psyched to see what's coming. Particularly Jane Austen, RomCom fans. *wink*

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Homemade Rotisserie Soup

There's a funny story going on here. To start at the beginning, I've been feeling off all week, and yesterday, I got that familiar tickle in the back of my throat. It's since moved into my sinuses, and I'm feeling really tired.

Always a fun time, huh?

The last few years, I've been getting into more natural forms of medicine unless whatever I have gets worse. That means starting to kill off whatever it is I've got (I really hope it's not the flu) before it gets the better of me. I was chatting with my dad yesterday, while he was taking a charter to a Speech competition, and he's coming down with something too. I bought a box of EmergenC, and my sister got me a rotisserie chicken at HyVee. Funny story. I actually wanted a whole fryer chicken, but didn't say that, I just said "Whole Chicken." It's amusing, but it did the trick, all the same.

Anyway, this soup is more of a throw everything into a pot, let it cook for an hour, and hope for the best. I think it worked out.

  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken. Mine was BBQ, but you can't really taste any smokiness to it.
  • 2 Cartons Chicken Stock
  • 2 Heaping Tablespoons Mined Garlic.
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Frozen Carrots
  • 2 Cups Frozen Spinach
  • 1 Box Tri-Color Rotini
  • Ground Pepper to taste
  • Ground Ginger to taste
  1. Saute garlic in olive oil and add carrote and spinach. Cook until no longer frozen.
  2. Add the whole chicken to the pot, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer covered for an hour.
  3. After an hour, with tongs, remove chicken. Use a slotted spoon to search for bones that might've fallen from the chicken. 
  4. Bring soup back to a boil and add pasta and two glasses of water (It cooked down a LOT). Remove chicken from bones, and add back to the pot. Share chicken skin with your puppy, and he'll love you forever. 
  5. Add pepper and ginger to taste, and feel much better.
It tastes good, but I haven't had a full bowl yet. Maybe in a little bit. It's been a totally lazy Sunday for me. I missed church because I didn't feel good, I didn't go to the gym, I've just been watching TV, and now I'm watching the remake of Carrie. Julianne Moore is MUCH creepier than Piper Laurie was. Everything else seems pretty similar to the original, except the teenagers seem much younger...Or I'm getting old. 

Sadly, probably the latter...