Monday, October 16, 2017

Style: Dark Fall Floral

Pilcro pants (similar), Paige top, Kirkland camisole (old),
Cuyana clutch, Jenni Kayne mules, Illesteva sunglasses,
Chan Luu necklace (old)

One of the things I love about fall fashion is the yearly return of a few favorites. Some of the trends I see returning year-after-year are: Army green anoraks, corduroy, animal prints, suede, leather and the color burgundy.

I’ve owned these burgundy corduroy pants for over three years (Click here to see my first post with them), and at the end of every winter, I think, “They probably won’t be current next year.” But every year I see similar pants being sold, so I bring them back into the rotation. Shown here with an on-trend floral blouse and suede mules, I have the autumn trends covered.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cooking and Entertaining: Cookies & Cups' Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

Cookies & Cups' Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

While I like brownies and peanut butter cups, I don’t go crazy over them. However, when combined there’s a synergistic effect and the result is a to-die-for treat!

I found this recipe on the Cookies & Cups website, and made a few changes to suit me. Instead of preparing a boxed brownie mix, I made homemade brownies using premium chocolate. For the second layer, I replaced full-sized peanut butter cups with bite-sized Reese’s minis (so I wouldn’t have to chop them) and didn’t chop the peanuts. In the top layer, I replaced the creamy peanut butter with crunchy because I like the little peanut bits and used a combination of traditional and natural peanut butter (because that was what we had in the house!) The result was amazing, and everyone I served them to loved them!

Ingredients for the Baker's One Bowl Brownies.
Because I used a much smaller pan (9" x 9"), I had to increase
the cooking time by about 15-20 minutes

Mixing the brownies

Ingredients for Layer 2

Scatter the peanut butter cups and peanuts on top of the
almost-cooked brownies and return to the oven for 5 minutes

Ingredients for Layer 3

Before getting melted in the microwave

Almost ready to pour on top of the peanut butter cup brownies 

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

Click here for the recipe

Baker's One Bowl Brownies

Click here for the recipe

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Four Star Find: MoviePass

Click here for more information on Movie Pass

If you read this blog regularly, you know that I see a lot of movies. When I heard about MoviePass, I thought it was too good to be true. For less than $10 per month, I can see unlimited movies at participating theaters.

After downloading the MoviePass app, paying the fee and waiting for the physical debit card to arrive, I can now see as many movies as I want. To use the app, I go to a participating theater less than 30 minutes prior to the start time and choose a movie, then I pay at the theater using the issued debit card. Even better, I still acquire points using my movie theater rewards card.

The only downfalls to this system that I can find are: It’s a bit more time-consuming to purchase tickets and some movies may be sold out at busy times (This isn’t an issue for us since we tend to go to matinee movies). Because we see so many movies, we estimate a savings of at least $100/month. We absolutely love MoviePass!

 As always, I receive no compensation for endorsing this product.

the app's menu

once at the theater, choose it to see the
available movies and the select a movie

Monday, October 9, 2017

Movie Reviews: “American Made,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Victoria and Abdul” & “The Mountain Between Us”

American Made
Rated R

Pilot Barry Seal is recruited away from TWA by the CIA to take reconnaissance photos of the South American jungles. Soon, he’s running drugs for the Medellin cartel and arms smuggling for the CIA.

Perhaps because I’ve been watching Narcos, the story of the Medellin cartel and Pablo Escobar, I found American Made fascinating. Even more interesting, it’s loosely based on factual events and even touches on the Iran/Contra scandal. If you are looking for an entertaining movie and a bit of history, this is the movie for you!

Blade Runner 2049
Rated R

Officer K, a blade runner for the LAPD, unknowingly unearths a secret that could change society. His quest for the truth endangers him and Rick Deckard, a blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Because I hadn’t seen the original Blade Runner, we rented and watched it so we would understand the sequel’s plot. Though we enjoyed it, watching it was unnecessary because the first part of the movie explains everything. That said, Blade Runner 2049 is thrilling and unpredictable. It’s a sequel worth waiting 35 years for!

Abdul and Victoria
Rated PG-13

Toward the end of her reign, Queen Victoria is bored and cantankerous. She regains her zest for life after striking up an unlikely friendship with Indian Abdul Kareem after he presents her with a ceremonial coin. Soon, the servant becomes her “munchie” (teacher), and they enhance the others’ lives.

This uplifting film is based on actual events and is a gem! It has a good story, excellent acting and the right touch of humor! I can’t recommend this film more highly!

The Mountain Between Us
Rated PG-13

After a plane crash, Alex and Ben are stranded on a snowy mountain. After realizing they are not going to be rescued, they make their way down to find help. Will they survive this perilous journey?

The Mountain Between Us shows the best of the human spirit and the will to survive.