About Last Night – 10/30/14

31 Oct

First things first, Happy Halloween! Now, let’s talk about the tube.

The Middle

Oh Sue, I love your optimism. And Brick has a friend! Who’s a girl! And it’s weird and awkward and adorable and I love it so much. Axl is locked in a library overnight, and I’m kind of mad because that’s like, my dream, and he just doesn’t appreciate it.

The Big Bang Theory

This show can do no wrong. I do appreciate that they’re tackling some tougher issues, even just on the surface, with Amy and Bernadette talking about whether or not female scientists should be viewed as sexy. The guys make a new friend, and it’s hilarious.

Mom

Here’s what’s great about this show, it’s a sitcom, but it handles some really heavy stuff. This episode was no exception, and it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger. I can’t wait for next week!

Modern Family

I love Claire. “Who hurt you? Just kidding, I know it was Jay and Dee.” Now that Trophy Wife is off the air (sob) and I don’t have Diane anymore, Claire is my TV spirit-mom. You know, the “if I was a mom this is the kind of mom I would be.”

The McCarthys

I already love this show, because it reminds me of my own family in a twisted kind of way. Even though we’re all thousands of miles apart, we’re still insanely close. If we lived on the same block like the McCarthys, this would be us. Plus, I’ll watch anything with Laurie Metcalf.

Halloween Caramel Apples

27 Oct

You know what’s good? Apples. You know what’s better? Apples covered in candy. (It’s true of all fruit really.) So I made some fun Halloween inspired caramel apples to satisfy my sweet tooth and get some of my fruit allowance for the day.

Here’s how I did it, and how you can do it too.

First gather your ingredients. Mainly caramel and apples and sticks, but you’ll also want to grab a bunch of different fall themed candy. It doesn’t really matter what you get, just walk through the candy aisle at Target and grab whatever catches your fancy.

Then follow the instructions on the caramel to melt it, only use vanilla almond milk instead of water for a richer and creamier caramel. If you don’t have a double broiler for melting, and I don’t because I don’t have space for that nonsense, you can use a small pot and a stainless steel mixing bowl.

Melt the caramel until it’s a gorgeous, silky texture. Then stare at it for a while and inhale the scent of happiness.

Then coat the apples.

Now the fun part – adding the candy! Do it however suits your fancy. But a tip – the peanut butter M&Ms are hard to stick. Make sure you have clean hands, because you’ll need to cup the apple in your hands and squeeze a bit to get the nuts and candy to really stick in to the caramel.

Then melt your chocolate and white chocolate chips for drizzling, and be sure to add food coloring to make the white chocolate orange! If you add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the chip, they’ll melt with a smoother texture.

Now drizzle them and add sprinkles! But do it with more patience than I had. If you take the time to put the melted chocolate in a Ziploc with a small hole cut in it you’ll have more control and a prettier drizzle. Instead I used a spoon and ended up with globs.

And here’s my final assortment! These were fun to make, but even more fun to eat. You’re definitely going to want to use a knife to cut these – with all that deliciousness on them it’s going to be way too hard to take bites out of.

About Last Night – 10/26/14

27 Oct

Weekends mean catch up time!

The Biggest Loser

I like the challenges that involve the trainers, but I do question the wisdom of them all wearing jeans to a challenge with the possibility of being dunked in a pool.

Modern Family

LOOK WHO’S ON MY TV IT’S FIONA! I LOVE HER SHE’S THE BEST! Other stuff happened too. But all that matters is that my friend was on Modern Family!

black-ish

They changed the format, I guess in the last episode, where they do this voicover-viedeotape-let-me-rewind-that thing now. I don’t think I like it. It also seems really early in the series to be doing their take on “a very special episode”. I also kind of hate all of the kids. Way too kitschy and over the top with the over acting. They’re like caricatures of children. I think I’m taking this one off the DVR.

On the Menu

This week the restaurant we’re cooking for is Planet Hollywood. This is a weird choice, because the failing Hard Rock Cafe knockoff only has four locations in the US. What are the kicked off contestants going to do with their $500 gift cards? I like that the premise of this show is that you can go try the winning dish right away. Except on this episode. Which is a shame, because I love dessert.

The Mysteries of Laura

Jake continues to be the absolute worst. What kind of police captain doesn’t know anything about his own department’s budget and payroll? But I suppose every show needs a maddening villain. The writing is still on point and I love the twists and turns every episode takes. Nothing is as it seems.

Nashville

Zoe is turning into even more of a sad sack than Scarlett. Will is a moron. I adore Juliette. Scarlett is supposed to be writing fun songs. Someone may need to pull her aside and explain what “fun” means. Teddy and Jeff. Would a rogue meteor be too much to hope for? The kids may be awful, but they do have valid points. While I’m hoping for meteors, I’d like one to hit Layla too. And Avery, unless he can get his teenage girl drama emotions under control right quick. I thought that I would hate Derek, but he turns out to be kind of a stand up guy. Rayna continues to take the moral high ground, “they should not be allowed to take these photos!” while exploiting every possible second her life at her family’s expense, then she’s upset when everyone’s life continues while she’s gone. “What do you MEAN the world doesn’t revolve around ME?” Morons, the lot of them. Someone remind me again why I watch this show? And why do I bother recapping it? Go read Ashley Spurgeon’s recaps, they’re much better than mine. (My theory on this whole season? Everyone knows they were lucky to get a third season and there’s not a prayer of a fourth, so they all just got drunk and wrote some words on paper. Plot? Logic? Rational? lolwut?)

Cristela

I binge watched the first three episodes and I’m really liking it so far. I’ve been burned by too many new sitcoms this season to declare my love for it just now, so I’m placing it in the “it’s not you, it’s me, I’ve been hurt before, can we take it slow and see where this goes?” pile for now.

Last Man Standing

I like the episodes with the Larabees. The dynamic between Chuck and Mike is hilarious.

Weekly Round Up – 10/24/14

24 Oct

Here’s some cool stuff from this week…

Scary Mommy Thanksgiving

The Scary Mommy Thanksgiving Project is one of my favorite causes to donate to every year. Can you help make Thanksgiving happen for a family in need?

Run Hard Rock Cafe

The Run Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood 5K is upon us! There’s still time to register for this fun race to benefit My Friend’s Place. Plus, I’ll be there. So that’s an added incentive.

NoHo Lit Crawl

My friend Danielle and I went to the NoHo Lit Crawl on Wednesday and had a great time. My favorite part? Dramatic readings from childhood favorites like Goosebumps and The Babysitter’s Club.

Pit Fire Pizza

After the Lit Crawl we had dinner at Pit Fire Pizza, where we were given modeling clay for reasons I don’t understand. But while we waited for our food Danielle made me a beautiful rendering of the Little Mermaid.

AlertID

Last night I went to the launch party for AlertID, a new app that keeps you up to date on happenings in your neighborhood with public safety alerts and the like. I got to meet the lovely founder and eat some amazing food, so all in all it was a pretty great night.

CHOC Walk

22 Oct

I can’t believe the CHOC Walk has already come and gone! I dilly dallied in writing this post. Partly because I didn’t want the fun to be over, and partly because the idea of going through my 300+ pictures from the walk made me want to take a nap.

First, I gathered my essentials. I put the Blogging While Walking logo on a tee shirt, added Mickey Mouse ribbons to my shoes, painted my nails a sparkly blue, wore my adorable With Love From OC necklace, and of course had my Blogging While Walking team sign. Then I was ready to go!

At the start of the walk, in the pre-dawn hours in Disneyland, Main Street was solid people as far as you could see, and more. This year there were more than 16,000 walkers!

Mickey and Minnie themselves kicked off the walk, with fireworks and confetti that I wasn’t able to get a decent picture of. And then we were off!

But first, let me take a selfie.

And then another selfie. Because look who was outside of Sleeping Beauty’s castle! The fairies!

I ended up not needing my sign to rally the team, but I didn’t want to carry it around for nothing, so I took “sign selfies” in front of Disneyland and California Adventures landmarks. My favorite is that center image. Disneyland’s third shift custodial cast members stayed late to cheer on walkers and thank us for being a part of the CHOC Walk. Honestly, this is one of the things that choked me up. All of these people who had worked hard all night stayed even later just to wave and offer encouragement. It was amazing.

It was so great to see thousands of people who had woken up in the middle of the night to walk for the kids CHOC serves. There were teams of patients, teams of survivors, and teams in memory. I have pictures of some of the teams, but posting them feels like an invasion of privacy, even though they were in a public place waving signs. I don’t know, it just didn’t feel right to post them. But to say it was inspiring and emotional to see all of these families celebrating the care their children received at CHOC would be a massive understatement.

There were favorite characters all along the route, and walkers had the opportunity to stop and pose for pictures. I don’t care how old you are, there’s still a rush of excitement from seeing your favorites in the park. Or maybe I’m just a big old kid inside. It’s probably that one.

As an aside, this is the best photo of Sleeping Beauty’s castle that I will ever take.

And then, all too soon, the finish line was in sight. There was a party at the Downtown Disney finish, with announcers offering encouragement and congratulations to all the teams finishing the 5K walk.

I even got my first 5K medal! (And yes, I am totally counting it.) Granted, it was for my fundraising efforts and not finishing the walk, but I think that just makes it even more exciting.

The CHOC Walk was so much fun, and such a rewarding experience. I had such a great time, that I’m doing it again next year! Let me know if you want to be a part of the 2015 Blogging While Walking team! As of this writing, our team has raised $1,888, and you can continue donating to Blogging While Walking until October 31!