Sunday, November 19, 2017

What I have been watching in Netflix lately

***Clip courtesy of Netflix and Youtube*****

It's been a while since I have posted about what we are currently watching in our house on Netflix.  I have been a busy little binge-watcher lately.  So the first thing I watched was (finally) Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad...just to name a few.  This live action version of a Disney classic was spot on. The movie was visually stunning. The singing was top notch and it was easily worth all the hype.  This is one of my favorite stories of all time and once again Disney studios made it magical. I just loved everything about it and couldn't keep myself from singing along!

I love, love, love the Marvel Universe , which I am sure shows from some of my previous posts.  The Netflix/Marvel Studios orignal series have all been terrific and Luke Cage was the favorite in our house with a close 2nd by Jessica Jones.  And then we watched The Punisher......que explosive sound effects. It is so freaking good! Like I can't even begin to describe how much I loved it. The boyfriend and I stayed up all night on Friday watching all 13 episodes.  Can we just talk about what a complete badass Jon Bernthal is? I dare say this series knocked poor Jessica Jones down to 3rd. Luke Cage is still #1 though. This was the perfect way to curl up and watch on such a gloomy, rainy, weekend.

Sam Worthington is amazing in his role as the FBI profiler who captured the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski. Manhunt is an 8 episode series all on what it took to track down the Unabomber.  It is very dark and serious so not something to watch if you are not in the mood for that kind of thing. Also another series to check out on Netflix along the same lines is Mindhunter. This one is about the 2 FBI agents who put profiling on the map and it is very graphic and gritty.

The last thing we watched was a Netflix original movie called Mudbound. It is based on a book by the same name by author Hillary Jordan.  The story is about 2  families in the 1940's trying to farm land in the Mississippi Delta.  The  white McAllan family  and the black Jackson family. Though racially different there are some similarities between the 2 families.  They both have a loved one serving in WWII and they both want to make a successful life in farming.  Henry McAllan leaves and career as an engineer in the city to buy a farm in the middle of the Delta with dreams of owning his own piece of heaven.  Henry is very demanding and domineering and drags along his wife, 2 little girls, and his cranky racist father.  We meet his younger and more handsome brother Jamie briefly in the beginning of the movie but the he is shipped off to be a pilot in the war.  Hap Jackson and his wife Florence are farming on land that has been in his family for generations although he tells a story about how the deed to the property was taken away. They have several children and encourage them to believe they can do anything.  They are living on the land and paying wages all in the hopes of saving up enough money to buy their own property somewhere else.  Their eldest son, Ronsel, also gets sent overseas to fight in the 761st tank battalion.  He discovers pretty quickly that the negative, racist treatment he has been getting back home is not the same elsewhere.  He loves that they are treated just the same as their white counterparts by the people in Germany and Belgium. He meets and falls in love with a white woman in Germany but decides to return home wen the war ends. Ronsel and Jamie both have a hard time adjusting to life after war and the welcome that they each received back home.  They strike a friendship that immediately brings nothing but trouble to both families, especially Ronsel's.  The racial theme to this movie is so spot on to what it must have been like during that time, particularly in the south, and how long it has taken to get to a place where being friends with another race is no longer the worst thing you can do.  I think this is one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time. This is a must watch for sure. I hope it wins crazy awards.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

My Newest Foodie Book Addiction

 So this literally fell off the shelf of new releases in front of me in the library yesterday.  I was just browsing the shelves looking at what was new thinking to myself how very hungry I was when ....bam...there this was.  My photo of the cover does not do it justice but I really like how the background is black so that the plate of food is the focus.  I opened it up and omg the pictures inside are so gorgeously mouthwatering that I literally wanted to eat everything in it.  I mean just look at the picture below. How can you not want to stuff your face with such deliciousness?  The foreword is by Mario Batali which in itself speaks volumes as to the quality of the book.  It is broken up into 8 chapters ranging from drinks to "The Morning After" recipes.  Those were my favorites because I have absolutely been the person craving some super amazing food after a night of dancing and drinking.  The first recipe I am making....Bacon-and- Gravy Mac and Cheese.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Wife Between Us Blog Tour

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Ramses the Damned The Passion of Cleopatra by Anne Rice and Christopher Rice


*** I receieved an ARC of this from NetGalley however, all opinions are my own honest reactions to this novel.***

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Why Did I Wait So Long to Watch Stranger Things?

****Courtesy of Netflix and YouTube****

I have a confession.  Last year all my friends were going on and on about this new Netflix Original called Stranger Things.  My family and I started the first episode and within 20 minutes the boyfriend and the teenager both abandoned me.  I also stopped paying attention halfway through.  Why? WTF was I thinking?!  I threatened to watch it over the summer and never did but then all this hype started happening about the upcoming 2nd season and it really got my attention.  I put my foot down and last week we watched it.  I timed it to match up with the premier of Stranger Things 2 so we could binge watch all the episodes.  We were obviously all in the right mindset because we ALL loved this show.  It was so hard to turn off the TV each night during the week because we just had so many questions and desperately needed to know how it all turned out.



***Trailer courtesy of YouTube and Movieclips Trailers*****

 This past Friday night we binged all of season 2.  I LOVED IT ALL!! The characters all went through a growth process a bit since it starts almost exactly 1 year from when all the stuff went down in the first season.  I was super happy to see Eleven change and grow.  The new characters were a nice addition as well.  I wish I could go into detail but since many of you may not have seen this awesome show yet, I will not.  Just go watch it since as far as I'm concerned this is absolutely a 5/5 for me.

My Version of An Overview:

The show is set in the early 80's (very authentic setting and props) in Hawkins, Indiana.  A young boy goes missing under suspicious circumstances around the same time a whole lot of supernatural things start happening.  A strange girl shows up in town at the same time and she has some pretty unusual abilities.  The whole first season is based on keeping the girl safe and searching for what really happened to the missing boy.  There is also a super bad government conspiracy happening with the whole thing.
Season 2 picks up around the anniversary of when everything went crazy in the first season.  This season centers around the characters trying to figure out a new problem involving one of the main characters and finding a way to stop the awful creature tormenting everyone from spreading all over the town and killing everything. It also revolves around Eleven and her personal journey to find out who she really is and where she belongs. There are still more bad government people involved. This season is even darker than the first but it is just as amazing.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

My Current Cookbook Obsession!




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****Picture and description courtesy of NetGalley and Time Inc Books****

My Thoughts:

I was super excited that I was granted an ARC of this book by NetGalley and as always my thoughts  stated here are my honest opinions.

I love cooking and I am always on the lookout for new cookbooks. I have watched Valerie's show and TV and am always struck by how open and friendly she seems as well as how amazing her food always looks.  This book did not disappoint me at all. The recipes all sounded amazing and I can't even find the words to describe how gorgeous the pictures were.  I tried a few recipes out and hands down my favorite would have to be the Lobster BLTs. They were just so delicious. I loved how the chapters were organized and honestly felt that anyone could pick this book up and follow along without needing any special cooking skills.















Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Witch's Quest by Michelle Hauf



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