Monthly Archives: August 2014

10 reasons why you should watch (or rewatch) Twin Peaks

twin peaks 2 We started watching Twin Peaks this summer. Ray had previously watched the first season but it was completely new to me. Twin Peaks premiered in 1990 and despite it’s following, it was cancelled after only 2 seasons. It’s currently available on Netflix and I highly suggest you watch it! Here are a few reasons why:

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1. Special Agent Dale Cooper. Before watching Twin Peaks I was not a fan of Kyle Maclachlan because the only role I really knew him from was Charlotte’s husband in Sex and the City. If you’ve seen Sex and the City you know he isn’t the nicest character and if you know me, you know I relate most with Charlotte because we both have brown hair. All that to say, I’m glad his role in Sex and the City didn’t taint him forever in my brain because his role as Special Agent Dale Cooper is amazing. SADC is smart, intuitive, quirky, lovable and a sugar addict. I love how he loves the town and people of Twin Peaks.

2. Twin Peaks is wonderful and strange. So very strange.twin peas 4

3. Twin Peaks is edgy and tame at the same time. To say Twin Peaks is edgy seems odd because we can turn on the tv anytime of the day and see zombies eating people or gratuitous sex scenes. Twin Peaks has an edgy story with edgy characters, something we DON’T always see in current tv.

4. Hour long episodes. While the show was cancelled after 2 seasons, the episodes are an hour, thus making it easier to prolong the Twin Peaks experience. twin-peaks-635

5. The wardrobes. Bolo ties, giant sweaters, classic suits, saddle shoes, diner uniforms, red lipstick, eye patches.

6. Rich minor characters. Even the most minor characters exhibit rich personalities. My favorite, of course, being the Log Lady.

7. This absolutely terrifying scene.

8. David Duchovny as a woman. No explanation needed.

9. Quotable and so many catch phrases!
– Fire Walk With Me
– “The owls aren’t what they seem.”
– “Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.”

10. Musical Scores. I’ll be honest, at first the music bothered me. It’s strange, a little slow and from 1990. As I kept watching the show I think the score started to become an additional character. Another odd and quirky character that I came to love.CATHERINE E. COULSON

Give this show a try! I can guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it!

Nailed It

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As much as I’m ready for fall weather, I’m still really into bright summer nail colors. Both of these colors are summer purchases for me and they were both great decisions!
In the Cab-ana by Essie
The More the Merrier by Essie
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This past week has been heavy for me. Sometimes it can just be a little exhausting to listen to (or read) conversations and arguments about race, religion, politics, rights, legitimacy of ice bucket challenges, etc. over and over again. While all of those are important and should be talked about, I’m going to take a break and listen to my new jam Shake it Off by T-Swift because… #weekend!!!

Have a good weekend!

Baking with Allison: Blueberry Hand Pies

pie 1pies 2Ray’s dessert of choice is always pie. Berry pie to be exact. After our berry pickin’ extravaganza a few weeks ago, we had an abundance of blueberries and I knew I wanted to make hand/mini blueberry pies for Ray. A few things you should know first:
1. I’ve never made a pie.
2. I’m really bad at rolling dough.
3. I’m not usually a fan of pie crust.

So, don’t be angry when I tell you I used store bought pie crust. I know it’s really easy to make pie crust at home and I’ve seen Ray do it many times… I just can’t be bothered. Also, this is the easiest “recipe” in the world.pie 3

1 package of pre-made pie crust
2 cups of berries (I used blueberry)
1/2 lemon
1/4 cup of sugar
a couple dashes of cinnamon
1 egg

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Unroll your pie crusts and cut out 4″ circles. Combine berries and sugar. Squeeze 1/2 a lemon over the berry mixture and add a couple dashes of cinnamon. I smashed my berry mixture a bit because I prefer that texture, but feel free to just let those guys hang out whole. After your berries and sugar have lived together for a while, add a couple spoonfuls to the middle of your crust circles. Pinch your crust circles so your filling doesn’t fall out. whisk together your egg with a little water and wash over your pies and sprinkle some sugar on top. Bake for about 16 minutes or until golden. Voila! Best served with homemade ice cream. 😉