If you couldn't tell from our movie poster wall (wait, could you seriously not tell?) David and I love watching movies. Really, who doesn't? Am I right? As I imagine most people face this difficulty as well, I have a hard time making myself sit down and watch a movie only because life gets busy and sometimes I end up watching 2 hours of The Office reruns instead (oh, no one else does that?). Well, to defer from those Office binges (but really just to subside them briefly) I decided to start a movie-a-month club. This is a no obligations club and you can join in or opt out whenever you feel like it! At the end of every month, there will be a post to discuss what we liked or didn't like about the movie, underlying themes or meanings, and certain visual aspects.
There are so many movies that I need/want/have to see and still haven't gotten the chance to, so I will be choosing movies that I have yet to see. If you have seen the movie already, feel free to re-watch it and join in on our end-of-the-month online discussion. I will try to choose movies that are easily available on Netflix and/or Amazon Prime. If you can't find it on either of those, I would suggest checking a local library out as they usually have films on hand.
This month, I chose 12 Angry Men. This film came out in 1957 and is about a juror who convinces the rest of the jury that the trial for the murder of a Spanish-American man's father. The movie slowly starts to magnify each indepent jurors own prejudices. This movie is based on a play and all of the movie action takes place of the stage of the jury room. The movie was nomintated for three Oscars and is #8 on IMDB's Top 250 list.
I hope to see you all back here at the end of the month and read about your thoughts on the movie! In addition, I'd really like to hear some of your suggestions for the upcoming months. Is there a particular movie or genre that you'd love to discuss in this series? If so, let me know in the comments! xoxo
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David and I are still slowly getting settled into our home (seriously, very slowly. We've been here for almost 8 months now!). One of the projects that David tackled was our awesome movie wall. We are both big fans of movies and after I had an idea of doing a gallery wall, David came up with this: framed posters and prints of our favorite films. It came together beautifully.
I didn't want to post a tutorial only because there really wasn't anything crazy awesome and groundbreaking about how he set up the wall. In fact, it was actually more simple than what most (more professional) people do. All he did was hang them up with push-pins first and then put in nails in the "official" places. He did such a great job of setting it up.
Two HUGE tips that I would have fo anyone considering doing this is to keep all your posters very simple. We kept a modern-ish theme to all of the posters we purchased and printed to keep it clean and simple without making it feel cluttered. We each chose a favorite movie to get a huge print of and then chose other favorites to have smaller prints of. The second tip being that you should really give some space to your frames. As much as I adore gallery walls that I have tighter spacing and diversifing objects, it just doesn't work with these posters because they're all so colorful and each one has one or more words on them, which is plenty to keep it looking fun.
Because it was very difficult to find small prints that we could purchase, David edited and printed all of the posters except the Rushmore, The Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Big Fish. In case you're wondering, we did consider re-naming this "The Wes Anderson Movie Wall." What can we say? We're huge fans.
If you were to make your own movie wall, which movie posters would you chose yourself? xoxo
p.s. The first three photos were taken with my iPhone 4S and edited with the Afterlight App. All other photos were taken with my Canon 60D, as usual.
It is impossible for me to drink black coffee. No way, not me! Most people have one sweet tooth, but I'm convinced my whole mouth is filled with the sweetest teeth of all (don't worry though, some how I've managed to not have any cavities!). Needless to say, I am a cream and sugar, yes please! kind of girl. My favorite thing to add is french vanilla creamer, but have you ever read the ingredient list on those things? In case you're wondering, there are over 15 (no, that's not a typo!) ingredients in those suckers! I'm definitely a big believer in the fact that even though it may not be "healthy" food, as long as it's homemade, it's significantly better than store-bought (see here, here, and here). So I made my own coffee creamer with only three ingredients! You're welcome in advance.
Some type of milk and deliciously sweet and creamy condensed milk. Right there is great stuff, but let's just add one more thing, shall we?
Add some vanilla! This is before it was whisked and so it looks awfully dark, but have no fears! Just mix those babies together and...
...the perfect hue of coffee creamer! Doesn't that look familiar to you? And it tastes so delicious!
I would like to pretend that this is what my coffee looks like when I'm done putting creamer in, but I'm not a liar and so I will be honest with you: my coffee looks more like milk. Also, David is the only one who makes it perfect for me.
to make french vanilla coffee creamer:
2 cups milk (any kind; I used skim milk)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract*
In a medium bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together until the condensed milk is well combined in the mixture. You'll be able to tell when it dissolves fully. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and it will last as long as your carton of milk lasts (a couple of weeks). Enjoy with your coffee and a donut, obviously.
*You can also try out different flavors and combinations using different types of flavored syrups or extracts.
I love eating out with David for date-nights! However, sometimes after a long day I'd rather be at home alone with David cooking up a nice meal! Here are some ideas for you to use as well!
1. Love Olive Garden? Try this delicious take on potato gnocchi soup and cheater breadsticks.
2. We are big fans of Thai food and David makes a delicious version of our favorite chicken katsu!
3. I love these chicken & biscuits with honey! Sooo delicious for a quick and yummy dinner!
4. We are also big fans of chicken burgers! I love this take on Champp's bruschetta burger and their delicious french fry dip!
5. Skip that fast food! Make your own version of chicken nuggets, crispy baked french fries, and don't forget the shake!
David and I were inspired by this post that the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess did. We made our own take on it with our favorite things! Can you guess who's on which side? The one above is our favorite guilty please snack: nutella with ice cream & graham crackers; chocolate chips.
Favorite Movies. Rushmore & Catch Me if You Can; The Royal Tennenbaums & Lord of the Rings.
Favorite Hobby. Reading cookbooks; Disc golfing.
Favorite after-workout drink. Chocolate milk; Gatorade.
Favorite book. The Great Gatsby; The Harry Potter series.
Favorite cat. Louie; Sammy. (Just kidding! We love them both equally!)
If you didn't already guess, I'm on the left and David is on the right. We had a blast doing this together and I'm actually considering printing some of these to hang in our house. What are some of your favorite things? xoxo
Over the weekend, my mom and I made a very quick (one-night) trip up to Traverse City to see my grandmas and my Aunt and cousins. Two short days is just never enough time to squeeze in enough laughter and hearing stories about my grandmas' lives and how they grew up. We had a spectacular couple of days though! Once we arrived, we headed off to a near-by farmer's market to stretch our legs and buy some cherries and mint brownies, because why not? We had a wonderful time walking around downtown and on the beach for a bit before heading back to the house to have the most delicious grilled turkey I have ever had. And yes, it was the only grilled turkey I've ever had, but it was wonderful none the less. We stayed up until midnight giggling and telling stories!
My grandmas have the most beautiful garden! The daisies that they have are absolutely gorgeous!
I love this picture of my mom, aunt, and grandma. They're the sweetest people I know!
The next day, we spent a long morning talking and relaxing around the house before we drove off to eat lunch. My grandmas brought us to this awesome place right on the water (I actually forgot what it was called though!) and I ordered the best turkey sandwich with bacon and cherry chutney on cherry wheat bread. There's no pictures of it though because it was just that good.
I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well! xoxo
The other day, David and I packed up a picnic of roasted tomatoes, marinated mozzerella balls, bruschetini, and blood orange San Pelegrinos. It was absolutely perfect outside, so we spread out our sheet under a shaded tree and snacked away. For dessert we brought Brussels (their Pepperidge Farm cookies and they're delicious!). I brought a candle, but there was too much of a breeze for it to even stay lit. If you're going out on a picnic, remember some plates, silverware, and napkins because they definitely come in handy!
1. Lemon Pancakes! Add some blueberries to the mix as well because it will make you happy. Unless you don't like blueberries, in which case, ignore that suggestion.
2. Cook up a big batch of waffles for you to eat for breakfast & then freeze the rest for a quick weekday breakfast!
3. I love French toast and this blueberry syrup makes it even better. Don't forget to make a batch of brown sugar bacon to go with it too! You'll thank me later. ;)
4. It might not be autumn yet, but any season is a good season for pumpkin waffles in my eyes.
5. Want a healthier option? Try out these super fluffy whole-wheat, Greek yogurt pancakes. They're so delicious! In fact, make a large batch of these and freeze some for the weekday as well. You can never have too many homemade frozen breakfast foods.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!