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Friday, November 20th, 2009
5:25 pm - Tagged
I got tagged! I got Tagged - thanks ellisbelle

FIRST: If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question.

SECOND: Tag eight sexy people. Don't refuse to do that like a pansy. Unless you really don't want to of course. And if you're not tagged and you want to do it, then do!

Favorite song right now?:
Breaking Dishes by Rihanna

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What did you last eat?:
Lava Cakes with Spiced Cream

What kind of books do you read?:
I am currently focused on reading every Stephen King book in order published.
(currently the Shining)

What's your favorite comfort food?:
Mashed Potatoes

What's really creepy?:
The idea that we have gone so insane as a nation that it is somehow ok for us to bomb the moon... it's like something out of some distopian nightmare.

Name one odd item within five feet of you:
A beautiful china doll that reminds me of a Young Kathryn Janeway (from the episode where Tuvok had the virus that implanted false memories.)

What's your current fandom / obsession / addiction?:
Eastwick and Desperate Housewives

What dish do you make when you want to impress?
Seafood Canoli or Lava Cakes

What are you most excited for?:
December first to January 2nd

What websites do you always visit when you go online?:
gmail, lj, google reader

What was the last thing you bought?:
A handmixer, new more sturdy tongs & a new pyrax bowl for minerva_fan to take stuff to potlucks in.

If you could have any pet, what would it be?:
a collie or a german shepard

What do you want right this minute, off the top of your head?:
A Kitchen Aid

Where is the place you like to return to in order to calm down / relax / etc.?:
My wife's arms

What's your favorite dessert?
My Coffee Nebula Cake(named after the infamous line from Voyager)

Are there any bits of childhood that you miss?:
Trick or Treating

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter?:
Spring... though cooking for the seasons has brought a new excitment to all of them.

Say something to the person who tagged you:
No fair stealing my wife so I can't tag her! ::Sticks out Tounge:: ;P
That and FINISH IT already! =)

Tagging:

ayeshadream
badgirl2bad4u
blindguy02
forr_jenn
harmonyheifer
lunacydecadence
nimuejohn
schnurble

Pleaes comment here with the link if you take me up on it - because I want to make sure I don't miss it. =)

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Monday, October 26th, 2009
1:58 pm - Halloween Party 2009
The party was a huge success.
Apparently people where Deb works are still talking about the food...
One of these days I'm going to learn how to do more for a party then make good food, but I'm so far off of what most "grown ups" consider fun that I never seem to know what to do on for party games and the like.

Been slacking on the movie front - got on a Voyager kick and I've been watching that instead.
Going to try to fix that tonight by watching the Innocents.
Saw Trick R Treat and Stay the night of my party... Stay sucked but Trick R Treat was pretty cool. Not as cool as the hype would lead you to believe - but cool.

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Monday, October 19th, 2009
5:15 pm - Keepers For Next Year's Party
Elvira Mistress Of the Dark
Witches of Eastwick
The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight
It
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer
Rose Red
1408
Dark City
Final Destination
From Within
Seance

Films I might watch

The Death of Ian Stone

Movies with no Reviews

Silent Hill
Jeepers Creepers 1
Jeepers Creepers 2
Stay Alive
Wicker Man
Practical Magic
Dead End

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1:30 pm - Halloween 2009 Continues
We've watched a couple of good flicks in the last few days - one of which I just reviewed.
We went on a Halloween Scavenger Hunt (more on that later), delivered Halloween Party invites, eaten good food. (Check out fey_cooks), went on the Old Louisville Haunted Bus tour.

In short it's been good Halloween fun all around =)
We also decided to see if we could find a couple of good Halloweenesque Voyager episodes because I was jonsing for a Janeway fix and we decided on Night from Season 5.

Now I just need to get the place cleaned up, decorate and create a cooking list.

Halloween Party Plan:

Monday: Buy a crown for my costume & Create the menu
Tuesday: Clean up the house
Wednesday: Decorate & Shop
Thursday: Make any of the food that can be done ahead
Friday: Last Minute Details

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1:28 pm - Seance

Séance




Movie Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
In Brief: Bored college kids summon more trouble then they can handle.

minerva_fan Says: "No… no… uh nope… not going to watch this next year either – too creepy for me.”

Net FlixSynopsis: Dorm life comes with a twist for coed Lauren (Kandis Erickson) and her roommate: The mischievous ghost of a little girl haunts their room. But their decision to hold an impromptu séance to get rid of the spirit only serves to awaken a far more malevolent presence. Now, the ghost of a demented killer stalks the halls determined to continue his murderous work. Director Mark L. Smith also penned the script for this chilling slasher flick.

My Synopsis: Just when you thought it was safe to turn the lights on…

What I love best about this movie is the number of horror clichés it turns upside down.
In most flicks of this sort the trick is to stay in the light – in Séance the light’s a killer. In most horror flicks you get either a straight guts and gore or somewhat safe flick from start to finish – Séance lures you into a false sense of security and then smacks you upside the head towards the end. Another bonus? They don’t commit the same number of bonehead maneuvers as most characters in a horror flick – which makes this scarier because it’s so much closer to real.

This movie is cliché on many levels, somewhat stupid at times, extremely low budget… and yet it works. It is creepy, moderately intense and hosts some of the best one liners I’ve heard yet this season.

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I highly recommend this movie for: Anyone into body count movies who doesn’t mind a low budget done well.

Séance is straight forward, a simple body count story told well.

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Sunday, October 11th, 2009
1:45 pm - Still Running Behind
You know the weirdest thing has happened since I started trying to blog all of this... something that has never really happened to me before - I seem to have gotten a real life... and now I am having a hard time finding time to blog... please bear with me.

In view of this new life of mine - I am going to limit my full reviews to those movies that I actually liked =)

The Ninth (the day we're up to now) was a great deal for Halloween fun...
We actually ended up going to see Abbot and Costello meets Frankenstein at our local restored State Theater... it was really kind of cool - and it kept minerva_fan squeeing all night.

The movies:

From Within

Skeleton Key - This movie was really intense the first time, but it seems that once all of it's secrets have been revealed (after the first watching) it's actually kind of dull. With exactly 2 characters I found truly likable - 1 of whom we see for a grand total of 5 minutes and the other is primarily non verbal due to a stroke.

The Meal
This meal had nothing to do with the movies - I needed something quick and easy.

Please excuse the under construction nature of fey_cooks but I wanted to get these recipes to you and I haven't had a chance to finish building yet.

Bagels w Salmon w Egg Baskets

Egg Baskets
Home Baked Bagels

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1:45 pm - The Party Thus Far
Master List of All Synopsis:

Ocotber 1st - In which I reveiw Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Witches of Eastwick and teach you to make the cheesecake recipe that my wife is still talking about.

October 2nd - In which I review three Goosebump disks, including The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight.

October 3rd - In which I reveiw the movie It and tell you all about my Saturday pumpkin and culinary adventures...

October 4th - In which I reveiw The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer and Rose Red, while attempting a meal from the early 1900's.

October 5th - In Which I Review 1408 and Silver Bullet, and teach you how to make a proper hot dog at home.

October 6th - In Which I Review The Death of Ian Stone and Dark City, while proffering a great recipe for Fish and Chips.

October 7th - 8th - In Which I do a breif reveiw of Eastwick and Final Destination, and offer up four great recipes including a Dark and Milk Chocolate Cake recipe.

October 9th - In Which I do a breif reveiw of Eastwick and Final Destination, and offer up four great recipes including a Dark and Milk Chocolate Cake recipe.

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12:59 pm - From Within

From Within




Movie Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
In Brief: From Within is a chilling, tale of what happens when everyone wants an eye for an eye… when religion (whether Christian or Wiccan) becomes an excuse for vengeance.

minerva_fan Says: "This is one of the best horror movies I have ever seen.”

Amazon Synopsis: When a rash of mysterious suicides strikes the idyllic burg of Grovetown, it galvanizes the faith of the largely Christian community, which staunchly clings to its evangelical beliefs. Convinced that the deaths are the work of something far more sinister than sheer fate, teenagers Lindsay (Elizabeth Rice) and Aidan (Thomas Dekker) band together to unearth the real culprits … and uncover a shocking revelation.

My Synopsis: An eye for an eye and the whole world ends up blind.

I really like this movie – it might be a bit slow for some folks… there isn’t a lot of action in the modern sense of the term. There is limited gore – most of the horror in this movie comes from the slow sense of suspense that it builds. And from the philosophical questions that it brings up.

The visuals are beautiful and despite myself I am still madly in love with Sadie (and love the somewhat subtexty hints that our dear Sadie might prefer ladies.)

There’s even a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming – one that really pushes those question of right, wrong, and is vengeance ever acceptable into play.

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I highly recommend this movie for: Those who are looking for at least a veneer of philosophy and depth in their horror movies

From Within wont be for everyone – and that’s ok, it’s not trying to be.
It will however, appeal to those who crave stories that look at the world in a different way, and who believe that horror movies should be about more then clear cut good and evil, simple morality and lots of action and gore.

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Saturday, October 10th, 2009
11:12 am - Two Days Late
Let's talk about the 7th... we didn't do anything Halloween at all we even missed Eastwick. Deb came home and we drove up to Louisville and had dinner at Erica's German Resturant - which I have been craving for weeks.

The 8th - I will give you cliff notes on, and then I will go back to my regular posting scheduale later tonight (and post yesterday for you guys).

The Movies:

Final Destination - One of my favorite flicks in this genre - and without a doubt my favorite of the 3.. or should I say 4. Tony Todd is hot as death... "That's one mack daddy you do not want to fuck with." And I loved the entire concept - one of Deb's favorite horror concepts as well. Clear without a doubt is one of my all time favorite scream queen characters.

Eastwick - Ok this is not a movie - but we downloaded the episode off of ABC because frankly we can't stand to miss it at this point - and actually love it more then Sons of Anarchy. Charmed meets Desperate Housewives, with just a pinch of Practical Magic thrown in for fun.

The Menu: I did a french menu in honor of the kids going to France in Final Destination.

French Baggutes
French Oinion Soup

Creamy Basil Pasta

Milk and Dark Chocolate Cake

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Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
1:33 pm - Because Halloween is a Great Time to Fuck With Your Head
We got drunk bubba put up yesterday – true to form the first time I went out to check on him he was laying flat on his back staring up at the sky. (I’ll put all of our decoration pictures up at once.)

One of the best things about last night was watching the special features attached to Dark City.

It amazes me how intelligent and deep this movie is – and getting a peek into the mind of the guy who put it together was gratifying.

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Well that’s the latest installment kiddies – I’ll see you again tomorrow morning.
Happy Haunting boys and ghouls!

*note - If you want to make sure you get the synopsis every day without searching through my LJ, you can track my form my user page using the Tag Halloween 2009 Synopsis. (If you don't know how and you need help just ask.)

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1:22 pm - Fish & Chips
2 Cod fillets (I used thick cut white fish)
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 cup Guinness or Ginger Ale
2 tbsp. EVOO
1 egg, beaten
1/3 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. milk
1 large russet potato
Vinegar or Tartar sauce
6 cups vegetable oil


For Chips:

Pre-heat oven to 350
Cut the potato into thick fries (I use one of those little apple cutters)
Roll in olive oil, and seasoning of your choice (I use garlic and salt)
Pop in oven for 35 minutes
put on broil for 3 minutes to help brown and crisp

You can turn the oven off and keep them in the oven to keep them warm if need be.

For Fish

Start Vegetable Oil to heat up on stove or in fry daddy (heat on medium)
combine 1 cup of flour, 1 egg beaten (this is important as it will make mixing much easier), 1 cup Ginger Ale, and 2 tbs milk to make a batter. If batter still needs to be thinned add more ginger ale.

Dredge fish through regular flour to coat and then dip in the batter, and dredge through flour again before dropping into frier.

Let each plank cook for about 2 minutes - then flip and 2 another two minutes... (time varies according to your cooker.)

For Tartar Sauce:

Mayo
Pickle Relish
Lemon Juice

Mix to your taste and serve alongside the fish.

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1:17 pm - Dark City

Dark City: The Director’s Cut




Movie Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
In Brief: Dark City is a cult classic, and with good reason.

minerva_fan Says: "Is it just me or was Jennifer Connelly in a coma the entire movie?”

Amazon Synopsis: Alex Proyas directs this shadowy sci-fi masterpiece about a man (Rufus Sewell) who awakens to find himself accused of murder in a strange city. Now, he must untangle his jumbled memories while eluding both the police and a woman claiming to be his wife (Jennifer Connelly). This special edition director's cut boasts 11 minutes of new footage, plus commentary from Proyas, screenwriters Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer and film critic Roger Ebert.

My Synopsis: What happens when you wake up to realize that everything you thought you knew about your life – is a lie?

This movie (which I am sure most of you have seen by now, and if not – why not?) catches hold of your imagination from the first moment John Murdock appears on screen, and doesn’t let go until the closing credits.

Visually – Dark City is one of the most stunning movies I have ever seen, the depth of philosophy and thought that go into this movie is a gift to its audience. The sound is amazing – the characters interesting and capable of provoking a deep sense of familiarity in viewers.

The only true flaw in Dark City is Jennifer Connelly who manages to be so dull she prompted my wife to ask if she was in a comma during filming. She actually managed to make one of my favorite songs Sway Me Now boring.

Despite Connelly’s rather lackluster performance Dark City stands heads and shoulders above the competition – and best of all? It didn’t make the same mistake as it’s most oft heralded counterpoint The Matrix… Dark City stopped while it was still intensely interesting.


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I highly recommend this movie for: Sci Fi fans, those who prefer their movies to make them think.

A deep and intense look into the reality of humanity – not on the outside but on the inside… a film that manages to be a feast for the eyes while making us ponder what it is that makes us distinctly human.

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12:42 pm - The Death of Ian Stone

The Death of Ian Stone




Movie Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
In Brief: This was a solid film with a new spin on an old idea.

minerva_fan Says: "You realize I am never going to be able to pass a stopped clock again without twitching right??”

Amazon Synopsis: On an otherwise ordinary night, the young Ian Stone encounters a mysterious creature and is forced into the path of an oncoming train. Rather than facing certain death, Ian finds himself reborn into a new life that feels strangely familiar. After his second death,it becomes apparent that Ian is being hunted by an evil presence, and will be forced to die every day until he can solve the mystery of his own life.

My Synopsis: What’s not to like about a dark beauty in red leather?

Apparently everything.
Is it wrong that I found our primary antagonist a rather luscious raven haired beauty to be the most attractive female in the movie? Ah well if loving her is wrong…

You can’t help but draw parallels between this movie and Dark City – but the more I ponder the ways they are alike the more I realize how very different these two movies are. While Dark City falls more into Sci Fi, Ian Stone is definitely a solid entry in the horror genre. Where Dark City is deep and intelligent and philosophical, Ian Stone is fast paced, simple enough for any audience to grasp, and a great deal of fun… with maybe just a pinch of philosophy thrown in for good measure.

It’s really hard to say much more about this movie without giving away primary points to the plot – since a great deal of the suspense is in the discovering of who Ian is and what is going on. Given that – watch the movie… then come back and talk to me. =)


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I highly recommend this movie for: Anyone who likes stories about changing realities, creature lovers, horror fans who like the concept that love conquers all.

If you’re looking for something romantic, fun, kind of creepy and only mildly gory this Halloween season pick up The Death of Ian stone – it offers all the best of a date movie with artistically designed creatures and lots of blood.

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
1:35 pm - Rooting for the Wherewolf
Yesterday was a bit long… started a new Sims game that revolves around the development of a town built by witches, that’s kind of fun.

Didn’t do much except watch movies in the way of Halloween fun yesterday – but Deb dug out Drunk Bob (Our Scarecrow that we can never get to really stand up so he’s always standing at a funky angle…)

Not much in the way of spooky surprises – but I didn’t get out much either.

One of the best things about last night was making fun of Silver Bullet with Deb.

Seriously we’re hoping that Stephen was going for a spoof – otherwise it is no official, even Stephen can really blow it now and again.

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Well that’s the latest installment kiddies – I’ll see you again tomorrow morning.
Happy Haunting boys and ghouls!

*note - If you want to make sure you get the synopsis every day without searching through my LJ, you can track my form my user page using the Tag Halloween 2009 Synopsis. (If you don't know how and you need help just ask.)

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1:27 pm - Silver Bullett

Silver Bullett




Movie Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
In Brief: This could have been 4 out of 5 stars if it had been meant to be a spoof.

minerva_fan Says: "Is this supposed to be funny?”

Amazon Synopsis: Based on Stephen King's novella CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF, SILVER BULLET concerns a small mountain community terrorized by a half-man/half-beast of folklore. After an encounter with the murderous werewolf, wheelchair-bound Marty Coslaw (Corey Haim) becomes saddled with the unfortunate knowledge of the beast's human alter ego. With some help from his sister (Megan Follows), his goodhearted alcoholic uncle (Gary Busey), and his turbo-charged wheelchair, he sets out to rid the town of the murderous scourge. King also wrote the screenplay.

My Synopsis: Why Stephen? Why?

If this movie had been designed as a spoof it could have easily been a hit in this household, seeing as how we spent about ¾ of the movie laughing our asses off at the sheer stupidity.

This movie sucks on every possible front.
The acting is bad, the writing is bad, the directing is bad, the costumes are bad, well ok I guess the sound guy got it right… though more like he didn’t fuck it up and in this stinker that’s a feat of amazing proportions.

Seriously the stunning dialog (Stunningly bad that is) actually offered up such gems as “What’s the matter – you gonna make lemonade in your pants?” – coming from a kid maybe – but from a full grown woman?

The only semi decent point to this movie? Gary Busey of all people managed to put forth a performance that was both likeable and intentionally funny.

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I highly recommend this movie for: Anyone who wants a good laugh, if you’re one of those people who gets off on watching Mystery Science Theater – or the kind of movies Elvira used to host then put this in your queue behind Killer Tomatoes and have fun.

I can only hope that something went horribly wrong for Stephen somewhere – and this was not what he had in mind.

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12:58 pm - 1408

1408




Movie Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
In Brief: This was beyond a doubt one of the most insidious creep under your skin and rip out your brain movies I have seen in a very long time…

minerva_fan Says: "Evil Fucking Room”

Amazon Synopsis: What happens in room 1408 of the Dolphin may change Enslin forever--if he survives the first hour. The thrills range from jumpy "gotcha" moments involving mirror images, to more traditional horror fare like bleeding walls, to truly diabolical touches like the recurrence of the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun." (Shudder.) The film does a nice job of weaving the operatic horror effects with the truly heart-breaking backstory of the death of Enslin's young daughter and his marriage--perhaps the only two things Enslin has ever believed in. And thankfully, there's just enough humor to leaven the intensity at key moments; Cusack is unparalleled when it comes to delivering a self-deprecating wisecrack, even as his life passes before his eyes. Get your adrenaline pumping and check into this room. Oh, and sorry, no refunds. A.T. Hurley

My Synopsis: This one will break your heart – will fracturing your mind.

1408 is in my opinion Stephen Kings finest work to date – at least in reference to movies that straight out fuck with your head. Not since in the Mouth of Madness had any movie turned my brain so completely inside out and handed it back to me.

With plenty of shock moments, a bit of gore, and tons of supernatural backlash there is plenty here for the traditional horror fan. But in my opinion it is the back story that truly creeps into your soul and transforms this from your average horror flick to a work of art.

It delves elegantly into that dark place in the soul where regret, and anguish lives. Explores not only what it means to be driven mad from the outside – but what it is to be eaten alive from within.

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I highly recommend this movie for: Anyone who likes to be scared, is a fan of Stephen King’s work, likes more slow paced and intelligent films, would prefer to have your head messed with then to see a lot of blood, guts and gore.

1408 crept into my mind and refused to let go – making it one of my all time favorite movies in this genre.

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Monday, October 5th, 2009
1:59 pm - Another Day in Haunted Paradise
Yesterday was a bit hectic due to personal technical difficulties.
That said I still managed to get sort of caught back up =)

I’m back on track with my movies – having missed Something Wicked This Way Comes – but procuring a promise from the wife that we can watch it in November.

I got at least part of the decorating done – the Halloween Tree is up.
Still needs lights and spiders – but it’s up and it has its snake weaved through its branches. (Pic when it’s finished)

I also finished making the 40 treat bags for the upcoming month (Starting on the 10th we each get one bag a day.) Each bag contains Peanut M&Ms, Candy Corn and either a snickers or a kit kat. Our very own daily Trick or Treat until Halloween Night when we’ll have a full candy cauldron.

The first of my 3 movies came in (the ones I bought from Amazon) so I’m a happy girl. I am now the proud owner of Needful Things, now I’m just waiting for Sometimes They Come Back and Langoliers. (Yes – all Stephen King.)

I’m hoping to finish the decorating tonight – but we’ll see what happens.

Not much in the way of spooky surprises – what with most of the day being either at home or buying groceries.

One of the best things about last night was watching Diary of Ellen Rembauer.

We had never seen it before, and I wasn’t sure how it would hold up against Rose Red – but in the end I was very pleasantly surprised. In my opinion it is actually the superior movie.


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Well that’s the latest installment kiddies – I’ll see you again tomorrow morning.
Happy Haunting boys and ghouls!

*note - If you want to make sure you get the synopsis every day without searching through my LJ, you can track my form my user page using the Tag Halloween 2009 Synopsis. (If you don't know how and you need help just ask.)

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1:52 pm - Lemon Cream, Poundcake Trifle
The Pound Cake:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup superfine or castor sugar (You can get this by running table sugar in the food processor for a couple of minutes.)
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Pre-heat to 350

Put the butter into the food processor and spin
Add sugar and spin
Add each egg one at a time - spinning between each
Add Vanilla - Spin
Add Flour 1/2 cup at a time spining between each

The Lemon Cream

1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp lemon extract

Mix in food processor 1 min

The Chocolate Chips: Buy Some

I layered the pound cake, then the Cream then the Chocolate Chips...
Then did it one more time finishing with a sprinkle of the Chocolate chips on top.

D was a very happy girl. =)

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1:42 pm - Salmon in Govener's Sauce
1 can tomatoes
A Pinch of Salt
About 1/8th tsp Red Wine Vinegar
1/4 an onion
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbs djon mustard
Cloves, Ginger and Pepper to taste
2 Salmon filets
Rice - However much you want to make for 2 people
Chicken Broth - Enough to make your rice
Curry to taste

Make your rice however you normally would - but I recommend using broth instead of water.

Pre-heat oven to 350
Mix all of the ingredients except the salmon and curry in your food processor.
Put salmon in pan - pour tomato mix over salmon and bake in the oven for half an hour. (If you like your salmon well done. Cook for about twenty minutes otherwise.)

Mix curry into rice - lay a bed down on a plate top with salmon then spoon some of the tomato mix from the pan over the salmon and rice...

Serve. (Could probably get away with enough sauce for 3 - 4 people)... but it would stretch the sauce a little thin.

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1:37 pm - Rose Red

Rose Red





Movie Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
In Brief: A horrifying and somewhat disturbing romp into a haunted house, the team of psychics who wake her up, and one woman’s full tilt descent into madness.

minerva_fan Says: "The best line in a horror movie ever .‘Dee, it eats my relatives.’”

Amazon Synopsis: The chilling tale of dr. Joyce reardon an obsessed psychology professor who commissions a team of psychics and a gifted 15-year-old autistic girl annie wheaton to literally wake up a supposedly dormant haunted mansion rose red. Their efforts unleash myriad spirits and uncover horrifying secrets.

My Synopsis: The house is at it again.

Watching this after Diary of Ellen Rimbauer put so many things into perspective for me and I finally began to understand in depth what was happening to Joyce Reardon – the parapsychologist who after years of torment by her so called peers is a woman hell bent on completing her mission.

It seems to me that there are a great deal of parallels between the stories of Joyce and Ellen. Both strong women, both tormented by a man who for whatever reason wants to destroy them. Both driven to madness by the constant harassment of these men and both embraced and consumed by Rose Red.

While I find all of the characters compelling, and I have a deep love for each of them in my heart; the most compelling part of this story for me has always been Joyce’s slow descent into full tilt psycho. (Played brilliantly by Nancy Travis).

All of the pieces are there – you can understand what drives her, you find yourself rooting for her… and by the time you realize that she’s brought 6 other very likeable people into the pits of hell in order to carry out her own private vendetta – you forgive her because you get it.

Another interesting stand out character is Annie Wheaton a powerhouse of a psychic with Augsburg syndrome, played brilliantly by Kimberly J Brown. Annie is the catalyst through which the house awakens and reaches out for her newest victims – a stroke of genius on Stephen’s part because of the moral conundrum it offers. I also think that Annie offers an interesting counterpoint to Joyce as the two almost seem to step into the roles of April and Ellen Rimbauer furthering the connection between Joyce and Ellen.

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I highly recommend this movie for: Everyone, but particularly those who like haunted house stories… I do offer the warning that this movie can be extremely scary.

Rose Red remains a strong entry into the King collection of TV movies – and a great chiller for a Halloween Night.

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