Hello, Friday and a resounding bonjour! to you all.
Today I am starting something new. But before I go into that please allow me to announce a winner to my ice cream combination contest (go to the linked post to see what I’m talking about).
First of all, thanks to everyone who participated – I appreciate your input and the yummy combination ideas! I especially appreciate those who did the Social Media Challenge – so. fun. Okay, now for a winner: Tracy R.!!! Congrats! Chocolate and raspberry sounds delicious – I can’t wait to start creating!
Thanks again to everyone who participated, I hope you will continue to visit! Also, don’t forget that if you are interested in Land of Nosh you can sign up for a free trial (soo easy to do) and try it out for 30 days. Trust me and go check it out!
Back to the original topic: Every Friday (at least I am going to try for every Friday…) I will be posting Friday Digs; things I’m in to/digging.
This is a list of things I like/love and want to share! The list could include anything, really. But the every week appearances will be: a movie, music, recipe link, and a children’s book.
Behind my picks:
I love movies, enough said. Just kidding! I love old movies, so every week I will share with you one old movie I think worth watching (because I know everyone else out there just loves classic movies…not). Don’t worry, a couple of more modern options will show up on rare occasion – as long as I find it worth watching, it will be posted here!
My brothers and I have this thing going called B-movie night where every Wednesday we pick a movie we normally wouldn’t take the chance watching on a normal movie night. You know, the plot sounds iffy, the stars are people you’ve NEVER heard of, and it can be either really painful, hilarious (because it’s so bad), or actually kind of good (those are rare), but we love it!
This week’s movie:
Mrs. Miniver: one of my all time favorite movies (which is why I am posting it first). Nothing portrays classic wartime 1940’s like this movie. I’m not good at explaining why I love things, but I think one reason I like this is because it portrays something that existed then that sadly does not exist today. It can be humorous, cute, and a little sad, but it is SO worth watching!
Of course if you have read my about page, you know that I adore classical music. (I’m an oddball; old movies? classical music? you bore me! I’m sorry?) I have been studying the piano for eleven years now and can’t imagine life without it. There is just something to be found in classical music that lacks in modern offerings (in a way, like old movies). There are other genres I like as well, but classical is the one I would choose if I could have nothing else.
So every week I will be providing you with a little musical pick of mine… fun, no?
This week’s musical pick:
10 Pieces from Romeo and Juliet Op.75 no.10 by Sergei Prokofiev (performed by Ayako Uehara)
I am currently learning this fantastic work by Prokofiev and am on No. 10 right now. I asked my teacher if was OK to go out of order so that I could learn this one before some of the others! This has become a big favorite of mine. Even though it was just transcribed (by Prokofiev himself) from the orchestral version written for the ballet and probably would not be considered very substantial in the whole of piano repertoire, there is so much here. I love works that have a clear story behind them as it makes it easier for me to categorize the emotions which go into the piece. The emotion and utter heartbreak in this one piece (Romeo Bids Juliet Farewell) from the whole work just really draws one in and grips your heart. I hope you enjoy it!
I’m always, ALWAYS finding new recipes. I’m not sure if there is a day that goes by when I haven’t found at least one new recipe. Who doesn’t want a new recipe? Exactly. Every Friday I will share with you a drool worthy recipe that, well, I think worth sharing! Some I have tried and some I will have yet to try.
This week’s recipe:
Bacon and Goat Cheese Aioli Burger with Crispy Onions from The Food Charlatan! This burger is just as good as it looks (says the voice of experience) and I highly recommend that you make these beauties as soon as you can! The lemon aioli alone is amazing and um, *clears throat*, delicious with fries… I bet they would also be amazing with these Bacon Baked Beans (from The Food Charlatan, as well) of which I will be trying myself tonight – can’t wait!! Click on the picture for burger recipe.
And last but certainly not least, children’s books.
Again, if you have read my about page, you will see that children’s picture books is a love that both my mom and I share. In a way I guess you could say that I am very passionate about this subject. As a child you could never read too many books to me. A trip to the library was FUN! I would take in my rolling backpack and stuff it full with books. On any day I could content myself with a stack of picture books. Or there was the yearly treat of my mom taking my brother and I to the local children’s book shop (which is now closed because NOBODY reads in Texas!) where I would while away the afternoon sitting on their couch reading. I could say a lot about my ♥♥ love ♥♥ of children’s books but I shall try to be considerate and keep things brief.
All of this is just to say that I would love nothing more than every week to share a children’s book (picture or chapter) with you guys because either you know a child who loves them (a sad rarity these days…) or because hey, you like them yourself!
This week’s book:
Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha. One of my favorite picture books which became more of a reality on my trips to Connecticut. I have a great fondness for the East Coast, the ocean, and the life that lives beneath the water (I’m a bit of a sea life geek) so this book really hit a soft spot! It’s so sweet – after reading it, I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me you wanted to go find some moon jellies! ;)
To put a close to things today, let’s end with a little Wodehouse, shall we?
“There are moments, Jeeves, when one asks oneself, ‘Do trousers matter?'”
“The mood will pass, sir.”
― P.G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
I hope you get some enjoyment out of these things – until next Friday, happy weekend!