a sad day December 20, 2007
one night in December December 18, 2007
Ok, I’ve been remiss in my Dark Materials obsession duties. For anyone that doubts for a second that I went to the midnight (12:01am) screening Thursday night (technically Friday morning Dec. 7), oh ye of little faith. Of course I was there. I actually went to an 8pm showing of Juno while I waited, and loved it, but darn it all, that movie is only 98 minutes. I wandered the movie theatre, made a few calls, then went to the bathroom before the long haul of staking my claim for The Golden Compass. In the bathroom I saw a hand dryer so amazing, I felt the need to share it with you. It makes me wonder if I have an unhealthy interest in hand dryers, but this one was seriously cool and very effective. I figure I’ll wait and see, if I feel compelled to take a picture of a third hand dryer, I’ll ditch the whole librarian thing and start working on my coffee table book of Hand Dryers Across America.
As for the movie, I don’t really have too much to say. The movie’s beautiful, I definitely want to see it again. I think the casting was great and yet, somehow the movie didn’t capture “it.” I’m not sure if no movie could, or if this movie couldn’t, but for whatever reason, the greatness of the book doesn’t translate. And something I will blame completely on Chris Weitz is the ending. It stinks. Royally. It’s a total let-down, and it’s BORING. And it came after only two hours – I know my audience at least could have easily, even happily stayed for another half hour, and if they were hell-bent on not giving us the real ending (which is the OPPOSITE of boring), they could have at least added some more fun stuff in the middle. Anyhoo, this review pretty much sums it up to me. Like I said, I enjoyed the movie, I’ll mostly likely see it again, even own it, but I won’t be that sad if they don’t make the other two movies, and I’m sure as shootin’ glad the movie wasn’t my first exposure to this story.
Christmas apron December 15, 2007
My grandmother makes all kinds of beautiful aprons. When we used to visit her house for Thanksgiving when I was in college, I always came away with a new one. This is one of my favorites. I was feeling pretty grumpy and overworked last night, and one of the things I had to do was whip up some toffee bars, and when I walked into the kitchen this apron caught my eye. I put on some Christmas carols, my trusty Christmas apron, and had a pretty good time baking up a storm.
2 c. flour
1 c. pecan halves
1 c. light brown sugar
½ c. butter, softened (do not substitute)
1 c. butter (do not substitute)
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ c. light brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For crust, combine all ingredients (except pecans) with a pastry blender until mixture resembles cornmeal. Press with fingers into bottom of an ungreased 9 X 13 aluminum pan. Distribute pecans over the crust. For topping, combine butter and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil exactly one minute, stirring constantly. Pour over pecans and crust. Bake exactly 20 minutes. The surface will be bubbly. Allow to cool for one minute. Sprinkle chocolate chops evenly over the top. Wait a few minutes until chips soften completely; spread with a knife to cover the top. Chill well. Bring to room temperature before cutting. Makes 48 to 50 1-inch squares.
Three Layer Chocolate Mint Brownies December 11, 2007
|2 oz. unsweetened chocolate||½ c. butter|
|2 eggs||1 c. sugar|
|½ c. flour||1 ½ tsp. vanilla|
|¼ tsp. salt|
Mint Cream Filling
|1 ½ c. powdered sugar||3 T. butter, softened|
|2 T. half and half||1 tsp. peppermint flavoring|
|Green food coloring (several drops)|
|2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate||2 T. butter|
|1 ½ tsp. vanilla|
For Brownies, preheat oven to 350º. Grease a 9-inch square pan (may be doubled and baked in a 9×13 inch pan) and set aside. Melt chocolate, butter, vanilla and salt together in a double boiler over hot water. In a bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until thick. Add flour and chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Pour into pan and bake for 20-35 minutes. Let cool. For mint cream filling, beat together all ingredients for filling until smooth. Spread filling evenly over the brownie layer; cover and chill until firm, at least 1 hour. For glaze, melt all ingredients for glaze in a double boiler over hot water. Drizzle the glaze over the mint layer using a spatula. Cover and chill again until firm. Cut into squares.
cool library alert December 10, 2007
Things are crazy right now what with the end of the semester, last two weeks of work, getting ready to move, etc. You won’t be hearing much from me, but I thought I’d draw your attention to these pix of a cool public library in Kansas City.