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DIY Christmas Gifts: Salted Caramel Sauce (Day27)

16 Dec

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INGREDIENTS

Recipe adapted from cooking channel

  • 1 cup of raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  •  tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pink Himalaya sea salt

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, without stirring. If necessary, use a wet pastry brushto wash down any crystals on the side of the pan. Boil until the syrup is a deep amber color, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Remove the sugar from the heat and carefully whisk in the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble. Stir in the unsalted butter, and salt. Transfer the caramel to a dish and cool.

*Cook’s Note: The salted caramel sauce will keep in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Reheat before serving.

DIY Christmas Gifts: Lace Covered Mason Jar – Votive Candle Holders (Day 26)

15 Dec

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DIY Christmas Gifts: Chalkboard Platter (Day 25)

14 Dec

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Golden Globe 70th Annual Nominations (2013)

13 Dec

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And the nominees are………

Best motion picture – drama

“Argo”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Best motion picture – comedy or musical

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Misérables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical

Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Maggie Smith, “Quartet”
Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical

Jack Black, “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables”
Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Best animated feature film

“Brave”
“Frankenweenie”
“Hotel Transylvania”
“Wreck-It Ralph”
“Rise of the Guardians”

Best foreign language film

“Amour” (Austria)
“A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
“The Intouchables” (France)
“Kon-Tiki” (Norway/U.K./Denmark)
“Rust and Bone” (France)

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Amy Adams, “The Master”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best director – motion picture

Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Best screenplay – motion picture

Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Chris Terrio, “Argo”

Best original score – motion picture

Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”
Alexandre Desplat, “Argo”
Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina”
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, “Cloud Atlas”
John Williams, “Lincoln”

Best original song – motion picture

“For You” (Music by Monty Powell, Keith Urban; Lyrics by Monty Powell, Keith Urban) – “Act of Valor”
“Not Running Anymore” (Music by Jon Bon Jovi; Lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi) – “Stand Up Guys”
“Safe & Sound” (Music by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T. Bone Burnett; Lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T. Bone Burnett) – “The Hunger Games”
“Skyfall” (Music by Adele, Paul Epworth; Lyrics by Adele, Paul Epworth) – “Skyfall”
“Suddenly” (Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg; Lyrics by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg) – “Les Misérables”

Best TV series – drama

“Breaking Bad”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey: Season 2”
“Homeland”
“The Newsroom”

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – drama

Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey: Season 2”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Best performance by an actor in a TV series – drama

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Best TV series – comedy or musical

“The Big Bang Theory”
“Episodes”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Smash”

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – comedy or musical

Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best performance by an actor in a TV series – comedy or musical

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Best miniseries or motion picture made for TV

“Game Change”
“The Girl”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“The Hour”
“Political Animals”

Best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for TV

Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Sienna Miller, “The Girl”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for TV

Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock (Masterpiece)”
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for TV

Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey: Season 2”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for TV

Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Danny Huston, “Magic City”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

DIY Christmas Gifts: Glitter Collar Necklace (Day 24)

13 Dec

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SAG 19th Annual Awards Nominations (2013)

12 Dec

 

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And the nominees are……….

Primetime Television

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Bill Paxton, “Hatfields & McCoys”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Charlotte Rampling, “Restless”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”
Alfre Woodard, “Steel Magnolias”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler “Parks and Recreation”
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”
Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (six-way tie)

“30 Rock”
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Glee”
“Modern Family”
“Nurse Jackie”
“The Office”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“Boardwalk Empire”
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“Homeland”
“Mad Men”

Film

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”
Robert De Niro “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”
Maggie Smith, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

“Argo”
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Misérables”
“Lincoln”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

Film Review: “The Hobbit” (An Unexpected Journey)

12 Dec

Film: The Hobbit” (An Unexpected Journey)

Review: Peter Jackson is the man! I had the pleasure to attend an advance screening of the highly anticipated movie “The Hobbit  – An Unexpected Journey”. I waited in line for 2 hours and it was well worth it. I saw the movie in 3D, which was an added bonus. The movie was phenomenal not only in storytelling but also in art direction. The CGI(computer-generated imagery) was in full force. One of my favorite scenes is when Thorin (dwarf king) fights the leader of the Orcs. There’s blazing fire, fallen trees, with slow motion running…its brilliant. It’s action packed from start to finish! There are hobbits, dwarves, trolls, goblins, elves, wizards, and orcs – I’m forgetting anyone. All the important elements and components to create an EPIC fantasy-adventure film where in this movie. I must say it was such a delight to view the movie in a theater with true fans of J.R.R Tolkein books and Peter Jackson’s iconic filming making. The audience erupted in applause when the opening credits and title grazed the screen. In the beginning of the film you get this sense of ultimate peace and tranquility where Bilbo Baggins the hobbit resides. The colors of the green lush fields and wild flowers are so vivid. The film was shot in beautiful New Zealand. It was a brilliant constant to the stark, dark, and cold forest scenes which was the majority of their journey. The premise of this film revolves around the dwarves making their way back home to “The Blue mountain” (the last of the Dwarves kingdom). The dwarves lost their home to the evil and vicious – Smaug, a gold loving dragon. Smaug takes over the dwarves castle, occupying their fortune and home, forcing them to take refugee in a near by land. Years pass and the Drawves want to reclaim they’re home and fortune. In order for them to take back their kingdom they must destroy Smaug. The only problem is defeating the dragon. Dragons can detect the scent of drawers but not hobbits and that’s where Baggins comes in. Baggins will join the expedition as the honorary burglary and assist with the dwarves reclaiming their rightful inhertiance.

Gollum was my favorite. He was quite hilarious, when he wasn’t being creepy. For some odd reason I was freaked out by Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” but in “The Hobbit” I found him to be endearing….go figure. Thorin (the drawf  king) played by Richard Armitage was Ah-mazing! I’m a little basis since he also played John Thornton in “North and South” – one of my favorite BBC miniseries.

In my humble opinion, “The Hobbit” is definitely this years BEST action packed movie! It was 3 hours long and I actually want to see it again. Rumor has it that it took director Peter Jackson 10 years to finish these film. I can’t wait for the next one which is slated for 2013 – “The Hobbit – The Desolation of  Smaug.” Followed by the final and third installment to be released in 2014 – “The Hobbit (There Back Again).”  Yes! Two more years of “hobbit awesomeness!”

Best Line in the Movie: “I’m looking for someone to take an adventure with” – Grandalf

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DIY Christmas Gifts: Homemade Vanilla Sugar (Day 23)

12 Dec

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DIY Christmas Gifts: No-slip Fuzzy Socks (Day 22)

11 Dec

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DIY Christmas Gifts: Fancy Gloves (Day 21)

10 Dec

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