Hollie is not a sappy girl. Not usually. She tries to be a realist, but come on, she’s twenty-five, stuck in relationship that leaves much to be desired … a girl’s gotta get her romance from somewhere. Here’s this week’s recommended escapes … Friday night, we do an all-nighter. Get your jammies! (All summaries from IMDB.)
Starring Amy Adams, Matthew Goode (yummy), Adam Scott, John Lithgow. Summary: Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland, to propose to her boyfriend Jeremy on February 29, Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a Leap Day must accept it. MANY HIJINKS ENSUE.
Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson, Ellie Kemper, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rose Byrne. A Judd Apatow film so you KNOW it’s going to be awesome. Summary: Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef. [You will never look at a bathroom sink the same way. Ever. Again.]
Starring Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White, Mary Steenburgen. A pushy boss forces her young assistant to marry her in order to keep her Visa status in the U.S. and avoid deportation to Canada. [So perfect for Hollie! No spoilers. OH! Funny side note: Ryan Reynolds, a Canadian actor, plays an American who has to marry his boss, Sandra Bullock, an American who is playing a Canadian. No irony there!)
BROWNIES, baby … thanks, Martha Stewart!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9-by-13-inch cake pan; line with parchment paper, allowing 2-inch overhang. Butter parchment. Put butter, chocolate, and cocoa in heatproof bowl set over pan of simmering water; stir until butter and chocolate have melted. Let cool slightly.
Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. Put sugar, eggs, and vanilla into mixer bowl; whisk on medium until pale, about 4 minutes. Mix in chocolate mixture. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.
Spread batter into prepared dish; smooth top. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in dish 40 minutes. Lift out, and let cool completely on wire rack.