It’s almost the weekend again–time to curl up with your favorite blanket, maybe your best cat (if you’re me), and a bowl of that favorite treat you deny yourself all week during those punishing gym visits. I joined a gym–did I tell you? Yeah. Seven weeks ago. I still haven’t picked up my membership card. Instead, I’m $100 poorer and four pounds heavier, but seriously, Halloween … peanut butter cups and peanut M&Ms and these fantastic little bars they have in Canada called Wunderbars … Yes, Fiscally Responsible Voice that lives in my head, I will cancel the gym membership.
But first, MOVIES!
Our recommended rom-coms for this weekend.
Disclaimer: This first one? It’s in theatres now, and the film’s director is insisting that it is NOT a romantic comedy. I beg to differ. SO MUCH. Anything with Rachel McAdams is gonna make you giggle. And her leading man is Domhnall Gleeson (son of Brendan Gleeson, aka Mad-Eye Moody for you Harry Potter fans) and wow … this looks delightful.
Summary (from IMDB):
At the age of 21, Tim discovers he can travel in time and change what happens and has happened in his own life. His decision to make his world a better place by getting a girlfriend turns out not to be as easy as you might think. [Everything Rachel McAdams does MAKES ME SMILE. Although I am still holding off on mailing these letters to Ryan Gosling that say, GO FIND HER. SAY SORRY. SHE IS PERFECT FOR YOU. *heavy romantic sigh*]
If you love trailers like I do:
Now for something in the flashback department, appropriate considering the next installment in Bridget Jones’s adventure has just hit store shelves (and no spoilers from me, but I hear on the Interwebz that folks ain’t happy about what author Helen Fielding did to our darling Bridget):
Bridget Jones’s Diary:
Starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gemma Jones, Jim Broadbent. A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary. [This film is always fun to watch again. The trivia always leans toward the fact that Zellweger gained 20 lb. for the role as Bridget, but I think she looks better with a little meat on those bones. And her parents in this movie? OMG, so funny!]
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Starring Jason Segel, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Paul Rudd, and more. Summary: Devastated Peter takes a Hawaii vacation in order to deal with his recent break-up from his TV-star girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he know, Sarah’s traveling to the same resort and she’s bringing along her new boyfriend. [Hilarious film. Definitely NOT safe if you have little ones in the room viewing alongside. This was the first time I saw Jason Segel in his finest form, taking the stage as the leading man and showcasing everything that makes him irresistible. The Judd Apatow gang of hoodlums is along for the wacky ride.]
Trivia: Jason Segel plays piano and thus does all his own musical “stunts” in this film. Kristen Bell attended Shrine Catholic HS in Royal Oak, Michigan, and immersed herself in the theater program. She began auditioning for film jobs in her sophomore year. She recently welcomed a son with husband Dax Shepard. And she LOVES sloths. Mila Kunis and her family moved from Ukraine to Los Angeles when she was seven. Her father is a mechanical engineer, mother is a physics teacher, and brother is a biochemist.
And no weekend film debauchery would be complete without … FOOD!
Martha Stewart’s Mint-Chocolate Brownies
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
- 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 25 small (1 1/2 inch) peppermint patties
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides; butter parchment. Set aside.
Step 2: Place chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of gently simmering water. Stir occasionally just until melted, 4 to 5 minutes.
Step 3: Remove from heat. Whisk in sugar and salt until smooth; whisk in eggs. Gently whisk in flour and cocoa powder just until smooth (do not overmix).
Step 4: Spread 1/3 of batter in prepared pan. Arrange peppermint patties on batter in a single layer, leaving a narrow border on all sides. Top with remaining batter, and smooth surface. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes.
Step 5: Cool completely in pan. Use foil to lift from pan; peel off foil and discard. Cut into 16 squares (4 rows by 4 rows).
Step 6 (added by me): TAKE A PICTURE AND SEND IT TO US!!!