Friday Things

Einstein at the park

1. Einstein at the park, enjoying the fresh air and wide open spaces. I love this picture πŸ™‚

2. I mentioned this on Facebook this week, but in case you missed it… my husband launched a cocktail website this week! If you love drinks, be sure to check out The Drink Kings. He’s also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

3. Did you watch fireworks on the 4th of July? I hadn’t seen them in person in years, but at the last minute we loaded our parents into the car and drove up to a high spot and watched our little town’s display, which was surprisingly impressive! I forgot how much I enjoy them.

4. I haven’t eaten Cinnamon Toast Crunch in ages, but now I am seriously craving this Cinnamon Toast Crunch Milkshake!

5. King Arthur Flour did a fantastic experiment about how the type of pan used and parchment paper can significantly affect cookie browning, even when oven temperature, recipe and time baked remained constant. Definitely check it out, especially if you find yourself having trouble with too-light or too-dark cookies.

6. I usually don’t like tart drinks, but summer is making me thirsty for a huge glass of lemonade… a fresh-squeezed one like you get at amusement parks or golf tournaments. Mmmm!

7. My soft pretzel obsession continues.

8. This post on 11 Secrets to Properly Freezing Produce is absolutely perfect for all of the fresh summer bountiesΒ from the garden, farmer’s market or CSA. Definitely worth a bookmark!

9. I’m allllllmost done with my Scandal binge (3 more episodes to go), which is probably a good thing since the characters have started to show up in dreams. So bizarre! Anyway, I’m still in summer TV la la land… have any of you watched The Newsroom? Yay/nay?

10. TGIF! Just me and my boys…



26 Responses to “Friday Things”

  1. Linda on July 11, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Also check out Mel’s Kitchen Cafe for more info about cookie baking using different methods.


  2. Kristen on July 11, 2014 at 6:59 am

    The Newsroom = amazing!! I definitely would recommend checking it out!


  3. YM on July 11, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Newsroom is fantastic! If you like West Wing this is right up your alley. Season 1 was great, 2 was a bit iffy I am hoping they recover with 3!


  4. Kim RI on July 11, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Definitely recommend Newsroom. Very very good. I heard they are not coming back on at all which makes me mad. I am into House of Cards right now – so good! Kevin Spacey is perfect for his role.


  5. betsy harner on July 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

    LOVE that picture of Einstein too!!!! That is “framable” for sure!!!


  6. Ann H on July 11, 2014 at 9:03 am

    The Newsroom is fantastic. Season 1 and Season 2 follow different formulas (S1 has individual news-specific stories, S2 has a long story arc). If you’re a fan of Sorkin’s idealistic, dialogue-heavy writing (I love it!) you’ll enjoy it πŸ™‚ And Kim- it returns for a final season this fall!


  7. Monica on July 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Like everyone else commenting here, definitely check out the Newsroom! The episodes feature real events and it gives you a different, albeit fictional, perspective on these particular events that you might not have thought of. The characters are pretty funny, mostly with a dry sense of humor, and Olivia Munn is fantastic! I think you’ll like it πŸ™‚


  8. Faith on July 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Love the pictures of your dogs! They’re beautiful πŸ™‚


  9. Amanda @ Life to table on July 11, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I love pictures of dogs gazing at nature. I always wonder what they are thinking about!


  10. Adrienne J on July 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Scandal characters showing up in dreams…!!!!!


  11. Jeanne The Baker on July 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

    The Newsroom rocks…the writing is so, so good. and Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer are good together. I’m happy to see Sam Waterston again too. It makes me want to move back to New York City and work with them in the newsroom. The characters are all very smart and their positions are vital. I also love the “almost current events”. The series runs just behind actual history so it’s a look back at recent happenings that you clearly remember and a chance to think about them a little more deeply or in a different light.


  12. Liz Rehrauer on July 11, 2014 at 10:28 am

    The freezing secrets and the drink king are now bookmarked on my computer. Thanks for all the great info this week. Love seeing pictures of your dogs.


  13. lisa on July 11, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I started watching the newsroom last week with my husband and its awesome. I would def recommend it


  14. Tina on July 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

    If you want the Cinnamon Toast Crunch milkshake, you should try figuring out a recipe imitating the Carrot Cake Milkshake, which I found once at Zombie Burger in Des Moines, IA. They also have the option to have it served with cake-flavored vodka enhancement. πŸ™‚


  15. jen on July 11, 2014 at 10:35 am

    My husband and I both used to be newspaper reporters and I work now with a lot of TV reporters, so with that background, we thought The Newsroom was pretty cheesy and that some of the things portrayed were far from what you’d see in a real newsroom. But, I did like the way they weaved real life news events into the show. That was pretty cool. I only watched a few episodes, but everyone seems to love it so much, I may revisit it. Did you ever watch Shameless on Showtime? If not, I highly recommend. It was my major binge watch for 2014 and I CAN’T WAIT for the next season!


  16. Jessica on July 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    My hubs and I are both loving The Drink Kings! Props to your husband…and to you for sharing. Thank you!


  17. Maggie on July 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Seems we are all in agreement about The Newsroom. I binged on this one and can’t wait until next season.


  18. Robin Christensen on July 11, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    1. I LOVE that picture of your Einstein, too!
    i am going to start watching Orange is the New Black – my daughter-in-law LOVES it!
    Have a great weekend!


  19. Sharon on July 11, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Love, Newsroom. Have been told HBO runs a shorter season for their offerings because they do no get money to run commercials since they are pay TV. Back to Newsroom, it is a very good show but hard to understand in the first episode of the 1st year. Everything is much clearer after the first and much more related to the personalities. The acting is great! You can directly correlate it to time and events in the storylines to real time headlines. It is quite compelling.


  20. Anna on July 11, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    The Newsroom (and most things by Aaron Sorkin, really) makes me want to punch somebody. But apparently a lot of people enjoy it!
    I am catching up on Sherlock right now. So good!


  21. Deana on July 12, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Love newsroom, sad if there isn’t another season!


  22. Kathleen Maxwell on July 12, 2014 at 7:55 am

    HELP!!! I used your recipe for the nut rolls. The taste is incredible, but they went wide and did not hold well to their original roll shape. What did I do wrong? For flavor and tenderness the recipe can’t be beat.
    Loved your goldens. I cried. Just lost two weeks ago to cancer and I know we will never have another like Schmoe.


    • Michelle on July 14th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Kathleen, Mine always spread a bit too. You could try chilling them before baking. I’m so sorry for your loss πŸ™


  23. Michelle @ Leo Sigh on July 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    The photo of Einstein is awesome. Even from the back, you can tell what his personality is like πŸ™‚ Lovely.
    And no, I really don’t watch TV much anymore, except BBC news. But I’m obsessed with YouTube videos. It’s amazing the number of TV shows you can find on there. Currently obsessed with a couple of old British detective series πŸ™‚


  24. Pam on July 16, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Love the Drink King website!!!!!


  25. Laura Dembowski on July 17, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Thanks for the link about freezing. I’ve already got some cherries in the freezer. Also, I really wanted to like The Newsroom but it just hasn’t done it for me. Try one of the USA shows like Suits or Royal Pains. Ray Donovan is also AMAZING and I think you’d like it.


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