Currently my odds of getting onto the Great Canadian Baking Show don’t look too hot.
As you can see, the cookie in the far left hand corner was the result of piping bag experimentation. I used a butter cream icing; not sure if it was the icing itself or the fact that I might have had the wrong piping tip, but it didn’t go as detailed as I would have liked it to. By the time I got to the third cookie things were looking sloppy, so I ended up smoothing everything out and dressed them up with sparkly sugar (and a few dragees). Much better! Now they look more like sparkly pale starfish, but hey, at least they’re still tasty. I’ve only done half the batch, and may try the rest with royal icing. (But only if my patience holds out.)
I did some experimental baking today by trying a sugar cookie recipe, shaped like… Well, you know. In the end they turned out alright. But the real experiment will come when I have to decorate them. Stay tuned…
I’ve gotta say, that’s the strangest name variation I’ve gotten on a Starbucks cup! How does one get “Menny” out of “Maddy”? But never mind that, I’m happy that I’ve at had at least one iced Peppermint mocha this past week. Now that it’s closer to the holiday season, you know I’ll be talking about peppermint mochas more often than usual.
–The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I read the book ages ago, and loooooved it, and finally having seen the film adaptation, I thought it was most enjoyable! Of course, there are always some elements in the book version that lacked in the film. But the movie had some nice additions I never saw in the book that worked out surprisingly well (and possibly liked even better).
-The Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade. Gosh darn it, I’m roped into watching it every year. Why?
Not gonna lie, I get chills hearing those opening notes.
-A community theatre production of Beauty and the Beast I saw last weekend. A few wonky sound issues aside, I thought it held up considerably well, and all the characters were very good.
-Speaking of Disney, how about that new Lion King trailer???!
-Brooklyn 99. I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without watching it.
-The West Minster Kennel Club and seeing all those doggos prance around 😦
–The Nightingale, by Tchaikovsky. Remember in my last post I thought Tchaikovsky to be a cheeky fellow? Well, I still think him to be somewhat cheeky, but also very complex. After doing a bit of research on his life, I’ve since learned that his story is rather sad. But there’s something to be said about this particular piece; it’s very hopeful.
–Giant Steps, by John Coltrane. So complex sounding, it kind of makes my brain itch.
–I feel bad about my neck, by Nora Ephron. Simply put, I want to emulate her writing style. Who else can turn an so-so story into a quaint humorous essay as well as she could? I probably could… If you gave me 20 more years or so of good life experience.
Trying to write:
-The same story I’ve been working on for a year.
-This blog post, which I have been using as a procrastination tool to avoid writing the above.
CREME BRULÉE AND IT WAS DELICIOUS. Even after eating three (or was it four?) servings of it. Not all at once, that is.
To get into more of a Halloween spirit, I decided to start watching the new Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Truth be told, it’s the first series I’ve started on Netflix. Mainly, because I’ve only just gotten it recently (whoo!). I have heard pretty much everything there is to know about series such as Stranger Things (The Upsidedown), Riverdale (darker than the comics??) and of course, The Crown (Doctor Who as Duke Philip).
I’m only halfway into the second half of the first episode; so far it’s good, and I feel myself acclimatizing to whatever teenage life is today (albeit an imaginative version). Is it dark? Yep. Creepy? Yep. Different than the Melissa Joan Hart version? Oh yes. So allow me to take you through my thoughts as I watch it, without trying to give away spoilers.
Oh mah god, Michelle Gomez is in this? Aka, Missy from Doctor Who???
I’m even more amused by the fact that Etta from the Wonder Woman movie (aka Steve Trevor’s secretary) is one of Sabrina’s aunts.
Basically, she’s still playing Etta.
I would like adore her as my aunt.
Miranda Otto, aka Eowyn from LOTR: The Two Towers? This cast keeps getting better and better.
Above all things, I’m really into Sabrina’s red coat and red everything else. It’s perfect.
Kieran Shipka plays a good Sabrina, but I still see her as Sally Draper.
I’m also finding it hard to wrap my head around that Sabrina is set in the Archie universe.
Just a town away, totally different drama is unfolding.
The lead up to my 16th birthday was never so exciting.
Sabrina and her boyfriend Harvey are a very touchy-feely couple.
I’d find it cute if I didn’t blame it on the fact that they’re teens and their hormones are off the wall.
I’d like to live near the woods.
Creepy atmosphere not withstanding.
I’d also like a black cat.
I’d also like many of the outfits worn on this show.
Really digging those Peter Pan collars.
Also: Where are everyone’s parents?
Does no one seem bothered by the gloomy atmosphere in the town?
Or the fact that it always feels like Halloween?
Or the dark history?
Who runs this joint?
Viewing to be continued… Maybe.
Maybe I should get into watching The Crown instead.
Because for some reason I feel like this show ages me.