My Boyfriend is Totally Nick Miller (From “New Girl”)

Every time I watch “New Girl,” I always crack up at how much Kevin is like Nick Miller (only with a much cushier job). Even though he’s only 28, I tease him for being a cranky old man and being just, well, overall weird. Even some of his bizarre facial expressions are like Nick’s. So in honor of Kevin’s cranky old man behaviors, I’m posting the best of Nick Miller clip from “New Girl.” I always love when Jess makes fun of Nick and says “when did gum get so fancy??” And drunk asking who would win “me or a gorilla. No, in a contest.” “You don’t get it.” Yep, I can totally see Kevin saying that.

Birthday Memories

BIrthday-cake-with-CandlesWith our joint birthday coming up, I thought I would stare some of my favorite memories of birthdays past. Of course there were fun parties, but I think one of my favorite details was when my parents filled our bathroom with balloons so that as soon as we opened the door we were surrounded! As kids, it can’t really get any better than a boatload of balloons! Even as we got older they would still string up a Happy Birthday sign downstairs for us to see, along with some confetti. I think that is the sweetest. Any birthday memories you want to share?

P.S. Sharing a birthday with a twin is weird. Sometimes we forget to wish each other a happy birthday.

Chicken & Rice Casserole For Two

Chicken & Rice Casserole before I put it in the oven!

Chicken & Rice Casserole before I put it in the oven!

I really like to try out new homemade meals for Kevin and me. Since I’m only cooking for two, it can be a bit of a challenge to find recipes that don’t make too servings. I hate wasting food so recipes that make like 6 servings just doesn’t work. Luckily I discovered this website called “Reservations for Two.” The blogger does an awesome job of listing some interesting, tasty dishes that are perfectly proportioned. I tried out the chicken and rice casserole this week and it was a great success! Here is the link to the recipe and blog if you want to try it out this week! I have also listed out the slightly modified directions I used here to make it easy.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Ingredients
1/4 cup green onions, diced
1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced and cooked
1-2 cups fresh green beans, chopped into smaller pieces
1 (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped into smaller pieces
1 (4-ounce) can diced pimentos, drained
1 (10-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup (we used the 98% fat free one to cut down on fat)
1/2 cup skim milk
1 box (about 6-ounces) long-grain and wild rice, cooked according to package directions
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper (I also added some bit of garlic powder and some dry mustard)

Directions 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine ingredients; mix well.
3. Pour into a greased baking dish.
4. Bake uncovered for 35 minutes.
5. Let it sit for a few minutes and then serve.

For Those Suffering a Case of the Mondays…

After you watch this video, you will at least feel like you can make it to lunchtime. I am glad Joseph Gordon Levitt has a movie to promote–I gladly accept seeing him all over the internet.

The Last Queen: A Novel

I am always on the lookout for a well written historical novel. I spend a lot of time on Amazon sifting through the mire trying to find ones that may be worth reading. The Last Queen: A Novel looks like something right up my alley. It centers around Juana of Castile, who you may know better as Juana la Loco (the Mad). Her family should sound familiar as well: her parents were Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain and her elder sister was Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife  who he famously he discarded for Anne Boleyn. Juana’s story is just as tragic as Catherine’s with intriguing details that set her apart along the way: her royal marriage a rare case of passion in such arrangements, her sudden appointment as the heir to the throne of Castile and Aragon, the long embittered fight to claim her throne….For fans of the Tudor era or strong historical women, Juana is certainly a Queen worth knowing.

Weekend Roundup

This weekend Jamie is coming to visit!!! I hope those multiple exclamation points convey my excitement. There will be a lot of booze, girl talk, and goodness knows what else (I may try to introduce her to the sexiness that is The Borgiasalthough the prospect of sharing Jeremy Irons and Francois Arnaud does not make me a happy camper)! This weekend keep in mind…

From E:

Season 3 of Homeland starts this Sunday on Showtime at 8 pm c. I am still indulging in an imaginary mentorship fraught with sexual tension with Mandy Patinkin!!! That is all.

Looking for some Pinterest guidance? Byrdie has a list of 15 beauty Pinterest boards to follow. I do what Byrdie says so follow them I will.

I am confused. Are they trying to make a Female Minion from Despicable Me costume sexyIs nothing sacred? Can’t minions just be round, adorable, asexual little minions?

Despite the fact that I will be turning 25 years old soon, I still find the word “spikecluster” endlessly funny. It sounds like a fake swear word I would make up. I am going to use it. Back to the real business–this spikecluster necklace from Madewell sure is pretty.

…Time to blow this popsicle joint! Have a good weekend!

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Enough Said

I have not been to a movie in awhile, but I am really thinking about shutting down my permanent Netflix window and heading out to see Enough Said. What is there not to like? Julia Louis-Dreyfus has impeccable comedic timing (yay for her winning the Emmy for her hilarious performance on Veep) and the supporting cast is just as good: the late James Gandolfini (looking so charming it hurts to know he is gone), Catherine Keener (a staple of Nicole Holofcener films), and Toni Collette.

Fox Barrel Cider

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Any fans of Fox Barrel Pear ciders out there in the interwebs? For those unfamiliar, Fox Barrel has several flavors, each sweet and delicious, and all gluten-free! I am obsessed with their blackberry pear flavor and just discovered that Fox Barrel Cider now has a rhubarb and elderberry flavored pear cider. To quote the wise Liz Lemon: “I want to go to there.” Ciders are my go-to drink if I am not feeling in the mood for beer or mixed drinks. The crispness of the pear or apple combined with that vital tartness just warms my heart.

Updated Classics

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As an English major, I am obligated to fill my room with so many books that I run out of places for them. Penguin has updated the look of some classic titles including Peter Pan, Jane Eyre, Little Women, and many others. I absolutely love them–how adorable would these be decorating a shelf? They have several children’s titles that would be perfect to add to a kid’s room.

“Trophy Wife” – good sitcom, bad title

Rant incoming! Why do networks insist on having the worst names for shows? Trophy Wife as a name just irks me. It is epic levels of bad. Not the show. The show itself is actually funny and engaging.  I have never given Malin Ackerman much thought as an actress, but she won me over by the end of the pilot. Bradley Whitford has basically patented the smart-sarcastic-but-so darn-loveable thing he did so well in The West Wing. After watching the pilot, I am looking forward to seeing more! You can watch a trailer for the show below if you are curious.

Trophy Wife airs on ABC on Tuesdays at 8:30.

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