Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Non-Traditional Christmas movies...

So I got my list out today and started thinking about what I want to give everyone for Christmas, and when I came up blank, I started to think about gifts I’d liked that had been given to me. Then I started to laugh.

A few years ago I called my brother Alan and asked if he remembered that really, really, really scary movie we’d watched when we were kids. An ape in a cave–that’s all I had. Trog? he asked. And that was it! Trog! How could I have forgotten something that frightening was beyond me. I’d probably blocked it from my memory.

Anyway, later that year for Christmas my sister gave me Trog and I was amazed! How did you know this movie had been on my mind? Haha. Alan told her to get it for me.

So we watched it after Christmas, and when we put in the DVD I warned my family, (there were a lot of us there) that it was very, very scary. Yes, it said it was rated PG, but I remembered the fear.

And...FUNNIEST MOVIE EVER! Oh, my gosh. We never laughed so hard in our lives. I still giggle when I think of it. My husband still laughs when anyone says Trog. Scary? Well, not so much. Comedy? Not really. But because I had warned everyone so vehemently about what a scary movie it was, it became hilarious! Every scene with Trog had people rolling on the floor! Anyway, we still watch It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Elf, The Santa Clause, Rudolph and others, but somehow Trog is now a Christmas movie that has to be watched at our house.

Anyone else have any must watch movies at Christmas time? Traditional or otherwise?

No Bake Confetti Brownies

This is one of my family's favorite Christmas recipes. I got it from my Grandma and I make it every Christmas season. It tastes better than fudge, and is pretty too because of the colored marshmallows. It makes great neighbor treats at Christmas time.

No Bake Confetti Brownies:

Butter a 9 x 13 Pan (I actually use a bigger pan)

2 cups chopped walnuts

1 bag COLORED miniature marshmallows (the recipe actually calls for 4 cups and there are about 6 cups in a bag, but I like more marshmellows, hence the bigger pan)

6 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 cups powder sugar

2-- 12 oz. packages semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 cups evaporated milk

In a large bowl, mix together nuts, marshmallows, crumbs and powder sugar. In a saucepan melt chocolate in evaporated milk over low heat, stirring until thick and smooth. Remove from heat. Reserve 1 cup chocolate mixture for frosting. Add remainder to crumb mixture. Stir until all crumbs are moistened. Turn into pan, press down into pan. Drizzle or spread the reserved chocolate mixture over top. Chill until ready to serve. Cut into pieces. If desired, garnish each piece with a walnut. (I never do)

Friday, December 2, 2011

New Cover!

I love it. Here's the book description:

What if you could pick coins out of the local wishing well and feel the wishes already on them?

When heiress Nicole Madison crashes into the town wishing well, she finds she can feel the wishes already on the coins and see the ghost on the third floor of the old Miners Hospital. Aggravated by her newfound abilities, she tries to make a few wishes come true and when confronted with the overwhelming emotion of a particularly desperate wish, she is determined to help and rid herself of the coin that won’t go away.

If that isn’t enough, small-town cop, Jake Saunders, can’t decide if he’s still carrying a torch for her, or wants her out of his town as soon as possible. Throw in a confused and vengeful ghost, a search-and-rescue guy trying to find himself, Mad Dan The Radio Man hot on her tail for an interview, and the sculptor determined to turn nude artist, and Nicole can’t decide if her newfound ability is a curse she brought upon herself, or a wish come true.

Air Swimmers make me smile!