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Friday, August 26, 2016

Summer Herb Popcorn & 5 shows to Binge Watch eating it

There are 2 things that the end of summer always brings...
an abundance of herbs in my garden and a total lack of programs on regular tv.
My solution?  
Make an amazing bowl of popcorn and binge watch a slew of streaming shows!

Like many thrilling and addictive shows, 
this fresh, tangy, crunchy snack has a secret.
A secret ingredient that is...
dijon mustard.
Combined with melted butter, freshly snipped herbs and a pinch of salt,
 it is an Emmy Award winning bowl of delight.

You just drizzle...

sprinkle...

and you're ready,

for showtime...

So, what have I been watching?

(Season 1 steaming on Amazon Prime and Season 2 on USA)
Dark, intriguing and thought provoking.  
You'll question big business, cyber security, what reality is
 and view "hoodie clad" hackers in a whole new way.
The cast is amazing 
but Rami Malek and Christian Slater "steal" the show.

(Season 1 streaming on Netflix)
A mixture of ET, Goonies and Stand by Me.  
You will never believe what happens in this small Indiana town in the early 1980's. 
It's spooky, sweet and suspenseful. 
You'll wish you had best friends like these kids and that the Hawkins police chief was on your side.
You may even start eating Eggo Waffles right from the box.
The only bad thing is that it makes me feel old...
Winona Ryder is the wacky, middle aged mom!

(Seasons 1 and 2 streaming on Netflix)
After meeting the Rayburns, you will never think your family is dysfunctional again.  
The black sheep brother returns to his family's Key West inn
and the flood of lies, secrets, rivalries and scars come rushing out.
I would watch anything with Kyle Chandler in it, 
but believe me, this character is nothing like Coach Taylor. 
(from Friday Night Lights... if you haven't watched it, add that to your binge watch list ASAP)

(Seasons 1 and 2 on Starz.com)
Lush, green Scotland is the setting for this tale of love, mystery, war and time travel. 
World War II-era nurse Claire Randall, mysteriously travels to 18th century Scotland and finds adventure with the dashing Jamie Fraser.  
It's loaded with kilts, history and family clans,
but the heart of the story is Jamie and Claire's timeless romance.


(all 7 seasons streaming on Netflix)
"Treat yo self" and take a trip to Pawnee, Indiana.
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll love these nutty people and their quirky hometown.  
So many one-liners and classic sayings, 
you may want to have a notebook handy to write them all down.



Herb Buttery Popcorn
6 cups of popped corn
1 stick of butter
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tsp. fresh parsley leaves
1 tsp. picked thyme leaves
1 tsp. finely chopped rosemary
Kosher salt to taste

Melt butter over low heat on the stove then whisk in mustard.
Drizzle over popped corn, stir to coat and top with herbs and salt.




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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Friends and Waffles... Wise words from Leslie Knope


Yesterday was Nation Waffle Day, 
and it got me thinking why I like waffles so much more than pancakes.
Maybe because one of my favorite characters from Parks and Rec was obsessed with them, 
maybe because they are sweet and comforting, 

or maybe because they are syrup traps...


Regardless, the gift of waffle mix and a fun bottle of syrup is always a treat.
My friend Maureen, makes the best waffles around, 
so I love to package the dry ingredients and then enclose the recipe so they can add the rest.



4 Cups All Purpose Flour (sifted)
1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbs. Sugar
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1 Qt. Buttermilk
4 Tbs. melted Butter
4 Eggs

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Separate the eggs and beat the whites to soft peaks in separate bowl.  Add the egg yolks and buttermilk to the dry ingredients and mix well with a hand beater.  Add the butter and fold in the egg whites.  If thew mixture is too thick you can thin it with a little milk or water.




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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wicked Halloween Cupcakes

I don't want to be too dramatic but before you know it, 
Halloween will be here.
Don't be scared... 
show stopping Broadway playbill cupcakes have just taken the stage!
Broadway Halloween Cupcakes - Fun Broadway Playbill topped treats, perfect for a theatrical Halloween Party | www.jacolynmurphy.com

Witches, phantoms and transvestites...
Broadway Halloween Cupcakes - Fun Broadway Playbill topped treats, perfect for a theatrical Halloween Party | www.jacolynmurphy.com

Families, forests and flowers...
Broadway Halloween Cupcakes - Fun Broadway Playbill topped treats, perfect for a theatrical Halloween Party | www.jacolynmurphy.com

They are all ready for a Halloween Encore.
Broadway Halloween Cupcakes - Fun Broadway Playbill topped treats, perfect for a theatrical Halloween Party | www.jacolynmurphy.com

Broadway always proves to be a wicked good time!
Wicked Broadway Halloween Cupcakes - Fun Broadway Playbill topped treats, perfect for a theatrical Halloween Party | www.jacolynmurphy.com

Toppers are in my Etsy Shop




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