Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Supernatural 10x07 "Girls, Girls, Girls"

What better way to start an episode during Thanksgiving week than by having a scene of Sam and Dean eating. I have definitely missed these small moments between the brothers, just joking back and forth with each other. This time, however, it actually does lead to a case. Coincidence, or just Dean's manly bits steering him toward more Mark-satiating kills? Hmm.

spn10x07Because, yes, apparently Dean has decided to join a dating app, and has driven himself and Sam eight hours out of the way (out of the way of what?) to hook up with one of the girls. But, it turns out the girl is a bit more than she seems. Not just a hooker, but a soul stealing one. Apparently some demons have started shilling out girls who can get guys to give up their souls for sex. Dean, of course, is not so enthused by that idea, so yada yada yada, demon pimp gets killed, they go to find the demon pimp shop.

Only, they're a bit too late to the party. Before they get there, a witch named Rowena shows up and kills one of the demons with a hex bag-looking thing, and takes the two girls left there off with her to join her witchy ways. Another demon who witnessed the whole thing manages to get the story back to Crowley, who really doesn't seem much like he cares, but in order not to save face, sends some more demons out to capture said witch.

His demon dispatch, however, is no match for the Winchesters, who track down Rowena around the same time. You know, after she killed a snooty waiter by basically making his brains boil out of his head. Classy. While Sam fights off one of her new recruits after she puts a spell on her to become like an attack dog, Dean runs off to chase down Rowena herself. But, before he can do anything, someone decides to show up at exactly the wrong time. You remember that dude Cole? The one who's pissed because Dean killed his father when he was a kid. Yeah, he decides to show up just at that moment, letting Rowena get away. Rather than try to explain himself to Cole before getting physical, Dean just decides eh, let's do some fisticuffs. But in the end, he beats Cole and manages to tell him his side of the story - his dad was some kind of liver-eating monster. So, you know, no harm no foul, am I right?
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No but seriously, he basically tells Cole, along with Sam's help, to get out of the monster-hunting life and go back to his family while he still can. Is this the last we see of bad timing Cole? Honestly I kind of went "blah" when he was brought back. Just not sure I care much about him as a character.

Meanwhile, Castiel and Hannah are still off on their... whatever it is. I mean, what exactly are they trying to do, anyway? Round up angels... for what? Anyway, there is some major sexual tension brewing between the two of them, but it is rather rudely interrupted by the husband of Hannah's vessel, who managed to track her down via credit card use. Hannah is so flustered by this encounter that she decides it would be better to just leave humans alone entirely, and vacates her vessel's body. Does that mean her essence goes back up to Heaven or does she just like, dissipate, or what? This leaves poor Castiel alone to... do whatever it is he's doing. Honestly, who cares?

Now you may be wondering where Rowena got off to. Or maybe you weren't really wondering, but it turns out she wasn't so lucky, and ended up being captured by some demons anyway. But when Crowley goes to see her face to face, it turns out she's rather familiar to him. His... mother? Dun dun dun!

Random Thoughts:

- Loved Sam's "Impala67." Hahaha so funny.

- I have to say that this season has seemed to pick up some steam lately. While this episode wasn't perfect or anything, it was still pretty entertaining, and the new Crowley-Rowena family connection will be interesting to see develop. As soon as he looked all slack-jawed seeing her, I knew she had to be related to him in some way or something. 

- Is there a point to this angel storyline anymore? I mean it just seems to be Castiel, like, driving around, looking for angels? And I was actually starting to enjoy the possible romance with Hannah, and then poof, gone.

- What was really the point of the Cole storyline? It kind of seems like he's going to go away now, but maybe not. It just seemed like an obvious way to show the whole Dean is evil versus Dean is good stuff.  Though it was nice to see Dean get to fight someone at his same strength level. The boys always get thrown around so much by the monsters and demons.

- The show hasn't dabbled a great deal in witches, only just a little bit here and there, so it will be interesting to see where that goes, particularly now that it has a connection to Crowley as well.

Quotes:

Sam: You're on a dating app?
Dean: Yeah. And you know what, don't knock it until you try it.
Sam: Nice screen name, Dean. Impala67.

Sam: We detoured eight hours so you could get laid?

Rowen: The King at last. King of what, Lilliput? I mean I heard you were short, but...

Crowley: Mother?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chocolate Cake Doughnuts


As the saying goes, when the cat's away, the mice will play. Or, in my case, when the boyfriend's away, I will bake things with chocolate and stuff them in my face! Yes, my friends, we have a rare chocolate recipe on this here blog today. Feast. Your. Eyes.

And tastebuds.


I've tried a couple different baked donut recipes in the past (browned butter baked donuts, vanilla baked doughnuts), but had yet to try a chocolate-based version. So when I saw these a couple days ago, I knew I had to try them out. And let me just tell you, I was not disappointed. In fact, I would say these are the best donuts I've made yet. They're not too sweet, the chocolate flavor is there but it's not overwhelming. They are super moist and light, and the little mini chocolate chips add a little something extra, though I would say you could make them without and they would be just as good.


These make about 10 donuts total, or doughnuts. As you can see, I apparently switch back and forth between using donut and doughnut. Just try and stop me! But yes, this recipe had me using both of my donut pans, but you can always make one batch and let them cool before making the rest. Of course, you do have to let these cool in the pan completely, so having two pans really helped move things along here.

My glaze is maybe not as thick as I would like, but it definitely is still tasty and does add an extra degree of moistness to the donuts as well. You can always add more powdered sugar to your glaze recipe to give yourself a thicker coating. I also only glazed one side of the donuts, as I find that doing both sides can make them a bit sticky to eat. But again, that's personal preference for you!


Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

Ingredients
  • Dry Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Wet Ingredients
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Glaze
  • 2 cups (or more) powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 Tablespoons milk
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  3. Add the wet to the dry and stir until just combined.
  4. Spray your donut pans with cooking spray and fill each cavity about 3/4 full.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes.
  6. Let the donuts cool in the pan(s), then in a medium sauce pan over low heat, combine the glaze ingredients, sitting until well-combined, then remove from heat. You can add more powdered sugar if you would like the glaze to be thicker.
  7. Dip each doughnut into the glaze. You can do one or both sides. Set on a cooling rack to dry.
Recipe via The Stiers Asthetic


Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Round Up


This may be sort of a week overdue now, but as I'm sure many of you know, we landed a spacecraft on a comet recently, the first time in history that has been done (at least in human history!). There have probably been tones of stories out there, but some that caught my eye was this one featuring photos from the comet's surface, and this one featuring strange sounds emanating from the comet's surface. The sound one is quite freaky, actually, as it sounds like the Predator or the creepy aliens from Signs communicating with each other with a whole lot of pops and whatnot. Scientists think perhaps it's the sound of stuff being jettisoned into space and then kind of popping or something, but who knows.

In other science news, have you ever wondered just how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere at any given time? Well, NASA has released this time-lapse video of a year of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and it's pretty amazing/scary. Scarmazing? Basically, the atmosphere gets a lot more CO2 going on in the winter months as compared to spring and summer, when trees are doing amazing things and sucking up the stuff. It also shows carbon monoxide from fires and such at different times of the year as well. It kind of makes you want to move to Australia or something, which is hardly covered in the stuff as compared to everyone living in the northern hemisphere.

If you're a fan of Star Wars, perhaps you should try taking this supposedly super hard quiz on the topic and see how you do. I got 9 out of 15 right, which isn't too shabby. Some of them I was debating between a couple answers and just chose the wrong one. But on at least one I just completely guessed and got it right, so perhaps that evens out. How did you do?

As some of you know, I am a big YA book fan. That means I end up seeing a lot of YA movie and TV adaptations, because I'm curious just how well they are going to pull it off. The Hunger Games? Great. Percy Jackson? Not so great. But the real question now is, what other properties should be developed in that way? Well, this article discusses some of the titles they think would make good adaptations for Netflix. Personally, I would love to see Cinder done well, as I've found that series really cool. The Knife of Never Letting Go may be more appropriate as a movie series than a TV series, but that would be one that may be tough to do well. And, of course, I absolutely adore the Legend series and would really want that one done right. A couple of the others I'm a bit eh about, but others I haven't even read yet. Any fans out there? What do you think?

Finally, I will end it on a bit of a more serious note. Relationships are tough sometimes, as I'm sure everyone knows. And if you don't know that it can be tough, well then you must have had some pretty great relationships! Many couples can't make it in the long haul, and this article discusses why that may be happening. Basically, it pays to be nice and listen to each other is what it's saying. If you don't actively listen and be kind to one another, you won't make it. Something to keep in mind!

That's all for this week! In one more week, we will be in post-Thanksgiving mode. Can you believe? My goodness!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Supernatural 10x06 "Ask Jeeves"

Supernatural 10x06 "Ask Jeeves"
Mrs. White, in the Kitchen, with the Revolver.
You know, having two light-hearted episodes in a row has been rather refreshing. I've enjoyed having just the brothers Winchester doing their thing rather than all of the extra angel/demon drama swirling around. This week's episode was a pretty classic standalone, and one done well. I found myself laughing quite a few times throughout.

Basically, Sam and Dean find themselves at this rich lady's funeral after Dean finds one of Bobby's old phones with a message saying Bobby is one of her benefactors. Since they are basically his next of kin, Dean figured they may as well go and see what the deal is. What they find, of course, is a little more out there than they were expecting. Although why wouldn't they expect something out there? Come on now, boys.

At first everything seems okay. Well, as okay as can be when all the relatives aren't particularly mournful and instead seem to be lusting over Sam and Dean. They get what Bunny left for Bobby, and it turns out to be some kind of cross-shaped pendant, with some fake rubies and diamonds. But it's not just a pendant, oh no, it has a secret key. What can the key be to? Well, the boys are wondering as well, and figure perhaps the butler knows, so they head back to the mansion just in time to find out another member of the family has been killed. Dun dun dun!

Even worse - a police officer is on site and now Sam and Dean are stuck in the house. Classic Clue whodunnit time comin' atcha! While Sam occupies those in the living room, or whatever it may be, Dean goes off to explore the rest of the house as one of the women is claiming a ghost killed the guy. They can't get to their car for their supplies, though, so it's a bit back to basics for them here. Dean ends up seeing a strange book on a shelf that has the same symbol as the pendant, and it turns out to hide entrance to the attic that needs, you guessed it, their special key!

And up in the attic is the maid, Olivia, with the other dead maid from the opener, who was stashed up there for, you know, safe-keeping. At first they think it's the butler who may be up to nefarious deeds, but it turns out that the butler is dead too. Only Dean is talking to the butler while Sam is looking over his dead body, so what the heck? Are there a bunch of ghosts hanging around the house? Nope, just your friendly neighborhood shapeshifter. Except not so friendly.

Supernatural 10x06 "Ask Jeeves"The boys find some silverware in the house and proceed to go about trying to nonchalantly touch everyone with it, only no one reacts, so who the heck is the shifter? Wait, can it be... the detective? But no, he's dead too! Dun dun dun! Now the family is starting to freak out a bit, and get suspicious of Sam and Dean being the only new people in their midst, so they lock them up.

Not the best idea, of course. But at least they figure out they weren't using real silver in the first place, and that's why no one was reacting. They would've found that out soon enough, though, because it turns out that sweet maid Olivia is really the shifter. Apparently she is the secret child of the deceased Bunny, who was the woman who everyone was originally mourning. She was locked up in the attic all of her life until recently, and when no one showed respect to her mother, decided it was better to just start killing them. Naturally.

Sam and Dean manage to find a gun cabinet in the room their locked up in, though, so they can get out and kick some shifter ass. And we find out the backstory of how Bobby got involved with this family many years ago, blah blah, no one really cares about the crazy shifter's backstory. Dean swoops in and shoots her up with some silver before she can kill Sammy. And he puts two more bullets in her for good measure, which Sam thinks is a bit excessive, but Dean claims is just him getting back into the game in their classic BM moment at the end of the episode.


Random Thoughts:

- Dean's little grin when the woman asked if Sam works out was pretty hilarious.

- Enjoyed all of the Clue jokes - picking up the lead pipe and the rope when exploring. The wrench. The knife. The candlestick. The revolver. All accounted for. Classic.

- Sam having to pretend to seduce the two women was pretty hilarious. He always seems to have the cougars after him. It's a shame Jared doesn't think he's very good at comedy, because lately I think he's been pretty great with the subtle comedy, perhaps even moreso than the regular drama stuff.

- These last two episodes have felt more like classic Supernatural to me than the show has felt in a long time. Honestly, I'm not really looking forward to getting back into the whole Cas and Crowley of it all next week. It's been nice to see the Winchesters on their own, working together. Boo hoo.

- There were quite a few great quotes in this episode, I may not have gotten them all. Any I missed that you loved, feel free to share of course!

Quotes:

Dean: Real men don't drink out of cups this small.

Dean: Bobby had secrets man. Like loving on Tori Spelling. If only he knew Dean cheated on her.

Dean: You stay here and keep an eye on Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard.

Dean: Guess we can rule out the butler did it.

Sam: We're not the bad guys, Dash.
Dash: I beg to differ. You're wearing flannel.

Dean: We got played by the maid.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Round Up


Posting this is a bit late today, whoops! Life has been a bit busy this week, so much so that I realized I didn't even have that many links to share when I started working on this today. But I've remedied that now! We're good to go here, people. Let's get started on the weekend! Oh and the picture above is what's going on in the Portland area of Oregon right now. Ice craziness! I'm down in LA but wanted to share a picture from my hometown area.

Have you ever turned on Netflix, scrolled through the hundreds of movies you've never heard of, and then just given up in frustration at not being able to pick something? I feel like this has happened to all of us at some point. But this handy dandy list of the best movies on Netflix you haven't seen is super helpful for those particular nights! Or days, too. I've seen three of the films on this list, and I have to agree that they are all pretty good. The three in question are Nowhere Boy, The Ice Storm, and Gattaca, for those wondering. And I even own a copy of Short Term 12 on BluRay, I just haven't gotten around to watching it yet. Any on there you've seen that you would recommend?

So there's this video of a guy in Russia having a near miss in a road crash that at first seems pretty amazing. But! When you watch the full video, some questions arise. One - Why is the pedestrian seemingly just standing in the middle of the intersection? Seriously, he doesn't appear to be crossing the street, but rather just standing there. Two - Why are the people filming the crash filming in the first place? And why do they appear to have no audible reaction when the crash happens? I mean, I would be going like "holy sh*t!" or something, but it's pure silence in the car. All a bit suspicious!

This is just a bit of fun. I always enjoy seeing different takes on popular movies, and this artist decided to remove one letter from some famous movie titles and draw the results. Here you can see everything from OboCop to Finding Emo. I think the one that gave me the biggest chuckle was Oh Bother, Where Art Thou? I won't spoil what it is for you, so just go look.

I'm not sure I necessarily agree with whatever message this post may be shilling, but I do enjoy comparing goofy pictures of celebrities as kids to what they look like now. Some of the kid photos are pretty classic. But I'm not sure about calling it "proof there is always hope" because that basically just says don't worry, you may be pretty someday. And should being pretty be the only thing we worry about? What about being smart? Okay, I'll stop now. But you get what I mean.

That's all for this week! Have a great weekend.