Stuff to Watch Volume 4 - Best of Netflix October 2014

Happy October! The temperature drops and I instantly start thinking about all the good shows, movies and documentaries we’ll be watching next to the fireplace this fall & winter. In case you’re in the same boat here are some goodies we’ve discovered recently on Netflix:

1. Alaska State Troopers (Watch on Netflix) – If you grew up loving the show COPS then you’re going to love Alaska State Troopers. Alaska is crazy.

2. Spinning Plates (Watch on Netflix) – Score 85% on Rotten Tomatoes. This documentary tells the story of 3 restaurants, each very different, and follows them each for a few months. One high-end restaurant in Chicago, a new Mexican restaurant in Phoenix and one family-run restaurant located in Iowa (about 90 miles from Madison). I’m already planning a road trip to go check it out

3. The House I Live In (Watch on Netflix) – Score 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. This documentary focuses on the war on drugs and explores the effect that it has on our society. Definitely worth your time.

4. River Monsters (Watch on Netflix ) – Another fun series to get into. Jeremy Wade is absolutely insane but I love watching his adventures and totally terrifying myself. Be sure to watch the episode about sharks living in rivers. Ahhh!

5. Battered Bastards of Baseball (Watch on Netflix) – Score 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. This documentary sheds light on Portland Oregon’s single-A baseball team founded by Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell) and their struggle to operate outside the confines of major league baseball.

6. Extract (Watch on Netflix) – Score 63% on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m a sucker for Jason Bateman and Mila Kunis didn’t hurt, either. This flick follows “Joel” a small business owner as an on-the-job accident threatens his livelihood.

7. Happy Valley (Watch on Netflix) – Score 81% on Metacritic. We’ve actually only watched the first couple of episodes but the cast is great and the story is intriguing. I’m not sure if it’s the next OITNB but I haven’t seen a bad Netflix Original series yet.

8. Your Sister’s Sister (Watch on Netflix) – Score 83% on Rotten Tomatoes. If you’re looking for a super entertaining flick that isn’t your typical Rom-Com be sure to make time for Your Sister’s Sister starring Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt.

Hug your Dog

"Hug Your Dog."

Today I found some time to bust out the watercolor, which was a very welcome break amid a couple of very crazy weeks.  Here’s a reminder to hug your dog, and not just in the literal sense…especially if your dog doesn’t like being attacked with human affection. But hug your dog by showing him/her some extra love. Take them for an extra walk, make some homemade treats, take time to truly engage with them. I miss Walter so much when we’re gone (it’s sad, I know). But just look at his little face, it melts my heart.

Bobbypins

So true.

This is so true. I legit find bobbypins in the most random places. Can you relate?

Sidenote: if you want the greatest bobbypins in the world find them here.

Bobbypin Background Image found at Photo-Dictionary.com.

Tomato + Basil Bisque Recipe.

When the weather gets cold we make a lot of soup! Here’s one of our favorite recipes for Tomato Basil Bisque!

INGREDIENTS:

3 tbsp butter 3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (more/less if you like it spicy or not)
1 large white onion (finely chopped)
2 stalks celery (finely chopped)
3 cans of tomatoes (or fresh tomatoes, chopped or blended)
4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
1 can of tomato paste
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1-2 cups of fresh basil (finely chopped)
Coarse Black Pepper
Sea Salt

Optional, for garnish: parmesan cheese, croutons, whole basil leaves

DIRECTIONS:

Melt 3 tbsp of butter in a soup pan, add 3 cloves of minced garlic. Add chopped onion, celery and cook through (2-3 minutes). Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, crushed red pepper and bring to a boil. Add basil, broth, salt & pepper to taste and simmer 10-15 minutes. Let soup cool (we put it in a bowl in the freezer.) and then run mixture through a food processor or blender to reach a smooth consistency. Do *not* put boiling soup in your blender. That’s a big mess. We’ve been there.. We usually run 90% of it in a blender and leave 10% of it so that there are some tomato chunks in the soup. Return to stove on low heat, stir in cream and heat through. Add additional salt/pepper if needed. We serve it topped with fresh parmesan, croutons and basil leaves and a side of crostini.

Live with Intent

"Live less out of habit and more out of intent." (+ my 5 favorite free brush style fonts from dafont.com)

I learned something new this week: if you squint, and kind of cross your eyes, and kind of don’t look directly at them….carnations can look kind of like peonies. I mean, they will never replace them, of course, but they fill the void slightly until the return of peony season. I snapped this photo of my (dying) carnations while wearing a neon pink top and thought it was kind of groovy how the pink was reflected on the white background. I overlaid the image with this quote using a few of my favorite free brush fonts from DaFont.com: Levi Rebrushed, Rags to Riches, Dead Island, Art Brewery, and Handbrush.