The New Bake Off


I gave it a shot. I did. I love Bake Off so so much. Ask anyone who knows me. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched all of the episodes, I have two cookbooks from previous contestants: B.I.Y from Richard of Season 5 (or season 1 if you’re watching on Netflix in the US) and The Cardamom Trail from Chetna of the same cast. I have five other cookbooks from three other contestants on my Amazon wishlist. This was the show that got me seriously baking, and not just from a box.

I wasn’t even going to watch the new season. It felt like cheating on my partner. But, I figured that if I was going to denounce it, I needed to know what I was talking about.

First, Prue:


Ugh. Someone on tumblr called her a discount Mary Berry, and that is so accurate. God, get out of that tent. You’re nowhere near Mary’s caliber.

Second, Noel and Sandy:


Okay, they’re cute. Gentle humor, not too strong in the innuendo game, which could just be because they’re feeling out their new job. It could change as they go on. I love how attached Sandy got to the bakers, and Noel I think did well with comedy relief for them. But I can’t quite figure out what this little Goth boy is doing in the tent.

Richie: Goths like Bake Off and baking too!

Okay, fair point. But it just seems to me that Noel is a young man who went to work with his mom for National Take Your Kid to Work Day.

Finally, Paul.

He doesn’t get a picture. I do not have the words. Ugh. He should have left Bake Off, too. He didn’t need the money. He has cookbooks and TV shows. He could have left with the other three, Channel 4 would have realized they paid $75 million for nothing,  and they would have kicked it back to the BBC. Everyone could have come back. But nooooooooooo. Now I have this ass  who is “devaluing the handshake economy“. Ass.


There was one bright spot.


Stephen. I adored him. I mean, Yan was awesome. Stacey is me. But I super love Stephen.


But, no more Bake Off for me. And that makes me really sad. But I’ll always remember you!


Happy Thanksgiving!


Gravy volcano never gets old. ;o)


Well, happy Thanksgiving my dears! I hope you all are doing well. My holiday was lovely. Slept in a little- as much as a hungry cat will allow. I had a cup of tea for breakfast and started a new book, Another Man’s Treasure. The lack of breakfast caught up with me at Aunt Debra’s, where I completely stuffed my face. It was sooooo goooood.

Mr Bean Thanksgiving

I’m home now, and I’ve been in my jim-jams for the last four hours. I’ve been knitting and drinking tea and watching Bake-Off. I am knitting two things at once- Bluebirds of Happiness, and scarves for the homeless. Two simple, small pieces that are being knit 10 rows at a time. 10 rows on one, switch projects and do 10 rows on the other. I don’t have any dessert, but I do have a recipe for chocolate chip cookie in a mug. I have made it many many many times (I have the recipe memorized) and I swear by it.

Anyways, all of you take care of yourselves. And if you are going shopping later, may you get all the deals you want.

How I Spent Halloween: A Photo Essay

Not really.

I mean, I dressed up, we went to the Zoo, and watched scary movies. Typical Halloween. But I know how much you all love to know what I’m up to.

There will be quite a few photos in this post, though.


The new Grizzly Ridge at the St. Louis Zoo is finally open. And it’s awesome!





These two were leading me on a wild hippo chase. Swim to one end, pivot quickly, swim back. It was hard to get a good shot because they would not stop moving.

hippo 2


This cat could smell my cat. I’m sure of it.

cheetah 2


You and me both, babe.

Halloween Horror Challenge: Finishing Up (Photo Heavy)

I did finish! I’m so proud of myself. But I’m a lazy bum and didn’t post. So we have twenty movies to get through. Here we go:

Day 12:

Day 12

A documentary about sleep paralysis that’s on Netflix. Super creepy.


Day 13:


Another documentary. This one explores the evolution of the American horror movie, and the society and culture that influences them.


Day 14:

Day 14

A great movie about Halloween traditions, four interweaving stories. Plus, Anna Paquin.


Day 15:

Day 15

Who doesn’t love this movie? (If you don’t, please stop talking to me)


Day 16:

Day 16

Because Sissy Spacek is so brilliant


Day 17:

Day 17

Reliving my childhood. I don’t care about Mr. Toad, but I love hearing about “Old Ichy”. And can we talk about Bing Crosby’s voice please? *sigh*


Day 18:

murder maps

I know it isn’t a movie, but it is a docu-series about horrifying events that really happened. Since it’s my challenge, I say it counts.


Day 19:


Documentary narrated by Cornelius Fudge. I mean, Robert Hardy. Yay ghost stories!


Day 20:


Companion piece to the above.


Day 21:


We made it to Wales!


Day 22:


Rounding out the UK


Days 23-28


The Dracula Legacy, 1931-1948. Dracula; Dracula’s Daughter; Son of Dracula; House of Frankenstein; House of Dracula; and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.


Day 29:


Where does Halloween come from? Let this History Channel documentary narrated by Harry Smith educate you! Can be found on Youtube.


Day 30:


A documentary about four urban legends. If you aren’t watching anything by Joshua Zeeman, you are missing out.


Day 31:


A classic story that everyone loves, with everyone’s favorite detective!


And that’s it! I hope you all had an excellent Halloween!