Monday, January 02, 2006

Happy New Year!

I wish you all a happy and healthy 2006, and am honored to count many readers as personal friends. I don't have any real words of wisdom (still recovering from the plague) but would like to share with you two recent finds.

1. Sons of Provo, the movie. I don't believe this is a movie I would have ever picked up off the shelf but my husband came home with it last week from the rental place and it is the FUNNIEST movie I've seen in a very long time. Think "Spinal Tap" meets Boy Band meets the Mormon Tabernacle. From what I can tell, the movie is written, produced by and starring Mormons. I lived in Las Vegas for a while and spent some vacation time in Utah, so I have some experience with Mormons. I got an interesting view into some of the beliefs and ways of Mormons, but the movie is so tongue-in-cheek, and so brilliantly done it's hard not to love it. With songs like "Dang, Fetch, oh my Heck," "Diddly Wack Wack Mormon Daddy" and "Love Me, but Don't Show Me" this is a must-see movie.

If you actually take my recommendation and like it, and can handle a bit of adult humor, be sure to check out "Orgazmo." Orgazmo is not written, directed or starring any mormons but it's a hysterical movie. Imagine a young Mormon man, on a Mission in Los Angeles and trying to save enough money to have his wedding at the Mormon Tabernacle, who is offered a chance to make more money than he ever imagined possible - by starring as an action hero in a porn movie. Great soundtrack too.

2. How many times have I walked past S'mores Makers in stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and scoffed? Many, I can assure you. My sister got one for her bridal shower - as a matter of fact, everybody I know who owns one got it as a gift. I always thought it kind of defeated the purpose of making s'mores. S'mores are supposed to be made over an open fire at your campsite, or even in the backyard. But the idea of making s'mores at your kitchen table always seemed absurd to me. Until last week.

I was in New York City with the family, for our annual pilgramage to the statue of Balto (the sled dog) in Central Park, the Central Park Zoo and a few shishi stores thrown in there for good measure. Before we hopped the train home, we wanted to grab a bite to eat but Hale and Hearty was closed. We walked up a bit and found Cosi. Soup, sandwiches and upstairs seating, perfect! My husband took the girls up to find a table while I waited for our food. As I walked upstairs with the food, I was greeted with a most delicious smell. I looked to the source of the smell, and saw a table of people roasting marshmallows over a little fire...making s'mores! All adults, they were having a great time debating over burning the marshmallow vs. achieving the perfect golden brown color...licking sticky marshmallow stuff off their fingers and munching on s'mores. We had to catch our train so we didn't have time to order the s'mores package, but suddenly I find myself with a most unusual own my very own s'mores maker. I am dying to make s'mores with my family at the kitchen table. Cosi even sells the s'mores kit, but it's $65!

I have a birthday coming up in a couple of weeks. Off to comparison shop for s'mores kits.

You have got to see what came up on Froogle. Ballerina S'mores craft kit - AAAAARGGHHHHH!!!


Blogger Rusty said...

Those little ballerinas are from Oriental Trading Company, I'll bet. They have s'mores everything...I think they even had a s'mores Jesus at Christmas.

I also have the same problem with the s'mores maker idea..isn't it supposed to be done around a campfire?! That's the fun of it! But I love s'mores, so maybe if you get one and review it well, I'll give it a try.

1:31 PM, January 02, 2006  
Blogger risa said...

okay, that is WAY too cute. and smores makers are great for those folks who live in surburbia and don't get a chance to camp.

here in NYC, smores are becoming a trendy dessert in some restaurants!

(and btw? the ape dies. ;#)

6:48 PM, January 02, 2006  
Blogger cjblue said...

DAMN YOU RISA! (dramatic voice, fist brandished of course)

Rusty...s'mores jesus? How do I even respond to that, except I bet you're right. OTC has some great stuff but sometimes they veer towards the seriously creepy side. Will keep you posted on the s'mores maker, as I mentioned it to my husband last night and he said he'd been feeling the same way. I'll probably get one for my birthday, since anything else I want is way too expensive on the heels of the holidays. :D

10:13 AM, January 03, 2006  
Blogger colombina said...

Very Happy New Year to you!!!

3:07 PM, January 03, 2006  
Blogger mireille said...

tell me when the smoresmaker is delivered, r. I'll be right there. xoxo

6:42 PM, January 03, 2006  
Blogger PFG said...

S'more makers. It makes me think of fondue.
Looking for the movie you far no luck up here. I haven't hit the really good video store yet though.
You know, Orgazmo was sort of the inspiration for the picture I have up on my profile.

Come over?
qddyxrar - the secret, magic word that cures Harry's raging case of jock itch in the next Harry Potter book.

11:37 AM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger cjblue said...

pfg - if you haven't seen it by the time I do come over, I'll rent it here and bring it with me.

I *love* the picture you have up on your profile. Anybody notice tht's a huge strap-on dildo on her forehead? No, of course not - the pic is too small. Anyway, if you really gave it any thought, you'd put the thing on your chin where it would work much better. ;-)

I actually saw one s'mores maker that doubles as a fondue pot and...something for ice cream I think (not sure how that works).

Miss you! Let's set a date.

12:15 PM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger Kyahgirl said...

very cool idea. How often can a person get a real campfire going!

Happy new year buddy. :-)

3:29 PM, January 04, 2006  
Blogger WinterWheat said...

Ballerina s'mores? WTF??

Dang it, Sons of Provo isn't available through Netflix -- yet. We've got it on hold for delivery as soon as they get it in stock.

2:51 PM, January 05, 2006  
Anonymous Cait said...

Thanks for the great movie tip. I will pass it on to some courageous excommunicated Mormons I know and seek it out myself.

S'mores. mmm. Instead of making em in the barrel fires on the local frozen lake, I'll suggest a more civilized alternative with our fondue set we got this holiday.

3:43 PM, January 05, 2006  
Blogger katiedid said...

That is a great movie rec - thank you! I'll be on the look out for it, too bad about the Netflix though. Drat.

S'mores Jesus? Yikes. Talk about eating the body of Christ, the gooey sweet body of Christ.

8:08 PM, January 10, 2006  

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