Friday, January 13, 2017

The Middle { Five Minute Friday & Seven Quick Takes }

I typically looooooove joining the FMF tribe of writers.
But it's been a long week and I'm kinda
"written out...." so when I saw Kate's prompt:
middle
...... "MIDDLE,"  I immediately thought of
THIS go-to fun, escapism and definitely to-be-shared marvelous-ness!
I decided to totally cheat this week.
<< I hope cheating's allowed......  >> 

So, while I'm not writing this weeks's FMF,
I am sharing The. Best. Comedy. Show.
At least I'm sticking with Kate's prompt and trying to do it in five minutes! 😉
Here goes~



You've seen it, right? If not, you will.....
We love it here.
Meet The Hecks, a middle-class family living in
the middle of the US,
<hilariously> facing the  day-to-day of home, work, and raising three kids. 

When the series starts out in season 1, Frankie, ( mom )
  initially is an under-performing salesperson at a used-car dealer
 and later, becomes  a dental assistant
Her stoic husband Mike manages a local quarry and
oldest son Axl, is a popular but unmotivated and cynical teenager.
Daughter Sue is an enthusiastic young teen, chronically unsuccessful and socially awkward. Youngest son, Brick,  is super smart, but  an introverted compulsive reader.
His somewhat  odd behavioral traits prove super hilarious.

THIS scene is one of our all-time favorites and kinda sums up the
priceless comedy of the series.
Enjoy:


And since I'm jumping in the #QT linky too,
here are seven great reasons to love The Middle:


The Middle: Season 1



The Middle: Season 2



The Middle: Season 3





The Middle: Season 4


The Middle: The Complete Fifth Season





The Middle: The Complete Sixth Season



The Middle: The Complete Seventh Season


And season 8 is currently on tv...
episodes can be streamed here though!
And since we're talking great TV,
you might like to check out my :
 7 Shows You Should be Watching this Year~


I'm happy to join my "Middle" post to Kate's  FMF  and
Kelly's Quick Takes link ups!
Please visit Kelly and Kate's homes on the web
 to peruse some awesome posts! 

Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
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In this way, I will receive a small commission on the purchase.....
a few pennies per dollar.
THANK YOU!

Until next time,

~Chris

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A Windswept, Wintry Wednesday {Plus online shopping convenience at Target! }

The scene yesterday out our front door........


Yet, this morning~ melting and in the 50s!





And hey, .......some big news
for my friends and readers who 
savor the convenience of online shopping!
I'm now a Target affiliate! Yay!
That means  you get to enjoy a relaxing shopping experience
while  I earn a small commission on your purchase
( at no cost to you - - - a win-win!)
Sooooo,  if you're shopping Tarzhay, you can click here with ease!

Thank you!
Oh, and by the way, free shipping on orders over $25 with this link!




Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
here at my home on the web! 
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This post contains amazon affiliate links....
If you are shopping at  amazon this Christmas season,
would you consider clicking through my link
In this way, I will receive a small commission on the purchase.....
a few pennies per dollar.
THANK YOU!

Until next time,

~Chris

Friday, January 6, 2017

Snowy Friday~ Weekly Wrap, The Best in TV, Wintry Recipes & on the Blog in Years Past



Haven't posted a weekly wrap in quite some time!
Thanks for stopping in to visit for the latest..........

At dawn, we were greeted by~



......a light dusting of only an inch~


The tree, from outside, while snow swirled early this morning.
The beauty, not at all captured by camera lens!

Many more inches of the white stuff predicted
this weekend!
Once you're in after shoveling and taking care of household
necessities and you'd like  
 7 Shows You Should be Watching this Year~   { QT }

And speaking of TV~~ 
Here's my The Five Best TV Shows Set in the Big Apple
{I'm from The Big Apple, so that kinda makes me an expert!! ha }

And if you're looking for some fresh fun in the kitchen
and yummy recipes to enjoy while you settle in and binge watch,
here's my Pepperoni Cheese Rolls 




and Pizza dip!


here at my home on the web! 
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If you are shopping at  amazon this Christmas season,
would you consider clicking through my link
In this way, I will receive a small commission on the purchase.....
a few pennies per dollar.
THANK YOU!

Until next time,

~Chris

Thursday, January 5, 2017

7 Shows You Should be Watching this Year~ { QT }


Okay, so we're heading into the deep freeze of winter and while it doesn't
dark around here by 3:30 PM any more ( yay! ) 
 there are some long winter nights ahead.
Sure, there are some wonderful, fun family games....
{ you know there's  a post upcoming on family game night soon, right? }
But sometimes, you just want to indulge after a long day working, mommy-ing,
homeschooling, maintaining the home, 
with a grrrrrrrrrreat show, right?
Whether it's mindless  leisure or a profound script
involving serious deep thought, I've got you covered.

Soooooo here's my a list of { relatively recent} ground break TV that isn't
just about the entertainment.........it's about'the experience.
Here goes: 


Lost ran from 2004 until 2010

LOST ended in 2010 and 
folks...if you've not yet begun watching, for heaven's sake..... start now!
If you've seen all 6 seasons, then rewatch, because you
absolutely must have missed profundities the first time around.
I'm on my third rewatch and we're still uncovering layers of clues,
intrigue, plot development........
The mythology, the Catholic references, the mysteries, the drama,
the character development, the unexpectedness of SO MUCH......

It's not just a show. 
It's a life changing experience.
Really.

Lost Tv Series Complete

Lost on DVD

Lost ~ Amazon video

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If you liked Lost...and really, who doesn't......?
Then you're sure to be hooked on Colony .
Produced  by and starring Lost notables,  Josh and Carlton,
the show will grab you in the first five minutes!
Sarah, of The Walking Dead? Bleccch
But even with her spiritless, thin presence, the show's a keeper.
I can't say too much {SPOILERS, you know?}
But how does Josh keep ending up with manipulative users?
sigh
Season 2 starts next week....so go get caught up!

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Revenge: Season 1

I watched and positively loved  all four seasons of Revenge this summer.
Maybe I was just pining for some good old fashioned 80's style TV 
vengeance and opulence {Cue  the Dallas theme song!  }
Or maybe I  just got a kick outta seeing so many local landmarks.....
yup, Revenge is set right here on Long Island {AKA Land of the Entitled.}
And yet, while I'm not a fan of this 120 mile long spit of land, 
I did enjoy the show which
highlights the Hamptons and other up island sites.
{ And BTW everything you've heard about LI?
It's all true, except that
we're really  not all  runaways from an F Scott Fitzgerald 
 gold coast mansion!  }
So here's the scoop......
Revenge is FUN, classy and surprising!
The acting? Hmmmmm....kinda cheesy.
The plot twists? Predictable. But still engaging!

Revenge on DVD

Revenge on amazon video





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Parenthood: The Complete Series

Sigh.

The Best Family Drama.
Simply the best.

You'll see yourself, your siblings, your entire family throughout the Bravermans'
trials and tribulations.
The wisdom.
The fun.
The dance parties.
The honesty.
Go watch.
This is The Most Underrated Family Drama of the 2000s!
Really.

Parenthood on DVD

Parenthood on amazon video




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Brothers and Sisters: The Complete Collection box set series 1-5 [UK import, region 2 PAL format]

Mom, dad, four kids, a growing business,  California.
Picture perfect?
Hmmmmm, throw in embezzlement, infidelity, 
recently discovered half siblings, 
addiction and constant fighting over politics.
Honestly, I love every one of the Walkers.
Throw in another star or two if you came "of age" in
the 80s and were a Thirtysomething junkie.
Just watch and you'll see why.

Brothers and Sisters on DVD





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Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection


I know the whole world's DA craze has come and gone.
I'm just jumping on the bandwagon now, a few years "late."
I;m only halfway into season 1, but I adore it.
The period, the characters, the MUSIC ( WOW)
the plot development.
I. Do. Not. Want. It. To. End.
So join the party with me and we'll enjoy the  
Crawleys' story together.

DA on DVD

DA in amazon video




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THE FALL, SERIES 1

If you think you  recognize Scully ( X Files ) and Graham ( Once Upon a Time) 
 yes, you're correct.
Only they couldn't be more different in these roles as a detective and
a serial killer, respectively. 
The Fall is set in Northern Ireland  in current times
and boasts acting that is so
sensational, dialogue isn't even required to read the
characters' minds.
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And I think my FAVORITE show right now is~~~~
This is Us!


It's smart, deep, funny and 
SURPRISING!
So surprising.

And loaded with characters you'll wish were your friends "in real life."
If you liked Parenthood, you'll love This is Us.
Just go watch.
It's the best show you've seen in a looooooon time!
THis is Us on amazon video 


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Honorable mention goes to

Once Upon a Time: Season 1

OUaT, season 1, is positively gripping, edge of your seat drama.
The acting-----amazing.
Talk about twisted tales.
Tune in and you won't be sorry.
I've written tons about OUaT here for more info and fun, click over.

TBH though, Season 2 didn't really hold our attention and by
 season 3, all bets were off....blech.

OUaT on dvd


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Helix: Season 1 [Blu-ray, Digital HD and Ultraviolet]

Sci-fi, medical drama, superior acting!
We stumbled onto Helix by accident and were engrossed immediately.
One drawback?
The show was cancelled after season 2 
right in the midst of a heck of a cliffhanger!
Shoot!



And speaking of TV~~ 
Here's my The Five Best TV Shows Set in the Big Apple
{I'm from The Big Apple, so that kinda makes me an expert!! ha }

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I'm grateful to link at Kelly's for her weekly Quick Takes hop!
Please visit Kelly for her QT post as well as all her friends who link up!

Thank you for spending some of your precious time today
here at my home on the web! 
Have you signed up to receive my posts in your email inbox?
   If not, just click here to 
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You might wish to follow on Facebook as well.....

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This post contains amazon affiliate links....
If you are shopping at  amazon this Christmas season,
would you consider clicking through my link
In this way, I will receive a small commission on the purchase.....
a few pennies per dollar.
THANK YOU!

Until next time,

~Chris