Oscars 2012

Academy Award nominees I’ve seen so far this year:

Best Picture (4 of 9)
“The Help”
“The Descendants”
“The Artist” – WINNER

Best Leading Actress (4 of 5)
Viola Davis in “The Help”
Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” – WINNER
Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”

Best Leading Actor (3 of 5)
George Clooney in “The Descendants”
Jean Dujardin in “The Artist” – WINNER
Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”

Best Supporting Actress (4 of 5)
Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
Octavia Spencer in “The Help” – WINNER

Best Supporting Actor (2 of 5)
Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
(I must see this) Christopher Plummer in “Beginners” – WINNER

Random photos #1 – High school flashbacks

My Lincoln High School academic letter. I took this picture when I was in Tallahassee in December, cleaning out a bunch of stuff in my childhood bedroom. I got the letter itself in ninth grade and then got the three little lamp pins indicating I maintained the same level of academic “excellence” in tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades. I was very proud of that. The other pins I got from National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and chorus (both regular choruses and ensembles). Put together this paints a pretty good picture of my high school experience in a one square foot area!

It all started with these immortal words, “If it has green legs, then it is a Figgy.” Our geometry practice book for Mu Alpha Theta was trying to teach us about conditional statements, but my friends and I latched onto the concept of Figgys and never let go. I believe the name of the figurine in this photo was Marta (I had another one named Mikki who was lost in tenth grade) and she was indeed a Figgy because she had green legs. I obtained her on a trip where I stayed in a Choice hotel (hence the word “Choiceasaurus” on her side), but I can’t remember where. Marta was one of our many Mu Alpha Theta good luck charms and she was with me at every math competition during my high school years.

Foodie Friday – Chocolate chip cookies #6

Chocolate chip cookies #6: Based on Two Peas and Their Pod’s Pie Plate Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookies. Baked on 2/22/12.

Hey look, it’s not another TV post! Sorry about that, but I was suffering from a severe lack of inspiration and creativity this week. It happens occasionally. But anyway, back to the business of baking. Did I say I was going to make brown butter chocolate chip cookies next in my search for the best recipe? Well, I lied. Not intentionally, of course, but I haven’t gotten around to making that particular variation yet. However, on Wednesday night I realized that I had enough time to whip up a toffee chocolate chip cookie pie before Dan got home from work. He thinks baking too many cookies is unhealthy, which is true, but I figured there was nothing he’d be able to do about it if they were already done when he arrived. I’m devious, aren’t I? But I digress. Making chocolate chip cookies in pie form is so much easier than scooping out individual portions of dough onto a cookie sheet. The lazy girl in me appreciates that. What makes this recipe unique is Heath toffee bits, which you can find in the vicinity of chocolate chips in the baking aisle. Besides the toffee bits and the fact that all of the sugar in this recipe is brown sugar (no white sugar at all), it’s otherwise relatively standard. But the results are incredibly delicious. These were the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. Seriously. They are moist, dense, and packed with flavor. The toffee is definitely what put them over the edge. Wow. I’m going to keep trying more recipes as the year progresses, but right now I don’t know how anything is going to top these toffee chocolate chip cookies. You should make them right now! Amazing!