weekend update



Fall means pears. Do you love pears as much as I do? I bought a whole box of the most beautiful pears this week and we ate away on them until...




I made two more pear pies. One for now, one for freezing. Thanksgiving is next weekend. I've never frozen a pie before... I froze it unbaked. Was that a smart move? Would Martha have done that? I'm wondering. I'm worried. It was perfect. Maybe I should have baked it first, what if it gets soggy? Do I thaw it before I bake it? If you have the answer to this pie question, please let me know.



Jack and Moira's Halloween goodie box got mailed away... I wrapped the inside of it with scary caution tape before the brown paper wrapping for mailing. It's just filled with all sorts of crazy stuff I picked up for them: candy, napkins, baking stuff, and silly toys.



And now... a teaser for my Zombie Jar swap partner Angela! I sent the jar off this weekend too. Can you guess what the zombie might look like? After it was all packaged and bundled (with a ton of bubble wrap, saran, packing tape, shredded paper, tissue and confetti, sealed and then wrapped in brown mailing paper) I heard a little "tink tink" inside. My heart sank but it was too late, we were in line at the post office. I'm sure it was just the handle on the jar... I'm almost sure of it. I hope all those FRAGILE stickers do the trick. Keep your fingers crossed!



Veto adores m+m cookies so I made him a batch this weekend using Loopy's chocolate chip recipe but rolling the balls of dough in mini m+m's. Yummmmmy. Yes, I also added my magic secret ingredient, Benefibre. I added it to the pie also. I sneakily add it to almost everything when people aren't looking around here. I have a happy, regular family.




Saturday night was family movie night! We saw Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist based on the book of the same name.



Before I review this movie I would like to comment on viral marketing. Genius, man... especially for this genre of movie. Obviously the target demographic being tweens, teens and young adults - this movie wasn't marketed with just posters and TV spots. It had a MySpace page, a Facebook profile and a pretty sweet website.


The characters in the movie spend a night in New York City searching for a famous band who will be playing a surprise concert in an undisclosed locale. The ficticious band "Where's Fluffy" leaves clues all over the city. To market the movie, the producers set up a "Where's Fluffy" website, sold "Where's Fluffy" tee shirts and littered large cities like Toronto and New York with photocopied "Where's Fluffy" leaflets... all directing to the movie's official web page. Genius. It makes me realize even more how tuned into the internet our kids are and how much it shapes their life.


Have you ever gone to a movie and then come home and visited the website? We almost always do now. Good movies typically have good websites. Reviews, games, downloads, photo galleries and contests are the norm but often you can find deleted scenes (no waiting for the DVD) and bonus material.



The entire family enjoyed Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. There were a couple of scenes to be warned about (barf) and (mild sexual content) but that's to be expected in this genre and it was well done. Micheal Cera is adorable in the role of Nick. It was a perfect movie to see with Loopy right now... she "recognized" a few people from school in the show. Proving once again, times change... people don't. The soundtrack was also pretty sweet. We're off to get it on iTunes. Check out this movie if you liked Juno. Four cupcakes plus!

21 comments:

Joanna said...

My mom used to make a huge batch of pies and freeze them - unbaked, all the time! I think you just take it from the freezer and cook it for about an hour. no need to thaw.
P.s I'm lovin' your blog!

Saucy said...

Thank goodness you told me that. I was surely worried that I'd ruined a perfectly perfect pear pie.

MJ said...

I've never frozen a pie ~ but then, I have a thing about fresh baking, particularly pies! My mom freezes pies but always after they are baked. I don't care for frozen (prebaked) pies as they don't seem to be as crisp as a freshly made pie. I don't know if I've ever had frozen unbaked pie. I'll be curious as to your experience!

Yin said...

Um, yum YUM. All your treats (edible and otherwise) look so delectable!! Jack, Moira and Veto are all very lucky!

And thank you for the review of Nick and Norah! I love, love Michael Cera ever since his Arrested Development days and I've been looking forward to this film! (Fun story: He's a friend of a friend so I got to meet him and he's every bit as cute and sweet in person as he is on screen!)

Katie said...

Katie has done up pies in the manner of which you speak. Just pop them in the oven frozen, but watch for the crust getting over brown. Sounds delish.

Katie is confused though...you said that Thanksgiving is next weekend...We have Thanksgiving in November at our house. Why do you celebrate so early?

sassy studio said...

McDreamy loooves pears just like you Saucy! I made a pear crisp the other week with "the take home chef" on TLC and McDreamy was happy for a week! I bet I could get out of doing dishes if I treated him to a pear pie! Would you share that pie recipe sweet cousin Saucy? Pleeeease!

PS MCDreamy calles our Zombie jar swap "that freaky fairy thing"! Ug...boys!

Lacey in the Sky said...

Those cookies look so good! And I love that you put Benefibre in them! haha, so funny!

Aspergertopia said...

Mmmmmmm!!! I love pears.

I can't believe I've never tasted pear pie.

Geeez. Now I'm craving something I've never tasted.

Off to search for a pear pie recipe.

Unless of course you want to share:)

Anonymous said...

Will you post your pear pie recipe, Saucy!? PPPllllleeaasseee....

Lindsay

Grace said...

My dad has a huge pear tree and makes tons of pears I decided this year to make pear pie (took apple pie recipe)they were great. I should put Benefibre in also haha you are a hoot! Hugs Grace

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Thaw pie, then bake & enjoy. I freeze unbaked apple pies every fall. But a pear pie! Yum!

Very cool gift box. And thanks again for yet another movie review!

p.s. You are NOT a nerd. The Laura Ingalls Wilder homestead was very cool. And I won't wear beige to my kids' weddings. It washes me out so I look greenish.

tidymom said...

YUMMO!! I LOVE pears, but I don't think I've ever had a pear pie!!!

Happy Fall!
~Tidymom

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Your pie will be fabulous, just thaw and bake! I'm excited to see Nick and Norah, the trailers I've seen have been so sweet!

A glance at my world said...

Wow...I think I just drooled over those cookies :)

Lisa Milton said...

Cera does look adorable in the previews. I'm on board.

Suzanne said...

My little family trick isn't Benefiber (we're just fine in THAT department), instead I sneak ground flax seed into EVERYTHING and they're none the wiser. Course the kids are still young and easy to trick... ;)

Helena said...

OMG! Those M&M cookies look diviiine!!! Veto is a very lucky man.

Tamara Jansen said...

You gotta love an M&M cookie that keeps you regular while still tasting GREAT :) What an idea!

Kim said...

I tried your cookie recipe yesterday & I'm wondering if the ingredients are right...mine melted all over the cookie sheet. I added a bunch of flour & they looked more like your photo....

Saucy said...

Kim, did you add the benefibre? I don't have an exact measurement for that... just a good shake of the jar. I think that probably helps keep the cookies from spreading too much. I've also made this recipe without the benefibre and had good luck... did you use real butter or margarine?

Emily said...

Oh the pear.
I am in love with it. It is divine.

Let me know how your pie works out. You might want to make one for back up, but it should work out. I have frozen quiche with a crust and the crust was fine after a blast with the oven!