a simple lifestyle blog
So, I did some things this week.
I have this really great quality about me where I get unbearably bored with my hair to the point where I just start arbitrarily snipping, dying and chopping until I can’t recognize myself anymore, at which point, my itch for impulsion has been satisfied and I can finally be at peace.
Its a breathtaking experience, really.
Amidst all the excitement, I still managed to find some really great #FridayFavorites for you all.
I know. How DOES she do it??
Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line / Four Christmases / Legally Blonde) is Cheryl Strayed, a recently divorced young woman whose past is filled with all manner of hardship and hurt. In an effort to become the woman her mother knew her to be, Cheryl decides to embark on a 1,1000 mile trek up the Pacific Crest Trail. Faced with the astonishing physical demands of the trail as well as her own tortured thoughts and memories, the extreme solitude of the trail threatens to swallow her whole.
The story is adapted from the real life Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) and written by Nick Hornby (An Education / High Fidelity), this film is packed with beautiful scenery, immeasurable wisdom and unforgettable performances.
It was almost painful to watch Cheryl’s struggles. Sometimes, truly painful as in the opening scene when we see her removing her own damaged toe nail. *gag* Other times, my heart ached with the her as she struggled to understand herself. Even though my life is so different from Cheryl’s, I resonate with her longing to make sense of the choices she has made for better or for worse.
“What if what made me do all those things everyone thought I shouldn’t have done was what also had got me here? What if I was never redeemed? What if I already was?”
“There is a sunrise and a sunset every day and you can choose to be there for it. You can put yourself in the way of beauty.”
Bonnie Tyler has been referred to as the International First Lady of Rock partially due to the raspy quality of her voice which actually resulted from a vocal chord surgery in the 70’s.
You may also know her from her single “Holding Out for a Hero,” covered by Jennifer Saunders from Shrek 2.
I was reminded of how much I love this song when I saw it on Glee, which I just started watching for the first time a few weeks ago. #FinnAndRachelForever
Enjoy this little slice of 80’s gold.
EATS: Snickerdoodle Blondie Bars
I love, love, love me some snickerdoodles. Unfortunately, they call for cream of tartar which I have on hand in my home approximately 0% of the time.
I know I could just go buy some next time I am at the store, but its such a specialty item that I always manage to forget it.
And I know I could just write it on my grocery list so as not to forget it, but then I wouldn’t be able to share this recipe with you for the most smooth, decadent snickerdoodle blondie bars that have ever graced this blogger’s taste buds.
I am not kidding you, they are remarkably soft and chewy with the perfect amount of sweet.
Having made these for a friend’s barbecue, I can tell you that its the perfect plate to bring to any gathering if you need a little ego boost. People will rave about your baking abilities all night.
Not that that’s why you should bring baked goods to your friends, of course.
Check out this recipe at Baked by Rachel. You definitely won’t be sorry!
Until next week, cheers!