Read Then Watch: Academy Awards Reading List

While all of the Academy Award nominee films are on my list to watch before February 22, I am also determined to read the books that inspired these movies. We’ve got a little over a month until the big night, and in addition to all of the reading and watching I have to still do, I also can’t wait to start planning my mini-Oscars party (even if that does only involve me, champagne, and a large bowl of nachos).

Which of these books and films have you watched or read?

Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything by Jane Hawking

book 1

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

book 2

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

book 3

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

book 4

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle

book 5

Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

book 6

Inherent Vice: A Novel by Thomas Pynchon

book 7

Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold by Mark Schultz

book 8

{1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8}


100 Warner Bros Film Collection Bucket List

100 movies

I received one of THE BEST presents from my aunt and uncle: the Best of Warner Bros 100 Film Collection. To say I am obsessed would be an understatement. This collection has everything! I’m especially excited for The Jazz Singer, Interview with the Vampire, Singin’ in the Rain, just to name a few. Just as I have with the Best Picture Bucket List, this amazing gift deserves its own list. By the way, you will make any film lover’s birthday or holiday with this collection. As I watch these movies, I’ll cross them off the bucket list. I can’t wait!

1. The Jazz Singer (1927)
2. Broadway Melody of 1929 (1929)
3. The Public Enemy (1931)
4. Cimarron (1931)
5. Grand Hotel (1932)
6. 42nd Street (1933)
7. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
8. A Night at the Opera (1935)
9. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
10. The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
11. The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
12. Dark Victory (1939)
13. Gone with The Wind (1939)
14. Wizard of Oz (1939)
15. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
16. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
17. Citizen Kane (1941)
18. Mrs. Miniver (1942)
19. Casablanca (1943)
20. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
21. Gaslight (1944)
22. Anchors Aweigh (1944)
23. Mildred Pierce (1945)
24. Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
25. The Big Sleep (1946)
26. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
27. An American in Paris (1951)
28. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
29. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
30. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
31. A Star Is Born (1954)
32. East of Eden (1955)
33. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
34. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
35. Giant (1956)
36. The Searchers (1956)
37. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
38. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
39. Gigi (1958)
40. Ben-Hur (1959)
41. North By Northwest (1959)
42. How the West Was Won (1962)
43. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)
44. Viva Las Vegas (1964)
45. Doctor Zhivago (1965)
46. Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
47. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
48. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
49. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
50. Bullitt (1968)
51. The Wild Bunch (1969)
52. Dirty Harry (1971)
53. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
54. Cabaret (1972)
55. A Clockwork Orange (1972)
56. Enter the Dragon (1973)
57. The Exorcist (1973)
58. Blazing Saddles (1974)
59. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
60. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
61. All The President’s Men (1976)
62. Superman, The Movie (1977)
63. Caddyshack (1980)
64. The Shining (1980)
65. Clash of the Titans (1981)
66. Chariots of Fire (1981)
67. National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
68. The Outsiders (1983)
69. The Right Stuff (1983)
70. Risky Business (1983)
71. Amadeus (1984)
72. The Color Purple (1985)
73. The Goonies (1985)
74. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
75. Lethal Weapon (1987)
76. Batman (1989)
77. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
78. Goodfellas (1990)
79. The Bodyguard (1992)
80. Unforgiven (1992)
81. The Fugitive (1993)
82. Interview with the Vampire (1994)
83. Natural Born Killers (Director’s Cut) (1994)
84. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
85. Seven (1995)
86. L.A. Confidential (1997)
87. The Matrix (1999)
88. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
89. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
90. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
91. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
92. The Notebook (2004)
93. Million Dollar Baby (2005)
94. The Departed (2006)
95. 300 (2007)
96. The Dark Knight (2008)
97. The Blind Side (2009)
98. The Hangover (2009)
99. Sherlock Holmes (2009)
100. Inception (2010)

Which of these movies have you watched?

Movie Soundtracks To Cook To: Oscar-Winning Movie Songs – Part I

Oscar Winning Inspired

When I cook, I like to have music playing softly in the background. Depending on the dish (and my mood), the music will vary each time. In this series, Movie Soundtracks To Cook To, I will share with you the movies that inspire my cooking playlists. Movies are filled with great music, and I like to mix up my playlists with songs that are both lyrical and instrumental/orchestral. Movie soundtracks are the next best thing to the motion pictures themselves, but when you’re cooking or baking, having a movie going in the background could be a bit distracting and potentially dangerous (unless you have amazing knife skills)!

My second playlist is of Oscar-winning songs from movies, and all of these songs would be great musical companions to classic dishes that stand the test of time. Happy cooking and listening!

1. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)

2. Days of Wine and Roses

3. High Hopes

4. Over the Rainbow

5. Falling Slowly

6. My Heart Will Go On

7. When You Wish Upon a Star

8. Moon River

P.S. Check out my first French inspired cooking playlist! 

That’s a Wrap!

skull latte

Happy Oscars weekend! Since I haven’t yet watched the movies nominated for Best Picture, that is what tomorrow and Sunday will be for. I recently saw The Lego Movie, which is super cute and killing it at the box office. I attempted to make these cupcakes, but they turned out with a muffin-like consistency. In addition to the Oscars, I’ll be researching Southern recipes for Mardi Gras, which is next Tuesday! For now, though, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Mid-morning pick-me-ups are better when they have designs [above].

* B.J. Novak’s book trailer for One More ThingMindy kills it in this video, and so far, the book is laugh out loud worthy.

* Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling interview each other and it’s amazing.

* The Oscars are this weekend! Time really crept up…still haven’t made it through my movie list.

* Obsessed with this DIY Dinosaur serving dish!

* I love these two together. The last couple of seconds are the best. My favorite part starts at 2:48.

* Now that we’re on the topic, this is one of the cutest songs from a movie.

Have a great weekend! May the Best Picture win…

{Photo by Lauren}

That’s a Wrap!

space needle and emp

To say it’s been a great week would be an understatement. First of all, the Seahawks are going to the Superbowl!! Last Sunday’s game was so intense and really close. It’s time to start brainstorming what foods I’m going to make for Superbowl Sunday. On a movie note, I still want to see Her and Inside Llewyn Davis in theaters, but I don’t predict any trips to the theater in my near future. Let’s kick off Friday and wrap up the week with a recap…

* 23 times women made history on SNL.

The Wolf of Wall Street before special effects.

* Have had multiple cravings for fonuts the past few days.

* Spent time being a tourist in my city [photo above].

* Hmm…to win an Oscar, should an actor play a real person?

* Mindy Kaling will be speaking at SXSW on March 9.

* Conan hangs out with his interns.

Have a lovely weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

In Preparation for the Oscars

Now that the Oscar nominations have been released, I must get on top of watching the films that are nominated for Best Picture. In an ideal world, I would watch every single movie that was nominated in every category, but there isn’t really time for that. Fortunately there are some overlaps so I won’t be too out of the loop. The Oscars don’t air until March 2, giving me plenty of time to watch all of the movies in the Best Picture category. Anything else beyond that is cake. So far, I’ve already seen two of the nine – American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club. Here are the rest of the films that I am determined to see before the big weekend…


12 Years a Slave


Captain Phillips







Judi Dence and Steve Coogan in Philomena



The Wolf of Wall Street

Which of these movies have you seen?

{1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7}

That’s a Wrap!


This week was a busy one. From the Golden Globes to Oscar nominations to the upcoming Seahawks Championship game, there has been no shortage of entertainment. As I just mentioned, I’ll be occupied with the football game, cheering on the Seahawks (of course!) Also, the SAG Awards are tomorrow – are you tired of Hollywood yet? Until you are, let’s wrap up the week with a recap…

* Jerry Seinfeld talks comedy with his funny friends.

* I love Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Golden Globes hosts.

* Ideal winter comfort food.

* The 86th Academy Award nominations are out! Who are you rooting for? Do you agree with the nomination choices?

* Love stopping by Pike Place Market to check out the local shops and gaze at the Elliott Bay [photo above].

* Girls parody trailers. I still need to catch up on Season 2!

* I’ll most likely whip up some of these snacks for the Seahawks game this Sunday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}