Good morning, kittens and dawgs! DH and I watch a lot of programs on Netflix or Amazon Prime and I thought wouldn’t it be wonderful to share with you some of the things we took a gamble on with
The Flintstones (1994) is not an animated flick, but a live action film. It was fun to see the spot on actors Fred (John Goodman) and Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins) Flintsone , Barney (Rick Moranis) and Betty (Rosie O’Donnell) Rubble and the rest of the all-star cast bring this adventure to life. In this movie Fred finally gets a chance to climb out of the rock pit to top executive. Is this too good to be true? Advancement comes with a price. How will Fred get out of the mess he finds himself in? If you grew up watching this classic cartoon series, then you’ll enjoy seeing it, too.
Adventures in Babysitting (1987) is a fun action-adventure flick. Babysitting just got dangerous and it’s not the kids (Sara, Brad, & his friend)the babysitter has to worry about. Chris (Elisabeth Shue) takes a last-minute babysitting gig after being stood up by her boyfriend (Bradley Whitford). No sooner did the parents step out of the house Chris gets a distressing call from her girlfriend saying she’s stranded in the city and needed help. That’s when the nightmare begins: blown tire, crazy tow-truck driver, gun shooting, car jacking, kidnapping, gangster chasing adventure of a life time all in one night! This is an outrageously fun movie to see things go from bad to worse in short order before the table turns for the better.
Ted and Bill’s Excellent Adventure (1989). Ted (Keanu Reeves) and Bill (Alex Winter) are totally flunking history. If they fail than the future is imperil. It’s up to Rufus (George Carlin) to travel back in time to give Ted and Bill a little help with the use of a time machine to help bring together their last assignment – a history presentation in an excellent fashion. This is a silly fun film, but I liked it.
It pays to revisit the 80s and 90s from time to time to find movie oversights because I found what once didn’t appeal to me now peaks my interest and these decades were actually great ones for producing some awesome movies. Check out the trailer links above for the flicks!
For decorating: Maraschino cherries, drained and dried Sliced almonds
Sift together the cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the softened butter, milk, and cherry juice. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fold in the chopped cherries.
Add the eggs and beat for an additional 2 minutes.
Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans. Divide the batter between the cake pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when you touch the center of it. Allow the cakes to sit for 5 minutes, and then remove them from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.
While the cakes are cooling, prepare the buttercream.
In a stand mixer bowl, with the mixer on medium speed, whip the butter for 2-3 minutes until it is almost white in color. Add in the powdered sugar, cherry juice, almond extract, and milk if needed. Add a drop or two of red food coloring if you'd like the cake to be a little pinker. Beat on low speed again for 2-3 minutes.
Once the cakes are cool, place one cake on a cake plate. Put a layer of frosting on top of the cake. Then place the second cake on top of the frosting. Using a knife, spread frosting on the top and sides of the cake, covering it completely and getting the frosting as smooth as possible.
Decorating (optional): Use a knife or spoon and drag it up the cake sides, starting at the bottom and going to the top. This will create nice lines up the sides of the cake.
Use a coupler to attach Wilton tip #11 to a decorating bag. Fill the bag with buttercream and pipe simple stars around the bottom and top edges of the cake.
Place the drained and paper towel dried maraschino cherries on the top of the cake in the placement that you'd like them. Place almond slices around the cherry, sticking them into the buttercream so they look like flower petals around the cherry.
Refrigerate the cake until serving.
After sampling the cake, DH and I concluded the cherry extract in the cake needed to be bumped up. The next time I make this cake I plan to take the the cherry extract in the cake to 3 teaspoons.