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#TMP Shakespeare Adaptions

I’m playing along with TMP again and if you’re interested the rules are simple; base on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them, then link up with Wandering through the Shelves.

Just for fun, I found this on DD#2 FB wall yesterday and I couldn’t resist sharing it with y’all considering today’s theme.


Here’s my insult, Oh, thou saucy, sheep-biting haggard! Feel free to share yours in my comments. 🙂 Now it’s time to get down to business. I’m gonna be upfront with you. I did not learn the classics in school. I’m having problems with my ears but I definitely heard the gasps. Okay, maybe I imagined that but still, I’m not well versed in Shakespeare or other dead writers who wore tights. But, I might be able to come up with a few Shakespeare Adaptions.


The first movie that comes to mind is the 20th-century version of Romeo & Juliet in the popular 1961 mewsical flick, West Side Story. I’m sure everyone is familiar with it but for those who are not, this is a tale of two rival street gangs clashing over the same turf with two lovers caught between the mess.


This movie enthralled me as a kid and I’d like to see it again. Perhaps it’ll show on Netflix streaming sometime soon.


I watched Much Ado About Nothing (1993) several years ago and I can’t remember a lot about it other than it’s a romantic comedy surrounding a wedding. All I remember is It has a host of stars and was fun to watch. Here, watch the trailer for yourself.



I’m not sure if this movie qualifies or not but I’ll share it because it’s about Shakespeare. How close to the truth if any it is I cannot say but I found Wikipedia an interesting read about the film.

 Shakespeare In Love is a story of a promising new playwright. Everything is going badly for young Will when his inspiration for writing halts. What he needs is a jolt to unlatch his writer’s block and that he gets with the beautiful, Lady Viola. It was love at first but despite Lady Viola’s arranged engagement, the two become lovers and from the fiery romance, Shakespeare pens his greatest work of Romeo and Juliet.  I recommend this delightful, heartwarming, tale of forbidden love.



It’s a wrap, folks! I hope y’all decide to come back tomorrow with multiple posts filled with a lot of fun! There’s something for everyone – photography (Skywatch Friday), blessings (Celebrate the Small Things), Friendly fill-ins, and lots of laughs (Friday Sillies).

I’ll see you at the movies!






#Movie Remews and Cherry Almond Cake #recipe

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!



Cherry Almond Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Cherry Almond Cake with Buttercream Frosting


  • Cake Ingredients:
  • 2 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 16 maraschino cherries, finely chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Watkins Cherry Extract
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  • Buttercream Ingredients:
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • 1-2 tbsp. milk (optional)
  • 3 teaspoon almond extract
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  • 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.


Do you have any good movies to recommend? If so, share in comments! What are you making in the kitchen lately? Share a recipe link to what you’re cookin’! Have an excellent day!

Meet my new neighbor! #AtoZRoadTrip #music

Good day, kittens & dawgs! We have a new neighbor. He’s one of those guys you don’t see too often, but by chance you do happen to see him out for a walk then it’s such a nice treat.

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Meet my new neighbor, Grady Gopher!

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Sunday Sillies: Old Rockers

Good-morning, lovelies! I was inspired by today’s giggles when I spotted a hilarious video a friend shared on Facebook, but before I get to that. I found these funny cartoons…



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Bob Hope Movie Review

Do you like old movies? If so, then  I have two classics you’ll want to add to your DVD library.

Over the weekend, we watched The Ghost Breakers (1940) starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard.

Lawrence Lawrence (Hope) is a crime reporter for Manhattan radio. After he spills some dirty laundry about the local underworld leader Frenchy Duval (Paul  Fix), Lawrence, is summoned to see Mr. Duval in his hotel room. The lovely Mary Carter(Goddard) is a heiress of a haunted castle called ‘Castillo Maldito’ located just off the coast of Cuba and who coincidentally is roomed in a nearby suite as Frenchy Duval.  With the elements of an electrical storm, a city-wide black-out, and a smoking gun Lawrence is accused of murder. He soon finds himself as a stole away in Miss Carter’s trunk bound for Havana. Before long, Lawrence Lawrence’s criminal investigating mind begins to work as he unravels the mystery surrounding Castillo Maldito and someone tyring to keep Miss Carter away.

Watch for yourself….

Two weekends ago, we watched another old family-fun flick.  In The Cat and the Canary (1939), Wally Campbell (Hope) and Joyce Norma(Goddard), along with four others gather in a dilapidated, old mansion on the tenth anniversary of their eccentric millionaire relative for the reading of his will. That’s when the spooks and laughs begin with the focus on a murder, a homicidal psychiatric escapee,  and a treasure hunt for a missing diamond necklace all happening on the estate after the bewitching hour.

Here’s a clip…

Bob Hope delivers dead pan some hilarious lines like no one’s business in both old movies. We enjoyed the slap stick humor and the simple innocence of romance in these films.  If you’re looking for a fun way to spend in front of the TV, then look no further. The Ghost Breakers and The Cat and the Canary are both excellent feature presentations that will surely delight the entire family.  I highly recommend both of these movies. They definitely earned two thumbs up!

two thumbs up! This is coming not only from my husband and myself, but from our 17-year old son. These movies are available in Bob Hope’s Thanks for the Memories Collections  at Amazon where we bought our own personal collection.

*This is not a paid or compensated review, we bought the Bob Hope Thanks for the Memories Collection for our gratification and entertainment. In sharing my opinion with you, this is like one friend telling another what she likes.* 😉