Monthly Archives: August 2012

New York, New York

I met my best friend Julie at College Orientation. It’s kind of funny to me because my parents met each other at my moms college orientation, so it’s funny that I met my life partner, partner in crime at my college orientation. We both got kicked out of the lobby for talking through the first season of Survivors’ season finale and we’ve been friends ever since. Shortly after starting college we became roomies and at heart, have been roomies ever since.

We both have/will celebrate(d) our 30th birthdays this year and so we wanted to have a bit of a girls weekend to celebrate. The theme?

And boy did we treat ourselves! I’ve never seen a Broadway show (Julie is luckier than me), so that was something I knew we’d have to do. I also had a few restaurants I’ve been wanting to try. Most notably Gray’s Papaya which I first heard about in Fool’s Rush In.

We took the bolt bus up and Gray’s Papaya was our first stop after unloading our stuff at the hotel, and it did not disappoint.

Who knew how true that sign would be!

Now, I love a hot dog. It’s my favorite thing about going to Orioles games. And my favorite afternoon weekend lunch. But at Gray’s Papaya, it was totally NOT my favorite thing because my taste buds were introduced to the gloriousness that is papaya juice. WOW! That stuff is like liquid crack. I just kept thinking about it and wanting more of it the rest of the weekend. I’m thinking about it now just typing this up! Man I want some papaya juice. Anyone that loves me and lives in NY, you now know the way to my heart.

So with that, we were 1/1 on the NY Bucket List. We also hit up the Momofuku Milk Bar and got cereal milk and a cornflake cookie. Or something like that. It’s got corn flakes, chocolate chips and marshmallow and it’s amazing. The cereal milk wasn’t half bad either! It’s exactly what you’d think it is. That delicious leftover milk when you finish a bowl of cereal. So good. And so cold, which made it even better. We also hit up a diner, a Good Burger, and this great restaurant called Oceana where we got a little tipsy on carbs (and alcohol). I convinced Julie to try frog legs (they were fried, what’s not to like?). I got the General Tsao’s Lobster and she got a short rib with crispy grits and a side of swordfish. It was all delicious.

We also found a bar with the same name as a bar we used to work at in college! So of course we had to get drinks there! Although unlike college, I was able to not drink an entire bottle of Rumplemintz and eat a customers dessert. You’re welcome customers! This new Mulligans was also a lot cleaner/nicer/didn’t have waitresses that ate customers desserts.

Before all our musical adventures we did find some presidents to stalk and a street festival to attend so that was really fun too!

We walked by the Empire State Building but there was some police action going on so we thought it best to stay away. And I wasn’t paying any money to go up an elevator anyway. Maybe one day but not that day. Instead, we went back and got ready for our musical fun times!

We ended up seeing Once, and Evita.

We saw Once on Friday night at the Jacob’s Theater.

I saw the movie a few years ago and have been in love with the song Falling Slowly for a long time! What I loved, probably the most, about this show was that they have a jam session about half an hour before the show start. Then, as you think they are wrapping up, the final song in the session becomes the beginning of the show. It’s organic, and wonderful, much like the play itself. It’s almost more like a play just because the music is part of the storyline.

If you think the movie is good you owe it to yourself to see the show live. I was in complete awe of the musicians and the Guy/Girl (Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti) were spectacular. I guess because I’ve played instruments and feebly attempted singing in my youth, I can appreciate how hard it is and how good you have to be to be one of the people on that stage. I thought since I already knew the ending from the movie that I’d be ok in the theater but of course I was sobbing like a baby at the end. What can I say? I’m a sucker.

Saturday afternoon before we headed out, we caught Evita.

Ricky Martin with a mustache playing Che? Don’t mind if I do! Elena Roger, who usually plays Evita was off, so we saw it with Christina DeCicco. Ironically, Julie and I saw Wicked in Baltimore and she was playing Glinda! So we’d actually seen her before. She was amazing then and amazing now! So was Ricky but I think we can all agree it’s all about the Argentine rose that is Evita. I’ve been singing Don’t Cry For Me Argentina so much that even my husband knows the words and he knows next to nothing about Broadway. That’s saying something, I promise.

I also thought I’d cry in this show but I think I was trying so hard to not sing along that I never had tears, so that was good. The songs were really cool because they’re just different enough from the movie that it makes it new and more original. They also added You Must Love Me to the show, which wasn’t in the original Broadway production but was added after it’s success in the movie, I guess. Smart move Broadway. Smart move.

So that was our New York trip. I can’t wait to Treat Ourselves again sometime soon. Maybe for our second 30th birthday? Time will tell. Until then I’ll just have great memories of our fun times weekend and hope that Gray’s Papaya gets my email that they should expand to Baltimore so I can get my hands on some papaya juice!

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Sweet Corn Funnel Cakes

You may recall last week when I talked about all the corn we procured. We’ve been thinking of all sorts of corn recipes besides just having it as a side dish. We made the sweet corn ice cream, then we made a corn macaroni and cheese (of which we devoured and thus there are no pictures of – I’m sure I’ll make it again and then I’ll post about it). Now, we’re back with a sweet corn funnel cake!

We didn’t actually make it, but it was made with our corn and at our house. See, we’ve got this great friend Andy:

He’s one of the most awesome chefs I’ve met. Well, he’s the only awesome chef I’ve met but he’s legit. He even made us the truffles for our wedding (we didn’t have a cake).

Promise. Amazeballs.

So anyway, before he moved out of the country again (he tends to do it every couple of years/months/weeks), we had him to our house and he made us an awesome dinner. Everything was delicious but the best thing were these sweet corn funnel cakes that he made. He’s cool and all so he didn’t have a recipe but I watched diligently (and by watched diligently, I mean I was pacing back and forth, frothing at the mouth waiting for some funnel cake goodness). I think I got the gist of the recipe though so consider this a guide as to how to make them, but not the bible on how to make them. There didn’t seem to be a lot of measuring so much as eyeballing consistencies.

This is basically my assessment of how it was made…

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose baking mix (bisquick)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1-2 cups of sweet corn (that’s been put into the blender so that it’s more of a liquid than a solid)

Vegetable oil, for frying

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

In a large mixing bowl, combine baking mix, eggs, milk and corn. Whisk until smooth. Set aside.

In a deep-fryer, heat oil to 375 degrees F. (we just used hot oil on the stove in a saucepan, so if you don’t have a deep fryer, have no fear)

Then you want to put the batter in a ziploc bag with a corner cut out. Holding the “funnel” over oil, slowly release finger and move in a spiral motion, then cross over to create criss-cross pattern. Fry golden on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Here are some pictures we did take of the whole experience making them. They were so freaking good and a GREAT use of corn. I mean, dessert is always the best use of any sweet ingredient. In my personal opinion anyway.

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The Glee Project – Actability

I just realized that I’ve been pronouncing Diana Agrons name wrong since she’s been on the show. Whoops. She’s one of my least favorite characters on Glee unfortunately. I love her in interviews and she seems like she’d be awesome fun in person – case in point, she’s friends with Taylor Swift – but her character is just annoying to me. I know the exact moment I disliked her, becoming a member of the Skanks. The Skanks? Really? The rest of the episode was interesting enough that I honestly almost forgot she’d even been on the show (good thing for notes).

As for the homework assignment, I had a lot of problems with it. I thought Addicted to Love sounded TERRIBLE. I didn’t like anyone performance and I thought they sounded really weird. Michael was the weirdest of them all for me. I know he knew the song but his “determination” look more like constipation. The only one that really did well with his emotion was Blake. Maybe because it’s an easy song to sing angry? Lily and Aylin were absolutely terrible with their weird emotions. Ali was ok but her being excited creeps me out. She lucked out in that her voice did sound the best (in my opinion). I don’t know how Michael won, but congratulations. I’m happy you can say you won the episode (despite the bad news you got at the end of the episode). Poor guy. Congratulations on the minor win.

 

As far as the video for P!nk’s “Perfect,” I didn’t think the movie characters were totally fair because some people were kind of playing who they are (Aylin), where others were playing something totally different from themselves (Lily).  I also think it’s funny that Eric wanted them doing improv in the scenes, because I see Ryan Murphy a little like I see Aaron Sorkin – in that, improv is probably something he loathes. He wants his words heard, not what the actor wants to think of on the fly. I don’t think he wants the actor to have any opinion at all as to what should be said, Ryan just picks his actor because they can convey physically what he writes. I guess improvisation is just a good way to see if someone is a good actor in general. Makes sense.

Their acting was really good though. All of them. Although, It’s kind of ironic that Erik tells them, whatever they say, get to that whole part about being perfect, and yet throughout the whole shoot, I didn’t hear anyone even say the word perfect. I guess they conveyed it to some extent but no one said it which I think is weird because that’s pretty much the only advice the guy gave them.

I totally agreed with Zach about Blake having a very “American Psycho” quality. It was scary good. Maybe if he doesn’t get this role, he can get a roll in American Horror Story?

I actually felt bad for Aylin throughout the little movie. She definitely had the most emotion of all the contestants. Being yelled at by psycho Blake, and then having to wear the head scarf. I can really feel the emotion she has from putting it on. That being said, it probably brought her to that place to make her acting really great (I think Erik might’ve said that exact thing to her actually, but I’ll just say, I agree).

So it comes down to – Who of this 5 is the most inspiring to write for? The writers would be there to find out because all of the contestants were singing. I thought that was the smartest move. They all did well, give them all a chance. I do wish they would’ve let the contestants talk to the writers a little bit instead of Ryan/the judges just giving them a little info on each one before they came out. Maybe they did and we just didn’t see it, but I wouldn’t liked to see it.

 

Michael – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – What’s hard about the song he got is that Finn already did it so there’s an obvious comparison. Also I hate this version of the song. And as much as girls might love Michael, they’d love Blake more. Let’s be clear here. They did mention that he’s grown the most over the whole competition (probably not a good sign – compliments like that are ones you take with you when you’re voted off, from what I’ve come to see). The youngest contender (I don’t know why I didn’t realize this until tonight. Err, maybe I should say “I didn’t remember this”)

Lily – Son of a Preacher Man – I thought she did a great job on her performance. I also really liked her hair tonight – a little Adele-ish. I didn’t notice it until tonight but seeing her more, I don’t think she really looks like a high school student. Is it the hair? I mean, she could pass for high school, but of all the 5, she definitely looks the oldest. And do they want a contestant that would have to play a senior? When Ian Brennan kept saying she was “interesting” and then calling her “cloying”, I was a little worried for her safety.

Ali – Here’s to Us – I didn’t know this song. It wasn’t totally my favorite but man, she really gave it in that performance. Slamming down her wheelchair like that? Nice. I also thought that she was vocally the best of the 5 throughout the episode. I liked how they thought they could cast her as a “promiscuous bitch” and later also mentioning that she had a “country blonde” vibe – good sign when they see a character for you. Definitely not something that they have on the show, and Santana won’t be on as much for the “promiscuous bitch” role. This was really her only performance for Ryan so I wonder if she was worried after what happened to Shanna. She sure didn’t show it if she did.

Blake – I’m Still Standing – Before he even started I was about 90% sure he’d be safe. His acting was the best. People keep reminding me that Blake could still lose, too. Whatevs. I noticed the writers noted immediately what Ryans beef with Blake is – no weakness, no vulnerability (“I missed his wound” / “he’s not a misfit”). That being said, maybe it could be interesting to have that one character that has no vulnerabilities. And if a person doesn’t have vulnerabilities, that doesn’t make them a psychopath right? It’s not like he doesn’t have empathy. He just has a lot of self-confidence, and there’s nothing wrong with that. And he did a great job on the song too. So there.

Aylin – Fighter – Forgive me if I think they gave her the easiest song. Maybe they wanted her to rock the vocals because her acting leaves something to be desired compared to Blake/Ali? I would have to disagree. I felt more compassion for her than for the other 2 combined, but maybe that wasn’t acting? I think she’s got a big asterisk of help because she a fresh character for Ryan. I also feel like with what happened last year with Cameron leaving, Ryan would want to keep the person with the best story line. That also being said, if he as the idea for the story line, he could probably audition 100 Aylins to find someone who matches her story line. That’s kind of what he did with Cameron, making Samuel into that character. Well, Samuel kind of made himself into that character but I think it was enough for Ryan having the idea of the character.

I think the judges said it best – do they want the clear star, or the good story line? I do like when all the writers are on (mostly because they tend to agree with me) and because I like to put faces to the people writing my favorite show. And after Shanna’s exit last week, I was pretty sure after seeing all the contestants, I’d know who they wanted in and who they wanted out. That being said, of the top 3 that they chose, damn do they have a tough decision! I think all three of them have awesome qualities/story line ideas. Blakes got the acting down, Ali has the best voice of the 3 and a good plot to follow, and Aylin clearly has the best plot concepts.

So who will it be????

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Sweet Corn Ice Cream

My husband and I are really lucky when it comes to fresh produce. Well, kind of lucky. See, his best friend Cory owns the Crows Nest farm, down on the Eastern Shore of Maryland (that’s why we’re not lucky – because it’s 2.5 hours from our house). The great part, is that he grows the BEST corn! Seriously. It’s no joke. He grows other things too but the corn is like, the crown jewel of the farm. We try to grab some every year but this year we decided to go ALL OUT. We bought 2 bushels of corn. For those unaware, a bushel is around 5 dozen. It looks a little something like this –

Then, we went through and shucked, bagged and froze all that corn (and gave some out to our wonderful helpers, thanks family!). If I can make any kind of recommendation, it’s that after you cut the corn off using a large knife, go through and scrape down the ears to make sure you get all the delicious juice and “meat” of the corn cob. You’ll end up with what looks like kind of a creamed corn consistency. I used a grapefruit spoon because it has nice jagged edges. A small serrated steak knife would work really well also.

It took us about 5 – 6 hours with 6 people shucking, and 2 people cutting/bagging until the wee hours of the morning. Each bag as around 2-3 ears worth of corn.

We have over 52 bags of sweet corn (and that’s after giving away about 10 bags) which is great because it means we can have fresh corn at LEAST once a week. It’s really glorious! It makes our freezer a little crowded, but it’s glorious none the less.

Anyway, with all this corn we’ve been trying to come up with some clever ideas. My favorite idea came to me like a bolt of lightening. I was looking at all the frozen corn and just kept thinking – this would make an amazing ice cream. And thus, an idea was born.

I took to Pinterest, as I always do to get some ideas – here, here, here and here. However, I ended up using none of these. I remembered back to a few months ago when Zack and I made our last ice cream. This little blog entry on Kevin & Amanda is like a god send. Minimal ingredients, lots of suggestions, it’s great. I must say that for me, the fewer ingredients, the better, in my opinion.

We actually doubled her recipe and used 4 cups of heavy cream and 2 cans of sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free), and my personal ingredient of 2 bags of corn. It looked like a little too much corn so I actually ate a few large bites until it looked like I had around 3ish shaved down ears of corn. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

I will say that I wish I’d mashed up the corn a little bit. I wouldn’t have minded a few whole kernels but I think that had we mashed it up, it would’ve given it a slightly better consistency. Alas. For next time. I think we have enough corn for another batch. And it made a TON of ice cream. Well, maybe not a ton, but 2 full 2-quart gladware containers. Zack and I have each had 2 servings and haven’t even finished the first container. Yeah, you know us, full of self control! It was truly amazing though. The corn flavor with the sweetness of the condensed milk… it was delicious. I could’ve easily drank it as a soup before it even froze. Ok I did. Fiiiiiiine. Sorry, I admit it. And it was delicious. De-freaking-licious.

The hardest part is waiting the “overnight” they tell you to wait. We waited about 4 hours and dove in. The middle wasn’t exactly set, but it was still awesome. I can’t wait to eat more of it tonight!

Whipped Heavy Cream

 

Sweet Corn and Sweetened Condensed Milk Mixture
(totally acceptable to drink)

 

Combining All Ingredients

Ready to Enjoy!
mmmmmm…..

The Crows Nest farm doesn’t have a website unfortunately because well, they’re tiny. However if you’re interested in procuring said corn next year at harvest time (usually early July), feel free to contact the lady of the house, Jen. She’ll be happy to help you out! They are located near Allen, MD which is a suburb of Salisbury.

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This Is Why You’re Fat

Every year, not necessarily regularly, but more than once, I’ve thrown an epic party known as This Is Why You’re Fat. It’s basically a giant pot luck of all your favorite fattening foods. It’s amazing. There’s always a different theme mostly based on what we decide to put in our chocolate fountain (for the record, it’s never been chocolate).

Year 1

The Gravy Fountain

Year 2

The Maple Syrup Fountain

I can’t divulge what this years fountain will contain, as it’s always a surprise/game-time decision. We have some ideas though and I’m sure it’ll be delicious, as usual. I’m posting this blog because this year, we’re basing the entire party around me, and my 30th birthday. As such, we’re asking that all foods be based around my personal favorite foods. So as such, I’ve made up a little list of my favorite and least favorite foods.

Without further adieu, here’s the list. I tried to think of as many of my favorite things as possible so that you had a wide variety to work with. I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!

I’ve also included this little link to my pinterest “This is Why You’re Fat” Board in hopes to get some ideas generating for you all.

Favorite Foods

Generic non-brand favorite foods – Hot dogs, tater tots, cheese pizza, chocolate peanut butter anything, crumb toppings

Favorite Donut – Triple tie – Chocolate peanut butter filled donut from Rawlings Bakery in Laurel (that might be spelt wrong) Chocolate glaze Montgomery Donuts (RIP), New favorite –  Fractured Prune peanut butter cup donut.

Favorite Ice Cream – Hagen Dazs Dulce de Leche

Favorite Chocolate – Dark!

Favorite Breakfast Meat – Bacon

Favorite Cereal – Waffle Crisp or Rice Krispie Treats Cereal

Favorite Burger – Frisco Burger (no mayo) or JBC (plain)

Favorite Fries – McDonalds French Fries, or the fries from Wing Stop in Germantown

Favorite McDonalds – Chicken nuggets with sweet and sour sauce

Favorite Taco Bell – Nacho Cheese Chalupa

Favorite Arby’s – Big Beef and Cheddar

Favorite Cookie – Double Stuffed Oreos, Chewy Chocolate Chip,  Berger cookies, Molasses Sugar Cookies

Favorite Brownie – All of them?

Favorite Candy Bar (Domestic) – Snickers

Favorite Candy Bar (International) – Lion Bar

Favorite Pizza – BBQ chicken pizza (with bacon) from Il Forno in Frederick

Favorite Appetizer – Bloomin’ Onion or Potato Skins

Favorite Chips – Mission brand tortilla chips, Ruffles

Favorite Chinese Food – Egg Rolls; Sesame Chicken

Favorite Mexican Food – Nachos

Favorite French Food – Crepes (preferably with some kind of cheese or chocolate filling)

Favorite Soul Food – Chicken and Waffles

Favorite Italian – Impossible. I like all Italian food.

Lease Favorite Foods*

Mayonnaise**

Yellow mustard

Relish

Pickles

Tartar Sauce

Blue Cheese

Sour Cream**

Cilantro

Tiramisu

Raw onions

Breakfast sausage, Italian sausage

Too much cinnamon

*Let it be known that I have no included healthy things that I don’t like. Why? Because healthy things shouldn’t be part of your dish, people. Berries? Lemon? Grapefruit? Couscous? Asparagus? None of these things should be included either, just for the record.

** Mayonnaise and Sour Cream are acceptable if mixed in with things so that I can’t taste them.

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Cannoli Bites

My father is an amazing man, and thusly, I like to do amazing things for him. Usually it’s in the form of food because

1. It’s in my price range

2. He has a MAJOR sweet tooth. May-jor!

So for fathers day this year, I wanted to make some cannoli’s for him. The only problem, I had no clue where to start. He is very traditional (no chocolate chips, no nuts, no toppings) so I wanted the recipe to be as close to a true cannoli is possible. The other problem is that I wasnt’ ever a huge fan of them, so I kind of forgot what they tasted like so I was worried they wouldn’t taste right and I wouldn’t know. My husband then mentioned how great his parents cannoli’s are (they’re also Italian and great cooks, I don’t know why I didn’t think of them immediately). I shot my Mother-in-Law an email and she shot one right back with the recipe. Crisis averted!

My other problem? I kept noticing that you needed this cannoli roller thing-a-ma-jig or a pizzelle maker (it’s an Italian cookie). I actually have a pizzelle maker but I’ve never used it and didn’t want this to be my first time. I decided in the end to just make little discs and fry them. It worked wonderfully.

I also decided to get just a little creative with some of the cannolis so I took 1/3 and covered them in chocolate sauce and another 1/3 in honey. I left the last 1/3 plain, all for my Pops (until my sister ate half of them). For me, the honey were the absolute best. And what was I thinking when I thought I didn’t like cannolis? DELICIOUS!

So without further adieu, here’s the recipe:

I’ll warn you right off the bat, this makes a LOT of discs. It said it would make 25 cannolis. I could’ve made easily 60 discs. I had enough filling to probably make 100.

You want to make the cannoli filling the day before, if possible.  The morning before is also fine but you definitely want a solid 8 hours for the filling to set. The cannoli shells/discs, you want to make as close to serving as possible.

Just a reminder for the filling, your kitchen aid is your best friend.

Traditional Ricotta Filling:  Whirl 4 cups of ricotta cheese in the mixer on HIGH for about 5 minutes-ish? If you don’t think it looks quite smooth enough, press through wire strainer until very smooth.  Then, fold in 1 ½ cups un-sifted powdered sugar and the 4 teaspoons of vanilla.

If you’re choosing to do the fluffy ricotta filling instead:  Blend 2 cups of ricotta cheese, then fold in 1 cup heavy cream which has been whipped until stiff. It’s a completely different consistency.

I personally went with the traditional, but far be it from me to deprive you of the fluffy recipe. Now, let’s talk about the cannoli disks.

Pre-heat your cooking oil to 350 degrees. I don’t know how much oil I used but it was about an inch deep and I used my big sauté pan.

The directions Miss Jeannette gave me were very exact. I’m not exactly a gentle baker but I tried my best to make the discs as close to her recipe as possible:

Sift the flour with salt and sugar.  Make a well in the center, in it place egg and butter. Stir with fork working from center out, to moisten flour mixture, add wine 1 tablespoon at a time until dough begins to cling together.  Use your hands to form dough into a ball, cover and let stand 15 minutes. The consistency was, well, it wasn’t really like anything I’m familiar with. I’ve never made bread before so I don’t really know if it was right or not, but they seemed to work so I’d say as long as you follow the recipe, you’ll be fine. And as I said before, I used about 3-4 tablespoons of wine (along with a glass or two for myself).

Roll dough out on floured board about 1/16 inch thick.  Cut into 3 ½ “ circles.  With rolling pin, roll circles into small quarter sized ovals, make sure they are very thin (like, paper thin). You can fry two or three at a time for about 30 seconds or until lightly golden.  Remove with tongs to paper towels to drain. Let cool completely before filling/icing.  I used a quart sized bag and cut out the corner, to top the discs. I then sifted powdered sugar over shell and garnished appropriately.

Then all that’s left to do, is enjoy 🙂

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The Glee Project – Romanticality

Ok just first and foremost, sorry this is so late. I’m watching this really late (Sunday night) because I’ve literally been hooked on the Olympics. How often can you see Mary Poppins fight Voldemort? And is it really true that none of the female gymnasts were old enough to remember the Atlanta Olympics? God I’m old. I digress. I still love it. I don’t think I’ve watched anything else. I apologize. Also, I’m officially completely and utterly OVER beach volleyball, so I’m back to watching real tv at least every now and then. That being said – Go USA! Especially you, female gymnasts,

And you Michael Phelps! I mean, you’re from Baltimore, you show love to the ‘bury (kind of), you’re a beast/gold medal winner

And it doesn’t hurt for me, that you beat Ryan Lochte. Am I the only one not swooning over him? Lochte may be hotter but inherently Phelps is just so much less douchey.

Let’s get to the Glee Project though.  Starting with things I didn’t need to know – that Robert lost his V card to the song “More than Words” – honestly? Really? eeewwww. Let me try to forget that.

Darren Criss. He’ll help me forget this factoid. His dreaminess helps you forget a lot of things. And he’s the PERFECT person for romanticality. For a guy who isn’t gay, I can feel his emotion towards Kurt and it feels very real, which shows how good of an actor he is.

Now as for the Romanticality homework – More than Words, featuring a guy from the band. Lucky you, Glee Project contestants!

I definitely think Shanna’s voice stood out the most in the homework song, but Blake and Ali have a chemistry that she and Michael don’t have at all. I’m fine with Blake winning though, because he’s by far, the best actor on the show. Being romantic when you may not be attracted to someone, welcome to Acting 101. And has he really NOT won a challenge yet? Surprising, no? Congratulations Blake!

 

I felt bad for Shanna complaining about the negative feedback, because she’s right. At this point though, I think it’s almost inevitable that she could be in the bottom 3, so she might as well just keep her mouth shut (I’d be saying this later on when she said Michael deserved to be in the bottom 3 more than she).

The song booth was really interesting tonight. Everyone I thought would do well, didn’t really shine at all. Was it the fact that it was Rihanna? She’s got a weird voice/way of singing that probably doesn’t come quite naturally to people like Blake and Shanna. I didn’t think Ali was as good as Nikki thought she was but I’ll try to keep my judgment of her to a minimum.

The bottom 3 were REALLY surprising to me. REALLY. I never would’ve thought Michael would be safe. I thought it would be Shanna. Then I thought more about it, and I ate my words from earlier in this post. Everyone has to see Ryan at some point. I got Blake from the negative comments from Nikki. And Aylin and Shanna just didn’t have the acting skills they should’ve had at this point in the competition. It was a bad day for them. I was with Aylin though. One of YOU is going home? I would’ve never picked that for a bottom 3.

Aylin – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Oh, the Idol treasure of a song. I remember David Cook sang it in the Top 3. He did a little better, I’m not gonna lie. She definitely forgot some words. The most important reason Ryan likes this girl (because at this point the singing is there, they know that), is that he loves her idea of a character. I think he’s already writing scripts for her. I’d put money on it. I also thinks he loves that Aylin is balls out about being who she is, and being a roll model for girls like her.

Blake – Losing My Religion – I hate to agree with Ryan because it terrifies me a little, in his criticism that Blake doesn’t show a vulnerability. I loved when Zach called him sensitive. He totally is. And his performance was great. I was worried before but now I definitely think he’ll be safe. He did a great job on the song, and just look at that face. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also one of only two boys left, but I don’t think that bothers Ryan too much. I mean, he’s already hired 4 new people (not including celebrity cameos) I don’t think the sex of the winner is at all important to him.

Shanna – Stronger – I was immediately scared for Shanna after the first two performers. I knew her fate in the pit of my stomach. While her voice is ah-mazing and she has a great personality. she has the fatal flaw of the contestants on this show – she doesn’t have a unique character perspective. She’s got the drug addict parents, but she didn’t bring that up to Ryan, so he might not know that. He probably does though. That’s not exactly a character though. If nothing else, I hope this opens her up to a lot of exposure to get those parts on Broadway or in television that involves singing. You know, because those shows are just around the corner with the popularity of Glee. Maybe she can show up on Smash and give McPhee a run for the money?

Other things –

1. Lily, for once you speak the truth. Everyone DOES have a crush on Blake. And by everyone, obviously I mean me. However, unlike Lily, I wasn’t really surprised that Blake wasn’t looking at Lily. I knew he’d want to be with Ali. They seem to be quite the team. I almost wonder if they’re a couple (which was shot down when he mentioned a girlfriend at home, whoops!)

2. I wanted Aylin to go home. She’s not my favorite person and she was my least favorite in the bottom 3. I knew she’d be safe though. I could see it in her conversation with Ryan.

3. I loved Shanna’s last words to the camera (not her song because I thought it sounded really weird) because it shows she isn’t gonna give up and you need that kind of attitude.

“I fought to be here this entire time. I was so motivated and so determined… I’m gonna keep on going towards my dreams with my suitcase in my hand and like, $20 in my pocket”.

That’s the right attitude to have, lady. You go girl 🙂 Fix those bangs though. They do nothing for your face. We’ll miss you Shanna.

 

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