Christmas Movie Countdown : Day One

A Very Brady Christmas

This year, I am counting down a bunch of great holiday movies, and I would LOVE for you to join me.

I was a huge Brady Bunch watcher growing up, so when they released a movie just before I was ten, it was a must see. I remember we even recorded it! 

Anyway, Hulu has the movie available, and I used my plus account to watch it. It’s still the tv movie I remember, and I did not pick up on anything that I had not picked up on previously. Greg is successful, Marcia is married. Jan is getting separated and Peter rocks a mullet. Oh, and Cindy is definitely too young for this movie (the Bradys mention that it had been 20 years since they combined into one family, which means that if she’s a college senior, she and the girls in her age group are somewhere around 26–I don’t think so). And Bobby lies about getting his MBA so he can drive a racecar. Oh, and Sam cheated on Alice with some Meat-Market hussy, but all is forgiven when he shows up as Santa Claus at the end of the movie.

It’s still the same kitchy movie it was 20+ years ago, and includes some Sherwood Schwartz-flashbacks to the series. The kids are still all the way they were in the show, and with the exception of the original actress who played Cindy, the gang is all back!

Mike (Robert Reed) and Carol Brady (Florence Henderson) are looking forward to spending the Christmas holiday with their six adult children and their friend and former housekeeper, Alice (Ann B. Davis), but various issues may keep them apart. Every Brady sibling has a set of problems, marital or otherwise. However, their own difficulties are eclipsed when their father is trapped in a collapsed building. For the Bradys to have a happy holiday, it’s going to take a Christmas miracle.

I can say that this flashes back to the only time the Bradys were ever in church (with the exception of weddings), and while it’s completely ridiculous at times, it’s a really sweet movie for the holiday season (and it was the precursor to the awesome The Bradys tv show that never really got off the ground. ::Sad::

There’s good, there’s bad and then there’s Brady. The latter being in my heart forever.

Yummy Tuesday : Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

I love soup, especially chicken noodle soup. However, I have recently become food-venturous and tried, with the help of my crock pot AND MyRecipes.com, and got this lovely recipe.

 

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup
Serves 6
A yummy, time-friendly crock pot soup recipe
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoon(s) butter $
  2. 3 tablespoon(s) flour
  3. 1/2 cup(s) chicken broth
  4. 2 cup(s) milk $
  5. 1 can(s) black beans (15 oz) rinsed and drained
  6. 1 can(s) Rotel diced tomatoes & jalapenos (14.5 oz)
  7. 1 package(s) frozen corn (10 oz)
  8. 1/2 cup(s) onion chopped $
  9. 1/2 cup(s) bell pepper diced $
  10. 1 can(s) Enchilada sauce (10 oz)
  11. 2 whole(s) chicken breasts $
  12. 1 cup(s) Monterrey Jack Cheese shredded
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in flour; keep stirring until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat and add the chicken broth and ½ cup milk, a little at a time, stirring to keep smooth. Return to heat. Bring sauce to a gentle boil; cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens. In a large bowl, whisk together the enchilada sauce and chicken broth mixture . Gradually whisk in remaining milk until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a crockpot, combine drained beans, tomatoes, corn, onion, and bell pepper. Place the chicken breasts on top of the mixture. Pour sauce mixture over ingredients in cooker. Cover; cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours. When you are ready to serve, remove chicken and cut or shred into bite-sized pieces. Add chicken back into the soup, mix together. Top with cheese and serve. I topped ours with slices of avocado, sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips.
Notes
  1. Use whatever fresh ingredients you can! I also use skim milk instead of the regular milk. Cheese and sour cream (or greek yogurt!) are optional.
Adapted from by me!
Adapted from by me!
Tom and Nicole http://www.tomandnicole.com/

 

Keep in mind, using fresh is always best–you can totally use skim milk, fresh black beans and vegetables in this soup and it makes it extra yummy. The best part is that this is schedule-friendly, being a crock pot recipe!

He Said/She Said : Roadhouse

Roadhouse is, what some would call, a classic tale of good vs evil. Gracing the screen in 1989, Roadhouse is a contemporary morality play, espousing the ‘shop local’ attitude it would take most of the country years to adopt.

And Tom has never seen it. Not once. Yeah, I know, this should have been a question asked way before the ring was on my finger, but alas, I finally got it to happen by blindsiding him with an HD copy from Amazon (thanks in part to Amazon Video on Demand and the Amazon app on my TV).

According to Amazon:
When Dalton, a brawny bouncer with an NYU degree in philosophy, is hired to police a rowdy bar in the Midwest and falls in love with Doc (Kelly Lynch), he angers her mean ex-boyfriend who vows to win her back. In HD.

Such truer words have never been spoken, although that was not the movie I remember being synopsied. I recall, seeing the movie on video in 1990. I remember being in my ‘Patrick Swayze’ phase, and coming right off of a 3 year obsession with Dirty Dancing. Now, fans of Dirty Dancing will see a few things in Roadhouse common with Swayze’s earlier attempt at Oscar glory–such as an extended water scenes and a nod to one of the most memorable songs of Dirty Dancing. I remember reading an industry magazine at the time and learning the word ‘mediocre’ and looking it up because Patrick Swayze said that was his least favorite thing–and from then on I decided that ‘mediocre’ was not something I would ever be. And, I remember Sam Elliot being his mentor and a lot of brawling. Oh, and Terry Funk.

I liked wrestling here and there, too. But that’s a story for another time. Basically, the Roadhouse of my childhood pits Swayze against a terrible evil–the man who would try to rule a town under his bronzed and rhinestoned iron fist. Drifter Dalton is brought in first in order to make a paycheck–he goes from town to town (much like Kwai Chang Caine) doing what he is needed. And, then he falls for the character of the town, as well as a certain blonde doctor within the town.

Songs by the Jeff Healey Band (who are actually IN the movie!!!!!!) just make the whole thing even cooler. Who can forget an awkward first dance at your 6th grade private school to ‘Angel Eyes’? (Okay, I didn’t actually go to the dance, but I’m sure it was played). I have met so many people whom have seen the movie–and everyone is either hot or cold about it–there are no in-betweens.

So, what did Tom think?

See for yourself.

Leave your thoughts on Roadhouse below.