My Friday Favorites 07.29.16

On TV – I just discovered OWN’s new drama Greenleaf. I caught up on demand and watched live this week. The Greenleaf family runs the Calvary megachurch in Memphis. This drama is filled with scandal, deceit, cover-ups, and family secrets. In the latest episode, Grace got the evidence she needed against Uncle Mac, the verdict in the Officer Daniel Nelson case was revealed, and tragedy struck again in response. This week’s episode started with a disclaimer that it was filmed in January and it understood the topic of crimes committed by and against the police were even more relevant today.
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On the Page – Better Homes and Gardens August issue takes a look into a home that’s created great work and display spaces, new recipes for green beans, beautiful hydrangeas, and how to pack a throwback 1956 picnic. 

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On the Web – I could not stop laughing as I scrolled through Glamour’s article, 20 TV Shows to Watch on Netflix When You’re Feeling Stressed. Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls (returning in November!) Grey’s Anatomy… the Riggins GIFs!! Anything on HGTV – I know there have been times when I click on HGTV and go about my business in the house as if I flipped on a radio. My only addition to this list would be One Tree Hill. What would you add to this list?

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In the Garden – I’m very proud of myself this summer. I decided to cut my spending money on fresh herbs and try to grow some myself. I have the absolute opposite of a green thumb so this was a daring experiment. I picked spearmint, basil and cilantro. The basil and spearmint have taken off! I have fresh basil in my salads and fresh mint in my water everyday! The cilantro…. hasn’t done as well. I need to research that one a little more. Since I’ve had 2/3 success, I think I should try a few more so I can completely stop spending money on herbs. I found this chart from Country Living and I’m printing it and hanging it on my fridge! At first I thought there were no cilantro tips, until I took a closer look, and saw it says to look at coriander. 

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In your Coffee Mug – I love coffee. I love ice coffee. I love cinnamon. I love that Starbucks is sharing this recipe so I can make this at home and not spend $5. 

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On Instagram – So, I’m switching schools next year and teaching a grade I haven’t taught in 20 years! (yay and gulp!) I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to organize my classroom library. I first saw this pic on @teacherspayteachers (one of my favorite websites.) It inspires me and gives me so many ideas! The photo is originally from @kindercraze, so of course I had to check her page out and you should, too!

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What things are you loving this week? And how do you keep your fresh cilantro alive?!? Leave me a comment and let me know! Have a great weekend. 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Recap Season 1

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Anyone else excited that today Netflix releases Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? Here’s a quick recap so you will recall what is happening with your favorite Mole woman from Durnsville, Indiana.

The series begins the day Kimmy Schmidt and three other women are discovered and released from an underground bunker after being held in captivity for 15 years by a reverand who told them the apocolypse had destroyed everything on Earth. Immediately following an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today show, Kimmy jumps out of the van declaring she staying in New York City. With a ton of cash in her backback (from The Mole Women Charity Fund) she walks the streets in pursuit of a place to live and a job.

Enter Lillian (her new landlord) and Titus Andronomos (her new roomate.) Both are eccentric characters who try and help Kimmy adjust to life in the big city, for example, making her write down every 90s phrase she uses in a notebook labeled “Things People Don’t Say Anymore.” Dancing one night in a club, Kimmy’s backpack is stolen along with all of her money.

After seeing the same child shoplifting in two different locations, Kimmy drags him to his home to speak to his parents. Enter Jacqueline Voorhees. A bitter, socialite, second-wife who first mistakes Kimmy for the dog masseuse. She ends up hiring Kimmy as a nanny and spends most of season one trying to get her husband, Mr. Voorhees, to come home from a business trip that has lasted months. Jacqueline’s step-daughter Xanthippe and her wild, rebellious, pill-popping friends, torture Kimmy, until it is finally revealed Xan is a a good girl, bird watching, band geek. Eventually Mrs. Voorhees learns of her husband’s infidelity and begins divorce proceedings. Kimmy supports her and encourages to get out of the marriage. Flashbacks show Jacqueline is Native American and she left her reservation in search of a bigger, flashier life.

Kimmy finds herself in the middle of a love triangle bewteen Logan, a wealthy self-proclained Daddy’s Boy who meets Kimmy at a Voorhees dinner party and Dong Nguyen, an illegal immigrant from her GED class who helps tutor her in math. The men get in a fight over her at her 30th birthday party. Kimmy eventually picks Dong as the man she has feelings for, but it may be too late, as Logan has already reported his illegal status to the authorities.

When we last saw Kimmy, she has just saved the day in a Legally Blonde moment of cross-examining The Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne. It turns out that his Celebrity Apprentice audition tape is just the proof everyone needed to finalize realize he did NOT think that an apocalypse was coming. This excitment doesn’t last too long for Kimmy. In the final moments of Season 1, we hear wedding bells in more than one unexpected place. Titus Andromedon has a wife?! And Dong married another woman from their GED class?

There are a lot of terrific guest stars: Jon Hamm as The Reverend, Tina Fey and Jerry Minor as Marcia Clark and Chris Darden, Martin Short as Jacqueline’s plastic surgeon, and Kiernan Shipka as Kymmi, Kimmy’s half-sister.

To watch Season 1, click: here.

Bring on Season 2! Happy binge watching this weekend!