Welcome to SANDYLAND!!

Archive for October, 2014

10 Days of Halloween

Normally I like to start my celebration of Halloween early but since I was busy with studying up until this past weekend, I had to put my readying-for-Halloween on hold.   But fear not! (<<- see what I did there?)  Last night I watched my first “scary” movie of the season and I’m kicking off the 10 Days of Horror Movies

First, let’s just get one thing straight!  My version of horror movies and your version of horror movies are more than likely two very different things.  If you check out my posts from Halloweens gone by (check out THIS LINK), you will note that I have watched my share of horror flicks….and some of them have ruined my life (I’m looking at YOU Stephen King’s IT!!).  But these days I spend half the time sleeping alone and I don’t need those thoughts running through my head when I close my eyes.

So, last night I settled in with “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” starring Katie Holmes, Bailee Madison, and Guy Pearce.
I don’t think I’d ever heard of this movie before but I happened to see it advertised last weekend so I decided last night was the night.

dont-be-afraid-of-the-dark……Annnnnndddd………….it sucked.  No really, it wasn’t very good.  The best part of this file was the acting was by little Bailee Madison (what’s up with you, Katie Holmes??).  The story-line wasn’t horrendous but there were some plot holes left wide open and unexplained and the effects were…..yikes.  I expected more from Guillermo del Toro and from Guy Pearce.

I’ll take the movie for what it was: a good try at a scare….maybe aimed at a younger audience.  There were a few (very few) spots that intrigued me but for the most part it was laughable.  To be perfectly honest, I was a little embarrassed for this movie.  One and a half thumbs down.

Stay tuned to see what’s coming up next.



Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada (Thanksgiving is on Monday) when we give thanks for the Harvest and other blessings of the year.

It’s a beautiful, sunny, Fall day but, unlike so many of my friends who participated in the Harvest Marathon this morning, I’ve been studying my butt off all weekend.  It sucks.

But, I do have dinner plans tonight which involve my adorable little nephews, so I will welcome that study break.

And, although I’ve been studying half the day already, I did take some time out to make some delicious pumpkin pie tarts

MiniPumpkinPies2Can you say YUM?

Actually, what I made are Paradise Pumpkin Pie tarts.  I usually make a big pie, but, y’know, studying.

These little tastes of pumpkiny goodness step away from the traditional pies and offer a little kick.  I don’t normally share the recipe but I’ll share the one I altered today so that I could spend more time on the books (and, apparently, on this blog):

Paradise Pumpkin Pie (tarts)

1 can of pumpkin pie filling

1 block of cream cheese, softened

1-2 tablespoons of vanilla

Pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Whip topping (optional)

Tart shells or pie crusts (I don’t make this crap from scratch – but if you’re up for the challenge, give’er!)

Throw the pie filling, cream cheese, vanilla, and spice in a bowl and blend it up (I used an electric beater).  Pour into tart shells or pie crusts (top with tiny dashes of the spice if desired) and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.  Once out of the oven and cool top with whip if desired.

Aside from it being Thanksgiving, it’s also The Walking Dead premier night. I will definitely be study-breaking for that.

via AMC

via AM

In addition, I am also really, REALLY thankful for Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts.  I have no idea where you can buy these but I would be happy (and thankful) to accept donations.



Happy Thanksgiving.



In honor of the new show Stalker on CBS

Stalker on CBS

Stalker on CBS

and me getting thru the first episode (which I watched in the morning on the day of my birthday, when I knew I would be surrounded by many, many people) I thought I would post a redux of Have You Ever Had a Stalker?

There will be more to come on this topic soon.  So, stay tuned.  And in the meantime go check out StunBunny’s blog.