Today is FRIDAY and I’m doing Thursday Thoughts with Jen over at Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. I know, I’m a day late, but yesterday was the 4th of July!
We were celebrating all day!
We’re down to the final 3!!!! I was so sad to see Elaine Francisco and James Reddick go! But I couldn’t argue with the judges decision. Actually ever episode I’ve agreed with the judges choice of who goes home. Here’s a link to Darlene Pawlukowsky’s apple/pear/cranberry Tarte Tatin.
Exciting news… I reached out to Carlo Fuda, one of the contestants on The American Baking Competition, and he agreed to do a little interview with me for the blog! Soo that’s coming soon!
For big brother news…. I am SOOOOOO glad that Elissa wasn’t the first one out of the house. I’d probably stop watching all together.
I really didn’t care to see David go (sorry David). Your “showmance” with Aryan was making me feel dumb. (and yeah I know, watching big brother 3 nights a week isn’t the most intelligent activity, but watching that relationship “develop” made it much worse). And I JUST read about David saying his sheets smelled because “black Candice” sat on them. And Aryan responded with something like, “at least you didn’t make Asian eyes in the diary room.” Totally NOT cool. I hope Aryan’s the next to go.
So long David.
I framed NF’s first painting last night. I love it!
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Big Brother started last night and I wasn’t intending on watching it… but since it was on when The American Baking Competition usually is on – I watched it. Annddd that’s all I need is one episode and I’m hooked.
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My early favorite is Rachel’s sister, Elissa. Rachel is from one of the only other seasons I’ve seen. I watched that season while I was pregnant.
That’s Rachel, Elissa’s sister. The most entertaining person on big brother ever (at least that I know of). And they look A LOT alike.
LAST night, after big brother, was The American Baking Competition… my newest favorite summer time show (I hope they have another season!!!). My three favorite contestants right now… (yeah I have three)…
Elaine Francisco, James Reddick, and Francine Bryson. I would be happy if any of these three won the competition. Ah even Darlene Pawlukowsky winning would make me happy. So the show’s down to 5 people and I just realized that I’d be happy with anyone winning except Brian Emmett. Sorry Brian if you’re reading this (the contestants have been finding my blog).
Last night James Reddick made a chocolate souffle in the technical bake challenge. The recipe for it is here. He had never made one before and he won the challenge… I was SO happy for him! He would have been star baker if he hadn’t totally screwed up the show stopper. You can find all the recipes that CBS.com puts up here.
On the Bachelorette this week… Ben was sent home. Bye bye Ben!
Anyone read the Real Housewives blogs? The comments are BRUTAL! I read the blogs sometimes and then think about commenting… then I read some of the comments and I think whoaaaaaaaaa… don’t really wanna jump into that cyber cat fight! Why are they so harsh and crazy?! People are wayyyy to into Teresa’s drama.
Last night on the show it was bread week! Darlene made the most amazing looking twist and turn pesto wheel.
I wish that they put that recipe on CBS.com but they didn’t. But who am I kidding, bread!? Aint no body got time for yeast and proofing! I have to admit, anyone who makes a yeast bread is pretty talented in my world. Here is Elaine’s Old Fashion Loaf recipe. This also looked very good!
I think I am just as shocked as everyone else. This was totally unexpected. RIP James Gandolfini.
Anyone else catch Teresa Giudice on this week’s episode saying “I’m not interrogizing you sweetheart.”? I love it!!
Last night on The American Baking Competition (episode 3)… I love Elaine’s cakes! She made Coconut Pineapple Upside Down Cake and it looked delicious. Oh and poor Kolette! The judges keep telling her to work on her presentation and it just not working out for her. BUT she totally made up for it in the suprise inside cake where she made a towering checkerboard cake! Which really inspired me to bake more again… and Elaine’s suprise inside cake chocolate and vanilla with strawberry mouse inside the shape of a heart- OMGGG it looked amazing!! I wish they posted that recipe! I am TOTALLY going to make at least ONE of the recipes from the show this summer.
there’s a suprise inside!!!!
This week on The View my girls from Real Housewives of New Jersey were on (sans Teresa Giudice). I loved it but they were only on for like 7 minutes.
Nicholas saying I love you – ohhh I cried and cried! It made me so happy and touched my heart!
Anyone watch the Bruins vs Blackhawks game 1 of the Stanely Cup? Maybe if you were living on the West Coast… because that thing didn’t end until the THIRD overtime! And overtimes are an entire 20 minutes if no one scores. Sadly the Bruins lost … glad I went to bed after the first overtime.
The American Baking Competition Wednesdays on CBS… This show premired last night… and I had no intentions of watching it… but nothing else was on. I gave it a shot… and it was inspiring! It made me want to bake! It also taught me that the WORST thing you can do to a pie is have a “soggy bottom”. I think a lot of my pies have had soggy bottoms… I didn’t know this was a key indicator of a good or bad pie!! So since this is a competition show, each week a contestant is eliminated… I HAVE to share my predictions based on the first episode…
#1 Carlo Fuda: first eliminated… and I called it. He did bad on all three challenges.
#2 Whitney Appleton Beery: Is that really her name?! I think she’ll be second to go. She’s just too young (21)! The others have years of experience… she’s a little bit too cocky for my liking too.
#3 Jeremy Cross: He was so not impressive the first episode and likey to be eliminated very soon… it would be predictable to say he’s 2nd to go but I’m going to say he’ll be 3rd.
#4 James Reddick: The heart throb of the group… you have to have a young handsome baker for the woman watching the show to drool over. I think this will only take him so far… and the other ladies will beat him with experience.
#5 Darlene Pawlukowsky: She seems like a middle of the pack kinda lady now… but I am sure she’ll shine in a later episode.
#6 Kolette Biddle: She’s cute!! But is she an emotional mess? We’ll see!!!
#7 Elaine Francisco: Ohh I want her to teach me to bake. Her peach cobbler was a mess though, to be fair she didn’t have enough time!! Her lattice was a mess too… but she redeemed herself!!
#8 Brian Emmett: I am pretty sure he’ll make it far in this competition but he won’t win… he seems a little too full of himself and not the kind of person they want winning.
#9 Effie D. Sahihi: She’s adorable! I loved her tarts!
#10 WINNER Francine Bryson: nothing she makes is low calorie… but I wanna eat ANYTHING this lady bakes. WOW! She’s super funny too! Totally a fan! She’ll be the winner!