Rachel Evans

Rachel Evans

Thursday, 08 December 2022 18:40

Trailer Thursday: M3gan

Happy Thursday everyone! This Thursday, I'm sharing a trailer from Blumhouses latest January Release, (oof) M3gan.

This AI horror will hopfully play a big part in the newer era of robot based horror, since it's inching ever so close to our reality.

Either way, this girls got moves.

Check out the trailer below!

Wednesday, 07 December 2022 15:13

Burnout

Being productive is hard, especially if you have ADHD like I do. I was super productive yesterday, despite not doing everything on my to-do list. I try to be a creature of habit and stick to a routine, and once in a blue moon I actually follow through.

Last week was a really good week for me, stuck to the routine and got stuff done. But as this week has progressed thus far, I woke up this morning wanting to do absolutely nothing. I sat around a lot watching youtube and catching up on shows. I did the bare minimum. Even as I'm writing this I feel unmotivated.

I'm determined to not let this burnout get to me though. I finished folding my laundry, I got dressed and ready to roll, I cooked for myself, heck even writing this post is a step forward. I will be taking it easy though. If there's one thing I learned in recent years, it's that you have to be kind with yourself, and let yourself take it easy once in a while. There's always tomorrow.

Now if you'll excuse me, my cat is sleeping on my laptop, and I think she deserves some pets while I watch more Youtube.

Monday, 05 December 2022 17:45

A Very Merry Weekend

What a wonderful wintery weekend I had! My first Tree of Lights was one for the books! I had such a wonderful time meeting everyone and raising money. A record breaking total of $80,783 was donated and our tree looks beautiful! Thank you to those who donated!

After I was on air for Tree of Lights, I went down to C-bus to partake in a beer tasting. My favorite movie theater EVER, Studio 35, did a themed beer tasting for the movie A Christmas Story. We tasted 10 beers, had some laughs, won some prizes, and watched the movie! It was a lot of fun, and I even tried a really great beer from around the area! They even had a delicious themed pizza that paired well.

And yesterday I got a lot of sweets from some bakeries and cafes, and watched the Netflix animated Christmas movie Klaus for the first time. I cried twice.

It was such a great way to kick off the holiday season. I'm excited for what the rest of the month has in store!

Ya'll, there were SO MANY trailers that came out this week that I could've chosen from to do Trailer Thursday. That 90's Show, Transformers, even the full Super Mario Bros. trailer. But since I already talked about that, I decided to do the latest one of all, coming out just an hour after I type this: Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny.

I absolutely LOVE Indiana Jones. I've dressed up for him for Halloween, I've played the lego games, I even plan to go to the location of the last crusade someday. So this (possibly final) installment is something I'm definitely looking forward to. I also love Fleabag, so seeing Phoebe Waller-Bridge in the trailer was fantastic to say the least.

Deep Fakes! Guns! Whips and hats! All of this and more in the thrilling trailer below! 

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 19:18

Merry and Bright!

I have a lot of Christmas traditions. One of them is to get the Bath and Body Works scent Vanilla Bean Noel in every product it comes in. I loved the scent so much I couldn't wait for the holidays to come around the corner so I could smell that lovely scent again. But unfortunately dear reader something...happened. Something changed. While I was Black Friday shopping, I stopped into the store to smell that oh so lovely scent, only to find something sinister in its place. Online I was warned about what had happened, but I needed to see for myself, and as I sniffed that scent on the strip of paper, the scent I adored was nowhere to be found. It wasn't in the lotion or even the hand soap.

They had changed the recipe.

So I had to find a new scent, something to replace this huge, sugar cookie scented hole in my heart. Luckily, I didn't have to look far! Bath and Bodyworks New holiday scent Bright Christmas Morning smells wonderful. It's fruity, but Christmas-y, and like the name says, very bright. I used the body wash, lotion, and fragrance spray today and I absolutely adored it. I'm hoping to get the candle and car fragrance soon.

I do hope they release more products, like their body scrub and hand cream, in this scent next year. Definitely give it a try if you're looking for a new signature scent this season, give this one a shot!

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 14:40

Mushroom Monday

Something I try to do every week is Meatless Monday, a day where you don't eat meat. It's super simple, and there are multiple reasons people partake. One of the reasons I participate is to try non-meat based recipes. I went to Trader Joes this weekend and found something that sounded right up my ally: black truffle alfredo sauce. I decided to use this sauce to make a mushroom alfredo for Meatless Monday! Here's how that went!

I used a box of fettuccine, the alfredo sauce, sliced mushrooms, oyster mushrooms (for different textures and flavors), salt, pepper, butter, and extra virgin olive oil. While the pasta cooked to al dente, I sliced the mushrooms into bite-sized pieces, seasoned them with salt and pepper, and sauteed them in olive oil and butter. I had to dump some excess water out, but after I did that and they were nice and soft, I added the alfredo sauce. Ideally, you'd spoon the pasta straight from the pot into the pan, but I saved some pasta water before draining the fettucini, and added it all in the sauce. After a quick mix together, I plated the dish and topped it with parmesan cheese.

It wasn't the prettiest, but it tasted delicious. The butter and water kinda diluted the truffle flavor, but it was definitely still there, and not too strong. I had some iced chai made from the spiced chai concentrate I also got at Trader Joes.

Overall, I'd definitely recommend it! Hope you give it a try. 

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 18:44

Trailer Tuesday: Avatar: The Way of Water

Hello all!

Since this Thursday is Thanksgiving, I figured I'd move Trailer Thursday up to Trailer Tuesday!

Today's trailer is the new trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water coming out next month! This trailer premiered last night during Monday night football!

Confession time: I'm not gonna see this one (most likely) but that doesn't mean that it isn't highly anticipated! The animation looks great.

Check out the trailer below!

Monday, 21 November 2022 18:43

Friendsgiving Fun

Yesterday I got to hang out with friends and eat a lot of great food at a Friendsgiving! It was a blast making some delicious food for some of the closest people to me (AKA the best kind of food to make).

I made a pasta dish (viral feta pasta, anyone?) and some sweet potato casserole, plus I threw in some rotel dip I made a few days before. All of it was a hit!

The menu included a mac and cheese almost on par with my own recipe, some delicious artichoke dip, pizza, jojos, and some tasty treats like rice krispies and cookie sandwiches. An odd assortment, but one devoured nonetheless.

It was short but sweet, with laughs, games, and fun for all. We definitely need to do it again for Christmas! :)

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and so are a bunch of awesome movies you can see at your local cinema! One of my favorite things to do with my family on Thanksgiving is go to the movies, and maybe yours is too! Here are 5 picks (one for each night of the long weekend!) to check out if you're headed to the movies!

1. The Menu

This one actually comes out today! This foodie thriller is set in a destination restaurant where diners may get more than what they ordered. A great way to cleanse your palate before the turkey and stuffing, or after a cut-throat black Friday haul. I'm personally excited to see Anya Taylor-Joy in another thriller after Last Night In Soho!

2. Strange World

This is a great option to see with the whole family. Kids, parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles can all pile into the van and enjoy this odd new animated feature from Disney! I'm not exactly sure what this movie is about plot wise, but I'm sure we can expect a high stakes adventure in a strange new world!

3. The Fablemans

This film is one I've been highly anticipating. This semi-biographical tale from the one and only Steven Spielberg is a perfect escape after a few days with overbearing inlaws, or just something to enjoy while everyone else watches football. Even if either of these scenarios don't apply to you, this one is definitely worth checking out if you're a classic movie fan, as Speilberg is sure to deliver. I'm personally excited to see Paul Dano and Michelle Williams opposite of each other!

4. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

This murder mystery is a great way to unwind after a few days of eating, then shopping, then eating again! You can check out this one in theaters before it drops on Netflix in December! You can check out the trailer and my thoughts here!

5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Your friends loved it, the critics loved it, and heck even I told you to check it out, and now you finally have time to go and see it for yourself! This isn't just a great installment in the MCU, this is a great way to start or end your Thanksgiving weekend! This movie is fun, action packed, and great for the whole family (or at least your teenager who was on their phone all the way to grandmas).

There are so many great movies coming out in the coming weeks, and I hope you'll check out these suggestions and whatever you think will suit you or your families tastes! Next week I'll tell you what you should stream!

Thursday, 17 November 2022 18:58

Trailer Thursdays: Pixar's Elemental

This Trailer Thursday features the teaser trailer for Pixars latest feature film ELemental that just dropped today! We don't see much, but what we do see makes me excited for this release already! The animation looks great. Who knows what the story will be in this new strange world!

Hopefully we get a theatrical release. Check out the trailer below!

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