Bites of Life (#5)


 Noble Pig Crab Feed
Last  week started out REALLY well. I mean how couldn’t it with all these crabs to eat!! Kicking off the weekend stuffing my face with all-you-can-eat crab from my neighbor’s annual crab feed is a dang, good thing. And there wasn’t just crab, we had pot roast, duck, pulled pork. elk…omg, will I ever be 110 pounds again? I’m thinking the answer is no. 

And if that wasn’t enough I brought this sauce, this bread, these nachos, this cake and this cake and even more queso dip just to round it all out (we needed it). The party lasted pretty much all day and night, so epic amounts of food are needed. They are!

Noble Pig Sick
But my week quickly turned sour when I started feeling a little tired and achy on Monday morning. By 11 AM I was engulfed in a fever and down for the count. Four days of high temps and body aches…ugh. It really hit me hard. This was my view from the couch, hot tea, water and Ibuprofen got me through. I rarely get sick but when I do, it’s never just a little sniffle. 

There definitely wasn’t any cooking going on in my kitchen this past week.

Noble Pig Movie Collage
So, because I was ill, I indulged in some serious couch potato antics and rented some films. I rarely watch movies or go to the movies, but this was the perfect time to see some of these Academy Award nominated films. It’s really sad I don’t enjoy more movie time and I’m vowing to change that.

I loved Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett was casted so well in this part. I think it’s one of my favorite Woody Allen movies to date. And Dallas Buyer’s Club…just wow, I don’t even know how these guys lost so much weight to play these parts? The performances and the subject matter were riveting. Then there is Nebraska. It goes to show you that success of a film has nothing to do with the title…it’s the content. Bruce Dern has always been a favorite actor of mine and I loved this tale of father-son trying to reconnect out on the road.

And here is a bit of a PSA for all of you…it’s hard to know if you should let your child watch a certain film. Heck, maybe you don’t want to watch a certain movie with a particular someone either. Anyway, there is an amazing website called Common Sense Media that tells you everything you need to know about a movie. It relays exactly what bad words are said, what happens in the sex/violent scenes and what you will see as far as nudity or violence is concerned. It tells you about good role models and suggests an appropriate age for your child to watch this movie. It even tells you what products have been placed in the film for advertisement.

It really helps you make a decision if the movie is right for you or your family. I always find it unhelpful when a movie says, “nudity” or “strong language”. I’m left wondering if I’m just going to see someone’s tush or is it more explicit and not kid appropriate. Overall, it’s a great site. Make sure to click around on things, there’s tons of info about each film. 

Noble Pig Spring Break Reading ListNoble Pig Spring Break Reading List 2
This past week I was asking my Facebook friends for reading recommendations for Spring Break. I received so many great suggestions and the five books I ended up ordering are The Goldfinch, The Husband’s Secret, Me Before You, Gone Girl and Cutting for Stone.

Obviously, I won’t be able to read all of these while on vacation, but thanks to Amazon Prime they arrive today so I can start early!! 

 
Things I’ve Seen Around the Web This Week:

These spicy ribs!
This casserole is a must try.
These will be my new favorite fries.
St. Patrick’s Day recipe ideas.
Who doesn’t love a good French bread pizza?
Pie I must make.
Cookies that will make you smile.
What to make with Spring radishes.
Your baby needs these.
Hello you yummy soup.
Simple breakfast yum.
50 Irish recipes.
Savory French toast.
A perfect slow cooker meal.
Low-carb muffins.
I want this chicken sandwich.

That is all friends, until next time.

See other editions of Bites of Life.

Two Years Ago: Strawberry Banana “Cheesecake” Pancakes
Six Years Ago: Hot Crab Dip

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6 Comments and 2 Replies

  1. Oh my! How I would love to join your neighbor’s annual crab feed!! Hope you’re feeling better, darlin’ and thanks for including my muffins in your weekly bites :) At least you got some excellent movie time in – Dallas Buyers Club blew me away.

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  2. Becky Christiansen 3

    Have you ever been to Nebraska? Why would you presume that a movie titled, “Nebraska”, would not be successful (as your comment suggests). Alexander Payne makes these movies about his home state because of his deep and abiding love for its people and its beauty. You should visit some time.

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    • Cathy 4

      Ha. Don’t take it personally (and I have been there). Unfortunately in a world of consumerism, where we shop by covers, names, labels etc, a title can be very important.

      For me personally, had this movie not won an Academy Award, I likely would have never watched it…due to it’s title. It doesn’t grab you. Thank goodness there are professionals who are there to point out the great pictures and stellar performances.

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  3. Sheila 5

    Cathy
    You’re amazing!! How did you get so much info in this post?? love. it. Ken and I love watching movies but don’t watch nearly as many as we’d like. Captain Phillips was the last one we watched, intense but very good. I loved Cutting for Stone!!! And Me before You. Read these two first. I read Gone Girl and the Gold Finch is on my Goodreads list.
    So sorry you got sick…wah, that’s not fun as a momma! Hope you are 100% soon!
    xox,
    Sheila
    OH and….P.S. thanks for sharing the ribs!

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  4. Karen 6

    Cathy – I have been loving your Bites of Life posts. So many times after reading them I wonder how you do it all! I also get a little envious of the food and wine activities you are involved in such as the crab fest so beautifully described above. You posts make me want to come up Oregon way soon. If you are ever aware of food events down here in South Orange County, CA, please let me know.
    So sorry to hear how ill you were and hope you are 100% soon. You really did not have to get that sick to prove to us that after all, you really are human and not SuperWoman after-all.

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  5. oo look at all of those crabs!! Glad you’re feeling better too! hugs!

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  6. Sorry to hear you were under the weather :( We always try to see as many of the Oscar nominated films as we can each year and this year was a good one! Thanks for sharing your book finds. Some time alone with a book in a sunny spot is precisely what I need right now. I haven’t read Gone Girl yet so that one’s on my list.

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