Academy Award winning actor Colin Firth (b. 1960), date unknown.


Academy Award winning actor Colin Firth (b. 1960), date unknown.

Emily’s Oscar Wrap-up

Hits and Misses:

Best Picture: The King’s Speech: HIT! 🙂

Best Actor: Colin Firth: HIT! 🙂

Best Actress: Natalie Portman: HIT!

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale: HIT!

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo: MISS! (But that’s OK. I was wavery here.)

Best Director: Tom Hooper: MISS! But GLAD to miss!!

All in all, not a bad year!

Any surprises/hits/misses on your end?

Since I just finished watching The Tudors, I thought this was a propos.


Erasmus and Thomas More visit the children of Henry VII

From Left to Right: Margaret, queen consort of Scotland, aged 10; Edmund Tudor, in the arms of a nanny; Mary, Queen of France aged 3; Henry VIII, King of England (then Duke of York) aged 8. Absent—Arthur, Prince of Wales, who was at Ludlow Castle at the time of the scholar’s visit.

Emily Cooks: Shrimp and Beer

The Outer Banks of NC are one of my favorite places on earth—perhaps my total favorite. This recipe is from The Outer Banks Cookbook, by Elizabeth Wiegand, and it always brings back memories of summer at the beach.

2lbs. shrimp, unpeeled

1 12-oz. beer (NOT light)

1 c. water

1 med. onion, sliced

1 lemon or lime, sliced

4 garlic cloves, slivered

1 bunch parsley, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp. salt

2 tbsp. old bay seasoning

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tsp. whole black or mixed peppercorns

1 c. prepared cocktail sauce

  • Rinse shrimp and set aside to drain
  • In a large pot, add beer and all other ingredients. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil, and allow to bubble for two minutes, reducing heat if necessary to keep the mixture from boiling over.
  • Make sure the beer mixture is at a raucous boil, then add the shrimp. Stir often and cook just until the mixture returns to the boil and the shrimp turn pink. Drain.
  • Serve in a large bowl, with extra bowl for discarded shrimp shells and a small bowl of cocktail sauce.

Serves 6-8 as appetizer, or 4 as main course (Or you can keep it all for yourself!)


Toy Story’s Hawaiian Vacation. Click to view much bigger.


First glimpse at the Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation short that will be playing in front of Cars 2 this summer. Click to view much bigger.