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A classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting or vanilla frosting or any kind of frosting is a favorite dessert for a reason. It's really yummy! But sometimes it can be hard to get that fluffy, delicious goodness from scratch, so you immediately go to the boxed stuff. That's all well and good, but why not try making one for yourself since you probably have all the ingredients already?
This yellow cake recipe with chocolate sour cream frosting from Smitten Kitchen is one of the best we've tried. The buttermilk gives it a smooth, rich texture, and if you don't like the idea of sour cream frosting, just use your favorite chocolate frosting to top this decadent cake off. You'll never go back to the boxed stuff again!
Even though it's March, temperatures are still pretty chilly around these parts. What better way to amuse the family than by going to the movies this weekend (like you have every other weekend)? Mr. Peabody & Sherman hits theaters on Friday, and for a couple hours of sheer entertainment, this film will definitely do the trick.
So it's no The Incredibles or The LEGO Movie, but it's colorful, cute, and full of clever puns, which word nerds will certainly appreciate. Even though it lacks some of the off-the-wall, zany, nutty humor for which the original cartoon was so beloved, it makes up for it with the emotional arc, showing how a dog can be a father to a boy even though it's something most believe never should be.
Starring Ty Burrell as Mr. Peabody, Max Charles as Sherman, Ariel Winter as Penny, Stephen Colbert and Leslie Mann as Penny's parents, and Stanley Tucci as Leonardo da Vinci, Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a must-see this weekend for all families with youngsters.
From The LEGO Movie to Frozen, during the past few months, it seems like we can't get enough of clever, engaging, gorgeous animated movies. If you need your animated fill this weekend, look no further than DreamWorks' newest flick, Mr. Peabody & Sherman. An obviously updated take on the late '50s/early '60s version of the cartoon Mr. Peabody, The Stir got a chance to get a sneak peek of the film as well as take an amazing tour of the DreamWorks campus.
The film is charming, cute, funny, and touching, as Mr. Peabody becomes the first dog to ever adopt a human child. Starring Ty Burrell as Mr. Peabody, Max Charles as Sherman, Ariel Winter as Penny, Stephen Colbert and Leslie Mann as Penny's parents, and Stanley Tucci as Leonardo da Vinci, the film is of course beautiful to watch yet, at its heart, it's still a story about a boy and his dog. Or is it the other way around this time?
All right all right all right, Matthew McConaughey must be on top of the world right now (no offense, James Cameron). He's finally won an Academy Award for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, he's kicking ass on True Detective, he's got a gorgeous wife and three beautiful children ... does life really get any better?
Hard to say how he was feeling when he took the stage to give his thank-you speech. Granted, the dude seemed ecstastic, and part of this could be blamed on me being bleary-eyed and somewhat buzzed after a way-too-long telecast, but it was definitely one of the most, um, interesting speeches we heard that nighrt.
His hero is ... himself in the future? Does that make him modest or arrogant? And of course no one can stop talking about the fact that he mentioned God in his speech. Seriously, this is what people are talking about?
It's pretty incredible how, at least for those of us who don't live in typically sunny climes, pretty much 99 percent of conversations dovetail into, "I can't believe how cold it is!" and "When is it gonna end?!" and "I hate winter OMG!" and "Life will be so much better when spring hits!" Considering how long this winter has felt, there's no better way to drown your cold day sorrows than with some good comfort food. And this recipe for warm chocolate puddings from Martha Stewart is quick and easy and should definitely do the trick.
All these ingredients you should already have at home. It's easy peasy and such a nice change from the boxed pudding stuff. Your family will eat it up, and soon your winter blues will be quickly blown away and forgotten. Well maybe. It's just way too cold out there!