I'm a single mom and a blogger which means trouble. Before joining The Stir I contributed to blogs like Civil Eats and One Little Bite. I know how to spatchcock a chicken, split an infinitive with insouciance, build a tomato cage out of chicken wire, and shoot a bow and arrow. I've lived in New York City for almost 20 years, which makes me official. I lean in because I'm hard of hearing.
One of my favorite things about Christmas desserts is that they're usually just as pretty as they are delicious. Who doesn't love decorating the table with something colorful, adorable, and scrumptious? Here's eight simply sweet and delightful Christmas desserts everyone will love to see and eat -- some of these recipes are unbelievably easy, too!
Parents, have you broken the news to your kids about you-know-who? WARNING: This post is NSFK (not safe for kids). Quick, make sure your children aren't reading over your shoulder. I'm talking about Planta Plaus. Get it? Seriously, please take your iPad into the bathroom and shut the door so we can talk about this video like adults. It's worth it, I promise. P.S. I don't know what this man in the photo is talking about (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). How strange that he's wearing that hat and saying "Just be honest." He's probably talking about children's bedtimes or eating liver.
Have I ever told you how much I love the movie Love Actually? Love hate-watching it, ACTUALLY. In my professional opinion, Love Actually is stank like an overripe blue cheese, which is why I kind of enjoy how horrible it is. There's just a special awfulness to it I find almost irresistible. Ooh, show us that scene with Hugh Grant prancing about 10 Downing to "I'm So Excited" again! The only thing better than hate-watching this movie is watching the trailer for Love Actually 2 -- which is out now!
Today in WTF news: If you're a woman living in Michigan, you are officially invited to plan for your next rape. Yesterday the Michigan legislature passed the "Rape Insurance" bill -- a bill that prohibits private insurance companies from covering abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. Instead, women have the option of purchasing a separate "rider" that specifically covers abortion services. So yeah, you have to pay extra if you want to terminate a pregnancy following a rape.
Once again, the foreign press has gathered together to announce to Hollywood what they think of this year's movies and TV shows. The 2013 Golden Globe nominations are in! And this year it's all about the struggle to survive in America. The movies 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle are dominating the Globes with seven nominations each, including for best picture (drama and comedy, respectively). Are these the two most fascinating movies of the year?