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Doctor Strange is Mind-Blowing and Beautiful

Walking in to Doctor Strange, I didn’t know what to expect. All I really knew about him was from that one animated movie from 2007 and that he and Tony Stark are “awesome facial hair bros.” That being said, Doctor Strange is a movie that, while falling short plot-wise, was incredible to watch. With astounding special effects and sheer, breathtaking color, I found that I could not look away.

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DIY Monday: Recondition Cast Iron Cookware

One of the best, most useful items you can have in your kitchen is a good cast iron skillet. Nothing cooks like cast iron, and as we learned in Disney’s Tangled, it also makes a pretty good weapon. Cast iron cookware also happens to be one of those items people tend to pass by at …

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Easy Lemon Cookies

We found this recipe some years ago in a friend’s recipe book collection. It was cookie-making season, and our oven was broken (well, not really broken so much as simply misbehaving; temperatures were random, the pilot light had a tendency to go out, and all the other things that go with trying to use an incredibly cool looking but obstinate 75-year-old appliance), so we schlepped ourselves over to Sara and Benny’s place for a day of cookies, videogames, random oddball movies and good conversation.

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DIY Monday: The Ultimate DIY! R2D2

This week is Comic-Con, or as we call it, Nerd Prom. It’s the place where everyone who likes anything remotely geeky has to go at least once, sort of the Mecca for fans of comics, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, costuming, toy collecting, Star Wars, and pretty much anything else that would have gotten you stuffed into …

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Glinda Doll winner

Congratulations to Sue Laughton, the winner of the Glinda doll!  

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Fabulous Summertime Beverage: White Wine Sangria

  The very first note in my phone is a list of ingredients for a white wine sangria made by a Pasadena restaurant, Café Santorini: Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Peach Schnapps. The fruits that were used that night were honeydew, pineapple, cherries and lime. The waiter described how the restaurant prepared their sangria on Friday …

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Street Food Cinema

Summer is upon us, which means it’s once again time for two of my favorite evening activities: food trucks and outdoor movies. Both are reasonably inexpensive, often surprising, and always entertaining. In the greater Los Angeles area, there are a lot of places where food trucks can be found congregating in large numbers, creating a …

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Finding My Joy

At last I can say I truly have joy. Joy of Cooking, that is. One of the best-selling cookbooks of all time, yet I never had my own copy. Still wearing its $35.00 price sticker from Williams-Sonoma, I found it at my local Goodwill for $5.99. The Joy of Cooking was first published in 1936 …

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The DIY Wedding, c.2013

Hi, I’m Jenn! I’ve been graciously invited by Jim and Terri to guest-post on the topic of the DIY wedding here at Blue Collar, Black Tie in connection with the upcoming film The Big Wedding, because I myself happen to be planning my own DIY wedding as we speak, figuratively. True, our wedding will not be quite …

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Getting started

Welcome to our blog! We’re going to be talking about how ordinary people making an average income can enjoy things, experiences and events that most people think of as expensive luxuries. We hope you enjoy it.

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