Mad Men Series Finale Viewing Party

Mad Men Party Ideas


Have you recovered from the plot twist from last week’s Mad Men?  I have to say I did not see that one coming.  I really thought something like that would happen to Don, not Betty.  And how about Pete and Trudy? I like how each week we are seeing each character wrap up their arc and see where they are going to land.

Just in case you missed any seasons, the marathon leading up to the end started Wednesday night.  Needless to say, I am anxious to see the series finale this weekend.  Similar to the end of Sex and the City, I thought a viewing party might be in order.  I rounded up a couple ideas in case you were thinking the same thing!

You can’t have a Mad Men party and not pay tribute to the party foods of the Sixties.

Lipton Onion Soup

Lipton Onion Soup Dip

1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix

1 container (16 oz) sour cream

Blend and chill.  So easy it hardly counts as a recipe, but definitely evocative of the sixties!


Jello Fruit Desserts

Again, not really a recipe, mix jello and add fruit and refrigerate.

Cuisinart CFO-3SS Electric Fondue Maker

Cheese Fondue

Fondue was around, but really took off in America in the Sixties and early Seventies.  Even better if you have a fondue pot!


Cream Cheese and Pimento Stuffed Celery

Recipe found here.

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail

Recipe found here.

Mad Men Cookies

These Mad Men inspired cookies are awesome, but the link I have is a dead end.  If you know the original link, please let me know, so I can credit.

And of course we can’t forget the drinks!  Brandy Alexander’s, Seven and Seven’s, Bourbon on the Rocks, Tom Collins, Whiskey Sours, Old Fashioned’s the list goes on and on!

How do you think the series is going to end? I’d love to hear your guesses in the comments!

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How to Get Away With Murder

How to Get Away with Murder discussion

Have you been watching How to Get Away With Murder this year?  I wasn’t too sure about it after watching the first episode, but I am definitely in deep now!  The season finale was last week, so I am in the throes of withdrawal!

How to Get Away with Murder discussion

If you don’t watch it, it’s a mystery about who killed college student Lila Stangard. The show goes back in time to retell the story via different viewpoints, while simultaneously showing us what’s happening in real time.  Viola Davis is amazing as Annalise Keating the main character.  I would definitely recommend catching up on it if you haven’t watched it.  I even watched it on vacation!

*****SPOILER ALERT******

If you do watch it, are you as shocked by Annalise turning on Nate as I was? That one took me by surprise.  I know she thinks she will be able to help save him in the end, but I did not see that one coming.  Poor Nate!

The second half of the season finale was great, the flashbacks, learning Laurel had Michaela’s ring all along.  Rebecca screaming the minute Annalise took the tape off!  Awesome!

And what about the big shocker in the season finale?  I’m not even talking about who killed Lila!  That was definitely a shocker, but I should have figured that one out.  I’m talking about Rebecca!  I can’t believe we have to wait until fall to see the next episode!

So many questions!  Who’s Nate’s new lawyer? Why did Frank owe Sam something so big? Does Annalise know it was Frank? Who killed Rebecca? What are they going to do with the body?

Are you a How to Get Away with Murder fan?  I’d love to discuss it with you in the comments!

Crazy Ex-Girlfriends (and Boyfriends)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriends and Vanderpump Rules via

Do any of you watch Vanderpump Rules?  Sad to say, I do.  I am not even sure how I got sucked into this reality show, but now I am.  You know how that goes!

So, this week’s episode featured the conclusion of a long running story line.  A guy on the show may or may not have cheated on his current girlfriend on a boy’s trip to Miami.  The weird part is, she isn’t concerned about it, his EX girlfriend is the one who keeps pursuing “Miami girl”.  She even goes so far as to bring Miami girl into the bar they all work at during their shifts.

It was crazy ex-girlfriend at its highest form! It brings to mind my fave saying “Everybody loves crazy til crazy loves you back”!

We’ve all been there.  Some guy literally drives you to the brink of insanity with his ridiculous douchery.  You end up freaking out and appearing to be the crazy ex.  And you don’t really care because you have clearly lost your mind over the constant BS and fuckery (sorry mom!) you have been putting up with.  I get it, trust me.

What I don’t get is why Kristen (the ex) still cares this deeply? It appears, though I have not been a long time viewer, that everyone has moved on.  Kristen even is living with a different guy at this point.

My only thought as to why she has carried this torch for so long is that she wants to prove to the world that he was a cheater and liar all along.  She wants everyone to see that she was the wronged one in the relationship. I kinda get that, maybe.  And I believe they were together for many years, again, I kinda get that.

I used to adhere to the best way to get over someone is to move on to someone else, but what happens if you do that, but still can’t let go of the past?  And how long does it take you to move past it?

Luckily, I haven’t ever ended up turning into a Grade-A Kristen, but if I were honest with myself, I probably ruined some potentially good relationships over unresolved past douchebaggery by the guy before him.

And I do still have one or two past boyfriends I wouldn’t be sad to see suffer some sort of personal misfortune, but I no longer feel I am the one that needs to orchestrate it. I would, however, be really happy to hear about it.  (Baby steps! I am a work in progress people!)

And please do not think I am saying only women can be the crazy, there are a lot of crazy ex boyfriends out there too!  Honestly, I think crazy ex BF’s can be waaaay worse.

What about you? Have you held a revenge torch long after you broke up?  What made you feel that way?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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Married at First Sight Spinoff


Early this year, I wrote a review of a summer show called Married at First Sight.  You can find it here.  It was a “social experiment” where experts picked out partners who married literally at first sight.  They agreed to stay married a few weeks to see if they were compatible or not.

*Spoiler Alert *  Two out of three of the couples remained married at the end of the trial period.  The other couple divorced.  It was announced recently that the FYI network will be filming a spin off about the two who remained married.  The spinoff will be following them through out their second six months of married life.

I have mixed thoughts about watching the show, probably I am going to watch the first one and see how it is. My hesitance is because I think they will be more aware of how their actions will be perceived by the public this go around.  I was a fan of Jason and Courtney, but Doug and Jamie, not so much.  Mainly because Jamie was pretty hard to take and she had appeared on the Bachelor.  While I do not watch the Bachelor, I think it is a bit much that she has appeared on it and this show.  Me thinks she might be an attention whore.

Did you watch the show?  Will you be tuning in?

Married At First Sight

I happened to find myself watching a marathon of Married At First Sight this weekend.  I saw commercials for this show and really had zero desire to watch it.  Didn’t this show already happen 15 years ago? Well, when it ended up being background to my day, I started watching it and I really haven’t seen more uncomfortable television since Hoarders.  For the life of me, I can’t figure out why these people agreed to marry complete strangers.  I cannot remotely relate to wanting to do this, so it is difficult to understand, at least for me.

If you haven’t watched it yet, the basic premise is two strangers agree to marry and live with each other based on four “experts” picking out their spouse.  A psychologist, sexologist, sociologist and spiritualist are the experts doing the interviewing and matching.  Once the matching occurs, the couple marries immediately and actually meets at the wedding.  Craziness!

The level of fear of these people on their wedding day is soooo uncomfortable.  And the whole time I am thinking, why are you doing this?  No one is putting a gun to your head. I am sure they had a choice to not actually go through with it and there were some awkward pauses during the ceremonies.

*Spoiler Alert *

All couples did get married even though one bride repeatedly said she wasn’t attracted to the groom at all.  Holy awkward!

After the ceremonies, there was a reception with the families getting to know each other and mixing.  One bride’s immediate family didn’t attend.  It wasn’t clear to me if it was in protest or scheduling, but I can assure you my family probably would have locked me in my hotel room!

The series continues with the couples moving in together and apparently living together for a couple months (or at least that’s what the previews appear to show).  It looks like there is understandably some adjustment periods.  I don’t know how you would integrate your life with a stranger.  How would you decide where to live? Share money? Ugh, mind boggling!

Will I watch this train wreck again? Probably on DVR.  I am a tiny bit invested to see how it works living with a complete stranger.  I do think at least one of the couples did in fact seem like a good match (Courtney and Kevin).  I would have loved to know more behind the reasoning the individuals used to decide this was a good option. I may have missed an episode where that is included, because I didn’t really start paying attention until mid-way through the marathon.   I have to say it would scream raging issues to me that a person thinks marrying a complete stranger on television is a good idea.  Overall the individuals seem likeable and somewhat normal, but of course, just like in dating, it all seems honky dory the first time you meet someone! I guess we will see just how likeable they are as the series continues.

What about you? Did you watch? Would you marry a total stranger?



I started randomly watching a show called Motive on ABC last year and ended up liking it.  Trust me, that doesn’t happen very often!  Motive is your basic crime drama with a little twist.  The killer and the victim are identified at the beginning of the show.  The rest of the show explains the “motive” behind the murder.  I have to caution my recommendation by saying I watch a lot of TV, especially your docu-drama crime shows.  I appreciate that this show has a bit of a different take on the basic formula.  My husband on the other hand is not a fan. I wouldn’t say it’s a stellar show, I would rank it around a Law and Order level.  The reenactments can sometimes be clunky, but I like the dynamics of the cops involved.  I’ll be honest that I only knew this show came back on the air because it showed up in my DVR, but I believe it is on Wednesday’s at 9. I don’t know how I would feel about watching it live, without the ability to fast forward through commercials, credits, etc.  I find my tolerance for shows rises dramatically if I am watching it via DVR and can FF.   As regular season shows have come to an end, I feel like this is a good option.

Check it out, I would love to hear your take on it.


Design Star

I recently read that HGTV’s Design Star was cancelled.  I’ll be honest, I thought it was cancelled a long time ago.  In the beginning, I really tried to like this show, but it never lived up to what I was expecting I guess.  If you aren’t familiar with it, it was a reality show with Vern Yip, Genevieve Gorder (from Trading Spaces) and some random other people as judges.  Decorators both professional and non-professional came together to work on group and individual DIY home décor challenges and then presented their project as if they were an HGTV host.  The end prize was the winner hosting their own show on HGTV in the future.

I was never a fan of the group challenges, as I didn’t really think you saw what every designer could do.  There was always someone wacky, a la Hildi from Trading Spaces, who did some crazy thing in a room and then there would be someone stuck doing all the painting.  I didn’t feel like it reflected everyone’s point of view.  I did however like the individual challenges which usually consisted of decorating one room set up in a studio that was exactly the same for every designer.  I think you really saw the creativeness and talent of each designer in those challenges.  Some were ho-hum and some were really spectacular.

I also wasn’t  a huge fan of the tv segment portion of the contest.  Some people just aren’t comfortable in front of a camera and I was never quite sure why they signed up for this show if they weren’t! It also was somewhat easy to figure out who the front runners were based on the camera challenges.  Obviously they were going to want a telegenic personality for a future show.

All in all, not terrible news to my DVR.  How about you? Did you ever watch it?