Friday, May 16, 2008

E.T. and Brownies

Tonight E.T. was on Nick at Nite. We had a family movie night with popcorn and brownies (see what follows). I have a few observations about this movie that I hadn't seen since I myself was a child. I remember loving this movie and never having any bad thoughts or memories about it. Well, have you watched it lately? 

1. First of all, HELLO ... I didn't remember this bad language being in it. 
2. Don't you think you would know it if your child was spending the night outside in the back yard waiting to see some alien?
3. Who lets their child have bags of Reese's Pieces in their room?
4. Who lets their child stay home by him or herself while he/she is sick and then just go to work?
5. Who tells their pre-schooler to just stay home for 10 minutes while they drive to the school to pick up their other child?
6. How unobservant can you be that your child is harboring an alien in his/her room and you don't know it?
7. I don't care if your child was dressed as a ghost. Would you really mistake your him/her for a fat, chubby alien that grunted and wobbled? I should hope not.
8. Who lets their child go trick-or-treating unsupervised? I don't even let my children go trick-or-treating at all, much less alone (we do the church alternative thing).

Maybe my age is showing and this world has just tainted my child-like innocence and imagination, but now this movie just seems ridiculous to me. I mean, come on. 

9. What 's up with the astronaut suits just barging into their house? Since when? I mean, don't you have to have a search warrant or something? 
10. Oh, and the raccoon nibbling at E.T. while he laid lifeless and pale in the little creek is just grossing me out.

On a better note, I made homemade brownies tonight that were to die for. They were gone before I could take a picture.
I found this delicious recipe on this wonderful Ghirardelli Baking Chocolate container. The only thing I did differently was that I chopped up Hershey's Bliss chocolates because I didn't have any chocolate chips. Ya'll! So Good! Have you had the Bliss yet? It's my new favorite. Sorry, Dove.
Ghirardelli Award-Winning Brownies
2 eggs
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. butter, melted
3/4 c. Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate
2/3 c. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (I didn't use because the girls don't like nuts.)
1 c. 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips (or Hershey's Bliss like me)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a spoon, stir eggs with sugar and vanilla; add butter. Sift ground chocolate with flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into egg mixture; add nuts. Stir in chips. Spread into a greased 8" or 9" square pan. Bake 20-30 minutes. For extra chewy brownies, use 8" pan and less baking time. For cake-like brownies, use 9" pan and longer baking time. Cut into squares. Makes 16-20 brownies. Another thing I like to do is sift powdered sugar on top after I've cut them out. They're pretty and even sweeter.


Birdie said...

don't call it older, call it wiser *L* Brilliant observations...
My kids hate the movie. They're skiddish about movies with anythign that might be perceived as scary in any way. They know their fear boundaries *L* . All it took for me as a kid was to see Elliot roll that baseball into the shed and have it roll back out and I was instantly freaked out; being a kid who completely believed that all manner of beasties were just waiting for those lights to go out so they could start doing scary things like rolling toys out of the closet toward my bed. I loved the movie when I was a kid though. My aunt took us to the theater and me & my cousins were captivated.

The brownies sound awesome. Have you ever tried their box mix? It's the best box mix I've tried in my entire life. I like the double chocolate, but not the triple. Thansk for sharing your recipe!

Jodie said...

I am totally with you on ET. I saw it a while back and I was all, WHAT!!?? My mom let me (repeatedly) watch a show in which they use the phrase "penis breath"??!! I was all freakin' out! Yeah, very family friendly. *rolls eyes*

Also, those brownies? They be lookin' de-vine! (The spaghetti sauce from the previous post too - which makes me happy b/c I've been needing a way to make spaghetti taste better than okay.)

Also, next time y'all have a movie night where brownies are included, call me. You gotta hook a sista up. :)

Also also also, it's good to see y'all survived the tornado. ;)

Becoming Me said...

LOL -- most 80's movies are better left as memories

Jill said...

I still haven't seen ET. Maybe one day.
I love that y'all have family movie nights. I so look forward to that with our girls.

Just last night I was asking if anyone had ever made homemade brownies. And now I have an awesome recipe to try. Thanks!

JanMary said...

Hi there, found you through BlogHer.

Isn't it strange how many things you notice in a kids film as an adult that just didn't occur to you as a child!

Homemade brownies - I am sure they were delicious!

Shelle said...

I'm so craving a brownie right now it's ridiculous...and I don't even see your brownies I am imagining pathetic!

I use to go trick or treating unsupervised when I was a kid...but I was with a bunch of other unsupervised kids...but movies in the 80's as someone else has said are so funny to watch and see the different things that would NEVER be allowed now...

I wouldn't mistake one of my kids as an alien...but I might my husband...just saying! :)

Tracie said...

I didn't really like E.T. as a kid...but my parents did let me watch it. I credit that movie for my LOVE, LOVE, LOVE of Reese's Pieces.

But I am with ya on the kids watching it. We tried the same thing awhile back...went to Blockbuster, rented it, popped popcorn, the works...but due to my "forgetfulness" had to stop the movie and ended up watching an hour of America's Funniest Home Videos.