If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend watching foreigners watch classic movies. Eric and I made a reference to Darth Vader once in front of Huy, a friend of ours from Vietnam. It slowly dawned on us that Huy had no knowledge whatsoever of Star Wars, a realization most shocking to Eric, who is possibly the biggest Star Wars geek ever. (Actually probably not. There are some real Star Wars freaks out there.)
And so a Star Wars marathon ensued. It was pretty awesome. Every week or so we would get a bunch of food and people together and watch the movies, starting with the classics of course. I’ve seen those movies a dozen times at least, but I can’t tell you how awesome it was to watch someone else watch it for the first time. You should have seen Huy’s face when Vader tells Luke that he is his father. Huy turned to us, complete disbelief on his face, and said, You’re joking. He’s joking right? This is not real?
A few weeks ago we introduced Huy to The Princess Bride. I guess he didn’t know it was supposed to be funny, because while I was cracking up and quoting lines (Anybody want a peanut?) he was just watching, stony faced, waiting for the movie to pick up.
Maybe if I didn’t have so many memories attached to movies from my childhood I wouldn’t think they were so great. Once we were having a family get together for someone’s birthday. My brother Nathan was about 4 or 5 I think, and he was sword fighting with my cousin. Nathan was Inigo, Tony was Count Rugen. There must have been a lull in the conversation, because everyone in the room heard Nate deliver his final line: I want my father back, you son of a–! Except he really said it, as he slashed Tony through his armpit. Try explaining to a 4 year old that even though 25 people just erupted in laughter because of what you said, it is not appropriate to use that kind of language.
I digress. Back to the food. I think pretty much any dessert could be ameliorated by adding a cream cheese filling or layer. Okay, maybe not every single one, but probably a lot. Cupcakes? Check. Pie? Check. These pumpkin muffins? Double check. This recipe makes 24 muffins, and since it is just me, Eric, and wee little Charlotte (who has yet to taste any dessert) I decided to leave a few out and put the rest in the freezer for later. Apparently that was a mistake because they were gone within 3 days.
Source: from one of my all time favorite bloggers, The Girl Who Ate Everything!
Here are some other pumpkin recipes you will love!
Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake << It’s like all the best parts about pumpkin pie…in cake form. Plus it’s EASY to boot.
Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake << I call this a cake, but it barely qualifies. It’s got more of a brownie texture. IT’S SO GOOD. Personal fav.
Pumpkin Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies << this is my first blog post ever! Good times. GOOD COOKIES. oh yeah.