20 Years of Buffy!

Buffy The Vampire Cast Reunion Shoot (2017) Actors from left to right, Amber Benson, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Emma Caulfield, Alexis Denisof, Charisma Carpenter, Seth Green, David Boreanaz, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Marsters, Michelle Tracthenberg and Kristine Sutherland, with creator Joss Whedon in the foreground of Buffy The Vampire Slayer photographed exclusively for Entertainment Weekly by James White on March 7th, 2017 in Los Angeles. Styling: Annie Jagger/The Only Agency; Boreanaz's Styling: Rob Bolger; Prop Stylist: Andy Henbest/Art Department; Production: Allison Elioff/Sunny 16 Productions; Benson's Hair: Toni Chavez/The Only Agency; Makeup: Adrienne Herbert/Art Department; Dress: Self Portrait; Shoes: Saint Laurent; Jewelry Erickson Beamon; Hannigan's, Denisof's Hair: Stephen Sollitto/TMG-LA; Makeup/Grooming: Marcus Francis/Starworks Artists; Hannigan's Dress: ALC; Shoes: Saint Laurent; Denisof's Shirt: Dolce and Gabbana; Blazer: John Varvatos; Boots: Ralph Lauren; Brendon's, Whedon's Grooming: Erika Parsons/Art Department; Brendon's Jacket:G Star; Shirt: John Varvatos; Jeans: G Star; Boots: Frye; Whedon's Jacket: John Varvatos

Okay, so I'm gonna make this short and sweet, partially because I've only got a few minutes until midnight and partially because I have a ridiculous amount of Buffy posts planned for the future!

Anyway, I just wanted to take a moment to recognize that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is 20 years old!!! Sadly, I have not been a part of the fandom for 20 years, on account of me being 3 when it premiered, but I have been a SUPER FAN for just over a year now, especially for the past few months since I finished it! Dude! Buffy and her universe have changed my life in so many amazingly positive ways and I can't wait to share those ways with you! I'll have some life lesson/inspirational posts and some uber fangirl pick the show apart posts coming very soon! Until then, just know that no matter what you obsess over, never let people drag you down for it! I've had obsessions that have quite literally saved my life and I've had other obsessions that have simply enhanced my life through knowledge and wisdom! Buffy has changed my life in too many ways to mention right now, so keep an eye out and you'll see lots of great (if I do say so myself) posts related to Buffy soon! 😁

Happy Birthday Buffyverse! You've changed the world and my life in so many ways it's not even funny! Thanks for that! And thank you Joss Whedon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and all the other people involved for putting the work in to create such an AMAZING world for all of us! 💖 If I might say it–y'all definitely slayed! 😉

Stirring Up Fun in the Kitchen

This post is basically about how Freddie Prinze Jr. is the King of the Kitchen and also about how Sarah Michelle Gellar is his queen! ❤

On the back cover of “Back to the Kitchen” by Freddie Prinze Jr., there is a quote by Seth Green that reads, “Is it fair for a guy to be handsome, talented, a great husband and father, AND a genius cook? Only if he shares the recipes. We all just got really lucky.” I’d like to raise this quote and offer a slightly improvised version for us girls! Is it fair that Sarah Michelle Gellar is beautiful, talented, a great mother and wife, an excellent baker herself (Stirring up Fun with Food), and gets to be married to the man that Seth Green described? Only if, and I paraphrase from the Foreword she wrote, she becomes the nagging wife who constantly comments on how her husband’s food is so amazing he needs to write a cookbook until he finally does!

I have always been a picky eater, not because I don’t like food, but because certain textures make me sick. In 2015, I developed an hereditary intolerance to gluten from my Papa (maternal grandfather, read “Paw-Paw). Up to that point and even still much through 2016, I was contently reliant on a microwavable, highly-processed diet. It was quick, easy, and relatively mess free, just how I liked it. Going gluten free doesn’t really allow for that kind of a lifestyle though, because what few microwaveable gluten free items are out there are bland at best. So, I was forced to start meal prepping. For a while, I just suffered through eating some foods with gluten, because it was easier and also because I was at a total loss in the kitchen. The weekend before Thanksgiving 2016 though, I made brownies to take to my family dinner and decided to meal prep while I was waiting for them to bake and I haven’t not meal prepped since. At that point, it was just fruits, vegetables, corn chips, gf pretzels, chicken, gf pasta, white rice, and my amazing “Blood Slayer” smoothies for the most part, with the weekly gluten stops at Chick-fil-A and gluten-y meals at my Nanny and Papa’s house every Sunday evening. Since Christmas 2016 though, I have only eaten maybe two servings of food that had gluten and I’m living better for it. How do I do this? Well, I take recipes from cookbooks and Pinterest and substitute gf versions of whatever the recipe calls for.

In February 2017, I learned that Sarah Michelle Gellar (star of my favorite show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Freddie Prinze Jr. (the Fred to Sarah’s Daphne) were both as much in love with cooking and baking as they are with each other, okay, maybe not that in love with cooking, because come on, have you seen the way they look at each other? ❤ Because I’ve loved Sarah and Freddie together ever since I learned that a real life married couple would be playing one of my favorite TV couples, Fred and Daphne in the live action Scooby Doo movies, and because I’ve loved Sarah Michelle Gellar since I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the first time in March 2016, I decided to look them up online. Beautifully, they tend to keep their personal life personal for the most part, so I didn’t find much, but what I did find just made my heart swoon! Like, did you know they knew each other for three years before they started dating? And that their first date was technically an accident because they were originally going to hang out with a mutual friend who couldn’t make it (sounds like a movie, right?)? Or did you know that Freddie said this about Sarah and their first date: “A lot of girls back then in Hollywood as far as the actresses, they didn’t eat; they ate salad and I had gone on a date with a handful of them. They would never eat what I would eat. You have to have that in common with me if we’re going to get along. So, Sarah came to dinner with me, and we sat down and she ate everything, including a crab that they let walk across the counter, then kill while it was alive in some oil and said, ‘It’s popcorn, try!’ And she ate it without even blinking, and I was like, ‘Yo, my girl is legit.’”

Anyway, while I was looking them up, I found a YouTube video of them for Foodstirs (co-founded by Gellar herself) for gingerbread cookies and I immediately knew two things: 1) These two are totally and completely in love. 2) I have got to buy their cookbooks! Surely, if Sarah Michelle Gellar can inspire me to commit to a consistent workout for the first time since high school (Train Like a Slayer), then she and Freddie Prinze Jr. can inspire me to cook and try new foods. So, I went to Amazon.com (my guilty pleasure), found “Back to the Kitchen” and purchased it with my Amazon Prime Visa Credit Card by Chase. Yeah, it worked. Apparently, all it took for me to commit to working out again and to commit to eating almost everything homemade was a personal, obsessive connection to my plans. I haven’t stopped cooking and baking from scratch since getting Freddie’s book in the mail on March 4, 2017. Also, it totally helps that I’m “Obsessive Girl” and the front cover of his book uses the keyword “obsessed” in the description: “75 delicious, real recipes (& true stories) from a Food-obsessed actor.” Of course, it helps too that he has great family and friend stories for every recipe and adorable family pictures on every other page! ❤

I’ve tried a bunch of his recipes now and I fully intend on reviewing them within the next few weeks. I just wanted to write this as a preview of how much I love “Back to the Kitchen.” I’ll also be reviewing “Stirring Up Fun with Food” as I try SMG’s recipes. Here’s a preview—ALL I NEED IN LIFE IS SMG’s LEMON POPPY SEED CUPCAKES! WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF FINDING A RECIPE BEFORE RANDOMLY FINDING THEM IN HER BOOK!? IDK, BUT I’M GLAD THEY’RE IN HER BOOK! BECAUSE EVEN IF I END UP HATING EVERYTHING ELSE, IT WON’T MATTER BECAUSE LEMON POPPY SEED CUPCAKES ARE MY FAVORITE AND SMG MADE MY DAY BY HAVING THEM IN HER BOOK!!!! She also made my day when she liked two of my tweets about her cookbook, but that’s only relevant, because the first one was about her cupcakes and the second was about how adorable “Back to the Kitchen” and “Stirring Up Fun with Food” are next to each other (see above photo)! ❤

So, I’ll leave you with these words that are also from the Foreword written by SMG, “Honestly, there are times when I pass on going out to dinner, because I know the meal at my house will be better.” She’s not wrong! If I can make these meals and not want to go out to eat, then how blessed must Sarah and their kids be to have Freddie living in their kitchen? I mean, seriously! I haven’t even been cooking for a year and I’m obsessed with eating my versions of Freddie’s recipes, how much better must they be when he’s the one making them!?