About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn has been a music lover her entire life. She went to college in Boone, NC, an area that is rich in music and culture. She also worked as a radio deejay for 8 years and grew up in Southeastern, Va, a melting pot of different musical styles and traditions. She has been to more concerts than she can count in every genre you can imagine. She resides in North Carolina with her furbabies and her massive collection of Disney memorabilia.

Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Who else feels like they have cooked about 743 meals this week? Yikes! I bet an easy dinner with little work from you would hit the spot, wouldn’t it? Let’s change things up a bit with this simple recipe that’s so easy even the kids can help: Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Pork Chops. Add some macaroni and cheese and I bet the kids will eat this with no fuss. Yay!

Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb Boneless Pork Chops
  • 1 Can Dr Pepper (Room Temperature)
  • BBQ Sauce
Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Instructions

  1. Place pork chops in slow cooker.
  2. Pour in the can of Dr Pepper.
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours. 
  4. Remove pork chops & drain slow cooker.
  5. Smother pork chops in BBQ sauce.
  6. Place smothered pork chops back in slow cooker and cook on high for 30 minutes.
  7. Serve & enjoy! 
Dr Pepper Pork Chops
Dr Pepper Pork Chops
Dr Pepper Pork Chops

Have you ever tried Slow Cooker Dr Pepper Pork Chops? If so, what did you think? How would you change this recipe up a bit? Let me know in the comments below or on social media.

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“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” [1958, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives] #50FromThe50s

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

I am really happy to say that I have watched several movies from the 1950s now and most have been very good! Right now I am watching the movies in my living room, but I have a projector and screen set up in my basement that I hope to start viewing them on soon. I just need to get like one more cord or something to have that baby fully operational! Today’s movie is “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Seriously, could these two be any prettier to look at?

“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” [1958, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives]

After Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), visit his family’s Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday of his hot-tempered father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives). Cantankerous even with declining health, Big Daddy demands to know why Brick and Maggie haven’t yet given him a grandchild, unlike Brick’s brother Gooper (Jack Carson) and his fecund wife, Mae (Madeleine Sherwood).

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

My Thoughts On “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”

We often hear of women that grow “frigid” after a marriage is a few years old. We hear it so often, in fact, that it has become a subject often joked about in normal conversation. But marriage isn’t as simple as that. And sometimes the man grows tired of the affections of the woman instead. Elizabeth Taylor’s character longs for her alcoholic husband [Paul Newman] to touch her but he’s not interested due to a long standing grudge he has against her. Instead of divorcing, they decide to stay together and, I guess, tolerate each other. But that arrangement just won’t work for Maggie.

This movie is beautiful, touching and very well acted. I felt so much empathy for Maggie. It’s hard not to feel compassion for someone as she pleads with her husband, telling him that it’s lonelier to be with someone who doesn’t love her than it would be to just be alone. As the movie progresses, we learn more about why he feels the way he does and why he is withholding and cruel towards her. Life is layered and always more complicated than it looks from another perspective and that is no different with this relationship and how things appear to their prying family members.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Have you seen “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof?” What did you think of the movie? Which character could you most empathize with? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

7. A Face In The Crowd [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

8. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof [1958, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives]

“A Face In The Crowd” [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau] #50FromThe50s

A Face In The Crowd

We are just trucking along on our #50FromThe50s quaratine moviethon. How many of the listed movies have you watched so far? Today’s movie, “A Face In The Crowd” is one that I had not heard of but decided to watch based on a recommendation. What did I think of it? Read on to see. 😉 And if you have any other must-sees to tell me aboout, please let me know.

“A Face In The Crowd” [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

Ambitious young radio producer Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) finds a charming rogue named Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith) in an Arkansas drunk tank and puts him on the air. Soon, Rhodes’ local popularity gets him an appearance on television in Memphis, which he parlays into national network stardom that he uses to endorse a presidential candidate for personal gain. But the increasingly petulant star’s ego, arrogance and womanizing threaten his rise to the top.

A Face In The Crowd

My Thoughts On “A Face In The Crowd”

As many of you know, I live in Mount Airy, NC, the town that Mayberry [the Andy Griffith Show] was based on. Take a look around town and there will be no doubt of the town’s adoration of the late actor. Mount Airy is crammed full of shout outs to Andy Griffith from his old homeplace to Floyd’s Barbershop and from Snappy Lunch to the police car [that looks like the one in the iconic show] that offers tours of the town. But, you might want to take a seat for this, I’ve seen only a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and I could just never really get into it. *Gasp!*

One of my friends recommended that I check out “A Face In The Crowd” and I decided, “Why not?” And I have to say, Griffith kills it in this dramatic role. I find it interesting how little we have really changed from the gullible consumers of the 50s. Just as the crowds flocked to buy everything that Lonesome Rhodes was pushing then, we also feel compelled to purchase everything our idols tout today. I mean, is makeup really better just because it has the name Kardashian on it? Are shoes more comfortable because a basketball star is wearing them? For whatever reason we seem to think so. When it came down to it, Lonesome Rhodes really just wasn’t that good of a person. Yet everyone thought he somehow knew more than they did and his opinion was valued greater.

“A Face In The Crowd” also shows you that sometimes the more power and adoration people have, the less happy they seem to be. Lonesome was quite content playing his guitar for a few drunks in the county lockup. But when he had a country full of excited fans, he slowly came unwound, losing both his filter and his empathy for others along the way. The more he had, the more he lost.

“A Face In The Crowd” is an excellent movie the delves into social and ethical issues that are still relevant today. Even better, Andy Griffith gives a brilliant performance. I highly recommend this movie. 🙂

A Face In The Crowd

Have you seen “A Face In The Crowd?” If so, what did you think? Do you prefer Andy Griffith in dramatic roles or comedies? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

7. A Face In The Crowd [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series Now Available

big bang theory

I think I am one of the only people on the planet who has only seen a few episodes of Big Bang Theory. I have friends who love it and that is why I have seen a few episodes – with them. And I found it absolutely hilarious. I have always wanted to see the complete series but I could never find every episode on one of the streaming services. So, I just decided to wait. And now is my chance, and yours too, to see Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series – every episode – without commercials! And it’s here, just in time to entertain us when we need it most! Thanks guys!

Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series Now Available

The Complete Series of this blockbuster comedy follows the hilarious trajectory of best friends Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper: geniuses in the lab and challenged in the real world. Yet both somehow manage to entangle themselves in wedded bliss: Leonard with his street-smart neighbor, Penny, and Sheldon, after a long courtship, with Amy, a successful neurobiologist. Across 12 universally beloved seasons, they and their friends-fellow scientist Howard, his adorable microbiologist wife, Bernadette, and astrophysicist bachelor Raj-attempt to solve quotidian conundrums posed by academia, family crises and video games while solving world-changing problems in physics. Proving, ultimately, that what matters most in the universe is fun, friendship and a well-founded theory. Oh, and a Nobel Prize would be nice.

From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. Relive all of the hilarious and heartfelt memories, and own the complete series today!

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Mmmm… Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

I love a good baked potato, but who wants to heat up the kitchen during the summer?Not me! On this #TastyTuesday, we have the solution for you: Air Fryer Baked Potatoes! This recipe is super simple and easy and it’s faster than cooking a potato in a traditional oven. We recommend serving this potato bar style for a fun meal that the whole family is sure to love!

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Mmmm… Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Ingredients 

  • Medium Sized Potatoes 
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Green Onion
  • Bacon Bits
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Butter
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Instructions

  1. Coat potatoes in olive oil.
  2. Place in air fryer for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
  3. Flip and continue to fry for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Slice open and top with cheese, green onion, bacon bits, butter, salt & pepper! 
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

Have you ever tried making baked potatoes in the air fryer before? What do you like to top your potato with? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

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“An Affair To Remember” [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr] #50FromThe50s

An Affair To Remember

We are moving along nicely in our #50FromThe50s movie watching experience. How are you guys doing? Have you been watching any of the suggested movies? Do you have any to suggest of your own? This week, we review “An Affair To Remember.” I would love to know if any of you agree with my assessment I shared at the end of this post. Let me know! Happy movie watching!

“An Affair To Remember” [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

A man and a woman have a romance while on a cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, both agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months. However, an unfortunate accident keeps her from the reunion, and he fears that she has married or does not love him anymore.

An Affair To Remember

My Thoughts On “An Affair To Remember”

I have to say, this film isn’t really my cup of tea. I almost stopped watching at 45 minutes in because I just wasn’t getting into it. Life isn’t really all that long, you know, and that’s 45 minutes I’ll never get back. But I pushed through.

“An Affair To Remember” contains some absolutely ridiculous scenes, especially when Grant and Kerr’s characters are eating back to back in the dining hall, thinking they are slick but obviously not, and everyone is staring and laughing. Seriously? All of these people are vacationing and not a single one of them has anything better to do than to wonder what these two strangers are up to? I don’t buy it. “An Affair To Remember” does have a twist at the end that almost saves the movie but then Kerr’s character says yet another stupid thing and blows it again. I won’t tell you what that stupid thing is, as it contains a spoiler, but you’ll know it when you hear it.

I would recommend this movie to huge Cary Grant fans who want to complete the collection or to those who find soap opera storytelling absolutely riveting. Meh.

An Affair To Remember

Have you seen “An Affair To Remember?” If so, what did you think? Do you agree with my opinion? Why or why not? We would love for you to share your comments below or on our social media channels.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

“Love In The Afternoon” [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper] #50FromThe50s

Love In The Afternoon

What’s everyone been watching lately? I tried powering through that “Tiger King” mess like everyone else but could only get through the 1st episode a few weeks ago. I might finish it at some point [doubtful] but I was really hoping, for my pandemic viewing pleasure, to take in some more classic cinema. For those of you like me, I present to you Audrey Hepburn in “Love In The Afternoon.”

“Love In The Afternoon” [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

French private investigator Claude Chavasse (Maurice Chevalier) discovers his client’s wife has been having an affair with an American playboy, Frank Flannagan (Gary Cooper). When the client decides to kill Frank, Claude’s sheltered daughter, Ariane (Audrey Hepburn), throws off the plan and saves his life. The two are instantly attracted to one another, but Ariane doesn’t reveal her name. Frank then hires Claude to locate Ariane, unaware he has sent him on a mission to find his own daughter.

Love In The Afternoon

My Thoughts On “Love In The Afternoon”

This movie is really cute. I especially love the scene with Gary Cooper, the gypsies and the wine cart. While watching, I kept wondering how many times they had to shoot that scene to get it right? Back in the day, there were more long, extended scenes that had to be done right in one shot. Today, we are able to splice different takes together so I will assume that makes the actual shooting much easier since errors can more easily be taken out.

I found Audrey Hepburn’s character very endearing. She grew quite fond of Gary Cooper’s character though, I gotta say, he was a pig and didn’t exactly deserve it. But she was much smarter than he was and her character makes the movie! If you like romantic comedies, I believe you will enjoy “Love In The Afternoon.”

Love In The Afternoon

Have you seen “Love In The Afternoon”? If so, what did you think? What is your favorite Audrey Hepburn film? Let us know in the comments below or on our social media channels.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

Shelter In Place With Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Just because we are stuck at home for the time being, does not mean that it has to suck. With summer and those hot, summer days coming, Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots offer a perfectly refreshing pick me up. And don’t forget to check out our other #TastyTuesday recipes at the bottom of this post.

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Shelter In Place With Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Ingredients 

  • Strawberry Jello
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Tequila 
  • Salt
  • Condiment Plastic Cups 
  • Strawberries & Limes for Garnish
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

Instructions

  1. Boil 1 cup of water.
  2. Once water is boiling, pour in the strawberry Jello. 
  3. Mix well.
  4. Pour in 1 cup tequila.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Pour into condiment cups.
  7. Place in the refrigerator for several hours or until jello is solid.
  8. Once jello is solid, cover the cup edges with salt.
  9. Garnish with strawberries & limes & enjoy! 
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots
Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

What ways are you finding to de-stress or relax during this quarantine? We would love to hear your suggestions and tips for things that are working for you either in the comments below or on social media.

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The Best Banana Pudding: Prep In Just 10 Minutes

best banana pudding

Is your sweet tooth craving something different? Tired of the same old cookies and snack cakes? Make some banana pudding! I got this #TastyTuesday recipe for the best banana pudding I have ever tasted from my girl Pam Wattenbarger. She and her daughter, Brittany, are the authors of “The New Southern Cookbook,” where you can find more yummy recipes just like this to wow your friends with.

best banana pudding

The Best Banana Pudding In Just 10 Minutes

Ok, Pam’s recipe is just a smidge different than what I ended up making. With the current limited availability of certain groceries, I used what I was able to acquire and it still turned out fabulously. You can find her recipe here.

Ingredients

2 1oz packages vanilla pudding mix [I used sugar free & fat free]

1 8oz package frozen whipped topping

4 bananas [mine were a little ripe but not “banana bread” ripe]

2.5 cups regular almond milk [I used unsweetened]

1 cup sour cream [I would have preferred to have used fat free but it wasn’t available. I will try that next time and comment if there is a taste difference.]

Vanilla wafers

best banana pudding

Instructions

Pour both packs of pudding mix into a bowl and add the almond milk. Stir with a whisk until completely blended.

Next, add the sour cream and the whipped topping. This will be harder to stir because the whipped topping is frozen, but that’s ok, leave it frozen. I find that smashing it with a spoon against the side of the bowl will help break the whipped topping down faster and help you vent your frustrations in a healthy manner. Free therapy. 😉 Or thaw it some. Whichever.

Pour half of the pudding mixture into a 9″ by 9″ baking dish.

Cut up the bananas and add them to the dish, on top of the pudding mixture.

Next, add enough vanilla wafers to cover the bananas.

Pour the rest of the pudding mix over the dish and add a few vanilla wafers to garnish. Put the dish in the fridge and serve after it completely sets. I like to make it at night and serve it the next day. Enjoy!

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“The Ten Commandments” [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner] #50FromThe50s

ten commandments

Six years ago I set out on an ambitious goal. I decided to review 50 movies from the 1950s. I wanted to expand my cinematic horizons and share that newfound wisdom with you guys. Three movies in and I scrapped the plan. Nice job, huh? So, here we are, six years later and in the midst of a pandemic. I think we could all use some movie inspiration. I can’t speak for everyone, but I can only binge watch so many sitcoms. So, I am giving it another go. For your viewing pleasure this week, I present to you “The Ten Commandments.”

“The Ten Commandments” [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner] #50FromThe50s

Enjoying a life of ease in the court of Egypt’s pharaoh, Moses (Charlton Heston) discovers his Hebrew heritage and, later, God’s expectations of him. He dedicates himself to liberating his people from captivity and — with the aid of plagues and divine intervention — manages to lead them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. A greater challenge comes in the form of the golden calf idol, however, and it takes an unforgettable visitation by God on Mount Sinai for Moses’ mission to prevail.

ten commandments

My Thoughts On “The Ten Commandments”

I watched this movie because my friend Myndi was talking about how great it was on Facebook and how it was coming on TV that night. Having never seen the movie myself, I decided to watch and I am so glad that I did. “The Ten Commandments” is an AMAZING movie. Charlton Heston and Yul Brenner both give amazing performances and I feel like the story follows closely to that of the Bible. For all of you believers out there, I think that this movie will resonate with you on a deep spiritual level. For those of you who love CGI and action pictures of today, this movie has some pretty cool graphics given the time in which it was produced. I mean, it was made in the 50s! If you are looking for a movie that is safe to watch with the kids, I think you can all enjoy this as a family pretty safely. I highly recommend this movie. 🙂

ten commandments

Have you seen “The Ten Commandments?” If so, what did you think? Drop a comment below or on social media and let us know.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]