Thursday, September 22, 2011

i'm here for the party!

 i am hugging all of you.
Donna, i am honored to have received your invite!
i'm sorry that i'm late...i worked 12 hours today. (it
was a special event and fun, and OVERTIME, so no 
whining here!)

now you all know that i adore The Holiday, and It's
Complicated. I also love Letter's to Juliet.
Practical Magic is PURE magic that was filmed here in the Pacific Northwest.
Another house that i love is the stone farmhouse in
Christmas in Connecticut. The Notebook is my Mom & Dad!

~My girlies really know how to pick a movie!~

my fave Nick & Nora's
it's about 11:00pm, i'm WIDE AWAKE, and ready to share a movie that
is sooo close to our family's heart. it has a house that we have
been a guests in and a high school that is pretty much one of
the coolest in the country!

Chrislyn and Jay bought them for me to wear on MOM'S WEEKEND at WSU!

on my way home from work tonight,
i stopped to buy this...

so i could bring you this...



  • 6 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 cups Beecher's Flagship Sauce (recipe follows)
  • 1 ounce cheddar, grated ( 1/4 cup)
  • 1 ounce Gruyere cheese, grated ( 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Oil or butter an 8-inch baking dish.
Cook the penne 2 minutes less than package directions. (It will finish cooking in the oven.) Rinse pasta in cold water and set aside.
Combine cooked pasta and Flagship Sauce in a medium bowl and mix carefully but thoroughly. Scrape the pasta into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the top with the cheeses and then the chile powder. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
NOTE: If you double the recipe to make a main dish, bake in a 9-by-13-inch pan for 30 minutes.

  • 1/4 cup ( 1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 14 ounces semihard cheese, such as Beecher's Flagship, grated (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 ounces grated semisoft cheese, such as Beecher's Just Jack
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour. Continue whisking and cooking for 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk, whisking constantly. Cook until the sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat. Add the cheese, salt, chile powder and garlic powder. Stir until the cheese is melted and all ingredients are incorporated, about 3 minutes. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to three days.

NOTE: A single batch of sauce makes enough for a double recipe of macaroni and cheese.

we'll wash it down with...
it's a crisp ale from T- town, where i live
and where this movie was made.

do you like Shakespeare?

i do!

Kat and  Bianca's house is actually the McGovern's house.

it's in north Tacoma!

it has a beautiful yard and a fab view!

do you see that ship with the black bottom on Commencement Bay? 
i live on the hill right behind it!

i have politely partied in this house a couple times.

it is a beautiful home. it was built around 1905.

the house was entirely taken over for the movie. the family
was moved into a condominium nearby.

the deck... do i need to say more?


but the coolest thing about the movie is

Stadium High School

both Chrislyn and Jay attended here.

this is the courtyard, where i dropped them off, before they started
driving on their own.

this is a principals office.

Heath (bless his soul) walked the halls and was
great to the kids!

the production company hired all students that were 
interested in a summer job to work as extras.


the theme of Chrislyn's senior prom was "Can't ake my eyes off of you".
for her 18th birthday her friends showed up at our home
with a vintage Fender guitar and a rock band!

the movie had a big impact on the students of Stadium High!

 this is my favorite scene from the movie. 
i apologize for Heath's little
touch of profanity...

let's dance at Donna's sleepover until dawn!



  1. Thanks Lynne! That was a really great way to wake up with my morning coffee on a foggy northeastern Friday!!

  2. Hi Sweetie! Thank you so much for coming to my little party! I have never seen this movie But will have to now since I know the connection to you! The house looks fabulous! Tons of millwork~which I love! And...oh my goodness...what an amazing High school!
    You live in a magical neighborhood! Almost dream like! I would love to live near water again. I lived on the lake for 3 years when I first got married and love, love, loved it!
    Have a wonderful day and thanks again for coming over!

  3. P.S. I saw you little sachet tucked into your adorable pj' cute!
    love ya bunches!

  4. What a great house and location! I'll have to watch now...I wore my Nick 'n Nora pjs too!

  5. I was just out your way this spring as my daughter lives in BattleGround... beautiful country!
    I saw this movie years ago and I love the last scene, thanks for showing it to us! The house is gorgeous, love that stair case. There was a time I could dance till dawn but now my hip would probably give out...
    but I'll bring my 45s...

  6. Lynne!!
    Oh my goodness...I loved this movie! I have not watched it in years. I think that I would watch at completely different now! I remember the scene in the movie where she (Julia) is dancing on the table and hits her head on the chandelier!LOL.
    Did I do that same move last night at our sleepover?! Hahaha...
    How lucky to have your community be a part of the movie. So stinkin cool (like you!) I swore that school had to have been from Europe when I watched it...who knew they still had amazing high schools like that here in the US?! Love that.
    I had a blast last!


    ps - love Heath. what a gorgeous troubled soul he was :(

  7. Hope you have a great time, love the P.J's. You live in a gorgeous area with wonderful homes, and that school building...wowee! I can tell you're excited! Have a great weekend, love Linda x

  8. What an awesome posts!! What a wonderful experience to live there...for REAL!!!

  9. What a gorgeous home and I think BOTH of you have incredible views! That highschool blows me away! I've never seen the movie, I'd must admit, but now I'll have to check it out. Hope you had a fun and relaxing time! ~ KIM

  10. How cool to have a connection to the house and school in the movie! What a gorgeous spot. I'll have to try your recipe - I'm a bit of a mac & cheese fanatic :)