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To say that I waited for the return of Orange is the New Black anxiously and with baited breath to see whether or not my favorite orange clad inmates had finally committed the ultimate act of violence- would be putting it mildly. For those of you who have YET to dip your pinkie toe into the world of the DIVINELY DELISH Binge TV Watching Indulgence otherwise known as Orange Is the New Black here is a little primer to wet your appetite:
From the creator of Weeds comes a heartbreaking and hilarious original series set in a womens prison. Piper Chapman's wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.
What I love about Netflix's Orange Is the New Black is not so much the in-your-face raw-as-it-gets voyeuristic look into life behind bars but more so the character development. That in the end, none of us can be judged at face value, we all have a story, a past and experiences that have shaped our current circumstances- and Orange is the New black deftly weaves these stories about these women into episodes that are so gripping it is impossible ( at least for me) to NOT BINGE WATCH THEM. They are That good.And summer time is the RIGHT TIME to let the kids indulge in their own play while you get YOUR PLAY ON and grab a cocktail and dig into any/all of Netflix's original series like Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards or Dereck . Or if like me you've missed some of your favorite shows from the past season–Netflix has a selection of titles to get you through the summer months including some under-the-wire series that you might have missed but are OH SO GOOD and I promise will be a TOTAL streaming sanctuary for any mom like Call the Midwife and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The bottom line is this–Netflix-time is any time. Schedules are the worst, especially when you have to plan them around your favorite TV shows. Luckily, Netflix changed TV forever by catering to YOUR schedule and putting you in control. Netflix-time means you’re free to enjoy entertainment, whenever or however you want. And of course no mom streaming sanctuary would be complete with a snack and cocktail! So keep reading for recipes for the ultimate Red Wine spritzer and Pizza Popcorn care of Andrea Lynn – because after a long, stressful day, all you want to do is make a beeline for your couch to enjoy some Netflix and a glass (or more) of wine to unwind. and a fun Netflix passport craft- because summer time means kids should have some streamable downtime too!
Recipe for Pizza Popcorn!
Makes 8 cups
8 cups popped popcorn (around ½ cup popcorn kernels)
1 tablespoon melted butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped sundried tomatoes
1 tablespoon sun-dried tomato oil
1/8 teaspoon each of dried oregano, dried basil and garlic powder
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan cheese
1. Make popcorn via either microwave popcorn or the stovetop. If going the stovetop route, I highly recommend Mark Bittman's method.
2. Add 8 cups of popped popcorn to a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix together, melted butter, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, sun-dried tomato oil, herbs, and salt. Mix to combine.
3. Slowly drizzle sun-dried tomato mixture over popcorn, tossing to coat all the popcorn. Top with Parmesan cheese, again tossing to combine. Serve
And don't forget your DRINK!
Red Wine Spritzer
Any type of red wine can be used for a spritzer just utilize whatever you already have around.
Makes 1 drink
½ cup red wine
½ cup San Pellegrino Aranciata
Slice of orange
In a glass, add red wine and Aranciata. Squeeze the orange slice into the glass and then garnish with it. Add ice to chill if needed. Serve.
Decompressing is essential, so why wouldn’t your kids need to do the same? Between school, friends, sports, the school play, homework, music lessons and more, kids have a lot on their plates. And even during summer break they have long days of playing outside and camp, so an episode or two of their favorite Netflix show can be the quick mental reset they need. So while you kick up your feet with the latest episode of Orange is the New Black, pass the iPad and give your kids a Netflix break for the night.
If your kids are in need of an extended break but you want them to get some intellectual stimulation as part of their entertainment, print and share the official Netflix passport. Netflix is home to content like Planet Earth and Justin Time GO! that explore new sights and cultures with each episode. So while they’re enjoying their screen time you can rest assured their neurons will be firing with each stamp they earn in the Netflix passport.
Netflix unveiled a brand new technology that provides families yet another way to enjoy entertainment—by allowing kids to climb into director’s chair and giving them the power to determine what adventures unfold on screen. With the launch of Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, Netflix is introducing interactive watching capabilities and putting the storytelling power in the hands of the most important audience member—kids. To celebrate the new Interactive adventure Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, now streaming on Netflix, and you can turn screen time to activity time for the little ones with printable coloring pages. So break out the crayons and washable markers and brag about your mini-Monet by tagging their masterpiece with #StreamTeam.