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BlogHer 2011 | The Help Screening & Cocktail Reception #TheHelpMovie

Last weekend while in San Diego for the BlogHer conference, I got to attend a special screening of the new movie The Help. Jennifer from my review team has been telling me for months now that I need to read the book and to see the movie when I get a chance. I was really excited to see what it was all about!

I was able to bring John with me as a guest to the screening and to the reception afterwards. Even he was curious to see what all the hype. We got our popcorn and pop and sat down among my bloggy friends in the theatre.

The Help blew me away and was even better than I expected. I loved the characters especially Minny- she was such a trip! I laughed so hard I almost cried when she gave Hilly the chocolate pie. This is one scene that I will remember forever.

Not only was the movie funny in parts, but it also brought out deep emotions in me. I felt just how wrong it was for blacks and whites to each use their own bathrooms to not catch either others diseases. I detested the character Hilly and how fake she was when she was really cold and mean inside. Bryce Dallas Howard the actress who played Hilly did a wonderful job! I was glad she ate the pie!!

There was not a dry eye in the theatre at the end of the movie. I know even John said he found it “sentimental” and I knew he was touched as well.

I’m buying The Help to read on my Kobo e-reader for sure now. I’m very curious to see how it compares to the movie!

At the reception afterwards, we were treated to The Help inspired cocktails and desserts.

Here’s a recipe for Sweet Georgia Peach Cobbler (thanks to Campine Catering) that was served at the reception:

  • 8 ripe Georgia peaches, peeled, pitted, sliced thin (about 4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • Mix Together- 3 tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 F.

In a large bowl, combine peaches, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice and cornstarch. Toss to coat evenly and pour into a two-quart baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend butter by hand, or with a pastry cutter, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Carefully add boiling water, stirring until just combined.

Remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Sprinkle entire cobbler with the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until topping is golden, about 30 minutes.

Serve with fresh blueberries and heavy cream.

Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 40 minutes. Serves 4 to 6.

Try The Help inspired cocktails (thanks to Snake Oil Cocktail Co.):

The Skeeter

Sweet, strong and a little spicy

  • 1 oz. Tequila
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
  • Finish with jalapeno-orange foam

The Abilene

Subtle, smooth and strong

  • 1 1/4 oz. Coffee Liquor
  • 1/2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/4 oz. Amaretto
  • 1 oz. Cream
  • 1 dash Coco Nibb Bitters
The Hilly
Sour and chilled with a sharp twang
  • 1 1/2 oz. Apple Jack
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
  • Fill with dry hard cider
The Minny
Strong with a kick
  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. House-made Tahitian Vanilla Syrup
The Celia
Sugary, sweet a true Southern treat
  • 1 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Peach Liquor
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1/2 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Pomegranate Juice
We were also sent home with The Help goodie bags including Caramel Cake Black Tea in The Help collector’s tin from The Republic of Tea! I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but am planning on making some iced tea with it this week.
*Thank you to my sponsors, Revenue Curve and Storkbrokers for providing me with a partial sponsorship to attend BlogHer.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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