Friday, July 3, 2015

The Box: My New Favorite Show

I have to admit that I was shocked a few weeks ago when I heard of a new upcoming TV show called The Box. If I got the story right, and I really hope I did not, the show takes place on a stage. On that stage is a large box the size of a small room, chairs where a panel of sexperts experts sit, and a couch for the victims wack-jobs participants. Just for the record, you cannot see inside the box and it’s soundproof.

The premise of the show (again, as I understand it) is that it’s for couples having relationship issues. They are sent into the box (which apparently has a bed and sex toys in it) to have sex because issues are better able to be dealt with when endorphin levels are high. They come out in robes, sit on the couch (gross) and discuss their issues with a panel of mental health experts. What those experts do while the couple is in the box, I haven’t a clue. In fact, what little I know about this show already is TMI on steroids. I desperately need a brain eraser. Any entrepreneurs out there want to invent one? I’ll be your guinea pig.

You all know that exercise raises endorphin levels too, right? So does chocolate. Was no one able to find a treadmill? Or bake a cake?

I admire creativity, I really do. So many shows follow the same old formula that I sometimes forget which show I’m watching. A fresh idea, something that hasn’t been done before is intriguing. Well, except in this instance. Because what goes on behind closed doors should stay behind closed doors. And those closed doors do not belong on a stage. Or on my TV.

Or do they?

How about if, rather than throwing this whole idea out, I just tweak it a bit?

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Here’s my take:
Instead of The Box, I’m calling my show Time Out. It will take place on a stage and on that stage will be a box. The box will be the same size as on one on the original show, but no toys inside, just a couch. No, make that a loveseat. Nothing else.

Also on the stage will be one comfy chair, a TV, a laptop and a kitchen. I’m the only other person on the show and I’ll need to keep busy while the participants are in the box.

In the box (fully dressed, thank you) will go two people. Possibly not of their own free will, but we’ll have to work out the logistics and legalities of that later.

Out of that box will come the same two people, but only once they’ve reached an agreement.

I’m working on the guest cast, but off the top of my head I’m thinking:

*Kim Jong Un and a stylist.

*Kanye and the Dalai Lama.

*Donald Trump and Pancho Villa.

*The black/blue dress and the white/gold dress. Yes, that optical illusion still has me freaked out.

*Common sense and common core math.

*The new Colonel Sanders and Colonel Custer.

*Matthew McConaughey and a barber.

*Naomi Campbell and Rocky.

*The chicken and the egg. Although I can see them fighting even as they enter the Time Out box:
Chicken: “I’m going first.”
Egg: “No, I was here first.”

*Nancy Grace and Emily Post.

Have to go to the bathroom? Hungry? Thirsty? Lactating? Getting married? Better get to agreeing.

Got a date? Closing on a house? Jonesing for a game of Candy Crush? Start talking. Work it out or you’ll stay in Time Out. Didn’t your mamas teach you anything?

And when they emerge, I’ll be in my comfy chair waiting. With cookies.

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S’mores Cookies

Season two is booking now, who would you like to send into the Time Out box?
And to all of my baking friends, don’t say yeast and me . . .we'll be in there forever.

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S’mores Cookies
Printable Recipe
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
¼ cup + 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups mini marshmallows, classic or fruit flavored
*Cream the butter, sugars, egg and vanilla. Carefully, on the lowest setting at first, beat in the flour, cocoa, ¼ cup graham cracker crumbs, baking soda and salt. Mix in the mini marshmallows
*Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
*Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper.
*Roll the dough into approximately ¾ inch balls. Try to be sure that each cookie ball has at least one marshmallow in it.
*Place the ¾ cups of graham cracker crumbs in a bowl. Roll the cookie balls in the graham cracker crumbs and place on the cookie sheets. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the cookies are set and the marshmallows are melting.
*Cool completely on the parchment paper.



  1. This is soooo funny. When my kids were little-uns, when they fought, I sent them into the box. Well, it was the half-bath. "You have everything you need in here (water, toilet.) You can come out when you've come to terms with each other." If worked for my kids, all master debaters, I'm sure it will work for the Chicken and the Egg. BTW: I was nearby in the kitchen, probably baking chocolate chip cookies.

  2. The Box sounds like a really weird show. What the heck is going on in the world that we need this on TV?? Anyway, I like your version way better. I'd even pay to see Colonel Sanders and Custer duke it out.

    1. Yeah, I would too. That new Colonel Sanders is creepy.

  3. I won't be watching the show. I agree, take a walk around the block and come back and bake a chocolate cake or some chocolate chip cookies or smokes and get along!

    1. It seems that little kids do a better job of both getting along and working things out than adults do.Guess I'll just have to keep that box.

  4. Omg!! That show makes me scared for our future!!
    But I would pay good money to see your show!!! Hilarious!!!!!

  5. Hope you and your family have a great July 4th weekend! Enjoy and have fun.

  6. The first one...just ew! The second one sounds much better!

    1. Yeah, he's gonna need a whole lot more than just a stylist.

  7. I would put reality and reality shows in a box until reality completely eradicated reality shows! Those things are nothing but trash!!


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