Note: this post contains a spoiler – if you’ve never seen the original “Planet of the Apes”, you may not want to read all the way through….

Okay, this was too weird not to share.

Late last year I attended a book launch party to celebrate the release of Patty’s new book, Some Nerve: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave (stay tuned for my review, coming soon!).

In keeping with the theme of the book (facing your fears), each guest was encouraged to wear a name tag that also included his or her fear. Being a good sport I shared my most embarrassing fear – the Statue of Liberty (which I’ve already shared on my Mighty Life List – #47).

I happened to be with Marcie (who also just wrote a book, that you should also totally get), who thought my fear was – well, amusing.

SO amusing that she shared it with some of our friends at another gathering a few weeks later – something along the lines of, “Hey guys, guess what Sheri’s afraid of?”.

Nice, right?

I was good-humored about it all, even mentioning that my fear had nothing to do with “Planet of the Apes”.


Blank stares.

These women had no idea what I was talking about. Had never seen the movie.

How was this possible?

Let me explain: Are there certain movies that you automatically associate with your family, or growing up?

My family was BIG into “Planet of the Apes”. I’m talking the sequels, prequels, even the TV show. So I naturally assumed that everyone was as familiar with it as I was.

But a random survey taken over the course of the night proved me wrong (i.e., more blank stares, furrowed brows, shrugged shoulders).

Something had to be done – and at yet another party, Sara, Jennifer and Britta unanimously agreed that this movie needed to be seen.

And a viewing party was born.

Adrian brought banana pudding and these adorable monkey cookies (the moustaches? I have no idea; you’d have to ask her).

monkey cookies

And Julie brought these – she called them “Heston-related”. Julie’s funny.

I made Monkey Bread (recipe soon),

monkey bread

and Monkey Chow.

monkey chow

Monkey Chow, you say?

Okay – it’s really Puppy Chow, aka Muddy Buddies, aka that recipe that’s on the back of the Chex box. I was kind of excited, actually, as I’d always been a little curious about it.

Whoa. So good.

So what made it “monkey”?

Banana runts of course.

banana runts

MeredithElinaGwenn and Tobi rounded out the group, and I *think* a good time was had by all (for more, take a peek at Patty’s post on the evening….).

For some, it was the movie.

For others, the snacks.

And still others? A young Charlton Heston’s……….assets.


But I gave out parting gifts, just to play it safe.

banana bread

There was talk of making this a regular thing, with this being the next movie.


So I’m curious – what were your family’s favorite movies growing up? Are they as strange as mine? Please tell me they are.

Monkey Chow*
from the back of the Chex box

9 c. Chex cereal (one variety or a combination)
1 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. nut butter (I used almond)
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Pour cereal into a large bowl; set aside

In a microwave-safe bowl combine the chocolate chips, nut butter and butter. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave for 30 seconds longer or till mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Pour over the cereal and stir till evenly coated. Pour into a large ziploc bag and add the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake till well coated. Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and store in the refrigerator.

* I added banana runts and brown M&M’s for the monkey theme; feel free to add whatever mix-in’s you like!

(print this recipe)

This delicious recipe brought to you by Sheri Silver


  1. Marcie Cuff on March 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Oh Sheri! What a fun night! Cannot wait to make my own batch of that chow. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful night!

    • sherisilver on March 20, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Marcie! xo

  2. Adrian on March 20, 2014 at 10:34 am

    The moustaches were for no good reason at all, except I had a new moustache cookie cookie I just had to try out. 😉 Ready for the next movie night–bring it on!

    • sherisilver on March 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Adrian – “Bring it On” is tonight!! Join us! xo

  3. Meredith on March 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

    What we learned that night is to never watch a movie with Marcie :-p love you all! Can’t wait to make this for my kids

  4. Patty Chang Anker on March 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Facing fears with friends and monkey chow – an hilarious and delicious evening, and those banana breads were sooooo good

  5. Alice on March 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Love this site! The monkey party is fresh. Different. Playful. Whimsical. Thanks for the “infusion.”

    My family didn’t have any movie favorites, unless you count Charlie Brown cartoons. However, there is one movie I distinctly remember: “Whatever happened to Baby Jane.”
    My mother loved it! Hmmmm….. How could this one be made into a themed party?

    • sherisilver on March 20, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you so much! As for “your” movie? That would be one creepy party…. 😉

  6. Tobi on March 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    BEST TIME! Loved it all…the food, the company and the movie! 🙂

  7. Shalagh Hogan on March 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    How awesome was all of that. I’m of the same generation. I’d have gotten it as I did the SG crackers. Funny. What a lucky funny snackin’ bunch of ladies y’all are. I laughed the whole read.And drooled and laughed again.

    • sherisilver on March 21, 2014 at 6:43 am

      You are officially an honorary member! xo

      • Shalagh Hogan on March 21, 2014 at 7:14 am

        Thank you with all my heart Sheri. I was a film major. Never watch then now. Ha. Step Ford Wives! Want to see the remake.

  8. most lovely things on March 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I would have come for the snacks!! Love it!!

    • sherisilver on March 21, 2014 at 6:44 am

      You’d fit right in Annie! xo

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