Black Friday Flashback – Been Caught Stealing (Jane’s Addiction)

The aforementioned Black Friday brings with it some of the biggest sales during the busiest of shopping seasons, but it’s the so-called five-fingered discount Perry Farrell alludes to in Jane’s Addiction‘s ‘Been Caught Stealing’ that always affords the best prices. “When I want something/I don’t want to pay for it/ I walk right through the door,” he sings, followed by, “It’s mine/ Mine all mine.” Let’s go

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Happy National French Toast Day!!! (Nov. 28th) – Fluffy French Toast

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Fluffy French Toast

Ingredients

Original recipe makes 12 slices

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1/4 cup all-purpose flour
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1 cup milk
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1 pinch salt
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3 eggs
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1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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1 tablespoon white sugar
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12 thick slices bread
  • PREP
10 mins
  • COOK
20 mins
  • READY IN
30 mins

Directions

  • Measure flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk. Whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.
  • Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat.

Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot.

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Giving Young Men Time by My life as a home schooling housewife (BLW Contributor)

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Hello everyone :) I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! It is a brisk and finally sunny day here today. We are about to go walk downtown to visit some friends. I will take some pics of all the old wooden New Englander Homes we walk by on the way. They look like Ginger Bread Houses.

First I wanted to write a quick post on boys and when they should leave home. In our society boys are expected to leave home anywhere from the age of eighteen to twenty years. For most young men this is much to young and an unrealistic expectation. Obviously a young man can and will make his own decision as to when he should become completely self-sufficient. One of my observations though, is that some young men and their parents feel the need to conform and fit into what American society dictates as the “right age to move out” whether or not it is really what they want.

According to the newest Scientific Research the male mind does not even finish developing until it is twenty-six to forty years old! http://phys.org/news/2010-12-brain-fully-mature-30s-40s.html This explains why many of the men of the Bible lived with their parents literally right up until the time they married which could be up to forty years old. In fact marriage is the only reason given for men to leave their fathers and mothers. Jesus although He never married did not even start His lifes work (His mission) until He was thirty years old, not eighteen not twenty-one, but thirty years old.

Men need to be mentally, physically and spiritually strong in this world, now more than ever. Think about all that they are up against. A man could quickly have his body, mind or soul destroyed if he is not fully developed and therefore strong. Think about it like this: What if you were to plant a tree next to a raging river which often overflowed its banks in an area where there were regularly hurricane force winds. If you truly wanted to see the tree survive you would first nourish and tend it in your home until it was tall, thick and solid and could withstand all the assaults of the world. You would most certainly not plant it out in the winds when it was still tender and bendable.

Check out the rest of this great article @ http://mylifeasahomeschoolinghousewife.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/giving-young-men-time/

Artsy Fartsy – Freedom of Want (Norman Rockwell)

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The most famous Norman Rockwell WWII paintings, “Freedom of Want,” was one of four paintings in a series, the “Four Freedoms,” that Rockwell created during World War II. It may not have been meant to commemorate Thanksgiving, but the painting embodies the spirit of family and Thanksgiving. 

To all our military veterans and our fallen heroes, thank you for your service and your sacrifices for America and her people. Without your courage and willingness to do what others can’t or won’t, America is still the greatest and safest nation on Earth.

Bless you all on this Thanksgiving. You are our heroes, and most of America embraces and remembers the enormity of what you have done in the name of liberty.

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Wisdom Wednesdays – Acceptance

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Happy National Cake Day!!! (Nov. 26th) – Almost-Famous Molten Chocolate Cake

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Almost-Famous Molten Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

For the Cakes:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 tablespoons melted, 4 tablespoons at room temperature)

1/2 cup natural (not Dutch-process) cocoa powder, plus more for dusting

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 large eggs, at room temperature

For the Fillings and Toppings:

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/2 cup heavy cream

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

Caramel sauce, for drizzling

1 pint vanilla ice cream

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Make the cakes: Brush four 1 1/4-cup brioche molds (or use 10-ounce ramekins or jumbo muffin cups) with the 2 tablespoons melted butter. Dust the molds with cocoa powder and tap out the excess.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Bring the milk and 3/4 cup water to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat; set aside.

Combine the vegetable oil, 4 tablespoons room-temperature butter and the sugar in a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down the bowl and beater as needed. Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and the vanilla; beat 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape down the bowl. Add 1 egg and beat 1 minute on medium-low speed, then add the remaining egg and beat 1 more minute.

With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the flour mixture, then the hot milk mixture. Finish mixing the batter with a rubber spatula until combined. Divide the batter evenly among the molds, filling each slightly more than three-quarters of the way.

Transfer the molds to a baking sheet and bake until the tops of the cakes are domed and the centers are just barely set, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a rack; let the cakes cool until they pull away from the molds, about 30 minutes.

How To Assemble the Cake:

Make the Filling: Microwave the chocolate, cream, butter and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring each time, until the chocolate starts to melt, 1 minute, 30 seconds. Let sit 3 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Reheat before using, if necessary.

Use the tip of a paring knife to gently loosen the cakes from the molds, then invert the cakes onto a cutting board.

Use the knife to cut a 1 1/2-inch circle on the top of each cake, cutting almost to the bottom.

Hollow out the cake with a spoon; save the scraps. Wrap the cakes with plastic wrap and microwave until steaming, 1 minute.

Drizzle plates with caramel, then unwrap the cakes and place on top. Pour about 3 tablespoons filling into each cake.

Plug the hole with a cake scrap. Save or discard any remaining scraps.

Top each cake with a scoop of ice cream. Spoon more chocolate sauce on top, spreading it thin so it hardens into a shell.

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Boys: She’s Just Not That Into You Either by Inside my Show (BLW Contributor)

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Well we’ve all seen the film (I’m guessing!?), but what can be said for when the shoe’s on the other foot? He’s Just Not That Into You tells the tale of Gigi, a single woman in her twenties (?!) desperately looking for love. So desperate in fact that she reads every ‘sign’ wrong and humiliates herself in several ways when assuming men are into her, when they’re not. Boohoo, sad story.

I suppose it’s part true for a lot of women that when they want someone to want them, they piece together the miniscule moments they have shared together – text messages, a drink at the bar…etc, and they run wild with it hoping it all means this poor lad is hopelessly in love with her. This ultimately ends in tears when the fantasy becomes reality and they find out no such love affair has or will ever take place.

What about men though? I can’t speak for them as I am evidently not one but I do find it hillllariousss that some men are so sure of themselves and assume their game is so on point that they can just tell when a woman is head over heels for them. Sorry to be the one to tell you guys, but… she’s probably just not that into you either.

These are the types of scenarios that get guys feeling some type of way because they ASSUME women are into them or catching feelings.

#She Texts You First: Look, the guy she really wants is ignoring her and she’s bored at home watching Hollyoaks so she decides to text you as it’s guaranteed you’ll reply. Haven’t you noticed that all she does is text you? She hasn’t asked you out, she hasn’t slept with you, mate…she hasn’t even asked what your job is. She don’t care.

#You Sleep Together: Yes yes, I know women do get attached easier than men and it is usually through sex, BUT, that doesn’t mean every female you sleep with is wanting your hand in marriage. She only likes your face and the fact you occupy her when she needs it – why you making a big deal of it? Haven’t you noticed that when (and only when) you start getting shook and back away because you think she just musssst be falling for you, that’s when they start getting annoyed? Not annoyed because they want you, but annoyed because you’re acting like a child. Do not tell a woman how she feels – unless you want 3 essays before 10:30AM.

#She Opens Up To You: When you sit down and talk to a woman, the conversation can go from 0-100 real quick. You can merely talk about the weather or somehow end up talking about life and love, feelings and future plans. It’s nice to talk on a level with someone where the conversation has some depth and soul to it. you’re still friendzoned though. You’re that guy she knows she can waffle to. She doesn’t want to carry out any of these future plans with you. Maybe your mate though. Maybe she’s hinting that she needs you to have a word and maybe slip you a 20 to set her up? Awk.

#She Wants your Attention: More time women go on this long winded  journey to try and get a males attention, just to do nothing with it. It soothes the ego to know that someone is willing to talk or give up their time for them. Women need to feel attractive and desired, so they will play little games to see if you’re willing to comply.

This might make you guys think women are ridiculous and yeah, we are. but so are you. And we all play games whether we’re clever enough to know better or not. Unfortunately that’s how this generation has programmed us into thinking and being. Boohoo, sad story.

Check out the rest of this great articlehttp://insidemyshoe.com/2014/11/18/boys-shes-just-not-that-into-you-either/

 

Happy National Parfait Day!!! – Is Yogurt Parfait Healthy?

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The French word for perfect is parfait, and when you add whole grains and fruit to yogurt to create a delicious breakfast or snack treat, you are perfecting yogurt’s already considerable health benefits. Typically, a yogurt parfait consists of layers of yogurt, grains such as granola or crushed gram crackers and fruit. When the fat and calories are low, it can be a healthful choice at fast-food restaurants and coffeehouses.

Nutritional Value

When not loaded with additional sugar, low-fat or fat-free versions of yogurt are an excellent source of protein, calcium, and probiotics, which are microorganisms that help keep the digestive system working properly, according to information published by the Michigan State University. Fruit imparts a vitamin-rich and naturally sweet characteristic to your yogurt parfait. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that you eat two cups of fruit a day, and a parfait will get you on your way to fulfilling that recommendation. The Harvard School of Public Health says diets rich in fruits and vegetables lower blood pressure and reduce risks of heart disease, strokes, some cancers and some eye problems.
According to Familydoctor.org, the healthiest grains to use are oatmeal, low-fat granola or crushed crackers. These grains are healthiest because they are rich in complex carbohydrates, which regulate your digestive system and your blood sugar levels.

Making it Your Own

Much of the dish’s health benefits come from how completely customizable it is, with your choice of yogurt, grain and fruit. Take a cue from the Cleveland Clinic, which recommends adding some slivered nuts, wheat germ or ground flax seeds to add heart-healthy omega-3s and fiber that will keep your digestive system in good shape. Yogurt parfaits are healthy partially because they are so easy to make. If you’re in a hurry, throw in some blueberries or raspberries that don’t need to be sliced.

Healthy Additions

You can also add easy extras that maximize a yogurt parfait’s health benefits. Drizzle some raw local honey between the parfait’s layers. Not only will it add sweet flavor, the 2012 issue of “Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine” reports honey will boost your immune system and help reduce inflammation throughout your body. Sprinkle some cinnamon to top off your parfait’s healthfulness. A study in the March 2009 “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” found that cinnamon lowers the rise in blood sugar levels following a meal.

Parfait Convenience

One of the key benefits to a yogurt parfait is that it provides an easy to make or purchase a portable and, most importantly, balanced small meal. A meal composed of all the major food categories — protein, carbohydrates and a small amount of fat — allows your body to take full advantage of the nutrients provided by each type of food.

Finding Room in Your Diet

At a fast-food restaurant or coffeehouse, a parfait seems like a healthy and appetizing option. Before you make your decision, though, take a few seconds to analyze the calorie and fat information on the parfait, which should be located either on the menu or on the ready-made parfait’s label. The American Heart Association calculates that with a typical 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, you should ingest no more than 56 to 77 grams of fat a day. Keep in mind that breakfast should account for a little less than a third of your total daily intake of calories and fat.

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I’m not in charge . . . and grateful by Bare Naked in Public (BLW Contributor)

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I wanted to title this post I’m sick of being grateful. . . or . . . The Universe is stupid. If you follow my blog you know that this month I’m highlighting gratitude, acknowledging life’s little gifts and giving thanks. It’s been a good exercise for me, adding positivity and happiness one day at a time. But recent days have been full of sad news and I’m a little bit pissed at the Universe. I know, I know life is not fair, but this week I wanted it to be a little bit more gentle. The passing of a dear family friend, the news of a little baby diagnosed with a terminal illness as I comforted his sobbing grandmother, and looming holiday melancholy, had me a little rattled and I think I’m falling off the gratitude wagon. When it rains, does it really have to pour?

Driving home tonight, stuck in traffic, I composed my post in my head, reflecting on the yucky week and wishing I could change the world for people I love, relieve them of hurt, pain.  I remembered that when I was a little girl I had a single prayer,  Dear God, please don’t let anyone in my family or any of my friends get sick or die. It was simple, got the job done and best of all . . . it really worked, no one I loved got sick or died. I was a believer.

There is so much to say about those decades between the faithful little girl and the non believer she became, mostly life choices taking their toll. As I inched along, staring at the red taillights of Friday night traffic, I remembered a time when I told a friend thatdecided the outcomes of my life, I was in charge. The thought of that now is laughable. I have learned that the only thing I can control is how I react to life’s happenings, the good, the bad, the happy and sad.  I can choose to be pissed off at the Universe or accept what is, find the lesson, or even find reason to celebrate.

Today, I can say that I do believe in something, a light, an eternal peace. When I hope, pray, or seek serenity, it’s a woman who is listening. And when I imagine her she looks like my mom . . . with clear blue eyes and long silver hair, she is calm, peaceful. I talk to her mostly about love and family. I believe in the energy of the Universe and that some how there is a reason for everything. I am not meant to understand how it works. As much as I want to be, I am not in charge. I cannot save the people I love from pain and suffering. I can only love them, and that I do well.

I’m climbing back on the wagon . . .  still grateful . . . .

xo

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Be Like Bacon – Francis Bacon (Knowledge is Power)

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