Happy National Cheesecake Day!!! – Bacon and Pecan Chesecake Recipe

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Ingredients 
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2tsp vanilla
1 pound Kunzler thick sliced bacon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
4 shortbread cookies
2 egg whites
4 tablespoon brown sugar
melted chocolate for drizzling

Directions

  • Crust – Put 1/2 of the pecans in a food processor and pulse 6 times. Add shortbread cookies and pulse until crumbly. Add 1/2 bacon and pulse. Press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring-form pan.
  • Topping – Chop pecans finely, mix with leftover bacon and put on parchment paper. Whip egg whites until frothy, add brown sugar and pour over top of the bacon / pecan mixture. Bake in 250 degree oven for 10 minutes, allow to cool.
  • Cake – Beat cream cheese with 1 cup sugar until mixed. Add the eggs, vanilla and lemon juice and beat until smooth. Pour over crust and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until set. Chill in refrigerator. After cool, crumble topping over cheesecake and drizzle with chocolate.

Credit: Kunzler

Epic Fail of the Week – This is what happens when you park in the Handicap spot when you’re not Handicapped

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That’s what happens when you park in a handicap spot in Brazil –

Canal BOOM decided to address the issue of handicap parking abuse with a light-hearted prank and covered one illegally parked car with a bunch of Post-It notes.

Do you think it was a great idea to teach the abusive park a lesson? What would you’ve done if you were the guy getting pranked?

Forget Me Not – Vincent Van Gogh (March 1853 – 29 July 1890)

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Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. He drew as a child but did not paint until his late twenties; he completed many of his best-known works during the last two years of his life. In just over a decade, he produced more than 2,100 artworks, including 860 oil paintings and more than 1,300 watercolors, drawings, sketches and prints.

Van Gogh was born to upper middle class parents and spent his early adulthood working for a firm of art dealers. He traveled between The Hague, London and Paris, after which he taught in England at Isleworth and Ramsgate. He was deeply religious as a younger man and aspired to be a pastor. From 1879 he worked as a missionary in a mining region in Belgium, where he began to sketch people from the local community. In 1885 he painted The Potato Eaters, considered his first major work. His palette then consisted mainly of somber earth tones and showed no sign of the vivid coloration that distinguished his later paintings. In March 1886, he moved to Paris and discovered the French Impressionists. Later, he moved to the south of France and was influenced by the strong sunlight he found there. His paintings grew brighter in color, and he developed the unique and highly recognizable style that became fully realized during his stay in Arles in 1888.

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After years of anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The extent to which his mental health affected his painting has been widely debated by art historians. Despite a widespread tendency to romanticize his ill health, modern critics see an artist deeply frustrated by the inactivity and incoherence wrought through illness. His late paintings show an artist at the height of his abilities, completely in control, and according to art critic Robert Hughes, “longing for concision and grace”

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Happy National Lasagna Day!!! – Easy Cheeseburger Bacon Lasagna Recipe

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Ingredients

1 1/2 – lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

2 – medium onions, chopped (1 cup)

1/4 – teaspoon salt

1/8 – teaspoon pepper

1 – can (28 oz) chunky tomato sauce

1 – cup water

1 – egg

1 – container (15 oz) ricotta cheese

1 – cup shredded Swiss cheese (4 oz)

1/4 – cup chopped fresh parsley

8 – slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled (1/2 cup)

12 – uncooked lasagna noodles

2 – cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

Directions

  • 1 Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, cook beef, onions, salt and pepper over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in tomato sauce and water. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat egg with fork. Stir in ricotta cheese, Swiss cheese, parsley and 1/4 cup of the bacon.
  • 3 Spread about 1 cup of the beef mixture in baking dish. Top with 4 uncooked noodles. Spread half of the ricotta mixture, 2 cups beef mixture and 3/4 cup of the Cheddar cheese over noodles. Repeat layers once, starting with 4 noodles. Top with remaining noodles, beef mixture, Cheddar cheese and bacon. Spray 15-inch sheet of foil with cooking spray. Cover lasagna with foil, sprayed side down. Refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.
  • 4 Heat oven to 350°F. Bake covered 45 minutes. Uncover and bake about 30 minutes longer or until bubbly and golden brown. Cover and let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Credit: Betty Crocker

Art & Poetry – The “L” Word / Lost & Found

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BLW Limited Edition T-Shirt Art Piece from Charles Postell Contest Giveaway!!! – Why you LOVE Life Contest?

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BLW Limited Edition T-Shirt Art Piece from Charles Postell Contest Giveaway – Why you LOVE Life Contest?

BLW is proud to present to our fans a chance to win a one of a kind art piece from up and coming artists Charles Postell. Charles has been a media and abstract artist for the last ten years, which you have seen one of kind art pieces in many different publications.

This Limited Edition t-shirt design calledNumchucks from Postell is made out of fabric paint and is totally all hand made. It’s a Men’s Large and made out of Cotton. If you’re a fan of old school martial arts movies, you’d totally love this t-shirt, which Postell only made one of these pieces making it valuable and unique.

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If you want this amazing t-shirt art piece, you must submit an art piece or a story or a poem about why you love life. It can be short or long but it just has the message on why you love life.

Submit your art pieces by typing your link to your submission in the comment section below. So, put your art piece on your site then send us a link so we can check it out. Also, we will post it on BLW so other fans can check out your great art work.

Good Luck!!!

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Happy National Hot Fudge Sundae Day!!!

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Today is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day! A sundae is the perfect treat to enjoy on a summer night. The cold ice cream paired with a warm, chocolate topping is one of the most delicious combinations known to man. Add some nuts, whipped cream, and cherries on top and you’ve got yourself a world-famous dessert!

The Guinness Book of World Records has documented several record-setting sundaes. For example, the most expensive sundae can be ordered at Serendipity 3 in New York City for the hefty sum of $1000. In 2009, the Kids Club in Brunswick, Georgia created the world’s longest sundae. It measured over 130 feet long!

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Blogging 101- Day Four: Identify Your Audience by Tessa Can Do It (BLW Contributor)

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A little Haiku I wrote for the occasion: by Teresa Dean Smeigh 2015

Tigger or Eeyore,

Never know who it will be,

In control each day.

Today’s Assignment: publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.

To my children,

I know our lives haven’t gone as you wished. Early in your lives you found out your mother had BiPolar Disorder. A mental disorder that you were too young to understand at that time. I didn’t even understand it at first. I was just a young child when it surfaced.

I lived this way all my life and it was a lot milder so you weren’t subjected to a lot of craziness you didn’t understand. I thank God that he waited until you were old enough before things started getting really messy and your understanding and help was needed.

I know you needed a mom who was there for you through thick and thin and I did my best to be that person. It wasn’t easy. I had to put aside the feelings inside of me, my dear children, in order to help you grow up and into productive adults. Unlike your mother who suffers constantly from Bipolar Disorder.

I feel that I wasted my life because I couldn’t cope with a regular life. I didn’t go for my dreams, too scared. I didn’t make you my priorities like some moms because I was taking care of myself. I was falling apart little by little.

I do my best to attend family get togethers even if I am not feeling up to it and would rather isolate in my bedroom. I love that you guys try to get me out of the house and into doing something with you and my well-loved grandchildren. Believe me I love you all even if sometimes it doesn’t seem that way since I am nurturing myself.

I know some of you do not understand mental health, but I also know that you love me and wouldn’t leave me to struggle alone if I needed up. You guys are there for me when needed.

And I want to make you a promise. I promise to never, ever try to take my life again. I saw the terrible hurt and pain in your faces and the tears and I can’t do that to you. I promise to seek help if ever I feel that way again.

Thank you very much for being my beloved children, I love each and everyone of you.

Love, Your Mom (Teresa E Dean)

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National Tequila Day!!! – Pee Wee Herman Tequila Song (Happy Flashback Friday)

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The annual celebration of National Tequila Day is on July 24th.

  • Tequila is a distilled beverage which is made from the blue agave plant.
  • Made primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 40 miles Northwest of Guadalajaraand in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican state of 
  • More than 300 million blue agave plants are harvested in that surrounding region each year.
  • Agave tequila grows differently depending on the region.
  • Blue Agave – grown in the highlands region – larger in size and sweeter in aroma and taste.
  • Agave – grown in the lowland region – have more herbaceous fragrance and flavor.
  • Mexican law states that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jaliscoand limited regions in the states of Guanajuato,Michoacan, Nayarit andTamaulipas.
  • Mexico is granted international right to the word “tequila”.
  • Bulk amounts can be shipped to be bottled in the United States.
  • Tequila is normally made at 38-40 % alcohol content but can be produced between 31-55 % alcohol content.
  • Don Cenobio Sauza, founder of Sauza Tequila and Municipal President of the Village of Tequila from 1884-1885, was the first to export tequila to the United States.

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