Mashed Potato, Cheddar and Chive Waffles

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Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup buttermilk

2 large eggs

2 cups mashed potatoes

3 tablespoons chopped chives

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Directions

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.  As the butter melts it will begin to crackle and pop.  That’s the water evaporating out of the butter.  Continue to cook the butter until the crackling subsides and the butter begins to brown a bit.  The butter will smell nutty.  Immediately transfer the browned butter into a medium bowl. Whisk in buttermilk and eggs until thoroughly combined.  Add the mashed potatoes and 2 tablespoons chives and gently stir to combine.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Use a spoon to mix until all of the flour is thoroughly combined.  Try not to overmix the batter.  Just stir it until the flour is combined.

Heat a waffle iron and grease if necessary.

Dollop batter (about 1/4 cup per waffle) into the waffle iron.  Cook until golden on each side.  The amount of time depends on your waffle iron.  Remove waffles from  the iron and place on a cooling rack to rest.  The cooling rack will keep the waffles from getting soggy on the bottom as they cool.

Just before serving the waffles, turn oven to the broiler setting.  Place waffles on a baking sheet and top with cheddar cheese.  Place waffles under the broiler until cheese is melted, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Remove from the oven, sprinkle with remaining chives and serve warm (with salsa is delicious!).  

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Moments of Bliss-the story – Episode 1 (BLW Contributor)

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Moments of Bliss is a Short Story Series set in Ghana.

It is the story of young Ghanaian love with its hilarious twists and turns.

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Episode 1

The computer screen in front of me lit up; the hue of the flickering brightness shaking me out of my temporal sleep. My thumb had brushed across the mouse and woken me once more from oblivion. I felt a tiny smile etch on my face as I reminisced what happened the night before.

I could feel her breath on me, that’show close she was; Her head on my shoulder, her body in myarms. Our hands were wrapped in each other and her lips were as close as they ever would be without touching mine, and yet we did not kiss. Not that I didn’t want to, heaven knows I did, but I didn’t make the move.

It was the…

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The Telepathy Files – Part 1 Matt gets Special Power (BLW Contributor)

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It was a cold, windy morning in Boston and another usual day for Matt Douglas and Ron Sniper. Matt brewed the coffee and they both sat on the table for the breakfast with their usual talks.

“Good Morning, Matty” said Ron
“Morning” came an instant reply from Matt.
Ron: “What do we have for breakfast today?”
Matt: “Just the pancakes, toast and juice”
Ron: “We had those yesterday. Can’t you conjure up with something new every day?”
Matt: “I can, but then you’ll have to start cooking and be my wife”
And both of them chuckled and moved to a nearby café for the breakfast

Matt Douglas originally from Belmont, had already moved in some years ago with Ron as a professor in Clinical Investigation at Boston University. This was after his parents had died due to blast in…

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Happy Coffee Day!!! – Benefits of Drinking Coffee before Exercising

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The study basically simulated your average morning: a mug of coffee to wake up, a little gym time, another cup with breakfast, followed by lunch. Fourteen participants completed two moderate workouts on a stationary bike: one where they took caffeine (equal to two 8-ounce cups of coffee or 4 cups of black tea) 90 minutes before the workout, and one where they took a placebo. When caffeinated, the participants reported the ride as way easier than it was without the stimulant.

Coffee before Exercising:

1) Enhanced Performance 

Time and time again, caffeine has been proven to be a powerful ergogenic aid – that is, something which contributes to improved performance during high intensity exercise. 

Studies reveal that after caffeine consumption, athletes can train for much longer and with more power/speed.

2) Boosts Focus

A pre-workout cup o‘ Joe can also boost mental focus during exercise.

Combined with the increase in endurance and power/speed provided, this can lead to extremely productive workout sessions, as you huff and puff with the seeming intensity of an international athlete.

3) Accelerate Fat Loss

Another benefit of taking a cup of coffee prior to lacing up your trainers is that caffeine is proven to provide a range of fat loss benefits.

Coffee can help burn fat as, during exercise, it causes the body to use fat cells for energy as opposed to glycogen.

What’s more, a caffeine intake correlates with increase metabolism, which forces your body to burn more calories during the day, and it also suppresses appetite, satiating those cravings which are oh so bad for your waistline!  

4) Diminished Muscle Pain

Studies also show that a pre-workout injection of caffeine can lead to decreased muscle soreness when exercising.

So whether you’re pumping iron or racing down the tarmac, a cup of coffee will help you perform more reps and allow you to run for further with less muscular pain, resulting in a much more effective workout.

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The Aftermath by The Hangry Runner (BLW Contributor)

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Huh.  I just realized this was still sitting in my draft folder.  A little late but never I suppose…

And now we rejoin our tale on September 11, 2016, the day after I completed my first ultra marathon:

When I woke up the next morning…well that implies that I was actually sleeping.  To be honest, I don’t think I slept very much because my muscles would keep locking up.  Needless to say, I was quite tired when the alarm went off.  I was able to get dressed  and then had to contend with the stairs down for breakfast.

I ordered my crepe and devoured yogurt and coffee until it was ready.  My friend ordered scrambled eggs and bacon.  There was another woman who was just finishing breakfast that had run the 28 km course and I felt a sense of kinship with her as I watched her hobble up to her room to pack.
So pretty.

We bid our hosts farewell and began to make the trip back home.  There were frequent stops to stretch and it just so happens that two of those stops were at fromageries and one was at a bakery for cinnamon buns.  The cinnamon bun was a bit of a disappointment.  I mean, it was OK and it had a maple glaze on it.  I was hoping for a good cup of coffee to go with it but I’m not even sure if I saw a coffee machine.  Yes I’m a bit of a snob but when it comes to food, I think it’s allowed.

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Cheese please.

We stopped in downtown Trois Rivieres for lunch at a nice little cafe called Frida which was on the river.  The food was good if a little pricey and they served our food right on the trays.  Yup, no plates.  I guess that’s trendy or something.

By the time we hit the Ontario border, I think we were both getting tired of travelling.  My body was aching in some unexpected places.  Legs?  Of course.  Shoulders?  Makes sense.  Who knew my sides would be hurting?

I think even the conversation dies down the closer to our homes we got and even though we both said we were hungry, neither one of us wanted to stop.

It was about 10:30 pm by the time I hoisted myself out of my car.  I left most of my gear in the trunk and hobbled into bed, so grateful that I don’t have any stairs to contend with.  I had dogs all around me and a cat that insisted on sleeping on my hip and then protested loudly each time I rolled over to try and get comfortable.

Yup.  It’s good to be home.

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Happy National Corned Beef Hash Day!!! – Homestyle Corned Beef Hash

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HOMESTYLE CORNED BEEF HASH

Ingredients

  • 1 pound potatoes (russet or red), scrubbed and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small green pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 pound or more cooked corned beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes or shredded (about 2-3 cups)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Directions

  • Boil the potatoes in boiling water for 5 minutes, until just tender. Drain.
  • In a large non-stick skillet, add the oil and butter and finish the potatoes in the pan over medium heat, about 4 minutes. Add the onion, peppers and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add corned beef and seasonings to taste, turning hash, until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes.

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Happy Unofficial Pancake Day!!! – Bacon Pancakes w/ Maple-Peanut Butter Syrup

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BACON PANCAKES WITH MAPLE-PEANUT BUTTER SYRUP

Breakfast ready in 35 minutes! Enjoy this hearty bacon pancake that’s made using Bisquick® mix and served with maple and peanut butter syrup.  

INGREDIENTS

3 – tablespoons peanut butter

1 -tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

1/2 -cup maple-flavored syrup

Pancakes

2 -cups Original Bisquick™ mix

3/4 -cup milk

1/4 – cup maple-flavored syrup

2 – eggs

1/2 – cup real bacon pieces (from 3-oz package)

DIRECTIONS

In small bowl, beat peanut butter and butter with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Beat in 1/2 cup syrup until well mixed.

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Heat nonstick griddle to 350°F or heat 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.

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In medium bowl, stir all pancake ingredients except bacon with wire whisk or fork until blended. Stir in bacon.

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For each pancake, pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle. Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until edges are dry. Turn; cook other sides until golden brown. Serve pancakes with syrup.

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There is a reason why Owls are the Wiset birds – They’re night Owls (Are Night Owls smarter?)

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INTELLIGENT PEOPLE ALL HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON: THEY STAY UP LATER THAN YOU

According to ”Psychology Today,” intelligent people are more likely to be nocturnal than people with lower IQ scores. In a study run on young Americans, results showed that intelligent individuals went to bed later on weeknights and weekends than their less intelligent counterparts.

In ”Study Magazine,” Satoshi Kanazawa, a psychologist at the London School Of Economics And Political Science, reported that IQ average and sleeping patterns are most definitely related, proving that those who play under the moon are, indeed, more intelligent human beings.

His analysis goes back to ancient times, asserting the idea that even in primitive years, people have been known to rise and fall with the sun.

Average brains were conditioned to follow this sleep pattern, while the more inquisitive, intellectual ones want to defy that pattern and create their own.

It’s an unconscious defiance that comes from refusal to acquiesce to the idea of mass appeal.

These findings are reported by “Study Magazine” as such:

Bedtimes and wake-up times for Americans in their 20s by IQ.

Very Dull (IQ < 75)
Weekday: 11:41 pm -7:20 am
Weekend: 12:35 am -10:09 pm

Normal (90 < IQ < 110)
Weekday: 12:10 am -7:32 am
Weekend: 1:13 am -10:14 am

Very Bright (IQ > 125)
Weekday: 12:29 am -7:52 am
Weekend: 1:44 am -11:07 am

Those with IQs less than 75 went to bed by 11:30 pm on weeknights in early adulthood, whereas those with IQs over 125 went to bed around after 12:30 am. This is no coincidence.

The data supports the notion that all night owls feel: the only real time for living is after everyone’s gone to bed.

Only after dark can we learn, absorb and study the effects of the day. It’s a necessary self reflection that few humans take the time to make.

There’s something to be said about those who fight the urge to sleep and explore that block of uncharted time that so many who always have their eyes closed will never see.
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THEY GET TIME TO DAYDREAM

All those dreams you can’t have during the day, when you’re snapped out of them by friends, family and work, are finally given time to run around.

Free to play in the open spaces of your mind, you can swim in all those thoughts you hid under your desk or behind mounds of paper work. It’s the most creative time of day, along with the most liberating.

It’s by the nightfall that your most uninhibited and passionate sides are explored. It’s the time to unleash your innermost desires and allow yourself the freedom that’s masked behind the taunting exposure of sunlight.

The night is for testing your limits and challenging yourself. It’s for discovering those passions you suppress all day and breaking down all those rules your parents made to protect you.

It’s the time to dig into those hidden corners of your mind and unknown trails of your subconscious. It’s a time of self-expression that can only be unlocked at night and evaluated by day.

THEY ARE ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT

Staying up late has been, and always will be, an act of rebellion. A defiance of the nine-to-five, the very habit of staying up late is revolutionary. Since ancient times, there is evidence that society condoned the night owls.

In the academic paper, “Why The Night Owl Is More Intelligent,” published in the journal “Psychology And Individual Differences,” it’s widely assumed that for several millennia, humans were largely conditioned to work during the day and to sleep at night.

While those who defy the trend, are more likely to “acquire and espouse evolutionarily novel values and preferences than less intelligent individuals.”

These “novel values” become the building blocks of leaders. They are the makings of revolutionaries, inventors and explorers. They are the ones who makes sacrifices and defy the societal pressure to follow the masses.

It’s no surprise that those willing to stay up late, to explore the uncharted territory of night, are more inquisitive.

They are more apt to make discoveries and challenge authority. They want to expand their mind, not shut it off just because people tell them it’s time for bed.

THEY ARE MORE OPEN-MINDED

Things that happen at night are things you can’t get away with during the day. It’s the time of utter licentiousness, of underhanded transactions and unseemly occupations.

It’s when the bars are opened and the poets write. It’s when musicians pore over instruments, geniuses have their breakthroughs and artists come alive. According to “Esquire,” it’s also when you have the most sex.

Healthy sex lives and late curfews are indeed, positively correlated. Those reported to have later bedtimes were buying more sex toys and having more sex than their sleepier counterparts.

One sex shop worker believes that intelligence is correlated with open-mindedness, which in turns correlates with a more open sex life.

Those who are willing to stay awake, who yearn for the mysteries of nightfall, are exposed to an array of discoveries that those who stay asleep will never know. It’s those who are willing to test their limits and explore in the dark who will bring more light to the day.

THEY ARE PROACTIVE

The early bird may get the worm, but the night owl gets the whole jar. While the early risers may get up to see the first worm crawl its way to the wet surface, the night owl gets to them before they burrow under.

Getting up early is most definitely proactive, but staying up late is just as fruitful. Those who stay up get hours ahead, rather than the one or two an early riser gains.

There are things to be explored at night that early risers will never experience. There are ideas formulated and tasks completed that early risers never get to finish.

Because at night, there is dawn and a new day in front of you. But by morning, there’s just the bleakness of night and the daunting end of another day.

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