E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (BLW Contributor)

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YEAR: 1982    GENRE: Sci-fi/fantasy    COOL THINGS: Finger-pointing stranded alien, Speak and Spell, flying BMXs    KUDOS: Steven Spielberg / Melissa Mathison    DERIVATIVES AND PROMOS: Please read on…

USA. Starlog 65. 1982. USA. Starlog 65. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983. France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983. UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983. UK. Eagle. 1983.

Related but why?  🙂

US. Rom. 1985.

Mask #3 from the Star Wars Book of Masks. Yoda.
France. Pif Gadget. 1982.
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As always, thank you for looking.

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Your Welcome – Bacon ‘n’ Egg Lasagna Recipe


Be Like Water



  1. In skillet, cook bacon until crisp.
  2. Remove with slotted spoon to paper towels.
  3. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup drippings.
  4. In the drippings, saute onion until tender.
  5. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until blended.
  6. Gradually stir in milk.
  7. Bring to boil and cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Spread 1/2 cup sauce in greased 13x9x2″ baking dish.
  10. Layer with four noodles, a third of the egg and bacon, cheese and sauce.
  11. Repeat layers twice.
  12. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  13. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly.
  14. Sprinkle with parsley.
  15. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting.
  16. *Can be made the night before and refrigerated.
  17. To serve…

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Step into the Light by MLK (Peace in France)


Inside the Agora – What is Valuable? Matthew 6:19-21


Inside the Agora – The Book of Job


Inside the Agora – Being Magnanimous



Happy National Common Courtesy Day!!! – Be kind & Help Each other ;)


In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, courtesy is described as a: behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others: courteous behavior  b: a courteous and respectful act or expression.

Common courtesy can be as simple as saying “please” and “thank you” when asking for and receiving a service, gift or assistance.  Kindness and courtesy really do go a long way and are noticed by others even if you do not realize it.  It is easy to let someone in front of you in traffic.  Hold open a door for someone or give a person a hand with his groceries.  Give up your seat on the bus to someone who might need it.  Introduce yourself to the new employee or kid at school and take the time to introduce her to the rest of the crew.  

These are just a few examples of small things that make a difference to someone else. They are momentary deeds of being courteous.

Credit: National Calendar

Inspirational: Be Kind To Others, It Will Pay Off

You’re Welcome – KFC Double Down Dog Recipe


KFC gave its Double Down Dog to the world (well, the Philippines). That’s a hot dog snuggled into a bun made of fried chicken and then drizzled in cheese sauce.

Obviously, the world lost its collective mind.

And then tried to copy it at home.

Now, US food blogger and self-confessed food junkie JP Lambiase of HellthyJunkFood has shared his recipe on YouTube so you can try it for yourself.

First, a disclaimer: the start of the video is a little confused. JP seems to think the Double Down Dog was only available in South Korea (it was the Philippines – the Zinger Double Down King was released in South Korea).

Also, JP uses some ingredients only available in the US, but they’re pretty easy to substitute.

First, he creates the cheese sauce by mixing 1 part Taco Bell Salsa Queso (substitute Doritos Nacho Cheese dip in the UK), 1/2 part relish and 1/2 part mustard. He then heats in the microwave to serve. 

Then, it’s all about the bun. He takes a chicken breast and cuts it in half, but not all the way, so it opens up flat. He trims off the excess to create a perfect bun shape. 

He then dips in flour (seasoned with salt and pepper), before dipping twice in egg wash for a double coat. The bun is then fried for six minutes at 365°F. 

After that, grill a hot dog, pop it in your fried chicken bun and slather it in in cheesy mustard relish.

JP then made sweet, sweet love to it. But, we’ll leave that entirely up to you. 

The *good* news? The homemade version comes in at 550 calories vs. the KFC dawg, which weighs in at 950 calories. Enjoy.

Credit: Metro

Happy National I Want You to be Happy Day!!! – Who do you want to be Happy?


National I Want You to be Happy Day is observed annually on March 3.  This day was created as a day encouraging us to do something to make others happy.  Putting a smile on someone’s face tends to put one on ours, too.  It’s actually quite limitless.  A flower here, a silly knock-knock joke there.  Buy the person’s coffee standing in line behind you.  Remind your kids how much you love them.  Leave a sticky note for a co-worker telling them to have a spectacular day, a happy day.

Weekend Inspiration – We are Resilience, Never Give Up by Eric Thomas


We are Resilience

Never Give Up