Try It Wednesday

23 Apr

Happy Hump Day!

Since I didn’t do a Try It yesterday, I thought I’d make up for it today! And trust me, you are going to LURVE it!

What is the most magical food in the entire world–nay–galaxy? No, not Nutella.

BACON.

We can all agree that everything’s better with bacon.

Salads? Yes!

Burgers? Yes!

Potatoes? Oh yes!

Bacon has always been a breakfast staple, and now its made its way into your favorite breakfast pastry! That’s right: today’s Try It is cinnamon rolls with a bacon-y center!

All you need is:

Please pardon my toes.

Please pardon my toes.

~1 can of cinnamon rolls (make sure they’re the kind that roll out)

~a package of bacon (NOT the microwave kind)

 

Its pretty easy!

All you do is unroll the cinnamon roll:

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Then place the bacon strip inside:

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Then, roll up and bake!

After about 20 minutes, you’ve got this:

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You know how people say that ANYTHING is better with bacon? Umm…well…I don’t think they’ve tried this.

It wasn’t as good as I had hoped. I’m pretty sure the bacon wasn’t all the way cooked. I took one bite and sort of gagged. I was so sad! I really wanted it to be the greatest thing I had ever eaten! But, sadly, it was not.

Sigh…

Oh well. Guess I’ll just add it to the collection of Pinterest Fails.

 

Earth Day

22 Apr

Happy Earth Day, green peeps!

One of my resolutions this year was to be more environmentally conscience. We already use cloth diapers, cloth napkins, and eco-friendly detergent but I wanted to do more. The goals have kind of fallen by the wayside because things have been hectic around here. But, today’s holiday has renewed my fervor!

There are a ton of things you can do to help reduce your carbon footprint. Here’s what I did:

 

Instead of using pointless energy to dry my clothes, I hung up all of my laundry outside (even my socks and unmentionables!)

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I turned off all the lights in the house and opened up the shades and curtains to work by sunlight.

 

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And even Hermione go in on the Earth Day action! Her babysitter (my aunt) lives only a few blocks away, so we commuted by stroller today!

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Did you do anything to help the environment today? Got any good tips?

Egg Hunt!

21 Apr

As I woke up this morning in a sea of Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg wrappers and wiped the Peeps sugar dust from my cheek, I realized I didn’t participate or watch an Easter egg hunt at all this weekend! My kid is only 7 months old, so an actual egg hunt would be more like me trying to balance a baby, a camera, and a basket while simultaneously looking at the ground, making sure I don’t step on any hard-boiled eggs. In other words: it would’ve been a disaster. But still, I was sad I didn’t partake in this Easter tradition.

So I went on a different kind of Easter Egg hunt–a virtual egg hunt!

Thanks to Doctor Whowe know Easter Eggs (hidden messages/symbols) can be found in just about any kind of entertainment.

This first video has all kinds of video games from the 70′s to now!

 

This video is more for the hardcore Marvel comic book lovers, but its still super interesting! (I never caught the fact that Stark is wearing a Black Sabbath tee, seeing as how one of Sabbath’s biggest hits was titled Iron Man.)

 

You know I couldn’t do a blog about Easter Eggs without highlighting the KING of EE’s–Pixar!

(This video is in Spanish, lo siento if you don’t know how to habla Español. I understand enough to know that at the 10-minute mark, the narrator says that the number on the dial on the Monster’s Inc. practice scare room is actually the phone number for Pixar HQ! ¡Que fantastico!)

 

See any eggs you’ve never seen before? Know of any not listed?

Fan Girl Friday

18 Apr

Happy Good Friday!

I’ve got some egg-cellent geeky goodies to kick off your Easter weekend!

Need a little something (besides gobs and gobs of candy) to stuff in your sweetie’s Easter basket? Check out these glow-in-the-dark soaps!

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Kids needing some new summer gear? They’ll be singing: “My mommy’s awesome!” if you score them one of these tees from ThinkGeek!

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Who knew that our favorite rouge space captain was also a phenomenal nail artist? Nathan Fillion stopped by Conan to discuss his pedicure prowess:

 

And finally, need some egg-spiration for dyeing egss this weekend? Look no further than blog, Between the Pages! They’ve got some nerdy notions that will make your Easter extra geeky:

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Movies > Books?

17 Apr

This morning while simultaneously eating breakfast, checking my email, and pumping Hermione’s afternoon meal, I was watching The Today Show (I know, I’m a multi-tasking BOSS). Tamran, Natalie, and Willie were talking about a new study out of London that claims men prefer the movie adaptions of books while women prefer the novel itself.

True, for certain books I wholeheartedly prefer the books. There’s more detail, character development, and inner monologues that don’t always make it in their silver screen sisters. However, there are a few books that I would rather toss in the “donate” pile and pop in the DVD version. (I think I just heard the thud of a million bibliophiles falling to the ground.)

There aren’t many, but here are my film favorites that trump their paperback paramours:

 

The Great Gatsby 

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I know, I know…I’m committing literary blasphemy. I’m sorry; I’m just NOT a fan of this book. I found it difficult to read, difficult to follow, and I absolutely loathed every. single. character. No one had any redeeming qualities and everyone was bat-crap crazy. The movie, however, I loved!

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The first reason is obvious: Leo. But I enjoyed it more because it was able to show the scenery and the glitz and glamour of the 1920′s rather than describe it in dated, pseudo-intellectual language.

 

Beautiful Creatures

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I got this book as a Christmas gift and had never heard of it. I enjoyed the story; the premise wasn’t anything new (a girl has a supernatural power/family and struggles to deal) but the characters were charming and the setting was idyllic. There were many times though, that I thought: “Holy cow! Just wrap up a thought already! Move this bad boy along!” Needless to say, I got frustrated a lot. So i wasn’t too excited when I saw the movie.

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Then, my opinion changed. I absolutely loved the movie! It cut the fat (and trust me, there was a lot!) but stayed true to the integrity of the story.

 

 

Gone With the Wind

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I’ll admit: I haven’t actually read the entire book. I started reading it when I was about 13 years old (that may have been the problem) because I loved the movie growing up. My mom read the book, which led to my sisters reading (and loving) it as well. I tried, I really did. I just couldn’t get past the first chapter.

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The movie, on the other hand, is one of my favorite movies EVER. When I was little and my sisters and I would stay home from school sick, my mom would unfold the hide-a-bed from the brown and orange couch (everyone had one of those in the 80′s!), fix us some Jell-O, and we’d watch GWTW. Scarlett was just one of those characters that you love to hate and hate to love. She was fierce, conniving, and manipulative. But she was also sensitive, hard-working, and sentimental. An absolute gem of a film!

 

What about you? Any books you prefer in movie form?

 

Try It Wednesday

16 Apr

Man, oh, man! Am I glad that Tuesday is over with! That root canal was brutal. I have officially come out of my Novocain-induced haze and I am feeling ALIVE today! Woo!

Since I didn’t have a Try It for you yesterday, I thought I’d show you what I’ve been cookin’ up (literally) just in time for your Easter Sunday get-together!

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Its called “Bunny Bait” and it is AWESOME! It reminds me of the party mix I made last fall, but less cavity-inducing-sweet and a better blend of salty and sweet!

Here’s what you need:

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~2 cups pretzels sticks

~2 cups Rice Chex®

~1 cup M&M’s®

~Almond Bark (or white chocolate baking chips)

~I bag (popped) natural popcorn

 

Grab a cookie sheet and line it with aluminum foil. Then, pour the pretzels and cereal (be sure to mix them up good) then add the popcorn:

 

Already a great snack!

Already a great snack!

 

Then, melt the almond bark (or chips) in the microwave, stir, and pour over the ingredients on the cookie sheet:

Sure did lick the bowl of almond bark after this pic was taken!

Sure did lick the bowl of almond bark after this pic was taken!

 

Fold the ingredients so the almond bark covers the pretzels, cereal, and popcorn evenly. Let the mixture dry to a sticky consistency. Then add in the candies and mix some more. That’s it! you’re done!

"Bunny Bait"? More like "Blogger's Bait!"

“Bunny Bait”? More like “Blogger’s Bait!”

 

This was so. freaking. good. And super easy! This took me maybe 10 minutes to put together (not including the cooling time). This would be a great treat to make with the kiddos!

{We had an “Easter Potluck” on Monday (basically just an excuse for us to gorge on bunny-shaped treats) and TWO of us made this! We made quick work of both!}

 

Novocain, a Root Canal’s BFF

15 Apr

Ugh.

I had a root canal today. The procedure took two. freaking. hours.

Two hours of my life spent in a laughing-gas-induced-haze while watching What Not to Wear. (And, actually, the gas made that show enjoyable!)

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So I’ve been sleeping off the numbness on the left side of my face for the past few hours, ergo, no Try it Tuesday. I DO have something for you for tomorrow, though, so buck up! But for the rest of the evening, I’ll be drinking my meals and holding an ice pack on my cheek.

Sadly, they did not give me laughing gas to go. Womp, womp.

 

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