Introducing The NEW Balcony Grill. *Sigh* Barbecue Has Never Seemed So Incredibly Dangerous!!! #bbq #firehazard #daroofisonfire
If you feel like throwing caution to the wind, or live in a place where setting your apartment building on fire is not a concern, you can pick up your very own balcony grill from Connox for about $78.
"Says the designer’s Web site, "The Bruce Handrail Grill by designer Henrick Drecker combines the function of a handy grill with the principle of a flower pot: It hangs on the handrail in common flower-pot supports and does moreover not need much space.” We suppose what we’re getting at is that we don’t totally trust common flower-pot supports with a) hot coals and b) all our grilled meats. Even still, it looks awfully tempting.”
This particular gadget has caused us to suffer a bit of a crisis of conscience — most of us live in confined, city spaces and dream of having our own grill at our disposal every day, but we also just can’t figure out how bolting a trough of hot coals to your balcony railing could ever be a good idea. Yeah, we’re talking about a balcony grill. A thing that most ofus city dwellers already know is pretty much completely against the rules, for pretty obvious reasons.
*Deep Sigh* True Story, Not A Joke ~ Sambo Burgers #PaulasBestDishes
When Paula Deen Tried To Cook A ‘Sambo Burger’
In her 2006 memoir “It Ain’t All About The Cookin’,” while describing her early experiences with race, Deen wrote at length about growing up in the segregated South. Among her recollections was an incident from her youth where she hit a black girl “with a bolo bat” and the girl’s mother wound up in jail. She also wrote about a time later in her life when she attempted to make a “Sambo burger” on her TV show and had to be dissuaded by producers.
“It was happening right under our noses: our local African-Americans were claimin’ their right for fair and equal treatment and some white folks were inspired to rethink old ways,” wrote Deen. “Still, I hardly noticed.”
Along with these incidents from her youth, Deen also wrote with a surprising lack of self-awareness about a situation that occurred after she began her television career when she wanted to make a recipe she called the “Sambo Burger” on her show:
“I’ll never forget the day I was doing hamburgers, and I was cookin’ what ended up being called a Beau Burger, which was topped with a fried egg. Actually I wanted to call it a Sambo Burger. It came about when this motorcycle-driving, long-haired lawyer named Sam told me about his favorite little hamburger joint owned by a guy named Beau. When Sam was out tooling along on his cycle, he’d stop off for the best burger in town, topped with a fried egg, some melted cheese, a load of grilled onions—out of this world! One day, Sam was on my set because we were doing a show about motorcycles, and we were standin’ around talking about these burgers and I told him, ‘Sam I am going to do that burger on the show. We’ll call it after you—the Sambo Burger. You know—Sam, Beau. Sounds great, doesn’t it?’”
Deen claimed her producers forced her to rename the burger.
“My producers said no—I had to find another name, because some people associated the name with an old children’s book that was insulting to black people,” wrote Deen. “So we called it a Beau.”
Food Fight ~ A Feeding Big Sexy™ Icon Nigella Lawson Gets Choked Out By Her Crazy Husband
Nigella Lawson has revealed one disharmony of her marriage to millionaire Charles Saatchi was the fact that he is not a fan of her celebrated cooking show. Fans of Nigella Lawson have resorted to angry Twitter messages condemning Charles Saatchi of purportedly choking his wife outside of an English café.
Pictures of the choking incident were published by The Daily Mirror newspaper organization, which have validated its authenticity. It is reported the pictures were taken during an argument at a restaurant in London on June 9th.
In the pictures a teary eyed Lawson can be seen reacting in horror as her husband wraps his hand around her neck at a public establishment. She visibly displayed a sign of choking in the pictures produced by The Daily Mirror publications.
“There was no grip, it was a playful tiff,” Saatchi said to news sources. “Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt.” Diners at the restaurant said they witnessed a violent counter as opposed to Saatchi’s plea that it was gleeful jest.
Witnesses reported that Nigella Lawson appeared afraid during the entire ordeal. “It was utterly shocking to watch,” one onlooker said to the Mirror in an interview. It was also noted the two departed the eatery separately.
Nigella Lawson is said to be seeking out warmer climes—maybe because of that runny nose of hers.
Amid reports that the celebrity chef is looking to head out to L.A.—where she was already scheduled to shoot a second season of ABC’s The Taste at the end of the summer–months earlier than planned, her husband has shared a jocular explanation as to what was really happening when a photographer snapped him at a London restaurant with his hand on his wife’s throat.
"Even domestic goddesses sometimes have a bit of snot in their nose. I was trying to fish it out," ad mogul turned art collector and gallery owner Charles Saatchi told London’s Evening Standard.
Since the couple’s spat at Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair, however, Lawson has been making do with tissue, having left their home for a rental flat right after the incident—photos of which first surfaced a little over a week ago.
Though the images clearly show Saatchi with a hand on his wife’s neck, he also told the Standard that all the paparazzo witnessed was “a playful tiff.”
"The pictures are horrific," he acknowledged, "but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt."
A day after the story broke, Saatchi was given a warning after voluntarily meeting with authorities from the Community Safety Unit at Westminster.
Meanwhile, local publications are split on whether or not Lawson’s absence from the family homestead means that she’s through with Saatchi: London’s Daily Mail quotes a source that’s of the opinion Lawson wouldn’t even have moved out if the incident hadn’t attracted so much publicity, while TheMirror’sSunday People has another supposed insider saying that the Nigella Bites star—who has been spotted not wearing her wedding ring—”wants out.”
In another Sunday People article, photographer Jean-Paul, who took the pics in question, called the scene he witnessed “shocking.”
A rep for Lawson had no comment when asked about her travel plans.
Your lunch box is an extension of your style and must be just as cool as you are! Our top 10 lunch boxes are functional enough for you and awesome enough for them.
LunchBots (Lunchbots.com, $20) are cute, stylish and pretty much indestructible. These stainless steel boxes come with one, two, three or four compartments and the lids are available in a variety of colors. They’re easy to fill, easy to carry and even easier to clean — the lid needs to be hand-washed but the base is dishwasher-safe. The steel is food-grade, so you don’t have to worry about your food coming onto contact with toxins.
Lock & Lock Containers
Stop trying to cram too-big containers into your lunch box! The Lock & Lock (Walmart, $25) containers are stylish soft lunch boxes that come with their own leak-free, BPA-free, air-tight containers. Each container fits perfectly in the lunch box, and they’re surprisingly large, so you can fit your lunch as well as a few snacks inside. Each container is microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, so you can use them for anything you want.
Stay-Fit Lunch 2 Go EZ Freeze
Forget about finding a place to fit an ice pack in your lunch box! The Stay-Fit Lunch 2 Go EZ Freeze (Amazon, $10) container puts the gel ice pack right in the lid. Store the lid in the freezer, and pull it out when you’re ready to go. Your lunch will stay cold all day, and the compartments make it easy to pack an orderly lunch. As an added bonus, the compartment in the lid comes with a plastic spork and knife, with plenty of room leftover for a napkin.
Fit and Fresh Kid’s Hot Lunch Container
Serve last night’s leftovers and know they’ll still be great at lunch when you use the Fit and Fresh Kid’s Hot Lunch Container (Amazon, $7). This fun bowl comes in bright colors kids love. There’s a handle to make carrying easy and a compartment on the bottom for dry extras like crackers or a napkin. The lid has a built-in spoon, so you don’t have to worry about packing one.
The PlanetBox (PlantBox.com, $60) is part lunch box, part bento box and part TV dinner tray. The single stainless steel tray opens on a hinge and has several small compartments, designed for serving healthy meals. The entire tray comes out of the carry case for easy cleaning, and the set also comes with utensils, magnets and little dipper snack bowls.
Personalized lunch box
These lunch boxes will be fun for your kids to carry now, and they’ll be keepsakes when they get older. Baby Box’s personalized lunch boxes (BabyBox.com, $35) are made of tin and will remind you of the lunch boxes you carried when you went to school! They come in over 100 designs, and each one comes personalized with your child’s name for no extra charge. The inside of the lid is a chalkboard — perfect for leaving notes for your little one to find when they sit down to lunch!
Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie
The Skip Hop Zoo Lunchie (Babies R’ Us, $13) is a cute, backpack-shaped, insulated lunchbox. The bright colors and animal characters make them appealing for the kiddos, but you’ll love them too! The large main compartment makes them easy to pack, and the hook on the top means you can hook it to a backpack. There’s a mesh interior pocket perfect for utensils, so no one will have to dig for a fork ever again.
Fluf lunch bag
If you’re looking for a lunch bag that’s more of a bag than a box, check out lunch bags from FLUF (fluf.ca, $20). They’re 100 percent organic bags with a waterproof lining. They can be rolled up and thrown in a backpack or locker after lunch, and they’re completely machine washable for when they get gross (as all lunch boxes do). They come in lots of different designs, so there’s one for every taste and every age group.
Say good bye to annoying ice packs that take up room in your lunch box and don’t keep things cold for long! The entire PackIt (Packit.com, $20) lunch bag is a gel-filled ice pack that goes in the freezer, so it keeps your lunch cool for up to 10 hours. Plus, lunch boxes take up a lot of storage space when they’re not in use, but the PackIt lunch bag folds up flat for easy storage.
The Lunchbox, made by OOTS, is basically your standard hard-sided lunchbox, revamped. It’s a hard-sided container with a snap-on lid, both in bright colors. There’s an elastic strap across the top to hold your water bottle and a fabric strap for carrying. The inside of The Lunchbox (madebyOOTS.com, $25) is very roomy, and if you pay an extra $10 for the deluxe version you’ll get four plastic containers that fit perfectly inside. The sleek lines and modern design make this box perfect for both kids and adults.
No insulated lunch box on hand? Double up paper bags for extra insulation.
Berry Nice: Cece L’amour Jules Peep Toes From The Best Of Shoes And Booze
Remember the cartoon Strawberry Shortcake and her optimism, creativity, energy, whimsy and all around sweetness? Now that you think about it, you and her have quite a bit in common, don’t you? Let your footwear nod to one of your (OK, my) childhood favorites in a pair of absolutely adorable strawberry accented pumps. These Jules peep toe pumps by Cece L’amour (available at Amazon.com for $150) are a perfect example. Their gathered floral pink polka dot fabric almost mimics Ms. Shortcake’s signature hat, and the jeweled strawberry accents at the toes add a bit of jazz. The demure D’orsay styling keeps you from looking too juvenile, and the 4.5 inch heel keeps you sexy. It’s tough to be cute, fun, coy and demure all at once, but you manage it quite well. (Once the summer’s over, stash these away and wear them with your Strawberry Shortcake Halloween costume).
If Strawberry Shortcake were to make a cocktail, I’m almost sure it would contain rhubarb. That said, try a Fresh Rhubarb Cocktail (recipe and image via Sugarlaws.com) this evening after work. You probably won’t find it at your local bar, but you love entertaining, so invite friends over for drinks on your deck (or fire escape if you’re a city dweller).
1/2 cup water 1 cup sliced rhubarb (1 large stalk) 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 ounces vodka 1 cup seltzer Crushed Ice Strawberries, for garnish
In a small saucepan, cook the rhubarb on medium-low heat with 1/4 cup of sugar, vanilla extract and 1/2 cup of water until broken down and tender, about 20 minutes (add more water if it runs too low).
Mix together 2 tbsp rhubarb syrup, 1 ounce vodka, and 1/2 cup seltzer for each drink, stir thoroughly, and serve over crushed ice. Garnish with a fresh strawberry.
On Juneteenth, Paula Deen’s racist acts have even more sting than usual. The famed cook
show host admitted in a recorded deposition to using the N-word, telling racist jokes and planning a wedding that used slavery as a theme.
Her admission comes on the heels of a lawsuit by a formal general manager of the restaurant she runs with brother Bubba Hiers, who alleged Paula and Bubba told racist and sexist jokes, said the “N-word” and made black and white employees
use separate bathrooms.
Paula expressed no remorse for her actions, saying “of course,” when asked if she uses the N-word and casually discussing the inspiration
for the slavery-themed wedding she planned:
“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets
with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America… after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War… It was not only black men, it was black women… I would say they were slaves.”
About the alleged racist jokes, Paula explained:
“It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.”
Her brother Bubba also admitted to referring to President Obama with the N-word.
Reports of a video deposition in which Paula Deen admits to using the word “Nigger” and making racist and Anti-Semitic jokes has created shockwaves…Meanwhile, I’m not sure why everyone is shocked that a Southern White Woman is a racist cunt, but okay, don’t mind me as I keep it real while y’all act Brand New.
Paula Deen says “Of course” she uses the word Nigger to describe her employees and that the racist jokes she tells her friends and staff are:
“— they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.”
The deposition, which was reportedly held on May 17, took place as part of a court case brought on by former employee Lisa Jackson against Deen and her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers. Jackson alleges several instances of sexual harassment and racial workplace discrimination. Continue reading →
“I think this is an interesting example of the way in which supposedly random stereotypes have strategic beginnings. The association of Black people with a love of watermelon isn’t just a neutral stereotype, nor one that emerged because there is a “kernel of truth” (as people love to say about stereotypes). Instead, it was a deliberate tool with which to misportray African Americans and justify slavery.”—
If you pay attention to racist portrayals of African Americans, you will notice the frequent appearance of watermelons. The trope has its roots in American slavery.
Why watermelons? According to David Pilgrim, the curator of the Jim Crow Museum, defenders of slavery used the watermelon as a symbol of simplicity. African Americans, the argument went, were happy as slaves. They didn’t need the complicated responsibilities of freedom; they just needed some shade and a cool, delicious treat.
Here the copy makes explicit the idea that slaves needed little but a watermelon to make them happy:
Just look at these benevolent White people (sarcasm):
I think this is an interesting example of the way in which supposedly random stereotypes have strategic beginnings. The association of Black people with a love of watermelon isn’t just a neutral stereotype, nor one that emerged because there is a “kernel of truth” (as people love to say about stereotypes). Instead, it was a deliberate tool with which to misportray African Americans and justify slavery.
Q: Judging from the pictures on your website, you seem to be saying to me that black people don’t like watermelons? Sometimes you liberals make me shake my head.
— Amelia Myers, Delray Beach, Florida
A: The Jim Crow Museum itself has hundreds of images of African Americans — usually with very dark skin, blood red grinning lips and raggedy clothes — eating watermelons. These images on postcards, sheet music, ashtrays, and souvenirs are visual expressions of the stereotype of Blacks as ignorant, mindless buffoons. Why worry about persistent patterns of institutional racism and racial economic and health disparities when you can just eat a watermelon? The association of Blacks with watermelons is, at its root, a mean-spirited attempt to insult and mock Blacks. Keith M. Woods, from the Poynter Institute, wrote:
“Since the earliest days of plantation slavery, the caricature of the dark-skinned black child, his too-red lips stretched to grotesque extremes as they opened to chomp down on watermelon, was a staple of racism’s diet. Over time, the watermelon became a symbol of the broader denigration of black people. It became part of the image perpetuated by a white culture bent upon bolstering the myth of superiority by depicting the inferior race as lazy, simple-minded pickaninnies interested only in such mindless pleasures as a slice of sweet watermelon. Like all racial and ethnic stereotypes, this one’s destructive properties have, through the decades, stretched far beyond mere insult. It has helped poison self-esteem, pushing some people to avoid doing anything that seemed too ‘black,’ lest they be lumped into the company of Uncle Remus, Aunt Jemima, or some other relative of racism.”1
Woods’ essay, “Talking Race Over a Slice of Watermelon,” explores the controversy of using a photograph of watermelons in a series of journalistic articles that dealt with Juneteenth, the annual remembrance of the day the last of America’s enslaved black people learned they had been emancipated. After much discussion, some debate, and a lot of “I didn’t know that,” the journalists decided to use the photograph. They concluded that the photograph was relevant — and though it danced close to stereotyping — was neither malicious nor damning. During the discussions, Woods shared a personal account that I believe resonates with many African Americans:
"As we talked, I told the group how my own life had been poisoned by the stereotype. Just a few days earlier, I told them, I’d found myself in a familiar internal debate over whether to take a slice of watermelon from a luncheon fruit tray. In the pause before my fork stabbed a couple of slices, I worried anew that white people looking on would follow the crooked path of bigoted logic that says if one stereotype is validated, all the others must be true."2
Most Americans would probably be surprised to learn that African Americans are underrepresented as watermelon eaters. Blacks represent about 13 percent of the United States population yet only account for 11 percent of the watermelon consumption.3 It is possible that many African Americans are reluctant to eat watermelons because they do not want to “validate” the stereotype of the shuffling, dull-witted, clumsy, watermelon-eating Negro.
It seems almost silly to say that watermelons have been racialized, but that is exactly what happened in this culture. For much of this country’s history, postcards showing Black people comically eating watermelons were popular among White Americans. Many of these so-called “Coon cards” show Black people stealing watermelons, fighting over watermelons, even being transformed into watermelons. The Jim Crow Museum houses a 1930s parlor game called, “72 Picture Party Stunts.” One of the game’s cards instructs players to “Go through the motions of a colored boy eating watermelon. The card shows a dark Black boy, with bulging eyes and blood red lips, eating a watermelon almost as large as he is. This is racial stereotyping as family entertainment. The museum has dozens of three dimensional objects showing African Americans eating watermelons, including banks, ashtrays, toys, firecrackers, cookie jars, match holders, dolls, souvenirs, doorstops, lawn jockeys, and novelty objects. These objects not only show Blacks lustily eating watermelons but often portray African Americans in physically caricatured ways: hideous faces, over-sized bright red lips, darting eyes, and ragged clothing. The problem is not that African Americans are shown eating watermelons. Rather, the problem is that Blacks are portrayed as contented Coons, Toms, Mammies, and Picaninnies, with all their hopes, dreams, and fears sated by eating watermelons under the shade of great trees.
The stereotypical association of Blacks with watermelons remains a common occurrence in the United States. For example, anti-Blacks jokes often include watermelons with a level of disdain toward African Americans that is reminiscent of the racial hatred common in the early 1900s. Sometimes the jokes are “hardened” by including racial slurs — sometimes “softened” by not using racist epithets.
A redneck is driving down the road one day and sees a sign that says coon season is in. He goes a bit further down the road and sees a field of niggers picking watermelons. He stops, takes out his gun and starts shooting. A cop comes up and asks him what he’s doing so he says, “I saw a sign back there that said coon season was in!” The cop says, “Yea, but you’re hunting in a baited field!” (From www.Racist-Jokes.com).
What’s the difference between a truckload of watermelons and a truckload of nigger babies? You can’t unload watermelons with a pitchfork! (From www.tightrope.cc/jokes4.htm).
In 1947, the year Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color line, he was confronted with race-baiting taunts and crowds that threw garbage, tomatoes, and watermelon slices at him. In 1989, Blacks protesting the killing of a Black boy by Whites in Bensonhurst, New York, were taunted by Whites, some of them holding watermelons above their heads, yelling, “Go home, Niggers go home.” In 2001, a debate in the Mississippi statehouse on whether the state flag should be retired (it included the Confederate battle flag in one corner) degenerated into shouting diatribes. An African American senator was mocked with references to a watermelon as he spoke, and another was told he was lucky his ancestors were slaves. There are literally hundreds of instances in recent years where the watermelon (and its supposed association with Blacks) has been used as a tool of insult against African Americans.
African Americans have used the watermelon as a means to deconstruct patterns of racism. I am reminded of Watermelon Man (1970), a blunt, satirical comedy-drama directed by Melvin Van Peebles. This is the story of Jeff Gerber, a boorish and racially prejudiced White insurance salesman living in the 1960s, who wakes up one morning to discover that he has inexplicably metamorphosed into a Black man, a very black man. At first, Jeff believes he is dreaming, and failing that, that he has spent too much time under the tanning machine. He tries to wash the black off. He goes to a doctor, who cannot help him, and suggests that he see a Negro physician. Jeff goes to the “colored part of town” in order to find “the stuff they use in order to make themselves look white.” All of his attempts to change his skin color fail. Jeff’s position on America’s racial hierarchy has changed and he now has a vantage point from the bottom up. He chases a bus and a police officer stops him and accuses him of stealing. Why? Because why else would a Black man be running? He gets threatening calls at home from a man telling him to “move out, nigger.” His wife, Althea, is understandably confused by Jeff’s new appearance, and though she considers herself a liberal, she asks if she should hide the family’s money — and serves him fried chicken and watermelon for dinner. His boss likes the idea of having a “Negro” salesman. His White secretary now finds him sexually appealing. He arrives home one evening to find the racists who made the threatening phone calls. They really want him out of the neighborhood and offer him $50,000 for his home. Jeff plays on their racism (and fears that his black-skinned presence will decrease the value of their homes) and gets the price raised to $100,000, a great sum at that time. Althea, his wife, sends their children to live with relatives and later decides that she cannot live with a Negro. Finally accepting his fate, Jeff quits his job, buys an apartment building, and starts an insurance company.
In 1996, Cheryl Dunye, raised the ire of many conservatives with her mock documentary, Watermelon Woman. The movie follows the life of Cheryl (played by herself), a young Black woman working as a video store employee who wants to be a director. She decides to make a documentary about Fae Richards, an obscure 1930s Black film actress popularly known as “the Watermelon Woman.” Cheryl discovers that Fae, who often played stereotypical Mammy roles in Hollywood films, was the secret lover of a White director, Martha Paige. While researching and probing the meaning and mysteries of Fae Richards’ life, Cheryl experiences drama in her life. Her love affair with Diana, a white woman, creates conflict with her Black friend, Tamara, who also wonders aloud about Cheryl’s commitment to the Black community. Much of this “mockumentary” consists of interviews, including one with well-known social critic Camille Paglia who delivers a bizarre monologue about her perception of the symbolic meaning of a watermelon. Watermelon Woman was a low-budget masterpiece. Although Fae Richards was fictional, the issues of racism and homophobia are real. Not surprisingly, Senator Jesse Helms — preoccupied with the film’s single, graphic but tasteful and brief sex scene — referred to the film as flotsam floating down a sewer.”
That the Jim Crow Museum website lacks or includes images of Blacks with watermelons has nothing to do with whether or not Blacks like watermelon. I hope you understand that such images are part of the ugly story of racism, hate and harm that we try to tell in order to promote racial understanding and healing.
Finally, I wish all Americans ate more watermelons. A one-cup serving of watermelon will provide just 48 calories. People concerned about their weight would benefit by substituting watermelons for some of the foods they eat. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A, with one serving containing 14.59 mg of vitamin C and 556.32 IU of vitamin A. Watermelon also offers significant amounts of vitamin B6 and vitamin B1, as well as magnesium and potassium. The health benefits of watermelons are many. That watermelons are associated with Blacks shows the power of racial stereotyping, which in turn explains why some African Americans will not eat watermelons — and this shows how racial stereotyping permeates American culture.
Welcome to My Morning Routine, where we take a look at how people kick-start the day. And by “people” we mean celebrities.
(Credit: Matt Duckor)
Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff is best known for her handbags, which often decorate the arms of the young Hollywood set. A few years ago, though, she launched her first ready-to-wear apparel collection (don’t worry—the bags and accessories haven’t gone anywhere) and never looked back. We spotted her (and her fabulous trench coat) at BA’s recent Hurricane Sandy charity auction (turns out she and chef Dan Kluger, who catered the event in our kitchen, go to the same gym), and asked her about her morning routine.
[My wake-up time] used to be 6:30 a.m., but then my lovely child figured out how to sleep longer. So recently I’ve been getting to sleep in until 8:15 a.m. If I work out, then it’s a 7 a.m. wake-up call.
I’m usually alternating between eggs or a Think Thin bar—chocolate fudge is my favorite flavor. Or I make a smoothie with a mix called Greens First. It’s seven servings of vegetables in a scoop or something, and it starts me off on a good foot. So on workout days, I like to have an emptier stomach, so I go with the smoothie or the bar. Eggs are on 8:15 days.
No matter what, it’s on the fly, eating and simultaneously holding my [15-month-old] son in one arm. It’s a one-armed cooking process and a one-armed eating process. He eats eggs. He loves eggs. He’ll usually take half of my eggs.
My workout is a 55-minute mixture of weights and whatever will elevate your heartbeat. As for my gym attire? I’m due for a new batch of workout clothes. I think I’ve been wearing the same stuff for six years and it’s starting to not be cute. LuluLemon does a good job, and Gap is making cute, colorful athletic gear, too.
Otherwise, I spend two hours in the morning playing with my son. This is the time we kinda get to hang. So you can count on us wrestling around every day.
The whole routine changes when I’m out of town—there’s lots of rushing throughout the day. So, when it comes to breakfast, I have a bigger meal to fuel me. Plus, I sit at the table for a normal human amount of time.
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As promised, and by request from a follower, the recipe for Mac&Cheese Quiche. A friend hooked me up with this recipe from Woman’s World magazine. A great little magazine, I’ve gotten several recipes and craft ideas from it, check it out!
OK here we go:
Ingredients: 1 lb penne pasta (or macaroni, cavatappi or corkscrews—I used traditional macaroni) 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup finely minced shallots, about 1 large shallot 1/4 cup flour 2 1/2 cups milk 4 eggs, lightly beaten 1 8oz package shredded Italian five-cheese with cream cheese blend, such as Kraft 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tsp grated lemon zest 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 4 cups spinach leaves
*Some notes about the ingredients: at first I had a hard time finding shallots at the store. I was looking for them around the onions, they were in a separate little shelf in the produce section. While I usually buy skim milk, I did use 2% milk for this. If I’d been able to find 1% at the corner store, I would have used that. I was not able to find the five-cheese blend with the Philadelphia cream cheese at my local stores. They did have some of the other cheeses with cream cheese, so I just bought the regular Italian blend. For the eggs I used Egg Beaters. And I did not add the salt, since I try to watch the sodium due to my high blood pressure. I’d say the salt could be optional.*
Preheat oven to 350F. Coat 8” springform pan with cooking spray. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions.
1. In pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots; cook until just tender, 1-2 minutes. Gradually whisk in flour until smooth; cook, stirring, 1 minute.
2. Gradually whisk in milk. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil; cook until thickened and coats back of spoon, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool 10 minutes.
3. Whisk in eggs, 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, Parmesan, zest, salt and pepper until blended and smooth. Stir in spinach and pasta. Transfer to pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Cover with foil. Bake 45 minutes. Uncover; bake until golden, 10-15 minutes. Run sharp knife around edge of pan to loosen pasta. Let stand 20 minutes. Remove from pan and serve.
Here are some pics. And for the record, this was AMAZING. The only person who didn’t eat it was my picky nephew, but even the 4 year old niece ate some!
Let me know if you try it and how it turns out! And I’d love to try it with other veggies too! I’m thinking broccoli next!
Food Fight: Father, Son Brandish AK-47 When Restaurant Employees Forget Their Chicken Wings | Crunk + Disorderly
Yes, another news story about food!
Just when I thought your cousins were tapped out of ways to bring dishonor to the family name they went above and beyond with help from the devil’s instrument to erase all of the good I have ever done in my life– chicken wings.
When Antonius Hart, Sr. and his son, Antonius Hart Jr., didn’t receive the correct amount of chicken wings in their order at Pirtle’s Chicken in Memphis, Tennessee an AK-47 was brandished on the employees who neglected to include all of their Lil’ Wangz.
When the two returned, the cashier offered to replace the missing pieces, but police said the men demanded more chicken because they had to endure the inconveince of driving back to the restaurant. I will refrain from passing judgement since gas prices around the country are higher than giraffe pussy. At that point, Hart Sr., 45, flashed his waistband candy to show that he meant business. Never leave home without it.
The police were called to the restaurant, and surprise! Arrested both of them, seizing the weapon and 24 live rounds of ammo. The Father Of The Year nominee was charged with aggravated assault while his 19-year-old son was charged with facilitation of a felony, WMC-TV reported.
“I guess in this area, people don`t play about their food,” local resident Courtney Marable told WREG-TV, while Tonya McGraw admitted the alleged incident was “crazy,” but suggested the When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong episode might improve customer service.
“Next time they better get them wings right!” she said.