Monday, July 30, 2012

Chewy Oatmeal Bars!

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Oatmeal Chewy Bars

Today I made Chewy Oatmeal Bars. I originally wanted to make some old fashion granola bars with nuts and chocolate chips but I was missing a few key ingredients like nuts and chocolate chips(Lol). All I had was some Aldi's baking mix, quick oats, white sugar, and butter. The original recipe called for brown sugar and it probably would have been better for this recipe, but I didn't have any. So I used white sugar and add some a little syrup to the mixture. Also, I didn't have any extras like nuts or chocolate chips, so I added a tad bit more oatmeal to replace the missing items. Besides making a few tweaks, the bars turned out great. They were crunchy on the top and soft and buttery in the middle. I hope you try this recipe. Enjoy!

Before bars are baked.

After bars have baked for 17 minutes.


  • 1 1/2 cup baking mix
  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup white sugar or brown sugar (I only had white)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 egg (I didn't have eggs, but I used 3 tablespoons of mayo)
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until texture is crumbly. Then press mixture evenly into a lightly greased pan. Bake bars on 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes or until center is set. Let bars cool a bit, then cut into squares.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Celebs Read Mean Tweets...

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about themselves. We all know how mean people can be on Twitter and people can be even more cruel to celebrities. So Jimmy Kimmel did a segment on his show about the abuse they receive everyday on Twitter and it is really funny. The video features celebs like Kristen Stewart, Matt LeBlanc, James Van Der Beek, Katy Perry, and Zooey Deschanel. But to me, the bit with Matt LeBlanc was the funniest. He was like "go bleep yourself" and that's always fun.

It is nice to see that some celebs can take a joke and not get too offended. I don't know if I could have been as cool, so kudos to them!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

7 TV Shows That Need To Go Away!

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  • 106 and Park
  • Jersey Shore
  • The Game
  • The Real World
  • American Idol
  • Basketball Wives
  • Teen Mom

I agree with all of the shows they mentioned. But I want to add my 2 cents and include a few shows I also think should go away!

  • Bad Girls Club - None of the girls are really bad, just loud and crazy. There's a difference.
  • Gossip Girl - Everyone used to talk about this show, now I hear nothing about it. 
  • America's Next Top Model - Got boring after a few seasons. Plus the models never make a big splash.
  • Toddlers and Tiaras - If  we've seen one little girl dressed like a hooker, we've seen them all. It's creepy.
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians - Boring because who cares anymore? But I still love Khloe & Lamar.
  • Two and a Half Men - Boring after Charlie Sheen's crazy self was fired
  • Love & Hip-Hop - The first and second seasons in NYC were pretty good, but this trashy third season in Atlanta is way too scripted and sleazy.
What shows would you add to the list? I would love to see your selections.

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No Doubt's 2012 Comeback!!!

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No Doubt at the Teen Choice Awards 2012

All I can say is... about time. Lol. For real, I loved Gwen's solo album, but I was missing the old No Doubt days. So I was thrilled when they released their new single "Settle Down" last week(click here to watch). It gave me that 90's ska vibe that No Doubt does so well. The single was not the best to me, but it gets the job done.

But they threw me off when they performed at the Teen Choice Awards on last Sunday. I don't know if they wanted to or were asked to perform but I do not believe that was the best place for No Doubt to make their big comeback. Why? Because the Teen Choice Awards are full of a bunch of 11-16 year old girls that probably don't know who No Doubt is. All they want to see is Justin Bieber, the "Twilight" cast, and One Direction (whoever they are). I believe they should have waited for a more "adult-friendly" event to debut new music because no one was buzzing about them that night. Not with all the teen hormones in the air. Sorry.

But I have to give it to them. They all still look really good, especially Gwen Stefani who looks way better than the music chicks half her age. She is 42 and rocking it! Go Gwen!

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Friday, July 20, 2012

What I'm Watching

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Up tonight is...

Chloe on LifeTime. I watched this movie once when it first came out, but haven''t seen it since and can't wait to watch it. It stars Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, and my favorite doe-eyed girl Amanda Seyfried.

All remember about this movie is that is was scandalous. Amanda was a high class prostitute and was all kinds of crazy. So I can't wait to watch this movie again.

Then tomorrow I am watching...

An Officer and a Murder on Lifetime Movie Network  7:00PM. This is one of the many Inspired by a true story movies they have been showing lately and I really want to see it.

Then Sunday I am watching...

  • True Blood on HBO
  • Leverage on TNT (I <3 Aldris Hodge)

What are you watching this weekend?


Are We Safe Anywhere?

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Colorado Movie Theater Shooting

This morning when I checked Twitter, I discovered that there was a mass shooting in Colorado. So I started reading tweets from everyone. And I found out that a man, James Holmes, who was studying for Ph.D in Neuroscience, opened fire in a Colorado movie theater and killed 12 people and injured 59 others. This really hit me hard and felt too close for comfort. Not that I live in Colorado or even close, but close because of the venue where the shootings took place. 

The fact that this all went down in a movie theater, really made me uneasy. I love going to the movies and consider myself a frequent movie-goer. So when I read that someone shot up a place that I go to alot, it freaked me out. Movie theaters are already dark, creepy, and boxed in, now we have to worry about getting shot?

But on a real serious note, I am praying for the victims and their families. Who every expects to be killed or injured in a presumably safe place like a theater?  Is anywhere safe these day? We all really need to pray!


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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Throw Together Recipe: Crab Puffs!

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Crab puffs

Here’s a recipe that I threw together Thursday night. I decided to name it Crab Puffs. And it is super easy to make. If you have cream cheese, crescent rolls, and imitation crab, you are in business because those are the main ingredients. Just throw in some lemon juice, garlic, onion, and seasonings to taste and you have crab puffs.

This would go great with a fresh salad. The buttery crescent with the creamy crab really created a delicious combination of flavors. My family loved it and was asking for seconds. You have to try this. Happy Eating!

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Friday, July 6, 2012

WTH...SOA Season 5 Teaser!

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Kurt Sutter tweeted a link to a Sons of Anarchy teaser on his blog earlier tonight. It is super short and does exactly what it is supposed to do, tease the audience. Boy did it ever do just that. It left me saying "WTH... did Jax just die"? Oh no, no, no! This has to be symbolic or something because Jax can't get killed off, can he? Not when he finally takes his rightful spot at the head of the table. September can't come soon enough.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Mixing Religion and Marriage

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I was reading a TMZ article on Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' divorce today and at the end of the article they polled readers on whether religion was a huge factor in a marriage. And to my surprise most people said yes. I also answered yes. How can you be married to someone who doesn't believe in what you believe in and the other way around? That is a disaster waiting to happen. 

When I say I was shocked by this poll, I am telling the truth.. These days people marry for the heck of it and never really consider other factors like number of kids desired, living situations, money, and of course religion. And all these factors are very important and can seriously put a strain on any relationship. 

I know that as a devout Christian, I could never marry someone who doesn't share my faith. It will not work and will be just plain awkward. But that is my opinion. Some multi-faith couples go on to lead happy lives together, while others don't. Celeb couples like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Katy Perry and Russell Brand are showing us that religion should be a factor we discuss a little more in relationships.

Do you and your mate share the same religious beliefs? And does religion play a major role in your relationship?
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