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Chicken and Pineapples

Every once in a blue moon I come across a recipe that I did not find on a blog or recipe book. This time a childhood friend of mine told me about it. The recipe sounded quick and easy so I knew it was a weeknight must have! After trying it I have to say this recipe will stay on hand for those nights where I don’t want to struggle with what to cook and time is seriously an issue (well basically every night then).

Here is the recipe:

 

Chicken and Pineapples:

What you need:

1 cup of Honey

1 Cup of Soy Sauce

1 Cup of Water

1 Cup Pineapple Juice

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Pineapples

 

How to Prepare:

1) Mix a marinade of honey, soy sauce, water and pineapple juice.

2) Let chicken soak in marinade for at least 20 minutes.

3) Transfer chicken and marinade into skillet and cook through.

4) Add pineapples in towards the end of cooking.

 

Viola! Quick and easy dinner that is sure to be more than tasty!

With time cut short by working seven days a week the elaborate meals just aren’t happening as much anymore. Any quick and easy dinner ideas you guys want to share?

Let me know in the comments below!

9

Free the Nipple?!

Okay for those of you who don’t know, I am a woman. I know that is pretty shocking news. But I am. And as a woman I yearn to be a feminist. I just love the idea of it. Girl power and all of that jazz. But there are so many times I find myself really struggling to get behind a feminist movement. This is one of those times.

Apparently a feminist movement found new strength after Bruce Willis’s daughter made a stink about it. The movement is called “Free the Nipple.” Bruce Willis’s daughter brought this movement to the public attention because instagram would not let her post a picture that had nipples exposed. They were not here nipples but nipples none the less. She did not find this acceptable. So “Free the Nipple” became relevant again.

The idea behind the movement is pretty simple. Women want to de-sexualize the female breast so it will no longer be considered taboo for it to be seen in public. Many women are pointing to the fact that the sexualized female breast is a social construct and is really only a breast. Women want people to see the female breast the same as the male breast. So they want to “Free the Nipple.”

Celebrities like Rihanna and Lady Gaga have shown their support for this movement. Remember that mesh dress Rihanna wore not to long ago that showed off most of her body. That was in support of this movement.

The problem is I just can’t get behind this. In my opinion there is a point of self-respect and decency that should over take feminist ideals. Is it not fair that men can go around topless and women can’t? Maybe. But the fact is men do not have breasts. Yes some have man boobs but they are entirely different. And yes maybe it is a social construct to sexualize them but you know what, I kinda like that social construct. Women like to feel sexy and admired right? Well if you take away all the aspects of a woman that make her sexy what are you left with?

I do believe that breast feeding in public should be allowed and I realize that is a crux of this movement as well. But I also believe that women should have to do it with decency. Cover up while feeding the baby. I don’t think that is asking too much.

Maybe I am wrong to feel this way but I like that there are differences between men and women. It is what make us who we are. I don’t think taking all that away so there is no mystery and no allure is going to help the world. The world would be a pretty boring place. So ladies if you want to go around flopping your boobs in the air for the world to see, go for it. It just isn’t for me.

 

I know this is a pretty hot topic right now so I am really interested to see what you guys think! Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

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Zombie Date Night

Now you guys know I love sharing my date nights with you, which is why I have another one to share. However, in the spirit of honesty I will tell you this one did not turn out the way I had hoped. After planning the night the boyfriend actually hurt himself at work and was unable to partake in the “activity” part of the night. That is now on our “to-do” list. But I will share the night as it should have gone.

Recently I got my boyfriend into the Walking Dead and we finished all the episodes available on Netflix. Not quite ready to end the zombie fun I decided to make a date outta it. This is what I came up with…

When he got home he was as usual greeted with his front door indicator. This time, this is what he saw:

door
Then when he came in the house he was served dinner. Now dinner was a bit harder to decide on because I mean really what is there to eat during a zombie apocalypse? All I could think was twinkies but that is not exactly dinner. So I decided to go a little creepy with it:

worms on a bun

Worm on a Bun

When you are desperate anything looks appetizing right?

Then once dinner was over he was handed his zombie survival kit:

zombie survival

Crude I know. But it did its job. In it was scratch tickets, squirt gun and the activity portion: Groupon to have an archery lesson!

My thought was the best way to kill zombies would be to take after my Walking Dead man crush Darrel, bow and arrow the suckers!

He was super excited but sadly couldn’t do it. I am hoping we will make use of the groupon soon though!

Anyways what did you think of our zombie date night?

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Casket Wraps?

As many of you know I recently started a new job. I am the Marketing person for a local large format print shop. We basically do signs, banners and other large format advertising. Every once in awhile though something comes across the desk that is a bit out of the ordinary. This week was one of those times.

Part of my job is to make cold calls to companies to see if we can begin to work with them. My boss heard about one of the companies in our franchise having luck with funeral homes. The pitch? Casket wrapping. Let me make that clearer for you. The idea was to call funeral homes to see if they would be interested in the idea of selling wrapped caskets to families. If you don’t know, a wrapped casket would be a casket with a design laid on to it by a company like ours. But I am not sure that is an easy sell.

That is until I saw this site. This site is entirely real and it appears that they do make sales.

This by far is my favorite casket of theirs.

Morbid no?

With this in mind I wanted to share with you some other ideas for caskets:

1) “One Way”

2) “Refrigerate After Opening”

3) “If this is yours, and you can see this, ring bell!”

4) “Do not open until apocalypse”

5) “Time Capsule”

 

I am sure there are so many more but I feel awful adding to this craziness. I would love to hear more if you have some to share. Hope this gave you a laugh to start your Friday!

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Glitter Mug Gift Packs

So when I found the glitter in my house to make the Confetti Poppers I shared last week, I remembered a project I never shared with you guys! Glitter Mug Gift Sets! As you guys know, this year has been tight for me on money so when it comes to gift giving I have had to become crafty. Pinterest has been quite a pal. When I came across this tutorial. I decided that I would use it to make my own gift packs.

The mugs were adorable but the first thing I noticed that needed changing was the gold color. I am a gold hater. I won’t even wear jewelry that is gold. I don’t really know what my aversion is to it but gold is just not my color. Silver on the other hand, silver I love! I own silver EVERYTHING! So silver glitter mugs sounded like the perfect gift idea.

So this is how the mug turned out:

bottom of mug

Gorgeous right?

Problem is giving a coffee mug as a gift just didn’t seem like enough. So I decided to fill the mugs. Here were the contents

1) Scratch Tickets

2) Red Box Gift Card

3) Candy

filled mug

They were cute little gifts and pretty inexpensive. Great part was everyone seemed to enjoy them. Plus I made a few extra mugs for myself :).

What do you guys think? Would you like getting my glitter mug gift pack as a gift?

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War on Nuns?!

I am not much of a news buff so very often I will come across a new story rather late. This is one of those times. I was recently made aware that the Obama administration was (is?) stuck in a legal battle with The Little Sisters of the Poor.

Let me make that a little clearer. Obama had a legal battle with Nuns. I shall let that sink in for you…

Yes Nuns.

Okay so now that the absurdity of that has really sunk in I will explain a little. Obamacare put in place a mandate that required employers to offer free contraceptives to their employees. The Little Sisters of the Poor being a Catholic organization do not believe in the use of contraceptives and thus do not want to obey this mandate. However, not obeying will come with quite a fee.

Now there are of course people on both sides of this fight. What I know for sure is I would not want to battle a nun. Here are three reasons why:

They are ruler ninjas: I am sure your grandparent’s told you about the times they came home with red raw knuckles from the nuns at school. Maybe they don’t do that anymore but I am willing to bet they learned how to wield that wooden weapon. I sure don’t want to find out.

They have God’s ear: If they don’t still have the ruler in their back pocket they sure still have God in their corner. He is one guy I would rather not piss off. The whole being damned to hell thing doesn’t seem like a good thing to mess with. Am I right?

Two words: The Town: Those nun’s might be fictional but they are damn scary. The vision of them shooting up a bank in their black and white uniforms still haunt me. Fiction or not, nuns are forever tainted for me.

All kidding aside though this is a tough issue. I believe everyone should have access to contraceptives but I also believe in freedom of religion so I am on the fence here. What do you bloggers think? Should this mandate be forced on everyone or should religion be an exception?

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Anthropologie Inspired Confetti Poppers!

Well Fourth of July weekend has come to a close and I have to say it is a little bit disappointing. The boy and I had awesome fourth of July plans. We were going to go to a local hiking trail and pack a picnic for lunch. Then at night we were going to climb to the top of the observation tower to watch the fireworks.

Well…we went to the hiking trail for all of maybe an hour before Hurricane Arthur decided to rear his ugly head. We didn’t get to have our picnic and no fireworks for us. And that means that my anthropoloie inspired confetti poppers did not get used :(. How sad.

Now when I decided to make these little buggers there was no excitement on the home front. I found this on the Anthropoloie website and knew I could make them for so much cheaper. But, I believe the response I got was “you only want to make them so you can pop it in my face.” Funny how right he was.

Now that I have mine still loaded and ready to go I will be sure to surprise him with a face of confetti. Just to prove him right. Men love to be right.

So do you want to make one too? They are super easy!

Heres what you need:

Used Willy Wonka Push Pop

Construction Paper

Markers

Tissue Paper

Scissors

Glitter

Tape

1) Eat the push pop! Good right? Okay now clean it out to make sure it’s no longer stick.

2) Wrap push pop with construction paper and draw designs on with marker. I did blue with red stripes.

3) Cut up tissue paper. Use the colors you want for whatever theme you are going for. I used red and blue for 4th of July.

4) Stuff tissue paper in push pop and smother with glitter. Really get that glitter in there. Glitter is the most frustrating thing to get off which makes this much more fun!

5) Find a victim and confetti pop them!

 

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Hope you all had a Happy Fourth! What did everyone do this year?