Strawberry, Banana, Yogurt Smoothie


Strawberry, Banana, Yogurt Smoothie

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

1 cup plain Greek nonfat yogurt

3/4 cup Trader Joe’s organic strawberries (frozen)

1 banana (frozen)

1 cup fat free (skim) milk

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp. Trader Joe’s Organic Chia Seed

Appliances:

Skinnygirl by BELLA Personal Blender

#mybellalife

Directions:

Blend together until desired consistency is reached.

Grandma’s Pot Le Gel


On February 10th, last year, I entered a contest on justapinch.com and asked my followers to cast their vote for it.  The problem, of course, was that I didn’t have a proper picture of my recipe being made or completed.

Tonight, I made this fabulous eggplant dip to have as an appetizer before a dairy Shabbat dinner.

The story as it was written last year:

“My Grandma was notorious for her home cooked family favorites. There was never a visit without a hot, homemade pie.
Another recipe was for this eggplant dip. My Poppy adored this dip!
She had given me the recipe, but I lost it. Poppy has since passed on and Grandma has dementia, and so for the last couple of years, I tried searching the internet without luck.
Luck changed a few months ago when Grandma and I were looking at a recipe for ratatouille, when suddenly, it all came back to her!”

This recipe calls for one eggplant.  We used two and came out with this one small bowl.  You may decide to double or triple your recipe, depending on how many people you intend to serve it to.

More than one website recommends the use of wooden utensils for making eggplant dips in order to avoid oxidation in your food.  Poppy of Poppy Planet warns that if you use stainless steel, inox or iron, it will leave the dish with a bitter taste.

*This recipe may be Eastern European in origin, but I’m not sure.  I will update this post when I find out.

Pot Le' Gel

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pot Le' Gel

Pot Le’ Gel

Pot Le’ Gel

Serves: about 6 hungry family members

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 1 tsp oil (I suggest olive oil, it’s healthiest. Start with 1 teaspoon. Another recipe we found says 4-5 tablespoons. You may not need all of that.)
  • 1 medium onion (finely grated, or finely chopped)
  • 1-3 large garlic cloves, mashed (the amount you use is to your preference)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Utensils: wooden knife or wooden spatula

Directions Step-By-Step:

  1. Microwave the eggplant until it is soft.
    I don’t recall the exact microwave time, but I recommend starting with five minutes and then another five. Keep at this until it will slightly ‘sink’ in it’s appearance. DO NOT OVER COOK!
  2. After cooking, cut the green tips off. Peel the skin, cut in half and scoop out the seeds. I remember my grandmother using a grapefruit spoon for this, but I used a fork since I don’t have any.
  3. Mash the meat in a bowl. Use a little olive oil. Start with 1 teaspoon. Mash this with a wooden knife or other mashing utensil.
  4. Add salt, pepper, onion, and garlic (optional).
  5. Cover, chill and serve with bread, crackers or matzoh. This makes an excellent accompaniment alongside your vegetable trays and is also a great vegan alternative to your classic baba ganoush.

Disney Has Done It Again!


Everyone knows that the people who make the magic happen at Disney’s studios are extremely creative. They must be. It’s a successful giant that’s been around for nearly a century.

Disney Channel, one of its many successful enterprises, aired a television show called Phil of the Future. It first aired on June 18, 2004 and was successful until it was cancelled on August 19, 2006. The story follows a family from the twenty-second century (year 2121) whose time machine breaks down and lands them in the year 2004. Here they have to adapt to life in the twenty-first century. The parents must buy a house. The father gets a job in a hardware store so that he can eventually fix their machine. The children, Phil and Pim, enroll in the local H.G. Wells Junior/Senior High School. They try to teach their caveman, Curtis, whom they accidentally picked up from a stop they made in the Stone Age, to behave like an average, twenty-first century man. They deal with nosey neighbors, an annoyingly peppy girl, school issues, and, of course, keeping the family secret. The family often uses the gadgets they brought with them from the future.

In one of the episodes, Virtu-Date (aired June 26, 2005), Phil takes his best friend, Keely on a date to a mall that looks like something out of his time. How do they get there? By virtual reality goggles!

In the following clip, the characters have already put on the goggles and are now clothes shopping in the virtual mall. Don’t blame me for the quality of this video clip. It was uploaded by another YouTube user.

Today, I see a post on Facebook that Microsoft is coming out with something called Microsoft HoloLens. “Microsoft HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life in your world, where they integrate with your physical places, spaces, and things.” I read also read some articles about it here and here.

I know that so many other movies, books and television shows have similar items, but when I saw the photo of Microsoft’s upcoming glasses, my exact thought was “They had these exact glasses On Phil of the Future!” Of course, even Microsoft isn’t as technologically advanced as it one day will be in the year 2121, so the fictional television series covered a few aspects of this gadget that we have yet to look forward to.

From what I’ve read, we will be able to move objects by turning our heads and pointing our fingers while wearing these devices on our heads. We can play Minecraft, make a task list, or watch a movie in the bathroom, but I don’t see us being able to touch anything that obviously isn’t really there.

The television show has the characters sitting on a couch with these goggles on while their minds are visiting a mall together; trying on clothes that are purchased from a vending machine with a holographic display, sitting and consuming tropical drinks at a tropical island themed juice bar. Meanwhile, they never leave living room.

The same would go for the HoloLens; you wouldn’t need to leave the room, if you didn’t want to, that is. I suggest you check out the official website for more information, photos, or to sign up for news and updates on the product from Microsoft.

Leave it to people like the teams at Disney to come up with something like this ten years before the computer companies actually come out with it.

Is Disney the frontier for all things futuristic?

What do you think?  Weigh in!

Ready for it? “The Hunger Games” will go on stage…by 360°!


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On November 7th, 2014, Lionsgate Entertainment, Inc., Imagine Nation, and Triangular Entertainment announced that they will be taking Suzanne Collins‘ “The Hunger Games” to a whole new viewing experience: the stage.

A 360° rotating auditorium, that is!

AMSTERDAM and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing the expansion of its global blockbuster Hunger Games franchise into new businesses, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Dutch media company Imagine Nation and U.S. based Triangular Entertainment to bring The Hunger Games to the stage using innovative and immersive staging techniques, the companies announced today. The Hunger Games theatrical experience will launch in summer 2016 in a brand new purpose-built theater next to Wembley Stadium in London, UK.

Click below for the full press release.

LIONSGATE AND IMAGINE NATION FORM PARTNERSHIP TO LAUNCH THE HUNGER GAMES ON STAGE

Another business venture for “The Hunger Games” is “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition,” which is set to launch in the Summer before the November 20, 2015 release of “Mockingjay – Part 2”.

The state-of-the-art exhibition, which will include interactive displays of authentic costumes, props and other elements of the world of The Hunger Games, will be designed in conjunction with Thinkwell Group, one of the world’s leading theme park and location-based entertainment companies.

Click below for more on that press release from May 30, 2014 here:

LIONSGATE ANNOUNCES “THE HUNGER GAMES: THE EXHIBITION”

Take a look at some of the incredible things Thinkwell has been involved with:

At any rate, I know where I want to travel the next time I decide to break my bank!  It’s time to start saving up every penny I have!

Now for the questions.  What do you think of Lionsgate’s ventures?  Do you think they are taking their Hunger Games franchise a little too over the top, or do you think this will work?  Would you go to the US exhibition tour or see the live show?  Weigh in below!

Image: Twitter

It’s That Time of Year Again!


There’s a bite in the air.

The nights are chilled,

but the days can’t decide whether to become cold or stay warm.

The leaves are turning colors.

Jackets and boots are making their annual return.

Grills and outdoor stove tops are canvassed.

The children are in school…again.

Daily outdoor adventures slowly return to indoor family fun nights.

It’s that time of year again, everybody.

Oh, yes…

It’s Fall.

Now go make some delicious hot cider.

 

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

Homemade Mulled Apple Cider

Get your recipe for Homemade Mulled Apple Cider here!

This idea has been submitted to LivingLocurto.com‘s Fall & Halloween Living Creative Thursday Link Party

A Really Bad Conspiracy Theory Part 2: Hoax video with ‘artist’s’ signature!


UPDATE ALERT for A Really Bad Conspiracy Theory!

Thanks to notyoutoo, for sharing the link to the following video.

hoax video with artist signature

If you look close enough, you will see that the ‘artist’ left his signature.

It was created and uploaded by oondyla on his YouTube channel.  Apparently Oondyla was a viral marketing company.  I say “was,” because a Google search reveals no official website, though there used to be one at oondyla.com.

 

oondyla former website

“We believe in viral marketing. No, no virus this time. Viral marketing consists to create funny, incredible, shocking videos that run on the net showing the name oondyla worldwide! ” – OONDYLA

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O-M-G, I just love how they try to sell themselves by saying they believe that viral marketing consists of running videos bearing THEIR NAME worldwide and that is how the companies that they hope to market for are going to reach a lot of people!

I also say it “was” a company with a website because according to its Whois information, expired on January 20, 2014 and has not been renewed.

Clearly this business was a bust!

(Don’t forget to check out that pancake recipe someone posted in response to the video on Facebook!)

A Really Bad Conspiracy Theory. It Is Just Hilarious!


Facebook, and the rest of the internet, has done it again!

One little twist of a photograph or video, and the rest of the world knows about it.  Behold the Power of Facebook!

A July 29th Facebook post claims that a video, containing footage of a UFO, is the real deal and encourages its supporters to share it before “they” remove it from the internet.  The poster of the video claims that Facebook has already been asked to remove the video.

I thought this was too funny for several reasons.

First of all, they posted this with too many capital letters, grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.  Whether you’re a conspiracy theorist, radio website, or not, if you want what you’re writing to look legit, at least try to make it look legit.

The Facebook Page in question posted the following:

“This is the video that they are ERASING off the internet. Facebook has been Asked to DELETE.  SHARE IT before it gets Deleted. Make this go Viral Now.  PEOPLE MIGHT SAY ITS FAKE BUT BELIVE IN THEM AS MUCH AS YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT HIDING IT FROM YOU.”

Secondly, if they claimed that Facebook had been “asked to delete it,” well, weren’t they the ones posting it?  Wouldn’t they be the ones asked to delete it?  Why post it at all if they knew that Facebook was already deleting it?

Third of all, it’s September and this video is still all over the internet.

So of course I wanted to see if I could find the source.  I don’t know if I did, but I found something interesting on an identical YouTube video.

I found this:

Is this real, or a hoax?  What do you think?

Let’s take a closer look:

This bandicam.com thing must be embedded into the video.

This bandicam.com thing must be embedded into the video.

So what is bandicam.com?  Well, my dear readers, according to its website, “Bandicam is the most advanced Desktop Screen Recorder and Video / Game Recording Software on the planet.”

And there you have it.

My own belief is that somebody was recording their video gameplay of an alien invasion simulation of some sort.  They probably uploaded the file onto YouTube or some other video uploading program to either store it or share it with friends and from there, it went viral.

Now, many of us know what happens when people post questionable content of the ridiculous kind.  The comments that follow are usually just as entertaining.  Amidst all the quirky responses, the believers, the disbelievers, and the Michael Jackson eating popcorn memes, I found this one to be the best:

Someone had posted this pancake recipe in response to a video of a UFO sighting on Facebook!

Someone had posted this pancake recipe in response to a video of a UFO sighting on Facebook!

I could not help but laugh.

I think I should start making pancakes now.