Easy Eats: Grasshopper Poke Cake

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Cook time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

1 chocolate cake mix: water, oil, eggs as listed on the box.

1- 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

1- 12.8oz Hershey’s Special Hot Fudge Sauce Jar

1 cap full of mint extract

1- package of Thin Mint cookies or 1 package of Keebler Fudge Mint cookies

1- 16 oz container Cool Whip

1 cup Andes Mint Chips

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Instructions:

  1. prepare and bake the cake mix in a 9×13 baking dish. Allow to cool completely.
  2. use a wooden spoon to poke holes evenly into the cake about 20 holes.  Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the cake, filling the holes.
  3. heat the hot fudge sauce in a small bowl  in the microwave for about 40 seconds.  You just want to soften it.
  4. crumble half the cookies into the hot fudge sauce and mix. Spread the cookie/fudge mix over the cake.
  5. in a large bowl, whisk together the cool whip and cap full of mint extract together, then add 3 drops of green food coloring for color.  Spread the whipped topping over the fudge layer.
  6. crumble the remaining cookies over the cool whip.  Sprinkle the Andes Mint chips over the top.
  7. refrigerate and chill for at least 4 hours (overnight is best)
  8. cut and serve. Serves 12-15.

Easy Eats: JoyAnna’s Filled Brownies

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Cook time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

Anytype of Brownies Mix

Any Type of Pie Filling

eggs

water

oil

cooking spray with flour

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Directions:

  1. follow the directions on the brownie mix box.
  2. once the brownie mix is mixed spray the pan with the cookie spray all around the pan.  Once done put the pie filling in the pan. Then cover with the brownie mix.
  3. Place pan in 350 degree oven cook for 45 minutes.  then pull out and cool once cooked cut into squares.  Then refrigerate leftovers.

Deadpool: Crimson Deviant Vessel

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When I walked into the theatre to watch Dead Pool, I thought I would be watching another Marvel Comic book turned movie film.  However, what I got was anything but a normal superhero movie.  Deadpool is unlike any normal hero.  He is sarcastic and deviant.  Every five minutes he seemed to be doing something that caused the audience to laugh.

What surprised me was the way his mutant gene was activated.  Considering most of the X-men universe was born with their powers.  Seeing the process to active Deadpool’s powers was a very gruesome scene.  Watching Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) suffocate in a tube without much oxygen to later look scared because of his powers is something not easily forgotten.

Having an R rating was the best choice for this movie.  It’s not a full on family super hero movie; it’s  geared more toward an older audience, giving Deadpool a different edge than what has come out for heros in recent years.

I actually can say I went into the film thinking that I was going to hate it because the previews of it looked like something I wouldn’t watch.  

By the time I left the theatre, I was laughing harder than I thought I ever would.  Ryan Reynolds did a fantastic job.  His sense of humor alone reinforces the comedy that I did not expect to find in an R rated film.

In the end, Deadpool may not be what everyone thought it would be, but if you’re a Ryan Reynolds fan, it’s worth the watch.

Easy Eats: French Toast Roll Ups

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French Toasts Roll Ups:

prep time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4-5 minutes

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Ingredients:

3-4 slices of any type of bread (your choice)

4 strawberries

2 or 3 eggs

Nutella

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

3 teaspoons of granulated sugar

Optional: syrup or powdered sugar

If desired, other fruit works to.  Makes great strawberry banana roll ups

Directions:

  1. Remove crust on all sides of bread.FT2.jpg
  2.  At one of the short sides on the bread spread a good amount of Nutella. Be careful not to put too much on or it might not roll up.
  3. Wash, cut, and layer on the strawberries or your choice fruit on top of the nutella half. Make sure to cut up the fruit relatively small so that it’s easier to roll.  Once the Nutella and fruit are placed on the edge, roll till the end of the bread.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA
  4. Whisk two or three eggs in a medium bowl set aside.
  5. Combine the cinnamon and sugar on a flat plate.

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6.   Here comes the messy part: carefully dunk in the egg making sure to coat the whole                roll.  Then, roll in the cinnamon sugar till completely covered.

7.  Take the rolls and cook them in a greased pan on the stove.  It doesn’t take to                            long to cook these, but do make sure the egg is cooked through.

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8. Once cooked top with either syrup or powdered sugar and eat.

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Easy Eats: Pizza Mac & Cheese

 

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Pizza Mac & Cheese:

prep time: 0 minutes  cook time: 50-60 minutes   overall time 50-60 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 cups of any macaroni noodles

a bag of mini pepperoni

2 cups of half and half

½ cup of marinara

¾ teaspoon of dried oregano

½ cup of sun dried tomatoes

1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper

italian or regular bread crumbs

¼ cup of cream cheese parmesan

8 oz of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

3 oz of shredded mozzarella cheese

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Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add the noodles once boiling.  Cook the noodles til tender.GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA3. Strain pasta, set aside about 1 cup of noodle water for additional steps later on.

    4. In a sauce pan, combine half & half, oregano, and crushed red pepper place over heat to simmer for 15 minutes stirring often.

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    6. Add the macaroni and the previously set aside cup of water. Will soak up the excess liquid.

    GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA7. Stir in the marinara sauce, sun dried tomatoes and mini pepperoni.

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    CB11.jpg8. Once thoroughly mixed pour into a 13×9 inch pan. Evenly sprinkle the breadcrumbs and Parmesan over the baking pan.

    9. Put into the oven for 10 minutes to lightly brown the noodles and bread crumbs until crispy.CB15

10. Take out the let stand 10 minutes then serve.

 

Down the hall, to the left: capturing abnormal rummage

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When  thinking of garbage, most think of trash as a daily obstacle.  No one stops to wonder about what actually happens to the garbage and what it could bring to someone one with an artistic look on decomposing trash. When sitting down to look into the photographs of Kyle Petersen, having come across photos of decomposing trash or thrown out objects that most people consider useless.   Continue reading “Down the hall, to the left: capturing abnormal rummage”

Grease: Live’s retake on a classic

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Growing up in a household that loves music, I knew the words to “Grease”.  

It became one of my favorite musicals to watch.  I never thought that I would see a live showing of the musical take place on national television, until recently. Seeing Jesse J come out and start singing the lead track “Grease” was spectacular.  Her voice took on a new quality that brought the song into this generation.

As I sat watching Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit bring to life Danny and Sandy in a new fresh look, I fell in love with the musical all over again.  Sure it had all the bells and whistles of the original, but it was also completely new with a few new songs thrown in.  One of the “new” songs was Marty’s solo “Freddy My Love”.  This song was a brand new take on what Marty Maraschino, played by Keke Palmer, was all about.

Carlos PenaVega and Vanessa Hudgens brought out a different side to Kenickie and Rizzo. PenaVega seemed to show more of a caring side to Kenickie when he thought that Rizzo was pregnant, even going as far as to not drag race in case something bad happened to him during the race.

Vanessa Hudgens gave her best performance. Having dedicated the performance to her father she lost to cancer the night before Grease: Live premiered, she powered through with a strength most wouldn’t be able to show in a time of grief. Showcasing her pain in Rizzo’s solo “There Are Worst Things I Could Do” gave the song a whole new meaning.  

By the ending of the show, I was still singing along with the songs I grew up with.  Even with the rearrangement on some of the most beloved songs and moments in Grease, this cast sure gave it a fresh and bright out-look for a new generation just coming into contact with musicals.  From the sets to the lighting the direction the musical took will have its own place to be remembered in the legacy that is Grease.

Written by JoyAnna Sturgeon