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A Toothbrush You’ll Care About

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Today I had the opportunity to hear the CEO of Bogobrush, Heather McDougall.

She and her brother created a economic, social, and sustainable toothbrush. Something so simple that will make a huge impact. With so many people lacking access to dental care, the Buy One, Give One toothbrush is perfect. It’s simple in design, but packing in its purpose.

Listening to Heather talk about the vision she has was inspiring to say the least. Her words of advice to those reaching to be a social entrepreneur? …”Just Do”. It was refreshing to see the passion, excitement, and drive that Heather possesses.

I’m going to put my order in. I recommend you do too. It would make great stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, or just keep them for yourself. They’re beautiful.

Here is their website: Just Do: http://bogobrush.com/

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Super Bowl XLVIII the Right Way

It’s time for Super Bowl 2014, XLVIII (that’s 48 in roman numerals). I’ve always been a football fan. It has really come in handy when hanging out with my boyfriend or even going home to visit my dad. Vikings are my team of choice – unless you’re from Minnesota, you don’t know how hard it really is to be a fan of any sport up here.

Anyway- I’ve always wanted to host a Super Bowl party. I pretend I care about the calories. I “shh” people so I can hear the commercials. I love rooms full of people yelling and cheering. This is my first year living by myself, but sadly my tiny apartment can’t fit more than me and Mina (my cat). So instead, I have planned an imaginary Super Bowl party for the one day I get to host one in a house.

So let me be a pretend hostess:

Multiple TVs

I went to a party last year that had the food and game in different rooms so they put a smaller TV in the kitchen so we could stuff our faces and not miss a single play.

Plenty of Seating

We aren’t young anymore. Sitting on the floor for 3-4 hours is not pleasant. Actually, it’s almost impossible. If you don’t have enough sofas or chairs, ask guests to bring camping chairs.

Chit Chat Corner

If possible, it would be nice for guests who would rather chit chat than watch the game to have their own space to do just that.

Food. Food. Food.

Besides the TV, the most important part of a party. If you’re anything like me, you don’t enjoy cooking 12 appetizers. If I were you…or you me… I would ask each guest to bring a dish- potluck style. If you need to exercise some control over the issue, specify warm or cold, app or entre, fruity or chocolate-ly. Recipes below! I suggest labeling every food item as people bring them to you. You’ll save everyone from asking and answering a million times.

Drinks: another must have.

Beer, wine, water, and more beer. Have several types for every palette. Don’t forget not everyone wants to drink alcohol- after all some people have to drive. Pop with and without caffeine is a necessity. The most needed and most often forgotten item- ICE. Don’t forget it. Serving drinks in a lemonade dispenser like this.

Clean up

If people bring dishes, make sure they bring those home. Rinse them out if your guests gobbled their dish out. Hopefully you were smart and used paper products for serving. Who wants to do dishes on a full stomach? I’m the freak that hates my food touching so more than just plates are recommended. Paper plates that have the sections so food doesn’t run together is great for dips AND wings.

Resources for you:

Here are some of my favorite recipes:

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Modified Pizza Rolls (Homemade-kinda)

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Roll-Ups

Delicious Trash Balls

Amount of Food You Need
Salsa: 1/4 to 1/3 cup salsa per person.

Chips: 2 ounces per person

Chicken wings: 3 pounds for 6 as a starter

Chili: 2 pounds of meat to serve 4 people

Drinks: Make it 2 people per bottle of wine, and 2 people per six-pack

Create a Super Bowl Drinking Game: Here’s a jump start:

Drink Once

  • Every point (field goal = 3 drinks)
  • Random camera zoom on hot chick (cheerleaders count)
  • Team you’re not rooting for gets first down
  • Team you’re not rooting for stops you on third and short (under 2 yards)
  • Every incomplete pass by your teams QB

Drink Twice

  • Double Entendres (e.g. gaping hole, ball handler, tight end, penetrates the defense)
  • Injury (finish it if they bring out the stretcher)
  • Missed field goal
  • Failed 4th down attempt

Tell me what you think! Comment with suggestions or success stories!

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Modified Pizza Rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 can refrigerated reduced fat crescent rolls
  • 40 slices pepperoni
  • 4 pieces of string cheese, cut in half (Low fat string cheese doesn’t melt well)
  • garlic powder
  • pizza/spaghetti sauce

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Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip
(16 servings)
Credit: Key Ingredient

Ingredients

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
¼ cup canned chopped green chilies
¼ cup canned diced jalapeno peppers
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
Chips or buttery crackers

Directions

In a large bowl, beat the first five ingredients until blended; spread into an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; top with bread crumbs. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 16 servings.

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Spicy Chicken Tortilla Roll-Ups

Spicy Chicken Rollups

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Roll-Ups
Credit: Homemade by Holman

1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can Ro-tel diced tomatoes, drained
12 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tsp ancho chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic salt (I like Lawry’s)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
6 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
6-8 large flour tortillas

Season the chicken breasts with salt, half of the cumin, and 1 tsp of the chili powder. Add chicken to a skillet and add about 1 cup of water. Cover and cook on med-high heat until cooked through. Add more water if necessary. Once the chicken is cooked, cool slightly and shred with 2 forks.

In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, drained tomatoes, cheese, remaining spices, garlic, cilantro and scallions. Mix together until well-incorporated. Add cooled chicken and stir together.
Lay out tortillas and divide mixture evenly in the center of each. Spread into a thin layer leaving the edges clean. Roll each tortilla tightly. Do not fold in the ends like you would with a burrito but leave them free. Use a sharp knife to cut into 1″ thick slices and transfer to a serving platter. (The end pieces will likely unroll a little so just eat the extras). Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Trash Balls

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Ingredients

    • 1 (6 ounce) package sliced pepperoni 
    • 1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
    • 2 (10 1/8 ounce) packages Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Roll dough

Directions

  1. Take out the crescent rolls, and separate into the individual triangles.
  2. Flatten each triangle and slice it so that it becomes three small triangles.
  3. Dice pepperoni into very tiny pieces. (I use my Ninja)
  4. Add the pepperoni into the cream cheese, mixing well.
  5. Take a very small spoonful of cream cheese/pepperoni mixture and put it in the middle of one of the crescent rolls triangles.
  6. Pinch up all of the sides around the filling, rolling into a ball.
  7. Repeat and place them all on a cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for the amount of time stated on the crescent rolls (usually 10-13 minutes at 375°F).
  9. Let cool for a few minutes before serving!
  10. Enjoy!

    Tips:

  • Add some Italian seasoning and serve w/ pizza sauce for Pizza White Trash Pockets.
  • Add a little Mozzarella cheese for a gooier cheese center.
  • try adding some black olives, and green onions!

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Loaded Baked Potato, Buffalo Chicken Casserole

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Dinner for Two + Leftovers

What you need:

  • 3 Chicken Breasts
  • 6 Medium Potatoes
  • ¼ cup Olive Oil
  • 4 ½ TBSP Hot Sauce
  • 1 ½ TBSP Garlic Powder
  • ¾ TBSP Paprika
  • ¾ TBSP Black Ground Pepper
  • 1 1/8 TSP Salt

Topping

  • 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • Bacon Pieces to taste
  • Green onions to taste

1. Preheat oven to 500º F

2. Cube potatoes.

3. Mix olive oil, hot sauce, garlic powder, paprika, pepper, and salt.

4. Coat potatoes in sauce.

5. Spread out in a greased baking dish.

6. Bake potatoes for 30 minutes. Stir every 15 minutes.

7. While potatoes are cooking, cube chicken.

8. Place chicken in leftover sauce from potatoes. (We had to mix up more.)

9. When potatoes are fully cooked, put coated chicken on top of potatoes.

10. Reduce heat to 400º F.

11. Return dish to oven for 12 minutes.

12. When chicken is fully cooked, sprinkle on the cheese, bacon, and green onions.

13. Put dish back in the oven until cheese is melted.

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29 People On The Hardest Things They Had To Learn When They Were In Their 20s

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Growing up, as 20-somethings, we feel like we are invincible. And during our brief time in the third decade of our lives — during the times that we do reflect on ourselves — we find out that we could’ve handled some situations better, or that we could’ve taken a different course of action. During our 20s, we make decisions — some difficult, some not — that will define who we are for the rest of our lives. Here are some things people learned during their 20s. Found on a Quora thread, which you can peruse at length here.

1. Hugh Powell

In your twenties you learn that you never really become an adult, just that people start expecting you to act like one. So you start pretending to be grown up, even though you still feel like a scared little child.

And if you’re smart, no matter how good…

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Best Ways to Upcycle Wine Corks

For those of you who have liked my page on Facebook, you’ll know this week was themed “Wine Corks”.
(If you haven’t liked me on Facebook do it HERE.)

I couldn’t contain all the crafty and useful things to do with them in 5 posts. I thought to end the week, I’d just write one giant post of all the fun things I’ve found and want to try out. Here we go:

1. I knit occassionally so I had to share this:
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2. How great would these be as placeholders, labeling food at a party, or holding up a photo on your desk?
Cork card holders

3. These would make cute party favors:
cork keychain
Instructions here

4. Love these as decorations for home:
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Instructions for cork ball HERE

5. Going to do these soon:
cork magnets

6. Simple, yet so cute:
Cork wine coasters
Instructions HERE

7. You can never have too many thumbtacks:
Wine Cork Thumbtackw
Instructions HERE

8. My favorite of all of these:
cork board
Instructions HERE

9. If I had a green thumb:
gardencorkmarker

10. If you don’t drink enough wine to finish these projects, you can actually buy corks from Amazon! You get about 100 corks for around $15.00- Much cheper than drinking your way. Buy premium wine corks here.

Have you crafted anything with wine corks? Let me know- I’d love to see pictures.

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Must-Have Kitchen Items

Ramen, Macaroni and Cheese, quesadillas, spaghetti, pizza, pizza, pizza, and, well…pizza.

Sound familiar? College “cooking” at its finest. Not many 20-somethings know their way around the kitchen after leaving the comfort of the endless buffet at the college’s dining center

Now, as a warning to all of you, I am absolutely NOT an expert in the kitchen. My mom and dad are still scared to let me help out when I’m home. Yes, they have every reason to be. I recently mutilated our bread bowl for spinach dip.

I know I’m not the only one struggling to make new things and try out recipes at home. I would have found it easier when I was shopping for my first apartment to have a list. I’m a HUGE list person. So I have compiled what I think every young adult NEEDS in the kitchen to start them off. I’m not going to list the obvious silverware, cups, and plates, but this isn’t going to be fancy appliances that you can’t tell which side is up even after reading instructions. Practical. Simple. Useful. Must have gadgets:

Electric Kettle

My mom bought one of these for me when I was moving into my college dorm. I laughed thinking, what the heck will I use this for? Well, its magical. It heats water incredibly fast  even to a boil. This is perfect for those lazy lunch days or quick dinners before diving into a book or Netflix series. I’ve recently been using mine for instant coffee and hot chocolate, but those “college” meals like Ramen and Instant Mac are even easier with this. They’re super cheap too! – Find one here.

Side Note: I deserve a medal or a advertising job from Amazon. I swear I keep them in business single-handily.

George Foreman 2 serving grill

This is the best way to cook simple, healthy meals. I use it all the time to grill up chicken breasts. Clean up tip: put damp paper towels or napkins on the grill while it is still hot (not plugged in) while you are eating. This keeps the grease from hardening making for a quick and easy cleanup. Find one here.

Good pots and pans

I learned my lesson the hard way. I hate spending money so the bright eyed bushy tail 19 year old I used to be spent pennies on a pot and pan set from Amazon- The ONLY time I regret using Amazon. Food stuck in them making them a pain to clean. When I did clean them, the surface easily scratched. I accidently made hazardous eggs, the surface coating flaked looking deceivingly like pepper. Yuck. So when I moved out of my college apartment, I decided to invest in some better pots and pans. I am still cheap so I found some great ones at TJ Maxx. They may have a limited selection, but you can’t beat the prices of higher quality products.

A Slow Cooker

This was or will be one of your first gifts when you move off campus. I just got one recently and I love it! The only problem that I have is preparing meals in the morning so that I can let them cook all day while I’m at class and work. I’ve found it easier to brown hamburger and thaw chicken the night before and getting everything ready to throw in. Other than that- you can’t go wrong. I only look for the easy, cheap ingredient recipes, but it seems like that’s almost all there is. I find all my recipes on Pinterest. My favorite is the chili I whip up every once and awhile. For as wonderful as these babies are, they are also very inexpensive and they come in all sorts of sizes perfect for dips, food, and soups. I love THIS one.

Ninja Blender

I was looking for a blender while I was living in my college apartment and my parents answered my prayers with a Ninja blender. It’s heavy duty so I can blend anything from fruits and sauces to pizza and cookie dough. Although I haven’t tried yet, but they said its so powerful that you can juice fruits and veggies because of the sharp blades and high speeds. Primarily, I make smoothies on the go in the travel cups that came with it, but I have made pesto and a chipotle sauce as well. These are not cheap, but they are a great quality blender that will last you a long time. THIS is the one most similar to mine.

  1. Not so obvious- The following are all things I never thought to buy when shopping.
    1. Magnets- they are surprisingly obligatory
    2. Magnetic whiteboard for the fridge- great for quick shopping lists you can write down later
    3. Oven mitts- yeah I used a towel for a year.
    4. Tupperware- don’t be afraid to reuse Cool-Whip and butter containers. THIS is my favorite though.
    5. Cutting Board- wood is best for your knives (don’t forget those)
    6. Tongs- these go great with your George Foreman
    7. Water pitcher- I use a Britta, but without the spendy filters. I just use it to keep cold water on hand
    8. Utensil holder- no one with gaps- I have learned I don’t always think when shopping
    9. Coffee maker- I have a Tassimo, but we all know Keurig is the most popular. I’m looking into getting a French Press as I type.

I got a Le Creuset dutch oven and matching spatulas for Christmas and it is BEAUTIFUL (eggplant color). I haven’t used it yet, but very excited to. Is it sad that I’m excited about kitchen stuff? *sigh*

What other appliances have you found you can’t live without?

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