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Comments (223) | Posted by Orphan Andrew on February 23, 2011

February 22nd is National Margarita Day 2011. What, you don’t think this is a real holiday? Perhaps you are unaware of the drink’s great cultural heritage. Or perhaps you just haven’t had a margarita yet.

Before imbibing the sugary drink, take a moment to reflect on the history of the margarita. According to Robb Walsh, author of The Tex Mex Cookbook, “The margarita is a success with a thousand fathers (and a few mothers.) Among those claiming credit for the original drink’s invention are a San Antonio society dame, Mrs. William (Margarita) Sames, who first served her Margarita’s cocktail at a party in Acapulco in 1948.” While various bartenders claimed credit for the invention of the margarita, it’s hard to argue with the woman who gave the drink its name.

This original margarita was not the frozen drink that was the number one mixed drink in America in 2008, according to Cheers On-Premis Handbook. The invention of the frozen margarita took place in the 1970s, when an intrepid bartender converted a soft-serve ice cream machine into a margarita mixer. A legend was born. Today, the majestic margarita ranks as one of America’s favorite drinks. The U.S. is actually the world’s largest tequila market, thanks in no small part to our sweet, frozen beverage.

Thanks to CBS News for giving us the background on our fav drink. Ok, so im a frozen strawberry w/ sugar…what are you?!

Comments (924) | Posted by Orphan Andrew on February 9, 2011

So, of course the Grammy’s are this Sunday and if you plan on having a few people over or having an all out Grammy par-taaaaaaaay. I found some fun recipes that incorporate some of your fav Grammy nominated artists. Check it ouuuuuut. xoxo -OA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruno Mars Bars
Need:
3 Mars bars
1/3 cup butter
3 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups chocolate chips
Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 20 mins

Directions:
1 In large saucepan, cut up Mars bars and melt with butter.
2 Stir in Rice Krispies and press mixture into a buttered 8 inch square pan.
3 Melt chocolate chips and spread over Rice Krispies mixture.
4 After chocolate sets, cut into squares.

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Eminem Cookies
Need:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cups M&M’s

Total Time: 19 mins

Directions:
1 Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
2 Blend in eggs and vanilla.
3 Stir in flour, salt and baking soda. Mix well.
4 Stir in M&M’s.
5 Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet.
6 Bake at 350°F for 9 minutes or until just starting to get golden brown.

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Cee Lo Green Beans
Need:
1 lb green beans
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 medium onion, finely sliced
salt and pepper
1 1/4 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon minced gar
Arcade Fire Roasted Salsa and Chips

Total Time: 32 min

Directions:
1 Place the beans in a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 6-8 minutes until firm but not raw, drain well
2 Melt the butter in a pan, add the olive oil and heat, adding the onion and cooking for 3-4 minutes.
3 Add the beans, salt and pepper to taste and toss.
4 Add the chicken stock and garlic.
5 Cover and cook for about 10 minutes until tender.
6 Season well if desired and serve.

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Arcade Fire Roasted Salsa and Chips
Need:
8 roma tomatoes
3 poblano peppers
3 green chilies
3 jalapenos
1 1/2 onions
3 garlic cloves
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons lemon juice
salt

Total Time: 20 min

Directions:

1 roast all ingredients except garlic and cilantro on the grill till cooked through and slightly blackened.
2 chop onions and cilantro in food processor; set aside.
3 when all the ingredients on the grill are thoroughly cooked, chop in food processor.
4 combine all ingredients together.
5 serve hot or cold.

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Teenage Dreamsicles

Need:
1 -2 teaspoon Tang orange crystals
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk

Total Time: 5 min

Directions:
1 Mix all and adjust to suit your taste.
2 Pour into molds and freeze.

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Beiber Butter and Pearl Jam
Need:
1 sandwich wrap
2 -4 fresh strawberries
1 banana
1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
granola cereal (optional)

Total Time: 5 min

Directions:
1 Lay out the wrap and all the ingredients.
2 Spread the peanut butter as the first layer on the wrap, the thickness depending on your preference. Leave about a centimeter or two around the outside edges not covered.
3 Next spread the jelly on top, leaving spaces to place the strawberries.
4 Clean and slice the strawberries and place them in the gaps of jelly.
5 Sprinkle the granola over the PB&J layers on the wrap.
6 Peel the banana and place it whole near one edge of the wrap.
7 Roll the wrap up tightly around the banana and enjoy!

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Chocolate Drake
Need:
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
Michale Buble Champagne Cocktail (some kind of cocktail made with champagne)
Half of my Heart Cookies (sugar cookies cut in half hearts)

Total Time: 21 min

Directions:
1 Sift together flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Set aside.
2 Cream butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
3 To the bowl of wet ingredients, add about 1/3 of the dry sifted ingredients and the chocolate chips at a time, making sure they are well incorporated as you go along.
4 Drop dough, a tablespoon at a time, on an ungreased cookie sheet. Leave about 2 inches of room between each cookie.
5 Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 8-11 minutes, or until cookie is set. Cool for one minute on the cookie sheet before transferring cookies to a baking rack to finish cooling. Make sure cookies are thoroughly cool before you put them on a plate or in a cookie jar.

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Maroon 5-layer dip
Need:
1 (15 ounce) can refried beans
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheese, , your choice
2 cups salsa, your choice
1 can sliced black olives

Total Time: 30 min

Directions:
1 Pre heat the oven at 400 degrees.
2 Take a 9 inch pie plate and spread the cream cheese on the bottom.
3 Next spread the refied beans on top of the cream cheese.
4 Spread the salsa on top of the refried beans.
5 Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top of the salsa.
6 Finally sprinkle the black olives on top of the shredded cheese.
7 Bake in the pre heated oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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Michael Bublé Champagne Cocktail
Need:
6 sugar cubes
6 tablespoons cherry juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
champagne or sparkling wine

Total Time: 2 min

Directions:
Place 1 sugar cube, 1 tablespoon cherry juice and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in each of 6 champagne flutes. Fill with champagne.

Comments (26) | Posted by Orphan Andrew on April 21, 2010

Totally found this picture and just thought it was really cute. Tomorrow is Earth Day! Do something good for the earth tomorrow, like…i dunno, when you pee…dont flush…wait till you pee a few times. Ok, maybe not. Shut the water off when you are brushing your teeth then? I think the pee idea is more adventurous myself. To each their own! Whatever you decide to do this Earth Day, celebrate life :)

Comments (1,200) | Posted by Orphan Andrew on April 15, 2010

So, everyone’s FAV day is TAX DAY, April 15th. While you are waiting in line tonight at the Post Office or just finishing up online at your preferred tax website, take a second and take advantage of some of these retailers specials just for you today. Thank me later. XoXo -OA

Dunkin Donuts – free donut with any coffee purchase

Starbucks – as part of their The Big Picture project, bring in a reusable travel mug and get a free cup of coffee

Cinnabon –Get two free cupcakes (yup, cupcakes) from 6pm to 8pm

Papa John’s – get a large original-crust pizza with up to three toppings for $10.40 by entering coupon code “1040

TGI Friday’s – spend $15 to $25 and get a $5 “Bonus Bites” gift card; spend $25 and get a $10 card

PF Chang’s – get 15% off all meals, excluding alcohol

IHOP – for the entire month of April kids eat free from 4pm to 10pm

Comments (383) | Posted by The Wake Up Call on February 4, 2010

Dr. Oz said on his show that women eat about 7 pounds of lip gloss in a single decade!

Comments (667) | Posted by The Wake Up Call on January 26, 2010

The Daily Beast put out an article about the myths and realities of the American Idol audition process. Here are some interesting ones:

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Myth: Every audition city is flooded by a mob.

Reality: The largest audition to date appears to have been in Philadelphia in 2007, where more than 20,000 people showed up. The smallest was last year in Puerto Rico, where bad weather and a local lack of familiarity with the show led to what was a fairly significant debacle, with only a few hundred people appearing. An average crowd runs somewhere in the 6,000 to 8,000 range, which needs to be whittled to a hundred or so that are filmed in front of the judges.

Myth: On television, viewers see the massive lines of tens of thousands of auditioners wrapped around the Rose Bowl or the Dallas Cowboys stadium, who appear to be heading in to see Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, and Randy Jackson.

Reality: These were shot last summer, in some cases a full two months before Idol’s star judges flew to those cities. There are, in fact, two huge lines in which the contestants must wait at these initial cullings. First, they line up to register for their first actual audition that will happen one or two days hence: These lines generally start well before dawn, with aspirants camped out across parking lots.

On the audition day itself, the singers return to stand in line again and await admission to the stadium. This is the line—abuzz with excitement—that we see on TV. It, too, starts well before dawn, with singers showing up the night before to camp out. (To demonstrate how illogical many Idol wannabes are, there is no reason whatsoever to show up early: The order in which they will audition is determined by the number on the ticket they received when they registered.)

Myth: Is there a freakish majority? Seeing the crowd on television, one gets the sense that two-thirds of the people who show up are wearing Uncle Sam costumes or pink chicken suits.

Reality: In fact, the visible crazies or desperate-for-attention types only make up a tiny handful of the congregation. Far more evident are those who are merely moderately talented.

Myth: At the end of each audition episode, the throng of contestants is generally shown singing a pop hit, symbolizing camaraderie in the Idol nation.

Reality: Upon registering, the singers are told to download lyrics from the show’s Web site and prepare. Once in their seats, a coach runs them through the song, attempting to bring the stragglers up to speed. (Season 8 semifinalist Jackie Tohn was one such straggler at her Meadowlands audition. She had neglected to download or rehearse Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker.” “I had no idea what anybody is doing,” Tohn recalled last week. “And all the other people sitting around me were all rude, saying ‘You didn’t read that it said on the site that you’re supposed to print out these songs and know the words?’”)

Myth: The judges do the judging.

Reality: In fact, it is a brutal winnowing done first by scouts—who vary in background, celebutante DJ Samantha Ronson served this role in this season’s L.A. auditions, for instance—then by producers, who pull the best and worst from the masses in the stadiums. The contestants, who have been told to prepare two songs, are brought in four at a time to sing for the first time. They usually get through about eight bars before they are stopped. Occasionally, the scouts will ask for a bit of their second song. If the contestant makes it through, a rarity, they go on to the next round: the producers.

Myth: The judges do the judging, part two.

Reality: The producers’ round happens days, sometimes weeks, after the stadium event, often requiring those who traveled from far off to return to their audition city on their own dime. Here, the producers prod, searching for the hidden wellsprings of talent and telling those contestants who make it through which song to sing before the judges. Of course, some of these people are a) crazy b) awful singers c) both.

Myth: The joke auditioners—the tone deaf, the weird-looking, the angry—have absolutely no idea they may be moving forward to be filmed precisely because they suck.

Reality: Having gone through the scouts and the producers, and traveled three times to do so, when the contestants ultimately are to appear before the judges on camera, a producer announces to the assembled: “Some of you are here because you are really good. Some of you are here because you are really bad.” (Whether anyone who is terrible realizes that the disclaimer applies to him or her is another question.) Tohn remembers the scene in the waiting room, where jitters had everyone bouncing off the walls. “I found a lot of solace in talking to the lunatics who were more nervous than me,” she said. “My mom gave Norman Gentle a half-hour talking to, saying ‘Be true to yourself.’”

Comments (1,139) | Posted by The Wake Up Call on January 14, 2010

Watch this video about Jennifer Love Hewitt talking about “vajazzling”:

Comments (253) | Posted by The Wake Up Call on January 6, 2010

Bear Grylls, star of Discovery Channel’s “Man vs. Wild,” is known for doing crazy things while trying to survive in the world’s wildest places.

In an upcoming episode from the shows new season, Bear has to gives himself and ENEMA to absorb water and avoid dehydration. Watch the video here.

(NOTE: CONTENT MAY BE DISTURBING FOR SOME PEOPLE)

Thoughts? Comments below.

Comments (245) | Posted by Jason on August 21, 2009

This video is very disturbing, but it is a video that every person who text messages needs to watch.

Comments (1,077) | Posted by Jason on August 7, 2009

Tim Meadows for Saturday Night Live fame…also The Ladies Man, Mean Girls, Walk Hard, and more…was on the Wake Up Call on August 7, 2009.  He and his Improv crew gave us a quick lesson in Improv and then had us do a quick skit.  This video is the result!  Please leave comments.

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