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Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 large Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 1 packet of Taco Seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups Mild Salsa

Directions

1.) Place the chicken, seasoning, and pico de gallo into a crockpot on low heat. Let this cook for 8 hours.

2.) After the eight-hour mark, the chicken should be falling apart. With a fork, shred the chicken. Then serve with either brown rice or use a taco meat.

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Pork & Lime Nachos 

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Tortilla Chips (about 2/3 of a bag) 
  • 2 cups Pork, diced
  • ½ cup Refried Beans
  • 4 cups Cheese, Shredded
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ of a 4 oz can Green Chilies, drained
  • ¼ cup Cilantro
  • 2 teaspoon Jalapeño, diced
  • 1 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Lime, zest
  • 1 Tablespoon Dill
  • ⅓ cup Pico De Gallo

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. On a baking sheet, layer on the tortilla chips. Then pile on the shredded pork and beans, sprinkling on half of the cheese as well.
  2. In a pot, add milk, the rest of the cheese, and green chillies. Allow the cheese to melt on a medium heat, so it becomes a smooth liquid.
  3. Deseed the avocado and combine with dill, yogurt, lime, cilantro, and jalapeño and blend into a liquid.
  4. Place tray into oven for 7 minuteor until the cheese layer has melted.
  5. Once out of the oven, let the nachos cool for a couple of minutes. To finish them, sourcream sauce, cheese sauce, and Pico De Gallo.
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4 Ingredient Pesto Chicken Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1/2 of a 16 oz box of spaghetti
  • A 6.3 oz jar of Barilla pesto
  • 4 medium sized chicken breasts
  • A pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Begin by filling a large pot halfway full with water, and put on a medium-high heat setting. While this is heating, add in 1/2 box of spaghetti and a pinch of salt. From here, fix the noodles according to the directions on the packaging.

 

  1. While this is boiling, cut up the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Throw them into a covered skillet and let them cook through. When there’s no pink left, drain any juices off the chicken. Then put the chicken back into the pan, letting them get a nice and burn-like crust on them.
  2. By now the pasta should be done, so go ahead and drain it. Put the spaghetti back into the pot and mix in the jar of pesto, mixing with kitchen tongs. Once evenly coated, add in the chicken.

Hot Ham & Cheese Rolls

Hot Ham & Cheese Rolls

These rolls are the love child of cinnamon rolls and Hawaiian ham sandwiches. The recipe comes from the blog Kevin and Amanda. 

http://www.kevinandamanda.com/hot-ham-cheese-party-rolls

Ingredients

  • 1 can refrigerated Classic Pizza Crust
  • 3/4 lb deli ham
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Unroll the pizza dough onto a cutting board and press into approximately a 13×18-inch rectangle. Top with ham and cheese slices.
  3. Starting on the longer side of the rectangle, roll up the edge tightly. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is face down. Cut into 12 slices, approximately 1-inch wide. Arrange in prepared baking dish.
  4. Next, combine the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and poppy seeds in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until the butter is melted and the glaze is combined. Pour evenly over the tops of the rolls.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes until golden and browned.
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Suicide Squad Review + Spicy Chicken and Waffles Sandwich

Boy, where has the summer gone? School starts back up soon, and there hasn’t been one huge standout movie of the year yet. After Batman v. Superman, Suicide Squad gave DC a second chance to take over the box office, fans, and the critics. Suicide Squad was a paint by the number action flick, but it was chaotic enough to make it work.

From a narrative standpoint, Suicide Squad was a mess. Earlier this year, I witnessed the exact same plot a handful of times. The plot should be at the center, and the characters should drive the plot forward. Suicide Squad did expand upon their characters by giving them quick origin stories via flashbacks. Director, David Ayer, most likely chose this style to give some insight on why they were chosen for the team. Giving minute long introductions effectively set up the squad without wasting a ton of time.

On the other hand, this was the most fun I had at the movies all summer. Its colorful cast of characters all need their own spin-offs. As much as I loved the cast, I felt like it was overcrowded at times and should have had fewer members on the squad. This would’ve given more time with each of the characters, and as a result, we would’ve gotten a chance to get to know them better.

This was the first movie in years where Will Smith hadn’t phoned it in for the paycheck. Of course, queen Margot Robbie was going to be a fan favorite. She’s freaking Harley Quinn! These two bounced back and forth with the “main character” role in Suicide Squad, though they didn’t have equal screen time.  

For the other members of the Suicide Squad, they needed to be featured more or not at all. El Diablo and Katana were the standouts for me and deserved extra screen time. There is so much DC can do with Katana, and they better not waste her. The two members of the squad that really served no purpose were Captain Boomerang and Slipknot. This was Jai Courtney’s best performance since Spartacus. (Flashbacks to Terminator Genisys.) Slipknot had the skills of a boy scout, and Boomerang robbed every bank in Australia. That’s all you need to know about them. Rick Flag didn’t serve a purpose, and you still could have had a movie without his weird Texas accent. Killer Croc looked amazing, but again, he was a wasted character.

Viola Davis can do no wrong, and she always gives an Oscar worthy performance. I wanted her to be the villain of the movie. Instead, we got Delevingne and her eyebrows. Delevingne’s acting has gotten better since I last saw her, but she still needs a lot of practice if she wants big roles like this.

Finally, we have the Joker himself: Jared Leto. From all the interviews and press it seemed like the Joker was going to be in it a lot more than 7 minutes. I really like how they blended every version of the Joker we’ve already seen into one psychopath. I think they nailed the Joker and Harley Quinn’s messed up relationship, and I need more of it. Leto did a fantastic job and complemented Ben Affleck’s Batman.

Sometimes the music was overbearing in scenes. The first act was almost like a music video. This was prominently featured in the squad’s introductions. Also, the music was almost always on the nose, such as when the squad was brought together and Seven Nation Army was playing.  Songs that were written for the film, including Purple Lamborghini, Sucker For Pain, and Heathens, fit in much better.

I’m not going to lie to you; I had a lot of fun with Suicide Squad. The cast had chemistry, and everyone pulled their own weight. My problem is that it had the same note by note action that I’ve already seen. With Wonder Woman and Justice League coming out next year, there is still hope for DC.

Suicide Squad was a hodgepodge of so many different things, and it worked. Brunch is the only time of day when you can have pancakes and salad at the same time without being judged! So why don’t we combine these two ideas into one sandwich?

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Spicy Chicken and Waffles Sandwich

Ingredients

  • ½ cup waffle mix
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1/3 cup of shredded cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cooked diced chicken breast (4 oz)
  • 2 teaspoon sriracha

Directions

  1. Preheat waffle maker. In a medium bowl, combine waffle mix with water, cheese, garlic, basil, and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup.
  2. Once heated, prime waffle maker with cooking spray and pour in batter.
  3. While this is cooking, add together diced chicken, maple syrup, and sriracha in a small bowl and set to the side.
  4. After the waffle is cooked, remove and place to the side.
  5. Cut the waffle in half and place the chicken on one of the halves. Then top it off with the second half of the waffle.
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Yigal Azrouel Fashion Show at Eyebeam, Sept 5th, 2008
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Top Places for Fandom Fashion

In recent years, many brands and stores have been noticing that geeks and nerds are an untapped market. Before, fangirls who wanted to show off their nerd pride only had the option of t-shirts. Sure t-shirts are nice, but sometimes we want something a little different.  

I created a list of my favorite stores where I like to buy my swag.

Her Universe

Created by Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars, Her Universe is one of the most popular brands of fandom related clothing. Mostly what I’ve purchased from them are their t-shirts, but they have some really cool dresses that can be worn for every occasion. Also, almost all of their pieces can be bought in a plus size. Her Universe has a lot to offer, but a large amount of their clothing is pin-up or vintage inspired. The brand has expanded into stores since its release and created store exclusive items for Hot Topic and Kohl’s. One downside is that Her Universe’s clothing can be pricey, but they run sales regularly.  

HOTH PIN-UP DRESS: $90

http://www.heruniverse.com/apparel/hoth-pinup-dress.html

Hot Topic

Growing up, I was afraid of going into Hot Topic. This was due to the amount of early-2000s goths that shopped there. Times have changed, and so has Hot Topic. The store still continues to be a truck stop for emos, but has become nerdy and fandom-friendly.

STAR WARS DARTH VADER CAPE DRESS: $44.99

http://www.hottopic.com/product/star-wars-darth-vader-cape-dress/10444579.html

STAR WARS BB-8 GIRLS BOMBER JACKET: $59.50

http://www.hottopic.com/product/star-wars-bb-8-girls-bomber-jacket/10444571.html

Torrid

Torrid is the answer for all nerdy fashion for plus-sized women. Though most of their items are more casual, they carry some fun pieces you can dress up or down.

Disney Ariel Collection Button Down Tank Top: $38.50

http://www.torrid.com/product/disney-ariel-collection-button-down-tank-top/10514255.html?cgid=popculture-disney-viewall

Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Wing Tee: $34.90

http://www.torrid.com/product/walking-dead-daryl-dixon-wing-tee/10527047.html

Kohl’s

Kohl’s has been killing it with their Junior and Junior Plus sections. Again, they have Her Universe pieces available in both sizes, but if you’re wanting something both fashionable and nerdy, this is the cheapest place. This year especially, I’ve liked their Avengers workout collection and 75th Anniversary Captain America line. The only problem with Kohl’s is that they don’t really restock, so I would snatch up items when you see them.  

Juniors’ Plus Size Marvel Captain America Scalloped Tee: $23.80

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2468426/juniors-plus-size-marvel-captain-america-scalloped-tee.jsp?color=Tomato

Juniors’ Marvel Captain America Pleated Shortie Shorts: $25.99

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2466153/juniors-marvel-captain-america-pleated-graphic-shortie-shorts.jsp

Thinkgeek

Thinkgeek is where it’s at! They have every fandom you can think of and usually are reasonably priced. If you’re a Trekkie, I would check out their line of swimsuits.

Star Trek:TNG One-Piece Swimsuit: $59.99

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/isoo/?srp=2

Star Trek:TNG Deanna Troi Swim Shirt: $37.49

https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/isor/

Converse

No outfit is complete without a pair of shoes. If you’re a classic converse kind of girl like me, the Converse DC line is goals.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star DC Comics High Tops: $60

http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-dc-comics-high-top-unisex-shoe/pid-11389590/pgid-11396302


Waldorf Chicken Salad

Waldorf Chicken Salad

 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of cooked chicken
  • 1 cup miracle whip light
  • 1 cup grapes, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup unsalted pecans
  • 2 tablespoons dill
  • 1 green apple diced

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Serve on crackers or on a roll