Assassin’s Creed and Michael Fassbender – Love it!

It looks like Michael Fassbender could potentially play one of a bunch of my favorite characters ever created (in my opinion) in video game history!  And trust me, I also take into account the classics…Samus anyone?  But Fassbender is an incredible actor and seems like a great pick for the face of the secret assassin society.  As a gamer and film buff, this is exciting!

www.gamespot.com

The thought of this coming to life kinda makes me wanna shed a tear of joy

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Bacon Jam Recipe!

Over in good ol’ Philly, my boyfriend made Bacon Jam yesterday!  It’s apparently crazy delicious and, I mean c’mon, it’s bacon.

Mark’s Daily Apple by the way – the website from that link – is fucking awesome.  I think that’s the first “fuck” I’ve written on my blog, but it’s a well deserved first “fuck” (that sounds more sexual than I want it to be).  But really, if you are interested at all about Paleo, good food, a healthy lifestyle, I’d follow his website.  That’s what I first started reading and wouldn’t ya know it, I’m hooked.

Anyway, back to bacon.  He made jam and it was an easy recipe to follow.  So it’s tasty and convenient – like McDonalds…but not.

Ingredients:

He lined up all the ingredients for ya :]

He lined up all the ingredients for ya :]

 

  • 12 to 16 ounces of bacon (340 g to 450 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (5 ml)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (a pinch)
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (2.5 ml)
  • 1/2 of a chipotle pepper en adobo, chopped (or more, but these canned peppers add a lot of heat)
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (30 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (15 ml)
  • 1/2 cup strongly brewed coffee (120 ml)
  • 1/2 cup water (120 ml)

(I copied these right from Mark’s Daily Apple and take no credit for the original creation of bacon jam)

Process:

 

First, he cut everything up and got ready to cook it all in the pot

First, he cut the bacon up and cooked it to a light crisp, not completely crispy so there was enough fat to cook the rest of the ingredients.

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With the bacon fat, cook the garlic and shallot for a few minutes. Add the chili powder, cinnamon, cocoa powder, chipotle pepper, vinegar, maple syrup, coffee, water and the bacon.

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Simmer for about 1 hour, stir occasionally and add a little water if the pot begins to get dry. The finished product should be thick and syrupy.

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Put in a food processor and pulse a few times to blend just a little, leaving the texture somewhat chunky.

Done and done! After refrigerating it for a little while, it was delicious, spreadable, and a great addition to anything you like to have things spread on.

Done and done! After refrigerating it for a little while, it was delicious, spreadable, and a great addition to anything you like to have things spread on. Also, it last for a few weeks!

Let me know how it goes for you if you make it, I’d love to hear other people’s responses.  Bacon, yay!

 

Made first batch of Vault Beer – IPA! (Part 1)

My friends Nick, Jordan, and I have decided to start making beer.  We’re like “beer is really cool, I love to drink beer, how does one make beer?….wanna make beer?”…that, more or less, is how the lengthy conversation went.  So we made beer last night at Nick’s house, and started with the ingredients for an IPA.

 

Almost all the tools we used

Almost all the tools we used

This is after the water was heated to 170 degree Fahrenheit, and we dumped all the grains, through a large tea bag for 20 minutes

This is after the water was heated to 170 degree Fahrenheit, and we dumped all the grains, through a large tea bag for 20 minutes

After the grainy water boiled for awhile, we added the hops in a half hour at a time, stirred, then immediately had to cool it off with a copper coil and ice surrounding the pot.

After the grainy water boiled for awhile, we added the hops in a half hour at a time, stirred, then immediately had to cool it off with a copper coil and ice surrounding the pot.

Once it was cooled down, we started transferring it to the glass thing (it has a fancy name that I completely forgot)

Once it was cooled down, we started transferring it to the glass thing (it has a fancy name that I completely forgot)

Then we added an extra 2.5  gallons of water and the yeast so it was a total of 5 gallons of beer that'll be made.

Then we added an extra 2.5 gallons of water and the yeast so it was a total of 5 gallons of beer that’ll be made.

So now we wait!  It’s currently sitting in Nick’s vault (yes, he literally has a vault in his basement that’s larger than my house), and we’ll transfer it in a couple weeks to another glass thing, wait till it ferments some more, then it’s bottle time! I’ll keep you posted as I go!

Betta fish in the roots of Bamboo

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I was visiting my man out in Philly and his friend’s roommate had this amazing looking design happenin with her betta fish bowl.  She put bamboo stick on top, with the roots floating in the water and decorative rocks all for a single beta fish to swim around and enjoy.  I thought, damn that’s cute, and I have a betta fish.  This can happen.

So I did it too!  It doesn’t look nearly as pretty as hers, but it’s worth a shot.  I just took a flower pot big enough for it to swim around in, found bamboo sticks on Amazon for 7 bucks, a small plastic cup that I poked holes through on the bottom, and cool blue stones that I fit on the bottom and with the bamboo sticks.  To feed the betta fish, just lift the cup and pour the food in.  Apparently, what I learned from the girl I originally saw this from is that betta fish really love swimming in weeds and roots.  That’s their natural habitat, and if you are like me, I never thought to find that information out.  So I figured if I’m gonna keep this little guy around, might as well make him more comfortable.

I give all the credit to the girl in Philly (I’m sorry, I wish I remembered your name) for finding out how to do this, so that I can do it too :]

Eyes Be Closed – Washed Out

www.feelguide.com...this is a damn sexy album cover

http://www.feelguide.com…this is a damn sexy album cover

So back in college, I used to co-host a radio show through our student internet station (some of the best times of college might I add).  Through that, we had access to upcoming music, local events, etc. and it really helped expand my knowledge of artists, genres, different music scenes, and just music in general.  It’s always one of my biggest passions, but that truly was my peek of activity within music.  Washed Out was one of my favorite bands for my co-host and I to play at the time.  They just came out with a new album, they still had a newer sound, and their music seemed to fit any mood you were in.  However, since we were hosting a radio show, as much as we wanted to enjoy the music ourselves, I felt like most of the time we were more concerned about learning these new artists’ sounds in order to incorporate them into the show more so than genuinely listening to them.

Now I can listen, and I’m falling for Washed Out all over again, as cheesy as that sounds.  Also, every time I watch Portlandia, I wanna listen to their albums again.  Now I know they have a bunch of other stuff, but Within and Without is still my favorite to listen to all the way through.  I can rarely do that with albums.  This one, I can.

Aussie Construction Feminist Workers?

This is a good ad, got it from this link:

http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/03/construction-workers-heckle-female-passerby-mindfully/?utm_source=All&utm_campaign=Daily+Moment+of+Awake+in+the+Inbox+of+Your+Mind&utm_medium=email

My boyfriend found it to help me feel better…it kinda worked.  Even though it’s just a commercial and probably wouldn’t really happen, it’s hilarious, and incredible to imagine if it ever did.

Oh Australia, how I miss you so.

Beer recommendation!

I came across this lovely beverage at the beercade in Chicago, and it was the second best thing about that night (besides playing old arcade games for free). It’s extremely smooth, served in a can (way better for the quality of the beer), and perfect for the cold weather that was the end of February at that time. I tend to like porters and stouts during the winter/fall time for some reason. Maybe because they’re dark and thick…like winter? I don’t know. However, if you enjoy the rich coffee taste, you’ll love this beer. It’s like it took your favorite morning pastime and added alcohol to it. Check it out!

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