Cats/Kittens, Entertainment, Life

My Shameless Obsession: My Cat

At work the other day, I was in an elevator talking about the television shows I watch with a coworker.  Another woman was standing with us and it was said that we talk a lot about the shows we watch.  This realization prompted the woman standing along side us in the elevator said, “Well, wait until you have kids.”

My coworker and I reached our floor, we stepped out, and as the elevator doors closed we looked at each other and said, “Are you kidding me?”  To my coworker, it was a comment she hears all too often in her job which is mainly with the married-with-children type.

The woman’s comment outraged my coworker because she hears the same comments about her age and marital status (and child-less status) all the time.

The woman’s comment outraged me because she didn’t even hear me begin to talk about my cat. Her name is Mable, but I also call her Bacon because “Mable Bacon.”

I have one thing to say to you, lady: Nothing compares to my cat obsession.

My Instagram account right now:

#100DaysofHappy?  No.  #100DaysofMable. mylifeMy Twitter account right now: twitter   My Facebook account right now:

Yes, I censored my friends in my photo.

Yes, I took an inspirational quote and made slapped it on a photo of Mable.

Yes, I know how great it looks. facebookThe worst part about being obsessed with my cat is that she doesn’t know or she doesn’t care or she does know and doesn’t care.

But do I care?  No.  I’m too busy obsessing over my cat.

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Education, Entertainment, Food & Drink

PHOTO HOW TO: KFC BOWL (With Bacon)

As I wait for the AHS Coven Season Finale, I am re-blogging the most bewitching recipe I have ever accomplished: The KFC Bowl (With Bacon).

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The majority of your ingredients!  *Corn not pictured

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Boil water for the potatoes!

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Pan-fry your bacon!
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Chop your potatoes!!!  Keep the skin on!
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Boil your potatoes!
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Smash your chicken!  (With whatever you have handy…)
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Done.
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After the pounding, chop your chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Then put chicken pieces in a bowl with hot sauce and milk!

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Smash your croutons and add this stuff into the breading!
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Make an assembly line!

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Flour the chicken!

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Bread the chicken!

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Fry the chicken!

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Keep an eye on the boiling potatoes!

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Make garlic butter (melted butter with garlic powder)!

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Look at it!

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Make your gravy!

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Put all of this and the garlic butter together in the strained potatoes!

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Chop that bacon!

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Add the bacon into the potatoes!

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Cook your corn!

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Make your side of biscuits!

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It’ll look like this!

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The Final Comparison!

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Education, Food & Drink, Life

How To: Bacon Chili, Bacon Freak Style

Once upon a time ago, I stumbled upon a chili recipe that had people asking for an invite while I posted the cooking progress on Facebook.

You can find the video of this mind-blowing chili here on BaconFreak.com, but the massive amount cooked might be too much for you.  I toned it down for a smaller amount of consumers.

What You’ll Need:

1 Can of Crushed Tomatoes

1 Can of Fire Roasted Tomatoes

1 Can of Diced Tomatoes

1 Can of Kidney Beans

1 Can of Pinto Beans

1 Can of Black Beans

1 Large Onion

3-4 Cloves of Garlic

1 Pound of Bacon

2 Pounds of Ground Beef

Paprika

Cayenne Pepper

Chili Powder

Salt

Pepper

How to Serve:

Sour Cream

Cheddar Cheese

Scallions

Tortilla Chips

1.) Beans And Tomatoes.

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2.) Chili Powder, Cayenne Pepper, And Paprika.
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You’re going to want to cook your bacon until it gets a beautiful seasoned look with a crispy edge.  No exact measurements necessary, just try and give an equal amount of each.

1 TBSP of each can do the trick for all of the bacon if you’re a worry-wart. 

3.) Bacon With A Side Of Bacon.

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Continue to cook all of your bacon.  This is a bacon chili, for crying out loud.

4.) Caramelize Onions And Garlic In The Bacon Grease.

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Mince your garlic and chop your onion into small bits.  Mix the combination in with the grease and seasoning left over from the bacon cooking rounds.

5.) Throw In Your Beef.

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Brown it, season it, mix it in with the garlicky onions.  Add more of the same seasonings (1 TSP of each) but with this round, you can add some salt and pepper if you prefer.

6.) Chop Your Bacon On The Side.  

Throw Everything Into A BIG Pot.

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You’ll want everything to have a chance to get acquainted.

7.) Everything’s Turning Up Tomato.

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Throw all of your tomato products in (with their juices).

8.) Add The Black Beans.
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Strain and rinse before mixing.

9.) Add The Pinto Beans.

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Same as the Black Beans: Strain and Rinse.

10.) Add The Kidney Beans.

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Same Bean Protocol: STRAIN AND RINSE.  After this round, you might want to add more of the hotter seasonings (or some straight hot sauce) if you prefer a  more intense chili experience.

11.) Cook For An Hour Or Two.
IMG_34761697684952Continue cooking until the mixture has thickened.  You’ll want to keep your eye on the Chili and stir it up every now and again.

Once you have finished, your friends will start appearing out of no where and your roommates will suddenly be sitting at your dining room table.

Enjoy.

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Food & Drink

How To: Spice Up Your Subway Sandwich! By A Former Sandwich Artist

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Now, not many of you may know this about me but I used to be an artist: A Sandwich Artist.

I took and still take pride in my sandwich making abilities and this is not open for debate or a “make me a sandwich” joke.  Those are lame and uncreative and need to go away.

I worked at a local Subway for about half of a year and every day I worked, I was at liberty to have a free sub.  And believe me, when something is free, I take full advantage of the system.

With having abused the system and watching how others chose their ingredients, I learned a thing or two.  So, without further adieu I present to you how to spice up your Subway sandwich/sub/hoagie/whateveryouwanttocallit (But it is Subway, so I call it a sub)  (At Wawa, it is a hoagie though).

We will start off with the most basic sandwich:

Veggie Delite

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You might as well upgrade to the Veggie Patty.  This current option is salad on bread.  Pay the extra dollar or two and get the Patty.  It’s delicious.  It looks weird, but trust me it’s delicious.  Choose any cheese you like, but for this kind of sandwich I prefer American for the Delite or Monterrey Cheddar for the Patty.

The option on either is to abuse the system.  Don’t toast the bread either.  Get all the vegetables.  When you toast the bread, you become more susceptible to having your sandwich collapsing and creating a regular salad.

After ordering everything on it (I sometimes skip the green peppers), you’re going to want to get a dressing.

If you get the Delight, you should go with a basic sauce like the Ranch or the Vinaigrette.  Not the Oil&Vinegar, the Vinaigrette.

If you do what I told you to do and get the Patty, the best sauce is the Chipotle Southwest.  It gives a spice to your sandwich and enhances the flavors of the Veggie Patty.

Next up: The Meats

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Whether you get Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef, or any combination of the three: ALWAYS GET THE BACON.

When you get Ham and Turkey with Bacon, it becomes the Subway Melt.  Just do it.  It’s one of my favorites.

When you get Ham, Turkey, and Roast Beef, it becomes the Subway Club.

Any of these is a toss up on vegetables and sauce, depending on your mood.

If you want a classic experience: get lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and Honey Mustard or Spicy Mustard.  Really any mustard will do.

If you want to kick up some excitement: get the classic ingredients and add some Sweet and Banana Peppers.  The pops of sweet and spice add to your dining experience that you would have never known you were missing.  As for sauce, get some Chipotle Southwest and add a line of Hot Sauce.  Live a little.

The Oven Roasted Chicken

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The Oven Roasted Chicken can be dressed up a number of ways.

You can make it into a Chicken Parm Sub if you sweetly ask your sandwich artist to steal some of the marinara sauce from the meatballs.  If they’re in a good mood and you’re nice enough, they’ll help you out.  Slap some Provolone cheese on it and get it toasted add some grated Parmesan.  There you go.

If you want a more traditional route, have the chicken toasted and leave the bread out of the oven.  Add Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and either Honey Mustard or Chipotle Southwest.  I shy away from Pickles when it comes to the warmer subs, but you can opt in if you prefer.

I prefer to always have extra pickles on the side.

The Sweet Onion Chicken Teryaki

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With this one, you have two options: Toasted Bread or Not Toasted Bread.

Toasted:

With the chicken, opt in for Sweet Onion added onto the chicken before toasting. Also add Onions, Banana Peppers and Sweet Peppers before you have it toasted.  Trust me.

After you have it toasted, feel free to add your Lettuce and Tomato.

Not Toasted:

With the chicken, add the veggies and sauce with your chicken while your bread sits out on this dance.

When the gang gets out of the oven, your bread will soak up the juices in a wonderful way.

This is my preferred method of sandwich madness and you will not be disappointed.

The Buffalo Chicken

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With this one, you have the same two options: Toasted Bread or Not Toasted Bread.

Toasted:

With the chicken, opt in for some extra Buffalo Sauce added onto the chicken before toasting. Also add Onions, Banana Peppers and Sweet Peppers before you have it toasted.  Trust me.

After you have it toasted, feel free to add your Lettuce and Tomato.

Not Toasted:

With the chicken, add the veggies and sauce with your chicken while your bread sits out again on this dance.

When the party gets out of the oven, your bread will soak up the juices in a wonderful way.

This is ALWAYS my preferred method of sandwich madness because I love my sauces and my bread.

The Chicken Bacon Ranch

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With the Chicken Bacon Ranch, you have the same toasting options as with the Buffalo and Teryaki.

The only necessity you should add onto this sub is the Chipotle Southwest and Monterrey Cheddar.  These flavor enhancers compliment the bacon the only way any sauce and cheese could know how.

The Meatball

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This is the wrong way to do this.  They are doing it wrong.

This is my favorite sandwich to have on a rainy day.  Here is how you do the Meatball Marinara CORRECTLY:

Toast your bread and meatballs LIGHTLY with Monterrey Cheddar, Onions, Sweet Peppers, Banana Peppers and a line of Chipotle Southwest sauce.

***If you are a fan of black olives, I recommend you add them as well before toasting.

Once out of the oven, add some Oregano and grated Parmesan.

PERFECTION EVERY TIME.

The Spicy Italian

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This sandwich is best not toasted.

After the meat, add Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Sweet Peppers, Banana Peppers, Black Olives, and Pickles.

Add a line of Honey Mustard and if you’re feeling saucy: add a line of Chipotle Southwest.  Oil and Vinegar, Salt, Pepper and Oregano are also an added bonus of flavor.

The Italian BMT

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Same instructions as the Spicy Italian!

This sandwich is best not toasted.

After the meat, add Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Sweet Peppers, Banana Peppers, Black Olives, and Pickles.  Over the vegetables, have Oil and Vinegar, Salt, Pepper and Oregano.  These dress up the veggies in a very delicious way.

Add a line of Honey Mustard and if you’re feeling saucy: add a line of Chipotle Southwest.

And there you have it!  Subway is best when it is done right.  The only way you’ll learn how to make sandwiches this great is from a master if the Art of Sandwich Making.

Which I forever am.

A Sandwich Artist.

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