Welcome Bhaer ♡

You’re probably wondering who Bhaer is and if I ever had that baby I couldn’t stopping talking about three months ago.

First off…

it’s a BOY!

I apologize that it’s taken me this long to update you all…but Babies really do keep you busy!

Our little buddy, Bhaer was born back in April.

And the experience has been surreal ever since.

I still can hardly believe I actually gave birth to this little human, let alone that I’m actually a Mother. I made it! I’m in the club!

😀

Giving birth was nothing like I expected it would be.

I thought it was going to be PAINFUL. I thought by the end I would be drenched in sweat from pushing and completely exhausted. So, I wore a headband in anticipation.

First off, I took the Epidural. I was hesitant, because my Mom had gone natural with me and I thought it would be an experience I would regret not feeling…

All the doctors told me not to go natural. I listened but was still set on, seeing how it would go. The one advice that did strike a chord, was “I like my mothers rested.” My Mom almost had an emergency C-section due to exhaustion  and I was really afraid of that.

And after experiencing close to 33 hours of contractions, I was ready for the epidural. And after that there was no pain.

and no sweat… the hardest thing about the experience was that I couldn’t feel where they were telling me to push. So the nurses had to improvise.
But like him, I was in no hurry, I just wanted him to arrive when he was ready.
So we waited and it was perfect.

All of my cousins said that their birth stories were perfect births. From the ones who went natural, to the epidurals and the c-sections. They told me that they had made the right choice and its true. Your own birth story is your perfect birth. Because I wouldn’t change a thing about how little Bhaer arrived into this world ❤

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5th of July 2017

Happy 4th of July!!

We kept it pretty low key yesterday.

Stan made some awesome burgers, his version of the Big Mac ❤

Since it was just the two of us plus, our babies who can’t eat chocolate, I decided to skip my annual American Flag Brownies made with Strawberries, Blueberries, icing -_-

Instead I used those berries to create a fresh and healthy fused water. It was good but I still prefer good ol’ cucumbers in my water.

For dessert I created this “Freedom Jello” concoction.
A dish I have always wanted to try, consisting of blueberry jello, something white and cherry jello. Stan chose cookies and cream pudding. Everything was going fine, except for when I added the layer of cherry jello. At first it seeped through the layer of pudding. So I decided to let it sit longer. I then froze it for a bit and added the Cherry. Success!
Or so I thought. It never molded. Even after sitting in my refrigerator over night.
Now, I’m not sure where I went wrong. It’s currently in the freezer…which in hindsight is probably a bad idea. Maybe the pudding was where I went wrong?

I think next time I’ll get fancy and use Cool Whip…or would that be less fancy than pudding?

Something that was a success however…
Grilled Watermelon!

I saw this recipe on Facebook for Watermelon Pizza. Not a big fan of all the toppings but grilling the watermelon. Now that looked good.

I added oil, lemon juice, little sugar to the watermelon, then Salt n Pepper. Then Stan grilled them for about 2-3 minutes per side.

When I first bit into them, I was skeptical. The hotness of the melon was overpowering but once they cooled off they were to die for ❤

I will definitely be making them again!

Aside from food…

It was still Bhaer’s first 4th of July and doggone it, I wanted it to be special. We dressed him in a special little romper his GiGi bought for him.
I wanted to get sparklers (which are apparently just as dangerous as other fireworks!) but they didn’t sell them at our Grocery Store. …A fact my Mom was flabbergasted that I was not aware of… Did you know they don’t sell fireworks at Grocery Stores! 😛 oops.

But our neighborhood has been setting off fireworks for the past four days, so Bhaer got to see Fireworks after all 😀

Are fireworks on 4th of July important for you?

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Augusta Burgers and Beer Week 2017

Augusta Burgers and Beer  Week 2017

  1. Apple Smoked Pork Belly Burger
    -stuffed with cream cheese
    -topped with a sweet & spicy sauce
    – a smoked and caramelized pork belly
    -red onion
    -and a granny smith apple slice
    -served on a toasted brioche bun.

    ~This burger was delicious at first bite, I really enjoyed the crunch of the Green apple but there was not enough of it. Also, the cream cheese got a little old.

    –Side Note: This burger won first place last year and it was recommended that we try it first this year. Our waitress was very enthusiastic about the whole event. She gave us beer cozies and took our picture with the burger.

  2. The Ale Yeah Burger!
    -topped with smoky bacon
    -pimento cheese
    -onion strings
    -papa lou’s secret sauce
    -served on a toasted brioche
    bun.

    ~This burger was nice and juicy but not very memorable in terms of contest worthy entry.

  3. Hail Mary Burger
    -topped with fried pickles
    -tomatoes
    -bacon
    -mayo
    -served between two grilled cheese sandwiches.

    ~I usually don’t LOVE cheese on my burgers but having a grilled cheese with my burger was absolutely delicious. Who knew it was such a great combo!? This was my favorite burger for a while.

  4. The Big Mic
    -two all beef patties
    -topped with special sauce
    -lettuce
    -cheese
    -pickles
    -onions
    -served on a three layer delicious seedless bun.
    -topped with three baby pickles! ❤

    ~My husband named this their version of the Big Mac. Again I really enjoyed this burger, it had everything a burger should have but there was nothing that screamed Vote for me!

    –Side Note: Being a Pickle fiend, I was really excited for the three pickles they top the bun with. Unfortunately they were nothing to write home about.

  5. The Holy Shiitake Burger
    -topped with garlic aioli
    -mushroom trio
    -caramelized onions
    -provolone, montemore cheese & shaved parmesan
    -served on a brioche bun

    ~I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms, but husband likes mushrooms, so I thought, “What the Hell”. I was not disappointed. I prefer Lettuce and Tomatoes with my patty but this had an interesting taste to it.

    –Side Note: I was disappointed with out waiter, when we asked about the Contest Burger he disregarded it and pretty much rolled his eyes at the whole thing. Definitely made me think twice about voting for their entry.

  6. The Cajun Burger
    -cajun seasoned beef patty
    -topped with lettuce
    -tomato
    -cajun mayonnaise
    -spicy dijon
    -your choice of cheese
    -served on a french baguette.

    ~This was one of two Burgers I was very excited to taste. It was a bit too spicy for my liking but the cheese and Mayo helped with not making it over powering.

  7. Smoked Gouda Nacho Burger
    -topped with fresh fried tortilla strips
    -smoked gouda nacho sauce
    -black bean pico de gallo
    -spicy sour cream
    -fresh cilantro
    -served on a brioche bun

    ~This was the other Burger I was most excited to taste. I was NOT disappointed. The Fried Tortilla Strips gave the burger a delicious crunch.

    *This was my favorite burger.

  8. The Southern Spin
    -topped with fat man’s pimento cheese
    -lettuce and tomato
    -served on a bed of fried pickles
    -bistro sauce
    -served on an all toasted bun.

    ~The Fried pickles and bistro sauce really put this burger over the top. Very satisfying.

  9. M & J’s Prime Time Burger
    -topped with shaved prime rib
    -sauteed mushroom & onions
    -swiss cheese
    -signature mark and jerry’s steak sauce
    -served on a bun

    ~This burger was good but we weren’t blown away.

  10. “Beef 3 Ways” Burger
    -topped with smoked gouda cheese (double time)
    -slow cooked and smoked steak
    -billion island sauce
    -lettuce
    -smoked tomato
    -beer soaked onions
    -veal demi-glace gravy
    -served on a butter toasted bun

    ~This was a close second for 1st. The Steak was juicy and delicious.

Don’t forget to check out Instagram for a glimpse of each delicious burger!

I ended up eating 10 of the 13 burgers.
I enjoyed each and every one of them
and
I’m looking forward to seeing if we can do at least 11 next year
😀

Bon Appetit

 

 

 

May the 4th Be with You – 2017

May the 4th Be with You

In case you’re not into pop culture and haven’t been on the internet, today is May the 4th, as in May the Fourth Force Be With You a.k.a. Star Wars Day. My husband astutely believes that May the 4th is a hokey day for everyone to just boast about being such a huge Star Wars fan. I for one, just like the excuse to watch Star Wars all day…though in all honesty I don’t need an excuse. After the movies, I found one of the Ewok adventures on youtube. But I think that’s a post best left for another day…

Last year I managed to watch all of 7 Star Wars films, plus the Ewok Adventure.
This year I just watched two.
Rogue One and A New Hope.

Since the beginning most scenes for all of the Star Wars films have been filmed in the UK. Yet, location is not the only British  tie to Star Wars and no, I’m not referring to Alec Guinness. The first known use of the phrase, “May the Fourth be with You” occurred two years after the release of A New Hope. When on May 4th, 1979, Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain’s first female Prime Minister. The Conservative party took out an advertisement in the London Evening News which states “May the Fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations”.

Isn’t that wild? I will leave you with that bit of trivia.

I did a little Disney Bounding.
I dressed as Padme from Revenge of the Sith.

Click here to see the result! 

I hope you’re all having a wonderful 4th!

Thank you for Reading!

 

Thank you, Max…for that marvelous introduction.

Thank you so much to everyone who has followed my blogging challenge this past month.

We’ve gone through quite the roster of villains, from TV to Movies, Comics and beyond.

We explored both Women and Men, maybe not the worst of the worst but definitely a few nasty baddies in there.

Once again, I just really enjoyed sharing trivia as well as my thoughts with you.

I know I didn’t get to finish all of my drawings but hopefully I can catch up on them at some point this month.

Thank you again for keeping up with my A to Z Challenge.

I hope you all have a wonderful May!

Z : Zira “Scar is gone… but Zira’s still around To love this little lad Till he learns to be a killer With a lust for being bad!”

DAY 30

ZIRA

The Villainess from the 1998 straight to video sequel of The Lion King.

The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

I know this movie did not get the best reviews and obviously this was nowhere near as great as the original but on a personal level, this film means a lot to me.

My cousin Derby and I used to watch this film over, and over, and over again. We were obsessed with the animals and the songs. We knew it was goofy but to be honest we all know it’s not the worst Disney sequel…I’m looking at you Atlantis.

And I’ve always compared these two films to Jurassic Park.

Next time you have the opportunity. Watch the beginning of Jurassic Park, then the beginning of The Lost World. Then watch the beginning of The Lion King and then Simba’s Pride. Watch both openings until the Title credit appears.
Jurassic Park and The Lion King both have such epic openings.
The music is powerful and the title credit intensely appears.
While both sequels seem like they’re not even trying to compete.
They know what they have to offer.

But I digress.

Lets dig a little deeper into Zira.

Zira is a devoted follower of Scar. She even names her second son Kovu which is Swahili for Scar. Zira was originally going to be named “Bianca” but there were two issues. One, filmmakers did not want people to get her confused with Miss Bianca. Two, Bianca was not Swahillian enough. Zira is Swahili for hate.

Speaking of mothers, actresses Bette Midler and Helen Mirren were both considered for the role of Zira, as well as the role of Sarabi (Simba’s mother).

One of the original ideas for the film was to have Simba killed by the Outlander lionesses…I personally am glad they did not do this.

Zira’s death was going to be very similar to Gaston. Remember how he was going to “commit suicide” after stabbing the Beast? Originally, Zira was to reject Kiara’s help and push herself off the cliff into the rushing waters below. They even animated Zira smiling as she falls to her death, even though she’s screaming.

Do you consider Scar and Zira mates? This was the original plan until Disney realized if Kovu and Kiara got together they would be second cousins and thus incest. So, Zira was written as a dedicated follower. Though some fans still consider them to be mates…

Scar is an official member of Disney’s Sinister Cats, while Zira is just an occasional member.

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And we did it!
I can’t believe I actually made it through.
😛

Y : Yzma “To the Secret Lab!”

Day 29

Yzma

Let’s end this years challenge with some good ol’ Disney, shall we?
Plus, a little Girl Power is always welcomed!

Believe it or not, I recently just watched The Emperor’s New Groove fully for the first time. Overall, I think it was released at the wrong time for me. I was getting to the age where I didn’t automatically watch every single Disney film. Plus the male centric plot and the overall humor didn’t really speak to me back then.
I guess, I had to grow into it…

The Emperor’s New Groove was originally going to be a more dramatic Disney musical entitled Kingdom of the Sun. It was to be based off of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. With David Spade as the (Emperor) Prince and Owen Wilson as the (Pacha) Pauper. Eartha Kitt was Yzma, an aged royal sorceress. The film was about 50% complete but tested extremely poorly with test audiences. The entire project was reworked and Owen Wilson was replaced with John Goodman.

After it was reworked, most people thought the film is based off of Hans Christian Andersen‘s The Emperor’s New Clothes but in fact the film shares a lot more similarities with Kalif Storch (Caliph Stork) written by Wilhelm Hauff.

The role of Yzma was originally offered to Barbra Streisand who turned it down. That’s when original Catwoman, Eartha Kitt was cast instead. And speaking of Catwoman, at the end of the film, Yzma is turned into a cat. A respectful nod to her Catwoman days on Batman.

Yzma’s signature color is Purple, associated with madness and royalty.
In Japan, Purple is also known as the color of death.

Yzma’s physical appearance was based on Cruella De Vil and 1950s singer, Yma Sumac, the “Inca princess of Hollywood”. Cruella is very skinny and angular in appearance while both her and Yma Sumac are both extremely stylish.

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One Day to Gooo!!!
😀

X : Xenomorph “They mostly come at night. Mostly.”

DAY 28

Xenomorph

I’m a pretty big Alien fan.
I used to be quite scared of Xenomorphs when I was younger.
Between the Great Movie Ride and this life-size statute I encountered once in a restaurant.
When I went through my Horror movie phase as a teenager, I  was a bit fearful to watch but I was more intrigued than scared, so I jumped in.

And Boy am I glad I did.
I quickly became obsessed with Ripley and her Alien journey.

There are many theories that have yet to be confirmed as to the existence of Xenomorphs. According to IMdb, director, Ridley Scott claims, “We’re getting closer and closer to the creation of the beasts – how and why they were created – and the first ‘Alien’ film that I made over thirty years ago.”

Alien has a run time of 1 hour and 57 minutes, the Xenomorph does not appear until an hour into the film and out of the last 57 minutes, it only has four minutes of screen time.

The Xenomorph in Alien is different from the ones that appear in the rest of the franchise. In Aliens, the Xenomorphs seem to only kill while hunting for food, in self-defense or gathering hosts for facehuggers. The Xenomorph in the Alien seems to kill for sport. It seems to be much more sadistic in nature and enjoys killing.

At the film’s premiere religious zealots set fire to the model of the Xenomorph believing it to be the work of the devil.

Alien 3 is the first film in which a Xenomorph can be seen eating its victim.

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-Post Script-

For another Post on an X Villain, Check out  last year’s Post on
X : XEHANORT “XEHANORT. FOOLISH APPRENTICE OF A FOOLISH MAN.”

-Post-Post Script-

At the end of the credits for Aliens, the sound of an Alien egg cracking open can be heard.
See you tomorrow!!
😛

 

W : Walter White “You know. You all know exactly who I am. Say my name.”

Day 27

Walter White

Walter Hartwell White Sr

I didn’t have access to AMC when Breaking Bad started and once I did I thought it would just be easier to binge from beginning to end.

Believe it or not, even through its popularity and five seasons of hype
there was only one spoiler that I came across.

My Husband always teases me because since diving in, I’ve binged Breaking Bad three times.

I feel a little sheepish for taking on Walter White today since I feel most fans will probably already know these but here I go…

It’s pretty hard to think of anyone better fitted for Walter than Bryan Cranston but due to his comedic background, Sony and AMC wanted bigger names like, John Cusack and Matthew Broderick. Cranston was always creator Vince Gilligan first choice, ever since he cast him as Patrick Crump in the 1998 episode of the X-filesDrive.

Bryan Cranston was primarily known for his comedic role as Hal in the broad comedy Malcolm in the Middle. Hal wore tighty-whities, just like Walter White. When Bryan Cranston read that detail in the script, he was hesitant to jump into tighty-whities once again. He questioned Gilligan about the clothing option and was answered with, “Tighty-whities are funnier than boxer shorts.” Cranston did some deep thinking, he had worn tighty-whities for Hal because Hal was just like his boys, he was just an overgrown boy. According to Cranston, “A grown man in tighty-whities can be funny; it can also be pathetic.” Gilligan wanted Walter to transform from a nerdy Mr. Chips type character into Scarface.

Cranston makes sure his characters have a strong foundation. Hal’s base was fear. Walter’s base was his fear of failure and had closed himself off from that risk, thus sinking himself into a deep depression.

Walter White’s Meth Alias, Heisenberg, is a nod to Werner Heisenberg, a German theoretical physicist and one of the key innovator of quantum mechanics. Heisenberg died of cancer in 1976.

Walter White was diagnosed with stage-three terminal lung cancer the day after his 50th Birthday. Best case scenario, he was given 2 years to live. Walter dies on his 52nd Birthday, one day shy of two years.

Thank you for Reading!

see you tomorrow!!