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Bird (and Butt) Watching on the Great Salt Lake – 8.21.19

Bird (and Butt) Watching on the Great Salt Lake.

So it turns out the adorable bird refuge out by the Great Salt Lake is giving bird watchers an impressive (or not so impressive) close-up of the Great White Gluteus Maximus. Innocent bird-watchers out with a camera or a set of binoculars are getting an in-depth exposure to the Wild Kingdom. (Editor’s note: here’s where I am such a mother. All I can think is, “In front of those sweet little birds? Really, people?”)

 

Just how far are you willing to go on your low-carb diet? If you could actually lose weight, what are you willing to endure? The Todd faces the acid test on the podcast today. He just wanted a sandwich!

BTW: Looking for more tasty low-carb treats? Say hello to our adorable little pumpkin tarts with one gram of carbs, find it here.

Our roasted cauliflower with balsamic drizzle is the most glorious cruciferous you’ll ever put in that mouth of yours, and also splendidly low-carb. Find the recipe here.

 

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There’s a new report from the Tooth Fairy- just what is she shelling out these days for your kid’s bicuspid? And with the new “comfort animal” regulations on airlines, you’ll be stunned what you could be sitting next to on your upcoming flight. And we’re not just talking a little dog.

Maple-Bacon Pancake Bites – Breakfast in Your Hand! – 8.20.19

Maple-Bacon Pancake Bites – Breakfast in Your Hand! The perfect new breakfast for back to school- meet the Maple – Bacon Pancake Bites! These things are freaking delicious! Any breakfast item you can shove into your offspring’s grimy paw to eat on the way to the car is genius. The recipe is at the bottom of this post.

 

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Also today, what happens when you’re pretending to be a cop and you pull over a vanload of the real thing? Sorry, I just cackled when I told this story. Like, full-out witch cackle.

 

And Metallica. You know, the heavy metal band. Is there nothing they can’t do? We’ll explain their latest piece of Awesome. Who knew someone who could scream the song “Enter Sandman” loud enough to give me nightmares should really be nominated for sainthood?

 

Maple – Bacon Pancake Bites

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/4 cup of butter, melted

1 tbsp white vinegar

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups of milk

Frosting:

1/4 cup REAL maple syrup (it does make a huge difference)

1/2 cup cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

a pinch of salt

Topping: 

1 pound of bacon, crispy and chopped into small pieces

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine the dry ingredients- flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in one bowl.
  3. In another bowl, combine the milk and vinegar, stir and let set for one minute. Then whisk in vanilla, eggs and butter.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Spray two muffin tins well, pour the batter in to about two-thirds full.
  6. Bake for 7-12 minutes until lightly brown on top.
  7. As the muffins are cooling, mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar and maple syrup together in a small bowl, making sure to get rid of all the cream cheese lumps. You want a smooth, slightly thick texture.
  8. Take the now-cool muffin and dip the top into the frosting mixture to cover the top, then adding bacon garnish.

 

 

BTW: hungry for more? We have some spectacular chocolate recipes! Skillet S’mores here. White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Cookies here.

There’s a menace in our neighborhood. Watching, always watching… 8.13.19

We have… a dark presence in our neighborhood. There’s eyes watching, always watching. I finally caught the interlopers on camera, have a look. Could they be in YOUR neighborhood?

Plus! We have the scariest modern-day horror story that even the FBI can’t solve… a super-creepy tale of a family who paid 1.4 million for their new house… and never moved in. Prepare for chills.

 

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Imagine having to find a kidnapped newborn as your first assignment in the field as a rookie FBI agent. Then imagine having the young man you saved show up at your retirement ceremony from the Bureau. Are you ready to cry? This is the most beautiful Tell Me Something Good in a long time.

 

 

We’re a month away from the Chocolate Villa executive women’s retreat up in beautiful Heber Valley! Are you ready for a life-changing experience that’ll help you decide the important next steps in your life? I certainly am. Learn more about the coaching today on the show and when you’re ready to book the retreat, be sure to enter TODDANDERIN for 10% off. BTW: want to know more about the retreat and the amazing women who’ll be coaching us? Have a look here and here.

 

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Have you given any real thought to how you want to be buried? Like everything else, there’s a ridiculous (and we do not use that word loosely) array of options these days. Made into a diamond? Shot into space? Please. That’s for amateurs. We have so many more ideas for you.

The president of Brazil has the weirdest answer to climate change ever. Ever. Jair Bolsonaro is already under fire for allowing ranchers to destroy huge swaths of the precious rain forest, but his answer to criticism is, uh, unique, anyway. Have a listen, then shake your head in despair. Or laugh. Or plan a coup. Whatever.

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In Honor of National S’mores Day – Skillet S’mores! 8.9.19

In Honor of National S’mores Day – Skillet S’mores! Why bother with the pine sap and the campfire when you can broil these bad boys in the comfort of your own home? BTW: a cast iron pan is best and really, you don’t need more than a minute or two, just enough to make sure the marshmallows are all browned and pretty. The graham crackers stay crisp, the chocolate melts nicely, and voila! Skillet S’mores!

Also on the podcast today… We’ve all seen the gender reveal parties that are spiraling out of control, right? The woman who actually created these kinds of parties is begging people to STOP. We’ll explain.

 

The Skillet S’mores are just part of Chocolate Week here on the Daily Stream in honor of Chocolate Villa Executive, an amazing executive women’s retreat I’m attending in September the 8th through the 12th – and I want you to join me! If you’re looking for your “next,” what should be the next step in your career, in your life, this is where you need to be! Merrilee’s group has coached women executives all over the world, and here’s our chance to experience the excitement and motivation that other attendees have told me about. Interested? Find more info here, and use TODDANDERIN at checkout for 10% off.

 

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Also today, the terrifying trend towards “probiotic grooming,” which is a nice way of saying not bathing. The enthusiastic participants claim that after a few weeks of no soap, no shower, that their skin “adjusts” and the odor goes away. Um… this is a hard sell for me. Could you go without bathing? For how long before the smell of you even made you sick?

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Welcome to the Florida beach where the sharks are just DYING to eat – I mean, meet – you. – 8.6.19

Welcome to the Florida beach where the sharks are just DYING to eat – I mean, meet – you.

The Week of Chocolate

The wonderful women at the Chocolate Villa women’s executive retreat are offering up today’s luscious addition to the Week of Chocolate- a decadent chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and raspberry puree. Chocolate Villa is part of the Villa Leadership- an executive women’s retreat that transforms you – your career, your life, who and where you want to be. You can learn more here. (PS: you’ll get a 10% discount on the September retreat by adding TODDANDERIN at checkout.) BTW: did you miss yesterday’s epic white chocolate cookie recipe? Cranberries… macadamia nuts… the recipe’s here.

 

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Welcome to the Florida beach where the sharks are just DYING to eat – I mean, meet – you.

So, there’s a beach in Florida where the sharks are just waiting for you… mouth open… with big, sharp teeth. I’m not joking, – it’s bad enough that Florida’s had over 2/3 of the shark attacks over the last decade, but at this one beach, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll run into one. And yet… everyone’s still in the water. We’ll explain.

 

 

Who do you choose?

Well, surprise surprise… looks like those rumors of Jon Huntsman Jr. running for governer are true- he just resigned as U.S. Ambassador to Russia. The latest poll had him running neck and neck with Lt. Governor Spencer Cox on just a rumor that he might run. Does this impact your vote?

Aw, crap… no more French Silk Pie at 2am… all the Marie Callendar’s in Utah just closed as the company heads into bankruptcy.

We’ve got the most impossibly expensive place to live in Utah, why McDonald’s straws suck (hah! get it? HAH!) and a lovely Tell Me Something Good about a mom who bought out an entire Payless Shoe Store to make sure all the kids in her daughter’s school had new, comfortable shoes to wear.

 

(image credit Jon Huntsman Jr via Wikipedia)

(image credit Lt Gov Spencer Cox via Wikipedia)

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Welcome To The Week Of Chocolate! White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies – 8.5.19

Welcome to the Week of Chocolate! In honor of Chocolate Villa – our amazing new sponsor – it’s all chocolate recipes. (After surviving Zucchini Week, you deserve this.) Today’s tastiness is a white chocolate cookie with cranberries and macadamia nuts. Find the easy-peasy recipe below. BTW: Have you tried our Hot Chocolate Cupcakes? Find the recipe here.

 

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Also! If you fly a drone over a Utah wildfire and down all the fire aircraft, you should be beaten over the head with said drone. The huge fire in Utah county raged while fire-suppression aircraft had to be grounded while some moron cheerfully flew his drone over the wildfire… which continued unabated while he got some “epic photos!” So not cool.

 

How Metallica saved a hiker from a cougar, broiling steaks on your car’s dashboard and accidental circumcisions. I’m not sure how you handle an “accidental” circumcision from the hospital’s point of view, but apparently, it involves tens of thousands of dollars.

Plus! Epic images from last night’s scary thunderstorm across the Wasatch Front.

 

White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and baking chips.
  • Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. (I’ve noticed these freeze very well, so I’ll make a batch and undercook them by a couple of minutes. When I pull them out of the freezer, I heat them up at 350 for 2-3 minutes and they’re perfect.

One Clown = Mass Cruise Ship Riot – 7.30.19

One Clown = Mass Cruise Ship Riot. My fear of clowns is well-justified! A massive brawl broke out on a British cruise ship when one of the passengers showed up dressed as a clown. We’ll tell you what happened next.

 

Here’s the latest challenge going viral across Utah: teenagers running headfirst into a fence as hard as they can in order to knock it down. I’m not kidding. Davis County Police alone have taken over 50 reports this month alone.

Was anyone else a little disappointed in the new “Lion King” movie? Let’s discuss.

And in our Week of Zucchinis, Todd’s Sausage Zucchini Boats. BTW: don’t overlook our ridiculously tasty zucchini muffins with cream cheese frosting recipe here.

What Could Be Even More Disgusting Than a Grasshopper Infestation? 7.31.19

What Could Be Even More Disgusting Than a Grasshopper Infestation? Oh… you’d be surprised. Remember that gross grasshopper infestation in Las Vegas? St. George has an infestation that’s worse. So much worse that no one wants to get out of their car…

 

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Congratulations, Utah! We’re number three for dog bites in the country! That’s not what we want to be known for nationwide, right?

 

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So, you see the flashing red and blues behind you, pull over with sweaty palms and try to figure out what you did wrong, and… let’s say this is the worst public relations idea, ever.

Also… do you need Alien Abduction Insurance? Don’t laugh, even the venerated Lloyd’s of London is now offering the policies. Um… how do you prove you were abducted?

 

Plus! Another tasty Zucchini recipe! Today’s bonus squash disguise: Zucchini Sausage Boats.

BTW: here’s another tasty recipe: Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Spears, find it here.

 

What do you do when a flasher drops trou? You chase him DOWN. – 7.29.19

What do you do when a flasher drops trou? You chase him DOWN. So you’re running along, minding your own business when a creepy flasher jumps in front of you. What do you do? If you’re a former Israeli paratrooper and mom of two, you chase that creeper down.

I haven’t stopped laughing.

 

Las Vegas is covered in grasshoppers- to the point that they’re showing up on radar. The Strip’s so desperate they’re trying something they’ve never done before.

 

Welcome to the Week of Zucchini. Because we can’t get rid of ours fast enough. Today’s recipe? Parmesan-crusted zucchini spears. Delightfully tasty.

BTW: have you tried our outrageously yummy Hampton Roads Zucchini Muffins? Find the recipe here.

When Insurance Doesn’t Cover Alligators In Your Kitchen – 7.19.19

 

When Insurance Doesn’t Cover Alligators In Your Kitchen…

You get an alligator breaking into your kitchen. There’s a lot of freaking damage because… you know… it’s an ALLIGATOR. The insurance company says they “don’t cover alligators.” Really?

Ever wonder what else insurance doesn’t cover? You’d be surprised. Have a look here.

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Welcome to the Heat Dome!! (Does anyone else remember Stephen King’s scary tale called Under the Dome? If so, you’re totally freaked out right now like I am.) There’s a “heat dome” over the country- meaning a weird pressure zone is keeping most of the US in a record-breaking heatwave. Need some ways to keep cool? Try some tips from our “No A/C Challenge” here, or my favorite “Hot Weather Helpers” here.

While we’re in Florida, there’s a wonderful Tell Me Something Good where a little church managed to raise enough money to buy $7.5 million dollars worth of medical debt from a collection company and forgave the debt for thousands of desperate families.

Ever get so sick of porch pirates that catching one in the act and chasing them down for the police is a good idea? One Cottonwood Heights man has an epic tale.