Guys, the holidays have been keeping me busy. I went on an adventure to the east coast, pics to come soon maybe some hilarious thoughts. I don't know, do you even think I'm funny at this point? I one time saw a shirt that said "I'm not funny, I just quote movies." Truth.

Do you like to listen to things while you are busy working or cleaning the house or doing yoga? I don't know, get creative. Well if you don't listen to thinks while you work or at home, you will now. Because I just started listening to the Serial podcast on Monday. That's two days ago. And I've already listened to all of the episodes. The episodes on average are about 45 minutes long, so yeah I kind of head a serious binge session. It's THAT good. 

Serial is a podcast about a real crime story. Without giving to much away, Adnon claims he was wrongfully accused in the murder of his ex-girlfriend named Hae. They were all still in highschool when the crime occurred. Jay is an acquiantance of Adnon's who claims Adnon is the killer, because Adnon told him he did it. There is a lot more to the story. It's seriously worth listening to. There are a lot of opinions on the internet about all the different theories of Serial. A lot of people are unsure if Adnon did it, some think Jay did it, some think one of the girls in the story did it, so on and so on. It's hard to even decide what your own feelings are on all of it. 

If you want to know my thoughts on it, leave a comment below or email me at everydaytamara@gmail.com. Discussions need to be had. This is a real life drama. I understand there are some feeling about portraying this crime and characterizing these real life people, but it happened and if the guy truly is innocent it's good that this was put into the public for debate.

Start with Serial Podcast Episode 1

All other episodes - http://serialpodcast.org/

A description of the podcast from the Serial Podcast website:

On January 13, 1999, a girl named Hae Min Lee, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland, disappeared. A month later, her body turned up in a city park. She'd been strangled. Her 17-year-old ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was arrested for the crime, and within a year, he was convicted and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison. The case against him was largely based on the story of one witness, Adnan’s friend Jay, who testified that he helped Adnan bury Hae's body. But Adnan has always maintained he had nothing to do with Hae’s death. Some people believe he’s telling the truth. Many others don’t.

Sarah Koenig, who hosts Serial, first learned about this case more than a year ago. In the months since, she's been sorting through box after box (after box) of legal documents and investigators' notes, listening to trial testimony and police interrogations, and talking to everyone she can find who remembers what happened between Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee fifteen years ago. What she realized is that the trial covered up a far more complicated story, which neither the jury nor the public got to hear. The high school scene, the shifting statements to police, the prejudices, the sketchy alibis, the scant forensic evidence - all of it leads back to the most basic questions: How can you know a person’s character? How can you tell what they’re capable of? In Season One of Serial, she looks for answers.

 

Sometimes food resembles things in life that make it look unappetizing. Like chili and poop or chicken pot pie and vomit. But, it smells great and is delicious. So there is no worry about the pictures I will show you. It might look like spew inside delicious dough, but it is chicken pot pie and this is the best thing on a cold winter day. Also, it's not that time consuming if you make the spew filling ahead of time. 

Ingredients (creates two pie fillings)

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 2 cups of sliced carrots
  • 2 cups of cubed potatoes (sweet or white)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme
  • 1 tsp of pepper
  • 1 bag of frozen mixed veggies
  • 4 easy pie crust recipe 

Instructions

  1. Add all of the above ingredients, besides the frozen mixed veggies and pie crust into a slow cooker. Yes, it's that easy. Isn't life awesome with a slow cooker? 
  2. Set slow cooker on low and cook for 6-8 hours.
  3. In the meantime, you can make the easy pie crust recipe found in a later post.
  4. When the filling is done cooking, roll out the pie crust and place in pie pan.
  5. Preheat oven to 425F.
  6. Add filling into pie crust. Lay over second piece of pie crust over filling to enclose your pie filling. Pinch the edges and poke holes in the top to allow air release. 
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. 
  8. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.
  9. This recipe makes enough filling for two pies. I made one pie and then used the rest of the filling as a casserole with biscuits on top. Chicken pot pie versatility!



This pie gets made with serious love. That heart is full of meaning and fork holes. The holidays are keeping me really busy. I made cookies for 4 hours last night. I just can't get enough of warm baking season. December is hectic, but also kind of my favorite with all the Christmas stuff. Don't act like you don't enjoy a few Christmas jingles. Kevin pretends he doesn't like them either and then I catch him singing the tunes. 

There are hidden Christmas lovers all around us. 

Enjoy the pie, bitches.

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It's nice to be inspired by others and surround yourself with people that push you to try new things. This is why pinterest is really great. The internet is full of fantastic, beautiful, weird, disgusting and educational things. It's a great place. It can pick you up, bring you down and cause you to get into a YouTube loop of things you don't even know why you are watching. This easy DIY was inspired by abeautfulmess.com post in October.

Things you need:

  • Taper candles
  • Painter's tape or any kind of tape you have around
  • Paint (non-toxic if you are going to burn the candles)
  • Paint brush
  • Candle holder (optional, but makes drying much easier)

Paint candles:

  1. Tape two sections of your candles where you don't want to get paint on it. 
  2. Pick the paint color(s) you want to use, I chose black. 
  3. Use a medium sized brush and paint away from the tape in light brush strokes at the top.
  4. Repeat the same as above for the bottom section. You can see where the tape was in the pictures below compared to the brush strokes away from the tape. 
  5. Let candles dry completely before removing paint. 


 

No, I'm not done with pumpkin yet. Don't hate. Just love. Pumpkin is the spice of life. Even the word pumpkin is cute. Let's get all cute up in here and make our yogurt more delicious than it already is without making it unhealthy at all. Now it's getting real cute. Vanilla greek yogurt, pumpkin and spices. That's really all you have to do here and it's like pie. Except you don't have to feel guilty. Not that you should feel guilty about pie, EVER. Pie happens, as does life.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of yogurt (plain or vanilla)
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/8 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp of ground clove
  • 1/8 tsp of ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon

Make

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and then enjoy. Simple as that. Life just got real easy and conquered.


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Guys, space is mind blowing and we're doing cool things in it. There is so much that goes on in the news that sometimes it's important to sit and think about the seriousness of planets and space. I don't even want to get into it, because I'll start sounding like a mad scientist. But just know that WE LANDED ON A COMET. We are landing on things beyond planets. We're learning things every day about the world and space, and we need to keep doing that because these are more important things than fighting our neighbors and flipping people off on the road. 

Watch it here: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/12/world/comet-landing-countdown/index.html

Bitches love space.

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Nov
2014

Some Mondays

Some Mondays I be like:

Other Mondays I be like:

Weekends leave me feeling either recharged or wiped out on Mondays. Today I'm in between fist pumping the day to flipping off the day. If that doesn't make sense, I'm sure the above images should clear it up. Good things that came out of this weekend: Newsroom is back, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins - recipe to come, slow cooker pulled pork again, Netflix, Cupcake wine and Cranium with friends that involved a lot of laughing and a lot of wine. Life is pretty good when spent doing things you love and if that means a Sunday is filled with nothing but Netflix, then so be it. 

Enjoy your Monday adventures, bitches.

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