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With all the election hoopla, I have been obsessed with political memes/videos and other funnies. I know I’m a bit late to the game, but I forgot about how funny elections can be. Comedy gold! Here are some goodies I have found. Be warned, you probably already know about most of them, but they were news to me. 

Hilarious Obama “zinger”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8KqLRpyrnU#t=3m02s

Obama gets an “anger translator” to help show his emotions. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qv7k2_lc0M

Celebrating!

This is what I imagine their relationship is like…

Never anger Josh Romney

Who approved of these press photos? 
 

And I’ll end with some awesome photographs. 

(The Obamas are so cool)

OK, I should stop. As you can see, there are a ton of goodies out there. And I didn’t even start with the tweets or the Daily Show/Colbert Report videos. Well, hopefully this sparks your interest and you go out looking for more!

-Nam

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I’m a little ashamed to admit to my weekly obsession… but here it is:

I’ve become addicted to Pretty Little Liars. I kept reading things online about how people were getting totally in to it, and I saw that it was on Netflix, so I checked it out. And now I’m hooked.

Shh!

Shh, it’s a secret! I think part of the reason I keep watching episode after episode is because of how cute this actor is:

Ezra

Ermahgerd how adorable!

One of the things I find hilarious about this show is how elaborate their school dances are. What? My school dances did not have fancy food and drinks, car giveaways, fortune tellers, and live bands. Alas, I do not live in Rosewood…

-Rach

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You know those little things in your daily life that make you smile? They are never anything big like finding $10, but are rather silly things you have grown to appreciate. Well, Rach and I will be posting about a few of our favorite things that make us want to… 

My moment came when I got to take my socks off after wearing them all day. Isn’t it the best feeling when your toes can wiggle and breathe? Well, it may not be the best feeling, but it’s nice. 

wiggle wiggle

That’s enough toe-talk for today.

-Nam 

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As my lovely counterpart mentioned in the previous post, we will be blogging about our weekly obsessions. So here is mine. 

I cannot stop watching the Amazing Race. It is the best show for daydreamers. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, the show is a reality competition between 10-ish teams of two. They are sent on an epic “scavenger hunt” all over the world. I’m currently stuck at home, so I love day dreaming about having such unbelievable adventures. Even though it is just a TV show, I figure that I’m at least learning about other countries…right? [Feel free to insert your own justification here]

As I watch more episodes, I keep adding to the list of places I want to visit and devising my own hypothetical strategies for the race. (Always check for an earlier flight, be nice to your cab driver, never trust animals, READ THE CLUE!) This show also teaches me about myself. For example, I always root for teams to sabotage each other, even when it wouldn’t really help. I would race so dirty. But secretly dirty so that people don’t suspect it. I would memorize “go fast,” “where is this,” and “sabotage those other people” in as many languages as possible. 

So Rach, want to audition for the next season?

-Nam

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This is the first in a series of things we’re obsessed with for the moment, or maybe for life. Each Thursday we, the un(der)employed, will be sharing with you whatever we think is totally awesome. It might be an artist we stumbled upon, a song we can’t get out of our heads, a book we’re reading, a new television show or maybe a quote that just seems completely applicable to our lives at the moment. Rest assured, it will be fetch. (Fetch is happening. I know it.)

Rachel: For me this week my obsession is a mug. And what goes inside it. I went out recently to a quirky, little store that I love to pick up some more of my favorite green tea, and came across a super cute animal mug. Super cute animal things are one of my many weaknesses (like on sweaters, or pillows, which may come up later as an obsession…), so how could I pass up this mug?! There was no hope for me.

Enjoying my new foxy mug

How adorable, right? If you find yourself looking at this and also needing an amazing mug, I noticed that they’re being sold on ModCloth (another obsession…). They’re slightly more expensive than where I bought my little guy, but this might be your best bet. There are a few other animals, too…

Additionally, and I felt I could include this because it’s what I’ve been drinking out the mug, I’ve been obsessed with Tazo Passion Tea for many months now. It’s what I drank when I was up all night working on my art show and what I still drink at least once a day. Seriously, highly recommended, super delicious.

Even if you’re not a big tea fan, I’d recommend this because it’s just bursting with flavor and the color is incredible. Plus it’s caffeine-free, so great for nighttime, too! Noms.

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You know how people have their favorite holidays? Well, mine is not Halloween. Don’t get me wrong, I think Halloween is fun and I like dressing up, but it’s one of those holidays that never lives up to my expectations. I’ve had this conversation with people before, and I always mention Halloween and New Year’s Eve as the two holidays that are a bit disappointing, and people rarely disagree. I blame teen movies and rom-coms.

Setting that aside, I will say that I LOVE pumpkin carving. I like doing crafty things and working with my hands, as well as artsy stuff so pumpkin carving is totally awesome. This year I decided to go with a Tim Burton theme. I didn’t make the stencils (no, they aren’t freehanded, I’m not that cool) but I’m thinking of making some for next year. Planning too far ahead? Perhaps.

I’ve got Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas as well as…

Sparky from Frankenweenie! It’s blue because it’s nighttime. And because I hadn’t changed the white-balance yet, but I kinda liked it. More Burtonesque, right?

And here’s Sparky chillin’ with my own pup, Noah.

I’ve also discovered in my carving quest that no retail store seems to sell a decent carving kit. The knives are always super flimsy, possibly so kids can’t stab each other. I want some sort of professional carving kit, which is probably totally ridiculous. But sometimes my life seems kind of ridiculous, so I’m okay with that.

-Rach

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I made bagels! They are quite simple, except that they take some time (lots of resting). Here is my afternoon adventure.

Ingredients:

  • 4.5 cups all-purpose flour (separate into 1.5 cups and 3 cups) 
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1 package active dry yeast (or 2.5 tsp)
  • 1 2/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp salt

Start with one mixer.

Add 1.5 cups of all-purpose flour. 

Add 3 tbs sugar, 1.5 tsp salt, and yeast. 

At this point I would also add any extra flavorings you may want. I forgot to add it at this step and had to knead it through the dough later, which is more difficult. You could do some fresh herbs, Italian seasonings, jalapenos, cinnamon sugar, etc. Mix all the dry ingredients together.  

Heat up the water with the butter and add that to the mixer. After it is well incorporated, slowly add the remaining flour (3 cups) until it forms a firm dough. 

Knead the dough for about 10 minutes. It should be elastic. 

Let rise in a covered bowl (just use the mixing bowl and plastic wrap) until it doubles in size. 

Punch down the dough (this is my favorite part…the dough is poofy and quite fun to punch). Let it rest for 15 minutes. 

Take your dough out, cut it in quarters.

As you work on each quarter, make sure the rest of the dough is covered in a bowl. You don’t want it to dry out. I initially made 4 bagels out of each quarter, but found them too big (they were the size of a regular bagel, but I prefer mini bagels). For the remaining 3 dough blobs, I divided them into 6 bagels each. Using your hands, roll the dough into small balls (make sure that it is smooth all around, you’ll see how crazy the bagels look if not smooth). Poke a hole in the center with your finger and widen it while smoothing the shape. Here are the 4 big bagels. Trust me, they will balloon up even more later on. 

And here are my mini bagels. 

You should have a large flat pan/skillet with about 1-2 inches of water boiling. Add the remaining sugar and salt to the water. 

Once the water is simmering, drop in the bagels (either 4 or 6 at a time). Cook for 3 minutes, flip and cook for 2 minutes, flip and cook for 1 minute. So that’s 3-2-1. Pretty easy to remember. 

LOOK AT HOW MUCH THEY EXPAND! Also, please note how the one on the left has a huge crater in it. That’s what a unsmoothed bagel ends up looking like. I don’t mind it because it tastes the same, but for presentation’s sake, you might want to spend more time on them when rolling them out. 

Take out your bagels (use tongs or a slotted big spoon) and place them on a towel to cool down and dry. Handle them carefully because they are quite soft. 

I would like to point out an issue I was having. For some reason bagels in same batch were having some mixed results. After boiling, I placed them out to dry and some of them deflated quite a bit. You can see the differences below. I’m not sure why this was happening, but I don’t mind. They just become more dense than the others and still taste the same. The deflated ones kind of look like bagel-raisins. Strange!

Once you’ve done this for all your bagels, place them on a greased cookie sheet and put them in a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. I like to rotate the sheet so that they all get evenly browned. They should be cooked after about 25 minutes, but I usually leave them in longer until they get golden. I enjoy bagels with a tougher skin. 

Put them on a cooling rack for as long as you can wait. I can’t wait very long, so I eat them hot, right out of the oven! Actually, writing this post has made me hungry for one, so I’m going to go nom on some. Toodles!

-Nam

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Just because.  -Nam

Just because.  -Nam

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We’re two broke girls. Unfortunately we couldn’t get a show of our own, so we settled for a blog instead. We’ll be filling it with our daily exploits, which will be anything from DIY projects, recipes, photography, rants, movie reviews, etc. Assuming our viewership will most likely consist of the two of us, I’m sure this blog will be a hit with 100% of our readers.  -Nam