Monthly Archives: April 2018

14 Practically Perfect Pizza Recipes that Won’t Give You E. coli

There really has never been a better time to eat pizza. With all the crazy E. coli outbreaks, eating a salad has never been more dangerous…so fellow pizza lovers, rejoice!

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14 Practically Perfect Pizza Recipes that Won’t Give You E. coli

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  1. White Pizza with Zucchini and Proschiutto
  2. Meatball Pizza
  3. Pesto and Asparagus Flatbread
  4. White Pancetta Pizza
  5. Zucchini Naan Pizza
  6. Cheesy Pizza “Bread”sticks
  7. Cauliflower, Dates, and Tahini Pizza
  8. Deep Dish Pizza
  9. Cheesy Homemade Pizza
  10. Crispy Fried Pizza
  11. Grilled Mexican Pizza
  12. BBQ Chick Pea Pizza
  13. Pepperoni Bacon Pizza with Truffle Honey
  14. Deep Dish Skillet Pizza

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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How Many of the Greatest Books of All Time Have You Read?

So I recently stumbled upon an amazing site called thegreatestbooks.org…which is exactly what you think it is. Want to know the greatest books of 2000? The Greatest Books of 1900? The Greatest German Novels of the 20th Century? It’s all waiting for you!

While browsing around this site, I found a list of the greatest books of all time. ALL. TIME. I was a little skeptical about this list because they’re not really that open about how these lists are curated, but from what I could find, they reviewed more than 100 “best of” book lists from a variety of sources, then created an algorithm to determine how many times a particular book appears on a list…thus this greatest list is born.

Now this ultimate list is pretty cumbersome. I stopped after 5 pages, but it keeps going and going and going…there are actually more than 2,000 books on this list!

As a fun little Friday activity, I’ve gathered the top 100 books on this ultimate list to see how many we’ve all read! My score was pretty pitiful (I’ve only read 27 of the top 100)…but to be fair, I’m really not one for the classics…

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You can download your spreadsheet of the top 100 books here! Leave a comment below and let me know what your score is!

Looking for a new book to read? Check in every Friday for a “Bee Happy” post, where I share reviews of books I’ve read or other book-themed lists.

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40 Fun Facts about 20 Movies Turning 20 in 2018

You ready to feel really old? We’re about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of some of our favorite childhood movies, including The Truman Show, Mulan, The Big Lebowski, The Prince of Egypt, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, and so many more.

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To honor these classic films on their 20th birthdays, here are 40 fun facts about 20 movies that will be turning 20 this year!

40 Fun Facts about 20 Movies Turning 20 in 2018

Saving Private Ryan

Director Steven Spielberg cast Matt Damon as Private Ryan because he wanted an “unknown actor with an All-American look”. He had no idea that Damon would win an Oscar the year before the movie’s release for his blockbuster, Good Will Hunting.

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The Omaha Beach scene cost $11 million to shoot and involved more than 1,000 extras, some of which were amputees with prosthetic limbs to simulate soldiers having their limbs blown off.

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Mulan

Mulan was the first Disney movie to be released on DVD.

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When Mulan sings “Reflection” in her father’s shrine, the writing on the stones is the names of the Disney animators who worked on the film, written in ancient Chinese.

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The Truman Show

Though they were the two biggest stars of the film, Jim Carrey and Ed Harris never actually met during the filming of The Truman Show.

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The Truman Show was Carrey’s first take on a serious dramatic leading role. He said, “It was one of the best scripts I ever read. It works on so many levels.”

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The Big Lebowski

Every “man” and “dude” in The Big Lebowski was scripted. In fact, the only improvised line in the entire film was Jeff Bridges’ line about the “human paraquat”.

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A lot of the Dude’s clothes in the movie were Jeff Bridges’ own clothes, including his Jellies sandals, which he still owns and wears to this day.

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The Parent Trap

For her split screen scenes, Lindsay Lohan wore an earpiece, which would play back the dialogue of the other sister.

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The lost boy who shows up at the girls’ camp is played by Michael Lohan, Lindsay Lohan’s real  brother. Her siblings regularly appear as extras in her movies.

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The Prince of Egypt

The production team conferred with roughly six hundred religious experts to make the film as accurate and faithful to the original story as possible. They all praised the studio for listening and responding to their ideas.

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The only five actors who do both singing and speaking parts were Ralph Fiennes (Rameses), Michelle Pfeiffer (Tzipporah), Martin Short (Huy), Steve Martin (Hotep), and Ofra Haza (Yocheved). All other parts had different singers.

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Armageddon

NASA shows Armageddon during their management training program. New managers are given the task of trying to spot as many errors as possible. At least 168 have been found so far.

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Billy Bob Thorton and Ben Afflick have both openly discussed their hate for Armageddon. This movie was also included in Roger Ebert’s “Most Hated” list of 1998.

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A Bug’s Life

The two mosquitoes trapped in the bugzapper are the voices of the co-directors, John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton.

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A Bug’s Life was the first Pixar movie to have outtakes at the end and was the first to feature a short at the beginning of the film (Geri’s Game).

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Much of the clothing that Johnny Depp wore in the movie were actual pieces of clothing that the real Hunter S. Thompson wore in the 70’s.  Depp and Thompson formed a friendship after Thompson let Depp hang with him for four months, learning his mannerisms and vocal inflection.

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Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone each tried to get the film off the ground but were unsuccessful.

Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Drew Barrymore has stated that this is her favorite of all her films so far.

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In the scene where Rodmilla (Angelica Huston) receives the invitation to the masque ball, it can be seen on the invite that the ball takes place on the feast of St. Jude. This means the ball takes places on October 28th.

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There’s Something About Mary

The dialogue between Mary and Ted about how there aren’t enough meats on sticks was originally written for an episode of Seinfeld that never aired. The Farrelly Brothers liked it and bought it for use in the movie.

Matt Dillon and Cameron Diaz were dating in real life during the filming of There’s Something About Mary. They’d been together three years but broke up almost immediately after the film was released.

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Pleasantville

During the publicity campaign surrounding the film’s release, there was a contest for a trip to Pleasantville, Iowa – the smallest Pleasantville in the US.

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Since every scene from the middle of the movie to the end had to be digitally changed to have black and white characters interacting with characters in color, this film technically had the most digital effect shots ever until Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which came out the following year.

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The Mask of Zorro

Legendary sword trainer Bob Anderson remarked that Antonio Banderas was the most gifted swordsman he had worked with since Errol Flynn.

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In order to accomplish the effect of Elena’s dress falling off from being sliced up by Zorro, a wire was attached to the dress to help pull it off.

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Rush Hour

Jackie Chan was almost killed filming the scene where he is almost crushed by metal boxes. They slammed together about a quarter of a second after his head was clear.

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Chris Tucker improvised much of his dialogue, as he normally does in his films. There are several continuity errors in the dialogue for this reason.

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The Wedding Singer

Carrie Fisher, Judd Apatow, and Adam Sandler worked uncredited on the movie script.

The role of Glenn Gulia was originally written with Jim Carrey in mind, however he declined the part.

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You’ve Got Mail

The location of Fox Books in the movie is actually the location of a real Barnes & Noble (on Broadway and 83rd Street). Ironically, the opening of Barnes and Noble drove the local bookstore on 81st Street, Shakespeare & Co., out of business.

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All of the emails Joe and Kathleen sent back and forth to each other were put on the movie’s official website, which Warner Bros. has kept active (click on the photo – you’re welcome!).

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The Thin Red Line

Director Terrence Malick commanded such respect from his actors that both Woddy Harrelson and John Savage stayed on set for an extra month after wrapping just to watch him work.

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Before settling on the final cast, Malick met with and considered several of Hollywood’s leading men at the time, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Costner, Ethan Hawke, Dermot Mulroney and William Baldwin.

Shakespeare in Love

Dame Judi Dench won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as Queen Elizabeth, although she is on-screen for only about six minutes in four scenes.

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Although long portions of Romeo and Juliet are used in the film, along with famous lines from many of Shakespeare’s plays, William Shakespeare is not credited in the film.

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The Rugrats Movie

The Rugrats Movie was not only Nickelodeon’s first animated theatrical release, but it was the first non-Disney animated movie to gross more than $100 million at the box office.

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The role of Dil was originally going to be voied by Madonna. However, Tara Strong won the part because her impression of a baby crying was so accurate that a woman in the room who had just had a baby started lactating!

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Rushmore

Jason Schwartzman came to his audition wearing a prep-school blazer which sported a Rushmore patch he made himself.

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When Bill Murray first read the script, he thought it was so fantastic that he said he would do it for free.

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Sometimes you just need a little fun in your life! Check back every week for a new “Just Bee-cause” post, where I discuss everything from celebrity news to favorite videos and websites!

 

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Hermione’s Library Tote Bag

All us bookworms know there’s a little Hermione in all of us…

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I mean…

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We love to read, we love studying, and there’s just that TIIIINY little piece of us that’s just slightly judgmental…

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And when you’re feeling your inner Hermione come out, what better way to show her off than with this cute library tote bag?

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Featuring a little book and owl charm, as well as a striped pattern in Hermione’s house colors, this tote bag is great for running off to potions class, a study session at the library, or just storing your copy of The Monster Book of Monsters because every smart girl knows not to carry that one around in the open…

I’ve included instructions on how to make this tote, but if you love it and just have to have this one, it’ll be for sale soon in my Etsy store, so stay tuned!

Hermione’s Library Tote Bag

Materials:

  • Canvas Tote
  • Maroon Fabric Paint
  • Gold Fabric Paint
  • Black Fabric Marker
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Iron-on Letters
  • Red Ribbon
  • Book and Owl Charm, if desired

Instructions:

  1. Follow the instructions for caring for your canvas tote (this might involve a quick pre-wash before you begin).
  2. Using a ruler, mark 1 in. marks along both side straps of bag. Lightly draw pencil lines to divide side straps into 11 squares. Repeat on both sides of tote.
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  3. Starting with gold paint, fill in every other square on tote. I did about 2 coats of gold paint. Let dry and repeat on other side. Repeat with maroon paint.

    If you get some splatters, just let them dry and paint over them!

  4. Once your paint has dried, separate the squares with your black fabric marker. Let dry.
  5. Follow the instructions for ironing the letters onto your tote. You’ll need letters in the following quantities:

    a-1; b-2; d-1; e-2; g-1; h-2; i-2; l-1; n-2; o-3; r-2; t-3; u-1; w-1; y-1

    I was able to make the tote with 2 sheets of iron-on letters.
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  6. If you want to attach charms, feel free! I think they add a nice touch and I’m a sucker for bows so I had to tie a bow on the handle!
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This tote is a fun gift for any bookworm or Harry Potter fan! If you love this tote but don’t want to make it yourself, stay tuned! It’ll be up for sale on my Etsy store soon!

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She Used to Be Mine

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“It’s not what I asked for…
Sometimes life just slips in through a back door.”
–Waitress the Musical

Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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16 Copycat Recipes from Your Favorite Restaurants

Eating from your favorite restaurants doesn’t have to hurt your gut (or your wallet). You can indulge in your restaurant favorites right from the comfort of your own home with these 16 tasty copycat recipes.

From Applebee’s famous Oriental Chicken Salad to Red Lobster’s addicting Cheddar Bay Biscuits, these recipes taste just like the real deal at half the price!

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16 Copycat Recipes from Your Favorite Restaurants

  1. Copycat Portillos Chopped Salad
  2. Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup
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  3. Copycat Outback Steakhouse Blooming Onion
  4. Homemade Cracker Jack
  5. Chipotle Guacamole
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  6. Homemade Moon Pies
  7. Applebee’s Oriental Chicken Salad
  8. Copycat Orange Chicken
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  9. Noodles and Company Indonesian Peanut Saute
  10. Cheesecake Factory Bang Bang Shrimp
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  11. DIY Mounds Bars
  12. Taco Bell Morning Crunch Wrap
  13. Copycat McDonald’s Big Mac
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  14. Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes
  15. California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza Copycat
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  16. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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10 Awesome Detective Novels

A little more than 170 years ago, Edgar Allen Poe’s story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, first appeared in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine. The story described the analytical power used by one Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin to solve a slew of murders in Paris. Thus, the first detective story was born.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue also inspired the creation of perhaps one of the greatest literary detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes. He first hit bookshelves 46 years after Poe’s story and set into motion one of the most read literary genres ever.

Often filled with chilling and complex stories, clever and witty humor and strong characters that seem to come to life before your eyes, detective novels are a great go-to solution for a summer beach read, a vacation read, or just a quick and exciting story to help pass the time.

If you’re looking for a great detective novel, here are 10 awesome ones to get you started!

10 Awesome Detective Novels

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The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Alexander McCall Smith

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami

In the Woods, Tana French

Booked to Die, John Dunning

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, P.D. James

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