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The Addams Family Great Theatre Company 350

The Addams Family Great Theatre Company Review

The Addams Family Great Theatre Company

This weekend I attended The Addams Family musical put on by GREAT Theatre at The Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud.  Lets see how corny I can be, well… it was a ghoulishly good time!  Dead funny.  Okay, that’s enough.

First, the Paramount is fabulous!  Everything made for a comfortable experience, besides the chairs.  No worries though since they, with theatre goers donations,  will soon be swapped out with new ones after 66 years of numbing our bottoms and aching our backs.  This theatre also offers beer and wine in the lobby for a decent $5 along with candy and snacks.  Definitely check out the paintings along their walls, some are even for sale.

The Addams Family musical was as quirky and dark as the original TV show.  The sets were dark and clever and the musical numbers were entertaining and very Broadway.  All the musical acts were also catchy and filled with big stage dancing, yet performed on the intimate smaller stage that Paramount offers.   There were fun references made from The Honeymooners to Charlie Sheen, and one of my favorites from Grandma to Pugsley after he said he didn’t understand her references, “Well stop texting all the damn time and read a book!”  There were a couple profane words used, nothing too harsh, and some reference to sexual content.

All of the actors did a superb job, however, Uncle Fester stole the show.  With surprisingly superb vocal resonance as well as an entertaining narrator, Brandon Bodien is my notable mention.  Not to take anything away from the other twenty one talented actors that delivered a seamless kooky and spooky musical that I totally recommend seeing during its run of engagement through February 15th.

You can purchase ticket for The Addams Family musical here.

Baked Pesto Chicken 360

Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

Baked Pesto Chicken

Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe: Looking for healthy meal options? Want to lower your carb intake? How about something to prep for lunches all week? Well we’ve tried a recipe that answers YES to all of the above.

Pesto Ingredients

Pesto Ingredients:

2 cups basil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cloves garlic
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Zest and juice from half lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

In food processor combine basil, pine nuts and garlic. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Then add in your favorite olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in cheese. If you don’t have time to make pesto, store bought will do.


6 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, salt and ground black pepper for seasoning chicken. Trim off visible fat and tendons from chicken pieces, then cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 2 or 3 pieces.

Raw Chicken

Preheat oven to 375F.  Spray a 9″ x 12″ baking dish with non-stick spray, spread 1/2 cup basil pesto over the bottom of the dish. Lay chicken strips over the pesto, then spread 1/2 cup more basil pesto over the chicken.

Chicken with Pesto

Cover with aluminum foil and bake the chicken for 30-35 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Serve hot.

Baked chicken and pesto

It may not look appealing but it tastes great and I will be making this recipe again. What should I make next? Leave me a comment below.

We found the original recipe at Kalyns Kitchen.

Baked Pesto Chicken Weve Tried It

Bulletproof-Coffee 360

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe and Review

Bulletproof Coffee

To make bulletproof coffee you will have to dedicate a little more time in the morning, but the pay off lasts the entire day. I prep by cutting butter for the week to save on time in the morning. Now I’ve read many articles that explain how this works and how to make it, and after trying just a few variations, for me, this process works the best:

1 cup of fresh French pressed coffee (Café Du Monde)

2 tablespoons of Kerrygold Irish Organic butter

2 tablespoons of MCT oil (pure coconut oil)

Bulletproof Coffee Weve Tried It

Throw these three in a blender and mix for 10 seconds and enjoy! That simple. It tastes like a frothy buttery latte. If you eat with your coffee in the morning, eat protein or it basically defeats the purpose. Not only is this a great pick-me-up that lasts the entire day without need for other cups of coffee, but it also is training your body to burn fat rather than carbs. So eating carbs with it is NOT recommended. The fine tuned recipe gives you the caffeine high with out the jitters and without the crash. Just a slow come down about 10-12 hours after consuming. Now the MCT oil may increase bowel movements, so you might want to start out at 1 tablespoon. I think that just depends on an individuals body. I have no problem with 2 tablespoons.

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

I buy the MCT Oil at Whole foods for $25 a bottle, it is also available on Amazon. Kerrygold Organic Irish Butter is easy to locate but I find it to be cheapest at Costco. Café Du Monde can be found virtually anywhere. Cheaper at a big name grocery store. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes and what you think of the taste. Enjoy!

Stuffed Peppers Weve Tried It 360

Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers Recipe

Stuffed Peppers Weve Tried It

Stuffed peppers…the healthy way. I found this Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers recipe on Skinny Taste blog, doubled it and added a few of my own touches. Delicious.

Stuffing Ingredients:

1 lb 99% lean ground turkey
1 1/2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 hot pickled Serrano pepper, chopped (or jalapeno) more to taste
2 large diced tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small chopped onion
4 tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tsp cumin
kosher salt to taste


6 red bell peppers
2/3 cup reduced sodium, fat free chicken broth
1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Sargento Monterey Jack cheese
2 tbsp chopped scallions, for garnish

Stuffed Peppers Ingredients


In skillet, brown the turkey and season with salt. When browned, add onion, garlic, black beans, cilantro, Serrano pepper, diced tomatoes, cumin, oregano and chili flakes. Mix well and simmer on low, covered for 20 minutes.

Ground Turkey Stuffed Pepper prep

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Clean out the peppers, removing seeds and stem. Cut a small amount of the bottom of the pepper so that it will stand straight on baking sheet. Fill each pepper with turkey mixture. Pour about 1/3 cup water or chicken broth on the bottom of the dish. Cover tight with foil.

Stuffed Peppers

Bake 45-50 minutes, or until the peppers become soft. Remove foil, top each with 1 1/2 tsp of cheese and bake uncovered for 5 minutes.

Next time I make this recipe I plan on adding tomato sauce and maybe switch up a few of the ingredients. I really enjoyed it!

The Serving Size is for if you were to cut the peppers in half. We left them whole because this was our full meal with no extra sides. Serving Size: 1/2 pepper, Calories: 160, Fat: 3 g, Carbs: 19 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 15.5 g, Sugar: 1 g, Sodium: 119 (without salt).

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers Weve Tried It


Nads Nose Wax

Nad’s Nose Wax for Men and Women Review

Nads Nose Wax

WARNING – SOME PICTURES MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR THE EASILY SQUEAMISH. Still looking for a stocking stuffer? Well, I have the perfect gift — Nad’s Nose Wax for Men & Women.

This product does the job, it doesn’t hurt … and let’s face it, manscaping is in! Okay, so I know that medically speaking this is not good for the immune system. A quick lesson, our nostril hairs grow to protect us as our first response to the immune system. They collect and prevent dust and particles from reaching the inside of our bodies, causing mucus to build up and let us know it is ready to dispose.

With that written, I’m guessing that taking away that first response protection may not be too wise, but who wants a 1/2 inch gnarly hair sticking out of their nose during a dinner date? I usually use a trimmer. Unfortunately, a trimmer leaves little short spiky hairs that poke the inside of your nostrils any time you squeeze them together.  Who needs that?

Nads Wax

This product leaves the inside walls of your nostrils silky smooth. It’s quite simple.  Just heat up the wax as instructed. Don’t forget to apply the fun Sanchez stickers (provided) if you happen to have facial hair. Dip the paddle/swabs in the warmed wax and place in each nostril for 90 seconds. Yank and enjoy a garden free nose.

Nads hair removal

Nads nose hair removal

Observe the amount of hair sprouts and compete with your buddies. No more nostril tickle for this guy. He couldn’t be happier with the results and ease of this product.

nose wax

It can also be used as a black head remover or pore strip — and the wax smells very good, too. Definitely a top gift/product of the year for any man in the family. 5/5

Broccoli wild rice casserole

Broccoli Wild Rice Casserole Recipe

Broccoli wild rice casserole

So I was sitting around watching TV and decided to turn on FOOD Network for some Thanksgiving dish ideas. Well I was in luck because just as I did, Ree Drummond was on a Thanksgiving special starting her favorite Wild Rice Broccoli Casserole. It looked not only new and different to me, but also, healthy and delicious. After watching the program I went to the store and purchased the ingredients and put this new classic dish to test.

2 cups wild rice (uncooked)
8 cups chicken broth
3 heads broccoli (cut into small florets)
1 stick butter
1 lb white button or cremini mushrooms (chop finely)
1 medium onion (diced)
2 carrots (peel and diced)
2 stalks celery (finely diced)
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 cup panko breadcrumbs

In a medium saucepan add the wild rice along with 5 cups of the chicken broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Cook until the rice starts to break open and is slightly tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Set aside.

Bring a pot of water to a boil and prepare an ice bath. Blanch the broccoli by throwing the florets into the boiling water until bright green and still slightly crisp, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Drain broccoli and plunge into the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Remove from ice water and set aside.


In large pot over medium-high heat melt 6 tablespoons of the butter. Add mushrooms, onions and cook, stir occasionally, until the liquid begins to evaporate, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and cook until the vegetables are soft and the mixture begins to turn darker in color, 3 to 4 minutes.

Sprinkle flour over the vegetables, stir and cook for about a minute. Pour in 3 cups of broth and stir mixing thoroughly. Bring to gentle boil and let it thicken, about 3 minutes. Pour in the heavy cream,mix and cook until thickens. Add the salt and pepper, adjust the seasonings as needed.


Combine the cooked rice, broccoli and pour into a 2-quart baking dish. Scoop out the vegetable/broth mixture and spread it evenly over the top, totally covering the surface with the vegetables.

Bake recipe

Melt 2 tablespoons butter, pour into a separate bowl adding the panko breadcrumbs. Stir together to coat the breadcrumbs in butter, then sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top of the casserole.

Casserole with panko

Cover with foil and bake the for 20 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking until golden brown on top, another 15 minutes.

It turned out beautiful but lacked a bit of flavor. The recipe only calls for salt and pepper. I was thinking maybe adding a can of cream of mushroom soup for the next time. That might take the healthy level down a notch though. Was still very good as is and would recommend it for a Thanksgiving dish for all to enjoy.

Broccoli Wild Rice Casserole Phatphood

Recipe originally found on Food Network


Thai Spiced Deviled Eggs Recipe

Thai Deviled Eggs Recipe

Thai Spiced Deviled Eggs Recipe: Thinking about making deviled eggs for your holiday celebration? Let’s take them up a notch and give them a little Thai spice.

We found this recipe on Tadka Pasta blog. I really liked the zesty flavor (spice) of the eggs, a wonderful remix to a basic traditional recipe for all seasons. This is one of those recipes that I will make time and time again.


6 Eggs
2 Tablespoons thick coconut milk, cold(not low fat) or mayonnaise
2 Teaspoons Thai Curry paste (we used the Thai Kitchen brand)
1 Teaspoon ketchup
1/2 Teaspoon paprika plus more to sprinkle
1/2 Teaspoon spicy mustard
1/4 Teaspoon Sriracha or other red chili sauce
Salt to taste
*For the pumpkin look use paprika and one green onion


Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes Recipe

chicken pot pie
Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes Recipe: Comfort food at it’s finest! These mini pot pies are tasty and easy to make.With next week being Thanksgiving this seems like a perfect recipe for your leftover turkey.


2 cups of cooked chicken breasts diced
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup frozen mixed veggies
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tablespoon of dried thyme
1/2 tablespoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 (10 oz) cans Pillsbury biscuits


Twin Cities Donut Crawl Phatphood Review

Twin Cities Donut Crawl Phatphood

Twin Cities Donut Crawl Phatphood Review: 1st annual ‪‎TC Donut Crawl‬ and you know I’m in there! Representing for Weve Tried It and a special thanks to Cities 97 radio show Oake & Keri for taking care of me! Now, lets get caked!

Bogarts Doughnut

First up on this ‪crawl‬ is Bogart’s Doughnut Co. Located at 904 West 36th St, Minneapolis, MN. The donut given to me is a house brioche with dark chocolate. Fresh and tasty! Also, for me you can’t go wrong with dark chocolate. They have a Nutella filled donut here as well.


Phatphood Esquites Recipe

Phatphood Esquited Recipe

Phatphood Esquites Recipe: Esquites is a Mexican snack or antojito. The word esquites means “toasted corn.” Phat calls this recipe addicting.


2 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cups corn kernels
3 tbsp mayonnaise (I used McCormick mayo with lime)
3-4 oz cotija cheese finely crumbled
½ cup fresh cilantro chopped
1 jalapeno pepper seeded and finely chopped
1 -2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp chili powder
Salt and pepper


In a large skillet (cast iron works best for charring) heat oil over high heat. Add corn and cook until charred on one side (roughly 2 mins). Stir and cook again for another 2 mins. Repeat until kernels are well charred all over.

While corn is charring, mix mayo, cotija cheese, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, lime juice and chili powder together. Once corn is done, gently fold into your mayo mixture. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Another Phatphood recipe worth checking out is his Elotes Mexican Corn on the Cob – recipe here.  Be sure to follow @Phatphood on Instagram.

If you try out this esquites recipe we want to hear about it. So be sure to come back and let us know what you thought!