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Issue #26 – Fudge Strawberry Dump Cake

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 box of Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix (15.5 oz)

2 cans Strawberry Pie Filling (21 oz each)

1 stick butter melted

 

Instructions

  1. Spray inside of crock
    pot with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Empty cans of Strawberry Pie Filling into bottom of crock pot, and spread out evenly.
  3. In medium bowl, combine dry cake mix and melted butter, mix until crumbly.
  4. Pour crumbled mixture over strawberries in crock pot, spreading them evenly, making sure to cover the crock pot.
  5. Cook on high for 2 hours.
  6. Serve with whip cream. Enjoy!
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issue#26 – Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 pound penne
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chicken into a 6-qt slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine crushed tomatoes, onion, basil, oregano, parsley and red pepper flakes, if using. Stir into the slow cooker and gently toss to combine. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and shred, using two forks.
  4. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  5. Stir pasta and chicken into the slow cooker; top with cheeses. Cover and cook on low heat for an additional 10-20 minutes, or until the cheeses have melted.

Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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Issue #25 – D.I.Y. Lollipop Bouquet Gift

We all know that the Holiday time can be crazy and there is always someone who we may forget to get a gift for. Circles Magazine has a solution for those forgotten one or the last minute invite to a person’s home for the Holidays. We made this Lollipop bouquet it is so easy to make that you may want to have your children help with making it. It serves 2 purposes one as a decorative centerpiece on the Holiday table and when dinner is over you can pass out the lollipops to have guest eat.

 

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Supplies:

2 big bags of DUMDUM lollipops

1 small flowerpot

1 small half round dry foam (used for artificial flowers)

Decorations of your choice

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

 

 

Directions:

Step 1- Decorate your flower pot to your likings.

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Step 2- Glue on the dry foam to the top of the flowerpot.

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Step 3- Start pressing in the stick end of the lollipops into the foam until all of the lollipops are on the foam.

 

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Step 4- Now you will have a gift to bring and will not show up empty handed again.

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Issue #25 – Veterans Holday

 

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Veterans Day is November 11th and we here are Circles would like to remember our
Veterans by first thanking them for their service to our Nation. We asked them to
tell us what they did on the holidays while deployed around the world.

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U. S. Navy Veteran Operations Specialist Dennis Cripe
Dennis served in the Navy from 1965 to 1974 during the Vietnam
conflict, he was stationed on the U.S.S. Askari and he tells
us that the holiday aboard the ship were much like those at
home with the exception of 300 other sailors at the dinner table
normal to have Turkey and dressing with all the trimmings.
Dennis’ favorite carol is “Oh Holy Night” and his favorite
holiday movie is “Miracle on 34th Street”.

U. S. Navy Veteran Second Class Petty OfficerScott McAuliffescott-article-pic
Scott was deployed in the Persian Gulf during Operation
Praying Mantis from 1986 to 1989. Scott says that while he
was deployed in there he didn’t get to see his family or friends
during the holidays but, enjoyed a traditional holiday dinner
on the U.S.S. Merrill with his fellow sailors. He says that he
missed the home cooked holiday meals, but received cards,
letters and cookies from home. His favorite carol is “Jingle Bell
Rock and his favorite holiday movie is “A Christmas Story”.

juan-article-picU. S. Marine Veteran Lance Corporal Juan Jimenez
Juan was deployed stateside in Camp Pendleton, CA., The
Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Angelo, Texas and
Goodfellow Air Force Base in Crestview. Florida. Even though
Juan was stateside he still missed his family and friends while
deployed and received cards and letters from them during
the holidays, he says he was always working and had little
downtime. His favorite carol is “Mele Kalikimaka” and his
favorite holiday movie is “A Mickey Mouse Christmas”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Issue #25 – First Friday

What is first Friday?
First Friday a Monthly Art Festival located in Downtown Las Vegas
Arts District celebrating the work of local artists, musicians, culinary
food vendors.
What do you do at first Friday?
I am the volunteer coordinator as well as the director of the
dance department.
How many volunteers are there?
Roughly 20-30 a month.
How long does it take to set up First Friday?
It takes 24 hours to set up.firstfridaynew_t1000
How many people attend First Friday every month?
Depending on the weather it can vary from 10,000-40,000 people.
Where is First Friday?
It is located in the arts district down by Charleston and Main
street.
How much does it cost?
Free!
What kind of activities are there?
There’s everything from live music, art, food trucks, performers,
vendors and workshops.
Is it wheelchair accessible?
The event is completely wheelchair accessible.

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Issue #22 – Circles Ice Cream Testers

In a Taste Test from a group of 5 judges, comparisons were made between the Appearance, Flavor, Consistency, preferences between 5 different popular brands of ice cream.
They are as follows:
1. Tillamookice cream
2. Breyers
3. Blue Bunny
4. Dreyer’s
5. Anderson
Our judges found that not all Vanilla ice cream is
the same, as most people might think. There is a big difference between the brands.

 

THE FIRST RUNNER UP AND WINNER IS: BREYERS
Appearance: The appearance was favored because of its color.

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OUR SECOND PLACE WINNER IS:
A 4 way tie between Tillamook, Breyer’s, Blue Bunny and Anderson

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Taste-Vanilla Flavor: With A Full Vanilla Bean Flavor

OUR THIRD PLACE WINNER IS: ANDERSON
Consistency: Not as Smooth and Creamy as the top runner’s.
The excellent top runner’s ice cream all had a big dairy flavor and real bean vanilla test. The lower rated ice cream is less creamy and less flavorful with an artificial taste.

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Issue #22 – The Pie In The Face Gag

The very first known “pie in the face” gag, also known as
“pie-ing”, was first seen in a silent film called, “Mr. Flip” circa 1909.

Sibbefpience then pies have been thrown in comedy films, cartoons, and many other forms of media. Though this joke is classic, iconic, and funny some people either get the wrong idea or don’t find it very funny at all. In Looney Tunes, during a scene in Slick are Bugs Bunny repeatedly  hits Elmer Fudd in the face with cream pies. This is a very funny scene to many people, but Elmer Fudd had gotten mad at the pie-ing.

The reasons as to why the “Pies in the Face” gag has been around for so (SOOO) long is because, people love slapstick humor, to

watch a pie get thrown into someone’s face is inexplicably funny!

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay / Rex Features Chris Tarrant gets a flanning on ITV1's This Morning, where he was appearing to talk about this Saturday night's Tiswas Reunited, a one-off special bringing together the original presenters of the anarchic kid's show for a night of madness, mayhem...and custard! Chris also got revenge on Swap Shop's Noel Edmonds and the Phantom Flan Flinger was finally on the receiving end of one of the famous flans. Chris Tarrant gets a flanning on ITV1's This Morning, where he was appearing to talk about this Saturday night's Tiswas Reunited, a one-off special bringing together the original presenters of the anarchic kid's show for a night of madness, mayhem...and custard! Chris also got revenge on Swap Shop's Noel Edmonds and the Phantom Flan Flinger was finally on the receiving end of one of the famous flans. 'This Morning' - 14 Jun 2007

It is a practical joke to humiliate and embarrass someone, but it’s one way to avoid any injuries. It’s common to throw a pie in someone’s face during fundraisers, schools, clown acts, and many comedy routines including “Soupy Sales”, “Monty Python”, and who can forget the timeless, “Three Stooges”?Stooges_HeavenlyDaze_540x386

 

Just remember, if you ever get a pie smooshed or thrown into your face just laugh it off and enjoy the history that led to that pie being in your face.

Soupy Sales, circa 1956.

Soupy Sales, circa 1956.


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Issue #22 – Sweeeeeeeet Gaming

Candy Crush Saga:

It relates to sweets by matching each of the same candy and to earn the
highest score, match 4 or 5 pairs of the same candy to create the crush (What’s the crush?
It’s not a girl nor a boy) It’s simply the candy combinations that goes on through the whole
gameplay. Riccardo Zacconi, created the King Digital Entertainment, but before Mr. Zacconi
made Candy Crush Saga, he had made Candy Crush (Original) in Aug. 2013. The only reason
why Candy Crush Saga is so fun, is due to the fact that it’s an addictive puzzle game.
Literally, full of candy that you are able to match, then crush “aka Candy Combos”. Reasons,
as to why the game is addictive, is because of: Slow and Steady Pace, Engrossing Simplicity,
“Freemium” Model and The right type of difficulty. At the start, the boards are fairly
straightforward and the object is to score a maximum number of points, play consists of
matching 3 or more candies of the same color by simply switching them around.

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Candyland:

The greatest of all Candy games has been played for decades and is still enjoyed by kids and adults of all ages

Cookie Jam:

Cookie Jam, is somewhat related
to Candy Crush Saga, but you’ve upgraded
to “Playing with Cookies.” Cookie Jam is
related to sweets by honestly matching any
colored cookie to the same colored cookie.

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Cut the Rope:

Cut the Rope, is somewhat related to Cookie Jam, but you’re not matching
candy or cookies anymore. During this game, you have a mint throughout all of the levels,
but in order to feed it to your little green creature named “Om Nom”, you’ve got to cut the
ropes in order to feed him. ZeptoLab, founded by Russian self-taught twins named Efim and
Semyon Voinov, and had made popular games such as Parachute Ninjas, Cut the Rope, Pudding
Monsters and King of Thieves for Android, IOS (Apple), Windows and other platforms/
devices. In each level, you need to send the mint over to Om Nom using the swipe of your
fingers to cut the ropes to cut various objects.

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Issue #22 – Painting With The Rainbow

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When you think about painting, you don’t think about painting with candy. The Circles team
has come up with a creative idea to paint with Skittles candy.
After you’ve bought a huge bag of skittles, sort out all of your colors of the candy
into separate bowls

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Add COLD water (Not Hot) to the skittles barely covering the skittles. So, this way, it’ll be brighter.
Stir until all color is off the skittles. Draw a picture onto a large white paper board (i.e. leprechaun, gummy bear…)
Dip a paint brush into your skittles paint bowl, then start painting away. Make sure you stay within the
lines.
Now, have fun with your painting. Make sure you sign it, to let others know you created your masterpiece.

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