Posts by Timothy Roberts

Issue #36 – No Bake Chocolate S’mores

Ingredients

8 cups miniature marshmallows, divided.

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter.

1 3/4 cup (11.5 oz package) milk chocolate chips.

1/4 teaspoon salt.

9 (about 2 cups) graham crackers broken into 1/2 inch piece. Variation: cinnamon flavor graham crackers.

nonstick cooking spray.

8-9 inch square baking pan.

Instructions

Line 8×9 inch square baking with foil. Spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat 6 cups of miniature marshmallows, butter and salt in large bowl. Microwave on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring after 90 seconds. Remove from microwave and add milk chocolate chips and stir until melted.

Working quickly, stir in graham cracker pieces, spread mixture into prepared baking pan with greased spatula pressing down lightly. Then evenly sprinkle remaining marshmallows on top of mixture.

Cool 2 hours or until set. Cut into square with serrated knife.

Written By: Sandra Eadie

Photographed By: Amy Toner and Austin Green

Prepared By: Julia Schanbacher, Stephanie Schoppmann, Dallin Haymore, Dana Caenen, Jean Kerr, Terrance Jeffers, Heidi Pearson, Elizabeth Suarez

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Issue #37 – American Flag Cake Pops

Ingredients

1 box red velvet cake mix (baked according to package instructions and cooled completely)

2/3 cup vanilla frosting

4 cups white chocolate chips, divided

4 teaspoons oil, divided

1/4 cup sprinkles(blue)

1/2 cup sprinkles(red)

Preparation

1 – In a large bowl, crumble the cake into fine, uniform crumbs. Add the vanilla frosting and mix thoroughly.

2 – Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the cake mixture at a time and roll into balls. You should have 35 balls total. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

3 – Working with half of the white chocolate chips and half of the oil at a time so the mixture stays melted, combine in a medium bowl and microwave on medium heat in 30 second intervals until melted for about 2 minutes. Stir until smooth.

4 – Making the blue cake pops: Working in batches of 3, dip 9 cake pops in the melted white chocolate, using a spoon to help coat. Let the excess drip off. Sprinkle the pops with blue sprinkles and refrigerate for 1 hour. Place the cake pop 3 x 3 in upper left corner of the serving platter.

5 – Making the red pops: Working in batches of 3, dip 15 cake pops in the melted white chocolate, using spoon to help coat. Let the excess drip off. Sprinkle the pops with red sprinkles and refrigerate for 1 hour. Place the red pops in alternating rows with the white pops depicting the American flag as shown in the picture.

6 – Making the white cake pops: Working in batches of 3, dip the remaining 11 cake pops in the melted white chocolate, using a spoon to help coat. Let the excess drip off and refrigerate for 1 hour. Place the white pops in alternating rows with the red pops depicting the American flag as shown in the picture.

Written by: Eric Washington

Photography by: Jeremy Holland and Eric Washington

Prepared by: Heidi Pearson, Dallin Haymore, Terrance Jeffers, Nathaniel Carney, Briana Brooks, Caenen, Nathan Moench.

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Issue #36 – Hollywood vs Real Archaeologists

Archaeologist, a person who studies history and even prehistory through analyzing artifacts, temples and other relics. So, what does an Archaeologist have to do with adventures? Do they have bullwhips to protect themselves? Do they travel the world looking for the rarest of artifacts? Do Archaeologist do anything to protect history? Keep reading to find out!

In Hollywood, the most famous name, in terms of Archaeologist, is Dr. Walton Jones Jr., also known as Indiana Jones. He is also, in most people’s minds, the only Archaeologist there is. Indy, one of the many nicknames that Dr. Jones has, suddenly looks like the type of person you don’t want to mess with, styling with his fedora, satchel, leather jacket and his signature bullwhip! Also Dr. Jones’ adventures are legendary! Dr. Jones is not the only one with legendary adventures, however! I give you two names of Archaeologist who can rival the great Indiana Jones!

The first name of a legendary real world Archaeologist is Wendell Phillips. Born in 1927, his expedition to Africa in 1944 to modern day Yemen was beneficial to help him gain oil concessions after archaeological career was finished. During that trip to Yemen, he did not have a bullwhip, but he could have been an early look for Indiana Jones with his stylish clothing. From his mostly all black outfit( which is a bold choice for the desert), and his white Keffiyeh (an Arabian hat), he was a trend setter Archaeologist! Wendell died December 4, 1975.

The second Archaeologist and final name that feels like Dr. Jones is Qadir Temori, an Afghan archaeologist whose work turned into a movie in its own right! The was 2007, the middle parts of the Afghanistan War, the aforementioned Temori and his team were rushing to save artifacts from Mes Aynak, an ancient Buddhist monastery, from the China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCG) and their general manager, Shen Heting. Temori and his team were also facing death threats from the Taliban to cease his attempts to save the artifacts. The story of Qadir is immortalize in Brent E. Huffman’s documentary, Saving Mes Aynak!

Archaeologist can be more than just people who dig up things! They are the seekers of the past. Most of the archaeologist today might not have a bullwhip, but still they would do anything to protect the past.

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Issue #36 – Banana Boats

The Banana Boats are a famous traditional recipe treat that was made by the social networking service company in Seattle, Washington in 1997 by one of the of the most professional bakers and by one of the greatest recipe makers in history. Originally the banana boat was made with chocolate and marshmallows with the banana but there are other ingredients to make the banana boat more fun and creative. Like instead of marshmallows with the chocolate it can be whipped cream and chocolate or any other kind of other toppings with it. The banana boats were also a magnificent treat to eat and very easy to make with only 3 ingredients. Also people of all ages kids and grownups can make the banana boat in their own way.

Ingredients

Bananas

Cool Whip

Directions

Chocolate chips

1 – Split the middle of the banana from top to bottom very slowly not all the way but only till the banana is cut wide open enough so then the toppings can be put in the middle from top to bottom.

2 – Spoon the cool whip into the slit of the banana boat.

3 – Last comes use the chocolate chips, sprinkle them on top of the whipped cream banana with a spoon or by hand, then and only then the banana boat is done and ready to be tasted.

Written By: Joshua Filippo

Photographed By Sandra Eadie and Leslie Hills

Prepared By: Dallin Haymore, Dana Caenen, Deborah Cernuto,Jennifer “Eden” Cornstuble, Terrence Jeffers, Jean Kerr, Julia Schanbacher, Amy Toner

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Issue #35 – Welcome to the Flamingo Habitat

Visiting the Flamingo Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Casino was a special experience for me because it reminded me (Brianna) of Georgia. Being surrounded by the greenery felt like home to me but also the air was musky. The main attraction were the flamingos. They stood out as the reason to go. Our team learned about a lot of different animals and we would deeply recommend visiting the habitat.

Opening in 1995, the habitat brought a jungle-like environment to the strip.
(Even though the animal habitat’s hours are from 8am to 8pm, the area is accessible 24 hours every day.)
 However, we recommend visiting during daylight hours at least once to see the different animals properly. After hours the path is a little more secluded than the rest of The Strip.  Jeremy also went to the habitat and he really enjoyed it. He said, “I really enjoyed seeing all the different kinds of animals like the flamingos and parrots. You can even have a parrot put on your shoulder. I thought that was cool to see.” Seeing the different kinds of plants and a waterfall was pretty cool to see as well. I would highly recommend everyone to go and check this place out because it’s a pretty cool experience to go and check out.

How long do Macaw birds live? •The average life span is 60 years.

Why do flamingos stand on one leg? •To conserve energy because they are at rest.

How far will a Mallard Duck fly when it migrates? • It can travel up to 800 miles a day.

How do turtles survive in the winter? • They bromate under rocks in the water holding their breath for 4 months, at heart rate of 5 beats per minute.

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Issue #35 – The Mob Museum

Research Team: Stacey Foster, Michelle Frese, Justin Freeman, Cassie Hitchcock, Joey Thomas

 Mobsters, the lifeblood of America between Probation (1920’s) to about the 1950’s. While most of the Mob now is gone, their memory and their legacy lives on in the Mob Museum at 300 Stewart Ave in Las Vegas. We at Circles Magazine got the chance to go there to take a tour and to do an interview.

 We got to do an interview with Felicia, who is the Director of Guest Services at the Mob Museum, and ask a couple of questions:

                How did the Mob Museum start?

A number of people had a hand to the start of the Mob Museum, the biggest was Former Mayor of Las Vegas and Mob Defense Attorney, Oscar Goodman.

                How many people do you have working here?

120 full time employees and we have about that many part time workers as well. That number of part time workers does not include volunteers.

                How many tours do you ‘run’ on a daily basis?

The tours are predominant self-guided.

                How long has the Mob Museum been in Las Vegas?

February 14th, 2012; because that was the date of a pretty big Mob event that happened, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967).

                What was this building before it became a museum?

A Courthouse and a Post Office

                How many exhibits do you have?

Four (4) Floor exhibits and many things that are not on display in storage as well as in schools and some community centers.

Have any of the Items been use in a court of Law?

Yes, Al Capone’s gun is on the 3rd floor on loan from the IRS Criminal investigation unit, Two (2) Tommy Guns (or Thompson Submachine Guns) from the Valentine’s Day Massacre. They are periodicity on display and hand cuffs on the 2nd floor.

                What is your favorite exhibit?

A special place in my heart is for the Crime Lab and Firearm Training simulator.

 After our interview with Felicia, we had the chance to tour the Mob Museum for ourselves. We were amazed with the amount of history that the Museum had to offer. From seeing the Revolver that Al Capone used to having one of us being electrocuted (not actually). It was a fun tour for us. So the next time you want to find out about the Mob, go to the Mob Museum!

 P.S.:  The hours for the Mob Museum is open every day at 9:00 AM to 9:00PM; tickets start at $26.95 but it includes a Las Vegas all exclusive pass. Also there is limited Parking for the Mob Museum on site and there is a $7.00 fee for parking.

 P.S.S.: Thank you Felicia, and the rest of the Mob Museum, for the interview and allowing us to tour the Museum. It was a fun experience for us!

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Issue #35 – Shop Till You Drop

                When tourists come to the Las Vegas Valley, most of them gamble, and besides that, they look and shop for the latest trends and accessories.

                One of these new malls out there is Downtown Summerlin, which attracts an upscale mall on the city’s west side, which makes it more convenient for many locals and shopaholics. The development continues to grow, with nearly 400 acres of lavish space, nearby is the new Las Vegas ballpark, which houses the Aviators and the City National Arena, which is the practice rink for the Las Vegas Golden Knights. In addition, they have a Farmers Market, which opens on Saturdays. Also many seasonal events, including Holiday festivities for the kids at the Rock Rink. More developments and growth are in the works at Downtown Summerlin in the near future.

                Also, you can check the Fantastik Indoor Swap Meet at 1717 S. Decatur Blvd. in Las Vegas. It has been housed in the same location for over 30 years,  locals and vendors can rent a little space and run a small business there. You can look for pets, cosmetics, Halloween costumes, jewelry and hundreds of other items. The Swap Meet is only open on Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10 AM- 6 PM. Prices are reasonable and shopping is easy. They have an admission price of one dollar but give you a coupon that you can use at any of the vendors in the swap meet.

                If you’re looking for toys, vintage and houseware items or other antiques , you might want to check out the Charleston Antique Mall, which is north of the Swap Meet at 560 N. Decatur Blvd. If you’re a treasure hunter looking for any vintage goods, go visit there. There are more than 60 vendors to choose from & they have some cool stuff for really good prices.

                Finally, we head south to the Town Square Las Vegas, which is quite a little trendy like Downtown Summerlin. If you’re shopping near the Strip, we highly recommend the place. They’ve got a Whole Foods Market, along with a Children’s Park for the kids, along with dining, office and entertainment complexes. It features more than 120 stores, along with activities and events, along with a new Raider Image team store, for the new Las Vegas Raiders. If you’re a shopping buff, come check it out.

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Issue #35 – Fashion Show Mall Galore With Dillard’s

Welcome to the Fashion Show Mall where the models are strutting their stuff. There are all kinds of brands and Dillard’s ran the fashion show. D.J. Captain provided the music for the show. We interviewed Christian Evans and they love their job, for various reasons. One of the reasons is that they liked to make their own schedule, and likes wearing amazing clothes. Christian likes the perks of meeting new people every day, and loves being out and about. Christian has been a real veteran since the time of childhood when they were 4 or 5 years of age (for Belk’s Catalogue).

                Christian commented on the selection process indicated that an agency submits specific jobs that they think are a good fit for the models based on the client’s needs and desires and that depend whether they hire the model for a specific job or not. In terms of picking apparel Christian claims that the stylist is the chief decision maker of selection. Christian says in terms of quantity of applications the e-mail submission process is constant; “Once we see your online submission, then we invite you for a face to face interview where you can meet our team of casting specialists.” If they like your style you could then be signed into the agency. Now in the process of getting hired an agency does their best to submit you for representation and to make sure your well protected. We asked if they had any child models? The response Christian gave was in the affirmative, since they take individuals of all ages as well as looks.

                We asked Christian if they modeled footwear? They said that typically the stylist helps put the outfit together with the matching shoes. They do photo shoots as well in addition to the apparel being modeled. So Christian claims that the foot wear is included in the itinerary of modeling. Okay, we will detour to the technical side of lighting. They use entertainment as well as, theatrical lighting according to the technician. Well readers there you have it, the galore of fashion made into a show. It is fun to watch and be in awe at the various brands of clothes. So go down to the fashion show mall and be mesmerized at the various fashions that will blow your minds galore; and while you’re there you can shop till you drop.

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Issue #35 – Nacho Daddy

The Circles crew had lunch in May at (Nacho Daddy) ND, located in downtown Las Vegas. At this time, we interviewed Evan Boyd (GSD) who works at the corporate office who has been with the company since 2010.  Born and raised in Las Vegas. Nacho Daddy has three locations in Las Vegas. Downtown, the Strip, and west Sahara at Fort Apache. The most popular Nacho platters are the Tostada and Fiesta nachos. The Tia Chicken Nacho platter has become a favorite of late. All the ingredients are delivered fresh every day from corporate  kitchen N.D. has here in Las Vegas.  All of the sauces are signature creations exclusively made for N.D.

Briana- “It was my first time doing an interview with Nacho Daddy and having lunch too.”

Dominique- “My Experience at Nacho Daddy was great! I enjoyed the good food and the atmosphere!”

Justin  “My experience at Nacho Daddy was amazing! Food was excellent!”

Stacey- The food was so awesome and the Restaurant is a beautiful place, the people who work there are friendly.

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Issue #34 – The Signs from The Stars

Ptolemy was an astrologer, mathematician ans astronomer. He is credited with being the first to correlate astrology and astronomy with his treatise commonly known as Tetrabibios. He was regarded as the leading astrologer of his time and Tetreabibios was actually the bible for astrologers for over a thousand years.

In modern western culture there are twelve astrological signs, most astrologers list Aries as the first sign. The signs are associated with constellations that are seen in the sky during the time periods that they represent. There are actually several interpretations of the zodiac at different times and for different reasons.

Tropical bases its interpretation on the vernal equinox of the northern hemisphere. Sidereal bases its interpretation on the appearance of the principal star in the constellation. The two systems dates however are not the same and are about month apart.

The signs are generally associated with the four elements : water, fire, earth and air. The Water signs are: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces, the Fire Signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, the Earth Signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, and the Air signs are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.

In more Modern times a horoscope is often used to help guide the lives of people who feel that the stars are what make for a happier life and can be found in most any form of media from the local newspaper to your smartphone. You can check your horoscope and see what life has in store for you in the coming day, month or year. Most people who do check them try to check them daily.

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