DL & LL Digital Media’s New Years Issue


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LEts Roll Burst

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Some of you have been enquiring why you didn’t see Santa delivering gifts this year. [Apparently more than a few of our female readers were hoping to show Santa how good they were at being naughty.] Here’s the reason you didn’t-

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Then again given last years…’costume malfunction’ this might be a good thing. See what I mean?

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Christmas Surprise Traffic Stop with Lowell Police

A lot of Police Departments have been getting a bad deal from the black community for simply doing their job and reacting (for the most part) appropriately to the actions of those who have committed crimes and attempt to resort to threats of &/or violence against the Officers in an attempt to get away w/o paying for their actions. Youtube if rife with ‘bad cop no donut’ type videos. Well here is a ‘good cop take an extra dozen for the station’ video.

 

Lets finish the old Year out right….

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As for me…

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Actually I plan on going with something far simpler & more realistic I can actually live with for an entire year- like say a Resolution of 1024 x 768!

Wedding name combos so bad they might want to call the whole thing off

Hope none of these women decide to hyphenate!

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OK lets face facts- tonight is all about the last opportunity to get wild crazy and besotted before a long dry spell and the unpleasantness of the New Year smacks your face. Those credit card bills for Christmas will be arriving, then  the deprivation of Lent then the April 15th Tax Deadline, then the solemnity of Easter. Not a decent holiday party excuse anywhere on the radar until Memorial Day. Tomorrow? Yeah New Years Day is all about resolutions, hangovers, the Tournament of Roses Parade and Football. At least this year most of us have a few extra days to recover from our NYE’s drunken walks of self shaming.

In either event, lets face it you got to eat. Regardless of if its your party tonight or a football party tomorrow somebody is going to be expecting food out of you either as host or well manner to be invited again guest. Here’s a few ideas while it’s early enough your still sober enough to make them.

Tailgate Queso Dip

Spicy diced tomatoes with green chilies and lots of cheese are cooked and blended until cheese is melted for a quick, crowd-pleasing dip.

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PREP: 15 minutes

COOK: 15 minutes

SERVINGS: 12

Ingredients

1 pound lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (16 ounce) box mild Mexican processed cheese, cut into cubes
1 (15 ounce) can chili hot beans, drained
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 (10 ounce) cans Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies  (aka Rotel), drained


Directions

  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef and garlic until beef is thoroughly cooked, drain well.
  • Add processed cheese, beans and onion; stir to combine.  Heat mixture until hot and cheese is melted. Before serving add cheddar cheese and petite diced tomatoes; stir to combine.
  • Serve with pita/tortilla chips &/or veggies of your choice

Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies come in various heat levels. Pay close attention to what you’re buying.

This is one of those times a mini crockpot comes in handy for keeping it warm.

Can’t find ‘mild Mexican cheese’? (we have a Velveeta Mexican variety down here) just use regular old Velveeta.

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This next one is handy because you can put it all in your crockpots (removable) crock today and then let the crock warm up some before sliding it into the cooker part on one of your trips to the sink for water and more aspirin then go back to your nap or football and forget about it.

Rustic Italian Chicken

Savory chicken thighs are slow cooked to perfection along with fresh vegetables and Italian seasoning.  A simple recipe that requires little effort or time in the morning, ready and waiting for you when you come home after a long day.

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PREP: 20 minutes

COOK: 6 hours

SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, around 12 thighs
2 large carrots, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 (14.5 ounce) can Diced Tomatoes
1 (28 ounce) can Crushed Tomatoes
3 cups penne pasta, cooked and drained


Directions

  • Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place chicken in slow cooker and top with remaining ingredients, except pasta and garnish.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours. Serve chicken over pasta and garnish with cheese and parsley.

Garnish Options: Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh Italian parsley

You’ll want/need some warm crust bread with this too or use shells not Penne so it catches the wonderful sauce. I use a slotted spoon to remove most of the solids to a large warmed bowl the toss the pasta right into the remain liquid in the crockpot and carefully toss to coat before pouring it into another warmed bowl.

Got leftovers? It goes great deboned, shredded reheated in the sauce on a toasted garlic buttered roll with a slice on melting Provolone cheese the following day!

Donut Bread Pudding with Bourbon Cream

 

 

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

  Ingredients

2 cups milk
6 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 (divided)vanilla beans, split
18 glazed donuts
8 oz. sour cream
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup bourbon

Directions

1. Combine milk, eggs, cinnamon, and seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean in a small bowl.

2. Tear the donuts into pieces and place in a greased 9″ x 13″baking dish. Pour milk mixture over the top, cover, and refrigerate 24 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 325ºF.

4. Bake bread pudding 45 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and set aside.

5. To make bourbon cream, combine sour cream, maple syrup, seeds from remaining vanilla bean, heavy cream, and bourbon. Mix well.

6. Serve donut bread pudding with a spoonful of bourbon cream.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 12, Serving size: 243g, Calories: 310, Total Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Sodium: 550mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Dietary Fiber: 1g, Protein: 38g

Personally I’ll be making this with a tray of a dozen day old cinnamon rolls and toping it with a scoop of French Vanilla Ice Cream before the Bourbon Sauce

Nutella Banana Split Bread

This is a beautiful bread that will impress your friends and family by giving them the taste of two different breads in every slice: Chocolate-Hazelnut “Nutella” Bread on top and Banana Bread on the bottom.

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Ingredients

1 large egg
1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup light buttermilk (shake before measuring)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or 1/4 teaspoon table salt)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar (lightly packed)
4 ripe bananas (medium-size), mashed well (1-1/2 cups mashed)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread
(Topping) 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or hazelnuts

Directions

Step 1 – Prep oven and pan: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and create a parchment paper sling (see photo below–the butter acts as glue for the paper, making it easier to fill the pan with batter). This sling will allow you to lift the bread out of the pan easily.

Step 2 – One bowl mixing method: Whisk the egg well. Add the oil, buttermilk, vanilla extract, salt, baking soda, baking powder. Whisk until well blended. Add the white and light brown sugars and whisk until smooth. Now stir in the mashed ripe bananas, combining well. Finally, stir in the flour, making sure all of the flour is incorporated into the batter, but do not over-mix. Batter will be thick.

Step 3 – Create banana bread layer: Scoop all but 1 full cup of the batter into the prepared pan. Use the back of a spoon to even it out into a smooth layer that reaches all four corners of the pan. Set aside. 

Step 4 – Create the Nutella layer: Go back to the bowl where you left the remaining 1 cup batter and mix in ½ cup of Nutella. Mix well. The batter should be completely dark. Pour this mixture onto the banana batter. Use the back of the spoon to smooth it into an even layer.

Step 5 – Top with nuts and bake: Sprinkle the chopped nuts over the top of the batter. Bake for about 1 hour (it may take a little longer or not, depending on your oven). 

The bread is done when the top is firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted deep into the center comes out clean of wet batter. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack before carefully removing from the pan.

Use a serrated knife to gently cut slices and note that warm bread will crumble. As the bread cools, it will be easier to slice without crumbling. (To speed up the cooling process, pop the bread in a refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.)

Finally a little decadent ‘Hair o the Dog’ as it were…

Bourbon Coffee Milkshakes

What ?! Did you really think I was going to crack open a fresh bottle of Maker’s Mark just for the Bourbon Sauce for the bread pudding and not find an excuse to drink some?

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  • 3 to 31/2 cups coffee ice cream,
  • 11/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 or 4 ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup good-quality bourbon
  • Chocolate Syrup

Place 3 cups of the ice cream, the milk, ice cubes, and bourbon in a blender and blend until smooth. A good milk shake should be eaten with a spoon—so if the milk shake seems too thin, add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice cream and blend again. Divide the shake evenly among the chilled glasses and top each with 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate syrup. Serve immediately

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The History and Words of Auld Lang Syne

“Auld Lang Syne” is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is well known in many countries, especially (but far from exclusively) in the English-speaking world; its traditional use being to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight.

In sentimental American movies, Robert Burns’ Auld Lang Syne is sung by crowds at the big New Year finale . . . in Bangkok and Beijing it is so ubiquitous as a song of togetherness and sad farewells, they presume it must be an old Thai or Chinese folk song . . . while in France it is the song which eases the pain of parting with the hope that we will all see each other again Oui, nous nous reverrons, mes frères, ce n’est qu’un au revoir. Auld Lang Syne is one of Scotland’s gifts to the world, recalling the love and kindness of days gone by, but in the communion of taking our neighbours’ hands, it also gives us a sense of belonging and fellowship to take into the future.

It is one of the many folk songs from the great Lowland Scots tradition collected and fashioned by the pen of one of the world’s greatest songwriters. Burns devoted the last years of his life to the song tradition, and often a mere fragment from some old ballad was transformed by his alchemy into a memorable love song or Scots poem. With Auld Lang Syne, though, the brilliance was already there; this is the Bard’s first mention of it in a letter to Mrs Dunlop in 1788:

“… Light be the turf on the breast of the heaven inspired Poet who composed this glorious fragment.”

One of the most interesting facts is that the Auld Lang Syne tune which is sung from Times Square to Tokyo, and has conquered the world, is not the one Robert Burns put the original words to. The older tune though is still sung by traditional singers. It has a more douce, gentle, nostalgic feel to it than the popular tune a mood evoked by the subtle use of the traditional air sung by Mairi Campbell in the first Sex and the City movie. However, whichever tune it is sung to, and wherever in the world it is sung, Auld Lang Syne retains the great emotional resonance of the original traditional song of the Scottish people of those days in the distant past. Lets leave the last word to Burns himself…

“… is not the Scots phrase, ‘Auld Lang Syne’, exceedingly expressive – there is an old song and tune which has often thrilled thro’ my soul”.

The words to Auld Lang Syne

Fancy singing along yourself? Here are the verses, and a translation of the words to Auld Lang Syne:

Auld Lang Syne-Original Scottish Lyrics

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

Chorus

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
Sin auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
Frae mornin’ sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.

Chorus

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right guid willy waught,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

The Modern Translated Lyrics

Long, Long Ago

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And long, long ago.

Chorus

And for long, long ago, my dear
For long, long ago,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago

And surely you’ll buy your pint-jug!
And surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago.

Chorus

We two have run about the hills
And pulled the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered manys the weary foot
Since long, long ago.

Chorus

We two have paddled in the stream,
From morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
Since long, long ago.

Chorus

And there’s a hand, my trusty friend!
And give us a hand of yours!
And we’ll take a deep draught of good-will
For long, long ago.

Chorus

 

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And it’s the end of another year…

New Years has always been a time of reflection.  What did we accomplish over the last year, what didn’t we accomplish that we wanted to, what do we plan on accomplishing next year.  It’s a time of goal setting, a time of change, a time of reflection.

Here at Dragon Laffs and Leprechaun Laughs Electronic Media, LLC it’s been an interesting year for us.  We have accomplished a lot of the goals we set for ourselves for this past year and yet, we’ve failed at some as well.  Some pretty big ones.

We honestly felt as though we would have been much more wide spread than we are by  now, have much more of a web presence.  We thought we’d have more followers and thought that the blog would be paying for itself by now rather than relying on the donations of a few generous individuals.  We realize that we are very much a niche publication, being desirable to a select portion of people, but we also feel that most right thinking, hardworking, honest people would be able to find something they’ve been looking for in our efforts.  I believe we have taken steps in this direction, but perhaps not enough.  Time will tell.

We do have plans for the new year.  Plans that are still in the working stage.  Plans that include some of you and depend a lot on our own families and our free time.  Sadly, things are not getting financially easier on us, but instead, seem to become harder as the years progress, as I’m sure many, many of you can sympathize with.
On the other hand, we can only stand up and say with pride that our continued support of the military and other service personnel has been staunch and unwavering.  Our compassion for the underdog, the downtrodden masses and the deserving has been complete and total. And our disgust, and aggression against those that would dismantle our country has been continuous and stead-fast.

New Years has also been a time for resolutions.  And although my personal resolutions are not up for review at this time, our resolutions for this e-zine are easy.  Continued support of the things we believe in, continued laughter to battle the bullshit of the world around us and continued growth and prosperity for the foundations that this production has started with and will continue with.

I’m sure my unwavering brother-in-arms and friend to the end, Lethal will have something to add to this, but for me, Impish Dragon, I wish each and every one of you a happy and prosperous New Year.  Know that you will always have a home here, to share and revel in.

Cheers my fellow campers and friends,
Impish Dragon

Come the end of the 3rd Special Issue inside 6 weeks I’m all talked/typed/added thoughts out I’ve got nuthin’ left to say and I hear the call of several Bloody Mojitos while I make a big batch of Shredded Beef Queso which  I’m going to Natchoify over homemade tortilla chips.

So all I have to say is-

I give thanks we’re one year closer to the end of the Obamantion of Liberal Lunacy and may the most you hope for be the least you receive in 2015.

Finally- Please don’t become a sad year end statistic this New Years Eve by drinking and driving. Get a room, use a designated drive, call a friend or family member, call a cab or a get home safely ride program. Remember you’ll not be the only one on the road driving that’s had (more than) a few. This one bad decision has to potential to ruin much more than just your life. If you find it impossible to drink responsibly then at least be Adult enough to recognize it and  act responsibly by making arrangements ahead of time.

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About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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5 Responses to DL & LL Digital Media’s New Years Issue

  1. Leah Diane Hanson says:

    New Years, a time when we look back and wonder how the hell we ever made it through, and stupidly look to the new year with hope it will be better….
    But for me, I feel I am greatly blessed to have a comfortable and warm home when the temps outside here in West Valley Utah is only 3 degrees; and wish there were no homeless.

    • impishdragon says:

      That’s a wonderful wish Leah. We could solve most of the homeless problem if we put as much effort into our own country as we put into helping the rest of the world. Not that helping the world is a bad thing, but let’s take care of our own family first. We’ll never completely solve the homeless problem; there’ll always be those that due to drugs or mental illness we won’t be able to help, but we can do a much better job than we have.
      May the most you wish for be the least you receive this new year.
      Impish

  2. kkanalz says:

    Impish Dragon:
    I’ve lost your “direct” email address. Please send me a message so I can restore it to my “Contacts” in Gmail. Thanks!

  3. maggie culligan says:

    another excellent rendering !!!,,, wishing the Dragon, the Leprechaun, and All a Safe , Happy and Prosperous New Year !! Looking forward to what should be an interesting one.

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