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Instead Of Putting This Dough In A Baking Dish, They Did Something So Much Better

You know what’s great? Pie. You know what’s even better? A dessert that’s like pie but easier to eat.

If the sugary lovechild of pie and french fries sounds like something you’d like to stuff in your face, then this is the recipe for you. The folks over at TipBuzz blended up apple pie filling, smeared it on some dough, and single-handedly made up for the sins of mankind with a treat that’s about to change your outlook on life.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 premade pie crusts
  • 1 can of apple pie filling
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

(Will to live is optional. If you do not have that on hand, it should return by the time these are done.)

1. Blend the pie filling in your food processor until it’s smooth. Spread that on one pie crust, and then place the other crust on top.

2. Cut that nonsense up into little sticks.

3. Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

4. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sprinkle that mixture over the apple pie fries. Find a new sense of purpose in life. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.

I appreciate the element of surprise, so check out the full process and the glorious end result in this video.

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We might hear more bad news every day, but just remember this: We share a planet with apple pie fries. Everything is going to be okay.

For more recipes and hacks, visit TipBuzz’s website.

Now, if you’ll excuse me…

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This Light Take On Pizza Bites Is About To Become Your Poolside Go-To!

You know what’s the worst? Chilling by the pool at a cookout on a sweltering day and being assaulted with an onslaught of heavy food.

Burgers are cool in theory, but when you’re drowning in your own sweat, the idea of scarfing down a greasy, fatty burger becomes less appealing by the second. The same goes for pizza. I was swimming at my apartment complex the other day when it was 95 degrees out and I almost melted when some guy opened up a steaming box of pizza.

But then it hit me. Going three months without pizza should be illegal and we should just deal with the heaviness that accompanies everyone’s favorite meal. Or should we? Someone prayed to the summer gods for a solution, and it comes to us today in the form of these zucchini pizza bites that bring all of the cheese and none of the gut-busting agony.

Stay tuned until the end if you want to hear a song that’s truly not good at all.

I don’t know about you, but I have a date with some zucchini, a whole lot of sunscreen, and a swimming pool.

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When He Approached The Microphone At Graduation, He Revealed Something Devastating

High school graduation doesn’t just signify the end of something. It also celebrates the beginning of a brand-new era in one’s life. Graduation speeches are usually replete with well-wishes, and more often than not, they bring students, faculty, and parents to tears. But one student in New Zealand just gave the most heartbreaking speech of all time — and it was absolutely stunning.

Jake Bailey is loved by everyone who knows him. Sadly, the admirable teen was given some devastating news while he was in the process of drafting his graduation speech.

Just days before the ceremony, doctors told Jake that he had an aggressive form of cancer that would kill him in three weeks if he didn’t start treatment immediately. Suddenly, a world of possibility turned into a terrifying glimpse into what could be a short future.

But Jake was determined to speak to his class. You can watch the brave student’s entire speech in the video below.

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At a point where being selfish would’ve been totally justified, Jake Bailey gave a selfless speech that honored the school that turned hundreds of boys into strong, intelligent young men.

We should all take a page out of Jake’s book. Like he said, “None of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities you have.”

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You’ll Run Straight To The Flea Market When You See What He Did With Broken Chairs

Have you ever watched “Flea Market Flip” on HGTV for hours on end and thought, “You know what? I can do that!” Same.

And that bolstered sense of DIY prowess usually sends me on the hunt for something janky at the nearest flea market that I think I can bring back to life with skills that I most definitely don’t have. And you know how that usually ends? With a pile of broken furniture and a few hopes and dreams stuffed underneath.

Fortunately, this crafter from Into the Dirtshop is about as skilled as it gets. He had three broken chairs sitting around, so he decided to turn them into a quirky bench. If that sounds like it’d be your jam, check out his process!

Here’s what he started with. Not too impressive, right?

But when he saw them sitting next to each other, he knew that they could come together and create the most unique bench of all time. First, he cut out the seat.

After that, he created a support frame that’d eventually join with the chairs.

He then took off the front legs of each chair and butted the back legs up against a board to even them out.

He used screws and wood glue to attach the seat frame.

When he added the seat itself, it really started coming together!

The crafter then went ahead and reattached the front legs to the frame.

For added comfort, he created an armrest. To enhance the bench’s whimsical vibe, he cut a swirled design with a bandsaw.

Here’s the (almost) finished product! Adorable, right?

For full details, check out this video or read Into the Dirtshop’s original post!

If projects like this are right up your alley, be sure to follow Into the Dirtshop on YouTube for more inspiration. So what are you waiting for? Get your butt to the thrift shop!

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When You See Why He’s Adding Flour To Ice Cream, You’ll Definitely Want To Try It

You know what’s a gift to the universe? Ice cream. You know what else we should all feel blessed to eat? Bread. While neither of these foods are great for the waistline, you can’t really be sad while you’re indulging in either one of them.

If you’re anything like me and believe that dreams are made of bread and ice cream, you’re going to want to sit down. That’s because this chef figured out how turn ice cream into bread (with the help of a little flour, of course). If that sounds like something that could drastically improve your quality of life, learn how to make it in the video below!

I don’t even know if I can live the same life anymore. This guy just used one gift from above to create another. For more recipes like this, be sure to check out his YouTube channel!

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This Girl Just Beat The Living Crap Out Of A Car And Nothing Happened — Here’s Why

Have you ever looked down into the frozen, electronic wasteland of your phone and thought, “Man, I’d love to smash you and all the mean, tiny people who live inside of you off the concrete repeatedly”?

Same. Sadly, since this is 2016 and all, living with the repercussions of that little moment of catharsis isn’t exactly ideal because emails exist and whatever. That’s why I need about 30,000 bottles of a product called Line-X that was originally made for truck beds, but has the potential for greatness.

The company’s cute tagline reads as follows: “When protection matters most, Line-X it.” Want to smash your face off the wall after work? Line-X it! Want to throw your phone into oncoming traffic because everything hurts? Line-X it! See what I mean?

The folks over at Tech Insider kindly went ahead and illustrated that point. Check this out.

I would be remiss if I did not include the best comment in the history of comments:

I think he’s onto something. To learn more about this substance of the gods that’s being wasted on trucks, be sure to check out the company’s website.

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Next Time Your Friend Tries To Be A Wine Snob, Tell Them About These Experiments

I’ll never forget the day when I sat down to watch a documentary and was verbally assaulted with this statement: “This wine has notes of tennis ball and garden hose.”

That is (a paraphrased version of) an actual sentence uttered by an insufferable snob from a film called “Somm.” I know that everyone has their thing, but watching grown-ass adults talking about the base notes in wine in comparison to garden tools for hours on end felt like a form of punishment.

And since I’m a glutton for the stuff, I tuned in until the end. Don’t get me wrong. I love wine. Most people love wine, but sommeliers are known the world over for being the most hardcore winos of all.

But are they really onto something with all that sniffing, spitting, comparison-making insanity? If you ask some researchers, probably not.

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According to one decidedly unenthused announcer from Freakonomics Radio, “Wine experts should just put a cork in it.”

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Why, you ask? Aside from opening up the possibility of making any friends ever, sommeliers should probably just throw in the towel for the sake of not lying professionally.

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“This wine has notes of oak, wet grass, and a lifetime without friendship.”

Call me unrefined, but something tells me that there is no possible way that one could tell the month and year in which a particular wine was bottled. To be fair, I once bought a wine called BearBoat solely because the label was stamped with an adorable bear sitting in a boat. I may not be the best judge here.

So without getting into formal wine-tasting jargon, let’s take a look at a few experiments run by the likes of Harvard economists and California vintners.

1. The Harvard Setup

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When Steven D. Levitt was a burgeoning economist at Harvard, he was asked to join a prestigious society filled to the brim with scholars and Nobel Prize recipients called the Society of Fellows. Fancy.

Levitt, who happened to have a taste for grape soda and beef jerky at the time, was a little peeved with the fact that he was paying a ton before each meal to make up for the absolutely insane amount of money the group spent on fine wine.

When he suggested that those who didn’t enjoy guzzling $300 wine pay less, his smarmy buddies turned up their pinot-sniffing noses. To retaliate in the most Harvard way possible, he conducted a little experiment.

When their next wine-tasting event rolled around, he had some tricks up his sleeve.

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With a little help from a wine steward, he purchased two bottles of wine that were close to $100 each. After that, he bought a bottle that his buddies would likely call “swill.” It was $8.

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He poured the two expensive wines into their own decanters. He filled a third decanter with the cheap wine and repeated one of the expensive vintages in the fourth.

The four wines received similar ratings from the panel. What’s more is that the ratings on the two decanters filled with the same wine showed greater disparity than ratings between decanters that contained totally different wines. I’d call that a win, folks. Needless to say, no one in the Society of Fellows was pleased to hear that they’d been duped.

2. The Vintner Victory

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One winemaker by the name of Robert Hodgson was getting all kinds of annoyed with the inconsistencies he faced when he sent his best bottles off to competitions.

Because he happens to have a background in statistics, he put judges at the California State Fair to the test. He presented them with a flight of four wines, three of which were the same one poured from a single bottle. The results made the judges’ inconsistencies blatantly obvious, since the exact same wine was often judged differently by the same people. Fun!

Because I ruin everything in real life, I love TruTV’s “Adam Ruins Everything.” To hear Adam Conover’s take on wine snobbery, check this out.

You know what? I’m going to drink my cheap wine proudly. Next time your wine snob friend decides to go from zero to infuriating real quick, smile as you drink your swill knowing that they wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

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10 Awesome Things You Can Do With All Those Carabiners You Have Sitting Around

If you’ve ever been to an event that sends you out the door with a goody bag, you’ve probably opened it to find a pen, a lanyard, and for whatever reason, a carabiner.

I personally never know what to do with them. And that’s a problem, since I have approximately 35,000 carabiners hogging space in my junk drawer and I am 100 percent an indoor person.

Fortunately, this guy just put together a little list of awesome carabiner hacks that are actually useful to those of us who definitely don’t scale mountains in our free time.

See? They’re not just for campers! Which of these tricks will you try?

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Instead Of Mailing This Broken Mirror Back, He Made Something Even Cooler With It

Before we begin, let me just fill you in on the reaction I have every time I look at what this guy made.

Okay, now that I’ve gotten myself together, we can start.

You know what’s worse than receiving a package in the mail containing something you bought with your own dollars and finding out that the UPS guy busted up your investment? Nothing. No things. You can imagine this guy’s dismay when he realized that his broken package came with a heaping helping of bad luck.

Why? Because it just so happened to be a mirror. Instead of doing what I would definitely do in that situation and fighting the mail carrier even though it probably wasn’t their fault, he turned his luck around by creating what could be the coolest decorative shelf OF. ALL. TIME.

I’m excited about this. Can you tell that I’m excited about this?

For more amazing DIY projects, be sure to check out HomeMadeModern’s YouTube channel!

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What He Found In His Grandparents’ House Sent Him On A Journey Back In Time

There are endless treasures to be found in our grandparents’ attics. While digging through these family heirlooms and artifacts, we’re lucky if we come across a few tattered photos from the war, or a chipped teacup from an old collection. Although substantial finds may be few and far between, these relics help us piece together the stories of our lives.

But one man hit the jackpot one day while rummaging through his grandparents’ things. What he discovered sent him on a stunning journey back in time.

He found a perfectly preserved film of his grandparents’ wedding that dates back to 1944.

Although this footage was captured decades ago, the affection shown by these two lovebirds is timeless.

My Grandparents Wedding :: 16mm from 1944 from bliss* productions on Vimeo.

Grandparents are often viewed as the pillars of the family. They’re seen as sage, wizened monuments to everything that younger generations stand for. It’s rare that we get to peek behind the curtain and marvel at who they were before we were born, and now that this man has stepped back in time, he will be able to move forward with a whole new perspective on who he is and where he came from.

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