Their Version Of A Classic Left Everyone With Goosebumps.

Every season it seems the talent on The Voice is getting better and better. One of the hardest parts of the of the show is watching Battle Rounds. Two singers from the same team go against each other, but only one can move forward. Every battle leaves someone heartbroken.

But every once in a while, there’s a battle round where people don’t care about the outcome because the performance is one for the ages.

Hunter Plake and Jack Cassidy just had one of those performances.

Hunter and Jake, both on Team Alicia, took to the stage to perform Robyn’s classic song, “Dancing On My Own.” The normally high-tempo song took a slower route with these two singers and within seconds I had goosebumps.

Alicia chose Jake to move forward, but Hunter was immediately stolen by Gwen Stefani. There’s no doubt both of these performers will make it far on the show.

Their performance has been shared on Facebook more than 10,000 times and it’s not hard to hear why!

We’ll be watching this Battle on repeat for the rest of forever.

Posted by The Voice on Monday, March 27, 2017

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Cookie Pie Brings Together Two Dessert Favorites

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Cookie Pie merges two tried and true dessert recipes into one monster confection. Yes folks, this is literally a cookie inside a pie!

There’s nothing boring about this recipe, with a chocolatey, nutty cookie filling surrounded by flaky pie crust. Top it all off with some ice cream or whipped cream, chocolate sauce – and don’t forget some milk on the side!

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  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust, homemade or store-bought.
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • Vanilla ice cream, or sweetened whipped cream for serving
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy.

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Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar.

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Beat in butter. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Spoon into pie shell.

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Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack or serve slightly warmed. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Whatever Happened To Robby The Robot? The Incredible Career Of Hollywood’s Strangest Star

If you grew up watching old movies, you probably saw the science fiction hit Forbidden Planet. The movie starred Leslie Nielsen as a spaceship captain investigating a strange planet.

While the movie features incredible, cutting edge special effects, audiences fell in love with a waddling robot named Robby. For some reason, this strange robot with a glass head really impressed people, and he had career most actors could only dream of.

Just a year after his movie debut, Robby was promoted from a bit-part to a movie star, and was featured in his own movie called The Invisible Boy.

But who, exactly, was Robby? He was actually a suit built by MGM’s props department. If he makes you think of a big washing machine with legs, you’re not alone. He was created by Robert Kinoshita, an artist who actually designed washing machines.

On set, he was controlled by a stuntman named Frankie Darro. Despite all of Darro’s hard work, his name never showed up in the credits, but Robby’s did. Maybe the robot just had a better agent.

Finally, actor Marvin Miller gave Robby his famous deep voice.

Like many Hollywood actors, after his early success Robby’s career hit a rough patch. He spent most the 70s in a movie memorabilia museum, where lots of guests drew on him and tore off his parts.

Thankfully, he was bought by movie historian William Malone, and he finally started to find more roles.

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You probably recognize Robby from lots of TV shows. He’s had guest roles on everything from Wonder Woman and Lost in Space to Columbo and The Addams Family.

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After decades of work in the entertainment business, Robby has finally earned the respect he deserves.

In 2004 he was inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame. He hasn’t shot any new parts in a while, but lots of fans are still discovering his long career. And unlike most actors, he can keep it going for decades and decades to come.

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No Bake Monster Balls Are an Easy Back to School Treat!

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When back to school season comes around, life can get so busy it can be hard to keep track of fun and different snacks to munch on to keep your kids’ (and your own!) energy levels up. These No Bake Monster Balls are filled with a variety of treats that you will love!

From the chocolate that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth, to the oats that’ll give the crunch factor, these balls are so easy to make in advance and take on the go. These are a great option when you’re all cookie’d out.

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  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips
  • ½ cup mini M&M candies

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In a large bowl, stir together the oats, peanut butter, honey and vanilla until well combined.

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Stir in the chocolate chips and M&M candies.

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Roll dough into 2-tablespoon sized smooth balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or enjoy right away.

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Once the balls have set, transfer them to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Breakfast Just Got Ten Times Better with These French Toast Sausage Roll Ups

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Breakfast just got ten times better. No kidding, these French Toast Sausage Roll Ups are an insanely delicious way to start your day.

These are on-the-go friendly if you’re in a rush, but if you’re home to savor every bite, try it with a dusting of powdered sugar, and extra maple syrup on the side for dipping. And if you’re feeding a crowd of guests, this is a perfect side to eggs and orange juice. Give these roll ups a try, and you won’t go back to the boring old way!

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  • 8 – 10 breakfast sausages
  • 8 – 10 slices sandwich bread (the soft, fluffy type)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a splash of vanilla extract
  • butter, for greasing the pan
  • maple syrup, for serving

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Cook the sausages according to package directions.

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Meanwhile trim the crust from the bread and flatten it out with your hands or a rolling pin.

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In a shallow bowl whisk the eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla together.

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Roll each sausage up in a piece of bread and trim the ends off to fit the sausage – or not – it’s up to you.

Heat a clean 10-inch skillet over medium heat and add a pat or two of butter.

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Dunk each roll into the egg, coat completely, let excess drip off and place in the pan.

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When the the bottoms are browned turn with tongs to cook and brown on all sides.

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Serve with maple syrup for dunking. YUM!

Do you know someone who loves french toast? Make sure to share this recipe with them!

Watch the video below to see how to make these delicious French Toast Roll Ups.

Three Best Friends Don’t See Much Of Each Other After One Moves Away, But What She Did When They Met Up Brought The Others To Tears

This is a story of true love and absolute kindness. When your best friend moves away, it can be hard to stay as connected as you were when you both lived in the same city.

When 21-year-old Heidi Paat moved away to Riverside, California to attend college, she left behind her two best friends, Vanessa Mendoza and Norma Bates. The other girls stayed in Montclair, California, which meant they didn’t spend as much time together as they used to.

It was especially difficult when Mendoza and Bates both lost a parent. Although Paat couldn’t be there, she never stopped thinking about her best friends.

So, when she came home to celebrate their belated birthdays, she presented the girls with two very special gifts:

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“I thought something that they’d love could be something related to their parents because I know how much they miss them,” she told BuzzFeed News.

Paat arranged to get recordings of Bate’s late mother and Mendoza’s late father. She installed them into Build-A-Bears for each woman and saved the gifts for last.

When Bates and Mendoza (the green hat) realized what they were listening to, they were speechless.

The recording of Bates’ late mother was her singing “Happy Birthday” and the clip of Mendoza’s dad is telling her how pretty she looks.

Watch the emotional video below:

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What an incredible friend! They’re lucky to have eachother!

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10 Famous People Who Died Without A Penny To Their Name

Most celebrities are financially set for life after just a few movies or album releases, but sometimes a series of bad decisions can lead to a financial faux-pas or lawsuit, which can cost them more than they’d ever imagined.

The rich and famous aren’t immune to going broke, and some celebrities have even died without ever bouncing back from their misfortune.

Here are 10 of them:

1. Judy Garland

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Best known for her role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Garland was one of the biggest celebrities of her time. Unfortunately, at some point during her successful career she developed a drug addiction, and by the time she died in 1989, her house was repossessed and she accumulated around $4 million in debt.

2. Gary Coleman

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At the height of his career, the Diff’rent Strokes star was one of NBC’s highest paid stars, but his family didn’t have his best interest at heart. Coleman’s parents decimated his wealth so he filed a lawsuit against them in 1989. The actor was awarded $1.3 million, but he ended up filing for bankruptcy later in life. He died at 42 without much to his name.

3. Joe Louis

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The world heavyweight champion and World War II veteran amassed over $4 million during his boxing career, but sadly he wasn’t able to retain it all. Near the end of his life, the “Brown Bomber” owed $100,000 in taxes and never got around to paying it off before he died in 1981.

4. Corey Haim

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The former child star found himself with a very expensive drug habit that put him in a hard place, both mentally and financially. After his death due to overdose in 2010, it was revealed that his only assets were a ten-year-old BMW, $100 in cash and royalties valued at $7,500. In order to cover his funeral expenses, his family had to auction off his memorabilia and crowd source for some extra money.

5. Edgar Allan Poe

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The cause of the famous poet’s death remains disputed, but one thing that everyone agrees on is that Poe died penniless. For all of his work, Poe earned only about $6,200 ($191,000 today), and by the time he mysteriously died in 1849, the money was nowhere to be found.

Keep reading to find out which famous singer died with only $750 taped to their leg.

6. Marvin Gaye

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The Prince of Soul’s life was full of woes, both personal and financial. Gaye battled a drug addiction, evaded taxes, and later filed for bankruptcy. At one point, the “What’s Going On” singer allegedly lived inside a van in Hawaii. When he died at the hands of his father in 1984, it was reported that he owed more than $9 million.

7. Mickey Rooney

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The legendary star of the silver screen’s estate revealed that his $12 million fortune was reduced to just $18,000 at the time of his death in 2014.

8. Billie Holiday

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The singer met a tragic end in 1959 after living a very troubled life. At her best, Holiday was paid a career high of $14 a day while on tour in Europe. Unfortunately, most of the money was wasted on alcohol and drugs. At the time of her death, she only had 70 cents in her bank account and $750 taped to her leg.

9. Bobby Driscoll

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The child actor and the voice and visual inspiration for Peter Pan had a rough time finding work once puberty hit. When his contracts with Disney were dissolved, Driscoll turned to drugs as a coping mechanism. Unfortunately, this led him down a rabbit hole he couldn’t crawl out of and when he died at the tender age of 31, he was penniless.

10. Sammy Davis Jr.

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He was one of the millionaires in Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack, but then he developed a nasty drug addiction and an excessive spending habit. He ended up with a massive tax debt before dying in 1990. His family auctioned off some of his possessions to help pay off his debts.

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice is an Easy No Stress Dinner

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Let’s be honest, the last thing you want to do at the end of a busy day is to spend hours making dinner. You have laundry to do, kids to take care of and a glass of wine that needs your attention. This Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice recipe is what you make when you’re looking for a delicious meal that comes together quick. 20 minutes is all you need to have this tasty dish on the table.

To make this you’re going to want to use a large skillet that will hold all the ingredients (everything gets tossed into the one pan). We used the Ballarini Treviso Sautee Pan with Lid. This white ceramic non-stick fry pan will be one of your most impressive kitchen items! It works with gas, electric and induction stove tops AND is dishwasher safe! Added bonus: everything looks beautiful when cooked on the white surface.

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  • 1 cup dry rice
  • 6 tbsp butter
  • 3-4 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 bag extra large, cooked, peeled, deveined shrimp
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 3 tbsp skim milk
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Shredded parmesan cheese for garnish, optional

Prepare rice according to the package directions.

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-heat.

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Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. You don’t want to burn the garlic.

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Stir in the shrimp and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.

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Add prepared rice to the skillet and mix until well combined.

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Add cheese, milk, parsley, salt and pepper; mix and stir for 1 to 2 minutes, or until creamy and heated through.

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Remove from heat.

Garnish with parmesan cheese.

Serve and enjoy!

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Do you know someone who loves shrimp? Make sure to share this recipe with them!

Watch our video below that shows you how to make this Garlic Butter Shrimp and Rice.

Copycat Takeout Pork and Vegetable Crispy Baked Egg Rolls

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Forget going out for egg rolls and make your own at home! These Pork and Vegetable Crispy Baked Egg Rolls are so tasty and make the perfect appetizer for a party. Since they’re baked instead of fried they have a delicious crispy outside with way less of the grease.

When making this recipe you’re going to want to make sure that you have a big enough pan to hold all the sliced veggies and ground pork. We used the Ballarini Firenze Wok and it did a great job of frying up all the veggies and meat, without feeling like it was overfilled. Also, the non-stick surface make the cooking and cleanup a breeze. If you love egg rolls as much as I do, then this recipe is a definite must-try!

Looking for more dinner ideas? Give these ones a try!

Lemony Chicken Stir Fry

Bacon and Egg Fried Rice

Spaghetti Squash Crispy Thai Chicken

Scroll down to see how to make these amazing egg rolls!

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  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup green cabbage, sliced
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 slice of bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 12 egg roll wrappers
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Additional sesame oil for brushing once egg roll is wrapped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat the olive oil and sesame oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat.

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Add the sliced cabbage, shredded carrot and chopped green onions to the pan. Cook and stir for about 1 minute.

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Next add the garlic, ginger, bacon and ground pork. Break the meat up into pieces and stir until the pork is completely cooked through and no longer pink. Set mixture aside and let cool.

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Once the mixture has cooled, scoop 1/4 cup into an egg roll wrapper.

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Fold two opposite corners towards the middle and roll it up (like a burrito).

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Once rolled, place the egg rolls on the parchment lined baking sheet and brush with sesame oil.

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Bake for 12-14 minutes. They should be golden brown when done. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Don’t they look good? I’m definitely craving them now!

Do you know someone who loves egg rolls? Make sure to share this recipe with them!

Watch our video below that shows you how to make these mouthwatering Crispy Baked Egg Rolls…you’ll never need to order takeout again!

10 Things You Never Knew About Burt Reynolds

The words “living legend” are thrown around a lot these days, but we say Burt Reynolds definitely qualifies for that description.

Reynolds’ career has spanned 6 decades and he’s still working to this day. By the time he starred in his most famous role, one of the city slickers from Deliverance, he had already been a working actor for 10 years.

After that he still had roles in films like Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard and Boogie Nights to look forward to. If you’ve loved any of those films, you’ll be interested in these 10 interesting facts about this classic leading man.

1. He owned his own nightclub

Burt’s Place was only open for a year, but it made a big impact. How could it not, with Burt’s image drawn into the dance floor.

2. He’s still suffering from a failed stunt

While filming City Heat, Reynolds was hit in the face with a steel chair. Because of his injured jaw, he lost almost 40 pounds from not being able to eat solid food, and briefly got hooked on pain killers. He’s clean now, but still living with pain from the botched stunt.

3. He made a movie just to spite Clint Eastwood

When Eastwood starred in Any Which Way but Loose, Reynolds thought it was too close to Smokey and the Bandit. He threatened to make “Dirty Harry in Atlanta” to get back at Eastwood, and he kept his promise when he starred in Sharky’s Machine.

4. He turned down some big roles

In the 70s Reynolds was offered a string of huge roles that he turned down. He passed on playing Han Solo, the lead in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and early versions of Pretty Woman and Die Hard. He was even offered the chance to play James Bond when Sean Connery left the role.

5. He’s embarrassed by his most famous photo shoot

Reynolds thought his iconic pictorial in Cosmo would be a lot of fun, and fans clearly agreed because all 1.6 million copies sold out. But when his cast members in Deliverance didn’t win the Oscars they were nominated for, Reynolds blamed it on the publicity surrounding his photo.

6. He lost a role because he looked too much like Marlon Brando

When he auditioned for a role in the Hollywood drama Sayonara, Reynolds was told he looked too much like the film’s lead, Marlon Brando, so he lost the part.

7. He got in a pie fight on live TV

Skip to 4:30 in the video above to see the climactic pie fight, but you’ll miss all the awkward interactions between Burt and game show host Marc Summers. Summers joked about Reynolds divorce with Loni Anderson and things got bad fast.

8. Win Lose or Draw’s set was based on his home

Ever wondered what Burt Reynold’s living room looks like? Well now you know. The star produced this game show, and his home was the model for the set’s design.

9. He made a country album

He may have played tough guys on-screen, but Reynolds had a sensitive side as well. He channeled it on Ask Me What I Am, his country album from 1973.

10. He worked with a very famous businessman

Reynolds and President Trump were once co-owners of the Tampa Bay Bandits, a minor-league football team. Not only was the team named after Reynold’s most famous role, the mascot was also named Smokey!

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Banana Cream Cookies Are A New Twist On A Classic Treat

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While everyone else scrambles to make something unique and different for dessert, why not just take an old classic and give it a new twist? Banana Cream Pie is already a well-loved treat but why not make it into little bite-size morsels that will help your dessert stand out?

Banana Cream Cookies are a delicious and easy dish to make. Try it out and see how good these mini treats really are!

In the mood for more banana desserts? Give these ones a try!

Banana Split Fluff Salad

Strawberry Banana Poke Cake

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Scroll down to see how to make these irresistible bites of banana cream.

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Cookie Cups:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups flour

Banana Cream Filling:

  • 1 box Banana Cream instant Pudding (3.4oz box)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 oz whipped cream
  • 1-2 bananas, sliced

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside.

In a bowl, beat butter and sugar together.

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Mix in the egg and vanilla.

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Now add the sour cream, salt, baking powder and flower and mix until combined.

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Using an ice cream scoop, fill the muffin tin with your batter. The ice cream scoop will help them stay relatively uniform in size.

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Bake at 325 for 17 minutes.

While your cookies are baking, mix your banana cream pudding with milk and whisk until combined.

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Add the whipped cream to the pudding, and fold it in with a spatula. Store in fridge until you are ready to use it.

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When your cookies come out of the oven, let them sit for 2 minutes. Then, using the back of a wooden spoon press down into the center creating a well. Let them cool completely before you fill with the banana cream.

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Now, load your banana cream into a pastry bag (or a ziplock bag with the end cut off) and fill the well with the cream filling up to the top.

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Top with a piece of your sliced banana and you have the perfect little creamy Banana Cream Cookies!

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Wow! These look delicious and so cute! I think I could eat a whole batch.

Do you know someone who loves banana desserts? Make sure to share this recipe with them.

Watch our video below that shows how to make these mouthwatering Banana Cream Cookies.

Chicken Lo Mein Is Saucy and Packed with Layered Flavors

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There’s just something about Asian-inspired cooking that makes my mouth water. From the sauciness, to the layering of flavors, and vegetables galore to balance it all out, this type of cuisine is just oh so yummy. This Chicken Lo Mein recipe is packed with some kick – grill your chicken for some smoky flavor that you just can’t beat.

We cooked this lo mein in a Ballarini Firenze Wok. The non-stick power on this pan is great for stir-frying, and it’s nice and light so you don’t have to struggle while you cook. You and your family won’t be able to get enough of this dish – and it’s just as good the next day for lunch leftovers!

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  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts or 6-8 boneless chicken filets
  • ½ red pepper, finely sliced
  • 8 oounces bean sprouts
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 4 green onions, chopped & divided
  • 1 package (8-10 ounces) fresh egg noodles
  • ½ cup Hoisin sauce

For the sauce

  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 teaspoons corn starch

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Pound chicken breasts or filets to ½ inch thick. Marinate in Hoisin sauce 30 minutes (or up to 4 hours).

Chop scallions and set the green part aside.

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Grill chicken over medium heat about 5 minutes each side or until cooked through. Slice diagonally.

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Combine all sauce ingredients and mix well.

Cook noodles according to package directions being careful not to overcook.

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Heat oil in a large pan or wok over medium heat. Add scallions, ginger and garlic. Cook until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add red pepper slices and cook 1 minute.

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Add cooked noodles, bean sprouts, sliced chicken and sauce. Stir over medium heat until sauce is thickened (about 2 minutes). Top with green onions.

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Turns Out Everyone’s Been Getting Doris Day’s Age Wrong This Whole Time

Doris Day took the saying, “age is just a number” too literally.

The legendary actress and singer was celebrating her 93rd birthday earlier this year, but things took a turn when she discovered that she is not really 93 years old as the entire world including herself have been made to believe.

According to The Associated Press, the Love Me or Leave Me star was actually born on April 3, 1922 which makes her 95 years old!

AP found a copy of the actress’ birth certificate from Ohio’s Office of Vital Statistics to back up the fact. Doris Mary Kappelhoff, her birth name, was born in 1922 and her parents were Alma and William Kappelhoff of Cincinnati.

Can you imagine her reaction when she found out?

While many people tend to hate being given an older age, Doris was actually happy to finally know how old she really is.

She released a statement addressing AP’s discovery.

“I’ve always said that age is just a number and I have never paid much attention to birthdays, but it’s great to finally know how old I really am!” she said in a statement.

Her spokesperson Charley Cullen Walters suggested that the age mixup may have been caused by a miswritten date on an audition form.

“The story I have heard the most is that at one point Doris was up for a role when quite young and her age may have been miswritten on the audition form. We don’t know if that’s correct, but if so it could’ve simply stuck for all these years.” he said.

When it comes to the friendly rivalry between her and pal Betty White, Doris still doesn’t get the last laugh because she is two months younger. But what really matters is the truth, and as Walters said “it’s exciting landmark than we thought.”

Well, we can all agree that 95 never looked better!

DIY Garlic Dill Pickles Are Perfectly Pickled

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Oh, dill pickles – you either hate ’em or you love ’em, but you can’t deny that the transformation of these is a thing of beauty. This recipe for Refrigerator Garlic Dill Pickles will make you feel great knowing that you pickled these from scratch.

And the method is so easy! All you need are some fresh pickling cukes, garlic, dill and spices, and you’ll have your own homemade crunchy pickles. This recipe makes tons of pickles, so these are even a great gift idea. Attach some decorations to the mason jars, and your holiday shopping list just got much shorter!

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  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 cup white or cider vinegar
  • ½ cup pickling salt
  • About 3 to 4 pounds of cucumbers – small pickling cukes are best
  • 8 large heads of dill, or more if they are smaller
  • 8 medium garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seed
  • 4 pinches red pepper flakes
  • About 20 black peppercorns

This will make about 4 quarts of pickles, so you need 4 1 quart jars with lids, or more if they are smaller. Canning jars aren’t necessary, but they do need a lid. Wash in hot soapy water and rinse well (or run through the dishwasher).

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Measure the water, vinegar and salt into a 3 quart sauce pan and set over high heat – you want the salt to dissolve and the mixture to come to a full boil.

Meanwhile, make sure your cucumbers are good and clean. Cut them however you like – the smaller the pieces, the more that will fit in a jar. Spears are pretty to serve, though if you end up with a lot of odd sized cucumbers, chunks may work better.

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In the bottom of each jar, place 1 large head of dill, or several smaller ones. You can also put in some of the fronds and stems. Then put 1 garlic clove in the bottom.

Fill each jar with cucumbers – for spears, it might be easier to lay the jar on its side. You can really cram them in there tightly, but leave a good inch of headspace at the top, so that the brine will be able to cover the pickles.

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Top the cucumbers in the jars with another clove of garlic, as well as another large head of dill. You can just leave it at that, or for a little more complexity of flavor, add a scant teaspoon of mustard seed, a pinch of red pepper flake and 5 peppercorns to each jar.

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Carefully fill each jar with the boiling water/vinegar/salt mixture, making sure to get the cucumbers completely covered.

Screw on the lids.

Leave the jars out in the counter for 2 or 3 days, and then store in the refrigerator for at least two weeks before opening them.

They will keep well for several months at least, so long as you keep them refrigerated. Naturally, if anything looks or smells funky, discard them, but honestly, that happens very rarely.

These pickles make great gifts for friends and family!

Want to try your homemade pickles in delicious recipes? Check these out!

Dill Pickle Pot Roast

Dill Pickle Bread

Copycat Big Mac Sliders

13 Child Stars Who Tragically Died Young

Growing up, we all dreamed of being TV or movie stars, but that was only because we didn’t understand the pressure of being in the spotlight.

As a child star you miss the chance to grow up like a regular person, and that can really complicate your life.

There’s lots of pressure to look and act a certain way, plus your schedule is totally hectic. These child stars learned that the hard way, because in many cases their grueling experiences in show business probably contributed to their early deaths.

1. Brittany Murphy

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This actress had roles on TV shows like Boy Meets World before starring in Clueless, but sadly she died from pneumonia at age 32.

2. Judith Barsi

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We’ve written before about the sad case of this voice actress for the Land Before Time series who was murdered by her father when she was only 10 years old.

3. Anton Yelchin

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This Star Trek actor died in a freak accident when his car’s parking break malfunctioned, pinning him against a wall. He was only 27.

4. Sawyer Sweeten

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Sawyer played one of Ray Romano’s twins on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, alongside his twin brother Sullivan. He committed suicide when he was just 19.

5. Jonathan Brandis

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This teen heartthrob from seaQuest committed suicide at age 27.

6. Matthew Garber

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Garber, who played one of the Banks children in the Disney classic Mary Poppins, died of pancreatitis when he was only 21.

Click the next page to learn about 7 more stars who left us too soon.

These cases are all tragic, but it’s worth remembering that lots of child lead long, happy lives, either in the spotlight or out of it.

While some, like the original Annie, are happy to leave Hollywood, others spend their whole lives living up to their early roles.

Whatever the case, these child stars live on in our hearts and in their memorable performances.

7. Dana Plato

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Like many child stars, Plato lead a troubled life after leaving her show, Diff’rent Strokes. She died of a drug overdose at age 34.

8. River Phoenix

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The older brother of actor Joaquin Phoenix died from a drug overdose at age 23.

9. Heather O’Rourke

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You may remember this child star as Carol Anne from Poltergeist. Unfortunately, her career was cut short at age 12 when she died during a routine surgery.

10. Gary Coleman

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The Diff’rent Strokes star lead a troubled life after his early success, and died from a brain hemorrhage at age 42.

11. Bobby Driscoll

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Driscoll was an early child star famous for films like The Song of the South and Treasure Island, but he died poor and unknown. He died age 31, was buried in an unmarked grave and was unidentified for nearly 2 years, when his mother went looking for him.

12. Josh Ryan Evans

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Known for his role on the soap opera Passions, Evans was born with a disease that kept him from growing. He died aged 20 from a heart condition.

13. Corey Haim

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As one of the “two Coreys,” Haim was one of the biggest heartthrobs of the 80s. He died at age 38 from pulmonary congestion.

Beef & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry Is Your New Fave Dinnertime Dish

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Beef and broccoli is one of my favorite dishes to order for take-out. This recipe for Beef and Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry will trump your go-to restaurant ten times over – it’s just too good, and too easy to make!

Stir frying is a breeze when you use the Ballarini Firenze Wok like we did. The soft touch handles made it easy to handle the cookware, and it was just too simple waiting for the Thermopoint to indicate when the pan reached the optimum frying temperature. When cooking up food on a high heat like with this dish, there’s nothing better!

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Cheddar Fontina Penne

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  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Shaoxing wine, sake or dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound beef sirloin, very thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces dried noodles
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups chicken broth, divided
  • 1 pound broccoli, cut into bite-size chunks or florets
  • Freshly ground black pepper

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In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon each soy sauce, oyster sauce and rice wine. Add the sugar and continue to whisk until completely dissolved. Stir in the cornstarch and continue stirring until smooth.

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Add the beef, and mix well. Marinate for 20 minutes. Drain and discard the excess marinade.

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Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the noodles until 1 minute shy of done and drain.

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Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a skillet or wok over high heat and stir-fry the garlic until fragrant, about 10 seconds.

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Add the beef and stir-fry until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

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Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and when hot, add the broccoli, stir frying so that the oil coats the broccoli. Pour in the 1/4 cup of the stock, turn the heat to medium-low and cover with a tight fitting lid. Cook the broccoli until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the broccoli to the same plate.

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Add the remaining cup of stock and the remaining 2 tablespoons each of soy sauce, oyster sauce, and rice wine to the same skillet and bring to a boil over high heat.

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Add the noodles and cook until the liquid has almost completely evaporated, leaving the noodles lightly moistened, 2 to 3 minutes. Return the beef and broccoli to the skillet and toss to mix the ingredients thoroughly. Season with pepper to taste and serve.

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Delicious! I’m totally craving this now!

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Watch our video below that shows you how to make this irresistible Beef and Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry.

John Cena Made A Young Fan’s Dream Come True

Lots of young kids look up to John Cena, but 12-year-old Payton Marion has more reasons than most to idolize the world-champion professional wrestler.

Payton is living with cerebral palsy, and has to do physical therapy to keep his muscles strong. This is a lot of hard work for someone so young, and to get through it Payton lives by Cena’s motto: never give up.

Thanks to his father, Payton had a moment he will never forget this weekend when he actually got to meet his hero in person. With help from another wrestler, AJ Styles, Payton’s dad Justin was able to arrange this heartwarming moment backstage at a recent show.

Payton and his dad were both very grateful that Cena took the time to greet them, especially because he hadn’t been asked beforehand and he had wrestled in a match earlier that night.

“It means a lot to these kids that they take time out of their day to meet with them,” Justin told WJHL, “especially after he had just got done with a big event, and I’m sure he was tired.”

Then again, Cena is known for being generous with his time. He actually holds the record for the most Make-A-Wishes granted by a celebrity, personally meeting with more than 500 children with terminal diseases.

Easy Buckeyes Are A Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lover’s Dream

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Buckeyes are a well-known American treat from the Ohio area – they resemble the nut of the buckeye tree, which is the state tree of Ohio. Not only do they look cool, but this candy is crazy popular!

This recipe for Easy Buckeyes is just that – easy-peasy, and absolutely delicious! For a peanut butter and chocolate lover, these are a great gift idea that your friends and family will love. Let’s get rolling!

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Keep scrolling to see how to make these irresistible Buckeye treats!

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  • 1½ cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate candy coating

Line a large tray or baking sheet with wax paper.

In a large bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter,vanilla extract and butter, stirring until well blended.

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Roll the peanut butter mixture into 1-inch balls, and place the balls on a wax paper-lined baking sheet.

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Press a toothpick into the top of each ball (to be used later as the handle for dipping) and chill in freezer until firm, about 30 minutes.

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Melt chocolate chips in microwave (about 1 minute).

Using the toothpick as a handle, dip each peanut butter ball in chocolate.

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Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top to make them look like Buckeyes.

Place chocolate covered peanut butter balls on wax paper and remove the toothpick.

Once the peanut butter has softened, you can use a finger to smooth over the hole from the toothpick.

Refrigerate, until chocolate is set. Store in refrigerator until eating or gifting.

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And now I’m totally craving these little balls of chocolate and peanut butter heaven! Don’t they look amazing?

Do you know someone who loves chocolate and peanut butter desserts? Make sure to share this recipe with them!

Watch our video below that shows how to make these mouthwatering Easy Buckeye treats!