Sweets in Seconds: Oreo Truffles

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  • You love oreos or just desserts in general
  • You need to make something sweet but you don’t have much time
  • You have no idea how to cook and you have never stepped in the kitchen before.

If any (or all) of the above applies to you, then you, dear reader, have stumbled onto the right place. The recipe section of the I’m M.A.D. section is meant for tips and tricks and kitchen secrets for our favorite dishes, and this month’s easy-to-make, ready in minutes recipe if for Oreo Truffles.

Ingredients:

  1. Oreo cookies of your liking. (1 packet)
  2. Cream Cheese (4 oz.)
  3. Candy Melts (1 cup)
  4. Sprinkles or other decorations of choice.

Steps:

  1. Crush the oreo cookies in a food processor or blender into fine crumbs and put it in a bowl.
  2. Mix in the cream cheese with the crumbs to create the batter. The consistency should resemble that of dough. You may want to put aside some of the crushed cookie crumbs to use as garnish later.
  3. Roll the batter into small bowls. Suggested size would be 1 inch, but you may change it according to your preference.
  4. Stick a wax paper on top of a tray, and lay the balls on the paper. Put them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  5. Prepare the candy melts and dump the balls into the melted chocolate and lay them on the tray for drying. Use a fork instead of a spoon for easier control. Sprinkle the crumbs or other decorations onto the truffles before the chocolate dries.
  6. Refrigerate again for about 10-15 minutes so that the chocolate hardens. And your truffles are ready to be served.

These truffles are perfect for afternoon tea, baby showers, slumber parties, homemade gifts, or even an impromptu craving in the middle of the day. Stay tuned to I’m M.A.D for more easy recipes and kitchen secrets.

Do You, Be You

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There are some topics that some writers like to refrain from discussing or delving into because the stories can be too sensitive and too real. The writers of M.A.D Mag like get into those stories, get people involved and get feelings involved. It’s not because we want to see everyone being an emotional wreck, but because it needs to be done, I know this story is one probably a lot people can relate and after reading this it’s my wish that someone decides to be themselves after reading it.

I notice a lot people change who they are for society or their family.  It’s obvious people, both men and women, as well as children change their appearance based of what they see in the media and what society expects of them, but what happens when people work to hard to please and/or their family? I know of a few people who can’t live the life desire because they fear what others will think of them.

There’s a woman, who we’ll call Simone. It’s obvious to everyone around Simone that she has issues with her sexual identity. Many people even believed she slept around with so many men in order to avoid or possible make the feelings she has for women go away. Keep in mind Simone has never admitted that anyone, but actions says it all. She’d subliminal tweet or post to women she’d interested in, thinking no one would notice, but there’s also some wondering and nosey eyes behind every computer screen. Simone played both parts of the team and became pregnant, to satisfy her family who knows about her feeling toward both sexes, she marries the father of her child. She is now in a marriage she regrets with a man she may not even love, but since she love her twin daughters, she feels like she has to stay this man, because now she had two young daughters looking up to her, she has to show them what it’s like to be a woman. Being a woman means sticking your relationship and being with your husband until death do you part right? So how can she leave her husband to go be with the person who really has her heart? A woman who has always had her heart.

Or consider Adam who is expected is to go Notre Dame and excel, make all A’s and graduate Summa Cum Laude because his grandfather, father and older brother all did and now they’re some of the most known lawyers in  South. Adam only made through high school from cheating and drugs, so he can never survive college, not to mention to Law school. What Adam really wants to do is be an Architecture. So, why did he just begin is sophomore year at Notre Dame student doing what is father wants verse what he wants?

We can’t forget about Rachel who loves Jason, more than she has ever love another man, but everyone around town, including Rachel’s family knows that Jason is bad news. Rachel even knows that Jason is bad news, but she doesn’t care. After so much taunting, yelling and arguing Rachel breaks it off Jason, she tries to move on, but her heart isn’t allowing her to love another man. She gets a new boyfriend to satisfy her nagging parents and nosey family members and the man who her family practically forced her to be was another Jason, only worse and to make matters worse, the two have  a baby together. Rachel still can’t find it in herself to love this new man,  after years of abuse and three children.

Life is full of obstacles, disappointments and even more opinions. It’s your job to make sure you do what you want to do and be who you want to be. It’s not society, your parents or grandparents who will have to live with those choices, it’s you and if you happen to bring children into the picture then they suffer because you’re suffering. This us to telling you to do you, be you, please you.

“US an oligarchy, not democracy”, Jimmy Carter on SuperSoul Sunday

Oprah and Former President Jimmy Carter

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International humanitarian and former U.S. President (1977-1981) Jimmy Carter discusses faith, racisism, and global influence on the premier of the second season of Oprah Winfrey’s Emmy Award-winning series “SuperSoul Sunday,” aired on September 27th, 2015.

According to OWN, SuperSoul Sunday delivers a thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring block of programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The series features exclusive interviews and all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, filmmakers and spiritual leaders. Exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, wellness, spirituality and conscious living. “Super Soul Sunday” presents an array of perspectives on what it means to be alive in today’s world.

Discussing the various issues the country is facing today, the 39th President and Nobel Peace Prize winner talks about how he grew up in a black neighborhood, how faith gave him strength during his term, and even rates his own presidency in am open minded interview session.

However when asked whether he could be president today, he answers in negation.

“Absolutely not.There’s no way now for you to get the Democratic or Republican nomination without being able to raise two or three hundred million dollars, or more. I would not be inclined to do that, and I would not be capable of doing it.”

Furthermore, he adds that America has now become an oligarchy instead of a democracy, and it’s “the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards of the American political system that [he has] ever seen in [his] life.”

The former president may not be wrong, as various studies show that the widely held belief about the States being an democracy in present times is turning into history.

President Carter later announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma and would be stepping away from the public eye for the moment.

#ChallengeAccepted!

Memes, rants, viral stories- and the latest trend to take over the internet, the challenges. Be it YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Vine or Instagram, once the hashtag starts getting popular, every one gets infected.

Over the last decade, the internet has seen various challenges. Some of them were harmless, like the #tryNotToLaugh challenge on Vine, where people made a fool of themselves in order to make the viewers laugh, or the  “Draw YouTubers” challenge on YouTube, where, like the name suggests, people, sometimes blindfolded, drew other YouTubers. These were obviously entertained to elicit a few laughs here and there.

Some of them, like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or the SNAP challenge were created and popularized to spread awareness and raise donations about the disease amyotopic lateral sclerosis, or the unfairness of using food stamps.

However, there are some challenges people accepted without realizing the aim of, and completely changed its meaning, like the #dontJudgeMe challenge currently trending Vine and Instagram. In this challenge, the users post photos or videos of themselves with drawn-on unibrows, acne or other physical features often the targets of body shaming. Then, they wipe off their “flaws” to reveal what’s underneath. This originally was supposed to highlight how one should not judge a book by its cover, what jewels can be hidden beneath unappealing appearances, but as the trend popularized, it backfired, instead creating an impression of what’s likely to be accepted in society and what’s not.

And yes of course, there are some meaningless and harmful challenges, including the Boiling Water challenge, the Fire challenge, the Salt and Ice challenge, which people proudly (and stupidly) take part in.

Asking why do people accept these challenges (and sometimes risk their lives, and the safety of others around them) would be similar to asking why do people follow the latest fashion trends or why do we sometimes forcibly laugh when we don’t get a joke but everyone else in the group is wiping tears of laughter.

We as human beings, even though we’d never admit it out loud, like birds flying in a flock, or sheep moving in a pasture, we follow the pack. It’s not our fault! It’s been hardwired into our nature, since prehistoric times, when not following the what the rest of the tribe did would mean imminent danger. Similarly, in the online age too, people do anything to be accepted, to be “popular” and gain views and likes and followers. Even if it means rubbing salt on bare skin and placing ice cubes on it to receive the pleasures of a frostbite.

We, at M.A.D would definitely encourage our readers to take part in the sane challenges (please focus on the word sane), provided that you are aware of the true meaning behind pouring a bucket of ice water on your head. And if its for awareness or charity, its a green signal from our side.

Let us know in the comments below what you think about such challenges, and if you took part in them, how you changed the world.

Lets Make A Difference,

Jackie Collins, novelist and story-writer, dies at the age of 77

British-born best selling author, Jakie Collins passed away in Los Angeles, on 19 September 2015, two weeks before her 78th birthday. Author of 32 novels, all of which appeared on The New York Times Bestseller list, she kept her breast cancer secret from all but her closest family members, even though she had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer more than six years before her death.

source:http://jackiecollins.com/news/in-memoriam/

Her racy novels, including the recent Santangelos novels and the famous Hollywood series, sold more than 500 million copies in across 40 countries. In her last interview with US People magazine on 14 September, she said she had no regrets about the decision to keep her cancer private.

Family Statement:

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one of a kind mother, Jackie Collins, who died of breast cancer today. She lived a wonderfully full life and was adored by her family, friends and the millions of readers who she has been entertaining for over four decades. She was a true inspiration, a trail blazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Organization (U.S.) and Penny Brohn Cancer Care (U.K.).

Hillary Throws Shade & Discuss Politics

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If you’re into late night shows, then probably witnessed Hillary Clinton and Jimmy Kimmel throw shade at Republican Donald Trump on the Tonight Show. The two had a ‘mock debate’ where they discuss Hillary Clinton and equal rights, Donald Trump and his marriages and much more!

My overall favorite part was when Mrs. Clinton told Jimmy ‘pull my hair!’ Get your mind out of the gutters, she was just basically saying Donald Trumps hair is fake. After spending several minutes mocking Donald, his views on the world and politics, Hillary then shared her own. She said she want to increase ‘our’ paychecks as well immigration. I agree with her on immigration, but how many presidents for how man years has been making the same promise, yet minimum wage in some cities and states has been the same for years? My issues with these people is when they mention pay increase, they fail to mention that the cost of living will go up as well, so in reality we will still be in the same boat. I agree with Hillary views, but I can’t wait to hear her discuss them more in depth.

Check out the best debate of 2015 thus far!