TV Series Inspired DIY Jalapeno Muscle Rub

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Orange is the New Black Netflix Original Series

If you’re a member of Netflix then you know that they’ve really stuck to their guns about creating their own Netflix Original TV Series. And everyone of these series, whether you loved them or hated them, have been brilliantly made, captivating and have even included some well known actors and actresses. Not only did Netflix Originals end up with fourteen Emmy nominations for 2013, but their new additions to film are really making statements and could further change how people choose to receive and pay for television as more and more people are giving up their overpriced cable and satellite tv subscriptions for Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime Instant Video, and boxes like the Roku player (I love mine!) that offer free movie channels like Crackle. Original series include House of Cards, Hemlock Grove and their newest series from the creator of Weeds, Orange is the New Black.

Personally I love Orange is the New Black although my boyfriend can’t stand to watch it. Orange is the New Black is both a comedic and heartbreaking series that takes place in a women’s prison and stars the character, Piper Chapman, as a regular woman who’s play it fast and dangerous past comes back to basically bite her in the rear. She lands herself in prison as a result of plea bargain in order to pay her debt to society.

DIY Jalapeno Muscle Rub Recipe Inspired by the Character, Piper, on Orange is the New BlackOne of the interesting facts about Piper is that she is a soapmaker in which she and her partner, who is married and about to have a baby, have just gotten their line of soaps accepted into Barney’s. Due to Piper’s arrest and incarceration however, their success and fame via Barney’s seems to have been put on hold. In an effort to make good on and insult Piper made during her first day in prison in which she insulted the prison food prepared by the head cook and fellow prisoner, Red, that led to her being starved out for over a week, Piper falls back on her bath and body diy knowledge to make a rub for Red’s sore back consisting of cocoa butter – that she traded for with a chunk of her hair to be used in another inmate’s weave – and jalapenos that were gifted to her by another inmate suffering from a crush. While Piper has to “manually” chew the jalapenos and spit them out to concoct her sore muscle rub – which I found inventive but also pretty much gross – it does win her meals in the cafeteria again. It’s that event that led to a DIY for this jalapeno rub on Free People’s Building 25 blog.

Lucky for you their version of the DIY Jalapeno Muscle Rub Recipe doesn’t involve chewing the jalapenos up first. Instead they combined cocoa butter and the seeds from a jalapeno. I suspect they didn’t use straight cocoa butter since cocoa butter is a solid at room temperature, and instead used a store bought cocoa butter “cream” that includes ingredients other the cocoa butter. If you’d like to make your own cocoa butter body butter that’s a spreadable semi-solid at room temperature, I recommend using one part cocoa butter, one part shea butter and one part carrier oil. Melt them together, then run the seeds through a food processor, stir them into the melted butter and allow to cool. As Piper used the whole pepper and not just the seeds, you could run the entire jalapeno pepper through a food processor and stir it into the butter.

While I suffer from body aches and pains regularly I’m still more than a little frightened to give this recipe a try. I am super sensitive to pepper heat in foods and the thought of this ending up in my eyes or on more delicate skin areas is enough to persuade me not to try this out. The burn of pepper isn’t easy to get rid of. There would also be variables as the intensity of the heat based on the proportions of pepper versus cocoa body butter used and the heat of the particular peppers used. I’ve found that the heat of some peppers, even of the same type, can vary in intensity.

Should you be daring enough to try out this recipe, please let me know how your jalapeno pepper rub turns out. In the meantime I recommend using essential oils of clove, black pepper, nutmeg, ginger and/or cinnamon to create a warming rub for aches and pains as 1-2% of your recipe. Or up to 3% if limited to a specific area of your body. Using avocado, carrot seed, coconut or argan oils for the oil in body butter will help to hydrate and moisturize if needed as we begin to head into cooler weather.


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Do You Have Zombie Fever?

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AMC's The Walking Dead

AMC’s show, The Walking Dead, has made zombies – even the apocalypse – a hot new trend. So much so that fans are willing to overlook the fact that while everyone now carries the zombie virus, you will still only become a zombie if you die or are bitten. Case in point – Hershel had his leg cut off after being bitten by a zombie to avoid infection. But I have to wonder if it really necessary to cut off his leg since he’s already carrying the virus anyway. How is a bite any different if you’re already infected? Anyone know? (Psst. If you’re like me and don’t have cable, you can catch up on Season 3 of The Walking Dead via Amazon instant video.)

Zombie Outbreak Response Team Sticker
Zombie Outbreak Response Team Sticker (via Amazon.)

With that said, zombie mania is definitely sweeping the nation. Saturday Night Live recently did a parody skit of The Walking Dead which definitely portrays what we’ve all been thinking about Carl – is Rick is raising a right fine sociopath? So whether you’re a zombie fan or just know someone who is, here are a few fun zombie inspired products that you may find you just have to own.

Cool Zombie Inspired Merchandise

1. I loved the children’s book, Pat the Bunny, as a child. So as an adult I just couldn’t resist this parody book – Pat the Zombie: A Cruel (Adult) Spoof (via Amazon.) / 2. If you’re the DIY you may just appreciate the book, Zombie Felties: How to Raise 16 Gruesome Felt Creatures from the Undead (via Amazon.) / 3. Kick some butt in this rockin’ Zombie at Tiffany’s Women’s Girly Boat Neck T-shirt (via Threadless.) / 4. Make Easter extra fun and er, gory with a completely edible white chocolate zombie bunny (via ThinkGeek.)

Cool Zombie Clothing and Accessories

1. These handmade zombie flesh high heels are sure to garner some attention and let the zombies know you mean business! Besides, a girl can never have too many shoes (via Nixxi Rose.) / 2. This fashionable zombie gore t-shirt may be right up your man’s alley (via StrangeLand tees.) 3. Don’t be the soccer mom, be the zombie mom and show off your fabulous living dead family with these zombie family decals with pets (via Tawnya M Designs.)

What’s your take on the zombie craze and who is your favorite character from The Walking Dead?


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Sucker Punch – A Movie Review

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Last night the boy and I rented Sucker Punch from Redbox. I’m ending my dvd subscription to Netflix and switching over to streaming only at the beginning of August to avoid the $6 increase, and they put this dvd on a long wait, so Redbox came to my rescue. (Really digging Redbox, plus they are sending out a coupon code for a free dvd August 1st if you rent two movies at the same time this month. I got True Grit for the boy and dad as my second movie.) Anyway, I thought the movie was amazing. While it’s certainly not for everyone, if you’re keen on social references and have an appreciation for visual arts this is one movie you should definitely see. Sucker Punch reminded me of a Sailor Moon hero who fights her way to freedom with a burlesque entourage kicking steampunk Nazi soldier butt. I found it visually stunning and interesting to watch, although the ending made me sad. It’s one for the home dvd collection for sure. Has anyone else seen this movie yet? If so, what was your take?


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