Brad Pitt Saves Little Girl’s Life: Pulls Her to Safety

May 3, 2016

He is the doting father to six children in his day-to-day life.
And it seems Brad Pitt’s paternal instincts kicked in as he was pictured saving a young girl as she was getting crushed by an excited crowd of fans.

The Hollywood star, who is currently filming his new film Allied in Gran Canaria, instantly rushed to assist with the efforts to pull the young fan to safety as excited spectators tried desperately to get his attention.

The 52-year-old star was dressed in his dapper costume as he reached over to help the girl climb over the fence and out of harm’s way.

He was then seen comforting the shaken child as she was held in the arms of another man from the set.
Brad’s co-star Marion Cotillard was not present at the moment the scary incident took place but the French actress has also been filming in Las Palmas for the WWII thriller.

Brad famously starred to spy comedy Mr & Mrs Smith alongside his now-wife Angeline Jolie.
The pair played a bored married couple are surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Brad shares Maddox, 14, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, nine, Vivienne and seven-year-old twin Knox, with his actress wife.

Incredible Chair Carved From Single Oak Stump

April 9, 2016

For his art residency at the White House Farm in Suffolk, UK, artist Alex Johnson carved this incredible chair from a single large oak stump.

Entitled Glemham I, the magnificent oak chair took roughly six months to complete and was debuted at the 2014 Alde Valley Spring Festival. For more information visit the official blog posts on the chair here and here.

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Behind The Scenes Photos Of ‘The Hunger Games’ Trilogy That You Will Love

March 22, 2016

When our favourite Dystopian novel got the all clear for a film adaptation, we absolutely lost our minds.

The incredible story, character development, and the world Suzanne Collins was able to create was about to come to life in front of our very eyes; and we just couldn’t wait to see who would be cast as Katniss.

I’m sure most THG fans are thankful that Jennifer Lawrence was chosen – and this was the film that really shot her to stardom, along with Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson.

Although the film is very dark and emotional – the cast are anything but, which you will get to see in these incredible behind the scenes photos.

Take a look at what happens behind the camera of your favourite film franchise and get ready for the nostalgia to kick in…;


1. Catching Fire – Katniss In The Training Arena


Jennifer Garner Reveals She Used To Be A HUGE Band Geek

February 20, 2016

We all know Jennifer Garner as the beautiful movie star come philanthropist but, it’s about time you all learnt something very important about this stunning actress – she is a massive band geek.

We are talking a hardcore marching band member who, as a child, lived for Band Camp and parade marching. Has anyone else just fallen even further in love with this quirky woman? Because we certainly have.


Well, we haven’t finished yet. To make this story even better Garner, who started playing the saxophone at an early age, has also revealed that she had a special name for her precious instrument.

She called it ‘Sally the sexy saxophone’!


In a hilarious interview with Seth Meyers, Jen dished the dirt about her not-so-guilty pleasure and had the chat show host and audience in stitches.

Take a look at the amazing clip below that shows this stunning movie star filling us all in on her entertaining past:

Healthy and Quick Lunch Options at Work

January 18, 2016

I find that I am constantly in a lunch-rut. Every Sunday when I’m heading to the grocery store I stare at the selection and try to put ideas together in my head. It hasn’t been working very well. So this week I decided to reach into my back pocket and pull together a list of Healthy and Quick Lunch Options at Work so that I’m not constantly running to the mall for fast food or eating the same old leftovers all week long. I find that having a variety of options keeps me on a healthy eating track and saves me money too!

Here are some ideas to mix up your lunch routine during the week:

Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl – This is the perfect balance of fruit and protein to get you through the day.

Blueberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

Chopped Greek Salad Wraps – Nothing is more delicious than wrapping up a salad in a low-calorie wrap. You get protein, vegetables and a bit of carbohydrates to power your afternoon.

Chopped Greek Salad Wraps

Summer Strawberry Poppyseed Salad – This salad is like summer in a bowl! You can prepare the salad the night before and dress it right before you enjoy.

Summer Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad

Mediterranean Tuna Salad – This is a delicious twist on a classic recipe.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Asian Noodle Bowl with Sesame Peanut Dressing – This is a great meal to make as a batch before the week begins. It’s best served cold and offers a ton of flavor!

Asian Noodle Bowl With Sesame Peanut Dressing

Healthy Choice Café Steamers – All Healthy Choice meals are made with real ingredients and no preservatives so you don’t have to worry about sacrificing taste or freshness. Since the ingredients aren’t frozen in the sauce they have a fresh, more vibrant taste. With each meal containing a mix of vitamins, nutrients and protein, Healthy Choice Café Steamers are a delicious, healthy, convenient option, whether at work, home or on the go.

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

There’s no reason to have a boring lunch during your week. I hope that some of the above options spark some inspiration! Sometimes grabbing a Healthy Choice Cafe Steamer is the easiest way for me to eat a healthy and quick lunch. There are so many flavors offered that I never get bored! What are some of your favorite healthy and quick lunch options?

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

15 Luxurious Spa Resorts in the U.S.

December 30, 2015

Like snowflakes, no two sunsets are ever alike. There is certainly no shortage of places around the world to watch our favorite star sink beyond the horizon, igniting the sky with radiant hues that cast magic over the surrounding scenery. Whether you are atop a mountain peak, overlooking the ocean or at a UNESCO World Heritage Site, watching a sunset can be a romantic, photogenic and awe-inspiring experience. Orange, pink, purple, yellow and red infuse the dusky view – perhaps with a green flash, if you’re lucky. Sometimes it’s hard to believe the colorful canvas in front of you really exists. These are our top 10 spectacular places to watch the sunset.

1. Grand Canyon, Arizona

There is no one best place to watch the sunset in the Grand Canyon. There’s just good, better and more amazing places. Everywhere you turn, the sinking sun decorates the sky and canyon rocks with a blaze of color. Some of the preferred photo ops are the scenic viewpoints along the south rim of the canyon. Yavapai Point provides one of the best panoramic views of the inner canyon while the Toroweap Overlook lets you gaze over the river. The light and shadow play at dusk makes for some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet. To witness a truly spectacular sunset, try taking a helicopter ride over the canyon.

Cubano Pork Tenderloin

November 1, 2015

Wow, can you believe it’s Friday already?! The weather has been beautiful here in Milwaukee and I’ve been working my way through the week with ease. But today, today I could not be more excited that Friday is finally here and the weekend is right around the corner. And do I have a tasty meal for you to try out this weekend.

Since the weather has been so beautiful I have continued to roll out my grill and make the most use of it before the snow hits. I decided to experiment a little bit this past weekend and made a Cuban-flavor inspired pork tenderloin on the grill. Marinating the pork in a mint/citrus/cumin combination results in a juicy and flavorful outcome. I highly recommend allowing the pork to marinate overnight if you can. You’ll get a super juicy tenderloin that doesn’t need any additional sauce.

Head on over to the Living Litehouse blog for the recipe. But before you leave, chime in below with how you are savoring these last few weeks of grilling season!

Get the recipe for Cubano Pork Tenderloin!

Cubano Pork Tenderloin

Chickpea Shawarma Salad

October 27, 2015

I’ve been on a real salad kick lately and since I’m not a real big fan of cold chicken, I had to come up with an alternative. Enter: Chickpeas. Roasted chickpeas to be exact. Have you ever roasted chickpeas? They are seriously the most amazing thing around. They are perfect as a simple snack (beware, because you won’t be able to stop eating them) or great on top of salads. And packed with protein!

My friends over at Litehouse Foods just launched an extension of their delicious OPA yogurt dressings. One of the new flavors is Tzatziki Ranch and it is by far my favorite in the group. Seriously though, you put tzatziki sauce and pita bread in front of me and I’ll push aside the bread and eat the sauce only. #guiltypleasure

So along with this new dressing I decided to create a Middle-eastern style salad featuring deliciously roasted chickpeas flavored with hints of ginger and turmeric. This salad offers crispy pita chips, flavorful chickpeas and is dressed with the new low calorie yogurt dressing from Litehouse Foods. To. Die. For.

You’re going to want this salad in your belly for lunch. Today.

Get the recipe for Chickpea Shawarma Salad!

Chickpea Shawarma Salad

15 Poke Cake Recipes You Absolutely NEED In Your Life Right This Minute

October 13, 2015

Ever bite into a cake only to be entirely underwhelmed due to the sad cake-to-frosting ratio?

Yeah, we’ve all been there.

But with poke cakes, that problem becomes entirely obsolete. You see, the dessert is exactly what it sounds like…cakes that have holes poked into them. They’re then doused with frosting, filling, and any other sweet treat you choose to pour over top.

Here are all the ways you can enjoy this genius dessert.

1. Here’s how it works…this caramel-apple deliciousness is too good to miss.

2. Let’s just dive in then…these s’mores poke brownies are a good start.

3. Finally, someone turned Snickers into a poke cake!

4. White cake is good, but white cake infused with strawberry Jell-O is better.

5. You’ll get just the right amount of strawberry in this cheesecake poke confection.

6. The holes of this poke cake are filled with cream of coconut — YUM.

7. Banana pudding poke cake? Yes, all of the yes.

8. I love key lime pie…but I might love this key lime poke cake more.

9. This cinnamon roll poke cake just stole my heart — and stomach.

10. This bad boy has cheesecake pudding and blueberry sauce in it.

11. If you’re into tiramisu, you’ll fall head over heels for this poke cake.

12. A Bailey’s-filled poke cake is everything I need right now.

13. Vanilla pudding + orange Jell-O = this beautiful creation.

14. I will have dreams of this lemon-curd-filled poke cake.

15. This blueberry poke cake isn’t just pretty to look at, it’s tasty too!


Smoky Ham Macaroni and Cheese

September 7, 2015

If it wasn’t evident by my vacation centered around a BBQ tour earlier this year, I sort of have a thing for smoked meat. There’s just something delicious about the deeply rich flavors of a meat that has been slow roasted and smoked for hours.

Today I’m teaming up with Boar’s Head and their SmokeMaster™ Black Forest Ham to talk about how I bring the smoke house into my own house. Whenever I’m preparing a delicious, smoked meat there are always a few rules that I like to follow:

  1. Purchase a cut of meat that is marbled nicely with fat. The fat will bring extra flavor and juiciness to the cut of meat and as you smoke the meat it will melt out like butter.
  2. Choose a smoking wood based on the flavor outcome you desire. Woods can range from mildly flavored including notes of apple, peach and cherry to stronger flavors of mesquite. Just make sure if you go mesquite you use it in moderation!
  3. Do not over-smoke your meat! Smoking should only be done for about half of the cooking time. Nobody wants to eat a mouthful of smoke!

Smoky Ham Macaroni and Cheese

Of course, smoked meat is best complimented with some of my favorite side dishes including pit beans, cornbread and my favorite, macaroni and cheese. This macaroni and cheese that I made for you today brings together deliciously smoked meat AND a side dish in one serving. I’m from Wisconsin so obviously more cheeses are always better than less. And of course, you cannot forget the crumble topping to bring all of the flavors together.

Smoky Ham Macaroni and Cheese

Do you have your own smokehouse rules? Visit the Boar’s Head Smoke House Rules sweepstakes, and enter for a chance to win a gift card by sharing your own culinary rules for creating the perfect smoked recipes. And if you’re all about smoked meat, enjoy a flavor rarely experienced in America with SmokeMaster Beechwood Smoked™ Black Forest Ham. Crafted with the finest ingredients and exceptional care, this ham is naturally smoked with imported German beechwood. The result, a ham with a delicious, distinct flavor that is rich and smooth.


Smoky Ham Macaroni and Cheese
Author: April | Food n’ Focus
Serves: 4 – 6
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided, plus more
  • 8 ounces cavatappi or other short curly pasta
  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ small onion, grated
  • 1 garlic clove, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup grated Fontina cheese
  • 1 cup grated Gruyère
  • 1 cup grated sharp white cheddar
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups cubed Boar’s Head SmokeMaster™ Black Forest Ham
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add panko and cook, stirring, until crumbs are golden brown, 6–8 minutes (make sure to get them toasty brown; they won’t darken much during baking). Transfer to a small bowl and toss with Parmesan, thyme leaves, and ¼ tsp. salt.
  2. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente (the noodles will continue to cook in the cheese sauce, so take them out a minute or two before you think they’re actually done). Drain pasta; let cool while you make the sauce.
  3. Bring milk to a bare simmer in a small saucepan; keep warm. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until onions are fragrant and beginning to soften, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle flour over and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to stick to bottom of saucepan, about 1 minute. Add warm milk in a few additions, whisking to combine after each addition.
  4. Bring béchamel sauce to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring, until sauce is thickened and doesn’t feel grainy when a little bit is rubbed between your fingers, 6–8 minutes (cooking the flour thoroughly at this stage ensures a creamy sauce). Add Fontina, Gruyère, cheddar, mustard powder, cayenne, and ¾ tsp. salt and stir until cheeses are melted and sauce is smooth. Remove from heat and mix in pasta and ham; transfer to a 2-qt. baking dish.
  5. Bake 10 minutes. Top with Parmesan breadcrumbs and bake until sauce is bubbling around the edges, 8–10 minutes longer. Let cool in pan 15 minutes before serving.

Smoky Ham Macaroni and Cheese

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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