Babies Who Look Exactly Like Celebs!

Babies can come out looking a little surprising to their parents. Sure, they’re adorable and we love them, but we don’t know exactly who’s nose they’ll get, or if they’ll inherit your great uncle’s super bushy eyebrows. Sometimes parents have the shocking realization that while neither of them look particularly like someone famous, their genes combined have made an adorable offspring… who looks exactly like Gandalf!

Or what about Mrs. Doubtfire? We can’t imagine what provoked this little girl’s parents to get her those glasses, but the internet is forever grateful that they did!

I don’t know if I ever considered the fact that Danny DeVito was a baby at one point until I saw this photo. I don’t know anyone who would describe him today as a “Happy Little Camper,” but this makes me think that maybe he once was?

This baby who looks exactly like Gordon Ramsey is giving us serious anxiety. He looks like he’s judging his pureed carrots way harshly, and who knows what outlandish insult will come out of that adorable little puckered mouth!

Historic Property Listed With Small Quirk

Finding that perfect new home can be a daunting task with inherent roadblocks and compromises to consider. However, those considering this 370 year old historic log cabin may inherit more than a friendly apparition, due to a life estate the sale of this home includes the home’s previous owners.

Harry and Doris Rink have been the loving owners and care keepers of the historic property since 1968 and have no intention of leaving. Doris told NJ.com “We want to finish out our days here. We want to live here until we die because this is our home and we love it.”

For many this may prove too daunting a stipulation, especially considering the historic property in Gibbstown, New Jersey is touting a $2.9 million pricetag. Granted the C.A. Nothnagle Log House may be the oldest log cabin surviving in the United States. Built in 1640 by Finnish settlers the oak cabin is a single room measuring just 16 by 22 feet. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

The Rinks would continue to live in the attached two story cottage that is complete with all modern appliances and indoor plumbing. The cabin, which the Rinks transformed into a museum complete with historical artifacts and furnishings, would remain open to the public, with the Rinks continuing tours and maintenance for as long as they are physically able.

The Rinks were married in the cabin and have devoted their lives to it’s preservation. “I liked spending my time fixing things up, getting the buckets of clay and mud and patching up the wood,” tells 88-year-old Harry. “Some people go on vacations, I do this.” The Rinks priority is to ensure the property passes on to a new generation of preservationists. The Rinks continue to offer free tours of the cabin while its on the market and would like to see them well after they’re gone.

With a generous legacy so tied into the historic property its easy to understand why they would wish to spend their remaining years on the property to which they have been so devoted.

Give Up Coffee and Alcohol … and Your Social Life?

What happens to your life when you give up coffee and alcohol? It’s not something most of us would like to attempt any time soon, and yet we’re strangely fascinated by the idea of giving up our vices – for short periods of time maybe. Well, art director (and epic beard-haver) Tobias von Schneider took that bullet for us and found he actually liked living without booze or coffee in his life. He’s been without either for fifteen months and he recently broke down what changes the experiment has brought to his life… and why he means to continue with it.

The first change is overwhelmingly positive: he immediately started saving $1,000 / month. That might seem excessive, but von Schneider lives in New York, where everything is expensive, especially going out. He says he would pay $10 per cocktail at least (and that’s before tips), plus bar snacks and any booze he’d buy for his home. All of that was instantly back in his pocket once he quit. However, the changes did affect his social life in a negative way. It’s hard to go out for drinks and be the only sober one, so he just stopped going out as much. That saved him even more money, but it also meant he got less social interaction with his friends.

However, what time he still spends with friends is more meaningful and thoughtful because of his soberness. There’s less gossip, von Schneider reports, simply because his threshold for idle chatter is much lower now. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t meet up with friends if they offer to grab coffee, he just orders tea. And he says that it’s made him a much calmer person with less energy swings. He’s also sleeping like a baby. All in all, Tobias loves the changes that giving up coffee and alcohol has brought to his life, and he intends to continue with them. We don’t know that we have that kind of willpower, but hearing about all the benefits have definitely given us pause. What do you think?

A Fresh Summer Spin On Potato Pancakes

One thing is for certain, potatoes make any meal better. You just can’t go wrong with a pile of starchy goodness on your plate. So imagine my delight to find this summery twist on a classic potato pancake. Not only can these be thrown together and friend up to crispy yet tender perfection in just a few minutes, they even include a couple favorite summer veggies to make breakfast guilt-free.

The last thing anyone wants in the summer is to labor over a hot stove for hours on end. Luckily for us all, these are a cinch to whip up and only take a few minutes to brown up on each side. Top them off with a quick fried egg for a satisfying breakfast so quick it could even fit into your weekday morning routine.

All these require are a quick stir of grated potatoes, veggies, egg, flour, and spices. Then just plop a generous amount into your oiled pan, flatten with your spatula, and await the delicious sizzle of golden perfection. A quick flip and repeat and you have the perfect base for your morning eggs. Although you can choose any style of egg, these are the ideal companion to an egg fried to over-easy perfection.

This recipe incorporated zucchini and carrots into the traditional potato so you can even count it as a morning vegetable. You can even get creative and substitute in just about any vegetable you can imagine or try these with sweet potatoes to hit that carb craving and ditch the guilt.  

Ingredients

4 cups shredded potato

1 cup shredded carrot

1 cup shredded zucchini

1⁄4 cup flour

1 egg

1⁄2 tsp. salt

1⁄3 tsp. ground pepper

2 tsps. chopped thyme

1 tbsp. cooking oil

 

Instructions

Grate the potato, carrot, and zucchini and add to large mixing bowl. Add flour, egg, and seasoning to the veggies, and mix well. Heat oil in a skillet. Scoop out portion of the veggie mixture and add to skillet. Flatten the mixture with a spatula and cook both sides til golden brown.

These pancakes are just reserved for breakfast either. Potatoes and eggs makes a quick and hearty dinner but these pancakes can really compliment almost any meal. Once you try then you’ll agree, there’s always room for pancakes.

 

Death May Have Been Easier In The Past

In the modern world, we mourn very differently than our ancestors or even than people in less developed nations. Of course, having any kind of ritual around death is a sign of intelligence in animals, but people from say the middle ages or before would find how we mourn distinctly unnatural. We keep photos of dead relatives on our walls, we keep their Facebook pages up as memorials, and we are constantly shocked and struck at the death of a loved one, especially those that are young.

There is no right or wrong way to mourn the dead, and it is a deeply personal journey that everyone has to go on individually, but the way modern people treat death is less like a fact of life and more like something that should be resisted and fought against. Perhaps it’s because they encounter death on a daily basis, but preindustrial people tend to have a very different relationship with dying and death. When you have to kill and prepare your own food, the functions of a body shutting down become very routine to witness.

That’s not to say that people who live in remote areas of the Amazon or Papua New Guinea don’t mourn their dead, but they aren’t surprised or stunned by their passing. Death is a natural transition for them, even when the dying are young and seemingly healthy. Most people in societies like this are saddened by the passing of their loved ones, but they don’t allow themselves to be broken by it, even for a little while. It’s interesting in light of the various ways we mourn modernly, the elaborate rituals we engage in to say goodbye to someone (or in a lot of cases, to remember them in perpetuity). There isn’t a wrong way to look at death, but if you’re struggling with the idea or the reality of a lost loved one, it may help to remember that death, like life, is all around us, and is yet another step in our shared journey. That may be trite, but it’s not wrong.