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Review: Peter Pan in Wonderland (Ross Petty)

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I had the chance to see Ross Petty Productions' Peter Pan in Wonderland last Thursday at the beautiful Elgin Theatre, and it was quite an experience.

The show is a sequel to a previous production, and follows Peter Pan, Wendy, a fairy-in-training named Tinkerbum, and a sampling of the usual Wonderland crew on various adventures.

Being my first experience of a Ross Petty show, I wasn't sure quite sure what to expect.

The Graphic Designer's Rabbit Hole

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The Multi-tasking Graphic Designer's Rabbit Hole goes something like this:

Recipe: One-bowl Caramel Coconut Brownies

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Special thanks to inspiredtaste.net for this (and many other) delicious and simple recipes!

I've been craving sweet stuff all week (it's only Wednesday, but whatever). My plans to make carrot cake were foiled by just missing too many ingredients and being a bit cash strapped at the moment. I thought "brownies!" but didn't have enough cocoa.

Then I remembered the super-easy, few-ingredient blondies I made last year for Christmas. I made them with raisins then, and called them "butter tart brownies". I didn't have raisins, or vanilla, but I went ahead anyways. Brown sugar, butter, and flour really can't go wrong, right?

Well! I made a few substitutions, and they were so good that I'll now be making them this way! The original blondies recipe I worked with can be found here: inspiredtaste.net/23801/no-fail-blondies-recipe/

One-bowl Caramel Coconut BrowniesMelt in a heat proof bowl (I place the bowl over a pot with boiling water since I don'…

Dear Fat Women: Mediocre Men

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I totally, completely, 100% understand why fat women sometimes fall all over ourselves and/or compete for the attentions of men who attend plus-sized events, comment positively on the images of women like Tess Holliday, join "bbw" groups, and openly proclaim their attraction to large women. I've done it myself countless times.

Literally every time I click on an image of Tess on her facebook page, there are - obviously - countless comments from appreciative men. She's incredibly beautiful, it isn't surprising. When one of those men is even remotely attractive (or sometimes not - and I'm talking in the conventional sense), and says anything from "ur so hot" to "I want to have your babies" or "omg that ass" to "mmmm I love big women" there is always, without fail, a chorus of women heaping praise and adoration on him. Here's a pretty tame example I found earlier today (there are often way more swooning comments on wa…

Recipe: Home-Roasted Peanuts!

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Since finding the huge bag of cheap raw peanuts, I've begun roasting my own! I love seasoned peanuts (and all other peanut incarnations), but the ones in the store are full of chemicals, aren't crunchy enough, and can be pricey if you want the ones with cool flavours like chilli/lime or salt/pepper! They also have so much sodium, I get almost an instant headache.

First I tried frying them, which was good, but used waaay too much oil and they stayed a bit too greasy for my liking. So now I roast them in the oven.

Cooking:
These are seasoned differently. Both were roasted at 350˚ for about 20 minutes, stirring once, single layer on a baking sheet. DO NOT OVERCOOK as they continue to cook (and make cute little squealing popping noises) out of the oven. They should start to smell "peanut-y" and darken (the colour will vary depending on your spices).

Unpopular Opinion: Not Everyone Gets to Identify as Fat

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I stumbled upon this article today, written by yet another "fat" woman. If you look at the accompanying picture, it's pretty obvious she's around a size 12 or 14, which, statistically, is average, and at best chubby. Not fat. Even though, yes, every woman over a size 6 (and some below that size) is, at some point in her life, probably called fat (often, she's calling herself that). While there is nothing wrong with being fat, it's ridiculous that this happens. When did society get so hyperbolic?

I'm gonna say it again, and piss some people off: not everyone gets to self-identify as fat. If you can shop in a regular clothing store, and you're below a size 14, you're not "plus" sized. Some might even argue that "plus" denotes anything above a size 18, which is still generally available in the "regular" section of most clothing stores. I get that society defines "plus" as anything size 10 or larger, but this i…