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English Muffins are NOT Just For Breakfast

These delicious Bays English Muffins are not your father’s English muffins!

Way back when the only time mom would let you enjoy toasted English muffins was for breakfast. Eating English muffins after the noon hour was like wearing white after Labor Day. You just didn’t do it.

Luckily, Bays English Muffins is rewriting the rules, showing millions of people that English muffins are great any time of day. Bays English Muffins may be great for breakfast, but they aren’t just for your morning meal! Bays’ chefs are proving the versatility of Bays English Muffins with creative recipes for appetizers (Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Wedges), mini pizzas, sandwiches, melts, paninis, burgers, and sides (like garlic bread.) Simply click here for great Bays English Muffins recipes!

Of course, never ignore the mastery of a Bays English Muffin for breakfast. In fact, if you love bagels, consider shaking things up by feeding your family Bays English Muffins instead (they will thank you for it!) The toppings are endless and your family deserves a change of pace. Bays Original, Sourdough, Multi-Grain and Honey Wheat English Muffins give you a lot of options. Go to bays.com to find out what stores near you carry Bays English Muffins, as well as getting some great Bays English Muffin recipe ideas!


Note, if you are local to me (well, New York, Vermont, Pennsylvannia, etc) Bays English Muffins are now being sold at Tops Friendly Markets with on-pack coupons and sweepstakes information.

After more than 80 years of family tradition, adhering to the authentic, original recipe Bays is making it even easier for you to enjoy the versatility of its English muffins. You can now find Bays at Tops Friendly Markets and to celebrate, packages at Tops will have a $1 off coupon on each package. Note: You will not find Bays English Muffins in the bread aisle. Look in the refrigerated dairy case next to the eggs and milk.

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Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites


And, by the way, Bays also says it is now okay to wear white after Labor Day, especially if you do it while eating these Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites! They look amazing. Here is the recipe to try:

Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites

The great taste of Bays Original English Muffins, cheese and beer – what could be better!?

Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites Ingredients:

• 6 Bays Original English Muffins, split, lightly toasted
• ¼ cup Mayonnaise
• ¼ cup Stout, OR Dark Ale OR Beer
• 2 TBSP Coarse gGrained OR Spicy Brown Mustard
• ¼ tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
• 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
• ½ cup Crisply Cooked Thick Sliced Applewood Smoked Bacon, crumbled (4 slices)
• Smoked Paprika (optional)

Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites Directions:

• Combine mayonnaise, stout, mustard and hot sauce in a medium bowl; mix well.
• Stir in cheese and bacon.
• Spread mixture evenly over muffin halves all the way to the edges to prevent edges from over browning.
• Sprinkle lightly with paprika if desired.
• Use a large sharp knife to cut each muffin half into quarters.
• Place quarters on a cookie sheet; freeze until firm, at least 1 hour. Place quarters in zip top plastic food storage bags; return to freezer. (Will keep up to 3 weeks)
• Place frozen quarters on a cookie sheet.
• Bake in a preheated 425°F oven until heated through and cheese is melted, 6 to 7 minutes.
• Serve immediately.

Makes 4 dozen Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites

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Jerks, Haters and Internet Trolls

Jerks, Haters and Internet Trolls. This is my latest experience with a bully hiding behind a computer screen. What is it that makes people think they can say/do things online that they would never do face-to-face to another person? What makes people so uncivil when they are hiding behind a computer screen? Do people behave badly online simply because there are fewer repercussions to being rude, crude and downright mean?


Jerks, Haters and Internet Trolls

This is my latest experience with a bully hiding behind a computer screen. What is it that makes people think they can say/do things online that they would never do face-to-face to another person? What makes people so uncivil when they are hiding behind a computer screen? Do people behave badly online simply because there are fewer repercussions to being rude, crude and downright mean?

I have been blogging since 2008. I have been working online since 2001 at various forums on the internet. Please believe me when I say I have seen some pretty bad behavior online in the last 16+ years. There are quite a few people that are “very brave” online hiding behind the mask of anonymity. I will not go into the fact that is is a false sense of privacy on their part. An IP address is recorded when sending an email, messaging or leaving a comment somewhere. People can be traced (unless they are very, very good at ip masking, still have dial-up, or are posting from a library or internet cafe). You are not as hidden as you believe.

I have had internet stalkers for years. It is one of the reasons photographs of me on this blog are basically non-existent. And one of the reasons that my current last name (hey, I’ve been married twice) is given out to very few people. Some people are nuts, and I subscribe to a “safety first” mantra.

Last week I received a comment on this blog that was simply vile. It attacked me (who this person does not know), this blog and, unknowingly, a contributor to this blog who had shared an old family recipe. You see, I cannot run this blog on my own. I’d have been burned out and brain dead years ago trying to come up with new and different material every week if left to my own devices. I’m just not that clever. Or industrious.

While I allow (actually, I welcome) constructive criticism and differing opinions on Ann’s Entitled Life (see the comments here and here and here and here for a few examples), I have a much lower tolerance for criticism of my contributor’s work. Admittedly, sometimes they do make mistakes. Sometimes, my editing is not the greatest. I always double check the original material and if an error is found, I apologize (once I sent a lady a reward for letting me know of a mistake – because the mistake was so egregious that both I and my assistant should have caught it long before it posted).

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The reason for that disclaimer is because of the haters, internet trolls and just plain jerks. You would be shocked at how many people complain about a recipe after changing half of the ingredients! (Recipes seem to be the biggest culprit.)

But getting back to the repugnant comment…

After attacking me, my blog, the name of my blog (if you are not familiar with the story of my blog’s name, I can see where you might think it was a serious name instead of a goof), the recipe and wishing me personally ill, I was a bit upset. And I seldom get upset these days with mean internet trolls, internet bullies, or internet jerks (you know I wanted to write something worse here). I have just been online too long to frequently allow unpleasant people to get to me for more than a few moments.

Do words matter? Yes … and no. When words are disparaging to my work, friends or my family, I usually consider the source. If someone close to me says something hurtful, then yes, those words matter. Constructive criticism I take to heart and explore. There is a right way and a wrong way to present an opposing opinion. There are also ways to provoke that yield negative results. And I am sure the anonymous author of that nasty comment is happy as a clam that I responded with this post – because I cannot imagine they thought I would ever approve that comment.

I don’t know why this one cruel comment hit me so hard. I spent days trying to shake it off. I alternated between incredulous, and despondent. I (once again) spoke to Hubby about quitting blogging. Believe it or not, I do not make enough (or anything really) to take a lot of (or any really) abuse.

I wrote at least three different columns in my head laying out why mean people suck. I laid out what can be done to deal with internet bullying. I had grand passages mentally written about how to combat this type of behavior, and not encourage it. But the truth is I simply marked the comment as spam and deleted it without approving it for public eyes. (I also never approve posts with swear words or attacks on other commenters.) And then I flushed the spam so I wouldn’t be able to respond or approve (I have a propensity to overthink things, and I worried I’d approve later).

I am not a psychologist and I do not play one on the internet. I honestly have no idea why that person was so mad at this poor little recipe. I do know s/he claimed to be a great baker, so the recipe must have been wrong (the Pinterest ratings and comments on this blog say otherwise). And, I definitely hope this person gets some anger management classes… goodness knows s/he needs help.

For anyone who has ever had a bad experience with a recipe, craft or other DIY after following the directions on a website (blog or otherwise) my advice? Do not be nasty. Email the contact page and ask for clarification. Many times the correct materials and/or directions are there but have been overlooked while reading quickly. You may never receive a response … or you may receive a detailed response helping you correct what went wrong. Be polite. It really does go a long way toward getting help and information.

Ok, so now that I have gotten this out of my system, I can move on and put that nasty bit behind me. I hope. 🙂 Until the next rotten comment (or email) that is. Naw, my skin is usually a lot thicker than this blog post would lead you to believe. It will probably be another few years before a horrible comment or spiteful email hits me this hard again. And I must say that just writing down my feeling about this matter has proven to be quite cathartic. Sometimes, all it takes is a good rant and a little Troll-Be-Gone spray, and *POOF!* you feel better.

I do appreciate all of you that come to my blog with the same polite manners that you’d display in my living room. You are the people I blog for, share recipes with, show off the latest crafts and homemade beauty products and give out my gardening tips and advice to. Your kind responses make my day. And I thank you.

Have you had an experience with internet bullies, stalkers or just plain jerks? How did you resolve the issue?


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10 Best Posts of 2016

10 Best Posts of 2016


Every year since I began writing Ann’s Entitled Life in 2013 I have rounded-up the 10 “best” posts of the prior year in early January. I’ve chosen my personal favorites in the past, as well as highly trafficked blog posts. This year, I will continue to highlight the highly trafficked blog posts.

2016 was much different for Ann’s Entitled Life than previous years in that Facebook completely collapsed traffic for bloggers and businesses who were not paying Facebook to get into your Facebook newsfeed. While many people still share my blog posts on Facebook (thank you! thank you so very much!) Facebook is pretty stingy on the reach those shared posts get. I did have one Facebook success story in 2016 (the Christmas Cookie Jello Shots), but for the most part, the social media that is driving traffic to my blog these days is Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and Twitter.

These were the top 10 most trafficked posts in 2016 on Ann’s Entitled Life:

20 Useful Household Hacks – This actually shocked me. While people like hacks and this post spent most of the year on Pinterest as one of my top pins, I still did not expect this post to be my most trafficked post on Ann’s Entitled Life. It was #2 in 2015, so I guess… why not?

Christmas Cookie Jello Shots – This was my #1 post written in 2016. This traffic came from all over but was driven mainly by a semi-viral Facebook share. It is a very versatile recipe so I am sure that helped too!

Twice a Year Cleaning Secret For Sparkling Shower Doors – First published in 2014, this household tip is pretty popular and very useful in that it actually works!

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail Recipe – This cocktail recipe was my #1 post in 2015. People have really enjoyed this cocktail – I’ve watched several youtube videos of people making it, and trying it live! With millions of views, this is one popular recipe.

Banana Split Icebox Cake Recipe – Originally published in 2013, this delicious dessert recipe has been on my “best of” list every year since I have published it. It is really like no other banana split icebox cake you have ever tried!

Italian Macaroni and Cheese Recipe – This yummly mac & cheese recipe continues to delight taste buds. Totally delicious!

Chicken Salad Recipe – This is the best recipe Hubby has ever made (and that is really saying something as he is an excellent cook!). This made the “best of” list in 2014, disappeared in 2015, and reappeared in 2016. We make this all. the. time. Try it! You’ll like it!

Creamy Cucumber Salad – OMG this is recipe is outstanding. It is what my Grandmother used to make. I adore this recipe, and it seems others have enjoyed it too.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Recipe – Originally published in 2014, this recipe is actually number three all time on Ann’s Entitled Life with well over two million people stopping, reading, and hopefully making this fantastic breakfast recipe!

Why You Need Lemon Balm In Your Garden – This post on the many uses of lemon balm has been very well received since published in 2014.

For the most part, my older posts have been the blog traffic driver. When I look at my Top 25, the only posts that were written in 2016 to make the list are Jello Shots (there are three in the top 20), a few DIY Beauty, and the Sock Bunnies (these are so cute! Make them for Easter!)

I always find these “best of” roundups fascinating! (I am easily fascinated. )

To look back past past best ofs:

10 Best Posts of 2015
10 Best Posts of 2014
10 Best Posts of 2013


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