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Episode 003– Peanut Butter Stuffed Jalapenos

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Preparing for Show 003!

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The @Valentine Podcast Show notes

Coming to you, from Louisville, KY.  It’s the @Valentine Podcast with your waffle house filled couple, J and Renee Valentine.

Intro Music – @Valentine Podcast Theme song by Nate Scott a.k.a 8bitM3 –

Today is Monday, March 28, 2011 and this is Episode 3!  Mmmmm Waffle House


Weekend Wrap-up

Media (Movies, Games, Books, Television Shows)

Tech (gadgets, computers, etc.)


Odds and Ends

  • Wet Foot Test Results
  • Correction to Kim’s Old Time Radio Podcast
  • Rashida Jones

Podcast of the Week (Until we run out of Podcasts)

Email / Review

  • From: Theodora

Subject:  Wheel of Time
Hey Renee & J,

Just wanted to let you know I’m really enjoying the podcast. Found you thru Ctrl Alt WoW.  Interested to hear Renee’s thoughts on the Wheel of Time books as you go on.  I’ve read thru the first 10 books several times and am currently reading the first one with the new author.  I love this series.  You’ll have to let me know which of the main characters you enjoy most.  I think my favorite is probably Perrin.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your interests with us.

For the Horde! and the Rift.


Contact Information
You can reach us by email at The podcast Twitter feed is  You can also see our blog at  J’s Twitter feed is and Renee’s twitter feed is

Outro Music: “If I Can Feel” Again by Pretty Lights

Sloppy Joe Recipe

March 24, 2011 Leave a comment
Mmmmm Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes finished

So as we spoke about on our second episode of our podcast. J made sloppy joes and they were so delicious! They were very simple to make and just a little time. I doubled the recipe so that we would have leftovers. Also with the meat I put in half ground turkey and half ground beef to make it some what a little more healthy. If you give it a try let us know we’ll like to know how it turns out for you!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 teaspoons brown sugar
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper; drain off liquids.
  2. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.



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Episode 002 – The Peculiar Ones

March 21, 2011 Leave a comment
The @Valentine Podcast Show notes

Coming to you, from Louisville, KY.  It’s the @Valentine Podcast with your peculiar couple, J and Renee Valentine.

Intro Music – @Valentine Podcast Theme song by Nate Scott a.k.a 8bitM3 –

Today is Monday, March 21, 2011 and this is Episode 2! We made it!


Weekend Wrap-up

Media (Movies, Games, Books, Television Shows)

Tech (gadgets, computers, etc.)

  • How J’s Ubuntu situation is going
  • Renee learning .NET again
  • 1Password


Odds and Ends

  • Amazon Subscription Service

Podcast of the Week (Until we run out of Podcasts)

  • Coverville! http://
  • Cover Stories
  • A Capella Series
  • Request Series
  • Indy Series

Contact Information
You can reach us by email at The podcast Twitter feed is  J’s Twitter feed is and Renee’s twitter feed is

Outro Music Talib Kweli “So Low”

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Recipe Exploration: Lasagna Cups

March 21, 2011 1 comment

I was intrigued when I found a recipe for Lasagna Cupcakes.  People were confused by the name so I just changed it to Lasagna Cups.  The first batch I made had three layers and that way too much.  The second batch had two layers was perfect so that’s what I recommend. These are so good and perfect for individual lunches and freezing for later.

Makes 9 servings; 303 calories per serving
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 lb lean hamburger meat (can substitute ground turkey if desired)
  • 18 wonton wrappers
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese , grated
  • 3/4 cup parmesan cheese , grated
  • 2/3 cup part skim milk ricotta cheese
  • One cup of your favorite pasta sauce
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Black Pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray 9 cups of a 12 serving muffin tin with the cooking spray
  2. Cook hamburger meat, season to taste, drain
  3. Reserve 8 tablespoons of Parmesan and 8 tablespoons of mozzarella—this will be the topping. The remaining cheese will be used in the lasagnas (note you can vary the amount of cheese to taste keeping in mind that the parmesan is salty, the mozzarella is sweet as well as salty and helps to hold the lasagnas together, and the ricotta is sweet and creamy).
  4. Start assembling the lasagnas. Line each cupcake mold with a round wonton wrapper. Put a little Parmesan, a little mozzarella, and a little ricotta into each mold. Add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning and black pepper. Top with a little meat and a spoonful of sauce. Repeat layers of wonton wrappers, cheeses, spices, meat and sauce, creating 2 layers in all, and ending with sauce. Sprinkle each lasagna with reserved Parmesan and mozzarella.
  5. Bake until the lasagnas are nicely browned, about 20 minutes.
  6. Let cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the edges and remove from pan.


Arkham City Trailer

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

After playing Arkham Asylum we are so pumped for Arkham City.  Trailer is below.  More to come on the @Valentine Podcast #2!

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Episode 001 – Inaugural Episode of the @Valentine Podcast

March 15, 2011 3 comments

The @Valentine Podcast Show notes for Episode 001

Coming to you, from Louisville, KY. It’s the @Valentine Podcast with your biggest Jack Bauer fan couple, J and Renee Valentine.

Intro Music – @Valentine Podcast Theme song by Nate Scott a.k.a 8bitM3 –

Today is Monday, March 14, 2011 and this is Episode 1! Our grand opening, our premier, our beginning show of geeky goodness.

Weekend Wrap-up

  • Lunch at BD’s including Kid talk
  • 24 (More in Media)
  • Rift (started a solo character)

Media (Movies, Games, Books, Television Shows)

  • 24
  • Dragon Reborn (3rd book in wheel of time)
  • Deadpool Series Finished up, Next up: Hulk J – Starting Black Panther after a break of Dark Wolverine
  • Braid
  • Pretty Lights

Tech (gadgets, computers, etc.)

  • Linux install on Toshiba Satellite Laptop (P105-s6104)

Install was quick simple. Everything worked fine. Overheating issue trying to find solution. Seems to be Toshiba’s hatred for Linux from research so far. Possible resolution -> Then a problem after this and had to reinstall that fixed everything.

  • Ipad2 wants


Contact Information

You can reach us by email at The podcast Twitter feed is J’s Twitter feed is and Renee’s twitter feed is

Outro Music – Steve Miller Band Fly Like An Eagle Remix by Pretty Lights

Weekend Wrapup: 03/06/2011-03/08/2011

March 7, 2011 1 comment

So we had a pretty good weekend this past weekend.  Lots of laughs, fun, and good times.  So let’s get to it!

  • The King’s Speech: Renee has been wanting to see this movie for weeks and weeks ever since she first heard about it.  She has had a stutter since she was six years old so she knew the content of the movie would be immensely personal.  We loved how they approached it.  Every stutterer has a different experience but the frustration is all the same and we think Colin Firth really expressed that accurately.  Some scenes were hard for Renee to watch.  When the King was yelling at his son to try harder, just get it out, take his time, she almost had to look away.  Excellent movie and we recommend it to anyone.  Plus the two movie tickets for $9, so it was a steal.  Thanks Living Social!
  • Rift: Rift was great as usual.  We got up to level 30 and we’re still having a blast.  Weirdly, one of Renee’s favorite parts on that game is riding around on my horse 🙂  We love playing together and it’s the whole reason we play the game as much as we do.  We make every game great for each other in that way..
  • 24: I absolutely love 24.  I blame J for getting me addicted to it.  It’s all his fault.  I’m always like…just one more hour!  I’m on season 2 and I look forward to getting caught up.
  • Penn Station Subs: So we have always been reluctant to try Penn Station for whatever reason.  Well it turns out we should have tried it years ago. It’s so great.  They actually put your meat on a grill with the vegetables before putting it on the bread.  Plus they have a fries.  Renee’s a sucker for fries.
  • Control Alt Geek: We were guests on the podcast Control Alt Geek with Aprillian and Jeppy and had a great time.  We talked about our podcast coming up and we talked about the problems and questions that we had.  It was really fun and comforting all at the same time.
  • WoW: We raided in WoW as usual this weekend.  We tried a new boss.  There’s progress but it’s slow.  We are 10/12 on this raiding tier which is pretty good.  As long as there’s progress, we’re OK with the wipes.
  • Pretty Lights: J found a band while watching a WoW raid boss kill video.  He really liked the music that was used during the video and he did some research and found a band called Pretty Lights.  All their music is free and you can give a donation if you feel so inclined. Their style is electronic, soul, funk and R&B. He’s a DJ out of Colorado and it’s not your typical hip hop give it a try! They have a cool, smooth vibe and Renee really enjoy it.   Good job, J!
  • Blue Snowball Mic: Our Blue Snowball Mic came in this weekend and tested it and did some test recordings. We really enjoy the mic and we sound great. We can’t wait to get content out there for you all and us!

Ctrl Alt Geek Guests!

March 6, 2011 Leave a comment

We were invited as guests onto Ctrl Alt Geek with Aprillian and Jeppy to talk about our upcoming podcast.  It was a blast and we always love the opportunity to have fun with them.

We talked about the trials and tribulations of setting up a podcast.   We can’t wait to start up our own conversation with each other and all of you.

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There’s No “Rift” Between Us

March 5, 2011 1 comment

Iceflow and Caoboi in Meridian. Click for larger size.

Renee: Sorry it has been so long since we’ve posted.  But I can blame it squarely on the subject of this post.  Oh Rift…Rift…Rift.  What can I say?  I love the world.  Rift is a brand new MMORPG by the mostly unheard of game developer Trion.  It’s set in the fantasy world of Telara.  I played a bit in the open beta and J and I decided to make the leap into the headstart.  I immediately was in love with it.  The art is fantastic.  I bought a horse mount in game and I couldn’t stop staring.  the muscles rippled and my character actually held the reins.  She even rode the horse differently than she rode her two-headed turtle.  That’s a huge sell for me.

J: The gist of the game is you are a soul of a Hero that’s been saved by the gods or captured by technology (depending on your faction) and you are sent back in time to stop the big bad guy, Romulus. While you are there, there are “Rifts” of different elements (Life, Water, Fire, Death) that open and they are coming to stop you from saving the future. These rifts bring enemies with them, so you can work with a group of people via their public system to get these rifts closed. You receive tokens, prizes for closing these rifts. These rifts are almost to a liking of an alien invasion. When a major rift event happens you can see rifts as far as you can see. You get a feeling like they are coming for you and you must stop them. The graphics are amazing and the water, landscape looks very real and believable.

Renee: So J and I have been playing like we play any MMO together.  Make a character and quest.  There are so many builds you can have within one character, I can easily change between tank and DPS and J can just as easily change between healer and DPS.  The Rift system is amazing and we both have a hard time ignoring one that opens right in front of us.  Everything is new and shiny and not without a few flaws but it’s still fun.  We found a community that we are familiar with to spend time with in-game and that has made all the difference.

J: Like with any MMO that’s what makes the game. The community and having like-minded folks that play along with you. I also must say Trion took elements from MMOs that have been out that made them fun and cool and put them together in this one. Very smart move I must say. So you are probably asking, “Do we still play World of Warcraft?” We will say yes we still do as our friends we raid with are still raiding and we raid with them. That’s what we do together with are friends from the Not in the Face raid team. If we weren’t raiding I can say we probably would be taking a slight break. We’ve been playing WoW for a very long time and that’s where Renee and I met each other so it has a special place in our hearts.

If you’re looking for something new, polished and exciting and you love fantasy I say give this game a try! We only wish there was a Mac client so our Apple friends could play along with us!

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