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READ: Texas judge’s ruling striking down ObamaCare

A federal judge in Texas on Friday struck down the Affordable Care Act, throwing a new round of uncertainty into the fate of the law just one day before the deadline to sign up for coverage for next year.

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the law's individual mandate is unconstitutional, and that because the mandate cannot be separated from the rest of the law, the rest of the law is also invalid.


The Arbynator from Arby's is an excellent sandwich, a repeat buy - Bachelor on the Cheap

20181130_133556By Mike Thayer

It's the restaurant's Roast Beef n' Cheddar sandwich with a stack of curly fries on top and it's FANTASTIC!

Here's the sandwich description from the Arby's website:

The Arbynator has Roast Beef, Cheese Sauce, Horsey Sauce®, Arby’s Sauce® and Curly Fries, all in the same sandwich. Or in other words, it is the most Arby’s sandwich Arby’s has ever made. Available in Classic, Double and Half Pound sizes.

I went with the classic version in this taste test and the sandwich was a delight with every bite!  The stack of roast beef, the cheddar sauce, complimented by the marriage of Arby's and Horsey sauces, topped with those crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside curly fries and served on that sesame seed bun......  WOW did this sandwich hit the spot!

20181130_133610It's only available for a limited time, so I would suggest you take advantage of it while you can.  Rumor has it Arby's will stop serving it on December 23.

The sandwich ROCKS and I got curly fries in every bite!

I purchased my Arbynator Classic for just $4.50 (that's with tax) and it's a meal all by itself, totally satisfying.

The Arbynator gets five out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars and is most definitely a repeat buy!

5 stars
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A simple bourbon cocktail: Hillbilly High - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

It's five-o'clock somewhere right?

20181129_104441This is a go-to adult beverage for me, of my own invention, I call it, the Hillbilly High.  It ain't purdy, it ain't sweet, it ain't lady-like foo-foo, it don't have an umbrella in it.

It's bourbon dammit, with a caffeine kicker. 

The Hillbilly High


  • 1 shot of your favorite bourbon
  • 1 shot of Mountain Dew (I prefer Diet Mountain Dew, it's not as sweet)
  • 1 shot of water
  • a squeeze of lime juice and a slice to garnish

Serve on the rocks.

What makes it Hillbilly?  Well, the best American Whiskeys (Bourbon is my preference) come from Kentucky and Tennessee, Hillbilly country.  

What makes it "high?"  Mountain Dew, not only was it invented in Hillbilly country (Tennessee), it brings the caffeine kick!


And the recipe is so easy, ask your favorite bartender to whip one up for you. 

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Crock Pot 'Pulled' Pork - Bachelor on the Cheap

Crock PotBy Mike Thayer

The crock pot, along with the microwave, are two of a bachelor's best buddies in the kitchen.  But crock pots are under-utilized and that's a Bachelor on the Cheap crime.

They're so versatile, easy to use and they can crank out some pretty darn tasty food.  Even if you don't like to cook, you should embrace the crock pot - give it a big Bromance hug.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

When smoking or grilling some pork butt isn't an option, putting a small pork roast in the crock pot certainly is and it delivers some pretty darn tasty pulled pork!


  • A small boneless pork roast, about 2 pounds
  • Your favorite dry rub (in a pinch, seasoning salt will do, or just plain salt and pepper)
  • One Tablespoon olive oil
  • One Tablespoon dried, minced onion
  • One cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Buns for serving


Put the olive oil in the crock pot, brushing it around a bit to cover the bottom.  Thoroughly cover the pork roast with the rub.  Throw the roast and everything else in the pot and set it to low.  After eight hours you are going to have some very tender, easily shredded 'pulled' pork which I like to do right in the pot, mixing it with all that BBQ seasoning and sauce goodness!

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Crock Pot Meat & Taters - Bachelor on the Cheap

Crock PotBy Mike Thayer

The crock pot, along with the microwave, are two of a bachelor's best buddies in the kitchen.  But crock pots are under-utilized and that's a Bachelor on the Cheap crime.

They're so versatile, easy to use and they can crank out some pretty darn tasty food.  Even if you don't like to cook, you should embrace the crock pot - give it a big Bromance hug.

Meat & Taters

Simple is good and this is simply delicious comfort food.  You can put this together or less than $6 and you'll have plenty leftover for another meal, if not two.


  • One pound ground beef
  • One can cream of mushroom soup
  • Two large Russet Potatoes, sliced
  • One 4 ounce can of mushrooms
  • One Tablespoon dried, minced onion
  • One teaspoon seasoning salt
  • One teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Brown the ground beef and drain.  Throw everything in the crock pot and set it to low.  About four hours later you've got a delicious meat & tater dish!  Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

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The window to plant those spring flowers is closing - Bachelor on the Cheap

By Mike Thayer

Spring flowersIf you're into the fantastic array of colors spring flowers provide, now is the time to get those bulbs in the ground.

According to the experts, when night time temperatures are consistently in the 40 - 50 degree mark that's the perfect time to put bulbs to "bed."  Yes, pun intended.  This temperature window is the optimum for those bulbs, allowing them to root and establish themselves.  You can actually plant right up until the ground freezes, but the success rate for those bulbs to root, establish and ultimately sprout in the spring really drops and besides, who wants to be digging in the dirt when it gets below freezing outside?

Also known as "Fall" bulbs, these spring flower beauties include favorites such as crocus, daffodils, hyacinth and tulips.  You can find them readily at Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, your favorite hardware store and at reasonable prices.  A lot of folks like to order them online or through catalogs, but that takes time and often comes with shipping costs.  I say if you're out running errands, pick up a bag or two, or three at some place local.

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Must have condiments for the refrigerator

Most everybody has at least a bottle of ketchup, a jar of jam and some sort of salad dressing in their fridge. After all, you need ketchup for those fries, some kind of jam for toast in the morning and ranch dressing (dressing for men) for that dinner salad. In addition to that sparsely stocked, condiment decorated fridge, the typical bachelor also has an assortment of condiment packages from fast food restaurants tucked away somewhere.

Don't be typical. Having a refrigerator that's well stocked with an assortment of condiments isn't just handy for the obvious uses like mentioned above, but having a good variety of them helps you to create more layers of great flavor and impromptu dressings, sauces and marinades!

Below are some classic, trendy and much-more-versatile-than-you-thought condiment choices that make up a well stocked fridge. I've listed the obvious use for each, plus some alternative uses that are all another dose of YUM!



Save big bucks on shirts - buy them off-season - Bachelor on the Cheap

Mike Thayer 2016 (2)By Mike Thayer

Short sleeve shirtIt's fall and all the stores where you like to buy shirts have no doubt put all their fall and winter shirt selections out on the floor.  You might be thinking it's too late to pick up a couple of summer shirts, stores have packed those away in the back room, you'll have to wait until next season to get any.

Think again.  Now is the perfect time to buy summer shirts!  Most stores don't pack away seasonal shirts, they don't have room in the back (more winter items are still coming in) and what they have on hand might not be quite as trendy next summer so on the floor they stay, deeply discounted.

Look around that sales floor, among all the flannels, long sleeve shirts and pullovers, there's a rack or two, perhaps a display table somewhere with summer shirts on it.  Shirts that were normally $25, $40 or $50 and up are now $5, $10, $15.  We're talking name brands too, IZOD, Stafford, PGA Tour, Adidas and more.  The selection won't be like as for the beginning of summer, but you'll find something to your liking.  And like I said, what's available might not be THE trend setter next summer season, but hey, we're guys, we like our favorite shirts right?  Trends be damned.  And if you're like me, I tend to wear short sleeve shirts year-round, they make up the bulk of the shirt selection in my closet.  I can't have enough short sleeve and summer shirts!  Buying them deeply discounted and/or on clearance only makes sense and yes, I'll wear them out-of-season!   SHOCKER!

And the same thing that works for buying summer shirts when tree leaves turn color works for fall and winter shirts too.  Wait until spring to get those.

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Chapter 13 - Accessories & Gadgets - Grilling Good Eats

Chapter 13 - Accessories & Gadgets

Mike ThayerGrilling Good Eats

by Mike Thayer

I already covered 'must have' essential tools in Chapter 2, but let's do a quick recap of the basics needed for cranking out a great meal from the grill before we get into accessories and gadgets.  

The charcoal chimney: For me, there’s really no better way to light charcoal.  They’re easy to use and there's no foul lighter fluid smell or residue. 

Grill gloves: Get a good glove for working with charcoal chimneys, re-positioning a grill grate, lifting a hot lid or even pulling some hot baked potatoes off the grill. 

Tongs: NO grill master is without a good pair of metal tongs. For added control and gripping power, be sure to buy a pair with some kind of scalloped edge in the tip end. 

A good spatula: A metal spatula for the grill is a MUST have. Pay the extra buck or two for quality, a metal spatula with a rubber or silicone grip. Stay away from wood handles!

A basting brush:  Get the newest brushes made out of dishwasher safe silicone. They don’t grab as much sauce like the traditional brushes do but they last longer, the brush ‘hairs’ don’t fall out and they clean up much easier. You’ll have to do a little more dipping, but that’s OK.

Meat thermometer: An instant-read meat thermometer is a good thing to have, especially if you want reassurance that what you've prepared for family or guests has hit the right temperature. Safe eats are good eats.

A good quality wire brush: It’s simply the best tool for keeping your grilling surface clean.

A good quality cast iron skillet: It can take the heat, they’re versatile and a well seasoned skillet, like charcoal, delivers another layer of flavor.