Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas All Year

This morning while I was picking up around the house and putting away gift bags and organizing the house around new gifts, I was struck by an idea... one that I'm sure millions other have had, but it's one that deserves a voice.

I have two (at least) Christmas celebrations a year, Christmas Eve with my mom's side of the family, and Christmas day with my dad's.  These get togethers were so nice, everyone was laughing and reminiscing about days past.  Everyone was helpful and happy and eager to have a great time, there was no drama, no gossiping about people who couldn't make it (although there was lots of talk about how we missed the loved ones who were missing).  As far as I could tell there was no negativity, just love.

I realize my Christmas experience probably wasn't every one's, but if we could all take some of that day and apply it to the other 364 days out of the year I think the world could be a better place.  If we could just be more patient, more kind, more understanding, and show more love to our fellow planet dwellers there would have to be less pain, stress, and suffering all around.  I know it sounds too easy, but if we all made tiny changes, we could collectively make a huge impact.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season, and that we can all tackle the new year with hope in our hearts.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dream State Escalate: 46

I know, I haven't posted in my dream journal in almost 6 months... and it isn't that I haven't been dreaming or that they aren't noteworthy, it's more that my time feels more limited.  I haven't posted as much anywhere in my blog, as I have in years past.  Hopefully in the New Year, I'll make more time and post more frequently.  Until then, here's my dream from last night:

I owned a bakery/restaurant, called "Plated," that specialized in desserts that looked like other foods.  Our biggest seller was what we called the "Steak Plate" it featured a red velvet cake that was decorated to look like a t-bone steak (rare), a scoop of vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce (to look like mashed potatoes and gravy), and a pile of green mini M&Ms (a side of peas).  The other big ticket item were white chocolate "fried eggs."

I woke up so inspired. Now I want to get in the kitchen and start baking some Christmas confections, too bad I have to work.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood... Shortbread


A few years ago my dad bought me "Homecooking with Trisha Yearwood" it had been on my Amazon wishlist for awhile and I was really excited to get it.  It's beautiful and I love all the little personal tips and notes she has put into it. If I had a large enough coffee table, it would definitely be one of those books you leave out for guests to go through.  Anyway I've had it for years, but never got around to making any of the recipes, I love cook books, but typically don't use them. I don't know... weird quirk of mine I guess.

I happened to be looking through it yesterday, and saw this recipe and HAD TO MAKE it. HAD TO. I even went to the store to get the ingredients (even though most of them are staples in a baker's kitchen).  This is seriously the easiest cookie recipe I've ever made.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 9in pie pan with cooking oil (I used coconut oil, but any spray should do).
  • Mix all ingredients in an electric mixer until combined.  It doesn't get smooth, it's kind of grainy looking.
  • Spread mixture evenly across the pie pan
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Allow to cool, then slice and serve.
I'm thinking this would be DELICIOUS if they were dipped/drizzled in chocolate and topped with fresh berries and homemade whipped cream, just make a whole decadent dessert of out it. I haven't tried that yet, but I can't see how it could possible go wrong.

Friday, November 7, 2014

25 more facts

Close to three years ago I posted 25 random facts on this blog... and 3 years prior to that I posted 25 facts to Facebook before I was blogging. I thought it might be fun to try my hand at it again.  My first fact will update one of the facts from the last time I posted this:


  1. I own ALL of the Harry Potter movies on DVDs
  2. New Orleans is one of the best places I've ever visited, and I've only been there once for 7 days.
  3. My Bacon Number is 3, because I met David Arquette in NOLA, he was in the Scream Movies with Neve Cambpell and she was in Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.
  4. I avoid Light Beer if I can (a girl has to grow up sometimes... if it's worth drinking, it's worth the calories, if it isn't worth the calories, water will do just fine).
  5. I prefer wine tasting tours to bar hopping
  6. I still drive a 2005 Chevy Aveo named Tiny Tim
  7. Halloween might be my favorite holiday, followed by Christmas, then my birthday.
  8. I've never been zip-lining
  9. I discovered I am not a fan of heights if I don't have some sort of guardrail to hold on to.
  10. Currently I'm OBSESSED with Taylor Swift's 1989 album.
  11. My favorite restaurant is The Palace in Santa Barbara.  Well at least my favorite one that I can get to in an hour, Jaques-Imos in New Orleans would probably be my absolute #1.
  12. My biggest pet peeve is intentional ignorance. Don't play stupid with me, it will make me want to punch you in the face. 
  13. Asada nachos are my favorite snack/lunch/meal... bonus if they're from Dos Carlitos in Buelton or La Picosita in Santa Maria. (bet you thought it was going to be mac and cheese... trust me it was a tough decision to make)
  14. I'd rather spend a weekend in a hotel than camping
  15. I'd rather be at the beach if I'm working on my tan... but I'd rather swim in a pool (no sharks).
  16. Confession, I prefer my Kindle to paper books... hangs head in shame, I'm part of the problem that is causing book stores (that I LOVE) to close.  I like to go to Barnes and Noble to check out books that I'd like to download.
  17. I own multiple journals... that are still blank. I buy them with the intention of writing, then don't sit down and chronicle my life.
  18. I am as excited as a tweenager about the upcoming release of the Hunger Games movie Mockingjay.  I've seriously considered pre-purchasing the tickets, but so far have refrained.  I'm slightly concerned that my boyfriend thinks I'm mentally 13.
  19. I'm trying very hard to fight my genetic inclination to be a hoarder. I'm going to sell/donate a minimum of 3 large (yard waste sized) garbage bags of clothes/accessories that no longer fits/is no longer my style/has been hanging in the closet so long that it is dusty.
  20. In the last two years I have learned how to make a grilled cheese sandwich that I will actually eat... the trick is to cook it slow on low heat... no matter how hungry you are. Trust me slow and low, it is the tempo. The Beastie Boys wouldn't steer you wrong and neither will I.
  21. Out of all the concerts I've been to over the years, the best ones have all been country music. In order of greatness (although 2 and 3 are really close):
    1. Garth Brooks (hands down, no questions)
    2. Gary Allan
    3. Dierks Bentley
  22. I'd rather spend a casual night at home with people I love than a fancy night night out with someone that I feel mediocre about.
  23. It's EXTREMELY hard for me to mask my emotions... unless I'm at work, then I'm a robot.
  24. My favorite hot teas are: Hot Cinnamon Sunset by Harney & Sons (caffeinated) and Stash Licorice Spice (herbal){even though I hate black licorice, I love the tea... go figure}
  25. By the time I post this, my blog will have reached 20,000 hits in 3 years and less than 200 posts. That excites and humbles me. Thank you for reading. I'll try to continue to keep things interesting so that you'll want to come back




Monday, November 3, 2014

Bucket List


I keep seeing things about people's bucket lists and thought I'd try my hand at my own list... While I don't have a terminal disease like the viral lists that have been popping up in my news feed, I figure it's always good to have goals, and to not be afraid to dream a little bigger (darling).

  • Travel More
    • Europe
      • Visit the Louvre
      • Go to Greece
      • Ride in a gondola in Italy
      • See the Tower of London
      • The Coliseum in Rome
      • The beaches in the South of France
      • Drink wine in a Cafe in France
      • Visit the island my grandmother was born in in the Azores
      • Visit Ireland
      • Stonehenge
    • Australia
      • Sydney Opera House
      • The Great Barrier Reef
      • The Outback
      • High Five a Kangaroo
    • Spend significant time staying in New Orleans
    • Go back to the Big Island of Hawaii
    • Go to NYC 
      • see a play ON BROADWAY
      • Central Park
      • Statue of Liberty
      • Radio City Music Hall
    • Middle America
      • meet some awesome internet friends I've made over the years, I'd love to see you in person at least once or twice in my lifetime.
    • Pacific Northwest
      • Seattle
      • Portland
    • Chicago... and taste test the difference between Chicago Pizza and New York Pizza and declare a winner once and for all.
  • Write a novel (or maybe finish one of the many I've started)
  • See Green Day in concert
  • Take a digital photography class and really learn how to use my camera to it's abilities and become a better hobbyist photographer.
  • Find a career that grows me, instead of just having a job to pay the bills
  • See the big waves at Mavericks
  • Find new favorite places
  • Sing Karaoke with Taylor Swift
    • just seeing if you're paying attention
  • Go to a Spurs basketball game, a Cowboys football game
  • Learn how to decorate cakes/cupcakes beyond my current skill levels
  • Have a house with a library/art studio in it
  • pay off credit card debt, so that my family isn't stuck with extra bills
    • goals can be responsible ones too 
  • Learn to be spontaneous (Can you do that? Is it like planning to be unpredictable?)
  • Learn to truly forgive, forget, and let go of old drama
I know this list is far from finished, and some of the goals are loftier than others, but what's the point of having dreams if they have to be based in reality? 

I plan on adding to this as I come up with more ideas and crossing off items that I complete as time wears on. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Album Review: Taylor Swift 1989




Taylor Swift: Shake it Off 

Artist:  Taylor Swift

Album: 1989
Point of Purchase: iTunes (pre-order baby!!)
Price: $12.99

Thoughts:  Okay, not even going to lie, I've been excited and on the edge of my seat for this album since I head "Shake It Off" awhile back... you know when Kelly Clarkson posted the link to the video on her Facebook page. I'm 33 years old and dancing in my seat like a tweenager.  Last night I watched an episode of the Graham Norton show simply because Tswizzle was a guest on his couch, and there's an InStyle magazine on my BF's couch that she graces the cover of. I feel like I should be embarrassed at the extent of my fangirlishness when it comes to Miss T, but really, I'm not.  I want to bake cookies and talk about boys with her... is that weird? Probably... I'm going to go ahead and embrace the fantasy. My name is Lauren, and I'm a Swifty. 


Track Listing/Favorite Lines:



  1. Welcome to New York: Everybody here wanted something more
    Searching for a sound we hadn’t heard before
  2. Blank Space: darling I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream
  3. Style: Cause You got that James Dean day dream look in your eye
    And I got that red lip classic thing that you like
    And when we go crashing down, we come back in every time.
    Cause we never go out of style
  4. Out of the Woods: The night we couldn’t quite forget
    When we decided
    To move the furniture so we could dance
    Baby, like we stood a chance
    Two paper airplanes flying
  5. All You Had To Do Was Stay: people like me wanna believe you when you say you've changed
  6. Shake It Off: Just think while you been getting down and out about the liars
    And the dirty dirty cheats of the world
    You could have been getting down to this sick beat
  7. I Wish You Would: I wish you know that I miss too much to be mad anymore
  8. Bad Blood: Band-aids don't fix bullet holes
  9. Wildest Dreams: Say you'll see me again even if it's just in your wildest dreams
  10. How You Get The Girl: I want you for worse or for better
  11. This Love: This love is a life back from the dead
  12. I Know Places: Lose lips, ships sink, all the damn time, not this time
    Just grab my hand and don't ever drop it
    My love, they are the hunters, we are the foxes
    And we run
  13. Clean: And that morning, gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean
Bonus Tracks: Ms Swift is releasing more songs to iTunes 
  1. Wonderland: In the end in Wonderland we both went mad
This album is so fun, and well worth the wait... It's not on Spotify yet, or I would have linked the whole album, but seriously, go drop the $13 and get your own copy. You too could be getting down to this sick beat. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Mommy and Me Date at the Malibu Getty

Last weekend my mom and I took a drive down the coast to explore the J. Paul Getty Museum: The Villa in Malibu, California.  We had found out about it a little over a year ago when we toured the other Getty Museum which is off the 405 in Southern Ca. 

This was an unforgettable experience, and one that I'd love to repeat.  The museum is full of ancient artifacts, some of which have survived THOUSANDS of years. These sculptures, bronzes, and mosaics have seen more of the human condition than any of us could ever hope to.  They have stood silent witness to the horrors of war and the joys of family and friends.  If they could speak, they would never shut up and still wouldn't be able to tell us everything.

We also ventured down the to Historic Santa Monica Pier and the end to the Route 66 (to get our kicks?). Neither of us had been there before and it was fun to munch on corn dogs and take in the sights.  People watching is never boring on a beach in Southern California. 

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the day, I haven't uploaded the ones that are on my camera yet, but this is the iPhone collection. 

Enjoy! 





















Monday, September 8, 2014

Cupcakepalooza and the Bing Wedding

The Newlyweds
 Last week the baby of our family, Brandyn, married the love of his life, the beautiful Miss Taylor. In celebration of this special day we had a big BBQ, and the bride requested some cupcakes for the event...roughly 100 of them.

 The request was for Chocolate Cake with Oreo Buttercream Frosting, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, and White Cake with a Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.  This time around I did not make the old family recipe for the carrot cake, it takes too long and I didn't have enough time to make it from scratch, I did however doctor a box cake and it tasted pretty amazing, I did use the frosting recipe that is on the link.

Additions to Duncan Hines Carrot Cake: roughly 1 cup of chopped nuts (I used pecans), 1 box of vanilla instant pudding, 1 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple (strained), used butter instead of oil, and milk instead of water.  It ended up being super moist and quite delicious.

It took roughly 3 hours to bake 125+ cupcakes at my aunt's house, thank goodness for double ovens, two kitchen aid mixers, and a talented chef of a boyfriend who volunteered to help.  We let them cool in the fridge over night and came back in the morning to decorate, where I enlisted the help of my guy and my cousin who had also gone to culinary school and was trained in the arts of decorating for the masses.


Real Men Frost Cupcakes


Devil's Food Cake with Oreo Buttercream
White Cake with Strawberry Buttercream 


Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 
Cupcake Display (created by Taylor)


Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

I found a recipe online for raspberry buttercream frosting and used strawberries instead. The only problem was that the recipe was too runny to frost the cupcakes with so we had to double the butter and God only knows how much powdered sugar was added.  I'm going to post the recipe as I made it originally, but make sure you have extra sugar and butter so you can bring it to your desired stiffness.

Ingredients:

  •  1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pureed strawberries
Directions:

beat the ingredients together, adding sugar and butter until mixed well and you have your desired consistency.  The finished product tastes like a strawberry milkshake and is delicious whether its topping a cupcake or straight out of the batter bowl



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cream Cheese Cherry Pie Crumb Bar

so one night this week my friend had an excess of tasty dessert treats (I'm not sure how that happens, will power that I don't have perhaps) and I picked them up on the way home (because again, not going to turn down free treats)... Oh.My.God. so worth the calories... these were amazing little squares of awesome. Try them at your own risk (to your waistline).

She found the recipe at Brown Eyed Baker and you can see the link to the recipe here. But for your baking convenience, and mine, I thought it would be great to post it here.


this photo is from the
Brown Eyed Baker's Site

INGREDIENTS:

For the Crumb:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 egg
For the Filling:
24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 (21-ounce) cans cherry pie filling
For the Powdered Sugar Glaze (optional):
½ cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
2. Make the Crumb: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter, and then the egg (the dough will be crumbly). Press half of dough into the prepared pan and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until light golden brown. Set on a wire rack to cool.
3. Make the Filling: In a separate large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Using an offset spatula, spread the cream cheese mixture into an even layer over the crust. Spoon the cherry pie filling in an even layer over the cream cheese mixture. Crumble the remaining dough evenly over the cherry layer.
4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top is light golden brown. Cool completely before adding the glaze.
5. Make the Powdered Sugar Glaze (if using): In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, cream and vanilla extract. Add more cream if you want a thinner glaze, or more powdered sugar if you want a thicker glaze. Drizzle over the bars and allow to set.
6. The bars can be served at room temperature or chilled. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Death by Carrot Cake

My last post was the recipe for this cake, it is an old family recipe that my Aunt Josephine used to make. You can find it here if you want to try your hand at it yourself, it's delicious, and that's coming from someone who isn't especially fond of carrot cake.

Anyway, I had promised my boyfriend that I'd make him whatever cake he wanted (stupidly assuming he'd pick something super easy like chocolate cake) and he told me his favorite cake is carrot cake.  I popped off with "Awesome, I have an old family recipe that's been passed down for years, I haven't made it myself yet, but everyone really seems to like it, I'll make that."  I then went home, looked at the recipe, and panic ensued. I even called my mom so that she could virtually pat my head and tell me everything would be okay, that this cake was well within my skill levels.

Still the following thoughts wouldn't stop racing through my head:

1. While I have baked and decorated dozens of cakes over the years, I've never made one completely from scratch.  I always use a boxed cake mix as a base and doctor the recipe to get a homemade taste/texture.
2. This recipe in INVOLVED and has a TON of ingredients.
3. I would be baking in his kitchen which is known to have a VERY temperamental oven.
4. I have developed a reputation among friends and family of being THE BAKER, and he is well aware of it, he's known about my rep longer than he's known me.
5. Boyfriend is a culinary school graduate chef.

No pressure right?

So I packed up all my gear and took it to his house. Have Kitchen Aid (TM) will travel. Sunday morning dawned and I got up to get my inner kitchen goddess on, and learned right away that the oven did indeed suck balls.

First I couldn't get it to preheat to the temp I needed it to be, so I cranked the dial to 500, and it grudgingly raised to 350 (score, that's just where I wanted it), I flipped the dial to "bake" and the heat element turned off and the temperature dropped to 200 degrees. Fail.

Then while I was mixing all the ingredients, I realized when I got to the end on the instructions I still had a few ingredients that never made it into the bowl... turns out I skipped a couple lines on the recipe... anxiously called my mom, and again she virtually patted me on the head and told me it was fine, just put them in at the end. So if you do make the cake, order of operations isn't super important, it'll still turn out okay.

Back to the oven... I put it back on preheat, and figured that was fine... and popped the cake on the center rack, it wasn't 10 minutes later the kitchen is full of smoke (and only my nose detected it, not the smoke detector) and the top of the cake was black. I was really concerned because the cake was supposed to take 90 minutes to bake.  I rip it out of the oven and start poking around at it, nearly crying, but was hopeful when I discovered only the top 1/4 inch was charred. I started peeling off the blackened portion and sent the BF a frantic text about ruining the cake and hating his oven.  He gave me some pointers and left work to come to my rescue (or maybe his shift was over and he was on his way anyway, I like to think he was concerned for my mental health and raced home).

Meanwhile, I went all Swatter Ninja and started killing the hoard of flies that had infiltrated the house over the weekend. It was a way to be productive and to take out my frustration all at the same time. Plus who likes to be in a house full of flying insects? Not me. I also took a pumice stone to the bathtub and got all the bachelor pad grit off. What? When I'm stressed I obsessively clean things. I blame my mother, she does the same thing.  

Turns out I should have been using the bottom oven, not the top... and once I had the cake in the right place (who knew?) everything turned out fine.  I won't lie and tell you that I didn't at least once or twice fantasize about tossing the entire cake, pan and all out into the street and just watch it roll down the hill... maybe get hit by the neighbor's truck and splat everywhere. There were a few dark moments.

Luckily, once the cake was baked, cooled, and frosted it was DELICIOUS and a big hit with everyone who tried it.  So it was completely worth the struggles I faced making it.  I would definitely make it again, just maybe in someone else's oven, or you know, just use the functional oven now that I know which one it is.

This may not have been the prettiest cake I've ever made, but the fact that I made it from scratch, burned part of it, and that it still came out awesome (tasting)... it really might be the one I'm most proud of.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Aunt Josphine's Carrot Cake



Aunt Josephine’s Carrot Cake


Cake Ingredients:
3 Cups Packed Shredded Carrots
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple drained (save juice)
3 cups unsifted all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
5 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup chopped raisins 
Frosting Ingredients:
½ cup Butter
1 Box Powdered Sugar
8 Ounces Cream Cheese
4 Tablespoons pineapple juice


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour cake pan
Combine carrots and lemon juice in small bowl
Squeeze as much juice as possible from pineapple
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, & allspice in bowl.
Beat in oil until blended
Mix in carrots
Beat eggs in one at a time
Stir in vanilla, coconut, nuts, raisins, and pineapple until well blended
Pour batter into prepared pan
Bake 1 1/2 hours or until cake springs back from sides of pan
Cool cake on wire rack for 5 minutes 
Remove from pan and cool
Beat together all frosting ingredients until smooth and cover top of cake when cooled.


SIDE NOTE:  I chopped some of the left over walnuts from the bag and toasted coconut to top the cake, I think it was one of the best decisions (baking wise) I've ever made... it was AMAZING and possibly my favorite part of eating it. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Aunt Josephine's Chili Colorado

Aunt Josephine's Chili Colorado

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tri-tip cut into bite sized pieces (if tri-tip is unavailable in your area, stew meat will work as well)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-6 cloves of garlic, chopped 
  • Stewed tomatoes (14 oz)
  • Tomato sauce (14 oz)
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1/8th Worcestershire Sauce
The following ingredients are optional, and super tasty, my mom has added them to it after making it so many times through the years
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 small can herdez salsa (or whatever your favorite salsa is)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low all day

Can also be cooked on the stove top, takes 90 minutes to two hours to simmer. 

Serve:

with refried beans, cheese, tortillas, and any of your favorite Mexican side dishes. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Pismo Beach, in black and white








Last week my best friend and I took a walk on the beach with the intent of getting some great landscape photos for my mom to hang in her new office.... sadly the marine layer was extremely thick, and due to an operator error on my camera a lot of the photos I took were seriously blurry (lessons learned people, if the image is blurry AND your lens is clean, your camera MAY possibly in the wrong setting for the scene).  Out of the 30+ I took that night, these were the best.

I feel like the black and white made the details pop so much better than the color images.  In color they looked dreary and sad because the lighting was depressing, but in black and white they look so much more alive.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Guilty Pleasures - Summer 2014 Playlist



Whether you're working on that base tan by the pool or seaside, this could be the soundtrack to your summer, 2 and a half hours of music that brings back memories of days/years gone by... or are so terrible you're embarrassed to admit that you kind of dig it. It's okay, plug in your earbuds and no one will know you're still grooving to NKOTB, the Backstreet Boys, and that you're still spicing up your life with the Spice Girls.

You can listen to the playlist in it's entirety on Spotify here.

Taylor Swift – 22
Train – 50 Ways to Say Goodbye
Prince – 1999
Green Day – 2000 Light Years Away
Britney Spears – ...Baby One More Time
98Âș – Because Of You
Taylor Swift – Bette Davis Eyes - Live/2011
Meredith Brooks – Bitch
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast at Tiffany's
Weezer – Buddy Holly
N Sync – Bye Bye Bye
Blondie – Call Me
Miley Cyrus – Can't Be Tamed
Hole – Celebrity Skin
Fiona Apple – Criminal
Sophie B. Hawkins – Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover
Hole – Doll Parts
Elton John – Don't Go Breaking My Heart
Glee Cast – Don't You Want Me (Glee Cast Version)
Taylor Swift – Drops Of Jupiter - Live/2011
Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen
Debbie Gibson – Electric Youth
Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
The Bangles – Eternal Flame
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - Extended Version
Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
Taylor Swift – Forever & Always
Gin Blossoms – Found Out About You
Christina Aguilera – Genie in a Bottle
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way
Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations
New Kids On The Block – Hangin' Tough
Train – Hey, Soul Sister
Nelly – Hot In Herre
John Mellencamp – Hurts So Good
Audioslave – I Am The Highway
Lisa Loeb – I Do
Tiffany – I Think We're Alone Now
Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
N Sync – I Want You Back - Radio Edit
Cassadee Pope – I Wish I Could Break Your Heart
Bill Medley – (I've Had) The Time of My Life
Vanilla Ice – Ice Ice Baby
Britney Spears – If U Seek Amy - Remastered
Whitesnake – Is This Love
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
Bon Jovi – Livin' On A Prayer
Kelly Clarkson – Long Shot
The B-52's – Love Shack
Selena Gomez & The Scene – Love You Like A Love Song
Madonna – Lucky Star
Hole – Malibu
The Bangles – Manic Monday
Hanson – MMMBop - Single Version
Counting Crows – Mr. Jones
Blondie – One Way Or Another - 2001 - Remaster
Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains
Hootie & The Blowfish – Only Wanna Be With You
Britney Spears – Oops!...I Did It Again
Paula Abdul – Opposites Attract
Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Incubus – Pardon Me
Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.
New Kids On The Block – Please Don't Go Girl
Lady Gaga – Poker Face
Backstreet Boys – Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
Prince & The Revolution – Raspberry Beret
UB40 – Red Red Wine - 12'' Version
Good Charlotte – Riot Girl
Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
Fiona Apple – Shadowboxer
Cyndi Lauper – She Bop
BeyoncĂ© – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Fiona Apple – Sleep To Dream
R.E.M. – Stand
Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories – Stay
Spice Girls – Stop
Eddie Money – Take Me Home Tonight
a-ha – Take On Me
N Sync – Tearin' up My Heart - Original Radio Edit
Brandy – The Boy Is Mine - Duet With Monica
Maroon 5 – This Love
Elton John – Tiny Dancer
Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
Spice Girls – Wannabe - Radio Edit
Miley Cyrus – We Can't Stop
Green Day – Welcome To Paradise
blink-182 – What's My Age Again?
Green Day – When I Come Around
Shakira – Whenever, Wherever
Billy Idol – White Wedding - Part 1 - Edit
Britney Spears – Womanizer - Remastered
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball
Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me
New Kids On The Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)

UPDATE:
also, if you're into Spotify, keep checking back, I've been adding songs to the playlist fairly regularly.