Sunday, January 26, 2014

Zombies 2.0: A Musical Year in Review

It's time to post my musical review of last year, last year's playlist was called "Zombie Nights Year 1" in honor of weekly "The Walking Dead" viewings, so keeping with that theme, here is Zombies 2.0.

You can listen to the playlist in it's entirety here Spotify Playlist, or individual songs as listed.

Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers – This Life :This year I was introduced to Jax Teller and the rest of the Sons of Anarchy, needless to say it was love at first sight.
Taylor Swift – 22 :okay, really the parody of this song about being 32 should be here instead of Taylor's version, BUT this song always makes me tap my toes and sing along "You don't know about me, but I bet you want to!!"
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax :Derek! You almost killed the Microneasion Prime Minister! Because there's always room for Zoolander.
The Goo Goo Dolls – Come To Me :This year one of my really good friends got married, and this was a song that really spoke to her, and it made it onto her wedding playlist. Plus the GooGoo Dolls are amazing and really earned their spot on this list.
V V Brown – Shark In The Water :never yell shark at the beach or fire in a crowded room... but sometimes a shark is disguised as a sexy man and you never know when he's going to take a big chunk of flesh from your heart and leave you chumming the waters...
Bloodhound Gang – No Hard Feelings :because really, it's NOT my job to fuck you on your birthday. #sorrynotsorry
Donna Summer – She Works Hard For The Money :so you better treat us right.
Hootie & The Blowfish – Only Wanna Be With You :Have you seen the movie Ted? If you haven't stop what you're doing and see it immediately. #AEIOU
Salt-N-Pepa – Shoop :Girls, what's my weakness? MEN!
INXS – Elegantly Wasted :there's really no other way to get wasted, am I right?
Sheryl Crow – Easy :this song just reminds me of summer time and working on my tan whether it be beachside, poolside, or in my own backyard.
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It :I'm kind of buzzed and it's all because...
TLC – Waterfalls :this song was the soundtrack to the 4th of July last year, while I was chasing fireworks :-)
Cake – Short Skirt/Long Jacket :because we're fast, thorough, and sharp as tacks
Jay-Z – Big Pimpin' :this song reminds me of the girls weekend at the Double Tree Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara... we were able to be Big Pimpin' without having to spend the Gs
Save Ferris – Come On Eileen :at this moment, you mean EVERYTHING to me.
Loverboy – Working For The Weekend - Remastered 2006 :aren't we all?
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody :Party on Wayne, Party on Garth.

Martha Stewart's Chewy Cherry Chunk Cookies

a few years back my mom found this recipe on and they've been a hit ever since, I logged onto her site today and saw that the recipe has slightly changed from the one I'm about to post.  I'm sure the new version is delicious but this is the one I made.

Makes between 10 large or 36 small cookies

1 cup dried cherries (I cut them in half)
1 stick unsalted softened butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional... I chose not to use them)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees with one rack in top third and bottom rack in bottom third of oven. Line baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine:
    • butter
    • brown sugar
    • granulated sugar
  • Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy (roughly 2 minutes)
  • Scrape down sides of the bowl, add
    • egg
    • vanilla extract
  • Beat to combine, add
    • flour
    • baking soda
    • salt
  • Once combined, add
    • cherries
    • white chocolate
    • milk chocolate
    • pecans
  • Batter should be stiff
  • Use large (2 1/2 ounce) or small ( 1 1/4 ounce) ice cream scoop (I used the medium sized Pampered Chef batter scoop) to form balls of dough about 4 inches apart on a baking sheet (I was able to fit nine per sheet).
  • Bake until golden and just set, rotating the sheets halfway through to ensure even browning (I found 7 minutes on each rack was perfect), the recipe itself says 12 minutes for small cookies, 15 for large.
  • Transfer sheets to a wire rack to cool for about 5 minutes before transferring cookies to rack.
  • Store in an airtight container, recipe says they'll last a week... but I think they'll be long gone before the week is up.
  • Transfer sheets

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dream State Escalate: 43

I know, I KNOW, it's been months since I've kept track of my dreams... and that doesn't mean I haven't been dreaming, it's just been more that once I wake up and am coherent enough to log them, they're so jumbled and fuzzy that I don't remember enough to post. They're weird as all get out, but I'm just left with a lingering feeling of WTF with no real explanations.

Then there are the horribly typical dreams of teeth falling out that everyone has and I just don't feel like posting those.

Last night/this morning made me want to write.

DIERKS BENTLEY was playing in concert in my parents' dining room. FOR REALS. I had won a "Kitchen Concert" contest and that meant that I could invite as many people as I could fit in the house to hang out with Dierks and he'd play music, tell stories, and just be AWESOME all day.

The only draw back was I couldn't decide what to wear and I missed a bit of the show because I kept changing my clothes/shoes/make up...

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Post For The New Year

First and foremost, I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Year's Eve.  I hope that if you're the type to make resolutions that you are able to keep them throughout the year. I hope that if there are other holidays you celebrate this time of year that you were surrounded by loved ones and that you were able to make many great memories.

This year I haven't decided on any concrete resolutions. I mean there's always the one about working out more and eating less junk food, getting out and taking lots of photos, and embarking on lots of adventures. I figure two out of three of those will be easily doable, and one will take a swift kick in the pants.  I'll let you draw your own conclusions.

Monarch Grove, Pismo State Beach, December 2013
2013 was an interesting year.  I spent lots of time with some good friends, I had the opportunity to watch one of my closest friends fall in love and get married, found out that another friend of mine will be expecting her first child this spring, spent a weekend in Santa Barbara at the fabulous Fess Parker Double Tree Resort, went to a gallery opening with my cousins in Los Angeles, attended the Dallas Cowboy's training camp in Oxnard, fell in love with the TV show Sons of Anarchy, went to a couple of concerts, read some good books, shelved some less than good ones, and posted more here on the blog than EVER before.  Yes there have been some frustrations and times that were less awesome than others, but I have to say looking back at all the fun I've had, the good definitely outweighs the bad.

2014 hasn't exactly started out with a bang, so far I've been sick all year (thank goodness it's only the 2nd), but maybe I can get this out of the way now and have a healthy and fantastic year to come.  There should be quite a few changes at work, so it should make things more interesting, at the very least it will keep things from getting monotonous.

I hope to keep up the pace from last year and post frequently, whether that be with photos, recipes, or whatever comes to mind. Stay tuned.