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.