Music to my ears

I love to listen to music. I mean who doesn’t? Music makes my life a whole lot better. I can use it to change my mood or to reflect how I’m feeling. I like to play music and sing too. It makes me feel good. When I sing I mostly sing Adele and Christina Aguilera. They both have such beautiful voices and heart-felt songs. Plus their songs are fun to belt out when you are home alone. When I listen to music it’s mostly alternative. Muse is my favorite band. I have all of their albums and I’m going to one their concerts in March. I’m so freaking excited it’s almost hard to keep for screaming every time I think about it!! I like to listen to Metric, Vampire Weekend, Matt & Kim, Santigold, and other stuff like that. Also, I like to listen to some of the new hits from like Bruno Mars or Nick Minaj, songs on the pop radio station. They have some good songs but then you hear them every 5 minutes and they get on your nerves as would almost any song if you heard it every 5 minutes. There are some songs that I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of such as “Down with the Trumpets” by Rizzle Kicks and “Kangaroo Court” by the Capital Cities. Those songs just make you want to drop everything and dance. I think moments like that are what keeps me going some days. They make me smile and make me forget about everything that is happening in my life.

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I love taquitos! They are filled with meat and are fried. That is a glorious combination. I found a recipe for Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos. And let me tell ya. They were awesome! I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for awhile now and I am completely satisfied with the results. The were totally worth the wait.

I got this recipe from CinnamonSpiceAndEveryThingNice.com. Feel free to check it out and see what other goodies it has!
Ingredients:
3 cups cooked shredded chicken
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sour cream
1/2 cup salsa
1 + 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 + 1/2 cups chopped baby spinach, stems removed
coarse salt and fresh black pepper, to taste
9 – 10 (6-inch) flour tortillas
vegetable or canola oil, for frying
I made mine without the spinach because I am not really a spinach fan. In my opinion they turned out just fine without the spinach.
Directions:
  • In a large bowl mix together the chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, salsa, cheddar and spinach. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Working with one tortilla at a time spread 2 heaping tablespoons of the chicken mixture off center and spread out like a log. Roll up and set seam side down on a platter. Repeat until all the tortillas are filled and rolled.
  • Add enough oil to a large skillet to generously cover the bottom. Heat on medium to medium-low heat, cook tortillas in batches, turning to brown each side. Remove to paper towels to drain.
  • Serve with your choice of dunking sauce.

Make it work!

Last Thursday was the season premiere of Project Runway but this season has a new twist. It’s Project Runway Teams. This means that every challenge is a team challenge. There are two permanent teams and each challenge one person from the losing team is sent home. I’m thinking this could get really interesting. If one team is better than the other, the other team could get whittled down to no one and then you are left with only one team. That is what I call exciting!! I can’t wait to see what happens. I also think that this season could have A LOT more drama because the whole team situation. They have always brought drama in the past but every challenge is a team challenge so there will definitely be more this season. This new twist gives the viewers a break from the same old stuff, but I can’t help think about how the designers must feel. I think I’d be a little pissed off if I were them. I wouldn’t want my ideas and talent to be influenced so much by other people. Some team challenges are okay but all teams challenges seems like it would be too much for me. Although it is good practice for the designers to work in teams because they would most likely have to do that in the real world anyway. I have mixed feelings about this new twist.

Besides the team aspect of this season of Project Runway, I think the designers are very good. There is a wide range of styles that will really make this season even more interesting. Based off of what I saw on the first challenge and the designers’ auditions, I can tell there are many very talented people and the judges really have their work cut out for them. Speaking of the judges….Micheal Kors is not on this season!! Oh no! Whatever shall we do! Have no fear because Zach Posen is here. That was kind of cheesy. Sorry about that. Apparently Kors will be back for the finale though so fingers crossed! And like always there is the beautiful Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and good old Tim Gunn.

So far I think I like Joseph Segal because he makes interesting things. They aren’t necessarily my style but he has a certain querkiness that catches my attention. Plus he seems fun and he has cool glasses. I might like Kate Pankoke because she makes cute clothes with a vintage flare. This style is very in right now and it appeals to my taste in fashion.  I also like Samantha Black because she uses lots of bright colors and I liked the outfit she was wearing so that makes me think she knows what she’s doing. Richard Hallmarq, Layana Aguilar, and Tu Suthiwat Nakchat seem like people I will like as well.

Stay tuned to see all the drama and fashion on Lifetime. I can’t wait!!

Banana Chocolate Chip Continued

Last week I talked about a recipe that I found for Banana Chocolate Chip Doughnuts. Well today I finally made them and they turned out pretty good! It was my first time making doughnuts so I didn’t really know what to expect. The recipe, which you can get from this website, says to use a doughnut making pan. Instead of that I used a doughnut maker. It’s like a waffle iron with six little doughnut molds. The doughnuts only took about three minutes to bake so that was a plus. I also took the advice from the recipe and put the batter into a plastic bag, cut off the corner, and squeezed the batter out into the molds. This took a few doughnuts to master but I got the hang of it pretty quickly and I was cranking out doughnuts like a pro. Maybe not quite like a pro but you caught my drift. The doughnuts were coming pretty fast. Another thing I did differently from the recipe was not use the cinnamon sugar topping. I made some and found out that I actually like the doughnuts better with out it. That is just my opinion of course so you may love them with the topping. The choice is yours! Over all, my first doughnut making experience was a success.

Next up on my list of food to do’s: Chicken and Cream Cheese Taquitos AND Ham and Egg Crepe Squares! Keep your eyes peeled:)

Banana Chocolate Chip Doughnuts

I found another recipe while I was happily scrolling through all of the wonderful pictures on Pinterest. You have probably already guessed what this recipe is for from the title of this blog post. If you haven’t then you may be pretty slow in the head. LOL I’m sorry if I just offended you but you have to agree with me, right? I better clear this up before this gets confusing. The recipe is for Banana Chocolate Chip Doughnuts!! Yummy yummy in my tummy. I was so excited to find this recipe because I love all three of those things. Banana= good. Chocolate=Amazing. Doughnuts=delicious. And the recipe seems healthier than other doughnuts, but they are doughnuts all the same so I guess we will have to enjoy them in moderation. I can’t wait to make these and see how they turn out!

Recipe is from Janie’sKitchen.com

Ingrediants:

  • 1 cup Mashed Ripe Banana (Roughly 2 small bananas)
  • 1/2 cup Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt (I use 0% Fage)
  • 1/4  cup Unsalted Butter (Melted)
  • 2 Eggs (Room Temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Spelt White Flours (You can also use AP Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips (I used 1/2 dark chocolate chips and 1/2 milk chocolate chips)

Topping:    Optional

  • 1/4 cup Raw Cane Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
  • Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, blend the mashed banana, sugar and yogurt.
  • Add melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix together.
  • Add flour, baking power, baking soda, and salt to the batter and mix until just incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • Using a spatula, mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop the batter into a zip lock bag and seal shut. Cut the bottom corner of one side of the ziplock bag to create a homemade piping bag.
  •  Grease your doughnut making pan and fill 3/4 of the way with batter.
  • Optional: coat doughnuts with cinnamon sugar topping
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool before eating.

LBD

After many months of searching, I have finally become a real girl and now have my own LBD. That’s right! Little Black Dress!! I’m so excited to start wearing it. Come on spring. Come faster! I guess I could wear it before hand, but it would definitely be cold. Especially since the wind chill tomorrow is supposed to be -25 degrees. Buuurrrrrr!!!!!! I’ll take this into consideration  for sure. Well anyway, I can wear this dress with just about anything. It has a peplum shape to it. Fitted at the top and forms an a-line from the waist down. I think this shape can work for many body types because it shows off your waist, which is the skinniest part of your body, and floats away from the waist hiding potential “trouble spots” on the lower half of the body. I got my dress from Express for only $40 which is a great price in my eyes. I snatched it up real quick and proceeded to the check out counter to make that beauty mine.

Since this dress is plain, I can wear it with basically anything. I can can dress it up by wearing my leopard print belt, leopard print heels, and my pink blazer. Add some bling or a chunky necklace and I’m set for a night on the town. I could even wear this dress to a school dance. If I pair it with the right shoes and accessories and fix up my hair, I’ll be ready to dance the night away! I think I just might do this, that way I can save money by not having to go out and by a new dress that I’d probably only wear once.

I could also dress this dress down and have a more casual look. I can throw a denim jacket over top and wear some gladiators and a pair of sunglasses, and I’m  ready to hang out with my friends on a beautiful spring day. I could wear a cardigan, a vest, or even a sweater with it. The possibilities are endless!! Well maybe not endless…..a poncho would probably look pretty ridiculous. So let me rephrase that. The possibilities are almost endless!!

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

There has been a reocurring theme in my life lately and I think that it is sigificant enough to share it with you. I’m positive that you have had to come to terms with situations similar to mine and move on in your life and hope for the best.

Exhibit A: For Christmas and for a long time before that, I wanted a kitten. Yes, I have a cat. I love him dearly and I find him utterly adorable, but he isn’t the most playful or cuddly of cats. I want a kitten AND a cat. I want a little buddy who wants to cuddle and wants my almost constant attention. I say almost constant attention because I am very busy with school work and can’t afford to be interrupted too much. I wouldn’t get anything done if I was. I never really expected to get a kitten for Christmas, but there was always that slight hope that my parents would give in or that they were trying to make me think that I wasn’t going to get a kitten so then I’d be really surprised when I actually did get one. Well, turns out, as you’ve probably guessed, I didn’t get a kitten. Of course I was disappointed, but not too disappointed since I wasn’t planning on actually receiving a sweet little kitten for Christmas.

Exhibit B: I have this orchestra concert coming up next weekend and I have to audition for my chair. I was thinking that I could really work hard and get that music down pat so I could rock my audition and get a great placement in the orchestra. To my disadvantage and discomfort, I developed tendonitis. My wrists get tired and sore and it hurts me plays a lot. This has affected how much I have been practicing and therefore I do not believe I will get as good of a chair as I had hoped. I know what you are probably thinking. “She shouldn’t think like that. She should be more confident. If she thinks like that she will never do as well as she wants.” Well yes you are partly right, but in this case I am more right. I needed to practice a lot and I didn’t so that’s pretty much that. I’ll still try my hardest of course and hope for the best. Wish me luck!

Exhibit C: I wanted to hang out with my friends this weekend. I asked them a whole week ahead of time to make sur they had no prior plans. They all were free enough that my plans would work. As the day got closer and closer I asked one of my friends who had a conflict with his dad if he was able to go. He replied saying that he would work on convincing his dad to let him go. The day finally rolled around and my friend was still trying to convince his dad. It soon became clear to me that these plans were not going to happen. I was seriously disappointed, especially because I had been planning this day for a week. You might be wondering why I just didn’t go without him. Well I didn’t want to go without him and some other things didn’t play out quite right and my plans were ruined.

These may be somewhat insignificant examples, but not to me. These things were/are important to me. I just have to take it all in and sing just as The Rolling Stones sang, “You can’t always get what you want.”

Monkey Bread!!

IF YOU HAVEN’T EVER HAD MONKEY BREAD, YOU NEED TO WRITE THIS RECIPE DOWN RIGHT NOW AND MAKE IT!!!! YOU ARE MISSING OUT!

Sorry about the capital letters, but I felt they were necessary to get your attention. Even if you have had Monkey Bread before you need this recipe.

You will need…

4 tubes of biscuits, quartered

1   1/3 cup of sugar

2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 cups of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Place quartered biscuits 2/3 cup of sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Shake to coat the biscuits. place the biscuit pieces in a greased bundt pan. Cook the remaining 2/3 cup of sugar, butter, and vanilla to a boil then pour it over the biscuits. Bake 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then invert it onto a platter.

Now eat up!! You’re not on a diet!!

Grand Ol’ Time

On Friday night I traveled to Moline, Illinois with my friend, her mom, and her mom’s friend. My friend and I were going to a Rascal Flatts concert at the iWireless Center while the other two were going to the casino. I’m not a big country fan and haven’t really ever been, but my friend needed someone to go with her. I told her that if she couldn’t find anyone that likes country to go with her that I would rough it out and go. She couldn’t find anyone else so I was her girl. When we got to the iWireless Center we passed through the “security check point” and headed upstairs. We found the place where the band merchandise was being sold and hopped in the long line. It wasn’t too long before we reached the front of the line and my friend perchased her Rascal Flatts t-shirt and sweatshirt. After that we went back downstairs to find our seats.

We were on the floor in row 22 on the right side. They were pretty good seats for the floor. The people in front of us were kind of tall but it wasn’t that big of a deal to me. Before long the first act came on stage. Her name was Kristen Kelly and she had a pretty darn good singing voice. She sang a few songs, “Ex Old Man” was my favorite, and then there was a break. My friend and I waited and took a picture for the Twitter screen that was up for everyone to send their tweets to. Pretty soon The Band Perry came out and sang about eight songs. I liked “If I Die Young” and “Better Dig Two.” Finally the main event, Rascal Flatts, came out on the stage. The crowd went wild and the real fun began. Rascal Flatts just had a better stage presence and inbetween songs they made little jokes and kept the crowd’s interest. They sang several songs, too many to count. For one of the songs the lead singer brought a girl from the crowd up on stage. She had down syndrome and she was dancing on stage with the band members and shaking everyone’s hands. It was so cute! Everyone was cheering for her and it was just a really special moment.

For me not being a country fan, I actually quite enjoyed the concert. Rascal Flatts was very good. I knew more of their songs than I originally thought so that made it more exciting for me. Also it was my first concert ever so the whole experience was great. It makes me even more excited to go to my Muse concert in March. I will be so dumbfounded it’s not even funny! I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!!

WHY?!?

There is this question that I ask myself daily when I’m at school. That question happens to be “What’s for lunch?” Everyday I receive a text from a friend that tells me the answer to this very question. I open it in the hopes that there is at least one thing I want to eat. Some days I am satisfied, usually Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, because there is usually something that I like. Monday is pasta bar day, Tuesdays have some good meals in the main line, and Wednesday always has Pizza Hut. These days are good days in the cafeteria. I walk down to the lunch room knowing I will enjoy what I’m about to ingest. It’s Thursday and Friday that I worry about. There never seems to be anything that sounds good to my ear. On these days I always get the same thing and don’t really enjoy them such as Potato Bowl or Walking Taco. I eat these meals only because I’m hungry and can actually bring myself to let them be digested by my body. I’m probably being an ungrateful little brat and taking for granted the food that is available to me. Actually, scratched that, I AM being an ungrateful little brat but I just don’t understand why some of the meals have to be so unappealing. The chicken is always that processed fake chicken with the weird texture. Sometimes I don’t really notice it, but other times it’s so noticeable that I can’t even eat it. It makes me feel sick and I feel bad that I don’t eat it. I know that schools have to buy cheap food so they can make school lunches affordable but is real chicken really that expensive? If there was one thing that I could change about school lunches it would be the chicken. It needs to be real in my opinion. Real chicken rocks. Fake chicken just does not even compare.