Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Salsa // Love & Recipes

First of all, I have to tell you that I LOVE salsa.  
It's not that I just sort of like it or that I'm just a fan.  
I seriously LOVE it.
Like I would marry it.
Weird but you know what I mean.
It's really serious.  
I could and do eat it every day.  
It's the little things in life, ya know?  :)
Okay.  So. Now that we're clear, I'll move on from my soap box.  
After years of eating the jarred stuff on the regular, I wanted a change.
I googled and I googled.  
Nothing seemed right for me.
That was until I found this beautiful recipe by The Pioneer Woman.
She is fantastic, by the way, in case you don't know.
The first time I made this deliciousness I was sold.
I went and bought a food processor specifically for salsa making.  
So here it is...
(adapted from Pioneer Woman // original recipe here)

1 can (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes With Juice
2 cans (10 Ounce) Rotel (diced Tomatoes And Green Chilies)
1/4 cup Chopped Onion
1 clove Garlic, Minced
2 jalapenos, sliced 
about 1/4 teaspoon Sugar
about 1/4 teaspoon Salt
about 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
one whole bundle of Cilantro
1/2 whole Lime Juice
*sometimes I add a handful of frozen pineapple tidbits for good measure :)

Drain tomatoes & Rotel.
Mix everything together in a large bowl.
Process in a food processor 10 to 15 seconds. 
That's it folks.  

Monday, August 8, 2011

Just a note...

I am so excited about next Monday because...
my best friend gets back from her summer in China!
She's been doing an internship & just exploring the country.
I can't wait to hear all about it!  

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

the happy list //
things to do when you're upset

Call a friend.  Don't text, Facebook or use Twitter this time.  Reach out and touch someone.

Sing really loud.  At the top of your lungs.  In your car, in public, at home, just do it!

 Take a lesson from Elonzo.  You should write a letter to a friend.  Use a stamp and everything.

Watch a marathon of your favorite show.  For me, that's Gilmore Girls, what's it for you?

 Take a bubble bath.  Breathe in deep, sink in and relax.

Go see a band you love.  Bonus points for a band with great energy, like Man Man.

Listen to your favorite album.  All day if you must.  I listened to I and Love and You all day yesterday.  Great results.  ;)

Change your ringtone to a friend's infectious laughter.  For me, that person is Zac McBee.

Hug your friends.  

Do something fun with your hair.  You can always undo it later if you want.

Plan a party with a ridiculous theme.  Enjoy every last detail.

Pick up an instrument.  Whether you can play it or not, have fun with it.  Ukeleles are awesome for that.

Watch an old movie.  Preferably in black and white.  

Dance around your living room.  In your undies.  Sing in your hairbrush. 

Jump up and down on the bed.  You're a rebel!

Plan an extravagant trip that you may or may not go on.  Learn things about a new city.

Fly a kite.  Better yet, have a kite flying contest.

Hula hoop yourself silly.  Listen to the Beach Boys while you do it. 

Pull an Otis Redding.  Sit on the dock of the bay.  Really, anywhere near water.  There's something calming about it.

Write a fan letter.  Let the person know why they inspire you/why you love them.

Go to the record store.  Give yourself a limit.  $10, $20, whatever.  Find something new to you or something with positive memories.  Turn it up!

Listen to Huey Lewis sing "Heart & Soul."  Clap even.  (I may or may not be saying this because I happen to be doing this at work right now!!!)

Buy a new lip product.  Chapstick, lipstick, stain, gloss, balm, liner, whatever.  Pick your poison and rock it proudly.  

Get a fountain drink.  Mix all your faves.  Relish it.  Name it.  Enjoy it.

 Dress as a character for a day.  Laugh at the reactions you get.  The more props you can utilize, the better.

Grab a friend and do a photo shoot.  Props, costumes, makeup, hair, the whole shebang.  Do it up!  Make Elton John proud of you.  Laugh until your side hurts at the end result.

♥ Might as well face it you're awesome!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Milkjug Monday:
Kenni Falls


Kenni Falls was born and raised in Ventura, Caifornia
 and moved to North Carolina in 2002. 
She plays solo and also with her band, The Lesser Pauls around Charlotte.


Isaac Stroupe & Kenni Falls, Eye Rhyme 

Kenni is one of my absolute favorites anywhere.
In Eric's words, Kenni's music is both "funky" & "fresh".
I completely agree.  
Her voice is really very distinctive.
The structures of her songs are very avant garde.
The real treat when you go see her is her amazing voice.  
I, for one, am mesmerized by her breathy, warbly voice.
Listen to "Machines" on her Reverb Nation.  

Monday, January 10, 2011

Milkjug Monday:
Dylan Gilbert


Raised in a musical family, Dylan Gilbert grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina writing and performing original music at an early age. His influences include indie pop, folk, jazz, British rock and experimental music (among others). He has released 2 full length albums, an EP, numerous digital albums and performed over 300 shows since late 2005 from Georgia to New York. His live shows vary from lively solo shows (accompanied by pedal effects and various noise makers) to full band performances. Dylan is a unique songwriter, musician and singer with a style that's original and all his own. Dylan's fourth album "Pangaea" was released in June 2010 followed by an East Coast Tour!



Video for "My Name is Arthur"

What can I say?
Dylan Gilbert is fantastic.
Do yourself a favor and listen to "Isabella" when you go to ReverbNation.
Told ya.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Typography Tuesday

All images via weheartit.
I couldn't find the links to the originals.  :(  
Does anyone know how to do that?

Today my day is devoted to burning/printing Little District cds.
I'm also trying to get a lot of house stuff done.  
I doubt I'll be able to get everything finished but I'll try.
All I can do is keep breathing.
Is it bad I am listening to Ingrid Michaelson while burning other music?

Angelina's coming over later & I'm making dinner.
She's moving this weekend to Boone.
Sad but happy times.  :)

This week is going to be crazy busy but hopefully pretty memorable!!!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Milkjug Monday:
Skeleton Kednig


Skeleton Kednig is a new project from former Orsons co-songwriter Chris Steude. Steude has also been a member of several Charlotte area bands in addition to the Orsons, such as Sandcrawler, the Vel-Crows and Attila's Honey, as well as a solo artist since 2006. 

After a year of recording, Steude released his new CD "Immolation" in January 2010 with a full band behind him. Featured on the CD are members of the bands Elonzo and Sandcrawler, as well as producer and New York anti-folk musician Grey Revell, Producer of Paleface's "The Show is on the Road" 

"Immolation" is Skeleton Kednig's second release, after the limited release of "the Solitude Session" in April of 2009.


*Go to Reverb Nation & listen to "When I Go".  
You'll be glad you did.
Skeleton Kednig is the newest band from one of our favorite people.
Steude aka "The Reverend" writes AMAZING storytelling songs.