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Thursday, June 30, 2011

A little laugh in the afternoon....




I found this yesterday on The 4 Crows and just had to share.

So perfectly funny.

Happy Social Media Day ♥

Musicians Even in Reality TV

I didn't watch The Voice this summer. I just didn't really have time. But I recorded it, just in case and flipped through the final performances yesterday... and immediately fell in love with Dia Frampton.

I remembered her from the auditions show (I watched the first 2 episodes and then lost interest) and was really happy to see her still around. Though, of course, we now know who won so I'm a little sad it wasn't her. But she caught my eye.

Here's her original song performance, "Inventing Shadows", which I instantly fell in love with:


I just adore her voice. It's very unique and perfect to my ears.

She's actually part of a band, Meg & Dia, with her sister, although they were dropped from their label. Maybe this will give them a little pick me up to continue with their music?

The girls at Warped Tour, Dia on Left

I just love finding musicians even in over-produced reality shows. Now I get to go buy some new music :)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What I'm Loving Today....

I'm loving this Wednesday link up! It's so amazing to see what other people are loving and sharing over at Pinterest ♥

Here's what caught my eye this week:

Stone Fired Pizza




This really cute tattoo




New art from Rachel at Inspired House of Wright



These adorable Screen-Print Cards



Lemons. Even on my Detox Diet I'm still not sick of lemons.

To see what others are loving, go over to This Kind of Love


&

To see what others are sharing on Pinterest go over to The Vintage Apple

AND

If you're like me & you like love Kate Spade, The Vintage Apple is having a Kate Spade giveaway you'll definitely want to check out :)


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June Baking: Peppermint Patty Brownies

I didn't bake this month for my 2011 To-Do List, because I had so many goodies thrown my way for my birthday & then I started this Lemon Cayenne Detox which doesn't exactly allow me to indulge in chocolate, cakes, or cookies.But I definitely ate my fair share of baked goods throughout the month. And my favorite was the new Peppermint Patty Brownies that C is bringing home from work.

While I can't get the Blue Baker's recipe for those Peppermint Patty Brownies, I can definitively find a good substitute online. And I have to share it with you :)



Peppermint Patty Brownies Recipe

Peppermint Patty Brownies RecipePhoto by: Taste of HomePeppermint Patty Brownies RecipeRating 4
87% would make again
In Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Clara Bakke adds a special ingredient to these sweet and fudgy brownies. A layer of mint patties provides the rich, refreshing surprise.
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Peppermint Patty Brownies Recipe
  • 24-30 Servings
  • Prep: 20 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
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Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extact
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (12 ounces) chocolate-covered peppermint patties

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Spread about two-thirds of the batter in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Arrange peppermint patties over top. Carefully spread remaining batter over patties. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (top will appear uneven). Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 to 2-1/2 dozen.



They look amazing, no? Once I'm off this Detox I'm definitely going to have a go and make some myself. Let me know if you try it out! I'll come over and eat some with you.

Two Became One


I had the delightful pleasure of going to a wedding of a complete stranger this past weekend. Yet I was part of  "Family" sort-of. It was an odd experience being asked to stay behind for a family photo shot, when I didn't even meet the bride (my cousin in law, I guess) until after the bouquet was thrown... and I never even met the groom.


It was an quaint, cozy reception between two people who have been together as long as C and I have. They're both High School sweethearts that went to college together, and are now moving on in the world together. Such a beautiful sight to see.


My sister-in-law Grace got promoted from Jr. Bridesmaid to Bridesmaid at the last minute. So she got to spend the whole weekend with girls 6 years older than her. And I think she fit right in. She looked absolutely beautiful walking down the isle and standing up front watching one of her friends get married.



And then there was the best part.... the moment I walked into the reception a Margarita was thrust into my hands. I asked one of the bartenders to marry me, because he kept bringing me drinks, but he said he was already married and then walked away and never came back my direction. It was worth a shot.



Wedding brochures tell you two things. One: What's going on. Two: How long you're going to be stuck there. I do have my favorite parts of the actual ceremony - watching the groom as the bride walks down the isle, seeing the couple awkwardly glance at each other the second they turn their backs on the crowd behind them, the moment the Maid of Honor gets to hold the Bride's bouquet, and of course the first kiss.


Ah wedding food. This was actually the best piece of chicken I'd ever had at a wedding. It was covered in artichokes and mushrooms, and served with green beans. It was actually pretty good. And we made the mistake of serving a Jalapeno corn bread muffin to a 3 year old. So that was awesome. She just spit it out and made a face and went on playing.


C hates weddings, dancing, and funny pictures. He's a great husband in other aspects and tried hard to understand our need for fun, but really he just stood there and let us do our thing around him. Maybe one day I'll convince him our wedding dance wasn't the last time he had to dance with me?



And finally, the obligatory "the whole family is here!" picture must always be taken at weddings. Even if you're actually missing 2 of the 7 member family. But we took it anyway.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer 2011: A Time for Change, Pt 3: Let's Get Started

I've officially started my 2011 Summer Goals by focusing first on #2: Get Healthy. And I'm kick-starting my weight-loss plan with the infamous Lemon-Cayenne Detox. I'm sort of nervous, but I've fasted in the past and know that I can make it. I am allowing myself raw fruits & vegetables during the next 10 days as well, since I read online that that's OK. (And if it's written online it must be true, right?)

Here's how to make the Detox:



Read more: How to Make Lemon Detox Diet | eHow.com 




So that's what I'll be doing. Most online sources all report that you're supposed to lose 10 pounds in 10 days, which would be a really nice start to this 10-week track I've put myself on.

Have you ever done this diet before?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Review: Bad Teacher

So we snuck away before the wedding on Saturday & went to the Alamo Draft House to have lunch and see Cameron Diaz's newest flick "Bad Teacher", which I had only heard described as "a boy's comedy." And while I'm not completely opposed to that overall description, I think it was a little less than that.


I'm going to start by saying that it wasn't great. I didn't laugh near as hard as I did watching "Bridesmaids"... and I honestly didn't cringe in disgust as much either.

I'm going to follow that up by saying that Cameron Diaz was totally on her game and did a fabulous job. I've always loved Cameron (except for in last year's "Knight & Day" which was just awful)... and she definitely stole the show for me. The girl's almost 40 and she's still drop-dead sexy. (Even though Phyllis Smith came in a close second as my favorite for those 2 hours.)

Cameron Diaz' unrepentant anti-heroine won't be to everybody's taste, 

but to viewers sick of being force-fed inspirational lessons 
who are looking to mentally flip the bird at authority, 
this will hit the spot. (E! Online)

Finally, I'm going to point out the numbers don't lie. The movie made $31 million its first weekend, only losing to Pixar's "Cars 2"... but not by much if you consider the fact that "Cars 2" was a 3-D Pixar sequel. The movie's a money-maker and will sure be commercial success.

The experts over at Rotten Tomatoes have pretty much gone 50/50 on the movie - giving it an overall rating of 46% while IMDb is giving it a rating of 6.1 out of 10. Overall not great, but also not awful. It's almost like it's just there.

And, oh yeah, Justin Timberlake's in it. But he's also just kind of there, as if he was bored one afternoon & just decided to show up to the studio to pal around with some buddies.

My grade: C+
DVD worthy? Maybe, but only if it was a really good deal
Award worthy? Nope.