Archive | October, 2012

tuesday tags (and the things)

30 Oct

Halloween Part I, complete! I love when Halloween falls in the middle of the week, because you essentially get two weekends worth of costumed debauchery. This past Saturday, Charlie and I went to a triple birthday/costume party at his cousin Becca’s house.

She did it right, ya’ll! There were decorations and finger food..not to mention a Dos XX keg and a margarita machine. Dos-a-ritas anyone? Yes please. Kegstands? Alright, fine. Everyone got super into it with their costumes! I loved it! Charlie and I dressed up as Thing 1 and Thing 2:

 

It was a little cold, so I was thankful that I was showing absolutely NO skin! Haha, the perks of getting older 😉

 

I got the iron-on Thing 1 and Thing 2 transfers from Top Iron Ons.. they have a HUGE selection and they arrived super quick. For the rest of my costume, I got my red leotard and capri leggings from American Apparel. My tutu is from Party City. My boot covers are totally homemade and lasted only as long as the party did! haha The wig and tophat were Amazon finds and they were both super cheap (that wig itched like hell though).

 

All in all, our costumes were a hit! On Wednesday, we have a costume contest at my office. Since I can’t bring Charlie to work with me (unfortunately, because I think that would be fun), I had to come up with a different costume. Stay tuned for the big reveal 😉

On to the good stuff! This week’s Tuesday Tags:

“Mushaboom” –Feist

“Stubborn Love” –Lumineers

“Sultans of Swing” –Dire Straits

“Champion” –The Chevin

“Get Gone” –White Arrows

“Optimistic” –Radiohead

“Waiting” –The Whigs

“The Underdog” -Spoon

“I Want You To (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To)” –Weezer

That’s all for today!

tuesday tags

23 Oct

Well folks, the costume has been perfected, the bridesmaids dress fittings have been scheduled, my wedding dress has arrived and all that’s left to do today is the weekly Tuesday Tag-fest. I found myself going through the music archives this week and busting out some sweet older tunes to throw into the mix of newer music. See what you think!

“Hang Me Up To Dry” –Cold War Kids

“Put the Gun Down” –ZZ Ward

“Where the Kids Are” –Blondfire

“Wild” –Royal Teeth

“Default” –Django Django (this is a fun one)

“Madness” –Muse…still hasn’t gotten old! We tried to figure out how we could use this as the song for our first dance… but all attempts at dancing without waving our arms around our heads were a fail.

“Free” –Twin Atlantic

“Black River Killer” –Blitzen Trapper

“Piano Man” –Billy Joel

“Sweet Disposition” –The Temper Trap

Sidenote — I was told that MySpace is making a comeback. Could this be true?!!!? My God, I would just love to reactivate and relive years 18-20….maybe not. Baha!

tuesday tags

16 Oct

Halloween is almost heeeeere!!! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! I love Halloween. Even though I’m a certifiable adult(ish), I love dressing up and throwing a few back during the first holiday of the season. Charlie, not so much. Actually, not at all. It has been HELL trying to convince him to even dress up! He’s a little Scrooge when it comes to Halloween. After throwing all of my wonderful couples costumes ideas out the window (Mario & Peach, Ringmaster & Lion –couldn’t do this one because my costume would include a whip which somehow shows ownership? who knows, but I love him–, Popeye & Olive Oyl), he finally agreed to dress up as Thing 1. That’s right. He will be wearing a red tshirt and a blue wig. And that’s it. Whomp Whomp Whomppppp! Luckily he makes up for his lack of Halloween fervor with like, a bunch of other awesome attributes. Pictures of our (amazing) costumes will be included in a later post, so keep your eyes peeled!

Now, on to this weeks Tuesday Tags:

If I Wanted Someone” -Dawes (SO good.. seriously)

Better Weather” -Good Old War

Ocean Breathless Salty” -Modest Mouse

Headlights” -Morning Parade

Dope Nose” -Weezer

An Honest Mistake” -The Bravery

Barton Hollow” -The Civil Wars

My Oh My” -Tristan Prettyman (although she clearly spells her name wrong.. where’s the Y, friend?)

It’s Nice to Be Alive” -Ball Park Music

Ghosts” -The Head and The Heart

Any tuneage you feel inclined to share? Let me know in the comments!

tuesday tags

10 Oct

Well, the funny thing about this week’s Tuesday Tags is that .. it’s actually Wednesday. 🙂 That’s right, it’s only round 2 and I’ve already managed to miss the boat! Anyway, here are some sweet jams that I’ve been listening to this week:

“Harbour Lights” –A Silent Film

Tightrope” –Walk the Moon

“Come Home” –Chappo

“Old White Lincoln” –The Gaslight Anthem

“The Rifle’s Spiral” –The Shins

“Forest Whitaker” –Bad Books

“Not Your Fault” –Awolnation

“Female Robbery” –The Neighbourhood

and because I could never really forget my country roots,

“El Cerrito Place” –Kenny Chesney

“Beer Money” –Kip Moore

“Bread and Water” –Ryan Bingham 

“Southside of Heaven” –Ryan Bingham

“Sunrise” –Ryan Bingham 

…If you couldn’t tell, I’ve been listening to a lot of Ryan Bingham! Something about football season and the fall weather just calls for country music.

turkey meatballs

8 Oct

Whew! This weekend was a total whirlwind! Thursday night, Charlie and I went to Bastrop to have dinner with one of my best friends and her husband (we ate at Bastrop Brewhouse…best cheeseburger I’ve ever had, hands down) and then spent the night at my sister’s house in Austin. We woke up early Friday morning and got on the road to Dallas for Charlie’s cousin’s commitment ceremony. Good thing I checked the weather before we left, because Dallas got hit with a huge cold front! It literally went from 85 degrees to 50 overnight. Brr!!

The ceremony was gorgeous. It was held at Maple Manor and had a great rustic feel to it. I had only been to Dallas once before this, and I fell in love with it! We stayed at the Melrose Warwick, a super cool, vintage-y hotel. I loved the style of the hotel and I especially enjoyed the bar downstairs called The Library!

Ruben & Jamie had a photo booth set up so, of course, we took advantage of it. Here are some of my faves:

ImageCharlie, me, Charlie’s sister, Amanda and Charlie’s mom, Nori

ImageThe primas! 

ImageCharlie & I with his adorable little cousin, Kat

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We had so much fun!

We woke up early (and just a tiny bit hungover) Sunday morning and hit the road back to San Antonio. We got to take the new toll road for the first time and were psyched that it cut 45 minutes out of our trip!

Needless to say, when we finally made it home I was in no mood to cook. I convinced Charlie to stop at HEB (this is a feat in and of itself.. the man HATES grocery stores) because I had a craving for the turkey meatballs my mom used to get and I had my heart set on meatball subs. Unfortunately, the whole “I’m in no mood to cook” thing took a turn for the worse (worst?? which one is it?) when I couldn’t find the turkey meatballs (or any other already prepared meatballs for that matter). I ended up Googling a bunch of turkey meatball recipes while standing in the middle of the frozen foods aisle and putting bits and pieces together. The results were amazing!!

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Turkey Meatballs

Makes around 14 large meatballs

1 1/4-1 1/2 lbs ground turkey

1 Tbs chopped fresh basil

1 Tbs chopped fresh oregano

1/2 small sweet onion, diced

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs

1/2 cup heavy cream

salt

pepper

garlic salt

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbs butter

flour

In a bowl, mix the turkey meat, herbs, and onion. Sprinkle with salt, black pepper and garlic salt. Add the eggs, cream, and bread crumbs. Mix, mix, mix! (By mix, I mean mash it up with your hands. Obviously)

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Use your hands to form meatballs. Place the meatballs on a plate or a pan (I put mine on a foil-covered cookie sheet) and dust them with flour. To do this, I just rubbed flour all over my hands and then rolled the meatballs in my palms until they were lightly covered. Heat the oil and butter in a skillet. Let the butter cook over medium heat until it’s a golden brown, about 5 minutes. Then, brown the meatballs on all sides. This can get a little tricky. I used three different kitchen utensils before I finally decided the spatula worked best. Remember, you are only browning the meatballs this way, not cooking them through. Once the meatballs are brown, you can finish them off by roasting or baking them or by putting them in a pasta sauce and letting them simmer. I put the meatballs into a large jar of our favorite store bought pasta sauce and let them simmer for 35 minutes over medium heat.

You can do a lot of things with turkey meatballs. Stick toothpicks in them to make yummy appetizers, or do what I did and make meatball subs!

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I just added a slice of mozzarella cheese, some more fresh basil and parmesan and stuffed everything into a sub roll!

Enjoy!!

tuesday tags

2 Oct

I’m always looking for ways to tell people about good music that I’ve been listening to. After shamelessly plugging some of my faves on Facebook for the past couple of months, I’ve decided that maybe the blog would be a better outlet! On Tuesdays, I will post a list of the songs I’ve tagged, loved, and listened to in the past week. Tuesday Tags, Round 1, GO!

“Gimme Twice” –The Royal Concept

“Lullaby” –Ben Wells & the Middle Names

“The Pit” –Silversun Pickups

“Joker & the Thief” –Wolfmother

“Ho Hey” –The Lumineers (LOVE this one!)

“All of Me” –Tanlines

“I Ain’t the Same” –Alabama Shakes

“What Makes a Good Man?” –Heavy

“My Door Bell” –The White Stripes (old, but still good!)

“Change” –Churchill

What are some of your recent favorites? Let me know in the comments! Your music just might make Tuesday Tags, Round 2!