Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Sean Paul, "Temperature" 3:36
iTunes, The Trinity
Good beat, but what the heck is he singing?! I can only understand about 1/3 of the words!
Midnight Oil, "Beds Are Burning" 4:15
iTunes, Diesel and Dust
D.H.T., "Listen to Your Heart" Edmee's Unplugged Vocal Edit 4:31
iTunes, Listen to your heart
I thought I downloaded the peppier version and had it in my workout playlist. I still want the faster version, but this was a nice surprise. It's pretty.
Today's stats: 50 minutes, 3 miles, 317 calories
It is already seasoned/marinated, and tied up with string to keep it all together. Put the turkey (still strung) fat side facing up along with all the remaining seasoned liquid from the package...add enough water to get 1/2" of liquid on the bottom...cover and cook on LOW for about 3-4 hours. If you have one of the newer, faster/hotter Rival CrockPots, start checking the temperature a little after the three hour point. The center needs to register 165F. Remove to a platter, cover and let it rejuice again while you make the potatoes and green beans.
You can also cook it in the oven instead for 1 1/2 hours.
A nice alternative answer/solution to the questions, "Did you go to Costco today?" quickly followed by, "Are we having Rotisserie chicken (again!)?"
Madonna...Magnificent Tracers...The Manhattan Transfer...Mannheim Steamroller...Mariah Carey...Maroon 5...The Marshall Tucker Band...Martin Page...Martina McBride...Marvin Gaye...Mavis Staples...Mary Chapin Carpenter...Mason Williams...The Mavericks...Merle Haggard...Michael Buble'...Michelle Branch...Mick Jagger...Midnight Oil...Mike Doughty...Modest Mouse...Molly Hatchet...The Moody Blues...Montgomery Gentry...Mozart...Mr. Big...Mungo Jerry...
Monday, February 26, 2007
But L found these, still keeping in the purple theme...
Can you still see Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan bobbing their heads to the side in their Saturday Night Live skit series when you hear this?
Adam Ant, "Goody Two Shoes" 3:28
iTunes, Adam Ant: Super Hits
(he had others?!)
Cool down: Martin Page, "In the House of Stone and Light" 5:00
In the House of Stone and Light (this is the only good song on the CD)
Today's Stats: 48 minutes, 3 miles, 382 calories (Wow!)
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Current group: Marie Antoinette...Half Nelson...Girl with the Pearl Earring
Status: Marie Antoinette, 3.5 stars if there were such a thing. Costumes great. L-O-N-G scenes. Note to Sofia: OK, we get it. Move on. The dessert fest was like the Fergie Candylicous video. Must be subliminal...immediately went to the kitchen afterwards for sugar fix. Aha! Cinnamon Sugar Simply Naked Pita Chips. Disgusting enough not to overeat.
Girl with the Pearl Earring is still sitting there. May just go back as I see it occasionally on the Dish listings. But nothing else is interesting in the queue or upcoming releases.
Best Picture: Little Miss Sunshine
Runner Up: The Queen
Both are watchable movies
Best Actor: I didn't like/see these movies...I'll take that chocolate Oscar instead.
Runner Up: Ryan Gosling, How did you go from hunky cutie boy/The Notebook to needing a Visine IV drip? Yuck! Your eyes remind me that the upcoming spring pollen allergy season is near.
Best Actress: Meryl Streep
Gotta love the long shots when you have Dench and Mirren on the team. Good luck!
Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin
Runner Up: Marky-Mark (Yes, you will always be)
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson (Take that, Simon!)
Runner Up: Abigail Breslin, but I don't want to see another messed up kid in the future.
Costume Design: The Devil Wears Prada (of course!)
Runner Up: Marie Antoinette
Director: Martin Scorsese (pity pick)
Runner Up: Clint Eastwood
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Karla Bonoff...Keith Urban...Kelly Clarkson...Kenny Loggins...Kenny Rogers...The Killers...The Kills...Kim Wilde...KT Tunstall...
iTunes, "Keep the Fire Burnin'" CD
Back in 1978, my friends and I would go to the "VI" on the weekends. Yes, I loved to disco and still remember most of the moves to this song. And the swirly red dress I made with this pattern - the ruffled skirt with the ruffled top. Fun!
iTunes, "We are the 80's"
Got dance-y with this one too, in '82. (No pattern available)
Cool down song:
Sting, "When We Dance" 5:59
from the "Best of Sting" CD
Today's stats: 46 minutes, 2.78 miles, 288 calories
Friday, February 23, 2007
Those extra inches you are lopping off to save some money and your bottom line are cutting off your customers of length. . .
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Addictive channels, which if the TV is on, they are usually on: TCM (Turner Classic Movies)...HGTV...Food Network...The Weather Channel...VH1...E!..977 "Aura" on Dish...
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Madonna, "Hung Up" 5:37
iTunes, "Confessions on a Dance Floor"
89ers & Rimini Rockaz, "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" 3:26
iTunes, Club Radio Edit
Eric Clapton, "Run So Far" 4:07
Today's stats: 43 minutes, 2.58 miles, 278 calories
Monday, February 19, 2007
Backstreet Boys...Beck...Bell Biv DeVoe...Berlin...Beyonce'...Billy Idol...Billy Joel...Billy Preston...Billy Squire...Billy Swan...Black Eyed Peas...Blink-182...Blondie...Blue Oyster Cult...Bob Seger...Bob Welch...Bobby McFerrin...Bon Jovi...Bonnie Raitt...Bonnie Tyler...Boz Scaggs...Brewer & Shipley...Brian Setzer...Britney Spears...Brooks & Dunn...Bruce Hornsby...Bruce Springsteen...Bryan Adams...Buck Owens...B.W. Stevenson
Sunday, February 18, 2007
I grew up in Rochester, NY, and my dad would pay me and my sister $1 for the first to see a robin. The robin was the sign of Spring!
I love the shades of green
Birds of a feather, flock together...
While the original recipe sounded yummy, I thought it needed a little more "healthy oomph."
I added one chopped Granny Smith apple, leaving most of the skin on, and instead of 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, which I think can be kind of bitter, I substituted 1 teaspoon of Penzeys Apple Pie Spice. It has some nutmeg, but also cloves, 2 kinds of cinnamon (China Cassia and Korintje Cassia), and mace.
Costco carries organic eggs with Omega 3. A little bit pricier, but a lot healthier. And boy, is that yolk bright yellow-wow! I also used my Pampered Chef stoneware 12-muffin pan. It's HEAVY, but really makes a good result difference.
Apple Pie Muffins
Yield: 1 dozen
1/3 cup Smart Balance shortening
1/2 cup sugar (just a little under)
1 egg, preferably organic and with added Omega 3
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Penzeys Apple Pie Spice
1/2 cup milk
In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add egg; beat well. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and Apple Pie Spices; add to creamed mixture alternately, then add apples. Don't overbeat.
Fill cupcake liners half full. (I never have good luck getting things out of pans, so I use the cupcake papers). Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes (18 minutes, my oven), or until toothpick or knife comes out clean.
While still warm, put a small bit of butter on top and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
The original recipe said to mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, melt 3 tablespoons of butter and dip top of muffin into the butter then the cinnamon sugar. That would most certainly be very delicious if you are young, cooking for a bake sale, and/or don't have diabetes or cardiovascular disease in your family!
But indulging in just a dib of butter and a light sprinkle of cinnamon sugar can still be tasty and avoid the wag of the doctor's finger at your next checkup.
...more than 4,200 cards showered into the company’s offices—so many that the original sole destination was expanded to include hospitals like the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, Brooke Army Center and William Beaumont Center in Texas, Eisenhower Army Center in Georgia, Madigan Army Center in Washington, Womack Army Center in North Carolina, and the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center in Virginia...
Saturday, February 17, 2007
iTunes, "Sign o' the Times"
Good middle/end song to revive and keep you going
Evanescence, "Bring Me To Life" 3:57
This reminds me of Tru Calling. What an original series on Fox a few years ago. Classic good versus evil struggle, especially when they added Jason Priestley.
Cool down song:
Eric Clapton, "Please Be With Me" 3:26
Did you know that's Yvonne Elliman singing backup? Yes, that Yvonne Elliman ("If I Can't Have You") from "Saturday Night Fever."
Yesterday's stats: 45 minutes, 2.63 miles, 289 calories
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Three patterns, New Look 6618, New Look 6436 and Butterick 4463...
...and this hideous $1/yard "suede" print. I thought it was so ugly, it was almost attractive. I need to make a raincoat for a Scottish folk dance set to "Singing in the Rain". . . (the thought of that plus the fabric seemed like a match to me)
L was so horrified, it will only be the trial run before cutting into a more sedate $1/yard fabric from the stash.
I bought the patterns (and obviously the fabric) without L by my side, sight unseen. After consultation, she liked the shape of 6436 (and I liked the one piece back and front - no darts, seaming, yokes), and the length and fullness of 6618, but not the bell sleeve shape. The Butterick for the buttons. So it looks like I'll be combining, overlaying, and switching, probably using 6436 as the base of operations.
My plan is to make the hideous version fitting muslin this weekend.
Queen, "Don't Stop me Now" 3:31
From iTunes, "Queen: Greatest Hits"
Iggy Pop, "Lust for Life" 5:13
iTunes, "Lust for Life"
You'll recognize this song from commercials; and be so listening to the lyrics, you'll forget about your knees!
Cool Down Song:
David Frizzell and Shelly West, "You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma" 3:24
CD: Classic Country: The 80's
1981 duet and country legend relatives -- Shelly is the daughter of Dottie West and David is the brother of Lefty Frizzell.
Today's stats: 41 minutes, 2.36 miles, 242 calories
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Rick James, "Super Freak" 3:24
From iTunes "20th Century Masters - The Millenium Collection: The Best of Rick James
Have you seen Little Miss Sunshine yet?! This song in the scene made and stole the movie!
For a good cool down song...
Len, "Steal My Sunshine" 4:26
iTunes "You Can't Stop the Bum Rush" CD.
If you were a teen in the mid 70's, you'll recognize the repeating backbeat from "Don't Rock the Boat" from The Hughes Corporation. I heard the video for the song is cute, too.
Double points for the sunshine theme!
Today's stats: 42 minutes, 2.55 miles, 296 calories
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Cascada "Everytime We Touch" - Radio Mix, 3:19 From "Everytime We Touch"
Of which the CD is basically the same song at different beats, tempos, mixes. I downloaded this one based upon the iTunes Popularity ranking.
Michael Buble' "Sway" 3:08
iTunes did not have this song as a single available, only as an album purchase. I was able to find it on eBay as a Promo CD single!
It's from the movie, The Wedding Date Rent it and/or then watch it with the commentary by Dermot Mulroney and Debra Messing. It was made on a really tight budget and no true commercial soundtrack album is available per se (the cost of using the songs?). If you do a search, you'll only find a soundtrack performed by the Northwest Sinfonia Orchestra!
I thought one of the best scenes of the movie was when this song was played during the dance lesson. (well, and Dermot dropping his bath towel! No music needed for that!)
Monday's stats: 43 minutes, 2.62 miles, 307 calories.
At last year's Houston International Quilt Festival, I saw and admired (and bought!) the FiberArt for a Cause postcards being sold for American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Research Fund.
"Start to Finish"
Since they didn't have to be Valentine-y and if they receive more than Walter Reed needs, the extras will be going to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. What a great way to recognize and encourage our servicemen and servicewomen.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
The piece is cut out from a vest I made years ago, velvet appliqued over flannel and then washed and dried. I zig-zagged it over light weight denim. The beads are those black glass faceted beads which either look gold, blue or black, depending which way they are turned. The heart is the same way, except there is a pinkish cast to one of the shadings. I thought it all worked together well!
Friday, February 09, 2007
I think food safety issues have raised the temperature of the settings on the newer Rival Crockpots. I've discussed this with other "Crackpot" (sic) friends and they agree --
If you put something on Low and expect it to cook all day without burning or getting funky around the edges or stirring every so often, you'll be surprised! I went through 2 Crockpots thinking there was something wrong with the settings. Low will now actually start to bubble/boil within 2 hours.
No longer do I believe the instructions to cook on Low 6-8 hours. It's more like 3-4 hours now.
My favorites from this book are the Chicken and Dumplings, Red Beans and Rice.
I have also tried the Beef Burritos, Pot Roast with Creamy Mushroom Sauce, Beef Stroganoff.
Though when you pluck the book from my shelf, it opens automatically to the Chicken and Dumplings!
1 package boneless, skinless chicken thighs*
1 can chicken broth
Handful of baby carrots or 2 carrots sliced
1 bay leaf
sprinkle of onion powder
sprinkle of garlic powder
1/2 tsp majoram (can also sub 1/4t oregano)
1/2 tsp thyme
pinch of basil
3 T cornstarch
1/4 C water
1 C lowfat biscuit mix (Bisquick)
1 T parsley
6 T skim milk
*I've also used 2 bone-in chicken breasts
Place all items above the line in c/p. Cook on Low 4 hours or until chicken is tender. Dissolve cornstarch in water, stir into chicken mixture. Cover and switch to High. Combine biscuit mix, milk and parsley - mix with fork until moistened. Drop by large teaspoonfuls along edge of pot. Make sure it touches the side. Cook on High 30 minutes or until dumplings are cooked in centers when tested with a fork.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Thank goodness for the display screen (That's who sang that song?! That's the name of the song?!), and a Palm Pilot and a red light to scribble it down.
Here's today's favorite --
"Amos Moses" by Jerry Reed. From his "Jerry Reed: Super Hits" on iTunes.
Recently heard on XM Channel 7, from the 70's. It has a good beat to keep you instep. And at 2:18, useful as a pause between faster songs or warm-up/cool-down.
Bonus day!! -- Since I didn't get a chance to post, yesterday's song was --
"I Don't Feel Like Dancin" by Scissor Sisters. Scissor Sisters "Ta-Dah" on iTunes
4:48, bouncy and perfect for the first third/middle to keep you going and build speed.
Today's stats: 39 minutes, 2.3 miles, 256 calories