Friday, May 21, 2010

Kitty-Stache Party

Thursday night is TV night in our house ans last night Ted was trying to sneak in some work during commercial breaks. Some of these breaks ran a little long and I was forced to entertain myself.... no TV, no Dude.... just a pen and a couple of cats. Here is the outcome...

Happy Friday Friends!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Elvis Costello and the Imposters

This weekend was truly amazing. Ted got us tickets to see Elvis Costello play with the Imposters in Reno at the Peppermill. Our friend Andy's mom frequents the place and got us a complimentary meal and way discounted rates on a room. Along with our room came "VIP access" meaning we had access to a fully stocked bar in a private lounge area that was completely free!In this lounge was where we started our little stay at the Peppermill and where we not-so-surprisingly spent a good amount of time.

After a few cocktails and a hearty trip through the buffet line we meandered over to the auditorium in which the show was taking place. Our seats, as pricey as the were, left something to be desired but we were super stoked to even be there.

Elvis played early hit after early hit and motioned to the crowd to come in closer.
Now, this wasn't your average standing room concert. People were seated in assigned seats and for the most part were happy to stay where they were. There were, however, enough people who were willing to answer Mr. Costello's beckoning call and rush towards the stage. Once bodies started moving forward I grabbed Ted's hand and forward we went. The security made everyone head back to their seats and we were all turned around, but not too soon to where we didn't get to rock out to "Chelsea" right in front of the stage.

As we were being turned around, Ted and I ducked into a closer row then our assigned seats and moved even closer once we received a text message from our friend Andy who also snuck into better seats, THIRD ROW SEATS!! He said there were chairs for us so away we snuck. Success!

Elvis played amazing song after amazing song and did it all without a 2nd guitar player. He played all the leads himself and even broke into a couple of mini jams sessions mid set. He played "Watching the Detectives", "Pump It Up", "Radio Radio", Peace Love and Understanding", "I can't Stand Up for Falling Down" and so many other amazing songs. I swear to god it was like being inside an Elvis Costello Greatest Hits album. The night was really magical and we managed to push even closer during Elvis' encore. I literally got to be like 8 feet away from the legend. It was effing awesome! Thank you Mr. Costello for an awe-inspiring good time!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Brownies From Heaven

It seems like I am always on the hunt for delicious brownie recipes. Well, I found a real hum-dinger in the April issue of Martha Stewart Living. The preparation is simple and fast, and you’ll have mouth-watering chocolate heaven in less than an hour.

Here is the recipe:

1 stick unsalted butter cut into large pieces
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour, sifted

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment, leaving a slight overhang on all sides. Melt butter and chocolate in a double boiler or a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat, and whisk in sugar. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Add Flour.

2.)Pour batter into pan. Bake until set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs- 35 – 40 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan- about 15 minutes. Lift brownies from pan using parchment. Remove parchment and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely. Cut into 9 squares.

If you make this recipe, please feel free to invite me over for a taste test. If you live out of my area, please mail them to me. Thanks.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dangerously Cute!

I signed into my Flickr account this morning, as I do most mornings, to find a little teaser photo in the corner of my screen that I just couldn't help but click on.
The picture of the cute baby fennec fox, which looks like a fuzzy baby Yoda, led me to this blog on flickr which hosts cute little photos of cute little wild animals taken by this guy!
Stumbling upon these sweet photos paired with the chocolate-covered cinnamon roll I treated myself to for breakfast makes for a pretty kick-ass Tuesday morning, I gotta say.

OhMyGod I want one.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Duct Tape Prom Dress Contest

I stumbled across this website while avoiding work today that pretty much blew my mind. For the past ten years, Duck Brand(c)duct tape company has been holding a contest called Stuck at Prom. Teens can enter to win a college scholarship by making their prom outfits out of Duck Brand(c)duct tape. Some of these outfits are amazing! I can't imagine how uncomfortable it would be to walk around all night in a dress made of duct tape though.
Below are a few pictures for your delight. If anyone I know personally wants to enter this contest, I will totally help them make their outfit.

Hope Y'All Had a Good Mother's Day

I spent mine with this lady...

Monday, May 3, 2010

DIY Photo-booth photos

Matt and Bobby fashioned a home-made photo-booth for Bobby and Paloma's amazingly sweet wedding that happened this past weekend. Congratulations Bobby and Paloma! Good Party dudes!!

Here are some of the photos!