Sunday, November 21, 2010

shoes Shoes SHOES!!!!


I have a shoe fetish....

This is my wallpaper on my desktop for my computer....

I have lots of shoes. Black one, blue ones, white ones, cream colored ones, gold ones, brown ones, burgundy ones, etc and etc.... but I have had this craving for the past few years for my first pair of red shoes... (I desperately want some red shoes. I have on many occassion wished for a red shoe to make an outfit pop)...

So I go on Zappos.com today to BROWSE the red shoes (I don't have any money, so I'm browsing)

I'm SICK!!!!

Let me show you the FABULOUS shoes I ran across.
Okay so these are kinda simple

Simple yet sexy

Too hott for tv

Girlie cute

Those are me... Handsdown

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I'm leaning hard towards these... Understanded SEXY...
It's been a while since I've spent more than 30 dollars on some shoes (times are hard) but I think I'm gana have to make a sacrifice for AT LEAST one pair of these...

Which ones do you like the best?

~M~


Just a little lyricism

Dear Relationship,

I don't think about you.
I have way too much other stuff to do.

I have too many things on my mind
and I don't have time
to pine away for you.

But you do cross my mind,
you know...
when I have time.

But right now, I'm too busy making music,
doing school,
going to work,
and sometimes acting like a fool,
so I don't have time to chase after you.

But you do cross my mind,
you know...
when that other stuff isn't taking up all my time.

It's not that I think I'm better off without you,
It's just that I don't want to be defined by you
I can be blind sometimes when dealing with you
so for now I'm thru.
But not because I want to...

It's just...
I don't have time to think about you...

Okay, well maybe I do...
Maybe I think about you.
Maybe I fill my time up with things that distract me from you
Maybe I want you,
Maybe sometimes I miss you...

It's not that I can't live without you,
It's just that sometimes life would be perfect with you...
Especially those cold winter nights that are made just for cuddling with a boo.

But since I don't have you,
I fill up my time with things that fill my mind
so, I really just don't think about you...

But sometimes I really do.

~M~

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Artist Review: Amy Winehouse

Okay Then... A little stray from my typical foodie stuff, but in case you don't remember or just haven't read my profile... my two passions are food AND MUSIC... with Music actually ranking first. And today seems as good a day as any to do a review on a MUST-HEAR artist.


This one isn't underground, or even new. And based on the amount of Grammy nomminations she has had, I'd dare say she's not unknown or completely underrated...

HOWEVER...

Her bad press due to her addiction has been allowed to overshadow her talent, and I kid you not folks... She is one of the more talented artists that the 2000s has seen. So I'm going to attempt to bring back to light the reason ANYONE has heard her name to begin with.

Disclaimer: This is not an objective review. I'm writing about Amy because I LOVE Amy! So you're only gana hear good things. Brace yourself.

Amy Winehouse, a songstress from England has a really jazzy soulful vibe.  It's actually more jazz than soul, but not explicitly jazz so I'm stuck in labeling her. But her voice brings amount the thoughts of ancient Jazz greats such as Sarah Vaughn.

What I Like About Amy

Lyricism
Jazz music is really about technique, in my opinion... which I believe is a valid opinion. Whether vocal Jazz or instrumental Jazz, the point that usually comes across is highly stylized technique. The lyrics for Jazz music are usually simple to complement the intricacy of the accompaniment. 
But...
In Amy's case, her lyrical content is quite intricate. She paints pictures and tells stories with her words, but she does it in such a way that she's not actually telling you straight out. I would consider her the Jazz equivalent of a hip-hop artist, whose primary emphasis is lyricism.   

Originality
Amy Winehouse has music steeped in a very familiar sound (Jazz/Soul) But what she does with it is so new that you can't help but take her bait and follow her to see where she goes. Most of her music is orginally, self written music, tho she does do some covers.  There aren't other artists out that are like Amy Winehouse.

Raw Talent
This chick can SING! No... Wait.... This chick can SANG!!! And her voice isn't bounded to one particular sound. Sometimes it's sweet and melodic, sometimes it's raw and gritty. Her ballads are awesome, her swings are awesome... And when she does full acoustic work you can hear the richness in her voice that is not enhanced by some computer program (read: AUTOTUNE)

Raw Emotion
Some music is good but it just doesn't connect, simply because the artist can't connect with what they're saying. But Amy's music is so emotional. You feel it because she feels it... Good or bad, her music reflects her life...

Accolades
Amy Winehouse has two Albums.... Frank and Back to Black... Frank was released in the UK in 2003 and in the US in 2007. Back to Black was released in 2006. Over here, Back to Black was her first album. And it's GREAT, but with my two cents, FRANK WAS MUCH BETTER>>> However there are gems on both of them so if all you know of Amy Winehouse is the song "Rehab" GET TO YOUTUBE and look her up. If you know ANYTHING about good music, you will love her like I do.

Happy Listening
~M~



Monday, November 15, 2010

Sweet Potato Cheesecake

The readers have demanded and I must give the people what they want! LOL. My Recipe for....


Sweet Potato Pie Cheesecake
(It is SOOOOOOOOOOOO good!!!)

Okay, now for starters (And this is gana help the people that have NEVER made a cheesecake and the ones that have cheesecake making woes... For starters, The BEST (my opinion) Cheesecake recipes are the ones that have equal amounts of cream cheese blocks to eggs. For example, 2 8oz bars of Cream Cheese and 2 eggs... Now, mind you... That opinion isn't based on ANYTHING except for the fact that I've always done it like that and my results are always great... So says me, and so says the people that eat my cheesecakes.

BUT, I digress.

Sweet Potato Cheesecake

What you need:
8 inch Springform pan
1 large mixing bowl
1 medium mixing bowl
Dry Measuring Cup
Liquid Measuring Cup
A hand mixer (or stand mixer)
coffee grinder

KAY... You got your supplies now...

Ingredients:

Crust
1 1/2 crushed ginger snaps
3/4 cups ground toasted pecans
3 TBSPS Brown Sugar
6 TBSPS Melted Butter

Filling
1 medium sized sweet potato
2 8oz pacakages of Cream Cheese
3/4 Cup Brown sugar
1/4 Cup White Sugar
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
2 TBSP and 2 tsp Maple Syrup
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice

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These ingredients are listed as such for the two toned effect I wanted... 



Like this...


See??

So If you don't care about that or don't want to do the extra work, do one full cup brown sugar and omit the white sugar, and completely omit the ground ginger...

Step 1: Put your cream cheese and your eggs on the counter so they can come to room tempurature. If you try to beat these items cold you WILL have a lumpy cheesecake. Jus sayin.
Step 2: Bake your sweet potato in skin and wrapped in foil at 350 for about 1 hour or until soft to touch.

While your potato is in the oven you will begin the prep work for your crust.

Step 3: Grind your pecans in a coffe grinder (or if you don't have one you can finely (VERY FINELY) chop them.

After that, crush your gingersnaps using the following method...

Step 4: Combine Gingersnap crumbs, ground pecans, brown sugar and mix until thoroughly incorporated.

Step 5: Pour melted butter into Crumb and mix thoroughly
Step 6: Press into pan sprayed with baker's joy or similar baking spray to form crust. Dont' be afraid to get dirty... USE YOUR HANDS!!!!


Set Aside

Step 6: Once your sweet potato is done take it out of the oven, cut it in half (while still hot, but be careful) and scrape the flesh out into a bowl. Throw the skin away.

Step 7: Mash Sweet potato into soft like mashed potatoes (or baby food... lol)
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Step 8: Put room temp cream cheese into large mixing bowl and whip until creamy

Step 9: Separate out 1/4 cup of the whipped cream cheese and put into medium mixing bowl. Add white sugar to small bowl and and brown sugar to large bowl. whip separately until soft and satiny.



Step 10: Stir sweet potato into large bowl with wooden spoon. Mix in cream, maple syrup, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well until whole mixture is thoroughly incorporated.

Step 11: Beat eggs. Separate out 1/4 and put into small bowl. pour the rest into large bowl. Mix each batter separately until smooth and creamy. Mix Ginger into white mixture.

Step 12: Pour white mixture into bottom of crust, spreading evenly over the crust. Pour Sweet Potato Mixture on top.

Step 13: Fill a 9x13 in pan with water and place on the bottow rack in your oven. Place the cake on top rack. Close oven door and turn temperature down to 275.

Step 14: Bake for about 45 mins or until edges are set and pulling away from the side and the center is still a little wiggly.

IMPORTANT!!!!

Step 15: Turn the oven off, but leave the door closed. This will allow the residual heat to gently cook the cake the rest of the way through without cracking  (which happens due to over cooking). Let cake rest in oven until the oven has completely cooled. Remove cake from oven and set on counter until pan is completely cool. When the cake has cooled, put it in the fridge... DO NOT REMOVE FROM PAN YET. The cake will set. Let set over night.

Step 16: EAT>ENJOY>REPEAT!!!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year

I'm feeling right festive these days.  Playing my Christmas Pandora Radio Station... Baking, and cooking meals that center around these wonderful days. Just to share a little of my festivity with you...

Peach Glazed Chicken, Cranberry Rice, Steamed Kale, and Herb Butter Biscuits

Sweet Potato Cheese Cake
Recipes and How-To Coming in future blog

and...

for some HOLIDAY CHEER>>>

Mariah Carey- All I want for Christmas

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Why I Love Earth Fare


In A Word....


FREE!!!!!!!

I mean, who doesn't want free food. And you may say, oh there's a catch... you have to spend $5 to get the free item. Well that's no catch to me... I'm gana spend 5 dollars at Earth Fare ANYWAY cuz groceries cost a heck of a lot more than 5 dollars. It's almost like they're rewarding me for doing what I have to do anyway.

Can't beat that.

~M~

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Guess Who's BACK

I have been gone for a long time against my will and it's been KILLING ME!!!!!

The internet hasn't been working properly for two weeks so I couldn't blog, but

I'M BACK

And with a slightly new idea on how to make my blogs more interesting and diverse with out being to scatterbrained....

So once a week I'll do a product review (Food related mostly), Once a week I'll do a "this vs. that" segment where I compare two foods that are the same but different. LOL. For instance, a quiznos turkey sub vs Subway, or Homemade Pasta vs store bought... ETC... A DIY day, for around the house. Natural hair and skin care remedies... etc

And of course the tried and true recipe blogs... And with the Holiday Season in full effect, you'll see lots of goodies: desserts (YAY), soups, and Seasonal food items.

So follow along as I explore the world of my love for all things artsy, fun, tasty, and beautiful!!! :)

~M~