Friday, April 18, 2014

Netflix Fix: Music Documentaries of the Female Persuasion.

Learning is a lifelong journey. When I was working in the classroom, I always felt that history was far more exciting when audio//visual elements were included. Students who had sassed me the first day to try + push my buttons actually paid attention as they absorbed Jimi Hendrix's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" from Woodstock. The fact that I could get seventeen-year-olds to engage in conversation about the event//era//historical significance, ask questions, plus gain some musical knowledge was always the highlight of the lesson, even if it was only eight minutes of the class period.

Now that I'm not in a classroom [teaching or obtaining another degree], I often find myself viewing documentaries on Netflix to keep my brain from turning to mush. Books//newspapers//journals are also utilized, but I have the attention span of a fly + I absorb information better in an audio//visual format. Since most of the documentaries I have seen are of the musical persuasion, I figured "ladies first."

For those who don't use Netflix, I included links to the rentals via Amazon + iTunes.

Good Ol' Freda [Amazon//iTunes]

Hit So Hard [Amazon//iTunes]

The Punk Singer [Amazon//iTunes]

20 Feet From Stardom [Amazon//iTunes]

Madonna: Truth or Dare [Amazon//iTunes]

Monday, April 14, 2014

Music Monday.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Roasted Potatoes + Red Onions = Two Variations.

Last summer, I was on a roasted veggies kick. The other day I was talking to my friend, Tori, about blogging recipes. She mentioned how the roasted veggies I made always looked good, so I decided to make something simple - roasted potatoes + red onions.  When I say simple, I really mean it. The most difficult task you're going to encounter is waiting until the potatoes cool down so you don't burn the roof of your mouth.

I tested out two recipes. Feel free to follow them or branch out + change up the spices.

Roasted Cinnamon Ginger Potatoes w// Red Onion
1 lb potatoes, cut into chunks [only had organic Russet + they worked well]
1/4 lb red onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon of each: cinnamon, ground ginger, pepper, + salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

Traditional-ish Roasted Potatoes w// Red Onion
1 lb potatoes, cut into chunks
1/4 lb red onion, sliced
1/2 teaspoon of each: pepper, rosemary leaves [crushed], sage, salt + thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil

Aluminum foil
Baking dish [9" x 13" is a good size]
Clean hands

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 
Line your baking dish with aluminum foil [super easy cleanup + helps transport from tray to serving dish]. 
Place potatoes + onion slices in baking dish, then add olive oil. As evenly as possible, sprinkle the spices on top. 
With clean hands, mix//coat the potatoes + onions in oil//spices. Trust me, this is the way to go - just like I said last week, referring to grandma's meatball mixing technique - your hands are one of the greatest tools in the kitchen.
When you're done, wash your hands, ya filthy animal.

Put potatoes into the oven + set the timer for 30 minutes. Stir [with a spoon, not your hands] after 15 minutes. Shut the oven off. Remove potatoes, stir, then place the dish back into the oven for another 15 minutes [yes, while the oven is off - you read that correctly]. Remove from the oven + serve.

I am a lazy human when it comes to scrubbing dishes, so the aluminum foil is my BFF. Plus, If I'm transporting into a bowl, all I do is wait for the aluminum foil to cool, pick up the corners + dump into the bowl. 

Out of the two recipes concocted, the cinnamon ginger is my favorite. Next batch, I'm going to double the onions, because they're the first to disappear from the dish. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Things I'm Loving Lately.

wait what - the notorious xx [the notorious b.i.g. vs the xx]. A coworker's playlist blared "dead wrong intro" over the weekend + I loved it. Snag your free download via SoundCloud + check out the rest of the mix tapes, available at wait what.

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Alien Yard To-Go Cup [Urban Outfitters]. This bad boy is 1/4 the size of me + keeps me hydrated. I don't know why, but it reminds me of the flick-flop Spring Breakers.

Befriending Your Ex: The Ultimate Repurposing Project. Keri Pina's latest piece on HelloGiggles is a must-read. Go. Now. Trust me.

Shazam Playlist. I frequently use the app Shazam when I hear a song I like + I'm unsure of the artist or song title [especially while Nexflixing my life away]. Last month, I decided to create a playlist of the songs I looked up in March + am working on the one for April. You can listen here via Spotify.

Star Wars Episode VII Filming Commenced. Alan Horn, the Walt Disney Studios chairman explains at Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television that casting isn't fully complete for the most anticipated film of 2015, but filming has already begun. The story, which has been penned by JJ Abrams + Star Wars script vet Lawrence Kasdan, will be complimented by an original John Williams score, bringing some serious Star Wars alum to the table. Saying I'm stoked about this is an understatement.