Monday, March 2, 2015

Music Monday

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Linkity Link

The Instagram account for Sleevebucks is amazing. I laughed so hard that I snorted when reading caption for the Voldemort sleeve - the original flat white. Yeah, totally just lost it again while typing this.

Step up your cooking game + master these five mother sauces.

If any of you ladies need a confidence boost, check out these 8 simple reminders.

You want to know what he's thinking? Stop Googling the bullshit, cookie-cutter self help articles. Just ask him. Simple. The end.

311 is getting their brew on + conjuring up an ale of their own. Its Amber, which is only appropriate.

Speaking of brews + bands, Hanson, the dudes who brought you "MMMBop" are now bottling Mmmhops. If anyone can get their hands on a couple bottles, save me one - I heard its really good.

I've always been a fan of pickles, but here are 17 reasons why these treats + their juice rule.

Oh, and here are 37 uses for leftover pickle juice. Can you tell I've been on a pickle kick?

Artist Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors looks amazing + its not far from the Long Island.

Pornhub has created the Wankband - a Fitbit type gadget that lets you charge your electronic devices while you beat your meat. Oh man, I can't wait til the reviews start pouring out on this one.

So, you're mission is to eat healthier or organic, but sometimes, junk food really hits the spot. Here are 7 healthier alternatives to some well-loved snacks.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Things I'm Loving Lately

I am OBSESSED with VH1s new 90s sci-fi romantic dramedy. Honestly though, are you even surprised? Its my favorite film//television genre[s] taking place in my favorite decade. The soundtrack rules, the characters are rad + I'm pretty much in love with Becca's shaggy-haired babe of a brother, Jamie [portrayed by John Patrick Amedori].

Spotify Playlist: February
Every month, I create a new playlist + add songs throughout the month. Its always suuuuuper random, but this month has more of a nostalgic nineties feel with some tunes I've been dancing around in my underwear to. I have no shame in admitting that - its the best mood booster. Its pretty rad, so check it out.

When I was in my twenties, I contemplated making a move to the West Coast, but decided to play it safe + stay home to finish school. Lately, I have been tossing the idea around again. The last few years have been interesting to say the least + I'm wondering if a change of scenery will be what I need to shake things up.

Andrew Bird's Echolocations - Canyon
Andrew Bird turned to nature for his latest project Echolocations: Canyon. Bird recorded in the Coyote Gulch canyons. The remained of the project have yet to be released, but they are called City, Lake, Forest, + River, respectively.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bay Lager Beer Bread Muffins + Cheesy Beer Dip

Lately, I've been hanging out at Great South Bay Brewery. Last week, I made banana muffins with Snozberry Stout + they went over really well with the staff + patrons. While I was hanging out in the tasting room on Saturday, I was contemplating a project for this week. I wanted to make beer bread, but didn't know what brew to use. Jon, the lead brewer at GSB suggested I use Dirty Deeds, their Russian Imperial Stout. So, I took a growler home to test out my concoction. First batch was a major fail + it was right before I was having people over for dinner. I accidentally used baking soda, not baking powder, which my friends Gary + JR are never going to let me live down. Ugh, kitchen fails are rare for me, so when it happens I get a little cranky. I also wasn't too keen on the taste of the muffins with the stout - I wanted something lighter. My friend Melissa suggested I make a cheesy beer dip to pair with the muffins [she was handling the bacon jalapeƱo mac + cheese - which was amaaaaaaaazing], so I looked at what I had in the fridge + decided to use Bay Lager for both dishes. It turned out really well + I'm stoked for my next exbeeriment in the kitchen. Experiment + beer = exbeeriment. Get it? It sounded a lot cooler when I said it. Whatever.

Bay Lager Beer Bread Muffins
makes 12 muffins

3 cups whole wheat flour, sifted
1 bottle GSB Bay Lager
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
optional: an additional 1/4 cup melted butter to drizzle on top

Preheat oven to 350. Coat muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large glass bowl, combine dry ingredients + mix well. Slowly add beer + melted butter.

Scoop mixture into muffin tin + bake for 20 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. If desired, drizzle melted butter on top of the warm muffins before serving.

Cheesy Bay Lager Beer Dip
makes a boatload of cheesy goodness, mmmmmm!

1 pound Sharp Cheddar, cut into cubes
1 pound cream cheese
1 bottle GSB Bay Lager

Add all of the ingredients into a medium saucepan. Heat on medium heat, stirring well. Once all ingredients are incorporated, pour into a serving bowl.

You can substitute any cheese of your choice, or change the beers up. I suggest using the same beers in both if you're serving them together, but thats only because I like to play it safe.