Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Favorites - Christmas Things

Oh hey... it's Friday and Christmas is next week.... say whaaaaat??? How did this happen??? My last couple of Christmases were kind of weird and odd in that we were making new traditions and it felt well... new and weird. But we seemed to have settled in and it truly has become new normal. This is the first year I can say I am thoroughly enjoying the season. I even sent out cards which I have not done in 2 years. It  is weird  this good happy Christmas feeling, given my current situation but still... it's so nice. Any way lets's get to a few favorites!!! Linking up with some of my favorite pretties in Blogland ... 
Amanda, Karli and Amy

Cookies 

By far one of my favorite Christmas things... all the cookies. 


Kids

They get so excited and it's contagious. My daughter and her BFF wore matching pajamas to school today for Polar Express Day. 


Casseroles

I am a comfort food junkie and casseroles are a staple in the cold-ish winter months. Made one of my faves this week just like my Mom used to make. Tuna Casserole in puff pastry shells. Yum. My kids love this one.


Creepy Santa Memes

Come on, don't pretend you've never encountered a "Santa" with a lil bit of a creepster vibe.


Creative Gingerbread Houses

This one an homage to my home town Detroit. Nailed it.


Cheers Lovers! Have a great weekend and don't get too eggnog drunk:)


            

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Best Songs of 2014 - Link Up

The Best Songs Of 2014

Joining the beautiful  Helene today for a favorite topic... music. So perfect for me right now cause being unfortunately unemployed I get to listen to my music all day long. I am a music person. I prefer it almost always over TV. I used to have the TV on all the time for background noise... bad habit. Now, I can't stand it. My  Bose is on or I am streaming Pandora from my computer all day long. The songs I am currently digging on seem to become the soundtrack for my life at the time. Does that happen to everyone? Cause I think about my life having a soundtrack at the end.  When I hear a particular song later I often think about what was going on in my life at the time I had a particular tune on repeat. It's a cool thing... the memories our brains associate with pieces of music.

In music as in life I am all over the place. So my list may not be what anyone else thinks are the best of 2014 but just the best parts of my own personal soundtrack, the highs and lows and in betweens.... in no particular order. Enjoy.

I am a huge Walking Dead fan and I have discovered some great music through the soundtracks of the seasons of the show. This one from 2014....

Up The Wolves by The Mountain Goats

Up the wolves by The Mountain Goats on Grooveshark

Best concert I saw this year and the effects during this song... unreal!!!

Day For The Dead by Zac Brown Band


I discovered her this year... love her sound and vibe.

The Worst by Jhene Aiko


Possibly my new fave band of 2014, saw them in concert too. Future Southern Rock legends right here...

Good One Comin On by Blackberry Smoke


I know I'm late to the party but I needed to brood a lot this year. She works.

Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey


Another indie rocker from TWD sound track...

Oats In The Water by Ben Howard

Oats In the Water by Ben Howard on Grooveshark

Cause, well... this has become my mantra for certain people in my life....

I Don't Fuck With You by Big Sean


Who didn't fall in love with this guy this year? Give the acoustic version a listen and think about the one you love:) Ur welcome.

Latch (acoustic) by Sam Smith

Latch (acoustic) by Sam Smith on Grooveshark

Another fave concert of the year. IDGAF what the haters say, I love this man, his music and his butt.

Roller Coaster by Luke Bryan


And this must be on every one's list. Right?? I predict it will go down in history as one of the greatest party anthems ever.

Turn Down For What by Lil' Jon & DJ Snake


Cheers!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I'm Baaack..... from the Bullshit



New, improved and better than ever. Well maybe not actually all of that but new anyway, as in NEW Computer and I am so super psyched!!! As I eluded to the other day my laptop took a dirt nap last Friday and although my ex attempted to fix it (because the kids use it too)... alas it was not quite the same. It was pretty much like the inbred cousin twice removed of my previous laptop. That means a window licker laptop. El stupido. No bueno. 

Fast forward to today when a bright beautiful shiny new computer arrived on my doorstep courtesy of my Mom and Dad who are the best parents on the planet Earth. Seriously though let me give you some perspective. I have never had my own laptop... not that this is in any way tragic. I have always shared one with someone in my house... husband, kids, etc. So this is a real gift for me and one that I wholeheartedly apprecitate. I don't have to tell any of you how pretty much impossible it is to function in life, let alone the blogosphere without a computer. Oh and that little thing called job hunting. I was going to bite the bullet and buy one but my sweet Mom said "let us... you have enough on your shoulders" and I cried. I cried people!!! It's so beautiful and shiny... Merlot brushed aluminum or Garnet for all of you Nole fans and haters a like. Or Merlot for my wine drinking ladies:) It may take me a minute to learn how to use all of the stuff it came with but... what else have I got going on!?!?! 

Sooooo... I missed this little place. I didn't get to my weekend recap this week so I am going to take a minute and dump some pictures on you today. I will resume regularly scheduled programming as soon as I pull my thoughts together. Like tomorrow if all goes according to plan...

Last Sunday I spent all day doing kitchen things because I had food that was on it's last legs that needed to be cooked up. And let's face it, it's December and we are in full on Holiday party season... healthy eating and drinking is going to be hard to stick to without planning for the rest of the year. So first up was Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole. I found this awhile back on I Breathe... I'm Hungry blog and finally got around to making it. It is ahhh-mazing... kind of like cheesy mashed potatoes with a pizza twist. I used turkey pepperoni but I did everything else as per the recipe which you can find here. My only complaint is I would have doubled it because I guess my cauliflower was on the small side because it just didn't make much at all. But... it's a keeper.



And other than that I just want to throw some pics at ya... food, shopping, hanging at home and an abundance of cooking. Was a good, albeit somewhat technology free weekend...




Here is to a fabulous day!