Sunday, February 28, 2010

Middle School Dance Party

Here's a few little snapshots from our middle school dance party on Friday.
Alison is looking sassy in those overalls.  
Just being ourselves (minus 8 years).  
Frosted lips, retainer, white eyeliner, butterfly clips. . .  These girls are looking good.
Some actual friends from from my Taylor Junior High years!
ooooh. . . slow dance.

For one night we relived the years we tried to forget about. It was a night filled with overalls, cheerleader uniforms, white eye liner, butterfly clips, pixie stix, and music like "Butterfly (Come My Lady" by Crazy Town and plenty of Destiny's Child. And of course, everybody killed it on the dance floor.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ukulele Club.

Five Years Time Noah and the Whale

We were the first ones to show up.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


You Really Got a Hold on Me Thao Nguyen

Valentine's Day + Pavlova = Award-winning Combination.
Ever since I first tasted this dessert, it's really had a hold on me. After much longing, I thought it would be suitable to bring it back on the back on the day of love. I think it melted everyone's hearts.

We shared love with friends by sipping Martinelli's, toasting to love (or something like that), and letting the sugary meringue melt in our mouths.

Sweet day.
Sweet friends.
Sweet food.
I've got love for Valentine's day
and Pavlova.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tiger Girl.

Somebody told me that this picture reminded them of me. . .

I am trying to think of a time that I've been more flattered.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Stacy Dupree covers Stevie Nicks song "Silverspring." Undeniably Beautiful.

That voice! She could sing the Meow Mix jingle, and I would love it. I could listen to her all day.

This is the sound of Eisley leaving Warner Brothers.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Acrostic Poem for The Daily Poetry Club:

Please give me your eyes
And sway to my song
The one only we can hear
Have the wand now, and
So you will feel how I do

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Gurl ya got game!

This song just does it for me.

If you don't like it,
there might be something wrong with you.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Horse Wishes

Here is a poem I wrote yesterday for my friends' site, The Daily Poetry Club.
Yesterday's theme: wishes.

Horse Wishes: An Autobiography

Age 3 to be a Horse
Age 5 my little ponies & Horses
Age 7 to be a forest ranger- and ride a Horse
Age 10 my own pet Horse I would take care of it, MOM!
Age 13 win a game of H.O.R.S.E.
Age 17 read “All the Pretty Horses”
Age 22 “Wild Horses” 2010 panoramic calendar
Age 102 a Hearse.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Gold Dust Woman.

This past week, facebookers participated in what was called "doppelganger week" by posting a pic of a celebrity that they resemble on their profile pic. I decided to participate when I remembered a funny "look-alike" compliment I received long ago. When I was working as a checker at Safeway, a strange man would always come through my line to get his cigarettes, and every time he would call me "Stevie"and remind me that I looked like Stevie Nicks. I don't really think I look much like the rockin' lady from Fleetwood Mac, but ever since I've really come to appreciate her style as a female rock artist. She's the one who always said that "sexy is keeping yourself mysterious." I think there's something to that. And doesn't she pull it off nicely? I think so.

I think this video of Stevie singing "Rhiannon" with Fleetwood Mac is so mesmerizing. I love it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Creamy Squash Soup

 As I write this, I am sitting eating a tasty bowl of the featured article. . .

If you love butternut squash, this soup just may be the answer to your prayers. In my dad's words, "This is heaven." So creamy and rich with a spicy bite at the end. Plus, the recipe is incredibly simple. I found it here on


  • 6 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoons margarine
  • 6 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese

  1. In a large saucepan, saute onions in margarine until tender. Add squash, water, bouillon, marjoram, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to boil; cook 20 minutes, or until squash is tender.
  2. Puree squash and cream cheese in a blender or food processor in batches until smooth. Return to saucepan, and heat through. Do not allow to boil. 

My Advice:

After making this a few times, I have a few tidbits. . .
  •  Roasting the squash in the oven brings out the flavor more. Cut in half and lay face down in a baking pan. 30-40 minutes on 350 degrees.
  • If you wanna make it quick, just nuke the squash in the microwave! Cut the squash in half, and lay face down on a plate. Microwave 8-10 minutes.
  • Half of the cream cheese is more than plenty for this recipe. In fact, it is quite good without it. So basically, just go with your feelings on this one. But I would take it easy with the cheeezzzyyy. yeah.
  • I added a lot more of the cayenne pepper to give it spice. I normally hate cayenne, but it packs a nice punch with this recipe.
  • Also, you can really use whatever kind of squash you want to. I tried using yellow squash (which is significantly smaller, so I bought more and halfed the recipe). My mom also informed me that she tried it with spaghetti squash, and said it turned out well.
  • It's a dream in a bread bowl. 

So go get in your kitchen and try it!
I swear by all the squash in America,
you won't regret it.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Rock n' Roll Mountain Troll

I woke up this morning to a surprise email from Jake with attachments.
They show our forgotten hiking escapade over Thanksgiving break. 
I don't know what is happening in any of these frames.
But I'm pretty sure we are lost.
And having a good time. 

No one ever looked as serious with a can of grape soda as my brother, Mason. 

Nostalgia, for the win.