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November 2011

I Always Wait Until the Last Second to Make An Advent Calendar.

November 30, 2011

I really like the whole concept behind Advent calendars. For starters, Advent. Like it. For second, candy. I’m in.

Last year, we made two. Using barely any skill or money.

The first for getting.

The second for giving.

This year, I think we’ll bring back the “giving back” one, but I did something different on the other.

I used only material we already had in the house, because I did this last minute, and because I didn’t want to buy anything. Except I bought all of the treats a few weeks ago when I purchased Advent grab bags from Maggie Mason and Rena Tom to support Charity : Water. I love the end result.

I’m in the process of making my office into a guest bedroom, and just moved most of the furniture out of it. So right now it’s sort of The Advent Room. It’s true that I may a procrastinating non-traditional Advent celebrator…as I wrote about right here, ahem…but then again, I have an ENTIRE ADVENT ROOM! At least for the next few days.

Rogue Wave

November 29, 2011

Photo from IndieBall

Rogue Wave is a swell California band. Thier song Harmonium was released a while ago, I think 2007, but it’s currently featured on an MLS Soccer commercial that plays very often in our home.

I love this song.

And Then I Went to See Twilight with a Wolf.

November 24, 2011

On Sunday, I went to see The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One with Jenny and Maile. Yes. We did. Along with 84 kabillion other people, we made the people involved about $140 million this weekend. Which is especially crazy because this movie was terrible. Terrible. And I’m not picky about movies. But besides Happy Feet 2 (which was either a brilliant metaphor for something I totally don’t get, or it’s the worst movie ever), it’s the worst movie I’ve seen this week.

For starters:

1. Kristen or Kristin or Krystyn or whatever her name is (I don’t even care enough to look it up) / Bella is completely annoying. To be fair, the character in the book was exceptionally annoying as well. So she’s being faithful to the material and all that…but this actress turns it up to 11. And since the entire premise of the book is that four men are body slamming themselves for this chick and willing to give up their glamorous vampire and/or warewolf lives for her…I’m just seriously missing something here. Maybe it’s some weird guy thing. Not sure. Also, as every media outlet on the planet wants you to know, she dates that hottie kid Cedric Diggory in real life, so this is doubly confusing. Either I seriously don’t get dudes, or she’s a total beard and he’ll be out in five years or less. However, on the other hand and as you may know, she’s fantastic at public speaking. So there’s that. In fact, she even has an instructional video on this topic…

2. There’s an entire scene where the Werewolves are talking. Like a long, dramatic scene. Of wolves talking. About their feelings. If you are human, this is hilarious. I guess if you are a wolf, this is some kind of Rosebud moment. Not sure. I get that there are rarely great parts in films for warewolves, so this is a giant big deal for them. But speaking as a judgy human, ANNOYING!

3. There are three scenes segments (no really, three) featuring the inside circulation of Bella’s body. Even her blood vessels are annoying. It was basically the old Magic School bus inside the body cartoon. But painstakingly created in fancy CG to be a long transformation segment, prominently featured three times! Because two inside-the-human-body animations just aren’t enough.

I’m looking shocked. But only at how dumb this movie was. On the other hand, that shouldn’t be shocking at all. What is wrong with me?

The only redeeming parts about this movie:

1. This movie should for sure encourage any human teenage girl to always use a condom. Even with Cedric Diggory.

2. I went dressed as a vampire and Jenny wore an actual wolf. An actual wolf. On her head.

So that was good.


My Great Grandmother’s Cornbread Dressing Recipe

November 23, 2011

Photo by dkpixs.   

My Great Grandmother made stuffing on the regular. (Here’s more about her, this was added so it is posted in the future!) She was a genius in the kitchen, simple and quality.

So here is stuffing the way stuffing is supposed to be made, according to everyone that I’m related to. Also, our people call it dressing. Behold the power of dressing.

Cornbread Dressing, Central Texas Style

(that means, super simple and so freaking good)

What you’ll need:

Cornbread mix (and whatever that calls for)

1 sweet onion

Turkey broth (or chicken broth, or both)

What you’ll do:

Make the Jiffy cornbread according to the box recipe. Once it’s done and out and cool, pull it out the pan, put it in a bowl and mash it up/mix it up into cornbread crumbs. Chop one onion, add that to the mix. Bring approximately 32-48 oz of broth to a boil. Once the broth is super hot, add it to the mixture. Mix it up (it should be more soupy than solid). Put it in a 9X13 baking dish and bake it at 350 for 1 hour.

Just so you know, this recipe isn’t written down anywhere, so I had to adapt it. We usually make this for about 30 people and use 7 boxes of cornbread mix, 4 large onions, and broth from a 22 lb turkey + 2 cartons of 32 oz chicken broth.

This is so so good (and so easy), I  don’t know why you’d make dressing/stuffing any other way.

Happy Thanksgiving from Texas!

The Tontons

November 22, 2011

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about them until now. Because they’ve been playing non-stop in our house for a while now. Especially since their new album Golden came out about a month ago. The Tontons (Asli Omar, Tom Nguyen, Adam Martinez, Justin Marinez) are a severely talented group of people, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for them. They’re going to be huge.

Go and listen to then right here.  You won’t be disappointed.

My favorite is the title track: Golden.

And they are exactly that. Enjoy.

(I can’t find a decent version of Golden in YouTube, but here’s a lighter version of Charlie. On a roof.)