Music Mood ft. The Dirty Heads

This has been another eclectic week of music.  My taste has varied from Christmas to rock to pop( maybe that’s how it usually is besides the Christmas tunes lol).

  1. Merry Christmas Baby: Bruce Springsteen
  2. Wildest Dreams: Taylor Swift
  3. Stand Tall: The Dirty Heads**  
  4. Check the Level:   The Dirty Heads
  5. Back Home: Andy Grammer
  6. Santa Clause is Coming to Town: Bruce Springsteen
  7. House Party: Sam Hunt
  8. Dominick the Donkey: Lou Monte
  9. Mama’s Broken Heart: Miranda Lambert
  10. Go Big or Go Home: American Authors
  11. Christmas Wrapping: The Waitresses
  12. Babel: Mumford and Sons

 

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** Funny story about The Dirty Heads: In college I discovered them through Youtube and was hooked on their songs. I downloaded all of them!! This was circa 2008 they were not as popular as they are now, their songs were not on the radio, my friends didn’t know who they were, and most importantly I loved the songs I heard.  The songs I downloaded are still on my IPod today  I fell in love with them and their songs but only had their songs from 2008.  When I heard My Sweet Summer on the radio I was like something about this songs, melody, sounds so familiar and when they announced the artist I knew why!

So yes I knew this band before they were cool (JK they were always cool!) and on the radio.  Their older songs are still my favorite!  So guys if you happen to read and or see this Congrats on the success and I still love your music!!

Favorite Dirty Head Songs 

2008 songs (all are still on my iPod and under The Dirty Heads not Dirty Heads)

Check the Level

Driftin’

Lay Me Down

Stand Tall

I Got No TIme

Everything I’m Looking For

Check the Level

Believe

 

How to Be Happy…

Since the holidays are upon us and the new year not far behind it I wanted to share this email I got from a friend.  Enjoy and feel free to share.  I am not sure of the source of this list but I did not write it.

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How to be happy…

Be physically active 10-30 minutes every day.

Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

Sleep for 7 hours.

Live with the 3 E’s: Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

Play more games.

Read more books than you did last year.

Drink plenty of water.

Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar.

Make time to practice mediation, and prayer.

Try new things.

Smile and laugh more.

Try to make at least three people smile each day.

Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.

Don’t have negative thoughts about things you cannot control.  Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 16.

Try not to hate others. (Life is too short to waste time hating anyone)

Don’t take yourself too seriously. (no one else does)

Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past.  This will ruin your present happiness.

Realize that life is school and you are here to learn.  Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away.

Agree to disagree.  You don’t have to win every argument.

Don’t compare your life to others.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.

Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

Stay in touch.  Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your family and friends will.

Forgive everyone for everything.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.

The best is yet to come.

Treat others as you wish to be treated.

Don’t overdo.  Keep your limits.

Your inner most is always happy.  So be happy.

Do the right thing.

Talk to your family often.

Each day give something good to others.

Stick to your principles, no matter what.

Dream more while you are awake.

Smile when you walk.

Find joy in simplicity.

Growing up with ideas doesn’t mean you’re right.

Hope you enjoyed it! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!

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The best cookie around… Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

Since I am in a baking mood lately I figured I’ll introduce you all to my favorite cookie: oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  I absolutely love baking these scrumptious treats for friends, family, and co-workers especially around the holidays.  Below is the recipe I use when baking the cookies and it makes about three dozen cookies. Enjoy!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

8 oz. (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup of packed brown sugar

3/4 sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 eggs

1-1/2 cup of all purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

3 cups Quick oats

2 cups of chocolate chips

Directions

1.Heat oven to 350 degrees

2.Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.

3.Beat in eggs until light and fluffy

4.Mix in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt on low until blended.

5.Stir in oats and chocolate chips

6.Form dough into balls and place two inches apart on cookie sheet

*To help the cookies maintain a round shape use a teaspoon (the circular one used for measuring) to scoop out the cookie dough.

 

Let me introduce Southern Crack and Slutty Brownies

Now, now get your head out of the gutter. These are not the names of whatever it was that you were thinking. These are scrumptious desserts! I have made the brownies when I lived up north after hearing about the recipe from a friend. The Southern Crack is a nickname for a Southern snack featuring saltines, chocolate, butter, and toffee/caramel. The latter was brought to me by one of my student’s families and it was delicious. I figured it is about time that I try out the recipe and bake it myself. Both of these treats are easy to make and best of all you do not need any cooking skills. They are usually a hit at potlucks or holiday gatherings. Below, I’ll share both recipes with you and how they are made.

 

Slutty Brownies

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Ingredients:

1 box of brownie mix

1 package of Oreo cookies

1 roll of ready made of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Any size baking pan you choose

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.Make the brownie mix following the directions on the back of the box

3. Put the brownie mix on the side

4. Line the bottom of the baking pan with the pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough by gently pressing the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan to create an even layer.

5. Add a layer of Oreo cookies on top of the chocolate chip cookie dough (you may not need the whole Oreo cookie package you got)

6. Pour the brownie mix that you made earlier on top of the Oreo cookies and the chocolate chip cookie dough and make sure the brownie mix is even

7. Bake for 30-35 minutes

8. Use a knife to check if the brownies are done.  Remember you do not want to over cook because the chocolate chip cookie layer will get overdone or burn.

9. Enjoy!

Southern Crack

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Ingredients: 

1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup of brown sugar

2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips or Nutella *Some people have used Nutella to spread on top of the saltine crackers instead of melted chocolate chips

 40 saltine crackers

cookie sheet

Directions: 

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray.  You can also line the cookie sheet with foil or wax paper

3.Place a layer of saltines onto the cookie sheet

4.Melt the sugar and butter until it boils

5. Lower the heat and let it simmer until the mixture thickens and the sugar dissolves

6.Pour the mixture over the saltine crackers and spread it evenly over the crackers

7.Bake for 8-10 minutes

8. Remove pan formt he oven and let it sit for 3-5 min

9. Sprinkle on the chocolate chips, let them melt, and then spread the over the saltines or spread the Nutella on top of the crackers

10. Let them cool and enjoy

Music Mood

This has been a fantastic music weekend and morning commute for me!  It seriously felt like the radio was tuned into my mood and playing songs which reflected my feelings to a T.  It was amazing and usually never happens.  it was one of life’s funny coincidences and helped turned a bad day and mood around.  So I present my favorite songs and albums of the past week!

  1. Hello: Adele
  2. My Sweet Summer: The Dirty Heads
  3. S.O.B: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  4. Mama’s Broken Heart: Miranda Lambert
  5. Alone Together: Fall Out Boy
  6. Sugar, We’re Going Down: Fall Out Boy
  7. Dead Sea: The Lumineers
  8. Holland Road: Mumford & Sons
  9. Molecules: Atlas Genius
  10. I Write Sins Not Tragedies: Panic! at the Disco
  11. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom andSuicide is Press Coverage: Panic! at the Disco
  12. Wake Me Up When September Ends: Green Day
  13. Goodbye Earl: Dixie Chicks
  14. Only The Good Die Young: Billy Joel
  15. Mary’s Place: Bruce Springsteen
  16. Bat Out of Hell: Meatloaf
  17. Down by the RIver: Milky Chance
  18. I Love It : Icona Pop
  19. Don’t Stop Me Now: Queen
  20. 1985: Bowling for Soup

 

Albums I have been loving:

Eric Clapton Slowhand at 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall

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This album is amazing!  I love it and have been listening to it non-stop! I wish I was there live to  hear the performance.  Go out and listen to songs off youtube or download the songs you will not regret it!

Adele 25

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Typical, Typical I know but it is a well done album!  Love it and her voice is so powerful and full of emotion!

BIlly Joel Live at Shea Stadium The Concert

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Brings back memories! I was there during the Last Play at Shea concert with my family and it was fantastic.  The concert signified the end of Shea Stadium it was torn town in about 2009.  I was able to see so many artists.  Just a great album!

Let’s get personal…

So, I realized that I never full introduced myself or let you get to know me so let’s get personal

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1. Born and raised in NY! NYC is my hometown and the best city ever!!

2. I love coffee! Can not start my morning without it! My favorite brews are Intelligentsia, Dunkin Donuts, and WaWa

3.My hair color is au natural! Never been dyed or highlighted!

4. My favorite colors are purple,blue, and hunter green!

5. Never broke a bone or had surgery.  Hope it stays that way because I dislike being in hospitals.

6. When growing up I only took the subway and buses and didn’t drive a car.

7. Living down south has meant I have driven the most I ever have in my life: no buses and trains here:(

8. My younger sister and I share a birth month and our birth dates are 12 days apart

9. My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip

10. My favorite movies are Wedding Crashers, My Cousin Vinny, Sweet Home Alabama, Sense and Sensibility, and White Chicks

11. I enjoy a beer over wine any day

12. When I was younger my celebrity crushes were Jake Gyllenhaal and Orlando Bloom

13. Never owned a dog or cat.  If I do get a dog I would pick a beagle

14.I am dreadful at math so never ask me to compute anything or balance your checkbook. I’m lucky that I can keep my s*** together.

15.My favorite snacks are Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. If I’m in the mood for something salty then I eat Plantain Chips: They are so yummy!

16. The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory are my favorite shows on TV

17.I swear  I have ADHD because my thoughts and focus are constantly moving a mile a minute, from one thing to the next. This means things get half finished but it is a work in progress.

18.My favorite season is fall.  I love the crisp air and when the leaves change color.

19. I grew up listening to the music of Bruce Springsteen and have seen him in concert twice!

20. My first concert was a 2003 Bruce Springsteen concert at Giant’s Stadium! The best first concert ever! It poured during the concert and he kept on playing!

21. Handbag addict! My favorite purse designers are Kate Spade, Patricia Nash, and Dooney and Bourke! Dooney and Bourke All Weather Leather bags are my absolute favorite!  I could spend all my money on handbags: it’s a problem.

22. Book Nerd! I will devour anything with words except Sci-Fci and Fantasy. Basically I can be seen with a book in hand or my Kindle in tow since the day I began reading! If I could make a living off of writing book reviews or editing books I totally would!

23. I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years and loved it! Now I do it for fun and enjoy teaching others how to swim. Swimming is such an important skill to learn even if you never become competitive.

24. The beach is one of my favorite places to go on vacation and to relax! Swimming in the ocean is so relaxing and destressing for me!

25. One of my bucket list goals is to visit all states on the East Coast. Only four left go! Woo Hoo:)

26. My family has been vacationing at the same campground in Montauk, NY for the past 17 years! We loved every second of it and it is my favorite home. There have been so many firsts that have happened there!

27. Birkenstocks and Chacos are the bomb! I could wear those shoes all day everyday!  The gizahs are my favorite style Birks.

28.I grew up without a microwave and TV dinners. Some people find that weird but it is the norm for my family!

29. I hate cooked spinach 😦 The texture weirds me out!

30. Always trying new baking recipes.  My best is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin bread

31. Hardly wear earrings or jewelry

32. I make a mean guacamole and bread bowls

33. I have numerous stories about taking public transit in NYC whether its funny or interesting something always happened to me! I swear I can write a book with all of the stories!

34. Every time my family does something or goes on a trip there is a story good, bad, funny, or sad that will accompany it.  My family has a knack for getting into interesting situations.

35. My favorite foods are Italian Stew, a good slice of NY pizza (Denino’s is the best ever!), and Pumpkin Ravioli

36. My singing voice is horrendous and I’m the least musically inclined person I know

37. You will never see me on the dance floor at parties

38. Still have not figured this whole blogging thing out and started it after multiple failed attempts and because it was on my bucket list

39. I enjoy writing and have kept a journal since elementary school

40. I hate that people assume I like the color pink or girly things just because I am a woman

41. My favorite lipstick is Bobbi Brown’s Blue Raspberry

42.  I am directionally challenged and even have trouble following the GPS

43.  My memory is fantastic and better than most people’s I know.  Sometimes my memory is too good because I wish there were some events I could forget.

44. Instead of memorizing street or highway names for directions I use landmarks, houses, stores, landscape etc. to remember routes.  So never ask me for directions because they would sound something like this: Turn left by the large tree with green leaves, and go straight until you pass the red brick house, then make a left : you get the picture

45. I am a control freak but the most indecisive person when it come to making decisions about things.  It’s totally ironic

46. Big goodbyes are the hardest thing for me to do so I’d rather just up and leave without saying a word.  Sometimes instead of goodbye I say see you soon

47. Helping people is one of my greatest passions and I love volunteering

48. Never watch the news.  Every time I used to watch it there were hardly any uplifting stories or it was just pointless segments so I stopped all together

49. I have volunteered at the NYC marathon for three years and loved it! One of the funnest things I have done!

50. I’m not perfect and a work in progress .. duh! I have a habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, putting my foot in my mouth, providing comic relief, or just rambling if I get passionate about a topic.  Also, I make mistakes which is ok because everyone does.

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