#12: go to a concert

ok this blog post is just going to be FULL of confessions. here we go.

sometimes when i get sick, i make weird purchases. probably the craziest one, was i bought some horrible green rain boots from target one night when i was up late, suffering through food poisoning from eating ceviche. but sometimes i do other weird things, too. like back in march. i decided in my feverish haze, that it was a GOOD idea to pay a lot of money for two tickets to see celtic woman.

i really don’t know why i did this. i really can’t explain it to you at ALL. it took almost 24 hours for the confirmation to arrive in my inbox, and when it did, i was immediatley filled with regret and horror….they were NON-REFUNDABLE. haha.

i waited a good three days before i confessed this to the man. HA! i felt so terrible..we had been budgeting very tightly post wedding/europe. he, rightfully and gently so, talked with me about how this wasn’t a good decision and that we needed to sell the tickets, so i immediatley put them up on craig’s list to see what kind of offer i could get.

about thirty minutes later…i get a g-chat, and dan asks me if i’ve sold them…i hadn’t. he decided we were going. HA! he just said we would have to sacrifice somewhere else (which we did), but that he really wanted to go to the show. it made sense…we both love celtic music and he is really into it. ha! so we decided to see the show.

i have to say, that it was very americanized, and upstaged. (warning this next sentence will sound snobby.) for someone who has seen and experienced and participated in singing old irish folk songs IN ireland…it just wasn’t as magical. it was kind of like if the tv show glee, was in ireland, i think. but musically, it was pretty fantastic. they had a HARP!!!! awesome! and 2 bagpipe players…one who played amazing grace as a solo. totally beautiful.

so that’s my story. that’s how we fulfilled our ‘going to a concert’ in my 30th year.

thanks for reading!

#24: take someone to fusebox who has never been

well, originally, i had other plans on how to fulfill this, but you know…life!

fusebox fesitval is a 10 day performance art festival in austin texas, that happens every year around the end of may/beginning of june. it is totally awesome, and i’ve volunteered the past three year. this year, i wasn’t able to, but have still been able to attend a few events.

dan went with me last year to a VIP party for fusebox, and been my taxi to a few of the late night events, but has never actually attended an event.

last saturday we went to steven and eugene’s 50/50 birthday party hosted at an old abandoned power plant in the heart of downtown. the space is SO cool, and i’ve attended events there before. we got to hear the amazing and talented graham reynolds perform, followed by another favorite, foot patrol.

we are also going to see reggie watts on sunday, which will be awesome! i have seen him live 4 times, and attended several late nite events with him. i will leave you with a clip of reggie on conan, this past christmas. just remember, kwanza juice: it’s exactly what you think it is.

thanks for reading!

#16: ride a roller coaster at a theme park

i started going through my list and i found a couple more things i had completed and forgot to blog about! WOO!

when we went to harry potter world, i had read rave reviews about the rides there. they were all totally awesome…but there was one in particular i had my sights set on: the dragon challenge.

leading up to the entrance is all kinds of awesome tri-wizard paraphernalia—banners for cedric, harry, fleur, and krum. totally awesome! you go through a series of twists and turns and then you must make your choice.  a chinese fireball or hungarian horntail.

we chose the chinese fireball and it was bananas! basically you get on one of two coasters that intersect and interwind with each other.

now, i am not a roller coaster person, AT ALL. ha! dan loves them and i knew that right out of the gate i wanted to cowgirl-up, and get this done!! i was so nervous walking up to the ride, and thought we might die a few times, but i have to admit, that it was pretty fun!

after a good five-minute recovery, i was ready to see the rest of the park. fun times!!!

#10 make homeade trail mix

we are hosting a bachelor party at the house on friday, and this was something i could make in advance that will keep until friday. in fact, it will keep for a whole week, sealed in an air-tight container.

sweet and spicy trail mix

2 1/2 cups of pretzel sticks

1 1/2 cups plain almonds

1 stick butter

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon ground mustard

1/2 tablespoon paprika

line a baking sheet with foil, and preheat the oven to 350. then, in a large bowl, combine pretzels and almonds.

on the stove top, bring the butter, mustard and paprika to a boil, all melty like and pour it over the almonds and pretzels. mix well.

pour contents of bowl onto your foil lined baking sheet, and spread out evenly, and then pop into the oven for about 10 minutes, until crispy. stir occasionally. if your oven cooks slower, i’d do 15-18 minutes. i have a gas oven and everything gets super hot, quick!

cool completely before moving to an air-tight container. the foil makes a nice way to not have to scrape a mess off your cooking sheet. :)

enjoy!

#1 try a new recipe (4/10)

okay so i have been trying a lot of main dishes lately, but in an effort to cook more veggies and good-for-you things i tried a new spinach recipe. it’s one of my favorites!

creamy spinach
1 bunch of spinach (i used the kind from the bag, ready to serve in a salad!)
1/4 cup low fat cream cheese
1 tbsp lemon juice
sea salt to season
1/8 cup boiling water

add the boiling water to a skillet on med heat, and put the spinach in. cover and let cook for about 3 minutes. note: use like 4 or 5 times more spinach than you think you’ll need. it cooks way down!

when the spinach is tender, add the lemon juice and cream cheese to the skillet, and stir carefully, until the cream cheese is melted.

serve immediatley, while warm.

we had this with italian baked chicken covered in texas caviar and couscous. it was a citrusy themed meal and was fabulous!

enjoy!

#1: try a new recipe (3/10)

tonight was my very first attempt (ever) at making cobbler from scratch. i have to say, it turned out to be pretty darn successful!

this is a modified (by me) recipe i got from epicurious, that was originally for peach only.

peach and blueberry cobbler

for the fruit filling:
4 large peaches cut into thin wedges or small chunks (i go with small chunks)
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp corn starch
1/4 cup sugar

for biscuit topping:
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks of butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup hot water

to the side:
3/4 cup melted butter
2 generous pinches of brown sugar

cooking the fruit:
toss the peaches and blueberries, with the sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. i used a 9×13 inch pan and it worked perfetco-ly. bake in the middle of the oven at 425 (i did 350 in a gas oven) for 10 minutes. YUM!

preparing the biscuit topping:
(okay. i made a major change here….i doubled what the original recipe called for bc my cobbler came out not as biscuity as i would have like it, so if you’d like more fruit…just half the ingredients listed above.)

stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. blend in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse meal. stir in the water until just combined.

remove the fruit from the oven and spoon biscuity goodness on top (it will expand some when it cooks). before your ready to throw it in the oven combine the melted butter and brown sugar you have set aside and pour on top of your delicious cobbler. bake for about 25 minutes (still at 425).

voila!

dan had his a la mode, but even without the delicious sweet blue bell, it was VERY tasty.

enjoy!

#9: scrapbook our wedding

yeah. this does not mean printing out a bunch of pictures and adding them to cutesy papers from hobby lobby. some people make totally beautiful albums that way, but i am not one of them. maybe if i could cut in a straight line, or take the time to purchase a paper cutter, but i have to say i am more than thrilled with the results of the album we ordered!

it’s definitely non-traditional. the entire book is black leather, a 10×10 square. all the pictures in side are also 10×10, and they are GORGEOUS. the only downside is some of the pics weren’t square shaped friendly, so we had to really pick and choose. we ordered our custom album tuesday night and it arrived today, thursday! in addition to our gorgeous 24 page album we got about 60 prints in sizes from 4×6 to 8×10, all for about two hundred smackers, so we were really happy.

we used a company called mpix, and did everything online. check them out! they are pretty rad.