Yummy Fixins

Paleo, no gluten, no sugar, no nightshades. Oh, and I make music.

Jul 21
Crisis!!!  Can’t find Vader, Stormtrooper, or Boba cookie cutters!

Crisis!!! Can’t find Vader, Stormtrooper, or Boba cookie cutters!


peroxidecomics:

Joey Ramone says “wanna” the way _____ says _____.

My friend Woody is a genius.


Jul 17

Life is a bear

Guys, I’m sorry that I am sometimes using this Tumblr as a therapy session, but I think I am going kind of crazy working on this last song.  I’ve tried everything to make it feel complete to me.  I’ve strayed from it’s dark dancefloor origins, and tried to go ethereal with it (didn’t work), and now that I’m back musically, I’ve been struggling with adding vocals for a while.  I wrote over 10 pages of lyrics for this song (there are probably about 12 different songs in those lyrics).  I tend to get overbearing with the lyrics I think (I am “concept heavy” and fall in love with alliteration, assonance and sibilance), so I picked out two lines - yes, TWO lines of the lyrics that I like, and I was content to just use those two for some accents and not go full on crazy with lyrics on this song.  But now, with all the things I’ve tried, some stuff is melding together sonically, and there is a line that sounds exactly like “Life is a Bear” when I play all the tracks at once.  The two lines I have picked out do not have neither the words “life” nor “bear” in them (nor anything close) and I am starting to think that I am going insane.

My music teacher, after hearing me complain about how long this last 5% of the process is, told me that for any creative process, you need to leave at least 50% of the total time of the project for the last 5%.  I believe him!


Starring Weird Al as Sir Isaac Newton.

Sorry, I’m just full of Weird Al love today.  (Plus, I’m procrastinating!  I’ve posted about Weird Al on my Facebook, my company’s twitter (it is a marketing blog), and here.  I hope I can stop…)


I love Weird Al, and yes, he’s a genius, he’s funny, he’s smart.  But I really saw in this video (and others like it) just how internally peaceful he must be.  Stuart Varney is a jerk, but Al just goes with it, happily, peacefully, perfectly.  And, you know that’s just the way he is.  It’s not an act.  He’s not going back to the green room cursing under his breath, yelling at his manager.  He is just perfectly himself, having a genuinely good time.  I am loving this one-video-a-day marketing thing he is doing, and he makes me laugh, but I seriously think he is a role model spiritually.  His effortless comfort and ceaselessly positive attitude is definitely one to emulate (not to mention that “aging backward” thing he seems to be doing).  I am so glad I live in a world where Weird Al exists.  The world is a good place.  


Jul 16
NYC 

The prominent building toward the center of the photo is throwing the Dio horns, and I love it for that.

NYC

The prominent building toward the center of the photo is throwing the Dio horns, and I love it for that.


Sweet plantains (maduros) make a great carby side dish for an SCD diet (less ripe, starchy plantains such as those made into tostones, are not SCD legal - it’s the difference between poly- and monosaccharides).

These plantains tasted like salted caramel after I sautéed them in butter (because I waited for maximum ripeness - almost 2 weeks on my countertop).


How to Pick a Peach. 

I’m on my way home from the farmers market and thought I would sit and reflect on peach selection for a moment. 

Don’t squeeze peaches at the farmers market. Peaches re usually not truly “tree-ripened,” no matter what the sign says. If the farmer allows them to get color before picking, that’s good enough. If they were truly ripened on the tree, they would be an ungodly mess by the time they got to market. If somehow, they were individually packed and gently displayed for sale, they’d be a mess in 5 minutes from all the assholes squeezing them. 

Peaches should fully ripen on your counter, just like avocados and bananas should. Don’t expect to buy them already ripe. 

Pick a peach that is more red than yellow around the stem dimple (like the ones pictured above), heavy for its size, and smoothly round (flattened parts, even if firm, will be bruises when the peach is ripe).  

To ripen them, stand them stem-side-down on a folded, very dry towel on your counter and move them around (still stem side down) on the towel (or on another towel) so no moisture builds up under them.  You don’t need to put them in a paper bag. That is supposed to make them ripen faster, but I don’t feel like it helps. 

I wait until the skins almost start to wrinkle because that is when thy are juiciest inside AND when they are easiest to peel (the husband and the kid love peaches, but not peach skin).  This usually takes 2-3 days in my boiling hot apartment. 

And don’t eat peaches (or apples, pears, or berries) out of season because they will suck.

How to Pick a Peach.

I’m on my way home from the farmers market and thought I would sit and reflect on peach selection for a moment.

Don’t squeeze peaches at the farmers market. Peaches re usually not truly “tree-ripened,” no matter what the sign says. If the farmer allows them to get color before picking, that’s good enough. If they were truly ripened on the tree, they would be an ungodly mess by the time they got to market. If somehow, they were individually packed and gently displayed for sale, they’d be a mess in 5 minutes from all the assholes squeezing them.

Peaches should fully ripen on your counter, just like avocados and bananas should. Don’t expect to buy them already ripe.

Pick a peach that is more red than yellow around the stem dimple (like the ones pictured above), heavy for its size, and smoothly round (flattened parts, even if firm, will be bruises when the peach is ripe).

To ripen them, stand them stem-side-down on a folded, very dry towel on your counter and move them around (still stem side down) on the towel (or on another towel) so no moisture builds up under them. You don’t need to put them in a paper bag. That is supposed to make them ripen faster, but I don’t feel like it helps.

I wait until the skins almost start to wrinkle because that is when thy are juiciest inside AND when they are easiest to peel (the husband and the kid love peaches, but not peach skin). This usually takes 2-3 days in my boiling hot apartment.

And don’t eat peaches (or apples, pears, or berries) out of season because they will suck.


Jul 15

Thankful

The new Weird Al videos are making me so happy.  I am also very happy because sauerkraut juice exists.  Life is just wonderful!


erikonymous said: Thanks! I actually found a few sites that reference that book/NASA study, and they'd pulled lists of non-toxic (for pets) species from there. I have some good ideas now! Plants!

Awesome!  I read How to Grow Fresh Air years ago, and really found it useful.  I have the same plant you do (dieffenbachia, but I have no cats), and I’ve made SO MANY plants propagating it.  Also, I’ve pretty much covered the house with philodendrons, all from one tiny plant from the farmer’s market.  Whoops!  That won’t work for you, either.  Poison to cats & dogs!  Sheesh!


Jul 12
Oh, hello perfect breakfast. 

I’m walking home from the farmers market and decided to rest my weary backpack at City Bakery

Oh, hello perfect breakfast.

I’m walking home from the farmers market and decided to rest my weary backpack at City Bakery


Jul 11

Lukas Moodysson

Does anyone else love Lukas Moodysson films as much as I do?  If so, what is your favorite?


I will never have this organized of a fridge, or this many prepped items again,  so I had to document it. I didn’t have work today, so I decided to spend my entire day cleaning, cooking, baking, and prepping.

I will never have this organized of a fridge, or this many prepped items again, so I had to document it. I didn’t have work today, so I decided to spend my entire day cleaning, cooking, baking, and prepping.


How?

This year we will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary (which means I’m getting a gem encrusted skull for a gift, right?). HOW does my husband NOT know what a chiffonade is? HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!


Jul 9

Stuck

Ugh.  I am “stuck” on finishing the last song of our EP.  So, I am just studying drum & bass techniques today to clear my mind with something different, but still keep my head in the EDM game.  Why is it that the last part of a project is so very hard to finish?!  I am procrastinating by going online constantly.  WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.  

The good news is that I restarted hardcore SCD today (day 1 of intro diet), AND, we finally chose a band name.  I’ve already grabbed the domain, the Tumblr and the Twitter under the new name, and the second I can post something there, I’ll let you guys know.  

Progress is being made.  Just not FAST ENOUGH!  

If I come in here one more time today, yell at me.  I have work to do!!!!!


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