Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'll take some Tap Tap Revenge with a side of 30 Rock, please





This week's Writer's Workshop from Mama Kat (see above) is frickin' awesome! You better be excited because you're gonna get to read a whole crap load of fun stuff from me today. Wanna know what's in store?

Well, I've got a fabulous music video for your viewing pleasure, circa early 1990s. Next, I'll be sharing one of my favorite recipes with you. You'll also have the privilege of discovering what 5 of my most current favorite things are. Are you jumping up and down with excitement yet? Because you should be. If you're not, then you better get your head examined.

So, first off, allow me to share with you a fabulous song from the first CD I ever purchased with my own money. Frickin' Ace of BASE, people. Name of the CD? The Sign. I remember playing basketball outside by myself with my larger than life boom box next to the hoop, playing this very song on repeat for HOURS. One time the crotchety old lady from next door came over and asked me to turn it down. What a bizatch! I listen to the song now, and I realize how ridiculous of a song it is, but it just takes me back, and all I can do is smile.

I'm notorious for screwing up song lyrics, but I swear the first line of this is: "I bought a phone, yeah!" Tell me what you think. I'm pretty much 23% sure that I've gotta be right on this one.

Without further adieu, I bring you the classic '90s hit, "The Sign." Don't enjoy it too much.



Next! A favorite recipe...

I love recipes that are easy, delicious, and taste like I spent forever working on them. The recipe I'm going to share with you is a variation on a recipe called Chicken Surprise that a friend shared with me, and a crockpot recipe I found online. I really don't have a name for this, but it's good. Let's call it Crockpot Chickeny Salsa Bean Extravaganza. If you need to cook gluten-free, check out The Crockpot Lady's site for her version.

Crockpot Chickeny Salsa Bean Extravaganza

1. Turn your crockpot to Low.
2. Add about 4 or 5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (you can even add them frozen!)
3. Dump in a jar of salsa (I recommend whatever brand is on sale - who frickin' cares, anyway?).
4. Dump in a can of black beans.
5. Cook for about 6-8 hours.

You can eat as is, or you can shred the chicken. You can also add corn if you want at the beginning, but I choose not to. Now, if you want it to be creamy, add a brick of cream cheese during the last 30 minutes and then stir it all together. We've tried it both ways, and we prefer it without the cream cheese. If you want it to be soupier, add some chicken broth - however much you want.

And lastly, I will be sharing 5 of my current favorite things with you. Let's take it from the top.

One: L'Oreal beauty tubes mascara























Listen to me. Are you listening? You HAVE to buy this mascara. HAVE to. I've always had an issue with mascara smudging, rubbing off, making me have raccoon eyes halfway through the day, or clumping. Not pretty. This stuff frickin' rocks! I bought it after I read Summer's review (please go check her out at Le Musings of Moi, by the way - she's a riot!), and I will never go back. You really need to read Summer's review - I'm pretty sure you'll feel compelled to buy it after you read it.

DOS and TRES: The 8 gig iPod touch. One of THE best inventions ever. Given to me by Mom and Pops at Christmas, it's definitely going down as one of the best Christmas gifts ever given to anyone. anywhere. Number 3 goes right along with it, and that - my friends - is Tap Tap Revenge. Available free at the app store, it's like a handheld version of guitar hero. Just warning you - it's addicting. You probably won't get anything done for at least a day after you discover the fun that IS Tap Tap Revenge (that's it on the screen right there).























Four: Frickin' baby formula. Seriously. I love this stuff (for Kaylee, not me personally). It makes my life easier, and it means my boobs are mine again. In fact, I'm so excited about formula that I wrote a whole post about how excited it makes me. Click here to read all about it.














And, lastly, #5. Liz Lemon.

Otherwise known as Tina Fey's character on NBC's 30 Rock. Dennis and I watched an episode a couple seasons ago and weren't really crazy about it, but this year we gave it another shot, and now we don't miss an episode. It's so dang funny! Liz Lemon is my favorite. Enjoy this quick little montage of Liz Lemon-isms. Funny stuff, people. Funny stuff.




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21 comments:

Joy said...

That recipe sounds really yummy

Why were formula cans not so cool and easy to use when I was feeding it-now if it just didn't cost a million dollars

namaste said...

I love Lizzzzzzzzzzz LEEEEEmmmmoooonnnnnnn!

Summer said...

How sweet are you to link to me?!? Thanks girl!

And I have to agree on the formula thing! I am In. Love! with formula.

Deb said...

girl! i am sitting here reading your post (and beebopping along), with my coat of step one of the double extend mascara drying on my lashes. RIGHT THIS VERY MINUTE!!! i will be off to apply step two after the swedes finish rocking out.

you are just a baby. i think i remember listening to this (maybe even watching this exact taping of the European Music Awards) when moody teen was a toddler. yikes

Jenners said...

Oh Lord! Ace of Base. Ugh. I think I just threw up in my mouth. This is where you and part ways musically, I'm afraid. But perhaps you didn't know any better with your "larger than life" boombox. If I was your neighbor, I would have "accidentally on purpose" run over the boombox. I just despise Ace of Base. I'm sorry ... can we still be friends... BECAUSE

I love Liz Lemon! I love 30 Rock! I'm even beginning to like it more than The Office. Though I'm glad we have a DVR because I have to constantly rewind to catch all the jokes. They go by so fast. I think this show is pure comic genius ... and Tina Fey is my idol. I want to be her.

Michelle said...

My 13 year old wants that mascara in the worst way! :)

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I love simple recipes for the crockpot. Easy clean up and not time consuming works so well for me!

Dan said...

Good song - I have to admit I hadn't heard it before.

No comment on the makeup stuff - my beard doesn't get along with mascara. {*grin*}

Kristen said...

Seriously. That recipe is so easy it's gotta be a typo. Gonna try that one too!

Lorina said...

Your recipe sounds good.. and I love that mascara too!

Ace of Base.. haha.. I remember loving them!

Saundra@ItalianMamaGoneCrazy said...

That montage made me want to start watching 30 rock... I love Tina Fey!

Ace of Base rocked... even though I was 30 when i first heard them... crap... I'm getting old...

Lauren said...

I remember the days when Ace of Base was the only band on the radio! The good ole days! Is it sad that I still remember every word to every song on that cd? Probably not as sad as the cd that I wrote about that I also remember all of the words to! I have issues with loving lame music! (I am totally singing the sign right now in my head!)

Halftime Lessons said...

Oh My God...
I am cracking up...
when you get a sec, so see what I posted today for MamaKat...

Talk about great minds.

;-)

Ill try yours if you try mine...;-)

NateAndJakesMom said...

1st, the mascara is FABULOUS! I love it and I just can't believe it works so great! It is magical.

2nd, I was out of high school when Ace of Base came on the scene and I still have the tape. So I got to play the YouTube video you put here and turned off Little Einsteins to play it and dance around. Thanks for the flash back!! (Gotta love Prince and his lack of enthusiasm - what, they ain't wearing purple so he can't get into it?)

Heatherlyn said...

I remember when that cd came out! I'm feeling old now!

The Keller Krew said...

This 30 year old wants that mascara in the worst way, but there is never any on the shelf when I get there!

junebug said...

Thanks for the recipe! I think I'm going to try this one.
Here vie MKWW.

Laura said...

Came over from Mama Kat's - I had the Ace of Base tape haha. My first cd was Paula Abdul's Spellbound...I still have it.

blueviolet said...

My hubby swears by that show and I've never seen it! I need to!

KatieSaysSo said...

haha! yes!! ace of base is the best!!!

Mama Kat said...

I think you just convinced me to watch that show. Hilarious!

Sigh.

And Ok. OK! I'll try the mascara. Now you Summer stop pestering me about it!

 
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