chicago bound

21 Feb

My best friend is a classically trained musician who auditions frequently for various symphonies around the country. She has an upcoming audition in Chicago and invited me along for the ride! So, I will be spending a few days in Chicago during the first week of March. I would love recommendations for places to visit, eat, etc. I know that I want to try the Chicago Diner, visit the Museum of Science and Industry, and possibly the Field Museum. I’ve been to the Field Museum, so if pressed for time, I might skip it.
Any suggestions for places to visit? Must sees in Chicago? I am really into non-touristy things as well as some of the more traditional site seeings. I love to people watch, and would love a good recommendation for a coffee shop with good ‘a-watchin.

Music Wednesday…

16 Feb

I have loved Mark Kozelek for 13 years, it is crazy how huge of a fan I am. Borderline creepy. This song qualifies in the top ten of my all-time favorites.
Don’t you just love his voice? He’s so lovely. Okay, I am being creepy, aren’t I?

smoky split pea soup

8 Feb

This recipe was conceived because it’s forkin’ cold outside, naturally I wanted a rustic soup. Maybe, I really just wanted to eat green food tonight, because I also had a serving of crispy, toasted, brussel sprouts. I served the soup with a buttered mini-marbled rye slice. This soup was really comforting and a perfect companion to the below zero temperatures.

Split Pea Soup

serves 4.

  • 1 1/2 cup dried split peas, washed and sorted for gross bits
  • 1/4 medium sized onion, diced
  • 1 or 2 celery ribs diced
  • 1 TB minced garlic
  • 1 TB olive Oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 5 1/2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 TB nutritional yeast
  • S & P to taste

Heat olive oil in a medium stockpot. Add onions and celery, saute until onions are tender. Add paprika, bay leaf, thyme and garlic. When the paprika becomes really fragrant (about 1-2 minutes), add vegetable broth, split peas, and nutritional yeast. Bring to a boil, check for salt and pepper, and reduce heat to a simmer. Continue cooking until the split peas are tender, about 40-45 minutes.

house love

8 Feb

I am totally drooling over this perfect mid-century ranch home in Michigan. It is perfectly decorated and keeps in tact the home’s quirky architectural charm. Click the photo to see the rest of the tour over at Vintage Indie.
houselove

(vegetarian) buffalo chick’n dip

8 Feb

We watched the Super Bowl, which is highly unusual. Last year was actually the first time I had even seen an American Football game, and of course, it happened to be the Super Bowl. The last few years I have become increasingly more interested in watching sports, but this hasn’t really expanded to the NFL. Alas, I bring you this updated, less saturated with grease or fat, dip. Oh, it doesn’t look super pretty when it comes out, but it is mighty tasty!

    buffalo chicken dip-serves 8

  • 8 gardein crispy tenders
  • 1 12 Frank’s Red Hot (feel free to use less if you are sensitive to spicy foods
  • 13 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 8 ounce packages low-fat cream cheese softened
  • 12 cup skim milk mozzarella.
  • 12 TB Earth Balance or butter
  • Preheat oven to 420. Cook Chick’n Strips to package requirements, make sure they are crispy. Set aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients, mix well until sauce is smooth. Put sauce and strips in a baking dish. Lower Temperature to 350 and bake for 20-30 minutes, until set.


    While this might not be the most healthy thing to eat, this version (per serving) has 188 calories, 9 grams of carbs, 7 grams of fat, and 17 grams of protein. It makes a whole mess, so the serving sizes are much bigger than the typical 2 TB.

favorite songs/albums of all time:

3 Feb

Music has always been paramount in my life, I started listening to punkrock when I was 11 and went to my first show at 12. Throughout high school, I probably went to anywhere from 3-5 shows a week. The whole punk rock lifestyle and “scene” (as corny as this sounds) saved my life; it rescued me from a deep depression and still means so much to me. I might not listen to much hardcore, snotty grimy punkrock anymore, but I still love those friendships that were forged during my youth. I will continue to add to this post, because this is in noway comprehensive. So, here are some of my favorite songs in no particular order:



I first heard this Bon Iver album in 2007 and it still really, really, speaks to me. It chills me every time I listen to it. It is so unreal.


I was 16 when I bought the way birds fly by Project Kate, and was spending a summer in Kansas City away from home. I would dance around in my makeshift bedroom listening to this on the record player. It is so sweet, so sincere, and made sixteen and seventeen easier.

I am a huge fan of soul and Otis Redding’s ability to portray heartache is overwhelming.

Another teenage obsession still speaking to me, by Sleater-Kinney.. I was totally into all kill rock stars bands and played this along with Bikini Kill, Team Dresch, Heavens to Betsy, etc on my weekly radio show. Yeah, I was that girl.

R.E.M reminds me of summer, this song especially. There is something so freeing about nightswimming.

the morning benders are like, woah!

3 Feb

This blog will also feature music videos and songs by artists that i adore. You can also expect to find random links to funny, interesting, etc sites. I want this space to be more of a place for me to show not just what I am eating, but to showcase random things that I am into. I registered a domain, and am going to be working on a total redesign like back in the day! Here goes nothin’.
i love the morning benders, these boys make sweet sounds.

“Promises” Morning Benders from Foundation Content on Vimeo.