Season 5 may include a former 'Law & Order:SVU'er-Detective Stabler'.. Christopher Meloni is in talks to be a 'Powerful Vampire' in TB 5. Think Christopher will make a good Vamp. Think he'll be into Sookie too. That would be creating a Hexagon of Love... way past triangle in TB for Sookie!Perez
Barbara Walter's 10 Most Fascinating Peeps in 2011 airson ABC Wed December 14th at 8:30pm. This will be the 19th, and one of the Top rated specials. #1 will ge revealed on the show, but here's the rest... Kardashian family, Simon Cowell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), New York Yankee Derek Jeter, Donald Trump, Katy Perry and Pippa Middleton... HHHMMM Who could number 1 be??
What is wrong with peeps? Be careful at holiday craft fairs, you never know when you have an ornament pulled on you! Click here for the story!
Here's something else disturbing. Click the photo to find out what you can add to the Family Holiday photo this year.
How about the Most Dangerous Toys of 2011? The following toys were found to be potentially dangerous due to higher levels of lead or other toxic chemicals than PIRG considers acceptable:
Funny Glasses (Joking Around)
Sleep Mask (Claire's)
Little Hands Love Book (Piggy Toes Press)
Whirly Wheel (LL)
Spritz Medals (Spritz)
Hello Kitty eyeshadow/keychain (Hello Kitty)
Tinkerbell Watch (Disney Fairies)
Peace Sign Bracelet (Family Dollar)
Honda Motorcycle (Honda). Choking hazards:
Wooden blocks set (ToySmith)
Sesame Street Oscar Doll (Sesame Workshop)
Dinosaur multi pack
similar sea life and turtle packs (Greenbrier International)
HABA fruit in a bag (HABA)
Green rubber grape (iwako)
Orange bear (4M2U)
Flat baby blocks and square counting blocks (Greenbrier International)
4 dollar box items (Rhode Island Novelty)
Play ball x2 (Squishland).
Noise hazards list includes:
Elmo's World Talking Cell Phone (Fisher-Price)
Victorious Stereo Headphones (Nickelodeon)
Hotwheels' Super Stunt RAT BOMB (Hotwheels).
Volunteers needed to help the folks in Bastrop with a fantastic rebuild with 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". Here's some 411 (KVUE):
Because Bastrop was hit so hard by the Labor Day wildfires, the show has chosen the city to be the location for one of their builds.
The project will start on Dec. 7, and the Bastrop family, who has yet to be revealed, should see their new home on Dec. 14.An average of 3,000 volunteers are needed to pull off the entire project. Anyone with construction skills such as framing, roofing pluming, etc. are encouraged to participate as well as hundreds of helping hands are needed to serve food, pass out water bottles, pick up trash, etc. Volunteers must be 18 years or older.
*Central Texans are asked to attend a free community pep rally Tuesday night that will kick off the event. The pep rally will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jerry Fay Wilhelm Center for Performing Arts (in the main auditorium) at 1401 Cedar Street, Bastrop, TX 78602. The center can be reached at 512-832-8588.
*Volunteer builders and building supplies are in need to! Click Here!
Lady G & Katy Perry made it on the cutting room floor for 'The Muppet Movie'.Check out what was cut. The Muppets movie did well over the holiday weekend making over $42million, but wonder if certain scenes weren't cut, if even more $ could be made? I'm seeing a longer DVD version on sale in the near future!!
Who knew these were in such high demand? I'm happy to find out this didn't happen in ATX. When Ted and I dropped by Walmart Thanksgiving evening to pick up a few odds and ends, at 7:30p, there were people with fold out cheers, coolers, blankets.... camped out in the isles waiting for the 1st big bargain sale at 10pm. They were blocking the isles, so it was like an obstacle course trying to get anywhere. Ted and I got the heck out of there, it was a bit scary the looks on folks faces getting ready for the quick grab at the bargains. Again, I'm happy, so far, not hearing this happened in ATX. How scary is this? Is this because it's a great deal, bad manners, or the recession has gotten folks in a frenzy. What would you do for a $2 waffle maker?
Warning: Beware of the plumber's crack!! You've been warned before you click the link...
How Black Friday got started? Ted & I were chatting about that last night. He ran across this and I thought I would share.
The term Black Fridayitself was originally used to describe something else entirely — the Sept. 24, 1864, stock-market panic set off by plunging gold prices. Newspapers in Philadelphia reappropriated the phrase in the late 1960s, using it to describe the rush of crowds at stores. The justification came later, tied to accounting balance sheets where black ink would represent a profit. Many see Black Friday as the day retailers go into the black or show a profit for the first time in a given year. The term stuck and spread, and by the 1990s Black Friday became an unofficial retail holiday nationwide. Since 2002, Black Friday has been the season's biggest shopping day each year except 2004, according to market-research firm ShopperTrak.
It’s certainly the day of the year in which you’re most likely to be punched while grabbing for the latest Elmo doll, but it might not be the busiest day in terms of gross receipts. According to Snopes.com, Black Friday is generally one of the top six or seven days of the year for stores, but it’s the days immediately before Christmas when procrastinators finally get shopping that stores make the serious loot. Black Friday may, however, be the busiest day of the year in terms of customer traffic.
•Nonstick spray, for pan
•1 box pound-cake mix (16 oz.)
•1/2 cup butter, softened
•8 oz. cream cheese, softened
•3 3/4 cups powdered sugar
•1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Grease a 9" x 13" baking pan; set aside.
3. In a large bowl combine cake mix, butter, and 2 eggs. Mix until smooth.
4. Spread mixture evenly in pan.
5. In a medium bowl combine 2 1/2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, and cream cheese. Mix until smooth.
6. Carefully spread cream-cheese mixture evenly over first layer and sprinkle with pecans.
7. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes.
8. Dust with remaining sugar and cut into 2" squares.
This Rock! Lady GaGa has 'GaGa Workshop' in Barneys/New York! If you're in the neighborhood check it out! It's like Santa, meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, meets Rocky Horros! LOVE IT! Click the pix to see what's in Lady G's workshop wonderland!
Barneys New York will donate 25 per cent of sales from all items featured in Gaga's Workshop to the Born This Way Foundation , recently founded by Lady Gaga and her mother, which focuses on youth empowerment and equality by addressing issues like self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development and will utilise digital mobilisation as one of the means to create positive change.
My Facebook friends Mary & the Crew at The Simplifiers sent me a heads up about the Big Pep Rally in Bastrop next Tuesday Nov. 29th w/ Extreme Makeover Home Edition! This Rocks!
We are proud to announce ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (@extremehome) is coming to Bastrop Co to build a new home! The Simplifiersare planning the Bastrop County Pep Rally on Tues 11/29 at 6:30pm at the Wilhelm Performing Arts Center @ 1401 Cedar Street, Bastrop, TX 78602. Details on volunteering for the build here: http://www.joinextreme.com/texas
Today It's Free Popcorn Day at Cornucopia. Click here for the 411 plus get the word on what they have for you on Saturday 11/26 for 'Small Business Saturday'. Shop local Saturday for the holidays and get discounts on lots of cool gifs.
Here's a cool site to check out for Fun/Affordable/ free stuff to do
Here's a perfect Bud Light addition to the holiday meal. Give the Turkey Day meal a little BL kick!
Bud Light Apple Pecan Stuffing -1 lb of sausage ( I used Jimmy Dean Maple flavor..whatever you like. You can also use chicken sausage. Or none at all)
- 6 slices of bacon
-1 rib of celery
-1 small onion (or none if you aren't a fan)
-3-6 garlic cloves (I used around 4)
-1/2 can of chicken broth (Save the other for left overs, if you need more moist stuffing)
-1/2 bottle of Bud Light (Save the other half if you need to more moist stuffing)
- 1 stick of butter/margarine
- Loaf of day old Sourdough bread (cut in cubes and season as you like) You can also use the pre-bagged stuffing cubes. If you go for the bread loaf you will have to bake longer, but it really is Yummy!!
- 1 -2 medium sized apples ( I used 1 1/2 of Honeycrisp apples)
- 4.5 ounce of chopped dates (you can use cranberries, raisins, dried apricots...)
-1 cup of chopped pecans ( or almonds...or whatever you favorite nut is.. or none)
-3-6 tablespoons of brown sugar
-2 teaspoons of cinnamon
-2 teaspoons of sage
-2 teaspoons of black pepper
-2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning
(all seasonings to your taste.. you could add more or less)
-1 cup of apple cider ( I used the envelope applecider that you just add water)
Cook'n it up:
-Cook bacon until crispy and than drain grease. Set the baon aside for later. In a large pot, big enough for all the ingredients to fit, brown the sausage, onions, and celery ( I also put some bud light in while is was browning for a bit more kick). Drain and add 1/2 can of chicken broth and 1/2 bottle of the Bud light. Add butter/margarine and cook and stir until it's melted. Remove from heat. Stir in the stuffing cubes, apples, dates, seasonings, the bacon broken into bits and the apple cider. Mix until moist. Put the mixture in a large greased baking dish, like 13x9 inch. Cover with tin foil and bake in pre-heated 375 oven for about 30 minutes, then uncover and bake another 30. If it's not the desired crunchy/ moist ratio you like, then bake longer. I baked mine about 1 1/2 hours, but I used the fresher bread cubes. Less baking time for the pre-made/bagged stuffing cubes.
(I prepared it earlier in the day and then put it in the refrigerator for a few hours before I baked it. If you have time to do this, your stuffing will have even better flavor.)
Let it cool for a few minutes and than serve with your Turkey or whatever you are having. It's also Yummy with a touch of honey on top. Of course Ted likes his with more butter on it. :)
Great Stuffing w/ a kick for the Holidays, thanks to Bud Light! Have a Happy & Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!
I had the pleasure of catching Michael Grimm in the Four Hands Lounge this morming. MIchael was the season 5 winner of Amercia's Got Talent! He's doing an intimate performance at the 'One World Theater' tonight. It will be an amazing show with his smooth soulful tones!
Make it a point to get Michael 's ear candy in your collection. Look forward to new music in 2012 from Michael. HE REALLY IS AN AWESOME TALENT AND A REALLY COOL
GUY TOO! THE COMPLETE PACKGAGE! I wish him GREAT SUCCESS!!
1,000s of jars of Smuckers chunky peanut butter is recalled due to possible Salmenella contamination.
Here's the 411: J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling thousands of 16-ounce jars of its Smucker's Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of possible salmonella contamination. The Ohio-based company says the jars covered in the recall would have been purchased in the last week or so. They have "Best if Used By" dates of Aug. 3, 2012 and Aug. 4, 2012, plus the production codes 1307004 and 1308004.
Smucker says 3,000 jars are being recalled from stores. Another 16,000 had never left warehouses. Salmonella is bacteria resulting in fever, cramps and diarrhea that lasts for several days and can require hospitalization. Smucker says no illnesses have been reported. The product was distributed in: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
Kelly's shooting a video for her next tune "What doesn't Kill You'... She wants the video to feature a global flash mob. Here are the moves. Film yourself doing them and then get it to Kelly's peeps. You could be on her new video.. Click here for the 411!
I'm not coordinated enough, but good luck to Y'all! :)
...His bizarre funeral wish – he wants to be put in a drum of whisky, which mourners can drink from.
This idea is inspired by his late friend, the US writer Hunter S Thompson, who had requested that his ashes be fired from a cannon a top a tower. “I could go in a whisky cask and everyone can take a sip,” Here's another pair of sexy eyes, I get to see everyday!
He sends me a text each morning that brightens my day. Here's a recent one.. 'You are so amazing and I can't wait to have you home with me. I LOVE YOU W/ ALL MY HEART! These eyes and the rest that goes with them is a BIG TIME KEEPER! :)
Igor and Valentine from Russia w/ Henry dropped by the MIX studio to say hey and whip out some 'Hook'em Horn' love! They will win on Saturday, cause Russian Good JuJu was thrown out them. Igor is from Rosdov on Don , Russia. Looks like a cool place to live..
Valentine is from Rybinsk, Russia! From the looks of the video, Rybinsk peeps like their extreme/sports.. skiing.. tricks w/ bikes..
Check out the cool videos..
Igor and Valentine were in Austin for a Kettlebell event. What are Kettlebells? Click here to see some folks in action. Henry said Igor and Valentine ROCKED the kettlebells. I can believe that. I wish them great success and a safe trip home to Russia. Igor left his card. My 1st Russian business card. Cool!
I checked out Igor's site in both Russian and English. Igor Rocks the Kettlebells!!! Igor Morozov, the representative of the international department of the Russian Federation of Girevoy Sport, 12time World Champion, Master of Sport of World Class! IMPRESSIVE!!!
Twi-hard fanscamped out and some travelled tons of miles to get a peak at the cast of 'Twilight-Breaking Dawn Part 1' during the Black Carpet Walk to the premiere in LA. Would you camp out for days to get a peak/picture with the hotties from the movie?
*3 Days and counting.. Click here for ideas for attire when you see the movie. I'm digging the 'Occupy Robert Pattison' t-shirt! Early reviews NOT GOOD :( But most of the review from the other in the Twilight series I didn't agree with. We'll see if that is true for this one. Everyone on TV I've heard who's seen it say it's the BEST in the series, so I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Check your Kotex Tampons you recently purchased at Walmart!
(KXAN)1,400 cases of Kotex tampons because of plastic tubing that may be contaminated with bacteria that could cause dangerous infections. The recall applies to limited lots of Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons Regular Absorbency distributed to Walmart, Fry's and Smith's stores in eight states. They were sold in 18-count and 36-count boxes with SKU numbers of 15063 and 15068....Kimberly-Clark has received no reports of illness linked to the products, said Bob Brand, the company's spokesman. Detailed info here!
A picture where I wasn't making a strange face or with my eyelids half closed, cause I'm waiting for the flash.
Good picture from a GREAT NIGHT last night at the Haven Lounge on 4th street. Chris & Brian from Daughtry did a private accoustic performance for some MIX Friends with Benefits and then they took pictures and met everyone who wanted too. :) They were so cool ! They came to ATX last night just for this performance. The night before they were in Washington D.C. Daughtry's new album 'Break the Spell' drops on November 21st (a holiday must have) and a tour starts soon!
Update 11/22/11: Nickelbacks' response to the petition. Warning- there are 'Pottymouths"- before you click here!
11/14/11 Thanksgiving Day The Lions take on the Packers and there are many peeps who are upset that Nickelback was invited to perform the half-time show that will be nationally televised. There is a petition going around to get Nickelback uninvited to perform in Detroit during the game. It's past 53,000 signatures- click here I dig Nickelback, and I dig that they are playing in Detroit with some who aren't happy about it. I hope there are many Detroit players who are part of this petition thinking. Maybe Nickelback will cause the Lions to lose. Not because I'm a Green Bay fan, far from it, but I am a Bears Fan, Bears fans crank up the Nickelback on Turkey Day to send Detroit even more Nickelback Vibes. LOL!!
The petition didn't seem to work, MTV story says Nickelback has confirmed they are going to Rock it in Detroit on Turkey Day! "Nickelback will take the stage for the 2011 United Way Thanksgiving Halftime Show during the first game of the NFL's tripleheader when the Detroit Lions host the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, November 24, at 12:30 pm ET," the United Way said in a press release. "The game and halftime show will be broadcast live on Fox."
Nickelback didn't address the 'N-Haters':There is no mention of the online outrage in the United Way press release — though they do announce that "American Idol" season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina will be singing the National Anthem before the Lions/Packers tilt — but there is a quote from Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, who thanked his fans in Detroit for their continued support of the band (petitions notwithstanding).
"We are honored to perform at the United Way halftime show on Thanksgiving Day," Kroeger said. "We always love playing in Detroit, our fans there have been tremendously supportive of us through the years and we can't wait to come back and celebrate an exciting day for the Lions and the city of Detroit."
Think if Robert Pattinson wouldn't have gotten the role of 'Edward', you could have been Team Edward/ Jackson Rathborne or Team Edward Bem Barnes Fans. Robert didn't seem to be the first choice, but he was the final choice and definitely made 'EDWARD' ROCK! Friday the Big Day for 'Breaking Dawn Part 1'! ARE YOU EXCITED?!!!
Could you imagine the Godfather with Robert Redford rather than Al Pacino? Or how about Tom Selluck in Raiders of the Lost Artk rather than Harrison Ford? Click hereto check out other big movies that could have been very different with a lead change.
Click here for a special event showing AMC Barton Creek is doing for Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1! You could start this Thursday evening 11/17 to get to 1st Midnight screeing of BDP1!! :)
I'm not a huge fan of Uggs, since I have size 11 feel, and the standard Ugg makes my foot look even bigger. Also, they are rather pricey. There's a newer Ugg look for this season, the Over the Knee Twisted Cable Boot.Click here.They are cute, but are the worth $250? HHHHMMMM..
Thanksgivin in less than 2 weeks. Unbelievable huh.. Well some news from the American Farm Bureau Federation, the cost of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner will go up.
The American Farm Bureau Federation announced in a statement on Thursday that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner -- turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings -- will increase about 13% this year, the biggest jump since 1990.
This figure is the result of the group's twenty-sixth annual informal price survey of classic Thanksgiving dinner menu items. The average cost of a 2011 Thanksgiving dinner for 10 will be $49.20, the group projects -- a $5.73 increase from last year's average.
Still, AFBF President Bob Stallman, a Texas rice and cattle farmer, insists that Thanksgiving is both noble and cheap. "The cost of this year's meal remains a bargain," he said, "at just under $5 per person." Praising "the quality and variety of food produced for our dinner tables on America's diverse farms and ranches," Stallman called it "an honor for our farm and ranch families to produce the food from our nation's land for family Thanksgiving celebrations."
At dressing themselves or having a stylist do it! Kudos! Vogue's 2011 Best Dressed Special Edition will be available on newsstands starting November 15th.
The Olsen Twins are on the cover. Click here for more!
THANK YOU FOR EVERY THING YOU HAVE DONE AND TO THOSE WHO ARE STILL ON THE FRONT LINES! YOU ROCK!! IT'S BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE THAT KEEPS AMERICA THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. THE MEMORIES OF THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER WITH US WILL STAY IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS FOR ALWAYS! Here are just a couple. Click here for more 411 on lots of events honoring our VETERANS in ATX/Central TX!
Purple Heart Veterans are assembling at the north end of the bridge; just look for the Purple Heart banner. Transportation in the parade is available for those who prefer or are unable to walk in the parade. Note: you do not have to be a member of Austin Chapter 1919, Military Order of the Purple Heart to participate.
Breaking DawnPart 1 hits theaters next friday 11/18/11. So Excited! Originally the movie was Rated R because of the Edward and Bella honeymoon love scene. They had to cut out a few things to make it PG-13! Robert told Jimmy it's all in the thrust... Robert's such a cutie! GO TEAM EDWARD!!
Are you digging Robert's beard? I'm not sure??????
The blanket, an all-purpose plaything as well as a comfort for generations of thumb-suckers like Charlie Brown's best friend from the "Peanuts" comic-strip, has landed in upstate New York's National Toy Hall of Fame, along with Hot Wheels and the dollhouse.
The trio take their places at The Strong, a children's museum in Rochester, alongside 46 classics ranging from the bicycle, kite and teddy bear to Barbie, Jack-in-the-Box and Mr. Potato Head.
Eddie Murphy stepped down from hosting duties for the Oscars on February 26, 2012. Move over Betty White, there's a new group getting Big Love. There's a campaign sweeping Facebook for 'The Muppets'to host. Would you like to see that? Click here
Ted and I had our first time trying to make homemade pretzels. The recipe I found for Beer Pretzels seemed to be easy, but when we tried it out, it didn't turn out quite like we thought. Of course I used Bud Light, which tasted good in the end result.
Bud Light Pretzel: -4 1/2 to 5 cups of flour
- 1 envelope (1/4 ounce) quick rise yeast
-1 tsp of salt
-2-3 TBS of sugar
-1 cup of skim milk
-1/2 cup of Bud Light
- 2 eggs slighty beaten
-2 TBs wesson/canola oil
Quick Cheese Queso
- 160z Velveeta (cut up in chunk so it's easier melting) - 3-4 TBS taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup of Bud Light
- 3 TBs of milk (as the velveeta melts you can add more Bud Light depending on how thick or thin you like your Queso)
This is easy Bud Light Queso.. just put all the ingredients in the sauce pan and heat up until it's melted. If too think, then add some more Bud LIght. Let it simmer on low heat for during the baking time of the pretzels. This actually made our 1st Bud Light Pretzel making attempt taste really good, rather than just alright. The queso is on the salty side.
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a small saucepan, heat the milk, Bud Light and oil to 120-130 degrees (we did 125 degrees..using our candy thermometer). Add to the dry ingredients. Beat just until moistened (used my kitchen aid mixer). Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. We used about another 2 1/2 cups of flour, which is where we might have gone wrong. Maybe to much flour?
Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic.. 4-6 minutes. Ted did this, but it didn't seem to get totally smooth. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. It was only a bit puffier than when it was covered 10 minutes earlier. Divide the dough into 14 equal portions...roll each into a 20-inch rope. This is where it got tricky. The dough just wasn't rolling out very well. So we made mostly pretzel sticks. Cover and let rest 10 minutes longer.
Twist into pretzel shapes. Again, pretzel sticks was the shape of the night... Place on greased baking sheet.. brush w/ eggs. We used egg whites at first, not a good idea since the full egg is what makes them golden brown. We added some a bit of Butter Crisco on the tops, which got them brown. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes. More like 20 for our Thick Pretzel Sticks.. LOL..
The Bud Light Pretzels turned out alright, but it was more like a biscuit/pretzel w/ the tasty Bud Light Queso. Bud Light Cheese 'n Pretzels is a great idea for parties and snacks, but I would love to try it with a different pretzel recipe. Practice makes perfect.
If you have a yummy pretzel recipe that Ted & I could turn into a Bud Light Pretzel, that ROCKS! Please send it our way. We anxiously await our next attempt at ROCK'N BUD LIGHT PRETZELS! Email me at email@example.com
Here's an idea for a holiday gift- The Twinkie Cookbook! One of the recipes that is getting a lot of attention is 'Twinkling Turkey'.
A turkey stuffed with Twinkies.
Here's the recipe. Would you try it? Just saying it..maybe not.. but reading over the recipe, it could be a pretty good stuffing...sweet stuffing..actually sounds pretty tasty...
Twinkling Turkey (serves 15 to 20) Ingredients
1 (8 1/2 ounce) package yellow corn muffin mix, prepared and baked according to package instructions
6 Twinkies halves lengthwise
1 (14-18-pound) turkey
1 tart apple, peeled, cored and diced
1/4 cup honey
Remove the muffins from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Scrape the creme-filling out of the Twinkies with a small spoon and reserve in small bowl.
Cut the Twinkie pastry into cubes and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Decrease the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
Rinse the turkey. Crumble muffins into a bowl, add the apple and toasted Twinkies and mix lightly. Loosely stuff the mixture into the turkey and truss the legs. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack set in a roasting pan. Roast the turkey for 12 to 15 minutes per pound, until the thigh temperature reaches 175 degrees to 180 degrees and the juices run clear.
In a small bowl, combine the honey with the reserved creme filling and mix well. Brush the turkey with the honey mixture during the last ten to fifteen minutes of roasting time.
Remove the turkey from the oven and let stand for 20 minutes before carving.
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being at the RBFCU grand opening in Pflugerville. Their new Stonehill Branch, that ROCKS! I got to try the 'Trampoline Thingie' for the first time. Thanks to Jessie and Mike with Parties, Picnics and Promotions. They call it the 'Trampoline Thing'. I've always seen kids on them, so I thought us 'Big Kids' weren't allowed to do it, but that's not the case. As long as you are over 50 lbs, you can try it out! I did figure out why most of us 'Big Kids' decide not to do it. It certainly is a work out!
1. The Joy Formidable- Endtapes
2. Angus & Julia Stone- Love Will Take You
3. Bruno Mars- It Will Rain
4. Sleeping At Last- Turning Page
5. The Features- From Now On
6. Christina Perri- A Thousand Years
7. Theophilus London- Neighbors
8. The Belle Brigade- I Didn't Mean It
9. Noisettes- Sister Rosetta (2011 Version)
10. Cider Sky- Northern Lights
11. Iron & Wine- Flightless Bird, American Mouth
12. Imperial Mammoth- Requiem On Water
13. Aqualung & Lucy Schwartz- Cold
14. Mia Maestro- Llovera
15. Carter Burwell- Love Death Birth
Twihard- Christina Perri was so excited to be part of this. Check out her story and then her song 'A Thousand Years' that she wrote after seeing a rough cut of Breaking Dawn Part 1. It's the most Lovey Dovey song she has ever written... her admission... Click the link to check out the video. It's the new 2011 wedding song. Who knew Christina/Jar of Hearts had this in her. Gave me goosebumps with some of the movie clips in the video. LOVE IT! :)
Lots of promotional tours coming with the cast and musicians
Many of the artists included on "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN - PART 1 ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK" have scheduled high profile TV appearances to mark the soundtrack's arrival. The schedule will begin with two nights of performances on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, with The Belle Brigade slated to perform "I Didn't Mean It" on Monday, November 14th and Christina Perri set to perform "A Thousand Years" on Tuesday, November 15th (check local listings). Next up, Bruno Mars will join members of the film's cast on the nationally syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a very special performance of "It Will Rain," scheduled to air Friday, November 18th.
"Adele underwent vocal cord microsurgery by Dr. Steven Zeitels to stop recurrent vocal cord hemorrhage (bleeding) from a benign polyp. This condition is typically the result of unstable bloodvessels in the vocal cord that can rupture. Based on the advice of her doctor and voice therapist in the United Kingdom, Adele came to Boston to consult and undergo corrective voice surgery with Dr. Zeitels, the Director of the Massachusetts GeneralHospital Voice Center. … Dr. Zeitels expects Adele to make a full recovery from her laser microsurgery."
(Perez)Here's a statement released from the hospital following her procedure:
"I wouldn't change anything, no. Because I think I went into it innocently, and it became what it became," he says. "And now they want to tear me down. Instantly, as soon as I did 'Pirates II,' they say: 'Oh, he's selling out.' What the f*ck does that mean, selling out? What if I did 'Ed Wood II,' is that selling out? I mean, it's not like I was ever looking to become franchise boy, I was never looking to become anything like that. I just latched on to a character I loved."Johnny Depp when asked about the 'Pirates' movies, and some calling him a sell out doing them!
JOHNNY'S NOT A SELL OUT!!! His talent is what got PIrates huge, as well as other actors in the movie. There is such a thing as doing a great job, and others loving it, and it becomes a Big Success. What is wrong with being successful with something? Seems if it gets to successful the Haters call out 'SELL OUT'!!
Mariah Yeater says she has evidence that her baby is JB's!Click here!Mean while, JB is taking the paternity test to prove he's not the baby day and to show others who try to do this, it won't work!Guess we'll see who the fiber is.
Maybe we need to tell China to lay off our pecans. This holiday season, since the drought hit many pecan growing states really hard, pecans will be up to $11lb compared to $7lb in 2008 and $9lb last year. Apparently, China takes about 20% of our pecan stash. Although we do owe them lots of money, so let the pecans go! Just be prepared to pay more for that yummy pecan pie you get this holiday or evern try to make. It will cost you.Click here
The holidays have me craving Gingerbread. So I thought I would tryout my new holiday recipe for Bud Light Chocolate Gingerbread Cake. It's got the best of all in one. :)
Bud Light Chocolate Gingerbread Cake
Ingredients for the cake:
-2 1/2 cups flour
-1/3 c cocoa powder- unsweetened
-1 TB ginger
-2 tsps baking powder
-1 tsp baking soda
-1 tsp cinnamon
-1/2 cup/1 stick of butter/margarine softened
-1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
-1 cup of molasses
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/4 cup of Bud Light
-3/4 cup of boling water
- 1 container of Buttercream Frosting ( I haven't discovered a recipe that tastes better to me yet) - 1cup of mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 -1 cup of dark chocolate chips
- 2 -4TB Bud Light
- 2-4 TB sugar cookie coffee creamer
-Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix the flour, cocoa powder, ginger, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Set aside.
-Beat the softened butter/margarine, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla in a large box w/ electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
-Mix the egg and then add the flour mixture alternately with the boiled water, constantly stirring, until well mixed. Add the 1/4 cup of Bud Light to the mix, and stir until well blended.
- Pour the batter in a 9 inch square/greased baking dish or a greased bundt cake pan (I used butter flavored pam to grease the bundt pan) -Bake around 40 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. If you have a wire rack to put the pan on to cool, use that. Once it's completely cooled you can get it on the dish to decorate it.
- MIX together the container of Buttercream Frosting with the cup of mini chocolate chips and spread on the cake evenly.
-The chocolate swirl topping is made by putting 1/2 to 1 cup of dark chocolate chips (depending how much you want on the cake) in a microwave safe bowl with 1-2 TBS sugar cookie coffee creamer and 1-2 TBS Bud Light.. melt together in microwave about :30..then stir- may need to add more chips and/or 1-2 more TBS of the liquids and heat again...then stir.. keep doing this process until the chocolate is thin enough to swirl/splash on the cake..not runny, but not to thick either.
Put the cake in the refrigerator to set for about 1 hour, then set it out to reach room temp. It's ready to eat.
My honey Ted isn't a fan of Gingerbread, but he said this one was surprisingly good. :) I agree, but of course I love gingerbread, chocolate and Bud Light..can't go wrong! :) Give it a try! You may find you'll LIKE/LOVE IT!
I think next time I'll add a packet of chocolate instant pudding to make it even more moist, but it was a pretty good turn out for the 1st try with this new recipe. :)
Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor was found guilty of manslaughter...
A jury has convicted Michael Jackson's doctor of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's 2009 drug death.
The jury reached its verdict Monday after deliberating less than nine hours. Prosecutors depicted Dr. Conrad Murray as a reckless physician who abandoned Jackson while he was under the effects of the powerful anesthetic propofol.
Attorneys for the Houston-based cardiologist countered that Jackson was addicted to the drug and self-administered the fatal dose when Murray left his bedroom.
Murray agreed to become Jackson's personal physician as the singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts in 2009.
Murray did not testify during the trial but previously acknowledged to police that he gave Jackson propofol and other sedatives on the morning the singer died. KXAN Click for more!
Eonline update Click here:
Murray faces up to four years in state prison and the loss of his medical license, although a recent rule adopted in the state of California could result in the cardiologist being sent to an L.A. County jail, where he would almost certainly spend only a portion of his sentencebehind bars.
Francie Peters wore shoes similar to Dorothy's from "The Wizard of Oz" to let everyone know she was going home."They chose me, and I chose them. And it was good," said Francie Peters. Full story Francie is one of the 25 foster chidren whose adoptions were finalized yesterday. They woke up this morning with a place they can truly call home. I was adopted when I was 3 weeks old, and growing up, my parents always told me I was wanted. I've always felt that way too. May all the children recently adopted have that same feeling growing up in their new home, and may the thousands more who are in need of a place to call home get one soon. :)
for the 'Crazies' on FB. A woman in Des Moines, Iowa, Jennifer (allegedly) set, a now really former friend, Nikki's house on fire, while Nikki and her hubby were sleeping. Fortunately, the noise of the fire woke them up and they got out safely. Nikki's hubby said the ladies were in a fight and Nikki defriended Jennifer on Facebook to end it it. Looks like Jennifer answered back.. WTF is wrong with people these days. Here's the entire story.
"I'd just like to say basically that none of those allegations are true," Bieber said. "I know that I'm going to be a target, but I'm never going to be a victim. It's crazy, because every night after the show I've gone right from the stage right to my car, so it's crazy that some people want to make up such false allegations. To set the record straight, none of it is true." JB Click here!
Hey, I had the pleasure of receiving an email from Mendi. Mendi is the proud mama of 12 year old Megan Rae. A name you should get more familiar with. Megan has a pretty powerful, smooth voice, and her songwriting talents are impressive too. I certainly wasn't doing this at 12. You can tell Megan LOVES what she does, and at the age of 12, she knows what she wants. It's awesome seeing how dedicated her mom is for Megan too. She keeps Megan grounded, yet supports what she loves. It's nice to see. Click the picture, and check out Megan's single 'Broken Hearted'. Don't forget to give Megan a 'LIKE' on FB. Spread the 'Megan Word'!
Mendi let me know that Megan will be recording more songs towards the end of the year, which will include pop, and other genres of music as well. Can't wait to hear more from Megan Rae!
Here's some 411 on Megan and her family :
Megan Rae is 12 yrs. old, has been singing all her life (first stage solo at her pre-school graduation in Burnet, Tx). She has performed on 6th street with Matt Noveskey (of Blue October) who will be producing her next song.
"Broken Hearted" was recorded/mixed locally by Steve Chadie (sound engineer for Willie Nelson, Hillary Duff, etc) and mastered by Nick Landis of Terra Nova, Austin, Tx with local musicians as her band.
Megan wrote the lyrics and melody while her guitar teacher/performing artist, Ryan Holley arranged the music composition.
Megan Rae attends Lake Travis MS, is an A honors student, competes in club volleyball, and has performed in the advanced "Center Stage" theatre musicals. She plans to continue and improve upon her singer/songwriter as a longtime career.
As a family, we are fully supportive of Megan Rae and her talents as well as maintain a healthy balance. We are so excited for her first single release 'Broken Hearted'.
That's where Lindsay Lohan is headed. She must surrender by Nov 9th to serve 30 days in county jail without house arrest or early release. Then there are a bunch of things she must do or face way more jail time. According to theperez write the day after she is released she must report to her probation office, who will be new, since the one she has doesn't want her anymore. She must complete her butt load of community service, which the morgue said they would take her back ,but she couldn't tweet while she was there.
Here's more by a March 29, 2012 deadline: Lohan must return to the court on December 14th.
She must then perform 12 days of community service, attend 4 pyscho therapy session of 45 minutes and have the 4 be within a month.
When she does do her community service at the morgue, they "don't want you Tweeting", the judge told Lohan.
Upon completion of the court's first orders, she must then complete a minimum of 29 more days at the morgue and a minimum of 10 more therapy sessions.
If Lindsay does ALL of the above, the rest of her prison sentence of 270 days will be staid and her probation will be terminated.
There is no leaving the country.
If there are any violations of probation and Lindsay does not follow the judge's instructions to the letter, the probation officer will notify Judge Sautner, who will revoke probation and put a warrant out for Lindsay's arrest.
The judge says Lohan "needs structure."
*Hopefully Lilo gets plenty of rest in jail, because she is going to by BUSY!!
"We are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to hold the Trail of Lights event this year, but are ready to move forward on planning and fundraising for the 2012 Trail of Lights Austin," said Trail of Lights organizer Amy Vercruysse in a press release.
Instead of the fencing and build-out scheduled to start Wednesday for the event, organizers said they were forced to nix the $1 million project altogether.
"The return of Trail of Lights in 2011 depended on community and business sponsorship contributions to make the event possible," read the release. "Despite considerable effort by the event's sponsorship and management team, a pre-event milestone to reach $250,000 in cash contributions prior to Nov. 2 has not been achieved." Click here entire story
Yes, the Zilker Tree Lighting is still on, so the Grinch didn't steal everything... HOORAY!!
The tree can be seen for miles as it signals the start of the holiday season when it is lit the first Sunday in December at 6 p.m. and stays lit until midnight every night until the end of the year.
In addition to the tree, Austin HolidayFest 2011 is also around this holiday season. Organizers said it will provide a free, family-friendly holiday event in December.
It will run from Dec. 4 to Dec. 11 at Zilker Park, kicking off with the tree lighting. Austin HolidayFest will feature the annual Holiday Tree lighting custom, along with Santa's House and food and novelty vendors
Justin Bieber seems to be keeping company with Mariah's lately. His new Christmas album features him dueting with Mariah Carey
...All I want for Christmas is you!
But another Mariah (Yeater) says she has another gift for JB. A 3 month old baby. She claims that when JB was 16 and she was 19, they had unprotected sex backstage in L.A during his tour. She wants a paternity test to prove he's the Baby Daddy. Click for story...
*Justin & his crew so no way to Mariah Yeater's baby story!
The same site that said they had Scarlett Johansson nude photos, is saying they have photos of Taylor Swift! Apparantly it's a girl in just her underwear that looks a lot like T.S. T.S says NO WAY!... It's NOT her! T.S lawyers have gotten involved. I'm with T.S! Click here for the full 411!
What to do w/ too many left over candy? I ran acrossed this blog from Alex O'Neal/MAJIC in the Morning, on our sister station. Thought I would pass the sweet word around! Share w/ our troops. Candy in care packages ROCK! Check out Alex's blog for the 411!
An email was sent out via the Loudon GOP, for Halloween, had a Zombie scene that featured President Obama as a Zombie w/ a bullet hole in his head. Many are outraged by it, even the Republican GOP party. Click here to see the photo. Think it went too far?
I'm cool w/ the whole Zombie look for Halloween, but the hole, too far! Can't really call that Halloween fun.
Gavin DeGraw- He performed over the weekend for some MIX Friends w/ Benefits. This is one of the many cool events and prizes you can get in on when you're a MIX FWBs. Click here to become one if you're not already!
I was able to catch Gavin on a 'V-Spot'- Video on the spot! I asked him about the upcoming holidays, his plans and what he wanted to say to his fans. Check it out...
Here's the recipe forÂ Bud Light Super Easy Fudge. It'sÂ Yummy Sweet... perfect for the holidays or anytime you are having a chocolate craving. The best part it's REALLY EASY!! It also goes great with left over pumpkins!
You only need 4 ingredients:
-Bud Light- 1-2 tablespoons..the rest tastes great w/ the finished fudge.
Bud Light and ChocolateÂ ROCK together! Try it!
-1 can (14 ounces Eagle Brand Rocks) sweetened condensed milk
-1 bag (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
-2 ounces/squares unsweetened baking chocolate 5 ingredients if you want to add ch0pped nuts
- Spray pam/ or butter a square baking pan ( I used an 8x8 glass one)
-Heat milk, chocolate chips and unsweetened chocolate and 1-2 tablespoons of Bud LightÂ in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. It will be very thick. Remove from heat.
-Stir in, quick, the vanilla (& nuts if you want those too). Spread in the pan. Refrigerate for about 1 1/2 hours then cut in 1 inch squares.Â They may start to melt/get soft a bit, then just put them back in the refrigerator to set up again.Â You can either eatÂ the 'Bud Light Super Easy Fudge' at room temp or cold... It's good anyway! Especially good with a Bud Light! :) Sure sign of another Yummy Good Time!