I found out that Jodie Manross released a new cd the other day and immediately ordered it. (I own her other two albums which I absolutely adore). She’s an independent artist our of Tennessee who’s music is described on her website as “[a]coustic Americana and blues-influenced folk rock”. The voice of an angel, I swear to god…not to mention the fact that she sends me personal thank-you emails when I buy her cd’s is painfully charming. If you haven’t heard her music, there are mp3 samples on her wesite here.
Made the rum cake for my friend’s birthday. Absolutely delicious! Extra bonus: Nice little buzz off of licking the leftover batter in the mixing bowl.
I came upon a site (through BoingBoing, I believe) that distributes open-source audio, including some nice jazz and blues. Brilliant!
My mom just gave me this recipe for what she says is a fantastic rum cake. I’ll make it soon and let you know how it turns out.
1⁄2 c chopped pecans
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
1⁄2 c oil
1⁄2 c water
1⁄2 c Bacardi rum
1 box Duncan Hines Golden Butter Cake mix
Mix all ingredients (except for nuts) in a bowl. Sprinkle nuts on the bottom of a greased and floured bundt pan. Pour in the cake batter. Bake 55 minutes at 325.
1 c sugar
1⁄2 c butter
1⁄4 c rum
1⁄3 c water
(You need to have this ready as soon as the cake is done baking) Mix all in a pot and boil for 3 minutes. Right after the cake comes out of the oven pour this mixture onto the cake, and let the cake soak in this glaze for 30–40 minutes before you unmold. It tastes best if you let it set 2 or 3 days in the fridge.
I stumbled upon a brilliant blog: surrealist and other beautiful games, a collection of bizarre and deliciously absurd memes. I just participated in its “proverb for today”: a game in which you come up with a new proverb. Mine: “No one never wept with mud in their eye”.
(Reading these triggered my memory of the of the following “classic blunders” and made me giggle (whoever guesses where this quote comes from gets a cookie): “…‘Never get involved in a land war in Asia’, but only slightly less well known is this: ‘Never go in against a Sicilian, when death is on the line!‘”)
I came across a potentially addictive site: oneword, whereby you are presented with a word (a new one each day) that you have 60 seconds to write about. This was my stream-of-consciousness babble (indicating an embarrassing narcissism and insecurity): “immediately the focus is on myself — self worth and to what extent I have it…worthlessness comes to mihd [sic], although I wouldn’t say offhand that I am worthless…perhaps a struggle-”. I could have written more if I didn’t constantly stop to correct my typing mistakes (I’m such a froot).
Perhaps I’ll publish more of these if they prove more interesting and less embarrassing. I’d be curious to see others’ posts on this site. If you have an interesting one feel free to comment me with it.