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November Mixtape

It has been a mintue since I post my last playlist/ mixtape. (Insert apologies and excuses here)
Has anyone else noticed some sort of musical dry spell swept across the globe mid 2013 and has yet to go?
For a while I though it was just me being a snob as I waited for most of my favorite artists to release their records in late 2014, but no. Taylor Swift's new record will probably be the only solo record to go platinum this year and the music news section of most gossip magazines has subsisted solely on the rumors of Adele being back in the studio recording.
Anyway, I have finally found enough new/old/remixed tunes to share.
So, here I am shamelessly plugging a few bands I am promoting/ have promoted this year alongside a few songs from my favorite artists. Enjoy!


Side note: If you are feeling the 80s inspired sounds of T. Swift's 1989 be sure to give LIGHTS' new album Little Machines a listen.

Easy Three Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Fall means football games, crisp leaves, outdoor activities, awesome weather and very little time to bake things from scratch. However, whenever the season rolls around, I always find myself craving something spiced.

These cupcakes are super easy to make, definitely not from scratch, but super moist and delicious. I made the ones below for a recent event. The retro flag cupcake toppers are free printables from Love vs Design.


3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
- One Package of Spice Cake Mix
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Can of Organic Pumpkin (15 oz)

1. Preheat oven according to cake mix package.
2. Mix cake mix, eggs and pumpkin together. Do not overmix.
3. Evenly pour into muffin tins and bake according to instructions of cake mix box.
 What is your favorite simple fall recipe? Leave a comment!

Overcoming a Bad Mood: A Letter of Gratitude

Sometimes there are wonderfully terrible days where everything you carefully planned decides to implode. On these days, a bit of gratitude can go a long way. 
Before speaking your mind or trying to right the wrongs, sit down, grab a pen, grab a cup of tea (or something stronger, if necessary) and write.  Write a short note to someone or something. Be thoughtful and careful with words. Be grateful. Ninety-nine percent of the time when you set the pen down you will feel better.

The other day was definitely one of those days where nothing works as planned. So, here is a letter of gratitude to my guitar, Kevlar.
Dear Kevlar,
I’m so glad I opted to purchase you instead of one of those silly high school class rings. Since the day I picked you up from that tiny hole-in-the-wall music store, you’ve always been there for me. I think back to my freshman year of college when I was in my first serious guitar class. It was a chore to carry you down from and back to the sixth floor every Monday and W…

Dinner for One: Veggie Lettuce Wraps

The other night I was craving some Asian food. Of course, it costs something like $5 for delivery here and I had a lot to do, so I decided to make my own, less salty, lettuce wraps. This is a perfect college student meal because the leftover wrap stuffing reheats and tastes even better the next day.


Sorry I am not that good at food photography. I try.
6 oz.mushrooms or substitute a chicken breast1/2 cup water chestnuts rinsed1/4 cup scallions1 clove minced garlic3/4 cup shredded carrotsButter Lettuce (I used iceberg because that was what I had on hand)2 tbs. brown sugar2 tbs. low sodium soy sauceCanola Oil Sesame oil (optional)Rice Vinegar (optional)Siracha Chili Garlic Sauce (optional) Lighthouse Sesame Ginger Dressing (optional)
Begin by dicing mushrooms, scallions, water chestnuts and garlic.In a bowl combine brown sugar and soy sauce to create the stir fry sauce. I like to also add a bit of rice vinegar to my stir fry sauce, but it is optional.Add a bit of canola oil and sautee scal…

Get It Together!!

My life has been a whirlwind of coffee making, late night studying, filming, editing, planning, editing and writing.

The busiest semester on record and, also, probably the coldest.

When I'm not busy being a student, I am slinging coffee/ holding cups of hot water to keep my hands warm until the next customer arrives. Is that weird?

 When I'm not making coffee I am all over the place.

I've shifted my goals this semester from focusing on my blogging, to focusing on getting it together. In my video class I'm learning the in's and out's of filming and editing. I have a really cheesy video I filmed on my iPhone of a geocaching adventure for my first assignment. I will link at the bottom of the post if you promise not to judge me. Or if you do decide to judge me at least leave it in the form of a comment. Criticism won't kill me.

Over spring break I am hoping to get a tripod and a better way to record audio for my Canon t3i so I will longer have to suffer from …