November Mixtape

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


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 Wednesday, but ultimately the A that I received in that class is probably what kept me from going on academic probation that semester. Thank you for that.

I remember when I was about to finish high school everyone in the youth orchestra and band kept asking me if I was going to keep playing clarinet in college. My answer was no. There was so much pressure to be the best and I just wanted to play the music that I felt like playing. To write the songs I wanted and throw my artistic studies music books into a bottomless pit. It was no longer fun to be first chair. Somewhere in between the 15 years of the piano lessons, clarinet lesson, garage band days etc. music had become a chore of theory and repetition.

A year before I bought you, I was quarantined because of swine flu, my mom let me steal the dusty guitar from her closet to pass the time that I spent holed up in my room. It was an old guitar and could only be tuned to itself. The action was too high, the strings were all wrong, my fingers would blister. I still tried my best to learn.

When I purchased you everything became much easier. I apologize for all of the terrible singing and messy fretwork that you have to deal with some days. Thank you for always being there for me on my worst days. Music is always one of the first things I turn to when things get rough for relief. Thanks for all of the beautiful music.

Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”

This quote has been important to me ever since I first saw it written inside of a music book I received in middle school. Picking you up and playing a quick tune is the best cure for writer’s block, the best cure for sadness and the best cure for anxiety.  Thank you for being there everyday and especially during final exams! Sing-alongs with my best friends and roommates are some of the funniest and best memories of my time in college thus far. Thank you for all of the wonderful memories and lovely sounds. Thank you for helping me find my tune in the sea of messy black and white.

Sincerely,
Alison


Dinner for One: Veggie Lettuce Wraps

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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 breast
  • 1/2 cup water chestnuts rinsed
  • 1/4 cup scallions
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • Butter Lettuce (I used iceberg because that was what I had on hand)
  • 2 tbs. brown sugar
  • 2 tbs. low sodium soy sauce
  • Canola Oil
  • Sesame oil (optional)
  • Rice Vinegar (optional)
  • Siracha Chili Garlic Sauce (optional)
  • Lighthouse Sesame Ginger Dressing (optional)

  1. Begin by dicing mushrooms, scallions, water chestnuts and garlic.
  2. 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.
  3. Add a bit of canola oil and sautee scallions and garlic over high heat. Then add mushrooms, carrotts, water chestnuts and stir fry sauce. Stir the mixture until the vegetables have softened.
  4. Split the head of lettuce apart and serve wrap style. I recommend not using iceberg lettuce because it is hard to split apart. Butter lettuce is a better option. Also, I like to add a little bit or Siracha of Chili Garlic Siracha to my wraps. Sometimes I also like to dip them in Lighthouse Sesame Ginger Dressing because I am obsessed and sometimes I like to add a little sesame oil. 
That's all there is to it.

I have some exciting news that will possibly be posted soon.  Stay tuned or whatever people call it these days.

Get It Together!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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 terrible audio. I plan on taking a lot of pictures and going on some adventures. Spring break cannot get here fast enough.

Now I shall leave you with this:


From Diamonds to Sand