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Garth Brooks is Coming! Quick… TURN AROUND!

“Just the other night, at a Sacramento music gig, I witnessed concert goer behavior, befitting of a pig…”

Last Wednesday night, on April Fool’s Day of course, I found myself seated on the floor in the third row of a Garth Brooks concert. This wasn’t my first rodeo with Garth… that actually happened at his final public concert before retiring back in 2001. That night I saw trucks painted headlight to trunk with “GARTH OR BUST!” coming from Oklahoma and Texas and every other state that was far far away from the city of Los Angeles, and learned just how rowdy your friends in low places really get. So I thought I was prepared for the madness I was going to endure for 3 hours… and I was for the most part!

I wore comfy boots. I was ready to scream out the lyrics to all those songs I started memorizing in middle school. And I had my iPhone in my wristlet, ready to capture just enough photos and videos to carry as memories from that night.

When Garth Brooks came over to stage right to sing to our section of the crowd, I tried my best to put my phone down and just stare him down. That didn’t work ALL the time… but I really consciously tried my best.

And I wasn’t the only person there with my phone ready to go. Phones were up in the air all night to capture everything!

But I wasn’t really doing the whole photo thing “right” I guess. Because the people in the two rows in front of me… you know… the ones who could actually reach out and touch his jeans? They did the exact opposite throughout the concert.

The second he got in their vicinity, they grabbed their phones and flipped their backs to Garth.

Why?

You guessed it.

SELFIES.

Now I tried my best to not be the crotchety old “that’s not how they did it back when I was a hip young concert-goer” lady….because I did take a couple myself that night…

So I let it roll off my back and just watched it all happen around me. A group of women in the center front row got Garth to laugh in the middle of the super ballad, “Shameless” due to their antics of taking photos posing with his feet. And during the third encore, a heavily intoxicated young lady pushed her way through our row and almost decked the group of women next to me in her attempt for a 360-degree selfie video of herself.

When I got home I shared the tales of the silly selfie folks with family and friends. And when I started flipping through my photos, I noticed that I had photographic evidence of it as well.

Notice the gentleman on the far right in the front row. Garth is singing to the back of his head.

But luckily Garth notices what is going on (this is definitely not HIS first selfie concert), and decides to sing to the phone instead. (Notice there’s another person on the right doing the same thing)

Can you count how many selfies are going on in this photo? I’ve got 3… but I’m sure I’m missing a couple…

What’s that? Oh… just the couple in front of me taking yet another selfie…

I guess that last one wasn’t good enough for those two, so they tried a higher angle.

Who knows when selfie-mania will be over and done (if ever!), but at least these folks weren’t holding up their iPads all night! I hope, for their sakes, that all those snaps came out crystal clear too… because it’s not every night that you have the chance to look into Garth Brook’s eyes as he sings straight to you.

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Lazy grilled fish tacos

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Sunday afternoon. “Miss L… what do you want for dinner?”

“Fish tacos!”

Alrighty then… I think we can do that! I looked in the fridge and spotted some taco sauce and cilantro. Then I headed to the store and bought the following: finely shredded cole slaw, prepared pico de gallo, 1 lime, Mexican sour cream, an avocado, corn tortillas and 1 lb of fresh cod.

I threw a quick seasoning together of cumin, ancho chili pepper, garlic salt, pepper and olive oil, slapped it on the fish and let it marinate for about 20 minutes. Then I went and turned on the grill and did the rest of the basic prep. I made a quick “fish taco creama” out of the Mexican sour cream and lime, and basically just “opened” the rest of the prepared ingredients. Once the fish was done, Miss L and I quickly assembled the tacos and devoured them! She did say that the recipe needed more salt, but that’s pretty much because she wants a salt lick attached to her wrist.

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It might be too cold in your neck of the woods to enjoy either the grill or fish tacos, but trust me that it’s the perfect dinner after a hot and sweaty afternoon!

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Cuisine: seafood
Ingredients
  • corn tortillas
  • 1 lb white fish (cod, mahi mahi, etc.)
  • 1 avocado
  • finely shredded cabbage (or cole slaw)
  • pico de gallo
  • ½ cup Mexican sour cream
  • 1 lime
  • taco sauce (mild or hot, it's your choice!)
  • cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
Instructions
  1. Mix the cumin, ancho chili powder, garlic salt and pepper together. Add the olive oil to create a paste and rub it on both sides of the fish. Cover and allow it to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. Preheat the grill.
  2. Wrap the tortillas in foil and throw them on the grill at the same time with the fish. Grill the fish on medium-high for 3-4 minutes on each side. When full cooked, separate all of the fish from any bones and cover to keep warm.
  3. Crema: Combine the zest of one lime with the Mexican sour cream. Squeeze in juice from one half of the lime. Mix well and let it cool in the refrigerator.
  4. Tacos: For each taco, add the following to your liking: taco sauce, cabbage, pico de gallo, one slice of avocado, fish, cilantro, and crema. Savor and enjoy!

 

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this year needs a star wars easter basket

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Easter is just around the corner, and for the first time in 4 years of basket making, I’m ahead of the game! With a rush of inspiration this week, I stopped off at Walmart on my way home from work this week and assembled a themed basket that I’m sure will make Miss L jump for joy that Sunday morning: a Star Wars Easter basket!

Each year, Mr. M and I have a bit of a debate about whether Easter egg hunts take place outside or inside the house. He argues that one uses plastic eggs filled with goodies inside the house, and that eggs are hidden that morning in a certain room. I debate that one colors real eggs and hides them throughout the yard (front and back) and that happens long before little ones wake up. So far, we’ve done it both ways, and we haven’t settled on the 2015 method quite yet!

Last year we held an indoor egg hunt, but we still spent part of the morning outside. We “planted” jelly beans out in the back yard and waited for the Easter bunny to work his magic overnight. In the morning, in each of the spots where there was previously a jelly bean, there was now a giant colored straw with a lollipop popping out of it!

The straws worked great with the smaller lollipops and made the effect much better! Miss L hasn’t stopped talking about it all year, so I’ll be sure to pick up some jellybeans, lollipops and colored straws to do it all again!

But back to that crazy Star Wars Easter basket! Miss L has been obsessed with all things Star Wars for a bit now. Perhaps it was her first Jedi Training Academy at Disneyland last January that started it all, but this past year she’s been all about the movies, Master Yoda, lightsabers and now “Star Wars: Rebels.”

And while most of the kids in the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon weekend had no clue what was going on, Miss L was schooling folks on her Empire Strikes Back Leia costume.

So… when I saw this amazing plush Yoda Easter basket… how could I not just run with that?!? Normally Miss L uses my old Easter basket for all of her goodies, so I thought this year she could get another basket that was just for crazy fun and all hers!

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I included a Star Wars microfighters LEGO kit, since she’s been jealous of the ones Mr. M has bought and assembled for himself, and an egg full of Star Wars tattoos.

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I couldn’t resist filling these Darth Vader Easter “eggs” with jellybeans! I hear there are R2D2 ones around as well, but my Walmart was already sold out!

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And finally, I threw in some stationary supplies to round everything out: stickers, bubble/stamp pens (seriously… they blow bubbles AND have a stamp!) and a notebook.

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Outside of the jellybeans, this Easter basket is so far missing the usual staples of endless amounts of chocolate and candy. Well, no worries, as I’ll be picking up some treats from our local chocolatier to enjoy on that wonderful Sunday as well!

I just hope this this year, she can clearly identify everything that is in her basket (remember last year’s video?!?)

Ooh boy… now I really just can’t wait! And I’d better start thinking of creative ways to decorate Star Wars eggs as well!

Have you decided what you’ll be doing for your Easter baskets this year? Any themes? Or do you just wing it with all sorts of wonderful stuff?

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chocolate covered basketball oreo cookies

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It’s here! It’s finally here! If you know me, then you know that I adore college basketball like nothing else. (You would also likely decline an invitation from me to watch said basketball games in person, because well, you value your hearing more than our friendship) And since I won’t be attending any basketball tournament games this year (countdown to 2017 begins now Sacramento!), I’ll have to do all that screaming and yelling and “crazy basketball Kim” stuff from the couch at home. So I thought I’d make the experience a bit more special this year with some treats the whole family could enjoy: Basketball OREO Cookies!

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Ingredients/Materials:

  • Melting chocolate wafers (milk or dark – your choice!)
  • Orange Candy Melts
  • Double Stuf OREO Cookies
  • Small plastic squeeze bottle
  • OREO Cookies chocolate mold (like this one!)

Directions

Step 1: Melt a few of the chocolate wafers in your squeeze bottle. Use the bottle to draw basketball outlines inside your mold. When you’re done, place your mold in the freezer for 5 minutes.

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Step 2: Melt your orange candy melts! Let them cool a little so that it doesn’t melt your basketball lines. Take your mold out of the freezer and place just enough of the orange chocolate to cover up your lines. Place back in the freezer for 10 minutes.

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Step 3: Melt your chocolate! Take the mold out of the freezer and add a spoonful of melted chocolate to each. Place 1 Double Stuf OREO cookie in each mold and push down slightly. Place in freezer for 5 minutes. Take out of the freezer and pour enough melted chocolate over each cookie to cover it completely in the mold. Freeze for 15 minutes.

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Step 4: Take the cookies out of the freezer, gently pop them out of the mold and ENJOY!

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Now for the other snacks around the house during “epic basketball game watching madness” : Coke Zero & REESE’S peanut butter cup minis!  (p.s. use Target’s Cartwheel App from 3/15-4/4 for a free coupon for the REESE’S!) We seriously don’t mess around when it comes to treats and basketball! While we can only smuggle in so much goodness to live games, we go crazy with the chocolate at home!

It was easy to round them all up at our local Target.

The Coca-Cola product of choice in our household is Mr. M’s favorite: Coke Zero. This Spring, be on the lookout for You Don’t Know Zero ‘Til You’ve Tried It! Coke Zero and Target will allow consumers to try a Coke Zero through “Drinkable” advertising which takes traditional advertising elements and makes them actually drinkable – leading to a free 20oz. Coke Zero at Target! Consumers can participate in these unbelievable experiences through a drinkable TV spot, jumbotron and even at CokeZero.com beginning April 2nd. Just come thirsty with your Shazam app ready!

So, fellow March maniacs… what special treats will be you be indulging in as you celebrate in the upcoming weekends? Or what will be used to drown your sorrows? I need a list stat… because my happiness/sadness starts at noon on Thursday!

May the odds be ever in your alma maters (or brackets) favor!