Saturday, October 30, 2010

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Modsun, Stereo Skyine, and The Summer Set on the Travelin' Tour in Dallas



The Summer Set's Travelin' Tour has some great openers on it. Because of my hours at work, I miss anything that happens before 7:15 usually. This was fine for me for this show since I am not a fan of their first opening band..I would have liked to have seen more of the second one, Austin Gibbs, but we didn't make it until his last song.

The first full act that we saw was Modsun. He classifies his music as hippy hop..and that was pretty much accurate. His beats and message were alright; I enjoyed that, as well as the song that Pat Brown from Sing it Loud did with him (Pat's voice is literally haunting my head still-it's almost been a week)....Modsun kind of comes off of being full of it in an "I don't give a fuck but I really kind of do" way...and yes, we all care what people think of us, but he just kind of came off as a little too cocky. I'm also not quite a fan of having one of the band's gifriends on the stage during the show...unless the significant other is actually part of the band..having them on the stage kind of makes the set itself look less put together and not as tight...I also really was not into the obvious fact that they sang all of their songs against a track that had singing on it...They were singing, but they were singing over it and you could tell that the track was playing. Modsun is very talented with what he does, but I really wasn't too into his performance. Check him out yourself though and see what you think!

For more Modsun, check him out on Myspace, BandCamp, YouTube, and Big Cartel.





Stereo Skyline was up next; I really love this band and they get better every time that I see them. For this tour, they shuffled around their set, adding in more songs from Tongue Tied and songs that they hadn't played much before. They came out with so much energy and really channeled their good time back and forth with the crowd. They told a really cute story about shooting their video for Me and You and ice cream that no one wanted to eat. They also played Heartbeat, Fivetens in Harlem, Tongue Tied, and some other songs; the crowd was into it the whole time.

For more Stereo Skyline, check them out on Myspace, iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Buzznet, and Ping.





The Summer Set headlined this tour with so much energy and rock. They came out so alive and really fed off of the energy that we all in the crowd already had from other four bands. They played songs from all of their albums and EPs; new, old, covers, and a very intimate version of Passenger Seat. One of my favorite things about this band is how down to earth they are and that they are so completely normal and easy to talk to, just like people our age should be. This also translates in to their lyrics. I got to talk to Jess, their drummer at the end and take a picture with her. She actually looks a lot like my step sister and it kind of freaks me out. She's such a sweet and fun person and really easy to talk to.




For more The Summer Set, check out their Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, MTV Page, Pure Volume, MerchNow, and Tumblr.









For more videos from this and other concerts, check out my YouTube Channel.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Music Monday




At Musiqtone, check out A Rocket to the Moon in the Hot Seat and Chris Brown's new video in the Premiere Box

This week in Daytrotter Sessions, check out Tegan and Sarah, Cheyenne Marie Mize, and Cults.

Check out the top ten tracks for free download on Tweet for a Track this week:

  1. Good Times-Christofer Drew
  2. Snoop Dogg Millionaire-Snoop Dogg
  3. Right Now-Austin Gibbs
  4. Nopainnogain Demo-Christofer Drew
  5. What To Believe-Austin Gibbs and Fairline
  6. Feel It In My Soul-Austin Gibbs and Fairline
  7. King (acoustic/live)-Stephen Jerzak
  8. We Owe This To Ourselves-Anberlin
  9. Still (DJ Kermith and Ahmed Sirour remix)-Eric Roberson
  10. Fin De Semana-Ray Ornelas

Saturday, October 23, 2010

well, my kid goes to private school so we don't fund public schools."

"well, my kid goes to private school so we don't fund public schools."

My stepbrother was out selling chocolate to support his school, and this was the response that he got from someone in our neighborhood. Now...We live in a nice neighborhood, my sisters and I have gone to both public and private school, his brother goes to private school, but it was decided that he would attend public school for middle school because it would be more beneficial for him than going to private school.

Whoever said this really needs to get a reality check. This is such a disgusting, elitist thing to say..and pretty judgmental as well. Just because someone can afford something does not mean its the best choice to use. Not to mention, these candy bars are what? $1...$1.50? that's not even funding a public school, that's showing support for the future. I'd hate to see a future full of children of that parent who won't support anything outside of their little box.

I am seriously disgusted at this; what is everything coming to that we deny buying a CANDY BAR to support GENERAL EDUCATION because your child doesn't go to a public school. Public schools are not all bad, they're not all substandard, and sometimes compared to private school, they help students excel more. I guess I'm just upset at the selfishness and close mindedness that my stepbrother experienced tonight. All that person had to say was "no, we aren't interested" and leave it at that.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Guster-Easy Wonderful [Album Review]

Guster emerged from the underground music scene back in the mid 90’s. Their music is earthy, thought provoking, and unique.

Read More..

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Chicken quesodillas with avocado tomato salsa

When I found this recipe, my mouth literally watered. I love Mexican/Tex Mex food, but I haven't really made it in my own kitchen. This came out so deliciously; I can't wait to make it again. It was filling and relatively healthy which is something that I am always looking for in recipes to make.

Chicken quesodillas with avocado tomato salsa

This tasty Tex-Mex has lower-fat tortillas and cheese. The splurge: avocado. Though high in fat, it's mostly the heart-healthy kind; plus, avocados have a natural cholesterol reducer.



Ingredients

Ingredients






  • 2 teaspoon(s) canola oil
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime
  • 1 pound(s) skinless, boneless thin-sliced chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch-wide strips
  • 4 burrito-size low-fat flour tortillas
  • 1 cup(s) reduced-fat (2%) shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup(s) salsa

Preparation

  1. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium 1 minute. Add green onion and cook about 6 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, from lime, grate 1 teaspoon peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. Evenly season chicken on both sides with lime peel, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  3. Add chicken to green onion in skillet; cook 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside. Transfer to bowl; stir in lime juice.
  4. Evenly divide chicken mixture and cheese on half of each tortilla; fold over to make 4 quesadillas.
  5. In same skillet, cook quesadillas on medium, in 2 batches, 8 minutes per batch or until browned on both sides and heated through. Cut each quesadilla into thirds. Stir avocado into salsa; serve with quesadillas.


Nutritional Information
(per serving)

Calories400
Total Fat14g
Saturated Fat5g
Cholesterol86mg
Sodium970mg
Total Carbohydrate31g
Dietary Fiber8g
Sugars--
Protein38g
Calcium--

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Car Dealership Experiences

You'd probably think I'd rant and bitch about my experience leasing my first car; it was actually a great experience...Surprising, I know. It probably helped that I had my dad there which kept me from getting take advantage of, but regardless of that, it was a great day.

Our salesman was very professional and explained every aspect of the cars that we were looking at and how each model different from the other. I don't understand much about cars, but he really helped me understand what I needed to know without embellishing or trying to confuse me. He also did not try to steer me towards whatever car they were promoting (though now all the commercials I see now are for my car), but he listened to exactly what I was looking for and helped us going off of that.

The average car dealership experiences begins with a pushy sales person, it becomes exceedingly clear which vehicle they are pushing, and you are handed off to several people throughout the process of making your decision. They rarely listen to you and if you're not careful, you may end up with a car that you aren't happy with. I am so glad that this didn't happen to me; I'm not sure that I would have been able to properly handle that.

Has anyone else had a good or bad car experience? Mine was with Dough at Momentum Volkswagen in Houston.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Handmade Accessories by Leah

My friend, Leah makes awesome handmade accessories; they're wearable, fashionable, and very trendy. She is thinking about selling these accessories in an etsy or blog/paypal fashion but wanted to see if anyone would be interested in buying what she makes.

Here are some of the headbands she's made so far:








Monday, October 18, 2010

Music Monday





This week on Musiqtone, check out Since Forever and Runner Runner on the Hot Seat. Watch Miley Cyrus' new video in the Premiere Box and read a review of Weezer's new album, Hurley. Check out Street Sweeper Club and Bellevue's Finest in the Spotlight,

Free music this week from Tweet for a Track

1.Good Times, Christofer Drew/Folk/Singer Songwriter (get it now!)
2.Snoop Dogg Millionaire, Snoop Dogg/Hip Hop/Rap (get it now!)
3.Right Now, Austin Gibbs/Pop (get it now!)
4.nopainnogain DEMO, christofer drew/Folk/Singer Songwriter (get it now!)
5.Who To Believe, Austin Gibbs and Fairline (get it now!)
6.Feel It In My Soul, Austin Gibbs & Fairline (get it now!)
7.King (Acoustic Live), Stephen Jerzak (get it now!)
8.Better Now - Acoustic Version, My Genuine Find/Pop (get it now!)
9.We Owe This To Ourselves, Anberlin/Rock (get it now!)
10."Still" (DJ Kemit & Ahmed Sirour Remix), Eric Roberson/R&B/Soul (get it now!)

This week on Day Trotter, check out sessions from Foals, Thieving Irons, Tame Impala, and Bear in Heaven.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Suprisingly, progress...

  • Cardio-2x a week
  • Closet
  • get apartment completely organized
  • go to a YJP event
  • learn the Torah Portion for LBM
  • Actually lose weight..i will say 3 lbs
  • finally finish the book i got from the library
  • study for my GMATs at least one hour every weekend
  • Purge closet
I did cardio before work one day and then speed walked the Komen 5k. Felt AWESOME!
I got rid of all the boxes in my closet!! still a little more left to do before it becomes complete functional, but that was huge!
Apartment organization is definitely moving along smoothly.
GMATs, I didn't do this weekend, but I have been studying every day at work during lunch

Death By Chocolate Cupcakes

Some of my new favorite cupcake hints and recipes have come from Hungry Girl. When I first read this recipe, I was slightly skeptical about it because it didn't follow the usual cupcake recipes. Didn't matter though, these came out awesome!

Death By Chocolate Cupcakes


Ingredients:
2 cups moist-style chocolate cake mix (half of an 18.25-oz. box)
Two 25-calorie packets diet hot cocoa mix
1/2 cup fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
2 tbsp. semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
1 tsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions:

Place chocolate chips and the contents of both cocoa packets in a tall glass. Add 12 ounces of boiling water, and stir until chips and cocoa mix have dissolved. Place glass in the freezer to chill for 25 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Once cocoa has chilled, give it a stir, and mix with all other ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whip batter with a whisk or fork for 2 minutes. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray, or line it with baking cups. Evenly spoon batter (which will be thin, but don't worry, your cupcakes will puff up!) into the pan. Place pan in the oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Cupcakes will look shiny when done. MAKES 12 SERVINGS


Serving Size: 1 cupcake
Calories: 108
Fat: 2.5g
Sodium: 239mg
Carbs: 19g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 12g
Protein: 2g

POINTS® value 2*


Did you know your average Chocolate Cupcake WITHOUT the icing contains over 200 calories and 10g of fat...YIKES! So, next time you are feeling a little chocolaty... try on these cupcakes. Something to satisfy your craving and to not pop your pants!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Oven Fried Chicken Tenders with Five Spice BBQ Sauce

Faux fried chicken is one of my favorite dinners to make. The recipes that I've found have been just as satisfying and mouth watering as true fried chicken without any guilt. Just thinking about how this meal came out is making me want some right now.

Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders with Five-Spice BBQ Sauce

From Good Housekeeping

Tender and oven-fried, these chicken tenders are jazzed up with sesame seeds and Chinese five-spice powder, an indispensable blend of seasonings that showcases the five basic flavors of Chinese cuisine — sweet, sour, bitter, savory, and salty.

Makes 4 main dish servings

Takes 20 minutes

Set your oven to 475


Ingredients

* 3/4 cup(s) panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
* 2 tablespoon(s) sesame seeds
* 1 large egg white
* 1 teaspoon(s) Chinese five-spice powder
* 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
* 1 pound(s) chicken-breast tenders
* 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
* 1 small onion, chopped
* 1/2 cup(s) ketchup
* 1 tablespoon(s) brown sugar
* 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) cider vinegar
* 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) Worcestershire sauce

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F. In 10-inch skillet, toast bread crumbs and sesame seeds over high heat about 5 minutes or until golden, stirring frequently. Transfer crumb mixture to plate.

2. In medium bowl, with wire whisk or fork, mix egg white, 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder, and salt until foamy. Dip tenders in egg-white mixture, then in crumb mixture to coat. Place tenders on cookie sheet. Bake tenders 13 to 15 minutes or until they lose their pink color throughout. Do not turn tenders over.

3. Meanwhile, in same skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until soft and lightly browned. Remove skillet from heat; stir in ketchup, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and remaining five-spice powder. Pour sauce into small bowl; serve with tenders.

Nutritional Information
(per serving)
Calories 280
Total Fat 8g
Saturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 66mg
Sodium 775mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars --
Protein 30g
Calcium

Friday, October 15, 2010

Flourless Walnut Cookies

Snacks are pretty much my weakness...snacks and desserts...so a snack/dessert combo is super tricky for me. I found this recipe for flourless walnut cookies in Glamour and was really excited about it. Having less flower means less carbs, and the chocolate and nuts made the cookie satisfying without having to eat too many of them. I made them last for a while and they were delicious.

Afternoon Snack: Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies

By: Sarah Jio

FitCeleb recently shared a fun recipe for these amazing looking skinny chocolate walnut cookies!

Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies
Recipe originally from Self
Makes 60 cookies

Ingredients:

Parchment paper
2 1/2 cups walnut halves [[i didn't have walnuts so I used chopped pecans]]
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

Position 2 racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven. Heat oven to 350°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Place walnuts on a work surface and finely chop. Transfer to a separate large baking sheet and toast until fragrant, about 9 minutes. Let cool. Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in a bowl. Stir in walnuts. Add egg whites and vanilla; beat with a fork or an electric mixer on medium until batter is just moistened. (Do not overbeat batter or it will stiffen.) Drop batter by the teaspoonful onto baking sheets in evenly spaced mounds. Bake cookies until tops are lightly cracked and glossy, about 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining batter. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

[Nutrition info: 55 calories per cookie, 3.3 g fat (0.4 g saturated), 6.2 g carbs, 0.6 g fiber, 1.2 g protein]

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Salsa Meat Loaves

Though I don't eat red meat very often, I like to find recipes to make when I am in the mood for some meat instead of chicken. Another thing that I love about meatloaf in general is that you don't have to make it in a loaf, you can separate them into muffin tins and make mini meat loaves in smaller portions.

Salsa Meat Loaves

Making meat loaf in single-serving portions reduces the cooking time by half and keeps the meat juicy.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 meat loaf)

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chipotle salsa, divided
  • 1/4 cup ketchup, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef, extra lean
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine egg whites in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in oats, 1/2 cup salsa, and 2 tablespoons ketchup. Add beef; mix well. Divide beef mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into an oval-shaped loaf. Coat a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Place loaves on prepared pan.

3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until done.

4. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons salsa and remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup in a small bowl; spread mixture evenly over loaves.

Nutritional Information

Calories:
190 (26% from fat)
Fat:
6g (sat 2.1g,mono 2.1g,poly 0.7g)
Protein:
25g
Carbohydrate:
10.9g
Fiber:
1.7g
Cholesterol:
60mg
Iron:
2.2mg
Sodium:
548mg
Calcium:
7mg

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Guster-Band Spotlight Feature

Fifteen years ago, a four piece band quietly emerged onto the music scene. Guster began to bring us their music when grunge was on its way out and sugary pop beats, boy bands, and girl power were on the way in. Guster cannot and will never be classified as any of these.

Read more...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

September to October

Wow, September was an intense month...just..yeah..I don't think that there was one day where I was not completely stressed out. I guess I'll go over my progress..or lack there of...just because I'm being accountable here.

goals for September:

  • 2 days of cardio plus 2 days of training ever week
  • purge the closet
  • get rid of that last box of stuff
  • find 2 workout classes to go to this month
  • 4 or less errors at work this month
  • Find a young Jewish professionals event to go to
  • Pay bills on time
  • keep at least 2 paychecks in my account at all times
  • write at least 3 pieces for musiqtone
  • raise $200 for Komen for the Cure
  • blog at least 2 posts other than music on the public blog
did not do anything that had to do with the gym...big fail
still working on the closet and the boxes
musiqtone doesn't even need to be there anymore haha
bills and bank account are on track
and blogging is great...

So I guess I should make some goals for October..hoping I can actually accomplish something this month, even though it's already half way over.

  • Cardio-2x a week
  • Closet
  • get apartment completely organized
  • go to a YJP event
  • learn the Torah Portion for LBM
  • Actually lose weight..i will say 3 lbs
  • finally finish the book i got from the library
  • study for my GMATs at least one hour every weekend
  • Purge closet

Dallas Zoo



When my friend, S came into town a few months ago, we decided to go to the Dallas Zoo. It's been a couple of years since I've been to a zoo (I think the last zoo I went to was 5 years ago, in Israel). You'd think, two twenty somethings going to a zoo, that we would be pretty bored, but it was actually a great time.

The Dallas Zoo has a lot of cool things to see and do there. In addition to the usual zoo experiences, the Dallas Zoo boasts the Giants of the Savannah, an awesome feature of native African animals. You can even feed giraffes lettuce and eat lunch right up against the window to the cheetahs. Another cool thing is their monorail ride. This monorail takes you on a tour through environmental ecosystems of the world and meet some of the animals that are native to these environments. You can also feed birds, touch reptiles and learn a lot about all of the animals in the zoo.

Feeding the giraffes was fun.

I also pet a snake


Goat


Pig



There are no pictures of me feeding birds because i FREAKED out when the birds flew at me...I am so scared of birds, but I was trying to face this fear...it didn't work and made me hate them even more. Here is S feeding birds

Monday, October 11, 2010

Music Monday



On Musiqtone, Emily Osment is featured in the Hot Seat. Check out Carrie Underwood's new video and Azure Ray's new video in the Premiere Box. My review of Jimmy Eat World's new album, Invented is up on Critic's Corner.


The video for "Can't Do It Alone" is now available for your viewing pleasure!
Go to aaronsmithmusic.com to watch the new video and to check out some tight blog posts!


Daytrotter released sessions this week from Miniature Tigers, Young Veins, Dark Dark Dark, Mountain Man, The Wooden Sky, Tape Deck Mountain, Gayngs, Bobby Long, Birds and Batteries, and Born Ruffians.






















Asking Alexandria's cover of "Right Now (Na Na Na)" is available for download now on iTunes.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cedar Hills Wine Walk

Ever since my sorority took us wine tasting for Senior Week, I have been craving to go on more wine tastings. A couple of months ago, my friend L called me, telling me about a wine walk in Cedar Hills; a town just south of Dallas.

This event was an outdoor wine walk at Uptown Village, an outdoor mall in Cedar Hills. It is a free event that you RSVP for via email and then show up to collect your drink tickets and a bag of swag including some coupons for local restaurants and shops, as well as some other fun things.

Some of the shops hosted wine and some gave out free appetizers. I don't have as many notes as I had from the wine tasting, but I can share with you some of what I did manage to make notes of.

We tasted the Casali Cataratto Chardonnay. It is a dry white wine; this one almost tasted like a pinot grigio to me, which I liked because I love pinot grigio.

We also tasted Grand Cru Vineyeards 2007 California Merlot and a Falisco 2009 White Wine.

As far as appetizer go, if you ever eat at Matt's Rancho Martinez, you will fall head over heels for their salsa. Delicious!

If you're in the Dallas area, keep your tabs on Pegasus News. They are really good at announcing when events like this and others are going to happen. This is a fun and relaxing event, great to go with a close friend, have some wine, eat some dinner and catch up.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Yoplait: Save Lids to Save Lives

Another one of my favorite ways to help support finding a cure for breast cancer is with Yoplait's save lids to save lives.


This one is just as easy as eating a cup of yogurt. Just buy the cups of Yoplait yogurt with pink lids and clean the lids after opening your yogurt. Keep your lids in a plastic bag and stick them in an envelope. One stamped envelope can hold a bunch of lids since they're pretty light. Send your envelopes in to

Save Lids to Save Lives©
P.O. Box 420704
El Paso, TX 88542-0704

by DECEMBER 31, 2010 to contribute to this year's Save Lids to Save Lives campaign.

For more infomation check out Save Lids to Save Lives here

Friday, October 8, 2010

Laziness Means Having to Sneak in Workouts

I have been so so lazy with my cardio lately. My body and brain have been agreeing and saying "no ashley, it's okay to stay in bed a little longer"...which turns into no time to go down to the gym. Yesterday, I decided to make up for that. I only have half an hour of lunch at work, so it's really not much time to run errands, but it's the perfect amount of time to get in some cardio. I didn't even have to leave.

I made up my own little exercise routine that probably would have looked stupid to an unknowing person, but it worked for me. I ran down 3 flights of stairs, then walked back up them, skipping a step with each step. I did this about 8 or 9 times and then took a speedwalk around our building. I know that this doesn't completely equal an elliptical session, but it is something, and it's definitely better than nothing.

I am the queen of finding excuses not to do things, but i am NOT going to let myself slack on the exercising. I'm hoping that next week I'll be back to working out in the mornings, but who knows if I'll be back in that mindset again.

I also used to sneak in workouts by doing squats every time I went to the bathroom. I would do 10 squats each time. Also not much, but also something at the same time...Then there are my car dance parties and random dance parties while I'm doing things around the apartment...I'm hoping these little things will kind of build up to a little more than nothing

Does anyone else sneak workouts in? What do you do?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Redraw-Winner!

The original winner from the CSN Stores Giftcode Giveaway from August was unable to use her giftcode. She returned her prize so that I could draw a new winner.

Congratulations, LuckyLauren! I have sent you an email; please contact me within 48 hours for your giftcode.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spiced Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding

When I think about baking desserts, I usually go to my default cupcakes or cookies. What I love about trying new recipes every week is that it breaks me out of that and helps me fine new recipes to love all the time.

This recipe for Spice Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding is originally from Southern Living; it's a healthy version of it and it's very easy to make if you think.

I forgot to think and screwed up parts of it, but the recipe still came out amazing. Even if I ended up with more of an apple bread/cake than a pudding.




Spiced Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding



Prep: 20 min., Cook: 2 min., Chill: 1 hr., Bake: 50 min.

Yield: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 (16-oz.) Italian bread loaf, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Toasted Pecan-Caramel Sauce

Preparation

1. Sauté apple and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon in a lightly greased skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes or until tender. Stir together bread and apple in an 11- x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

2. Whisk together eggs, milk, apple cider, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and remaining 1/4 tsp. cinnamon; pour over bread mixture in baking dish. Cover and chill 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake bread mixture 45 to 50 minutes or until top is crisp and golden brown. Serve warm with Toasted Pecan-Caramel Sauce.

Nutritional Information

Calories:
299 (0.0% from fat)
Fat:
7.2g (sat 2.1g,mono 2.9g,poly 1.5g)
Protein:
8.1g
Carbohydrate:
51.6g
Fiber:
1.4g
Cholesterol:
85mg
Iron:
1.5mg
Sodium:
241mg
Calcium:
146mg
Southern Living, DECEMBER 2008

Monday, October 4, 2010

Music Monday





This week at Musiqtone, check out Justin Bieber's video for U Smile. Good Charlotte's video for "Like It's Her Birthday" is up in the Premiere Box as well as Guster's video for "Do You Love Me". I reviewed Guster's new album, Easy Wonderful. You can also read more about Guster in their spotlight feature on the Musiqtone Blog. Also, be sure to check out Amely in You Gotta Know.


Escape The Fate released a video for “Issues”
Envy released a video for “Worn Heels"
Day Trotter released sessions from
Circa Survive, Christmas Island, an encore session from Born Ruffians
New Comic Book Heroes EP this Tuesday! Check it out on Myspace!
Coheed and Cambria released a video for “World of Lines”

Saturday, October 2, 2010

No Cook Thai Beef Salad

Thai food is one of my favorite foods...I am usually pretty hesitant about making any cultural dishes because I am scared that I'll ruin it. I'm trying to get over this because I love ethnic food and I really want to learn how to make it for myself.

Okay, so thai beef salad really isn't too ethnic or native Thai, but I really like it. I actually thought that this was going to just taste like a salad with roast beef on it. It definitely did not. The combination of the ingredients and the dressing was delicious and so fresh. Usually I do not like cucumbers, but in this recipe, it worked for me-this might be the only way I will eat cucumbers besides in sushi.

No Cook Thai Beef Salad

Makes 4 main dish servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 limes
  • 3 tablespoon(s) less-sodium fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon(s) sugar
  • 1 bag(s) (10-ounce) romaine salad mix
  • 1 seedless cucumber, cut lengthwise in half, then thinly sliced crosswise
  • 8 ounce(s) deli-sliced rare roast beef, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide strips
  • 1 cup(s) packed fresh cilantro (or mint leaves)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly slice
Directions
  1. From limes, grate 1 teaspoon peel and squeeze 3 tablespoons juice
  2. In small bowl, prepare dressing: Combine lime peel and juice, fish sauce, and sugar; stir until sugar completely dissolves.
  3. In large bowl, combine romaine salad mix, sliced cucumber, roast beef, cilantro or mint, and onion. Add dressing to bowl and toss to combine. Divide salad among 4 dinner plates.

Nutritional Information
(per serving)

Calories105
Total Fat2g
Saturated Fat1g
Cholesterol26mg
Sodium485mg
Total Carbohydrate9g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars--
Protein13g
Calcium--

Friday, October 1, 2010

Katy Perry-Teenage Dream [Album Review]

Take a ride through the years of your life that brought you the most joy, drama, feeling, and fun with Katy Perry as she relives the Teenage Dream. Katy's teenage years actually included being bounced around from label after label, trying to get albums released

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