Sunday, August 30, 2009

Another reason to learn to knit . . .

So I was watching Halloween on TV the other night (the 1978 version, much less scary then you would expect!). And when Michael Myers first attacks Laurie she reaches into her knitting bag, grabs a needle and stabs him in the neck! Not that it did her any good, he comes right back to life, but it bought her a few minutes. I had my knitting basket next to the couch when I was watching and thought that was great. I can't find a picture online though :( I'll have to hope someone will hook me up with that someday.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


doesn't that look delicious? i took that picture about a month ago and I've been meaning to post the recipe. I didn't make it up, but it's soo good I wanted to share it anyway. Really, I've had friends try it who said it's way better than any other homemade falafel.

(from the book 1001 low-fat vegetarian recipes)

Makes: 4 servings (can vary on how big you make falafel balls) I think it makes at least 6
Calories: 491
Fat: 30 gm
Carbs: 43 gm

2 ¾ cups canned garbanzo beans, drained
1 red onion chopped (I like to saute the onion, but it is also good raw)
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3-4 slices whole-wheat bread
2 small fresh red chiles
1 teaspoon each: ground cumin, ground coriander
½ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro plus extra to garnish
1 egg, beaten
¾ cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
Salt and pepper

Optional to serve with: lemon wedges, tomato or cucumber

1. Put the garbanzo beans, onion, garlic, whole-wheat bread, chiles, spices and cilantro in a food processor and process for 30 seconds. Stir the mixture and season to taste with salt and pepper.
2. Remove from the food processor and shape into walnut-sized balls.
3. Place the beaten egg in a shallow bowl and place the whole-wheat bread crumbs on a plate. First dip the garbanzo bean balls into the egg to coat them thoroughly and then roll them in the bread crumbs, shaking off any excess.
4. Heat the oil for deep frying to 350 F, or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. Cook the falafel, in batches if necessary, for 2-3 minutes, until crisp and browned. Carefully remove the from the oil with a slotted spoon and dry on absorbent paper towels.
5. Garnish the falafel with the reserved cilantro and serve with lemon, tomato, or cucumber if desired.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Concert Calendar

So when I'm bored at work or home I like to peruse for upcoming concerts & comedians, if time, money, work and school were no object I think I'd like to check out these shows.

Wed. 09.04.09 Cherry Poppin' Daddies @ the Rhythm Room
Sat. 09.05.09 The Mars Volta @ Dodge Theater
Sun. 09.20.09 Ting Tings @
Sun. 09.27.09 The Get Up Kids @ the Clubhouse
Mon. 09.28.09 The Killers @ Dodge Theater
Thr. 10.01.09 Sonic Youth @ the Marquee
Thr. 10.01.09 ACDC @ US Airway
Fri. 10.02.09 Pitbull @ Celebrity Theater
Sun. 10.04.09 Star Wars in Concert @
Fri. 10.16.09 The Sounds @ the Marquee
Tue. 10.20.09 Gogol Bordello @ the Marquee
Fri. 11.06-08 Ralphie May @ the Improv
Thr. 11.12-15 Dave Attel @ the Improv
Tue. 11.17.09 Dethklok @ Mesa Ampitheater

Me & Tom have our tickets for Star Wars in concert . . . still deciding on the rest

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

i got tourist trapped (on purpose)

So on the way home from the Grand Canyon, in a little town you can find . . . .

Flintstone's Bedrock City

You may think, what a tourist trap. But while we were there we saw a book for sale that Todd Oldham & Michael Graves had made on the place. So if some Target designers like it, there must be something to it right? I can see why someone would want to do a photo book on this place. It's just so strange, this dusty little town, which was pretty much abandoned when we went in. My favorite spot was the empty movie theater that played non-stop flintstones cartoons. But the beauty parlor heads were a close second.

And the goat-a-saurus! and the curtains! i could go on . . .

Monday, August 17, 2009

the president copied my weekend vacation idea

How about that postcard? So you may have heard the Obamas went to the Grand Canyon this weekend, but can you guess who else did? Me & Tom! We started our adventure driving up to the Ten-X campground a few miles outside the park.We set up camp and hung out since the canyon wasn't free Friday, we wanted to be cheap and wait till Saturday. There's Tom looking handsome in the woods. The next day we got up early and headed to the Grand Canyon, it was so nice in the morning! We saw squirrels and a group of mule deer. (can you see the deer? he's pretty hidden but i was really close!) We hiked the rim trail a little while, took the bus a little and then hiked some more. We got way more exhausted than we thought and went home before sunset. But I didn't mind, it was good to get out before the crowd did! I'd love to go back sometime and hike down in (but not when it's so hot) or take a river rafting trip. I thought it was great. Better than last time, I was a little kid and terrified of falling in. I don't know how I overcame my fear of heights, but sometime in my late teens I just wasn't scared anymore. I still stayed a good one to two feet from the edge, but that's just being sensible!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Goodbye Elder Matt

Look at how adorable my little brother is, can you believe he's leaving on his mission tomorrow? The family is flying to Utah so we can hang out with him every last second till we drop him off. He'll be gone 2 years, he's going to Santiago, Chile. So that means in August 2011 I'm flying down there to visit as soon as his mission is officially over! So that will be fun, just the two years he'll be gone will be sad.

Last night he had an open house, like a giant goodbye party. There were so many people there! Tom made him that Chile pepper cake, I think it looked great, Tom is a perfectionist and wasn't too happy. I think he could go work at Charm City Cakes if he wanted. He took photos during the process:One good thing about my brother leaving is that we took family photos, which we never do because we're disorganized or procrastinators or something, ha. And I think we look pretty good if I do say so myself!
These need some color correction, but photoshop is running so slow on this computer I gave up on it for today. Besides, I need to get packing for utah!

Punk Rock Karaoke

So two Saturdays ago we went to the Palo Verde (you may know it as the PV or the dirty verde, ha) to check out punk rock karaoke. While I was too chicken, I thought the idea was great. There was a live band, the Relics, who were playing and you could be lead singer for a song. The coffin draggers roller derby team hosted it, hopefully they do it again and I can bring Alice or Kat, they've both sang in bands so they wouldn't be scared like me.