Monday, July 29, 2013

Music Monday - Romantic Love Songs

A two and a half hour playlist of romantic 80s and 90s love songs.

1. MLTR- [25 Minutes]
2. Kelly Clarkson -- [Because of You]
3. Monica -- [It's Angel Of Mine]
4. REO Speedwagon -- [Can't Fight This Feeling]
5. Mark Sherman -- [Changes In My Life]
6. Basil Valdez -- [You]
7. Whitney Houston -- [Where Do Broken Hearts Go]
8. Katy Perry -- [Thinking Of You]
9. Celine Dion -- [That's The Way It Is]
10. Bryan White -- [God Gave Me You]
11. Celine Dion -- [My Heart Will Go On]
12. Aerosmith -- [I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing]
13. Avril Lavigne -- [Wish You Were Here]
14. Gino Padilla -- [Closer You and I]
15. Selena -- [Dreaming of You]
16. Indecent Obsession -- [Fixing a Broken Heart]
17. Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez - [Forever]
18. Bobby Caldwell -- [Heart Of Mine]
19. Mariah Carey -- [Hero]
20. Peabo Bryson -- [If Ever You're In My Arms Again]
21. Celine Dion -- [Immortality]
22. Mariah Carey ft Whitney Houston -- [When You Believe]
23. Natalie Cole -- [Miss You Like Crazy]
24. Bon Jovi -- [Thank You For Loving Me]
25. MLTR -- [Breaking My Heart]
26. Rockstar -- [Parting Time]
27. George Benson -- [Nothing's Gonna Change]
28. Christian Bautista and Sarah Geronimo -- [Please be Careful with My Heart]
29. Richard Marx -- [Right Here Waiting]
30. Roxette -- [Spending My Time]
31. Savage Garden -- [I Knew I Loved You]
32. The Corrs -- [All The Love In The World]
33. Roxette -- [Listen To Your Heart]
34. Donna Cruz and Jason Everly -- [Wish]
35. Michael Jackson -- [You Are Not Alone]
36. Original Version -- [Pusong Bato]

Have a romantic evening...

Monday, July 22, 2013

Music Monday - Ambeint Trance

This is definitely a type of music that I love to listen to while I'm writing, though it does depend on what I'm trying to do with my story at the time. Sometimes I listen to other types of music while writing. But this type of music with its dreamy quality helps get me in the zone.

Here's a full hour and nineteen minutes worth of ambient trance. May it help you get into your creative zone as well.

Have a meditative evening...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

20 More Things to Cherish

1. Grandpa

2. Boyfriends

3. Beach Weddings

4. Romantic Dinners

5. Firelight

6. Sand Between Your Toes

7. Birthdays

8. Trails

9. Blue Jays

10. Kestrels

11. Wrens

12. Cardinals

13. Woodpeckers

14. Florida

15. Gators

16. Conch

17. Africa

18. Sea Biscuits

19. Police

20. Detectives

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Cherish - Eating Healthy - Carrot Burgers!

In my book, Cherish, the protagonist's mother loves to cook healthy food for her family.

The following original recipe by me would fit into any Ovo Lacto Vegetarian diet, as it does require the use of eggs. But feel free to substitute anything that you might use in place of eggs for binding.

Also, keep in mind that it is always preferable to use organic carrots and free-range chicken eggs when possible.


7 - 8 large - medium carrots (Shredded)
2 whole eggs
1/2 - 3/4 c. flour (Any type that you prefer. I use organic whole wheat flour.)
2 - 3 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder (not garlic salt)
Pinch of Salt (Optional)

Optional Ingredients:
Brown and wild rice (cooked), chopped raw spinach, black beans, or oatmeal. Any of these or even a combination of these can be added into the batter to "beef" up the patties. I have even added alfalfa sprouts (that I home sprout) and wild greens that I have gathered. Delicious!

Other Flavors:
Adding sage, black or white pepper, and marjoram gives a more chicken-y flavor to the patty and adding rosemary, thyme, and sage can make the patty taste more like sausage.

2 pats of butter melted in the pan

Preparation & Cooking:

Cook carrots until they are still moist, but tender. About 3 - 5 minutes in a microwave should do. Mix in the rest of your ingredients until you get a thick, easily portioned batter. You can add more flour to thicken the batter, if necessary. Likewise you can add a little water if the batter is too thick.

Melt butter in a frying pan or wok over low to medium heat. Don't let your pan get too hot so as not to burn the patties. Spoon carrot mixture into patty shapes into pan. Allow to brown on one side, flip, brown other side, then remove from pan and allow to drain excess butter onto a paper towel laid in a plate or platter.

Once you have all of your patties (this recipe should yield 7 - 8 large patties) you can then put them on any bread that you prefer using the same condiments that you use whenever you have hamburgers. You can also eat these alone or paired with a side salad or cut into strips and placed on a hotdog bun with cole slaw. The possibilities are endless for what you can use this recipe for, even meatloaf. Just mix in what you normally put into your meatloaf, such as bell peppers, onions, or tomatoes, etc. Bake and enjoy!

I have even used these to make spaghetti and meatballs by forming the mixture into balls and partially cooking them before adding them to the sauce.

You can bake the patties in an oven as well, but since I don't have an oven I'm not sure how long they would need to bake to cook thoroughly and you want to be sure that the eggs in the mixture are completely cooked.

Personally, I just microwave 7 - 8 on a plate on high for 9 minutes. But with the way cooking times vary depending on microwave brand and the possibility that you might under cook the eggs in the mixture, I can't really advise others to prepare them this way.  After all, I live in a part of Florida that is right about at sea level and that will definitely affect cooking times in a microwave or even a regular oven.

However you choose to cook them I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. They are a very nutritious addition to your mealtime repertoire. 


Monday, July 15, 2013

Music Monday - Dubstep

Yes. Yes, I do. I wub the bass, the wobbles, and all the rest!


Raise Your Weapon - Deadmau5

Pumped Up Kicks Remix (Butch Clancy) - Foster the People

Set Fire To The Rain (Ember Waves Dubstep Remix) - Adele

Louder (Doctor P and Flux Pavilion Remix) - DJ Fresh

First of the Year (Equinox) - Skrillex

What Am I Doing Here - Chicane

Electric Daisy Violin - Lindsey Stirling (Original Song)

DubstEpic - Robot Boys

Bring Me the Horizon - Shadow Moses (Dubstep Remix)

Just wanted to share --
Some Awesome Middle School Talents Dancing to Louder

And just for fun--

Have a meditative evening...

Monday, July 8, 2013

Music Monday - Polynesian

When I was in 5th Grade a woman came around to our school to teach us about Polynesian music and culture. I was already into all things Polynesian, because of some of the old albums my parents had, so this was absolutely exciting to me. She even taught us some Hula moves and how every movement and gesture told the story of the music. It was wonderful! Well, I still have a love for all things Polynesian, so this week I'd like to share some of my favorite Polynesian music with you.

Some of the Music from My Parents' Albums that Kicked Off My Interest: 

My Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii

Hawaiian Sunset

Under Hawaiian Skies

Tradewinds Over Mamala Bay

The More Modern Polynesian-Style Sounds I Love Today:

Kua Iti Te Marama


Te Moana

Panini Pua Kea

Samoa e, Maopoopo Mai

Lei Hali'a

Every Road Leads Back to You


Have a meditative evening...

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Cherish - Independence Day!

I cherish the Independence and Freedom of this country, the United States of America, and I wish to all of my fellow Americans a very safe and happy Fourth of July!

God Bless You, Oh, Sweet United States of America! How I Love You!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday Music - Sweet, Sweet Bubblegum!

There is literally a ton of sugary sweet, bubblegummy, diabetes inducing music out there from both yesteryear and, well, this year. I loved it when I was a little girl and I still enjoy the nostalgia of listening to it from time to time. Not all of these acts went on to greatness, but some of them did. However, I appreciate them all for their sweet, fun, and sometimes double meaning (and not so double meaning) lyrics.

The following sweet ear candy could cause decay, so be sure to brush after consuming!

Lemon Pipers best known for their song Green Tamborine:
Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade)

1910 Fruitgum Company best known for their song Simon Says:
Goody Goody Gum Drop

Ohio Express best known for their song Yummy Yummy Yummy:
Chewy Chewy

The Smoke best known for the following song:
My Friend Jack (Eats Sugar Lumps)

The Monkees best known for their song Daydream Believer:
Tapioca Tundra

Leslie Gore made this Marvin Hamlisch song very popular:
Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows

The Archies were made famous by this song (Ron Dante is the vocalist):
Sugar Sugar

The DeFranco Family best known for their song Abracadabra:
Sweet Sweet Loretta

The Osmonds best known for their song Puppy Love and the following song:
One Bad Apple

The Jackson 5ive best known for their song ABC (and a whole slew of other songs!):
Honey Love

The Bay City Rollers best known for their song Saturday Night:
Money Honey

Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs best known for, well, the following song:
Sugar Shack

Have a sweet evening...