Sunday, January 25, 2009

Apple Dump Cake

This was an easy recipe I got from a coworker, and it makes a yummy dessert or coffee cake. The main prep work is peeling apples. The rest is a breeze, and mostly stuff you probably already have in your cabinets:

1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
4-5 cups apples, peeled and sliced fairly thin

Sift together flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix everything except apples in a large bowl until even. Stir in apples. Add nuts or raisins if desired.

Spread mixture into a greased 13x9 inch pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour

I used 6 honeycrisp apples because I like their sweetness, and it was just enough. I was also able to fit the cake into an 11x8 inch pan (2 inches deep) and it turned out fine. It is wonderful reheated!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Poor Stains - No cupcakes for you :(

I look forward to watching "The Soup" on E! every week, because it keeps me from wasting valuable hours of my life watching all the mindless drivel on TV - I get all the highlights with hilarious commentary. Anyway, this part left me rolling. The expression on the dog's face is priceless.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

New year, new beginnings, and Scott Weiland is the coolest!

No posts for over a month, sorry. The day after my last post was the day my dad died, and the two weeks leading up to the holidays were difficult ones for that and several reasons. The holidays were very good, however - actually just what I needed. With the beginning of a new year came the promise of good things to come, and I am hopeful now as I have not been for a while.

Over the weekend I was fortunate to see Scott Weiland (finally) after many years of somehow missing each and every Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver concert. This was my second concert at Warehouse Live, and I love the venue. It is small enough that no matter where you stand you have a good view, but large enough to support big names like him. He played a lot of his new songs, but also played to the crowd with a few STP tunes, and even some covers from bands like The Smiths. His opening band wasn't one I'd heard of, but reminded me of some early Killers stuff. Scott's new music is quite a bit more toned down than his Velvet Revolver stuff, and he seems to be having a lot of fun with the music and the band he has put together. Certain songs you can tell he enjoys doing, because it seems like they are "jamming" similar to a jazz band, and he stretched those moments out way more than when he was playing the older material. For one thing, he absolutely does not disappoint, and that is his incredible stage presence. He never stands still - he moves all over the stage, interacts with his musicians, the crowd, and the music almost simultaneously, all the while looking as cool as possible. The other puzzler is how he manages to not only smoke cigarettes in a non-smoking venue (who would tell him he couldn't, really?) but also to take a huge drag and then proceed to belt out very long notes. I hope he continues to make music for a long time to come, and that his drug issues are behind him, because he's an incredible talent and phenomenal performer.