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Monthly Archives: April 2013

The other day, I was driving home from Detroit and jamming about alone in the car. Well, Bella was there too but she usually isn’t much for sing-alongs. I was just surfing through stations and stopping when I came to good songs. So then I started fantasizing about how awesome it would be to be able to play guitar (or ukulele, I’ve always wanted to learn that). I could be my very own karaoke machine! Because duh, the songs I like to sing karaoke to are the only ones I’d want to play. JW said he’d teach me chords. I don’t want to be some guitar genius or anything. I just want to know how to play chords and string them together. And although it’s been a super long time since I’ve played, I do have some background in music. I’m sure it will be way harder than my brain is telling me it will be but that didn’t stop me from making a list of awesome songs to learn:

Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show
Heat of the Moment by Asia (duh)
Wildflowers by Tom Petty
I Want It That Way by The Backstreet Boys
Suzanne by Weezer
Cold Day In The Sun by Foo Fighters
F*** Her Hard by Tenacious D
The Sweetness by Jimmy Eat World
Rubber Ducky by Ernie
I’d Like To Visit The Moon by Ernie
Pretty much every Muppet Song ever

This list could honestly go on for a very long time. We could probably throw Kenny Loggins’ entire catalogue on there. And Eddie Money’s while we’re at it. So, you know, I’m basically looking to become the annoying guitar guy who plays covers at parties. It’s cool though. Most of my friends like sing-alongs too. What songs would be on your learn-to-play list if you were making one? Tell me!


I HAVE to get back on track with my diet this week. My exercise has been solid. I’m running farther and faster than ever before (I could probably stand to throw some core workouts in the mix). Here’s the thing though: I’M ALWAYS HUNGRY.

And I’m making poor choices sometimes when I get hungry. My will power has been lacking. But today I finally got to the point where I feel, I don’t know, sludgy. Slow. My insides feel gunked up. I think I needed to feel like that. It makes me want to eat vegetables. Lots of them.

The good news is that I haven’t gained any weight. I’m just a touch down from where I was a few weeks ago. I’ve been hovering around the same three pound span for several weeks now.

It’s time to kick myself back into gear. I’ll be flooding myself with water and keeping snow peas around to snack on. And fruit. What are your tricks to curb your appetite or force some will power into yourself?

I made the best cupcakes this weekend. They had chocolate, beer, bacon, cream filling, and brown sugar frosting. Holy delicious. Here’s what I did:

For the cake:
Adapted from Bakers Royale


You’ll also need 4 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the flour, cocoa (I just used Hershey’s), sugar, baking soda, and salt together. Add the butter, eggs, and vanilla and mix on medium speed for a minute or so. Add half of the beer (I’ve used lots of different kinds of beer in this recipe, including Raspberry Lambic and this cake has never failed me. I used Guinness this time.) and beat for about 30 seconds. Add the rest of the beer, beat for another half a minute or so, and then fold in your chopped bacon. Divide evenly among 12 lined cupcake wells (it will end up with about a quarter cup in each well). Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a few of them comes out clean (18-22 minutes). Cool completely on a rack.

For the cream filling:
For the life of me, I can’t find the original recipe for this online. Here’s the recipe though:

Since I wanted there to be a bacon element in every part of these cupcakes, I substituted the half cup of butter for three tablespoons of cooled bacon grease and five tablespoons of butter. But I followed the rest of the directions above.

For the frosting:
This is a recipe that comes from my grandmother. We call her Nanny. She’s always called it “Saunder’s Frosting” but I’ve been calling it brown sugar frosting since no one knows what I’m talking about when I say Saunder’s. Here’s the recipe:

I used butter, not margarine (gross). You’ll also want 6-8 more slices of bacon, cooked for the garnish.

Now, this frosting is tricky. I had to dump my first batch of it. I got the milk too hot and I poured it in too fast and it was like soup. So heat it until it is steamy and then pour it in s-l-o-w-l-y. It will be annoying how slow. This is necessary.

You could fill a piping bag and stab the tip into the top of the cupcakes to fill them but I don’t think that provides enough filling. So here’s what I did: I cut a large cone out of every cupcake. Then I filled each one with the bacon cream filling using a spoon. Then, (and this part is optional but I like how it looks) I cut the bottom of each cone off so that I have a disc of cake and I put that back on top of the cream filling like a lid.

Not a great picture but you can see what I mean by putting a lid on it.

I usually pipe frosting onto my cupcakes but the brown sugar frosting isn’t quite stiff enough to hold its shape. Well, maybe it is but I was going for a lightly more rustic look for these ones. It has a very whippy (Is that a word? It is now.) consistency. So I just dolloped it on there with a spoon, making sure to cover up the part where I cut the top open. Then I took two small pieces of bacon and stuck them into the frosting. You could chop and sprinkle it too but I like the way it turned out the way I did them:


I’ve decided to call these cupcakes “Sad Bastard Curing Cupcakes” because if someone is feeling like a sad bastard and they eat one, they won’t be able to feel sad-bastardy for long. Seriously. They are that good.

I’m hanging out with my girl tonight so this is all the post you get. Awesome cupcake post tomorrow though!

I ran further than I ever have before today! 13.8 miles at just over a ten-minute mile pace! My 25k is two weeks from tomorrow and I’m pumped!

I’m also sore and exhausted so off to bed it is for me. I’ve got a big day tomorrow! Goodnight kids.

I watched High Fidelity last weekend (which, incidentally is included in my top five all-time movies, but that’s for a different post). Man I love that movie. Also, I too enjoy top five anything lists. So, here are my top five favorite songs of all time (in no particular order):

Heat of the Moment by Asia (duh)
Wildflowers by Tom Petty
Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straights
Suzanne by Weezer
Everlong by Foo Fighters

It was hard to narrow this down. It’s hard to not include anything by the Pixies or The Beatles, or John Lennon, or a whole lot more 80s music. Also, I desperately wanted to include more sad bastard music. I’m a sucker for a good sad song. But hey, I did what I had to do. So what are your top five favorite songs of all time? Tell me in the comments! What are some other top five lists I should make? Tell me, tell me!

I’m a stickler for grammar. I’m not going to go into it too much but suffice it to say that I have a very hard time not correcting it when I see the wrong forms of your and you’re, there, their, and they’re, confusing then and than, etc. I suppress this in most cases because I’m not a total jerk. I can’t, however, promise that I won’t be just a little bit judge-y. Maybe I am a jerk. Oh well. I love this: