Sep 30 2012

the wedding singer.

Guys.  I can’t imagine many things cooler than getting to sing jazz, wear a dress like this…and get paid for it.

Last night Courteney Rodda and the Other Guys had their first wedding gig.  I was pretty stoked.  It was a small wedding in an old retro hall outside of town.  As I was driving out, I passed an old gas station and convenience store (that look like that haven’t been updated since 1948) and felt a little like I went through a time warp.  And with our band playing music no older than 1960 (and looking the part too), I hoped the guests also felt like they went through a time warp. ;)

We got a lot of really good feedback from the wedding guests, but more importantly the bride and groom were over the moon delighted with us which, of course, is all that really matters in the end.

Seriously though…I can’t even believe I’m lucky enough to get paid to sing jazz to people.  It’s beyond cool.  I should also mention (speaking of beyond cool) that our band was recently competed with the addition of our stand up bass player, the super talented Mr. Brent Friesen.

Not to brag (ok…actually I’m totally bragging)  but the band is a total class act.  If you know someone getting married (or if you are getting married) I (and the rest of the band) would be tickled pink to play music at your event.  If you want more info, give us a shout at Or take a listen to the tracks we have up online on our (very bare looking) website:

PS: I have officially fallen in love with this dress.  Oh. My.  Last night when I came home from the show I was about ready to collapse into bed and I thought…”Must. Photograph. Dress.”  So I pretended to look awake while I posed for the camera.  I need more occasions to wear this thing.  Can someone invite me to a fancy party?


Sep 27 2012

fall, 1972

I’ve been watching a lot of 70′s TV shows lately…can you tell?

Last year I got this dress at the thrift store just before my birthday (*ahem* two weeks 1 day) and I failed to take any pictures during my birthday party, thus the dress was never shared.  So a year later, here we are.  To be honest though, fashion blogging has never really been my strongpoint.  But every now and then…

I LOVE this dress.  It’s comfortable…feels like  a good fall outfit (and looks good with purple tights.  Yes.)

Hah…side story:  I never like taking pictures of myself outside because…well…people watch and it’s awkward.  But today…Minnie watched.  And barked.  Maybe she could tell I looked awkward.

PS: I curled my hair three times today. THREE.  My hairdresser says flat irons are the best for long lasting curls, but I tried and they all fell flat.  I tried again with the flat iron after my walk (after all, it was a foggy damp morning) but those fell flat.  I’m about to head out for this evening so I curled them again (with a curling iron)…and they are not looking so good.  How on earth does one get curly hair to stay put??


Sep 26 2012

bad puppy

Minnie does this thing where when she gets scolded for doing something bad she gives you…the puppy dog eyes.  Case in point:  She was just chewing this blanket on the couch and I told her no…and then this face happened (and now she is snuggled up with the blanket sleeping).  It’s almost impossible to discipline this face.

PS: Totally loving that the weather has cooled down.  I am one happy clam.


Sep 20 2012


Where is this mysterious season of autumn that I keep hearing people talk about?  Over here in the pacific northwest we’re still in full summer.  I like summer and all…but…it’s nearing the end of September and 30 degree weather is too much.   I’m starting to get real tired of running the air conditioner and closing all the blinds.

Even the critters want autumn to come.  Look how upset they are.

(although, let’s be honest:  Bigsby always looks irritated.)

All I know is that by the time it’s my birthday (3 weeks and 1 day!) it better be fall.  Or else.


Sep 6 2012

recipe: paneer masala

Okay.  You guys.  This is actually the best dinner on the entire planet.  I’m not kidding.

My sister-in-law made a version of this a couple months back from Vij’s cookbook, and I became obsessed.  While I was eating it, I was like “Mm…what are these little green things?” to which she replied, (to my surprise) “Brussel Sprouts!”  I was totally shocked.  Brussel sprouts have been so off my radar since I was about, oh, 5  years old (all I remembered was that they smelled like old socks.  Who wants to eat that?) So I didn’t even recognize them.

Over the last few months I have taken the recipe and adapted it to my liking.  It’s so easy, and very fresh tasting.  The spices are the perfect blend, and the cashews put it over the top for me.  We also love that it’s vegetarian.  It’s hard to find good well rounded vegetarian meals it seems.


Makes 4-6 servings

What you’ll need:

- Approx. 15 brussel sprouts, ends cut off and quartered

- 1 Red Bell Pepper, cubed

- 1 Green Bell Pepper, cubed

- 2 Medium Tomatoes, cubed

- 1 cup Roasted Unsalted Cashews

- 1 – 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh cilantro (I always add a lot.  I LOVE cilantro)

- 1 lb paneer (a fresh cheese), cut in 1/2 cubes


- 1 cup canola oil

- 2 tsp black mustard seeds (I’ve used ground mustard powder before and it works, but just use half the amount)

- 1 1/2 tsp granulated garlic

- 2 Tbsp Cumin seeds

- 2 tsp Cumin

- 4 tsp salt (I usually taste in between adding tsp of salt to make sure that it doesn’t get too salty)

- 1 tsp Cayenne pepper

In a large pan, heat the oil for one minute on a medium-high heat.  Add mustard seeds and allow them to sizzle until you hear the very first popping sound (about 1 minute).  Add the cumin and granulated garlic and allow them to sizzle for another 30 seconds.  Add turmeric, salt and cayenne, and reduce the heat to medium for about 1 minute.

Add tomatoes and brussel sprouts and stir well.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes.  Stir in paneer and cook for another 2 minutes uncovered.  Add bell peppers and cook 2 to 3 minutes more, until vegetables are cooked but not mushy.

Just before serving, stir in the cashews and cilantro.

Serve with basmati rice and naan.

And you will never be the same again.  I promise.

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