Archive | June, 2012

This is my jam.

8 Jun

One of my–and David’s–all time favorite musicians is Neil Young.  His voice is so raw and filled with emotion, and I don’t think there’s another musician that can draw me in like he can.

I’m an old soul when it comes to music.  Part of the reason for this, I think, is knowing the lyrics.  I love singing along to songs…and you can’t do that unless you know the music.  I usually shy away from new music, which is stupid, because how will I learn the lyrics unless I listen!?  So, I usually end up caught in this cycle of the same music over and over again.  Neil Young and Crazy Horse just solved my problem.  Their album,  Americana, which came out this week, is a re-imagining of some classic American folk songs.  And it is pretty incredible.

I’m willing to bet this song gets you moving.  Oh, oh, oh Susannah!

Track Listing

Oh Susannah
Clementine
Tom Dooley
Gallows Pole
Get A Job
Travel On
High Flyin’ Bird
She’ll Be Comin ’Round The Mountain
This Land Is Your Land
Wayfarin’ Stranger
God Save The Queen

 

It’s amazing to hear these songs that we’re all so familiar with turned into seriously gritty rock and roll.  Take a listen.  You already know the words!

Summer Salad.

4 Jun

It is hot. And there’s something about a salad that is just summer.  Even if it has steak on it. Last night, we had a steak salad with mustard vinaigrette, and it was delicious!  My mom makes a wonderful bacon spinach salad, and I tweaked the mustard dressing she uses on top of that for this salad.

We used spinach, added some thinly sliced red peppers, diced avocados, and feta.  We peppered a flank steak and cooked it for about five minutes on each side (should have gone with 3 minutes…).

For the dressing, I whisked together 1/3 c. of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of  red wine vinegar (…we like vinegar…you might want to ease up on it a bit if you don’t!).

If you use a cast iron skillet or a grill, you’ll get a darker crust on the outside.  My cast iron skillet is currently MIA (seriously?!  where could it be? my kitchen is TINY!), so I had to just use our regular skillet.  Still tasted fabulous, just didn’t look as pretty.

The combination of the steak, mustard vinaigrette, bell peppers and avocado was just perfect!   Tip–if you use a cheese stronger than feta (like a blue cheese), lay off the vinegar in the dressing.  The feta tasted perfect here, but anything stronger might be too much!

Hats.

1 Jun

This is hat perfection.

I have a new found hat obsession.  And I’m blaming it all on Princess Kate.

We  went to a Derby party, so I obviously had to buy a hat.  Now?  I’m hooked.

Unfortunately, we don’t attend many soirees that require fabulous hats.

In a few weeks, we are so excited to be celebrating Jill and Kevin’s wedding.  It’s a summer wedding.  In the afternoon.  In the South.  Does it get any better than that?!  I think not.

Clearly, a hat is necessary.

I’ve been searching the interwebs the past month trying to find the perfect hat.  Here are some beauties I’m drooling over.

From top left, clockwise.  Sinamay Flower Saucer from LineaKentucky Kate Hat from KokinSmall Saucer from Linea. Jade from Bundle MacLaren Millinery. Alnatt Saucer Hat from Suzannah. Sinamay Swirl and Curve from Suzanne Bettley.

Would you ever wear a hat to a wedding or other event?

Live.

1 Jun

I’m not sure that there’s anything better in this world than live music.  In the past month, we’ve been lucky enough to see two of our favorite bands live, the Drive By Truckers and The Flaming Lips.

Not the best quality, but here are Dave and Brad enjoying the Truckers.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see The Flaming Lips live, you need to make it happen.  They create the most incredible concert experience.  I first realized that David must really love me when he drove me all the way down to St. Petersburg to see the Flaming Lips. He wasn’t as familiar with their music back then, but I think he’ll tell you it’s one of the best concerts he’s ever been to.  They played at Centennial Olympic Park’s Party in the Park a few weeks ago, and it was amazing, once again. Balloons, confetti, and streamers aren’t just a common occurrence at their concerts—they’re expected!

We would really love to see Alabama Shakes in concert soon, as well as Jack White.  Do you have any upcoming concerts that we need to check out?  What is your favorite band/artist to see live?