Friday, December 4, 2015

JAMPackedHoliday and a Recipe Vlog

We did it! Friday is here and we all survived. I, for one, am relieved to have submitted my final assignment for my grad school class! It's done and it's over and I'm fearful I might be making a B. I'm trying to play it off like, "whatever, I don't even care," but know that I am dying on the inside.

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This was me last night, stress eating chocolate and wishing that was wine. How else am I supposed to survive grad school?
Today I am joining Lindsay and Brittany for a Christmas Cookie Exchange! Before I get to that, in honor of Five for Friday, I've got this week's four #JAMpackedholiday songs, plus one more for tomorrow.


First up, we've got "Kansas City" by the New Basement Tapes. I heard this song recently when I had Pandora playing in the background, and I thought, "this is a Mumford song I haven't heard." I pulled up the screen to find out that it wasn't Mumford and Songs, but what I will refer to as a "project" consisting of Marcus Mumford, Elvis Costello, Jim James, Taylor Goldsmith, and Rhiannon Giddens. Naturally, I was intrigued, so I did some research. Apparently, they came together in 2014 (how did I not know?!?) and put together an album featuring lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan back in the 70s. Their work was featured on a Showtime documentary, "Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued." I've been listening to the whole album on Spotify, but "Kansas City" is by far my favorite. Johnny Depp actually plays guitar on this song! (Wikipedia said so, case closed.)

Tomorrow's song is one that always reminds me of this time of year. It's by Imogen Heap (and if you haven't listened to any of her music, now is time for change), and it reminds me of feeling a little sad and lonely during my second December in Winchester. I was fortunate enough to have paid vacation and was planning to make the drive back home for Christmas. As I packed my things, I listened to this song for the first time, and it really resonated with me--I just had this all consuming drive to get home to the warmth and familiarity I knew in the holiday season.

Now that I've gone all moody and nostalgic, I will leave you with this: a vlog I recorded two years ago, taking you step-by-step through the process of making oreo truffles! PSA: do not make sugar cookies. Don't bother with those hershey kisses things. This is the only sweet you will ever need in your life. You're welcome.

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All Love,

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