Ingredients: 3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 1/3 cup milk 1/4 cup blueberries 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 egg, at room temperature 3 sprigs peppermint leaves, lightly crushed
Directions: Allow the mint to seep in the milk for at least 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease and flour 6 wells in a cupcake pan. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Add flour, baking powder and salt to the butter mixture. Mash the blueberries in a small bowl with a potato masher until pretty well squished. Strain the milk into to the bowl and mix it with the blueberries. Add the mixture the rest of the batter and mix until well combined and fluffy looking. Fill each well 2/3 of the way full. Bake 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted the center of a cupcake comes out clean or with just one or two dry crumbs. Cool briefly in the pan, then remove cupcakes to wire racks to cool completely before icing with blueberry vanilla bean frosting.
Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water 2 egg whites 2/3 cup blueberries 1 vanilla bean, split length wise pinch salt
Directions: Beat the egg whites and salt to soft peaks using an electric mixer. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring sugar, vanilla bean blueberries and water to a boil, stirring occasionally, mashing the berries a bit with the back of your spoon. Continue to boil until it reaches soft ball stage (when a drop of the syrup forms a soft ball when dropped in cool water) while continuing to stir occasionally.
Whisk the mixture through a fine sieve into a heat safe measuring cup and discard the blueberries. Keep the mixer running (to be safe use a stand mixer or a friend to complete this next step) and pour a continuous stream of molten syrup into the egg whites. Continue to beat for about 5 minutes or until the frosting is fluffy, glossy and cool. Frost cooled cupcakes or cake.
Seattle proto-emo heroes Sunny Day Real Estate have broken up twice, in 1995 and 2001. But they’re back together again for a North American reunion tour, and this time, all four original members are on board.
After the band’s 1995 breakup, bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith joined Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters. When Sunny Day got back together in 1997, Goldsmith rejoined, but Mendel remained a Foo. This time, though, Mendel is back in the fold.
In a statement from Sub Pop, Mendel said, “I wasn’t around for the second version of the band that recorded the third and fourth albums, so I’ve always had a feeling of unfinished business there. We had all these outsized ideas back then, ‘Everyone’s going to learn a new instrument,’ and ‘Let’s do a rock opera,’ but before we could get anywhere with them, the band broke up. We left behind all these weird and beautiful songs, though, and they’ve stuck with me all this time. I’m really happy that we get a chance to play them together again.”
The reunion tour kicks off September 17 in Vancouver, and yes, they will play California. To celebrate, on September 15, Sub Pop will reissue the band’s two original-lineup albums: the stone classic 1994 debut Diary (one of the best-selling albums in Sub Pop history) and the 1995 follow-up LP2 (better known as The Pink Album). The reissues will include bonus tracks and new liner notes. This is going to rule.
09-17 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom 09-18 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom 09-20 Murray, UT - Murray Theater 09-21 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater 09-23 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue 09-24 Chicago, IL - Metro 09-25 Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall 09-27 New York, NY - Terminal Five 09-28 Boston, MA - House of Blues 09-30 Washington, D.C. - 930 Club 10-01 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero 10-03 Atlanta, GA - CW Center Stage 10-05 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater 10-06 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live - Ballroom 10-07 Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa 10-09 Tempe, AZ - Marquee 10-10 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues 10-11 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater 10-13 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore 10-15 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory 10-16 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater source
It feels like I’m almost there ya know? Like I’m just about to reach the peak and am so close I can feel it with every ounce of my body. Electric impulses going off just under my skin. My thoughts racing from one thing to the next to the next like I have the worst case of ADD you ever did see.
The feeling never goes away and I never have yet reached that peak. I feel like I’m in pergatory, just always on the brink of something great but can’t ever quite get there. Talk about a let down.
“Take chances, take a lot of them. Because honestly, no matter where you end up and with whom, it always ends up just the way it should be. Your mistakes make you who you are. You learn and grow with each choice you make. Everything is worth it. Say how you feel, always. Be you, and be okay with it.”—
I had some free time at work to kill yesterday so I decided I’d check out some of the shows she’s been telling me I need to see on the internet I asked her which one should I start with and she suggested True Blood. Now I can’t get enough. I’ve watched 6 episodes at work so far and can’t stop, I love that little make believe podunk town of backwoods white trash.