Better than Ezra, 7-6-17

img_5470.jpgAmazing time at BTE last night!  Seen them too many times to count and it still doesn’t get old.  In the past they’ve had terrible opening bands, but last night, the Adam Ezra Band played, and were FANTASTIC!  KG said he’d waited about 30 years to headline with another Ezra.  

(best shirt ever for an opening band!)


  • Daylight
  • Sunflowers
  • Allison Foley
  • Misunderstood
  • At the Stars
  • A Lifetime
  • King of New Orleans
  • The Great Unknown
  • Crazy Lucky
  • Extra Ordinary
    (Featuring snippets of Sublime’s What I Got and Santeria)
  • Feel Good Inc.
    (Gorillaz cover)
  • WWOZ
  • Live Again
  • Good
  • Laid
    (James cover)
  • Miss You
    (The Rolling Stones cover)
  • Juicy
    (Featuring snippets of Sugar Hill Gang’s Rappers Delight and Naughty by Nature’s O.P.P.)
  • Desperately Wanting


  • I Just Knew
    (Kevin Griffin solo)
  • Porcelain
    (Kevin Griffin solo)
  • In the Blood

My camera is crap,  I got a few blurry pics and didn’t even attempt a video – here are some from others:


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KG introduced this as a new song:

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Grammy’s Banana Bread – Modified

2.5 cups flour

1 2/3 cups sugar

1 ¼ tsp baking soda

**1 tsp salt

½ c. butter (down from 2/3) {maybe try oil?}

2/3 cup buttermilk {2/3 c. milk + 2 tsp vinegar}

2 ½ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 bananas)

3 eggs

2/3 cup finely chopped nuts

Grease & Flour pan. Cook at 375
° for 45 mins


Liners or Spray with Bakers Joy.

Fill muffin cups ¾ full for regular size muffins. Cook for 20 mins. Fill to top for big bakery-sized muffins, cook for 25 mins.

Sprinkle with coarse sugar sprinkles

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My Review of 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child

10 Days to a Less Defiant Child: The Breakthrough Program for Overcoming Your Child’s Difficult Behavior by Jeffrey Bernstein

Okay, so it’s more like “9 Months to finish reading the Less Defiant Child book” but, hey, it’s a lot to take in!
ALL of those tabs I feel are important to review over and over again – but the basic gist is that when we react a certain way, we cause our kids to act defiantly by essentially shutting them down.  The book made a lot of sense, lots of good ideas, now just to put into practice and stick with it! Contained lots of good, workable solutions to dealing with difficult/defiant children.

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Pad Thai

Last March my awesome friend Alice had me over to teach me how to make Pad Thai. It’s not that difficult to make, and you can make tweaks to how you like it.
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Chicken Pad Thai
Based off of: Bon Appétit | January 2012
Yield: Makes 2 servings
• 5 ounces pad thai rice noodles
• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1 lb dark meat chicken
• 1 large egg, room temperature (optional)
• 2 tablespoons 1×1/2×1/8″ slices pressed tofu (bean curd)
• 1 tablespoon sweet preserved shredded radish, rinsed, chopped into 1″ pieces
• 1 cup bean sprouts
• 5 tablespoons tamarind water, or 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon tamarind paste mixed with 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon water
• 1 1/2 tablespoons (or more) Thai fish sauce (nam pla) (Alice uses Three Crab Brand)
• 1 1/2 tablespoons simple syrup, preferably made with palm sugar
• 4 garlic chives, 2 cut into 1″ pieces
• 2 tablespoons crushed roasted, unsalted peanuts, divided
• 2 lime wedges
• Place noodles in a large bowl; pour boiling water over to cover. Let soak until tender but not mushy, 5-10 minutes. Drain; set aside.
• Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat.
• Add egg; stir until barely set, about 30 seconds.
• Add chicken.
• Cook, stirring, until chicken and egg are almost cooked through, 2-3 minutes.
• Add tofu and radish; cook for 30 seconds.
• Add noodles and cook for 1 minute.
• Stir in sprouts.
• Add tamarind water, fish sauce, and simple syrup and stir-fry until sauce is absorbed by noodles and noodles are well coated, about 1 minute.
• Stir in chopped garlic chives.
• Add 1 tablespoon peanuts and toss well. Transfer to serving plates.
• Garnish with remaining 1 tablespoon peanuts, and lime wedges.


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I’ve been busting my butt trying to make the perfect, health-filled waffle for my kids, but when Trader Joe’s and Wegman’s sell organic, multigrain, flaxseed frozen waffles for $1.79 a box, and there’s no “junk” in them, it’s not worth my time!

So instead, I spend my time wisely creating a “waffles” ringtone for my boy.

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Color to dye for

In my ever-present efforts to avoid artificial dyes in our food, here were my Valentine’s (well, the Day-After-Valentine’s) Day cookie experiment results:
First Up!

Sugared Sprinkles.

On the Left is my own dyed with beets, a cute purple color.

On the Right are “red” sprinkles I bought from Maggie’s Naturals.  They were orange/reddish before baking, but baking the cookie (with an egg wash) turned the sprinkles brown/red/green.  It wasn’t a ton of work and I like the purple so I’ll stick with my beets, but I’m still at a loss of what to do for red!



Light frosting/glaze

I made the glaze with powdered sugar, almond milk, and a speck of pureed beets.  Color gets progressively lighter (better!) the more sugar I add!

IMG_4849So, beets are in, red is out.  I do have a Maggie’s green sprinkles which is okay


(the top is conventional sprinkles, the bottom is Maggie’s) and bought their orange dye, but not happy with their red and the India Tree liquid I’ve used in the past just looks brown!

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So, we got our new vehicle – FINALLY!
Apparently there’s a rail car shortage and yadda yadda yadda and it’s almost the year 2015 and it’s still possible for Ford to LOSE a vehicle.
So yes, we got the Escape. No, I’m not an askhole

I wanted to know pros and cons. So those 2 of you who said yay Escape, we went with you.
But yes, we bought the car on Black Friday and they found it this week. No, I don’t have a picture of it because we’ve been running running running this week.
It’s neat, but so far the power lift gate almost decapitated my dad (whoops!) and when I was playing around with Sirius and asked for “holiday music” it stated “now tuning to the channel Caliente and we all proceeded to wiggle around to a salsa song.

And a good time was had by all.

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