08.10.2009

Jello Shots


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I love Jello shots.  I love them because they’re not something you can get ejello_shotsveryday so that makes them extra special.  Plus, they are delicious!  So I decided to make a batch this weekend to take to the Buffett concert.  It was my first time making Jello shots so I wanted to keep it basic.  But there are many fancy recipes out there on the information superhighway if you are a skilled Jello shot chef.

The basic recipe to make any vodka/Jello flavor shot you want is this:

  • 1 Packet of Jello
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of vodka

You follow the basic Jello directions– Boil the water, mix the Jello in, dissolve Jello for 2 minutes, then stir in the cup of vodka.  I doubled the recipe– I used a big box of Jello and 2 cups of water/vodka, which made about 30 shots.

I used Watermelon Smirnoff Twist Vodka mixed with Strawberry Jello.  I wanted watermelon Jello but they didn’t have it.  These were yummy nonetheless, and quite strong.

Also, so you don’t have to trek all over the city looking for portion cups because you are not lucky enough to still work in a restaurant, head to Party City or any other party store for the disposable cups.  They literally sell them as “Gelatin Shot Glasses.”  They are not cheap though… $6.99 for 40! 

The website I found listed awesome shot ideas— everything from a Mimosa to a Jagerbomb Jello shot. 

What I did NOT find was a Jello shot using my fave, Goldschlagger.  Probably because cinnamon doesn’t mix with fruity Jello.  I was thinking about it and you could technically make a Schlagger Jello shot using the clear basic gelatin that is used for baking.  It would look cool cuz you could see the flecks of gold… but it would taste like cinnamon gelatin.  Probably not that tasty…  Do they make apple Jello?  That would be good, a cinnamon apple shot!  Apple Jello doesn’t sound familiar though…

I’m gonna make another batch for Phish on Tuesday… maybe I’ll give those Schlagger shots a whirl after all.  Those hippies won’t even know what hit ’em!

Pet Peeve of the Day: When people don’t thank me for holding the door for them.  That’s ok, I will loudly humiliate you by saying “you’re welcome.”

Quote of the Day: “Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I had a good life all the way.”  –Jimmy Buffett

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I was probably 9 or 10 the first time I made a mix  tape — a practice passed down from my dad.  Mix tapes are the greatest things known to man.  A mix CD or iTunes playlist simply does not compare.  There is an art to creating a mix tape; it is a skill you don’t just acquire overnight. 

Every song counts, as you can’t easily skip to the next song like on a CD.  The songs need to flow with a purpose.  There is also the issue of spacing your songs throughout the length of a tape.  You certainly don’t want to make the rookie mistake of having a song cut off at the end of side A.  Also, the name of the tape determines its awesomeness.  My collection probably stands at close to 75, and it is still expanding; I made my first tape of 2009 about a month ago.

Listening to a particular tape is like looking at a picture book from a certain time in your life.  A tape can remind you of a specific event, or just a general time period.  I think it is a gmixtapereat way to document your life– every picture tells a story… well, every tape tells a story! 

Making a tape is a fun, relaxing activity.  I like to list every song I want on the tape, and then go through and arrange them accordingly.  The toughest call is what will lead off Side A, as it sets the tone for the tape.  Do not mess this one up!!!  The rest of the order comes pretty easy if you know what you’re doing. 

Once, I wrote a narrative to go along with a tape I had made entitled “Vagabond Music.”  I think I was under some sort of influence when I wrote this, but it is legendary nonetheless.  Tapes are a great source of creativity!

You get to know your tapes after awhile and subconsciously memorize the song order so you know what comes next.  You know it’s really one of your fave tapes when you expect “L.A. Woman” to come after “Brain Damage” even when you hear it on the radio or elsewhere!

It warms my heart when friends tell me they still have such-and-such tape that I made for them.  (I assume ex-lovers have since burned theirs…)  I appreciate that these friends realize that they possess a unique gift that is priceless. 

Some things that make each tape special/unique:

  • The tape cover (or jacket if you will)– it has the name of the tape (unique in its own right).  Also, a certain identifiable pen could have been used, the author of the tape should be distinguishable by the handwriting, there may be various stickers or other decorations, the cover may be faded by the sun, etc. etc.
  • Blips in the tape– is a song cut off  too soon?  Does it skip at a certain spot? 
  • Is it timeless, or easily put into a time frame?  For example, “Dylan;s Mix” (see below) is timeless.  But there are tapes with telling songs of when it was made, i.e. if it has “How Bizarre” by OMC on it.  (Not that these tapes are bad, it’s just another way to characterize them.  I love me some How Bizarre!)
  • If you include artists such as the Dead, Phish or DMB, the chances are you used live versions of the songs, so finding which one you used would not be easy for a copy cat if they wanted to remake the tape based on the song listings

One of the greatest mix tapes out there is one my brother made.  I feel comfortable sharing the list because, for the reasons listed above, you will never be able to replicate it completely.  It is very innocently named “Dylan’s Mix 6/10/00”:

Side A

Side B

Feel  Like a Stranger – Grateful Dead Dear Mr. Fantasy – Traffic
Hide Your Love Away – Beatles Wharf Rat – Grateful Dead
Layla – Eric Clapton Here Comes the Sun – Beatles
Wooden Ships – CSNY Black Magic Woman – Santana
Brain Damage – Pink Floyd Wild World – Cat Stevens
L.A. Woman – The Doors Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
The Wedge – Phish Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
  The End – The Doors

You know this tape is good if I’m willing  to overlook the disastrous addition of a Santana song!!

Yes, I realize it is 2009, but cassette tapes will never be out of style for me!

Pet Peeve of the Day: People who use lighter fluid to start bonfires

Quote of the Day: “Yeah the world would swing, oh if I were king.” –Tom Petty

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Get out your patchwork and patchouli: Phish is back in town after 5 long years!! (And by town I mean East Troy, Wisconsin, not Chi). So when I was a Phish follower in high school I made my own patchwork skirt. It was just large panels sewn together for a long skirt. Back then I had the help of my mom’s sewing machine and expertise.  Since I’ve been excited for this reunion for awhile now, I decided to make a new patchwork skirt.  Except this time it would consist of small square patches.

So I went to JoAnn Fabrics and picked out some awesome fabric, some thread, some needles, and an essential tomato shaped pin cushion.

Mind you, I do not own a sewing machine.  I do however own a lot of free time.  So I decided I would sew the entire skirt by hand (since I wanted to make a short skirt and not a long one).  I cut out 4×4 inch patches, vaguely arranged them into some sort of pattern, and got to work.  Below is my photo diary of the long process (if I added up all the hours of the days it took me I would estimate around 25 – 30 hours from cutting, pinning, sewing, yelling at Klinker, etc):

Cut up patches

Cut up patches

Laying out strips

Laying out strips

Klinker not being helpful
Klinker not being helpful

 

Progress

Progress

MANY hours later

MANY hours later

Ready for dancin'!

Ready for dancin'!

Lots of thread

Lots of thread

 I cannot begin to tell you how much thread I used.  My god.  But it is complete and I am quite happy with it.  It is not perfect by any means but I’m not a professional sewer…  I have a bunch leftover fabric as I grossly overestimated the amount I would need.  Maybe I will make little catnip pouches to thank Klinker for biting and tangling all the string I was trying to use.

Pet Peeve of the Day: Fake people

Quote of the Day:“My mama always used to tell me: ‘if you can’t find somethin’ to live for, you best find somethin’ to die for.'” –Tupac
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The end of June always poses a problem for me; I venture into a drugstore looking for the perfect Father’s Day card.  Except, my dad doesn’t fish, fart, or play golf.  Further, he doesn’t attempt to fix things around the house only to break them even more.  Occasionally I find a card referring to baseball that is kind of clever, but that probably happens once every leap year.

So what’s a daughter to do?  Where is the card referencing the suit-wearing, intelligent, professional father?  Is it possible my dad is the only one to drink Martini’s and Manhattan’s at fine city establishments instead of burp-inducing beer whilst relaxing on a backyard hammock?  I know he’s one of a kind, but surely this can’t be true.

Why must all Father’s Day cards depict an antiquated caveman-esque father figure?  Are people’s father’s really the way Shoebox & American Greetings makes them appear?  These are the ones they make year after year though, so they must sell… A homemade card may seriously be the way to go when you take into consideration the utterly stupid cards available and the recession.

The feminist in me wants to say: “Haha men, this is the stereotype you get,” but then I think of my father and get angry at the discrepancy between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards.

Mother’s Day cards are all flowers & hearts, thanking them for a job well done raising the defiant teenager we all were.  Father’s Day cards are opened and display a message along the lines of: “I would have gotten you something more but I didn’t have enough money.  P.S. Can I have a raise in my allowance?”

They say parenting is a thankless job– for father’s that appears to be true.

Things I Live For: Nibbles coming in this weekend for Phish; Coupons

Quote of the Day:“My apartment is infested with koala bears.  It’s the cutest infestation ever.  Much better than cockroaches.  I turn the lights on and the koalas scatter.  I’m like, come back!  I want to hold one of you and feed you a leaf!” –Mitch Hedberg

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More awesome websites:

http://icanhascheezburger.com:  If you’ve read my blog before, you know I love cats and silliness.  They are combined here and…

here: http://www.stuffonmycat.com.

E-bates.  (http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=Gj5sziZo9JOdrfJceZJHPA%3D%3D):  If you shop online as much as I do, I recommend you use this site.  They have virtually every store you need to shop at, and you get cash back on your purchases.  Why wouldn’t you shop here???

http://fromtheroad.phish.com/: Get immediately updated setlists!

http://www.uncommongoods.com: I like unique, random shit.  I find it here.

http://chicago.craigslist.org:  This is where I lust after new kittens and jobs.  And where I wonder why no one will buy my t.v.!!!!

http://www.amazon.com: I made the mistake of looking up a TuPac album on here.  “My Recommendations” has made me live to regret that ever since.  Despite Amazon not realizing I’m not hardcore into “Gangster Rap,” I still respect them for trying.  The book recommendations– those are usually spot on and that’s all that counts!

Pet Peeve of the Day: Umbrellas on sunny days

Quote of the Day: “I think that this exact thing happened to me just last year” –Phish

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