Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2017 Recap - My Favorite Things from Last Year!

Happy 2018, Starliters!

With a new year comes new things, new challenges, new ideas to explore, and my New Year's Resolution is to do everything I can to get Molly Starlite and the Sputniks performing at Viva Las Vegas in 2019! It's too late for us to get in the line-up for 2018's meet-up, but, by golly, I sure hope to be there in 2019!

I'm planning and designing a photo shoot for the band (I can't wait for everyone to see how we're styled!) and we'll be releasing a full-length album in 2018, too! We're starting to play some live shows, and I hope to make more music videos for the Troublemaker EP before winter's out, too!

But enough of the future! Let's look at the past and some of my favorite moments from 2017:

In January of 2017, I cut my hair for the first time ever, and I don't regret it a bit! It might not seem like a big thing, but to me, it was! There's a lot of reasons why, but I am going to keep this post positive. Cutting my hair to shoulder-length was a huge part of developing my own vintage style over the course of 2017....



I also started my Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite web series... I started by making one of my favorite mid-century meals, Rigatoni with SPAM! I made a total of 39 episodes that are all on my YouTube channel. I actually have four or five more that I never finished, but when youTube said that I was prohibited from advertising or displaying ads for revenue until I got 10,000 followers, it took the wind out of my sails, so, I stopped making the videos right after Thanksgiving.

I also released a calendar featuring the photography of Memory Layne Photography and the cars of Tommy Lee's Customs...



Over the course of the year, I got better at sewing, making this pink plaid swing dress in February...

And I got published in a magazine for the first time in March!
In April, I entered the first pinup contest for the year, and only made it in because one girl dropped out; I didn't get enough votes on my own. But I did go to the contest and made a complete ass out of myself, and I didn't place...


I got published for a second time in April, too...

I also met the Miss Shifters All Girls Car Club in April at the Spokane Speed and Custom show, and I joined the club in May:



Also in May, right after my birthday, my drummer abruptly and without warning quit the band... I was devastated....


But I picked myself and started going to open mic nights in Sandpoint...


And in the first week of June, I entered another pinup contest at Rosalia Battle Days, got a HELLUVA sunburn, had a vendor booth, and was in the car show...


And recorded a custom song for Stina Rae Photography at That One Basement with Glenn Case!


I also got to sing on the radio for the first time thanks to the talented Kevin Dorin!


And in mid-June, I participated in the Miss Shifter's car show, the "Hub Bub!"

And in late June, I bought an entire record collection and a record player for $40... I level-filled a full-size pickup truck with shellac and vinyl records, and the music I brought home that day has made me happy the whole rest of the year!
The American Legion post #217 in Cusick has been a big part of my life for years, I did cocktail waitressing up there throughout the year (as well as managing their web site and social media), including on the 4th of July...
And later in July, we went to The Big Noise Show at Stateline, where I entered another pinup contest, and I actually placed!
And then my friend Oona, who I met at Rosalia Battle Days, came up to my house and I made her a skirt and she made me a a purse and some heels to match a dress I was making for myself... this was very special to me because it is REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY rare for anyone to come visit me instead of me going to where they are, so this is one of the specialest days on my whole year...
That weekend, I went to another pinup contest at the Harley-Davidson dealership in the Spokane Valley...
And then, at the end of July, was my favorite night of the year every year, the Neon Nights Car Cruise by the Asphalt Angels in my hometown! The next day, we participated in their car show!
In August, I won a raffle at the Legion and won a night stay at the Northern Quest Casino & Resort and a dinner at the FANCIEST restaurant I have ever been to... Tommy Lee and I still talk about the tangerine butter!
Also in August, the Sputniks and I finished the Troublemaker EP at That One Basement studio in Spokane...

And I quickly sold out of all the CD copies... TWICE!

Then, I got to do a photo shoot with Stina Rae photography...

There was that eclipse...

And then I won a songwriter's showcase in September...
And took first place in a pinup contest for the first time at The Retro Studio's pinup contest!
And Tommy Lee and I both got kinda "go to the prom" for the first time (neither of us got to go in high school)...
Later in September, I filmed a music video for "Summertime," a song from our Troublemaker EP...
And did a calendar photo shoot for the Miss Shifters...
I started a new novel in October...



And then I wrote and recorded a bunch of parody songs for my Patreons...

Finally got the "Summertime" video finished...


Dressed up for almost a week for Halloween, including this retro look...
And this super hot witch look...
I filmed the last episode of the Mid-Century Kitchen in November...
And got a call that shocked me to my core... now, at the beginning of October, I got rid of ALL my college textbooks and teaching manuals... I got rid of ALL my Scottish history books and books about herbs and magic and whatnot. You see, I hit a low point and literally gave up on getting a teaching job in my field or for anyone to ever read my trilogy because the first book sucked so much that nobody can get to the second and third ones which are really good. But then... I got a phone call from a local community college center asking if I wanted to teach! I have put in my application almost 2 year ago; I had given up on ever getting a job. This came out of the blue and I can only pray that there is more for me to do after this class and I can continue working and maybe even - GASP! - have health benefits!!!
In late November, I expanded Mediocre Gulch, building a "commercial district" for the town out of cardboard...
And then I painted it...

And then after Thanksgiving, I got the Sputniks in the studio to record our rockabilly Christmas song, "Hot Rod Christmas!"


I repainted my office in December...
And went to the Miss Shifters Christmas party...
And then got to dress up for a fancy Christmas dinner party!
And I spent the last week of 2017 getting ready for my new job in 2018!
I am really looking forward to all the cool things I'm gonna get to do this year and I hope that you'll follow along beside me every mile of the ride!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving Dessert? All Star Apple Pie!

So, after taking some time to figure out how to film most of my videos by myself and how to use my new tripod & recording equipment, I am pleased to debut the latest Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite episode: All Star Apple Pie!

Just in time for Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving feasts comes this DELICIOUS apple pie with handmade crust shaped into stars, topped with cinnamon and sugar and filled with two different kinds of apples!

This recipe comes from my 1950s Parenting Magazine cook book I inherited from my grandmother, using a time-tested simple crust recipe and a SUPER tasty filling. This pie didn't last a day out of the oven before the guys devoured it.

Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: MOLLY STARLITE'S ALL STAR APPLE PIE


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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Walking Dead

Nope, I am not talking about the TV show by that name, I am talking about the new Halloween single by Molly Starlite & the Sputniks called "The Walking Dead" which you can download/stream at iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, & Spotify now, with more retailers coming SOON!

In 2007 or 2008 (I forget which), a friend of mine (who has, sadly, passed on) was making a zombie movie for a zombie film festival/contest. He needed a theme song to play over the opening and end credits, so I wrote this song! I taught it to the band, and it was so much fun to play - and so far outside of what we usually played - that it stayed in our repertoire.

In 2014, we recorded it at Bull O'The Woods Recording Studio in Newport, and I made a lyric video for it, but we were working on another project and it never really went anywhere.

I recently had it remastered at That One Basement studio in Spokane, WA by Glenn Case and released it as a surprise Halloween single.

Candied Apples!

As you can tell, I have gotten really into homemade treats for Halloween this year, and I continue that tradition by making Candied Apples this week! But I don't know if any of you have ever encountered this problem, but, a lot of times, the caramel slides right off apples, particularly store-bought ones, which, let's face it, is what most of us have.

So... how to fix that? Three words: Fine. Grit. Sandpaper.

I use 800-grit sandpaper to scrub the wax off the washed apples right before coating with caramel, and the rough texture of the apple peel helps the caramel adhere to the apple. In fact, using this method, I have never had a problem with the caramel trying to slide off the apple even at room temperature or before refrigerating. It also works with more traditional candy coatings on apples, not just caramel coating. It's a real game changer!

Watch me make them here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card by clicking here: CANDIED APPLES!

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Truffle Candies!

So, as you know, I took a week off to get some things done for a show that I had coming up. It got canceled due to weather, unfortunately, but I also was able to use the time to make my first music video! (See it in my last post!)

This week, I am back, and I have made for you some Halloween Truffle Candy! This is such a simple recipe, I use it all the time to make treats for Christmas, birthdays... heck, it's so easy, you can do it any time at all! With only 4 required ingredients and a little bit of time, these treats look like you spent hours on them when it really only takes about 20 minutes of active work on them.

You can choose your favorite flavor of cake mix, add flavoring to the cream cheese, choose holiday appropriate fillings - or just choose whatever you like! - and top them with whatever you want! Since these were for Halloween, I bought what I thought were Halloween sprinkles - edible sugar shapes - from Amazon, but they turned out to be little plastic confetti... which is fine, but they're NOT edible. That'll teach me to browse Amazon when I'm about ready for bed!



Anyway, people LOVE these truffles, and just one is just the right amount of after-dinner dessert, too! Watch me make them here:



And download the printable PDF recipe card here: HALLOWEEN TRUFFLE CANDIES


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Big, Ol' Stinky Update Post

SOOOOO much to catch you all up on!

I took a week off from the Mid-Century Kitchen in order to prepare for a show (that has since been cancelled ::sad face::) but I also was able to make THIS, the first music video for Troublemaker, for the song "Summertime!" Check it out!


Also, I made a bunch of parody songs for my Parody of the Week over on my Patreon, which you can access by pledging $5 or more per month! That's 4 songs per month for just $5, and I can use that money to get some things I DESPERATELY need:

1) A lighting rig for the Mid-Century Kitchen and other photography and video projects***
2) PA speaker tripods for  live shows (over the years bars and old band mates have stolen all but one of the four I used to have)
3) Matching shirts for my band
4) More recording time and/or a recording unit I can use at home
5) Props, costumes, maybe hiring an actual videographer for future music videos.
6) I want to start reviewing random Amazon kitchen finds on the Mid-Century Kitchen. Since i don't have sponsors... this is my best bet.

 ***This is really the most pressing thing I need.

Stay tuned tomorrow for this week's Mid-Century Kitchen episode where I am making Halloween treats!

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Boozy Birthday Milkshake!

This past week was my Tommy Lee's birthday, so I thought I would spoil him with homemade ice cream... and then, as is typical with me... I took it FARTHER.

I turned my homemade vanilla ice cream into a boozed up adult milkshake!

SIDENOTE: My blender is not so good, and I DESPERATELY need a lighting rig for film these videos. It gets so dark in my house - or, it appears that way on camera - and I found a lighting rig on Amazon for just $55... but I am always broke. :( I put up some sweet new rewards on my Patreon account that are exclusive gifts to my patrons... help me get a lighting rig to brighten up my videos! I will love you all forever!

Watch me make this boozed up milkshake here:


And you can print the PDF recipe card for my DELICIOUS boozy milkshake here: BOOZY BIRTHDAY MILKSHAKE

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fried Cheese Balls!

One of my favorite things to do is make up new recipes from random items I find in the store when I go shopping... and it's one of the reasons that I LOVE WinCo Foods so much... because there is always new and interesting ingredients there that I can't get anywhere else for the same price. So, even though I am an hour away from the closest one, it's totally worth the drive for me. But I digress.

This past week, I discovered Ciliegine Fresh Mozzarella cheese balls in the dairy case, and I thought, what could I make out of those? And then it hit me: Fried Cheese Balls!

Now, I have watched enough Food Network to know that you have to freeze your food before you deep fry it if you expect your breading to stay on, so I froze the cheese balls, then breaded them, then froze them again, and then cooked them up. You can watch me make them here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: FRIED CHEESE BALLS


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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Been a Busy Month - Time For a Cocktail!

I have had a really busy September so far. Every single weekend, I have had events to attend (which are AWESOME!) or things to do to prepare for winter in the northern hemisphere, and just a lot of extra work and projects all coming together. And that means... IT'S COCKTAIL TIME, BABY!

I really love using frozen fruit in my blended drinks because it means that there is no water to dilute my drinks. (Hey, if you're gonna drink, may as well get it done, am I right?) This drink uses frozen pineapple and raspberries with three different types of liquor to create the perfect wind-down drink for after work or Tiki Tuesday! If you like your drinks a little thicker, put it in the freezer (using a plastic glass!!!) for 30 minutes or so. The alcohol content won't let it freeze all the way!

It's tropical, fruity, refreshing, and, most of all, relaxing and TASTY! Watch me make it here:



Get the printable PDF recipe card here: BLENDED FRUITY COCKTAIL


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Soft Pretzels in the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite!

This past weekend, I got the opportunity to go to the fair with my car club, the Miss Shifters All Girls Car Club, and show our cars! It had been YEARS since I went to the fair, so I had a blast seeing the exhibitions, performances, rides, games, and the fair food that we don't normally get to eat around here.

I thought it would be fun this week to make some fair food at home, so in this week's episode of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Molly Starlite, I made soft pretzel rolls at home! This was one of my most popular recipes with the guys here at the house; both of them ate three as soon as I was done shooting the video!

It's a little bit involved to make dough from scratch and turn it into pretzels, but it is so worth it! Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card here: SOFT PRETZEL ROLLS!


And don't forget to come out & see me perform at MickDuff's Beer Hall in Sandpoint this coming Saturday!




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