Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Party Food! Lemon Muddy Buddies!

I was recently looking for something quick to take to one of my neighbors as a gift but I wanted to do something that was easy because I have had a lot to do recently. That's when I hit on this idea: LEMON MUDDY BUDDIES!

Traditionally, muddy buddies are chocolate or peanut butter (or both), but this refreshing, citrusy take on it was just what the doctor ordered: it's quick and easy to make, it's a crowd favorite - crunchy and sweet - and it's just different enough to stand out from the crowd.

There are a lot of variations you could make with this recipe... off the top of my head, you could switch out the lemon for cinnamon and make cinnamon roll muddy buddies... or add in some cherry flavoring and have cherry vanilla muddy buddies! It's up to you, so get creative! Let me know in the comments what you made or your ideas!

Watch me make them here:


And download the printable recipe card as a PDF here:


Shark bowl is available here, from Think Geek.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Car Show Season!

My 1971 Ford LTD Brougham 429 SCJ - "Shillelagh"
It's that time of year again! The snow has finally melted, the temperatures are getting warmer, the sun might shine for more than a few minutes at a time... it's CAR SHOW SEASON! (My favorite season of the year!)

This year, my 1971 Ford LTD Brougham 429 SCJ is nearing readiness to show. Last summer, my Tommy Lee fixed the rust, customized the body, and took my design for the car from paper to reality! Here is what the car looked like when I bought it:





And this is my design for it:




After weeks and weeks of work and thousands of dollars, we ended up with this:


Where's the stars? Well, the kind of ended up being mysterious...


Underneath many, many layers of candy red clear, when the lights hits the side of the car, you can see hundreds of glittery, sparkly stars! But I always wanted the stars to be more visible, so... before we take my Shillelagh to its first car show of the year, we're going to sand the top coats back down a ways, add some more visible stars, and then re-clear the whole car. Also, we want to touch up the door jambs, finish the trunk with carpeting, install headers, replace the starter solenoid, and put in new windshield glass (which is, for some dumb reason, INCREDIBLY expensive).

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mid-Century Kitchen Episode 15: EASY Pina Colada!

I don't know about you, but sometimes, after work, what I really want is a tropical cocktail, but I totally lack the energy required to make one of those fancy Tiki drinks, particularly a blended drink. I mean, who has the time for popping ice out of trays, blending it smooth, adding all those ingredients... after WORK?!?

Not ME.

So, I devised this simple recipe for just such an occasion, and the trick is ICE CREAM. Okay, more specifically, gelato because I can't seem to find actual coconut ice cream up here, but with this one key ingredient, I can easily whip up a quick tropical drink after work without a ton of hassle. Just a bit pineapple, some orange juice, a quick buzz through the blender, and voila! It's Tiki Tuesday, no matter what day of the week it is.

Dress it up with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry if you want - or just drink it straight without any frou-frou. It's up to YOU!

Watch me make it here:


And download the printable PDF recipe card by clicking HERE.



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Friday, April 14, 2017

Makeup Tutorial #1: Faux Eyelashes!


So, one of the questions I see asked most often in the pinup groups and forums is how to get faux eyelashes to stick the first time and how to keep the glue - particularly dark glue - from getting all over your freshly shadowed eyelid. In the video below, I show you how I do it:


Literally, it's just as simple as letting the glue sit for a minute or so on the lash before attempting to put it on your eye lid. And I just use that time to put on my mascara. But I wanted to do a video because I think that I am funny... hahaha.... and, sometimes, it is just easier for people to do something after they see someone else do it.

Products I use in this tutorial:
Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Mascara
Too Faced "Better Than Sex" Mascara
House of Lashes faux lashes in "Temptress Wispy"
House of Lashes Eyelash glue in "Dark"

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Orange Creamsicle Cookies?!? Yes!

If you ever find yourself going to a potluck and wonder what you should take to make sure that no one else is bringing the same thing (I went to a potluck once where there were FIVE pots of mashed potatoes!), you need this recipe. These cookies are soft, fluffy, and taste exactly like orange creamsicle ice cream in those little cups with the wooden paddle spoons!

I originally discovered this recipe on Pinterest but the site I pinned it from then is long gone. But I preserved the recipe and it has become a favorite in my family and among friends when I send them out in my Christmas cookies, too!

Watch me make them here:



Or download the printable PDF recipe card by CLICKING HERE...



Or copy & paste:

ORANGE CREAMSICLE COOKIES

2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Juice & zest from 1 orange
Vanilla chips


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.

In another bowl, cream together your butter/shortening and sugars. When well mixed, beat in egg, vanilla, and orange juice.

Add flour mixture to wet ingredients a little at a time, mixing well between each addition.

Stir in orange zest and vanilla chips until well incorporated.

Roll dough into small balls and place about 1.5" apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes, until just starting to turn golden. Do not let them overcook!

Let cool on baking pan for a few minutes before removing to rack or tray to finish cooling.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies, depending on how large of cookie balls you roll.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Inner Hurdles


This past weekend, I participated as a contestant in the first ever Miss Pinup Spokane contest. I was thrilled to do so as there are very few pinup events in the Inland Northwest, and I was honored to be included. This was my first-ever pinup contest (outside of the one I signed up for last minute last summer that was a lot smaller), and it was so special to be around people like me. The moment I walked into the Montvale Event Center, I felt like I had stumbled onto my tribe, surrounded by people all dressed vintage and retro and dancing to vintage music.

I LOVE the retro lifestyle and the pinup look and everything about it. I got into the pinup life to try to build my self confidence, and most of the time, when I am not struggling with depression, it is amazingly empowering. My first marriage was to someone who abused me horribly emotionally; I hated myself for years and years and refused to be photographed for any reason. There is virtually no photographic evidence of me for a span that lasted more than a decade. My ex husband convinced me that I was disgusting and unlovable, and the icing on the cake was that after me supporting him and putting up with his abuse of me for the sake of our three children, he dumped me for someone else. It’s taken my new husband, Tom, who was with me at the event, years of love to even let him take pictures of me, to believe him when he says that I am pretty, and to put my photos up on my Molly Starlite social media pages. Over the last two years of developing my pinup persona, I’ve tried to push down the negative self-talk in my head – the things I imagine other people are thinking about me, the way my ex told me they were – but it is really, really hard. 

After my divorce, I lost a lot weight - the divorce diet; I don't recommend it - and was feeling pretty okay with myself, particularly because the abuse had stopped. But his words lived on in my head and still do, so when I gained back most of the weight when I quit smoking a few years ago, I could still hear him in my head telling me how ugly I was, how fat I was, how worthless I was, how unlovable I was; I still do. It is a struggle literally every day to overcome those voices in my head, the hyper-critical voices of people who have unfairly criticized me in the past, to find my own self-confidence and believe in myself... to see myself as someone beautiful, valuable, and maybe even someone that people might want to hang out with. I think that's the hardest part: really connecting with people... because I try too hard I tend to be off-putting so this event this past Saturday was a real test for me to try to make some real connections without being that over-anxious puppy clinging to any friendliness like Cling Wrap gone wild and overcompensating by trying to make people laugh the only way I know how... with my off-the-cuff parodies and songs and little funny remarks. I fear that I failed in that regard. One of these days, I will learn to stay quiet and people will like me more. LOL

Saturday evening’s event was a real wake up call for me. I was not ready for a pinup competition. I was definitely second tier, and my husband, Tom’s, careful way of presenting me had deluded me into thinking that I was thinner and prettier than the photos of the event prove me to be. I felt like Sasquatch at the prom – especially when compared to the other ladies – and resisting the temptation to ask the event coordinators to take down all pictures of me from the event is a real struggle. I am not going to lie: I've been struggling in the morass of self-loathing mode ever since I got home Saturday night; at first, trying to strip myself clean of the anxiety from what I did in my moment in the spotlight - singing an original parody song while dressed pseudo-Marilyn Monroe? Odd...funny, but not really pinup - to completely boning my "pinup pose" because I didn't know we should walk out to the center of the floor 'cause I went first to get it out of the way. Then, I saw the pictures of the event and went into hyper-critical mode immediately... and I have been a mess ever since.

I struggle with depression, but there is virtually nothing I can do about it. I have always had a tendency to shoulder the blame for things that are demonstrably not my fault or responsibility, or to, in my head, make the situation a lot worse than it was. Due to a lot of bullying when I was younger, the all-consuming thought that I will never be good enough that I developed from my childhood through my first marriage, my INFJ personality that allows me to read people's emotions, and my social awkwardness that makes me read more into those emotional signals that I should, I have a really hard time dealing with the aftermath of social situations. It is why I am super comfortable on stage holding a guitar: people are too removed from me for their emotions to mess with me much and the situation is completely controllable and in my own hands. But I will beat myself up for years over something that, if you asked the other people involved, was no big deal... I will use it like a stick to beat myself up for weeks or months. And don't even get me started on the self-annihilating cat-o-nine-tails my lack of self confidence wields on my ego and psyche. Depression is a real thing, and it is a silent, self-destructive killer; there have been months on end where I wake up in the morning and have to really think about reasons to keep going. The only reason that I even bring this up is because I know that there are other people out there like me, who feel this way, and I know that I have felt really, really, really alone with it most of the time. It's hard to talk about it to someone else and feel like you're not being judged over it... so you stay silent and carry around this freaking anchor.

Please don't. Please find someone to talk to or, if you're an introvert like me, write it out, if nothing else. Writing it down, like I am doing now, almost always makes me feel better. Getting it out of my head where I can stomp on it... it's my only tool for survival. And if you're having suicidal thoughts, please call 1-800-273-8255 and talk to someone.

I'm pretty sure that, to anyone else looking at the pictures of me that I appear totally fine and normal. In fact, my measurements are literally the most common measurements for adult women in the US. I keep telling myself this: I am totally NORMAL. But the mental picture I’ve painted for myself  and the expectations that I have for myself are something completely different from reality. I so badly want to be a part of the pinup/retro community that is growing here in the Spokane area, but it is really, really clear to me that I am not ready. I came off as clunky, unrefined, lacking grace and poise, and though I’ve always known that I was big person, very nearly unreasonably tall for a lady, I just had no idea how much more work I have to do. And until and unless I learn some social grace and how to carry myself like an actual lady, it only shows me that I have a LONG way to go and a LOT to still learn.

To that end, these are the things that I want to work on:
- Pinup Poise ... it's something different from every day grace
- Personality Development... what's my niche? The singing pinup? Need to embrace that, then.
- Focus... stop trying to do it all and focus on one thing that's important
- Relax and don't be pushy... don't need to be the center of attention
- Poses... assume I am being photographed all the time.
- Better undergarments & shoes... I just looked clunky in what I chose to wear
- Trusting my own judgement... go with my gut; not everything is up for debate by committee

In the end, Saturday's events were a BIG learning experience for me. I still have a LOT of development to do if I intend to really be a part of the pinup world. While all the things I have been doing so far have been helpful, they lulled me into a false sense of security and I see now that I have a TON of work still to do. Hopefully, I didn't blow it completely.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Everybody's Favorite: Fried Chicken!

This past week, I got a request on my YouTube channel to make FRIED CHICKEN! Almost everyone likes fried chicken, and the quest for the perfect breading recipe leads to making a lot of different versions until you find that sweet spot. It's taken me a few years to develop the perfect mixture of spices and the right ratio of breading ingredients to make this kickass fried chicken, but I finally did it: the breading is almost as popular as the meat inside it!

I've basically emptied out the spice cabinet for this one, combining a veritable plethora of spices into BOTH the breading mixture and the egg wash... and I also like to "double bread" the chicken pieces, to keep the meat moister while finishing in the oven... plus, it's delicious, so, why not?!?

Watch me make it here:


And download the PDF recipe card by CLICKING HERE.


Here's the text version:
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2-4 chicken breasts

For Breading
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 tbls chicken bouillon powder
1 tbls onion powder
1 tbls lemon pepper
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbls chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tbls celery salt
pinch cayenne pepper

For Egg Wash
4 eggs
1/2 cup Half & Half
1 tsp chicken bouillon powder
1 tsp lemon pepper

Add vegetable oil to large frying pan over medium heat. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for breading and whisk thoroughly to combine.

In a medium mixing bowl, add all egg wash ingredients and whisk thoroughly to combine.

Dredge chicken pieces through egg wash, then coat with breading mixture. Repeat, then drop into hot oil. Cook each piece of chicken 3 to 4 minutes per side, then place onto baking pan and finish cooking in oven for 20 minutes.

Serves 5 to 7.

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