Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Daily Pic | December Edition

Whoa nellie, am I behind!  A week late in posting this, but it was the holidays afterall.

December was studded with the very best kinds of things.  A really fun 'parents' dinner out with mine and T's at Michael's Pastaria (yum!), a seriously fun Crane's Mill Christmas Party where T and I danced the entire night, various tree decorating, LOTS of cookie eating, my company party, and then a really great Christmas.

We kind of nailed it this year by splitting our time on Christmas eve between the Rag's & the Car's.  We had an awesome time at both places.  Then, Christmas morning, we went to church and had the most indulgent day in, just the two of us.  We got smoked salmon, made bellinis, Cheddar Bay Biscuits and watched movies and opened presents.... oh and played something like 2 hours of Scattagories.  The cherry on the sundae was an evening walk in our hood with a fruit punch sky.

We made it down to Scotch Plains for a really fun family dinner at The Stage House Tavern, saw the new beautiful home of some friends and more that I'm sure I'm forgetting.  All I know was that it was a really indulging month filled with great times, family, friends and food.  :)

December Bests:
Best Recipe: French Olive and Fig Tapande
Best Tunes: I wrote up my Best Albums of 2013 if you care to check that out.
Best Art Project: Christmas Cards (fb soon to come on that)
Best Throwback: Making these scrumptious smelling oranges for the 1st time in over a decade
Best Visual: My baby niece smiling in a santa hat.  
Best Outfit: Ugly Christmas Sweater Brigade!
Best Holiday Cocktail: TIE between Silk Soy Eggnog + Light rum.  And.... "Cinnamon Latte": .75oz. Fireball Whisky, .5 oz. coffee liquor, .25oz. Irish cream.  Chill and strain ingredients into a shot glass and enjoy.
Best Tea: Celestial Seasons Cinnamon Apple Spice Herbal Tea 
Best New TV Show: Bob's Burgers

Between snow days and vacation time that I had saved up, we're looking at a Mini Grid this month:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Top Albums of 2013

Hey, long time no post.  Here are my top 10 albums of 2013.  Some really terrific tunes got me through this year.  Hope you'll check em out! 

*Super tight runner up: Washed Out- Within & Without

10. Pure Bathing Culture - MOON TIDES
dreamy :: smooth :: atmospheric

sultry:: everything you loved about TLC:: sophisticated

8. Foals- HOLY FIRE 
best heard live :: decent offering from an incredible band :: damn good indie rock

addictive :: booty shakin goodness :: electro-retro

6. 3-way tie: Vampire Weekend- MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY
pure summer :: clam bake soundtrack :: SO them.

6. 3-way tie: Edward Sharpe- EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
lemonade and bare feet :: Americana :: A different time and place


6. 3-way tie: Arctic Monkeys- AM
funky :: sexy :: totally black keys


3. Local Natives- HUMMINGBIRD
incredible :: One too many downers tho :: anguished?

2. Flaming Lips- THE TERROR
dark :: epic :: very surprising

And the # 1. Arcade Fire- REFLEKTOR
super intelligent :: best highs and lows :: dance-y

I have to say- even though Local Natives, Foals and Flaming Lips did not take the number one spot, we saw each in concert and I was BLOWN away by all three.  Local Natives, just damn good performers... Flaming Lips- holy crap what a concert.... and Foals, WOW.  I feel kinda bad but I still had to give it to Arcade Fire though, since Reflektor was just a *flawless* album, in my opinion.  So, there you have it!  Check out the 2012 list here!