Kirkkitsch’s Blog

June 29, 2012, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Life, Music

I‘ve loved this song for a while now. I don’t listen to the radio, so I dunno if it’s overplayed, so if it is, my apologies. It’s very old-school Peter Gabriel. I generally don’t pay attention to lyrics, unless I want to sing along, so I can say that the lyrics are particularly poignant. I know it sounds corny, but I’ve endlessly amazed when artists (be it poets or lyricists) make a non-traditionally-rhyming lyric scheme WORK. I think that’s one of the reasons I always liked The Cure. Continue reading

*REAL* Budget Recipes
June 28, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Food

Living on a single income (thank for nuthin’, Chumley!) in this economy is definitely a challenge when it comes to groceries, meals, etc. (among other things!). So, just for the heck of it, I thought I would share some meal ideas that I make on a semi-regular basis that are filling and inexpensive. Continue reading

Think Pink
June 27, 2012, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Food, Reviews

Okay, I did it. I made the Pillsbury Pink Lemonade cake I bought a week ago! First off, the batter smells friggin’ DELICIOUS; just like pink lemonade. However, when I tasted it, to check for tartness, it just wasn’t there. Sweet, yes, tart, no. I’ve read several online reviews saying that the cake was the perfect combination of the two. I don’t know what cake they were eating, but it wasn’t this one. Then I thought ‘Oh, I bet the tartness is in the icing!’ Uh, no. No it wasn’t. Again, it smells delectable, but tart it was not. However, this was easily remedied.

I made a quick trip to the grocery store and picked up a few lemons. I added the juice of half a large lemon to the frosting (any more and I think it would have made the icing too thin to spread). And you know what? It totally worked. NOW it’s the perfect blend of sweet and tart! And since it’s summertime and hot-as-hell outside, I opted to refrigerate this cake (I normally don’t refrigerate my cakes). Personally, I think it’s even more delicious chilled.

I used an 8×8 square cake pan and still had enough batter left to make 4-5 cupcakes. Looking at the back of the box, it shows two 8×8 ROUND cake pans, so I suppose I could have done TWO (however thin) layers of cake, but this made more sense to me.

All in all, I’d definitely recommend this cake. Heck, you may even wanna try squeezing some lemon into the mix (I’m gonna try this next time)!

You Spin Me ‘Round
June 26, 2012, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Home, Life

Being that it’s hot-as-hell outside, summer is officially here in Texas. AND even though I’ve lived here my entire life, I still hate and dread it every year. It was 107º in my car yesterday, but fell to a refreshing 104º by the time I arrived at home. Today’s high is 108º, it’s currently 104º. The forecast calls for triple degree temperatures, fluctuating between 102º- 108º through Sunday, with next week’s forecast, cooling off with a week of mere 100º. Ugh. Continue reading

3 Things…
June 25, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: 3 Things..., Food

Starbucks Pink Lime Frozt
Comments: I had one of these over the weekend and REALLY loved it. It was 100º outside and this was a nice, cool, refreshing, crisp alternative to Starbucks other cold offerings (I’m not a big ‘iced coffee’ fan). I read a review of it on someone else’s blog and they were overly dramatic (not to mention overly exaggerated) about it being “too sweet” and the color was more to the liking of child than an adult. To that I have to say: whatever. Perhaps the one they had was made by someone heavy-handed on the syrup, but mine was just right. I would hardly use the word ‘sweet’ to describe it. It was just crisp and refreshing. As for the color, well, they also make a ‘Cocoanut Lime’ version that is white if you’re too big of a lightweight to be seen drinking something pink. Perhaps you could order the pink version and keep your hands wrapped tightly around your cup (eyeroll). Whatever the case, I highly recommend it. I definitely see more Frozts in my future… however long they last!

Recycled Juice Labels Coin Pouch
Comments: I met a friend for lunch over the weekend, and after lunch we browsed around Barnes & Noble. There was a lot of clearance items on tables near the front of the store, and this was one of those items. Can you believe it was just $3.47?! Crazy! My old coin pouch (read wallet) was worn OUT, so this came along just in time! I wish they would have had more, I totally would’ve bought them (I use a lot of small, zippered pouches for various items).

Sprout Bookmarks
Comments: When I saw these, I had to have them. They’re 6 silicone bookmarks that look like leaf sprouts. They’re made by Fred and I picked them up at Francesca’s recently. You can ‘sprout’ it inside or at the top of your book. Too clever. I just love them!

Spice Girls
June 22, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Television

Being the homebody that I am (I hate the term couch potato), I keep abreast of most new NetFlix content. Well, I am happy to tell you that I recently noticed that there were “New Episodes” of Rosemary & Thyme! Until now, only Season 1 was available for streaming, but now, not just one but TWO more seasons have been added! *squeal!* And though the series is wonderful, it’s quite pricey to own on DVD. I lucked out once and found a few episodes at the pawn shop; have never seen it again, except for the likes of Barnes & Noble. It’s such a great show, especially if you love picturesque gardens/locales and mysteries. I highly recommend it.

I now have something wonderful to fill the gap until July 3rd, when Season 2 of Pretty Little Liars premieres on NetFlix.

8-Year Blogiversary
June 21, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Life

[ Click here to read my very first blog post on my original blog host ]

Hallowed Halls
June 20, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Life

During the two weeks that I was sick, one of those weeks I had an extremely sore throat. So, to keep myself from coughing, and thus instigating a headache, I bought a package of Halls Defense cough drops to keep my throat lubricated. Well, as it turned out, the powers that be have decided that the consumer now needs “A PEP TALK IN EVERY DROP!” At first, I was amused by the novelty, but as time wore on, their treacle-like positivity started to annoy me instead. Continue reading

Good Morning!
June 19, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Clippings, Homework

Stumbled upon this great site for vintage wallpapers and thought I would share! I never get tired of vintage wallpapers. There’s also some gorgeous vintage Hollywood wallpapers too. All wallpapers of are high resolution (300dpi). I highly recommend you check them out!

Currently Reading…
June 18, 2012, 6:00 am
Filed under: Books, Currently Reading

Control by William Goldman © 1982
Synopsis: You could lose control. And in that microsecond between thinking a thing and doing it, someone else could take command, forcing you to commit a crime, take your own life, do the unthinkable… someone who has mastered the secret of manipulating the human mind… someone who understands that time os of the essence… someone willing to wreak havoc in a mad scheme to alter the past and change the future… someone who will stop at nothing to take… Control.
Comments: I’ve always been drawn to the cover of this book. I’ve also enjoyed some of William Goldman’s other books: No Way to Treat a Lady, Marathon Man, Magic. However, so far, this book is boring me to tears. I was anticipating some suspense and/or thriller action, but have yet to encounter any. I may have to put this one on the back burner. Continue reading