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Civil War Heroes.

20 Mar

I don’t have much to say today, folks. But, I have a strong gumption to share my thoughts on a band that is stirring up a lot of interest around the country right now. 

There comes a band every great once in a while that just “gets it” for me. I’ve known and listened to the Civil Wars for a long time, but it wasn’t until I watched the rest of the nation fall for their rootsy-pop-country performance at the Grammy’s that I gave them a second listen. Then a third…and fourth and so on. 

Maybe it’s self indulgent. Okay, I know it’s self indulgent. This band is what I always wanted out of my musical ventures.  Growing up with my mom blaring 80s & 90s country, my dad raving on southern blues rock and my innate love for 60s and 70s singer/songwriters, who was I kidding…I was born for this. Though during my formative musical years, with my all-but smokey, sultry bad-ass voice and punk rock personality, I had settled on the idea of someday playing the female lead in a musical theater rendition of Janis Joplin’s life (even if I had to smoke 3 packs a day to do it). Then, after wasting 3 years of my college life deciding I was more of the singer-songwriter type and writing mediocre-at-best songs, I decided that songwriting was best left to someone else. 

And then I went in to marketing. 

But hey, even if I didn’t get there with my music at least I can take comfort in the fact that this band did. And I can feel somewhat of a redemption in the American pop-music culture…maybe we are on to something here. 

So, kudos to you @thecivilwars. Kudos to you. 

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Recipe Wednesday is back!

7 Mar

After a month hiatus, I am very excited to get back to recipe wednesday! Hope you all enjoy this wonderful little installment brought to you by a guest and friend of AA, Amber Recker of the Ginger Kitchen!

We all lead busy lives, making it difficult to plan healthy meals within budget and within the time constraints of daily life. My husband and I make cooking a priority and spend a lot of time planning meals. There are times, though, when we need something quick and easy. This recipe definitely qualifies. It can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and offers a lot of flexibility for picky eaters. It can also be a fun way to engage the entire family in the process of preparing a meal, allowing everyone to choose their own pizza toppings.  The possibilities are endless with this recipe and you can’t mess it up; simply choose your toppings, bake and eat!

Taco Pizza

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 Boboli pizza crust (available in several varieties, including whole wheat)
  • 1 lb. hamburger

    The Finished Product!

  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can refried beans with chilies
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese blend
  • ½ cup banana peppers
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • ½  head of lettuce, shredded
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Cilantro

Preparation:

Preheat oven according to cooking directions on Boboli pizza crust package. Place hamburger in a large pan and brown, add taco seasoning and water according to the taco seasoning instructions and simmer. While hamburger is simmering, prepare the pizza crust. Begin with refried beans, spreading onto the crust, about ¼ to ½ inch thick. When hamburger is done, place the desired amount on top of beans on crust. Next, add cheese, then peppers. Place on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 25 minutes, until cheese is melted and sides of crust are slightly browned. For a crispier crust, place the pizza directly on oven rack. Remove pizza from oven and add diced tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream and cilantro.

About Amber: 

Amber and her husband Jon love to cook and they want to share that love with you! Visit them at www.thegingerkitchen.com or follow them on Twitter @gingerkitchen. Amber does the photography and blogging and Jon does most of the cooking- it’s a match made in heaven. Oh yeah, and they do it all from their humble little, not-so-state-of-the-art kitchen in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Candles and Sandals

28 Feb

Why you shouldn’t take the little things for granted.

In my first week on the job as Marketing Director for Warm Glow Candles, one of my tasks was to come up with a theme, slew of slogans and logo for our Spring Open House coming up in May.

I had been tossing around the idea of a play on “then and now” as we are expanding with at least one new building. Well, one new-old building. We are moving and re-purposing the first Warm Glow building — nothing like holding on to your roots as you move forward. Great theme- but proving to be difficult with  regards the fun, cheeky Joes Crab Shack-like slogans and characters my boss was also wanting.

So, Friday rolls around and I’ve still got nothing. Not a damn thing. It’s my first week, I’ve got something to prove and I have zilch. My boss pulls me in to her office, presumably to talk about the theme of the Open House- and to my surprise she has a been in a meeting with a lady from Lindsay Phillips.

*Note: for those of you who don’t know, Lindsay Phillips sells customizable sandals. You can change the straps and pendants, etc… Very boutique, relatively kick-ass.

I digress. My boss then says, I want to model the Open House around this new shoe line we will have in the store and we will start with these coral and teal colors. She decides to buy every employee those sandals and matching Warm Glow tshirts for the event.

And then it happened. Like I was the most genious marketer on the planet. 

Wait for it…

Yep. SANDALS rhymes with CANDLES. Perfect.

And that is how our Spring Open House theme was born. The littlest piece of the puzzle, a new sandal line, sprouted an entire theme. Don’t take the little things for granted. Don’t forget to look at EVERY piece of the puzzle when you’re dealing with a bit of brain drain.

Stay tuned for more fun stories about Spring Fever: Candles and Sandals and as always, keep rockin’

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Here's a sneak peak at Glowy the Candle...preparing for her big event!

-Arin