Sunday, May 17, 2009

More Birthday Celebrations.

N.A. lead singer looking to leave group.

NExtra has learned that Notorious AARP lead singer and hottie, Candi-tone, is looking to start up her own girl band. While celebrating her 39th birthday at local fab hangout Elmers, family members overheard Candi-tone and drummer Christi discussing the singers plans. One blonde guest vying for her place in the new band, sang Happy Birthday to the singer. K.B. Jo, the bands keyboarder was present at the party and seems to remain close to the singer, despite rumors of Candi-tone being seen with a much younger man last month in Virginia. The absence of popular bass guitarist Rand, at the party caused further speculation of the bands demise.
Candi-tone's manager Carl and glam stylist Granny, were present but declined comment.

Notorious AARP first hit the scene on August 9th, 2005 with a successful concert at Experience Music Project in Seattle Washington. Since that time the group has toured the Northwest, but have yet to have had a second concert.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day, Here and There.

Mother's Day was Sunday and I split my time between Beaverton and Corvallis.

I drove up to Beaverton that morning and hung Mom's beautiful flower basket, then we went to brunch. I called Jason up, he was headed to Mom's anyway, and had him join us. We had a nice meal at the Village Inn, just the three of us catching up. Jason also gave Mom a hanging flower basket and I brought that home with her. After spending some time with Mom and Dad at home, I headed to Corvallis to hit the party on the other side of the family.

Candi hosted the Mother's Day party and it was just getting to the good part when I arrived. No mexican food Brianna, so I didn't call you. Candi and Joe BBQ'd fanastic steaks and burgers with plentiful adult beverages. Randy was happily salivating over his plate of steak, sauteed mushrooms, garlic toast and pototes. There was salad, but no room for it. It was a perfect meal. After dinner on the patio, we started up a competitive game of badmitton. You know how brutal those can get. And it did. One added feature was the blowing of the cottonwood trees seeds -- it looked like it was snowing at one point. Annie was a new player and was slow to get started. It's apparent though that she is going to be killer once she gets this down. We'll just keep reminding her that badmitton is not a contact sport. After we were hot and sweaty and had humiliated our opponents, it was time for the strawberry shortcake truce. Yum! Both teams were losers, there were no winners. Players included Randy, Candi, and Brice vs Derek, Annie and Chris.
Who was there besides anyone already mentioned?...Carl & Granny, Tom & Wendy (Ashlyn was at work). We all missed Betty, but she wasn't feeling well. We sent food and hugs home with Carl for her. We missed Dustin & Brianna as well. Hope your first Mother's Day was super special.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

SoTo & Turkey Chili -- YUMMO!

New York has SoHo, Seattle has SoDo, and Corvallis Oregon is now home to SoTo, aka "South Town".
While I don't live South of the Marys River, I would love to! I've worked in the area for close to 10 years and SoTo has sure grown up during that time. SoTo is home to a couple of the best parks and river frontages in the city. Willamette Park is the largest park in the City at 287 acres, and has a disc frisbee course as well as river views with hiking trails. Willamette Park connects to Crystal Lake Sports Complex, which boasts 8-10 soccer fields and 9 baseball diamonds. The Willamette Landing Boat Ramp is accessed from the Sport Complex parking lot. This park system is a hub of activity spring through fall. The residential areas in SoTo have been expanding over the years because buyers can find a good value in SoTo homes without the "Timberhill markup". SoTo easily connects to the downtown bike paths and is home to the orignal First Alternative Co-op grocery store. What else? Marysville Golf Course, the Airport, indoor soccer arena and beautiful vistas of Mary's Peak. In years past the term "South Town" carried a negative stigma. When we first started seeing people in the area running for fitness, we were shocked. Generally the only people we saw running were being chased by someone or the cops. SoTo, you've become a gem.

What got me on the topic of SoTo? One of our favorite recipes at the SoTo Firehouse is Turkey Chili. Enjoy!

SoTo Turkey Chili

2 cups chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 (35oz) cans of stewed tomatoes, crushed
2 (15oz) cans kidney beans, drained
2 TBSP tomato paste
3/4 cup chicken or turkey stock
1 tsp chili powder ( or more if you like to only taste chili powder)
1 TBSP ground cumin
1 TBSP dried hot red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
1 TBSP salt, more if desired
1/2 tsp black pepper
3-4 cups of shredded, cooked turkey meat
Shredded cheddar, chopped red onion, fresh squeezed lime juice, sour cream and chopped cilantro for garnish
Marie Callenders Corn Bread mix, make an 8x8 pan.

1. In a large, 8 qt., thick-bottom pot, cook the onion and the green pepper in enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan, over medium high heat. Stirring, until golden, about 5 mins. Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, for a minute or two more. Add a bit more olive oil if needed.
2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, stock, beans, oregano, salt and pepper, and cooked turkey meat. Bring mixture to a simmer and reduce heat to low. Simmer, uncovered, for an hour.
3. Salt to taste. Add 1-3 tsp of sugar to take the edge off the acidity of the tomatoes if desired.

The chili may be made in advance and chilled for 2 days, or frozen for 2 months.
Serve with the optional garnishes. Serve alone, over rice or corn bread (best).

Makes about 12 cups. Serves 8.
Or 4 hungry firefighters, with some left over.
Unless we get up that night, then it's gone in less than 12 hours. Yeah, I think it's even more delicious after midnight.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Granny's Birthday Bash Pictures

I'm still waiting for pictures of the whole group, but here are a few candid moments.