Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sunday Morning Meditation

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Saturday Jams #12

Tomorrow we hit the open road and forgo a delicious Easter meal for Denver. I love taking trips and I don't do it nearly enough. The planning, the excitement building up to the departure, the inevitable bump in the road, there's nothing quite like it.

This week I'm dedicating our Saturday Jam session to Nick Cave, who is the reason we're going to Denver. I was so excited when I heard rumblings of a new Nick Cave album and that excitement was uncontainable once I saw he was coming to the states for a slew of shows. Cooper's birthday just happened to be the perfect excuse to plan this little trip and needless to say we've been looking forward to it since November. 




Nick Cave - "The Ship Song"
Most people think of Nick Cave as this hard punk rocker, but he's actually a really talented pianist. This song is proof of not only that but Cave's lyric ability. Whenever I listen to this song I can't help but stop what I'm doing, tune into his voice and get a little emotional. Plus, if Cooper and I ever get married, I'm pretty sure this would be a top song for our "first dance" 



Nick Cave - "Papa Won't Leave You Henry"
Ugh I just love this fucking song. Cave has such a gothic style and listening to it is like being in a Western. The chain gang style chanting has been done 1,001 ways, but here it's just so well used. 


Nick Cave - "Right Red Hand"
You might remember this song as being featured in a little movie called "Wild Things". Don't let that fool you, it's a great fucking song and one that you can hear for a mere dollar on the Brother's Lounge jukebox. 


Nick Cave - "The Mercy Seat"
Quintessential Nick Cave



The Birthday Party - "Junkyard"
So we're probably not going to hear this song at the show, but for those of you out there who may not be familiar with Nick Cave, he started in this awesome band called The Birthday Party. 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Wind Down / Wound Up

Spring is in the air, every where I look around. Spring is in the air, every sight and every sound. Hooray for sunshine and warmth! Meghan and I were just talking longingly about the weather at this same time last year when we were sitting with short sleeves out on patios, and hopefully we'll be able to get a little of that in this weekend. If you're looking for what the haps are this weekend, you've come to the right place! Every Friday we bring you a list of the events that sound cool to us, and we hope it helps you solve your weekend "what to do" dilemmas. As the work week winds down, WO+SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend.

FRIDAY March 29
  • A while ago we had an amazing girls dinner at Sage Bistro, the restaurant run by Metro culinary students. Tonight you can get a special four-course meal cooked by the competition team, and help raise money for the team while stuffing your face. It's a win-win situation!
  • Carver Bank, Omaha's first African American owned bank, has been transformed into a new space to celebrate community artists. Tonight is the opening of the new space.
  • Ginger & Rosa opens at Film Streams. We are really excited to see this film about two teenage girls from different backgrounds set in 1960's London. 
SATURDAY March 30
  • We are super excited to see three great local bands at O'Leaver's tonight! Dim Light, Sona, and Goon Saloon will be rocking the house. Plus, the place has been newly remodeled which I am looking forward to checking out.
  • We are pretty big fans of the Omaha World Herald's Food Prowl series. (We would be happy to participate in a biscuits and gravy prowl!) The culinary delight of the month is buffalo wings and you can check out all the places the prowlers visited and which Omaha restaurant they found to have the best wings at here! Hit up one of the restaurants mentioned, or start your own food prowl with some friends! 
  • Another great local show is also happening - Outlaw Con Bandana's record release at the Sweatshop Gallery.
SUNDAY March 31
  • It's Easter... aka Zombie Jesus Day. However you choose to celebrate this holiday, we hope you have a great one! Meghan will be hitting to road to Denver, while Kerry will be making this flourless chocolate cake and having dinner with her family. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

This is How Bebop Got "Comfortable" Tonight


He definitely knows how to keep it interesting. 

Restyling A Cheese Serving Set

I've been on the look-out for an inexpensive cheese serving set since Thanksgiving and a few weeks ago I finally acquired one. Looking at the tools, I was a little bored with the shiny white handles so I took it upon myself to give them a little extra oomph



Using some leftover acrylic paint I repurposed the tool handles to look more "me".

I started out by painting a coat of black acrylic paint on each tool's handle. One coat wasn't quite enough so I went back and did quick second coat to make sure the paint was laying evenly. Even better is that this acrylic paint dries super fast so you can finish this project in an hour.


Because the tools are round I grabbed a few cups around the house so they could dry without getting smudged.


After the base coats were dry, I came back and painted small white crosses around the handles. Now, while my spacing and cross-size accuracy are definitely not perfect, I really like how the tools came out. I went back and touched up a few of the crosses and after those dried I sprayed the tool handles with an acrylic sealer so I could make washing the tools after use a little easier. 



Have you repurposed anything recently?


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

Easter is a strange holiday. You don't get any time off work. (Boo.) But it is another holiday celebrated with a plethora of candy and food. (Woo!) Plus you get to decorate with pastels and adorable baby animals. We've put together lists of our favorite Easter goodies and decor and hope they will inspire your holidays. We hope you all have wonderful Easter weekends with your family and friends.

Wise Owl Picks - 

easter inspiration



Sly Fox Picks -
Easter.2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sweet & Salty Caramel Bars

If you're one of my close friends, it's very likely I've shoved a caramel bar in your mouth by now. The recipe I'm going to share today is one of the first desserts I ever learned how to make and it's a Francis family classic. Caramel bars are super easy and always a crowd pleaser (I account it to the Paula Deen approved amount of butter used).



Ingredients:
· 2 1/2 sticks Butter
· 2 cups Flour
· 1 1/2 cups Brown Sugar
· 1 tsp Baking Soda
· 1/2 tsp Salt
· 2 cups Oatmeal
· 12 oz. Semi-sweet morsels
· 66 caramels
· 6 Tbsp Milk

First, preheat your oven to 325. Then, melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.








I use this handy-dandy dessert cutter to mix together the ingredients because I lack any sort of mixer. If you don't have a dessert cutter or mixer you can use two knives to cut the mixture together.
Once the mixture blended, slowly add in oatmeal. Mix the oatmeal in the mixture using the dessert cutter.

Next you'll want to break out a 9 X 13 baking pan, grease the bottom, and using about half of the mixture start pressing it into the pan. Stick the first layer in the oven at 325 for 10 minutes.


While the base is baking, take your unwrapped 66 caramels and 6 Tbsp. milk and start to melt the caramels in the microwave. Now, this is probably the most annoying step about making these bars and I've thought about how to improve on this process, but so far I'm coming up blank. I usually start with 2 rounds in the microwave at 90 seconds, giving the bowl a little time to cool off before reheating. Then I go in 60 second increments until the mixture is smooth without any clumps. Be warned - the bowl will get extremely hot.



Once your base is done baking, you'll top the layer with the chocolate chips, then pour the caramel mixture over that (use a towel of oven mitts to hold the bowl!).





Finally, use the last half of the oatmeal mixture as the top layer. Again, because the last layer is so hot, what I do is just take pieces of the mixture, pat and flatten it in my hands, then lay it across the top until the mixture is gone/the top is covered. Stick your finished product in the oven for another 20 minutes or until golden brown (I think I usually let mine back for another 3-5 minutes, but that could just be my shady oven).





And there you have it! Sweet, delicious, buttery, salty Caramel Bars! Enjoy!!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Welcome to a new work week dear readers. What will be getting me through this week is the fact that I'm leaving for Denver this Sunday. I'm soooooo excited to get out of town, especially since the trip is to see what I think will be one of the best shows I'll ever see - Nick Cave. But until then, it's still Monday morning which means you should ease yourself into the day by procrastinating with these internet links. 

  • It's Meatless Monday again and we suggest you make this.
  • Tomorrow there's a mayoral forum at the Omaha Community Playhouse, I encourage you to make a more informed decision in the April 2nd election and hear from our candidates. Starts at 6:30, doors at 6. 
  • You guys I don't know what's going on with Amanda Bynes, but at least her ridiculousness inspired this hilarious piece. 
  • Three things I love: Books, Design, and Quentin Tarantino which mean that these re-designs of Tarantino movies as Penguin Classics are my new favorite things in the world. 
  • So they released that book of Willa Cather's personal correspondence, which she never wanted to happen. Talk setting yourself up for a horror movie-style death by pissing off a ghost.
  • Jenna Lyons is one of my female style icons. This look at her extensive shoe collection (289 pairs!) makes my jar drop. 
  • How's your Fug Madness bracket going?
  • Oh, did you miss the fact that Tina Fey sat down with James Lipton? Here are some highlights. 
  • I love this wall arrangement. 
  • During the week I have no idea what to do with my unwashed hair, usually I just end up throwing it in a ponytail, but not anymore thanks to this inspiration. 
  • This is the most hilarious/adorable thing I've seen in a long time. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Saturday (Sunday) Jams #11

Sorry for the lack of weekend posts as of late. These last few weeks have been exhausting and this fucking weather hasn't helped much either. I desperately need a change of scenery, and luckily by this time next week I'll get it. We're heading to Denver to see Nick Cave which means that I'm on the look-out for some new music to help fill the 8 hour drive.



STRFKR - "Beach Monster"
I'm picking this jam today because this band is actually going to be in our fine city tonight and you can check out the show for only $15! BE THERE



Four Non-Blondes - "What's Up?"
So my friend and I sang this around 1:30 am last night at O'Leaver's and I have to say, we killed it. I remember when this song came out in the 90's and we were all confused by Linda Perry and those hats.  Regardless, then and now, it's a pretty great jam to sing in your car or while cleaning your house.

Sunday Morning Meditation


Friday, March 22, 2013

Wind Down / Wound Up

It was a long, long week. A little mid-week bowling with friends helped us get through the doldrums of the week but we are still extremely happy to greet the weekend, snow showers and all. As the work week winds down, WO+SF and crew are getting wound up for the weekend. Here's the list of events going on in Omaha that we're most excited about.
FRIDAY March 22
  • Help support the Community Bike Shop AND see an awesome rock show at the same time. UUVVWWZ, Simon Joyner, M34N Str33t, and No I'm the Pilot are all playing at the Slowdown tonight with part of the proceeds going to the shop!
  • As children of the 90's we are super excited for "Feeling so Real - An Early 90's Rave Extravaganza" at House of Loom. We cannot wait to boogie down to the songs of yore.
SATURDAY March 23
  • Get your Easter egg hunt on! There are egg hunts ALL OVER this city! Grab a kid you know as a guise to actually participate in the hunt yourself and you're covered. 
  • Everyone's buzzing about March Madness. We're even having a little girly league bracket competition ourselves with our squirrel friends and I will admit that I have been checking out my stats a little obsessively. March Madness is a great excuse to park in front of the TV, and do some yelling and some all day drinking with friends. (As if we needed an excuse.)
  • SAY WHAT!?!? House of Loom has their second 90's tribute, with 90's hip hop tonight. Break out those Hammer pants cause you're gonna need them.
  • We are so lucky to have the Bemis Center in our city. Today from 1 to 4 they are hosting an open house featuring their current artists-in-residence. A behind the scenes look at the lives of artists? Count us in. 
SUNDAY March 24
Happy Friday!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Paradise

This cold, gray day blows. To give you a little sunshine, here are some pictures from my vacation in paradise two weeks ago.