Portlandia Poster Process by DKNG Studios

I just love a good poster and this design for IFC’s Portlandia by DKNG Studios is brilliant! Watch the video to view the design process from start to finish. You can download the wallpaper from the good peeps at IFC.com.

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Cherry Pi(e)

For those of you who have never eaten a cherry pie, I highly encourage you to go buy or bake a fresh one! I baked a delicious cherry pie last night (Michael’s request) and it turned out incredible! I cheated and used an already made pie crust so next time I’ll have to battle homemade crust. But the fresh cherries were incredible. While I believe that cherry pitters are silly, it probably would have sped up the pitting-process. I was stoked since this is only my second pie ever prepared, the first was a pecan pie last Thanksgiving.

We had a fun evening last night that included steak and imperial stouts, pie and coffee, foosball, and some Portlandia.

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 4 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca (I used cornstarch)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar (I used 3/4 cup of organic evaporated cane juice sugar)
  • 4 cups pitted cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Place bottom crust in piepan. Set top crust aside, covered.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine tapioca, salt, sugar, cherries and extracts. Let stand 15 minutes. Turn out into bottom crust and dot with butter. Cover with top crust, flute edges and cut vents in top. Place pie on a foil lined cookie sheet — in case of drips!
  3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.

The recipe I used is from allrecipes.com and can be found here if you’d like to print it out or save to your online recipe box.

Music Monday (SXSW edition): Fenster

Fenster

Local artist to: Berlin Germany

RIYL: Chamber Pop, Miranda Sykes, Sin Fang

Fenster makes de-constructed pop music. Their lyrics are often carefully constructed dream narratives, finding inspiration in the world of ghosts, graveyards. trains, religious imagery, and broken machinery. In their music, they build songs around errors, blending melodic chords with broken beats or minimal percussion. Their instruments range from banjo to synth to inanimate objects, using slamming doors and city soundscapes. source
Fenster is signed to Morr Music, which is one of my favorite labels and they are one of my picks for SXSW 2012. Check back every Monday for a new band to check out at the next SXSW.

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Dollywoooooo!!

Happy Birthday Dolly Parton!!! I think I just might love you as much as Lucille Ball!! I do thank my MawMaw and Grandpa Ed for exposing me to country music at a very young age during all those trips to Iowa in the 80’s. It’s funny to think that a few summers with them created my liking to country music (as much as hate to admit it) more than the 20+ years that I lived in Texas. Although, the tractors and freshly pulled beets will never be a norm to me. I do think of my grandparents when listening to Dolly and country music in general and that’s a real nice feeling. ♥

One of my personal favorites :: Coat of Many Colors

Another fave :: Jolene

It’s not Dolly, but a good song. I hate to love this song :: George Strait –  All my ex’s live in Texas

Oh yes, all my ex’s do reside in Texas!

Moonrise Kingdom

I knew today was going to be a good day. It is time for a new Wes Anderson film! Moonrise Kingdom was co-written with Roman Coppola and stars Frances McDormand (I love her!), Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton,  Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Harvey Keitel.  The story is about a boy and girl who fall in love and run away together, turning their small town upside down in the process. It is very ‘Wes Anderson style’ except there are no Wilson brothers in the cast. I stopped going to movie theaters for several reasons, but this will be the exception!

Moonrise Kingdom hits theaters in May 2012.

Music Monday (SXSW edition): Motopony

Motopony

Local artist to: Seattle Washington

RIYL: José González, Iron & Wine, indie pop, folk rock, acoustic

Often, the combination of two opposites makes for a harmony previously unknown, a sum greater than its parts. Motopony is the embodiment of this notion – a band built on a bedrock of contrasts and the gorgeous alchemy of seemingly conflicted sounds, and the feelings mapped over them. Guided by soulful machines Daniel Blue and Buddy Ross along with guitarist Brantley Cady and drummer Forrest Mauvais, there is a warm efficiency to the hard-soul/glitch-folk contained on the quartet’s self-titled debut. continued here..

Check back every monday for a new band to check out at SXSW 2012.

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