Love Songs

I recently wrote about sad songs that were somehow making me happy. Lest you think I perversely only take pleasure in melancholy things today I present to you three love songs that are making me happy. There are of course many love songs out there, but I like the way these three go together because they are all about someone’s life being better purely because the other person is in it. I’m also appreciating the fact that these three songs come from 3 different musical genres.

First up, Marc Broussard’s Lucky a lovely little song with influences of folk rock, R&B, and indie pop. I just discovered this song recently even though it’s a couple years old, but I am in love.

“It’s such a simple thing,
but it’s so beautiful
that you’re mine, I’m yours.”

Next up, is Simply Amazing by Trey Songz, a great pop R&B ballad. This song makes no qualms about both members of the relationship being less than perfect, but together they are amazing.

“Cause she ain’t perfect, but she’s worth it
Every breath I breathe for the life of me
And I know I might not deserve it
But she loves me, and it’s simply amazing (you are)”

Finally, let’s throw a little country in the mix with Blake Shelton’s God Gave Me You. I adore the theme of this song. Too often we’re presented in pop culture with the idea that love makes everything perfect and that if we can only find love life will just be grand. That of course is completely false, but certainly having someone you love there to help weather the storms of life is a wonderful gift.

“Cause God gave me you for the ups and downs
God gave me you for the days of doubt
And for when I think I’ve lost my way
There are no words here left to say, it’s true
God gave me you”

 

 

Dutch Apple Pancake

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As part of the winter food co-op we belong to we got a bunch of apples in this week’s share. The apples from this particular farm are not great. They are always mealy and not fit to eat just as apples. I really don’t understand why anyone would ever get their apples from this particular farm normally, especially when Reed’s which is also local has such amazing fruit. At any rate this means that I am only using these apples in baked form. My husband requested I make him a Dutch apple pancake, and the nice wife that I am I complied. Our weekend plans didn’t really lend themselves to me making it over the weekend as requested, but I didn’t have to work until 1:30 today so I promised I would make it for lunch before work. The above picture is the result of my labor. Note that despite the way it may look in the picture that is powdered sugar on top of the pancake and not in fact baking soda.

This is the recipe I used, although I cut it down to 2/3 of the recipe to make a portion we could actually finish since it’s not something that keeps well. I also added more cinnamon than the recipe calls for as 1/4 teaspoon is not that much. There are a million Dutch apple pancake recipes on the internet. I found this one a couple of years ago and like it, though I might try another version at some point to see the difference. Some people in the comments complain that it is eggy, which is true but which I liked. It definitely has less of a pancake feel to it and more of a souffle texture.

  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium green apples – peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • powdered sugar – for dusting
  • lemon wedges (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 375 F. In a medium bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, flour and 2 tbs. sugar.

In a heavy ovenproof skillet, melt butter Add apples, cinnamon and the remaining 1 tbs. sugar. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes, or until the apples are softened slightly. Remove pan from heat. Pour batter over the apples in pan. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the pancake is lightly browned and puffy.

Dust with powdered sugar.

Polar Bears and Babies

I’ve previously mentioned on this blog how much I love polar bears. As such I have wanted for years to go on a trip to Churchill, Manitoba where you can go see polar bears in their wild habitat. Last night we were out with a bunch of friends for a friend’s birthday, and I started talking about going to Utah this spring to finish off my quest to get to all 50 states. Then offhandedly said after that I need to convince Paul to take me on my polar bear vacation. At the time I was talking to my friend Alison and the guy she has been dating. Little did I know that he in fact had just taken that very trip this past November. He regaled me with its wonders and furthered my desire to go. Now I just need to get my husband on board with this plan. My husband’s comment was that he’ll just take me on a trip to whatever European country winds up with a polar bear cub at their zoo next, since there seems to have been a number of those over the past few years. Though my pleas to take a trip to go see one of them never panned out. Then last night after we got home we turned on the news and lo and behold one of the stories was about this polar bear cub born at the Buffalo zoo. Now my husband says he’ll just take me to Buffalo. I say we do both!

AHH! He’s so cute!

 

Today was less about baby polar bears and more about human babies. We met our friends Kevin and Tracie and their 2.5 month old baby Abby for brunch today. We haven’t seen them much since she was born so it was great to catch up with them and to get some baby snuggles from a cutie pie baby.

And in other happy baby news my friends Jenny gave birth to a son today. It’s been a long, heartbreaking, and hard fought road for this day to happen and I am just so very happy for her and her husband. I know they’re going to be amazing parents. I can’t wait to meet the new little man in their life.