30 Day Song Challenge: Day 3

It’s day three of the 30 day song challenge. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out my Day 1 post which explains the challenge and has the schedule.

Day 3: A song that makes you think of summertime

This song doesn’t just make me think of summertime, but of one specific summer in particular…

Counting Crows: Mr Jones

When I hear this song, I am instantly transported back to the summer break after finishing high school. It was a weird in-between time – waiting for exam results, on the precipice of adulthood, but with 6 weeks of idle time stretched out in front of me. I spent a lot of this time with the friend who introduced me to Counting Crows, and this song in particular. The lyrics speak of wanting to be something, but not knowing quite what, or how. That I feel is a perfect summation of that summer for me, and this song always gives me that exact feeling of uplifting potential.

We all wanna be big stars
But we don’t know why and we don’t know how
But when everybody loves me
I wanna be just about as happy as I can be

Interesting, I now realise the album title also has appropriate connatations. Mr Jones is from the wonderful (seriously, if you’ve never listened to Counting Crows this is a good place to start) August and Everything After. And I guess that summer, August and everything after it was exactly what I was waiting for.

Do you like Counting Crows? What is your summertime song? Do drop a comment

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 1

Hey! Tim starting doing a 30 day song challenge on twitter, and I’ve been wanting to join one of these challenges for ages so this one seemed perfect. Here’s the schedule:

Let’s get straight in with Day 1, shall we?

Day 1: A song you like with a colour in the title

First go and already a tough one. First songs that sprung to mind all had black in the title – Paint It Black, Back to Black, but I’ve decided to go for a brilliant song with my favourite colour in the title:

Prince: Purple Rain

There couldn’t be any other choice, could there? The songs has its best context within the film of the same name, of course, but it is still always one that’ll make me stop, listen, and sway along when it comes up on shuffle or something.

I’ll leave you with today’s stand out lyric

Honey, I know, I know
I know times are changing
It’s time we all reach out
For something new, that means you too

Let me know in the comments your choice for today. Are you going to play along with us on twitter? Come back tomorrow to see my choice for day 2. TTFN folks

Forever Nigella: Breakfast Muffins

The wonderful Sarah over at Maison Cupcake has launched a new blog challenge –  Forever Nigella.

For the first challenge, we are to produce ‘seasonal sensations’ from recipes by the domestic goddess herself!

I couldn’t decide what recipe I wanted to do, and spent a large portion of Christmas curled up with my Nigella cookbooks (not that I’m complaining!). I finally decided on the Christmas Morning Muffins, mostly because the husband and I can never decide on what to have for breakfast. Although having said that I took these out of the oven this evening and some have already ‘disappeared’ so I hope some last until breakfast.

The recipe is from the classic How To Be A Domestic Goddess, or you can find it on Nigella’s website. I pretty much followed it to the letter, except I substituted the cranberries for chopped nuts because I had none of the former and too much of the latter.

With their mixture of clementine, nutmeg and cinnamon, these couldn’t be more Christmas-y if they came out of the oven singing ‘Oh Come, All Yea Faithful’.

My husband arrived home 5 minutes after I took these out of the oven and snaffled one still warm straight out of the tray. I did stop him, but only to suggest the addition of apricot jam!