Green Smoothie!!

•June 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Gorgeous Berries!! Gotta Love Berries!

 

 

Ok so a fabulous treat I am enjoying lately is the green smoothie.  Its called a green smoothie because it usually has some kind of green leafy veggie in it, such as spinach, and don’t worry, it never tastes like spinach. 

 I  adore fruit so this is especially yummy to me. Basically I dump all my favorite fruits together, sometimes however it’s great to not have too many different fruits. If you just use 3 or 4, the flavors have more impact.  I still have trouble with this I keep wanting to add more and more fruit haha!  So anyways this particular smoothie was delish! and I want to share what I did. 

1. Juiced carrots till I had 1 Cup of Carrot Juice (maybe 9 carrots…hmm…depends on the size) 

2. added 1 banana (love bananas!) 

3. added 1 apple pitted and chopped into big hunks 

4. added 2 handfuls of Blueberries (yumminess) 

5. added 6 (luscious) Strawberries 

6. added as much  fresh spinach as I could pack into the rest of my blender (probably a little more than two big handfuls) 

7. put that blender on high until it was all liquid, then I added probably 10 or 12 cubes of ice ( I didn’t count but I like mine really cold so I really lay on the ice) 

Spinach! doesn't seem to alter the flavor at all

 

Everything! This Looks So gorgeous to me!!

 

Didn't Actually turn green this time, probably because of the carrot juice and Strawberries

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Life Lately: Music and Food

•June 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Avacado Hummus

So I have been making changes in my life lately, mainly in the food department.  I’m trying to make healthier decisions so I have been eating  basically fruits and vegetables whenever possible.  I’ve been juicing carrots and fruits and eating fabulous salads.  Anyways this morning I made Avacado Hummus freakin yummy!! I eat my brown Rice Cakes, and my Pita bread with it and dip my veggies in it.

If you are interested here is my recipe:

3 small avacados 

 1 can of Organic Salt free garbonzo beans

1 fresh squeezed lime

1/4 Cup olive oil 

1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) Sea Salt 

1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) parsely

1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) basil

1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) paprika

1/4 teaspoon (or to taste) onion powder

Combine all ingredients in a regular household blender on high until creamy. You can also use a food processor if you have one.

-if you desire your hummus to be creamier add 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt

-if you wish you can also sprout your own  garbonzo beans instead of using canned.

Music

 

So lately  Holy Situation has been making some music, here is some video footage of what we’ve been doin.

 

Festival

•May 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I jumped into this pic at the last minute

I love Situations where I can really connect with the people I am meeting.  If I can do it outside in sunlight even better.  If I can sing as well as have all of the above, then I’m having the perfect day.  May 1st was a perfect  day, I had the privilege of singing at the Claremont Folk Festival.  It was a lovely day with Southern California sunshine and a ton of great music.   

to watch more videos click Here

Warming up our voices in the Morning

Linda relaxing

We talked to Linda and had great conversation, turns out she is a big fan of Holy Situation and she came to the festival just to see us. 

 

Holy Situation with Jesamyn Pattison

Everyone just sat down on the grass with their blankets and chairs, talking, laughing …connecting.  The group next to me brought their own wine and cheese and many others enjoyed the food of Gourmet Gourmet, the food vendor for the festival. My Favorite bands were Squeakin Wheels, and Voco.

Voco

Sunshine

laughter and sunshine

Holy Situation Teaches State FFA Choir

•April 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

When I was in High School I was an active member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America).  FFA is a high school leadership organization that operates on a local, regional, state and National level.  As a high school student I participated  in the State Choir, State Talent, National Choir and National Talent and I must say that those experiences are most of the major highlights of high school for me.  Traveling all over California participating in competitions, raising animals and meeting so many people! Singing at FFA National  Talent and Choir gave me the opportunity to sing for the biggest audience (40,000 +) I’ve ever seen and to grow as a performer.

Of course you may be wondering why I am going that far back down memory lane haha!  Well for the past 6 years my brother has been directing the California State FFA Honor Choir and for the past 3 years I have been helping him as a vocal coach.  State Choir is a unique experience that only happens once a year during State Convention which is usually in the middle of April.   This year we had 30 high school students come together and spend 2 days learning 4 songs and then spending the next 3 days performing them.

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Choir Director: Aaron Johnson (Holy Situation)
Vocal Coach: Alillia Johnson (Holy Situation)
Vocal Coach: Jessamyn Pattison
Pianist: Clinton Patterson
Photographer/videographer: Melissa Elcrat
Photographer/videographer: Bryce Johnson (Holy Situation)

rehearsal

rehearsal

Teaching a song

Dusty (one of the choir students) I

Jessamyn and I in Rehearsal with the Choir

first pow wow

Singing along with the Students

Sound check in the arena where all the main sessions happen

Sound check

the arena

those first two days are so intense and require a  lot of focus to get the songs sounding good. By the end of the second day we were all pretty comfortable with each other and having fun!

Group Fun

Group Photo

This was a fabulous group of students and they were so much fun!

Red Lilly

•April 7, 2010 • 3 Comments

It seems like I keep bouncing back and forth between having too much to say and then nothing at all.  So just to get started I thought I’d share what I call my first good painting lol.

It’s called Red Lilly and to be honest it felt like a complete accident to me.  It’s a self portrait and I was uncovering something rather than creating it. My purpose in starting the series (A Sense of Self) was to explore, and learn to love, myself.

36" X 48"

Red Lilly 2006 36" X 48" Oil on Canvas