Yes, I know it has been awhile since we have updated the site. We (Muses) have been hard at work in the back scenes to bring you some pretty awesome content and then there is also the boring SEO; which I won’t trouble you with. Today, I (Jenne) would like to show off a band that we (Muses) love. The band features a friend and fabulous musician, Jonny Radtke a.k.a Coco – The Honorary Finn (Finn Whore), on guitar. Jonny previously played in the band Kill Hannah and is now with Filter.
On July 12th, a few of the Muses will be heading out the show in Dallas, TX at the Palladium now known as Southside Music Hall to rock out with the rad gents from Filter. Will you be going?
If you don’t get a chance to head out to see them in Dallas do know that they are trying to embark on a #FilterWorldTour which would be pretty awesome right? Perfect way to help them get to your city or country would be to fund them but of course you can get something for yourself while doing just that. Just clickity click click right HERE.
Their recent album The Sun Comes Out Tonight was featured on the Great Gatsby soundtrack with a cover of ’Happy Together‘. Which, by the way, the movie is friggin awesome! Anywho, have a listen to the album and let us know in the comments what you think. Is it five star worthy rock material? We think so!
The only thing we can complain about so far is that they don’t have enough sexy chick merchandise or patches. We all want patches to stick on our favorite jean jackets or fan-tabulous messenger bags. At least they have these really neat key chain bottle openers.
So if you make it to Dallas for the Filter show come look for your Muses and say hello! We promise we don’t bite too hard
Chuck roast is delicious, but it’s one of those meats that requires a lot of attention to get it just right. Well, NOT ANYMORE! MUAHAHAHA!… ok, now that my evil genius laugh is out of the way, first thing is first. I must thank my wonderful Aunt Trish for this amazing creation. Now, let us get down to business! Here are the things you will need.
Chelsea’s Aunt Trish’s Easiest Chuck Roast EVER!
Easiest chuck roast recipe ever!
- A nice sized chuck roast (Remember, the thicker the roast, the more time it will take to cook)
- A jar of medium minced garlic
- A box of Lipton Beefy Onion instant soup and a box of Lipton Onion Mushroom instant soup
- A bag of red skinned potatoes
- A bag of baby carrots
- Aluminum foil (Unless you LIKE scrubbing baked on food)
- A dutch oven (Honestly, anything oven safe and deep enough will work)
- About 5 hours to kill... or utilize that wine you keep hidden from the kids. Don't lie.
- Start cooking!
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Line your dutch oven with aluminum foil. Cut slits all over the chuck roast and shove garlic in them to your heart's content! A word of advice, do NOT cut the slits in the meat while it is in the dutch oven. Otherwise, you will end up with holes in the foil and you will be scrubbing anyway. Not that I actually scrubbed. I'm more of a 'let it soak' kind of girl. :)
- Put the chuck roast in the dutch oven and dump both packets of each instant soup on top.
- Add water to the dutch oven until the roast is just covered. Stir it around a little bit until the soup mix is dissolved.
- Cover and slide that sucker in the oven and wait about 4 ish hours, flipping it every now and again. That's right. I said 'ish'. This means that I have no clue how thick of a roast you are going to buy, so here is how you tell when it is ready to add the potatoes and carrots. You stick a fork in it. I'm not kidding. When it starts to fall apart at a twist, you are ready for the next step. You may also need to add water here and there when it starts to get low.
- Cut as many potatoes as you want (However you like. I leave the skins on mine, but you can peel them if that is your preference.) and add them to the pot. Make sure they are fully submerged in the juice and cook for a little longer, checking constantly.
- Once the potatoes are as soft as you like, dump the carrots in… again, however many you like. Cook until the carrots are done.
You are now ready to gorge yourself into a food coma. You are welcome my gluttonous friends!
~ Chelsea (Your chuck roast queen)
If you are anything like me, the winter weather is damaging your skin, what seems like, beyond repair. Worry not! I have the solution my porous, scaly friends! A common misconception is that rubbing your face with alcohol will tighten your pores and give you less oily skin. While this is true – Temporarily – in the long run, it actually causes your pores to produce more oil, therefore making your pores bigger! I have extremely oily skin, but if you have dry skin this DIY pore shrinking mask can still work for your pores! The beauty of it is that it is all natural!
1) Start with a clean face. Use an all natural sugar scrub to get all the dead skin and gunk off of your face. If you can’t find one in stores, just make your own! Add a little granulated sugar to your favorite face wash. Just remember that if you have oily skin, stay away from harsh ingredients like alcohol, acids and peroxides. The benefits of sugar on your skin are ridiculous! In a good way!
2) Put your hair up in that sexy mess of a pony tail you are so talented at!
3) Gather your ingredients! Apple cider vinegar, 2 eggs whites and lemon juice.
4) Mix into a bowl the 2 egg whites, 1 TBS of lemon juice and 1 TSP of apple cider vinegar and stir until well mixed.
5) The mix itself will look very runny and you may think to yourself, “How in the world am I supposed to get it to stay on my face?!”. Simple! Get a large cotton ball, dip, swirl and apply to face. When the cotton ball gets dry, repeat until a good coat is on your face. Remember to hold your breath as you apply. This stuff is a bit smelly.
6) In 7 – 10 minutes it should get tight on your face. Wash it off with warm water.
7) After you rinse the mask off, it is beneficial to wipe down your face with a Witch Hazel soaked cotton ball. Witch Hazel works way better than alcohol and it doesn’t dry your face out. You can repeat this method every other night if you like. It’s all natural, remember?
I don’t always have large pores, but when I do I use this mask.
Stay beautiful, My friends!
BLANKETS! Everyone loves a good blanket! So why don’t you make your loved ones a nice cozy one for Christmas. It is literally as easy as 1, 2, 3! Check out my DIY last minute Christmas gift below.
1) Get your fabric. Fleece is preferable, otherwise your blanket won’t be very warm and it will shed when you tie it. I went to a local fabric store called Hancock Fabrics. You can also find some at Hobby Lobby or any hobby store. My significant other is a Dallas Cowboys fan, so I thought it fitting to make him a blanket saying so. I picked two different prints that coincide with each other well and got two yards of each. It makes a pretty large blanket.
2) Lay your fabric out on top of each other and cut the pieces so the edges line up. You may have to trim a white edge or two from them. If your fabric doesn’t have these ugly white edges from the staple, then you are lucky.
3) Now, here comes the fun part! This is very important… Do one side at a time! Cut tabs about 3/4 of an inch in width or so and about a fingers length.
Start tying! You know that first step when you tie your shoe laces? Do that twice.
When you start your next side you will have to trim off some of the ties that you did on the previous side. This is supposed to happen, so don’t freak out!
I know that the part you have to cut off can be a bit hard to see in the picture, so I have created this nifty sketch with my AWESOME skills to show you! The blacked out part is the part that gets cut off.
Repeat steps until fully tied! Wash and wrap in your preferred Christmas themed paper!
Optional) Embroidery! A friend of mine has a bad ass embroidery machine, so I put his initial on it. Obviously, you have to do this before you tie your ends because you only need to embroider one piece of fabric.
Now you have this wonderfully warm blanket that you can give as a gift to that someone who you just can’t seem to find anything else for! It is super personalized and they will think you put a ton of thought into it… which we all know isn’t true, you last-minute-shopper, you! Have fun and don’t get carpal tunnel!
I love suitcases! What can I say? The older the better, right? So when I am out and about I keep a keen eye open for any luggage, Samsonite make up cases, hat boxes, and suitcases. Now my do it yourself today is just a plain 1970′s hard plastic suitcase. Ugly orange-brown thing that it is still has quit a bit of potential. I am going to paint then stencil this suitcase. It is easy and with some imagination, a suitcase can become new home decor. See my DIY Chic suitcase below :)
First I have my paint I have chosen, Valspar off white. Paint brush, tape, stencil brush, and the stencil. A suitcase is perfect for French lettering too. I went to Hobby Lobby for my brush and stencil and spent less than $7. dollars. The suitcase was even less! I chose black paint for the stencil design.
Easily this suitcase could of been hot pink with a stenciled gold crown, or painted green with yellow chevron. Use your imagination and have fun when you do this DIY.
Now once everything is ready and you have wiped the suitcase clean, dried it. Begin painting in long strokes, sometimes the surface of the suitcase is more porous.
This was the case with my case. Depending on how old or the style you want your suitcase to look will show in your painting. You may want two coats. I wanted a bit of a vintage look to mine so I painted one coat fast in long strokes, then went back in added a second coat only to the center most part of the top. I know some choose to paint the hooking and locks but I choose not too. You can tape these over with painters blue tape, I just tried to not paint them.
Which meant I had a bit more to clean. Let dry completely and repeat the sides.
Now that you suit case is a new shade and ready for stenciling we will begin by deciding where to place the design. I centered mine. You can be creative with this too. Remember no rules and have fun. I chose the center and cut slim pieces of painters tape and taped the corners. There is an adhesive you can buy to hold the stencil in place. As you use the stencil brush with a short dabbing motion over the stencil, you will want to still hold the stencil in place in areas that may lift or shift.
That can cause the paint to bleed under your design lines. I choose black and began dabbing motion and blotting paint on a car board piece I have my black paint on. The paint is craft paint black. keep the dabbing motion and check to ensure you are covering the in line stencil design. Let dry, you can go over with a finishing wax if you would like. Now you have a wonderful decoration for you home!
It’s that time of year again! The ‘bundle-up-with-a-hot-bowl-goodness‘ (unless you live in Texas) time of year! And in honor of that wonderful time of year, in which I deem ‘gumbo weather’, I have just the thing to soothe your cravings. GUMBO! This is the Easiest No Recipe Gumbo.
Being Cajun, I have learned all my life that recipes are highly overrated. So, today I am not going to give you a recipe. I am simply going to show you the basics of making a gumbo. For those of you who don’t know what gumbo is, it is essentially a stew traditionally thickened with okra. The beauty of this wonderful substance is that you can put whatever you want in it! Yes, WHATEVER YOU WANT! Gumbo doesn’t have a recipe. It only has one rule. Use roux!
Easiest ‘No Recipe’ Gumbo
There are no measurements because it is however much or little you want to put in there. If you are a sausage person, put more sausage. Simple.
- Bell pepper
- Cut okra
- Diced tomatoes
Make your roux:
- Heat 2 cups of oil in a skillet (whatever oil you prefer. My choice is olive oil)
- Once hot, slowly sprinkle in flour and CONSTANTLY stir until it is pretty thick. You generally use equal parts flour and oil, but you can use more if needed.
- Keep stirring until it is a dark brown color. Remove from skillet or it will continue to cook. Put in small bowl in the refrigerator. Should look something like this.
Here is how I do it.
- Boil some boneless, skinless chicken breasts in water until cooked almost all the way through.
- Take chicken out of water and set aside to cool in the refrigerator. (leave water boiling)
- Add okra to water. (The okra is a bit tricky. They are a natural thickener, but if you use too much the gumbo will become slimy, so be careful!)
- Dice your onions and bell peppers and add them to the pot, as well.
- Now it is time to rip up your chicken. Big pieces, small pieces… what ever you prefer! Dump it in the pot.
- Pull the tails off the shrimp and cut up your sausage. Dump it in!
- Start seasoning to your particular liking. No one ever went to jail for taste testing.
- Start adding the roux little by little. Now, remember, roux is oil and flour. Add to your preference (keep on tasting) but, just know that if you like a lot of roux you'll have to spoon some oil off the top of the pot near the end.
- I add my diced tomatoes last. Do only a little at a time. Again… TASTE! But, be sure that when you go to open your can of tomatoes that you know where your pesky can opener is so you don't have to MacGyver the poor thing!
- Let it cook down, spoon oil off the top if you need to and BEHOLD!
Eat with rice and (I like) jalapeno juice. And that is it! I have always heard that some people can cook and some people just can’t, but I believe that the people that can’t cook just lack confidence. Have fun in the kitchen. If you like it, throw it in the pan!
Love, Your resident Coon-Ass (Chelsea)
It’s Haven Friday! Yes, I have to admit I am totally obsessed with that show.
The show is filmed in Nova Scotia with stunning scenes of lighthouses and small town streets. I can’t help to think that if I lived within the show that I would have to own a few of these. Heck! I am not even near water but I still would wear these pieces!
Here is my Anchor Gift Guide:
1. Couples/Best Friends Anchor Bracelet which is perfect for a beginning couple or to share with your guy/gal best friends. There is other option in the shop too for friend bracelets.
2. Nautical Anchor Ring is the cutest adornment for your finger. Wear it state side or out to sea!
3. Refuse to Sink shirt makes a loud statement for the anchor fan and strong at heart.
4. Pair of Anchors are the adorable matching set for friends or a couple.
Now, it is time to get ready for the show with some waffles. Yes, I’m Team Waffles; love me some Eric Balfour aka Duke!
What to do with the old cheese board? Throw it out, give it away, or sell it? No! We are going to decoupage the cheese board. Kitchen art made out of your old kitchen items is fun and easy. First you will want to choose a design in paper, wrapping paper, or tissue paper. I like to pick mine from the scrap book paper isle at Hobby Lobby. You can use fabric, it is just easier with a spray adhesive for fabric. Have fun choosing a design that will match your style. For today’s DIY Cheese Board project I have chosen black and white French country.
Items you will need are: Mod Podge, slim paint brush or you can use a foam brush, scissors, and the paper.
For the cheese board I have cut my paper to wrap around the board. You can cut you paper how ever you feel comfortable working with. Now take the brush you choose and generously coat the board with mod podge. Wait a moment and let the mod podge get a bit tacky before placing your cut piece. Place the piece of paper and press out air pockets that arise. I use a soft ruler. It will be a bit messy, just keep pressing to make the paper flat and in place.
Continue covering the board this way until you are done. Coat entire covered board with mod podge, be generous. The more the shine the finished look will have. You can coat in lacquer once the decoupage is dry. I find the mod podge is like lacquer. Now you can decorate with your finished cheese board by hanging it by twine or a picture holder will do to.
If you have meet the Muses you would most likely know they are pirates. They have a fascination for ships, shiny objects(finns), and of course rum! Where would our creativity be without all the rum
With that being said, here are a few suggestions for another pirate in your life.
Nautical Christmas gift guide:
1. Copper Starfish Ring is the perfect nautical subtle addition to your ensemble .
2. Octopus & Antique map charm which is about as sea creature as it comes. Very old world vintage!
3. Verdigris Ship necklace will charm even the meanest of pirates. This sea green antique will remind you of the elegance of the sea.
4. High Seas Pirate ring is definitely a piece no pirate should be without. Wear your own black pearl on your finger.
And really bad eggs, drink up me’ hearties yo ho!
A nice little DIY jewelry organizer for when your necklace tree threatens to take over your vanity. You can use any frame-like object, (i.e. gutted milk crate, glued drift wood, ect.) but I chose a vintage painting frame that I found in the old shed behind my house.
A short trip to the hardware store later I had all my items to create the perfect hanging jewelry space! All you need is some screw in hooks, desired color of spray paint, super glue, thumb tacks and a roll of metal woven door screen.
The SERIOUSLY simple steps to achieve this awesome project!
1) Acquire type of frame you want.
2) Screw hooks in desired spots.
3) Cut and fit screen to the back of frame.
4) Use tacks and super glue to fasten the screen to stay. Remember to pull the screen taut. Also, it doesn’t matter what the tacks and glue look like on the back. It will be hidden. The only thing that matters is that it holds.
5) Spray paint the entire organizer if you so choose. I opted to paint the screen black instead of leaving it silver, but that is all up to your personal preference as well.
Spray paint isn’t required. The black looks good on MY specific hanger, but if you choose different mediums you may not have to paint at all! Glue decorations on or distress it to your hearts desire! This is your vision. Make it go with whatever room you want!
That is it! Enjoy the newly open space on your dresser or vanity!