Saturday, December 8, 2007

Matthew Mayer, a Budding Artist, and Cold-Weather Comfort Food

Matthew Mayer:
The annual Christmas dinner was last night at the College and afterward Matthew Mayer held a concert in the auditorium. I heard him for the first time last year in November and LOVED him immediately. I was so moved that I actually wrote a poem about the experience and later created a layout around it.

Nothing has changed...he's was still AMAZING. I bought two more of his CD's to add to the three that I bought last year and he autographed both for me...he's such a down-to-earth, personable guy! He currently lives in Omaha, NE and plays mainly within the Midwest, but has played in cities all over the country. If you ever have the chance to hear him in concert, you should not pass up the chance.

You can learn more about him and purchase his CD's on his official website. You can also hear a couple of his songs on his MySpace page.

He's just such an outstanding musician and you can see how much he LOVES music and performing. He gets very emotionally involved while playing and is interactive with his audience, which is wonderful.

There was a couple songs in his performance where the piano actually began to smoke! I don't know about you, but I've never seen a piano smoke about putting energy and emotion into your music!!

Thanks for another night of beautiful music, Matt!

(The photos above were taken by Theresa Condon. I am also the advisor for the student newspaper at the College and she is our staff photographer. Thanks for the photos, Theresa! I was too wrapped up in the music to take any pictures!)

A Budding Artist:
Kailtin has been all about coloring and drawing and painting lately! She spends hours at her old-fashioned school desk in the living room coloring or at the kitchen table's so fun to watch her 'creating'!

Cold-Day Comfort Food:
I made chili today. Considering it's only 12 degrees and snowing here today, it sounded like a good idea.

I am not, nor never will be, a gourmet. My recipe is simple...

2 lbs browned hamburger
2 cans chili beans
2 cans of diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato sauce
2 diced green peppers
1 diced onion
1 packet of chili seasoning
Salt, pepper and oregano to taste
Garnish with a little shredded cheese and serve

I always like to make a BIG batch so it lasts the weekend...and sometimes more. To me, chili tastes even better 'left-over'. It's been simmering on the stove all afternoon...mmmm...I think it's time for supper!

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