31 December 2009
My dad's wife, Dede, made these for us and I'll be damned if they didn't fly off the plate in a few hours!!
Coconut Cranberry Bars, makes 3 dozen
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
.5 cups butter, melted
Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter; press into a greased 13" x 9" x 2" baking pan.
1.5 cups drid cranberries (1, 6 ounce package)
1.5 cup vanilla or white chocolate chips
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
Combine the above ingredients in a bowl and mix well; gently spread over the crust.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 28 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Cool on rack.
Place in the refrigerator to chill, cut into bars.
Serve with cold milk!!
One of the most surprising gifts I received this year for Christmas was a Snuggie. Not just any Snuggie--mind you--but a genuine, University of Texas Snuggie. Perfect for watching the big game between Texas and Alabama. Alas, I do not watch football. But it sure is perfect for movie-watching on snowy nights in Baltimore. And, my cat Sam loves it!!
Go Horns: Texas fight!!
On December 22nd, I met with my friend and collaborator Andee Rudloff in Nashville, Tennessee. We are working on a project that has recently been accepted for presentation at the National Art Education Association's national conference in April 2010. Themed in social justice, this annual conference brings thousands of educators together from all over the world.
We will collaborate in an effort to address social justice, by creating a socially just world. By bringing groups of young people together from Nashville, Tennessee and Baltimore, Maryland, we hope to combine their talents and creativity in addressing issues of social justice and sparking change. NAEA participants will be invited to take place in this art-making experience!
Follow along in our process here.
05 December 2009
04 December 2009
This is James (aka Andrew Calhoun), the founder and president of Marksman Entertainment. He's the greatest! Quite possibly the next giant rap mogul . . . You see, Marksman will be huge.
Some of my students are making an album for James' label. And, I'm excited.
I can't even explain to you how thrilled I am. I have been listening to and studying rap and hip-hop since I was probably 7 years old. In Dallas. in Nashville. In Wisconsin and New Jersey. On MTV.
I pushed it: I kept listening and searching for new beats, sounds, and stories . . . Rap is an amazing medium.
And, then, somehow/some way, I met my students at Wide Angle and they wanted to make a album. A rap and hip hop album. And MICA had a recording booth and mixing room . . . We were set.
I am in absolute heaven. We are all having a great time making this happen.
(James, Will, Quindell, and Mike)
(Mike, Young Hype)
More to come, people. More to come.