Nicolette Larson Lullaby CD: Sleep Baby Sleep #lullaby

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I would like to pay tribute to Nicolette Larson and the best lullaby CD ever made:  Sleep Baby Sleep

This CD came out in 1994.  I bought it at Barnes and Noble on 6th Avenue in New York (when B&N was still there).  I knew who Nicolette was but hadn’t heard anything about the CD.  I bought it just hoping it would be good. Every song is soothing and calming.  There is nothing worse than playing a lullaby CD and it has loud, jarring songs on it, between the calm ones.  I want all lullaby songs to lull and not energize the baby!

When my son was little, he loved this CD.

Nicolette’s voice is perfect for lullabies.  She lovingly recorded it for her daughter.  The music is perfect and Graham Nash and Neil Young also sing on this CD.

I highly recommend this as a gift to someone who is having a baby.  It’s the gift that keeps giving!

Dandelion #dandelion

A close-up of a dandelion with frost on it.
A close-up of a dandelion with frost on it.

“Dandelion” Lyrics by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Prince or pauper, beggar man or thing
Play the game with ev’ry flow’r you bring
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion

One o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock, four o’clock chimes
Dandelions don’t care about the time
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion

Tho’ you’re older now its just the same
You can play this dandelion game
When you’re finished with your childlike prayers
Well, you know you should wear it

Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailors lives
Rich man, poor man, beautiful, daughters wives
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion

Little girls, and boys come out to play
Bring your dandelions to blow away
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion

Tapenade – Yum! #shurfinebrand #target #CostcoTweets

Tapenade is a French creation.  I usually buy my tapenade at Trader Joe’s.  But I decided to start making it mysef.  It seemed like it would be easy to make.

tapenade_8556 blogYou can put capers and onions and anchovies in it.  I put banana peppers in mine.  Shurfine is private label company in Wisconsin and I buy their high-quality products all the time.  Pitted kalamata olives can be expensive, but not this big jar from Costco.  Why should I chop up Spanish olives myself when I can buy them at Target already chopped up?

Tapenade

1/3 cup banana peppers

1 cup kalamata olives

1 cup Spanish olives

1/4 – 1/2 cup olive oil

tapenade 2_8562 blogBlend the banana peppers, kalamata and Spanish olives separately in a food processor to the consistency you like.  You might want it super blended or still chunky.

tapenade 3_8563 blogMix the peppers and olives together in a bowl.  Then add olive oil to lightly coat all of the ingredients or add enough olive oil to make it oozy.

Use the Tapenade as a dip with crackers or spread over crusty French bread.

Good appetizer on a Sunday night with a martini!

Delish!

Mother’s Little Helper

Do you know the 1968 song Mother’s Little Helper?  It’s by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  I used to have the album it was on, Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2).  Here is what the album cover looked like – Bryan Jones was still alive and in the band:

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I got the CD from the library and was listening really loud to the songs while washing the dishes.  My son actually came in the room and asked me to turn down the music, but I gotta have my music while cleaning or what’s the point?  Here are the lyrics:

“Mother’s Little Helper”

What a drag it is getting old
“Kids are different today,”
I hear ev’ry mother say
Mother needs something today to calm her down
And though she’s not really ill
There’s a little yellow pill
She goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day

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“Things are different today,”
I hear ev’ry mother say
Cooking fresh food for a husband’s just a drag
So she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak
And goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
And two help her on her way, get her through her busy day

I want to thank my mom for taking this fabulous photo! Seriously! I love it!
I want to thank my mom for taking this fabulous photo! Seriously! I love it!

Doctor please, some more of these
Outside the door, she took four more
What a drag it is getting old
“Men just aren’t the same today”
I hear ev’ry mother say
They just don’t appreciate that you get tired
They’re so hard to satisfy, You can tranquilize your mind
So go running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
And four help you through the night, help to minimize your plight

Doctor please, some more of these
Outside the door, she took four more
What a drag it is getting old
“Life’s just much too hard today,”
I hear ev’ry mother say
The pusuit of happiness just seems a bore
And if you take more of those, you will get an overdose
No more running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
They just helped you on your way, through your busy dying day.

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