A Little Baking and a Little Singing

Today has been a busy day in the kitchen for me.  One of my close friends here in Okinawa is taking the kids home for the summer and has asked me to make her some of Martha Stewart’s Coconut Cupcakes.  These cupcakes are simply AMAZING but are tricky to make.  There are a lot of big steps and things tend to get a bit messy.  Well, now I am exhausted but the cupcakes do look amazing.  I highly recommend making these delectable treats when you need a fancy cupcake to knock everyone’s socks off.  It has worked for me every time. 


Last night AFN started to air the new “Nashville Star”.  It began airing in the States last week on NBC.  Some of you know that I auditioned for this season via a video recording audition.  The U.S. Military and DOD employees and their dependants were allowed to submit a recorded video audition tape that was then compared against all other tapes from military installations all over the world.  This included ships, bases, and everything in between where eligible persons may be stationed. 

The hubby and I were settled in for two hours of prime singing entertainment because that is what we expect from this show and have been fans over the last few seasons that aired on USA Network.  Well, last night made us wonder just what about my video audition wasn’t good enough.  I will continue to watch as the new season goes forth this summer but as of the first night’s performances, there wasn’t much there. 

I’d like to share with you the two songs I cut when I did a demo in Nashville in 2002.  It’s hard to believe that it was that long ago because I can still smell the cedar lined recording studio nestled into the Brentwood, TN suburbs.  It was an amazing experience.  Karen Brandt\’s Demo Recording of \”Sorry\” & Karen Brandt\’s Demo Recording of \”You\’re Not Here To Miss You\”

3 thoughts on “A Little Baking and a Little Singing

  1. I didn’t see the show (too much Tiger Woods on – he’s too amazing for believe)

    and even if I did see the Nashville Star – I think you sing incredible and enjoyed the songs very much.

  2. I totally agree with you Karen. I watched the show and thought of you. They just weren’t as good as I thought that they should have been. You could have blown them away…You also need to tell me where you got that adorable cup cake stand. See you soon.

  3. Care ~ Thanks for the compliment. I am so glad you enjoyed my singing!!
    Plus… GO TIGER!!!! You are right about him being AMAZING!!!!! DAMN!!

    Rene ~ hey babe! Thanks again for dinner the other night. We had a great time hanging out.
    Pete’s mom sent me the cupcake stand this spring. I think it was just before Easter. This is the first time I’m using it and it is pretty cute. I know that Martha Stewart has one at Macys.com (I think) and there may be different kinds at Williams~Sonoma.com as well as Sur La Table.com.

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