You may want to sit down for this one.
OK, so I was thinking just for this weekend how about you and I unplug together?
I am talking from every digital item we own. Including but not limited to the computer, television (lucky for me I don’t have one of these), i-pad, i-pod, and even that coveted i-phone (I ditched my cell phone in January, freedom comes at a price you know). So, what do you say? Are you up for this challenge.
We are so bombarded by electricity, radiation, digital interruptions, and so much more static derived from technology that it seems fitting that one weekend would be easy to unplug, right?
We do not realize how engulfed we are in Instagram, or how many likes we got on our Facebook post, to checking our twitter feed. We watch these technologically driven apps like a babysitter. Well, I am putting my foot down.
It has gotten to be absurd I mean what happened to just holding a normal conversation without the interruption of an i-phone getting in the way.
This is serious our lives our being sucked away into the rat box (tv, computer, shiny screens) into our i-phones (comprised of a layer of glass substrate, metal pieces, and other cold sleek components). Lets take back control and find true freedom and real connections.
Here is my proposition.
1. For this upcoming weekend shut it all down, power off, unplug, and lock it away all together in a cabinet or box. Place it on a shelf in your closet. Somewhere out of mind.
2. Go out side and breath. Walk in the woods or in a park and searching for beauty (AKA I call it my beauty walk) tackle it for 40 minutes. Look at the leaves, touch the grass, put your hand in the dirt feel the living. Feel gratitude and thank the OLB (omnipotent love bomb = God while your at it).
3. After you go on your “beauty walk” call up friend on a landline phone (if you don’t have one then pre plan this date before you shut off your cell phone and I dare you to actually call them on the phone verse text them I know its so 1990’s but try it I promise you will live). Go ahead and invite them over to your house to bake and listen to groovy music. Try these lyrics on for size, but shhhh its still underground and going to be on our new album Tones and oh this song is called Tones. Actually the tops would be to invite a friend who plays guitar over and have them play some music while you bake and laugh and create experiences that you will feel alive doing.
4. Bake it up baby. My sweetheart brother-in-law Steven first shared this cake and recipe with me. I have craved it on and off the road as my go to chocolate cake. I adore this recipe. Way to go Steven. This is a rich moist chocolate cake with a chocolate buttercream icing. This is the best cake in the world!
Steven’s Righteous Chocolate Cake
Watch the Video on how to make this cake here
2 cups white sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (try my favorite Ghirardelli Superior Cocoa Powder)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
5 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (seek out a high quality brand Nielsen-Massey Mexican Pure Vanilla Extract)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.
2. Use the first set of ingredients to make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 3 minutes with an electric mixer. Stir in the boiling water by hand. Pour evenly into the two prepared pans.
3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
4. To make the frosting, use the second set of ingredients. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the cocoa and confectioners’ sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency.
5. Split the layers of cooled cake horizontally, cover the top of each layer with frosting, then stack them onto a serving plate. Frost the outside of the cake.
Recipe adapted from http://allrecipes.com
Enjoy the air, laughter, music, and chocolate cake. Experience all the wonders around you when you unplug and join in the great joy of life.
Shine ON from the recording studio. Magic is happening here can’t wait for this record to be done so I can share it with you.