2013

140 Characters Just Won't Do.

So, this started as a tweet and there was no way to widdle down the words enough to say what we needed to say.We were thinking about how FREAKING-UNBELIEVABLY excited we were to be playing our very first international jillandkate shows and it made our heads spin for a second. Some of the people that are coming to the shows on Monday & Tuesday have been fans for six plus years and have never seen us play live. That's insane. We cannot say enough how much your long-distance support has meant to us and we are so happy that we finally get to come to your neck of the woods and play our songs for you guys. Cause see your long-distance love & support has never felt long-distance. You guys stay up late or wake-up early to catch online shows or chats, you tweet us, comment on blogs, you buy our songs on iTunes & Instagram pics of you sporting j&k apparel...so your love has never felt long-distance & for that we cannot thank you enough.

We also want to acknowledge that we know the UK is not the only place we need to get to playing a show. We have seriously been blown away by the fans all over the world that have asked us to play a show in their country or city--heck there are fans right here in our country that have never seen us play live either. And you know what? We are changing that this year. 2013 is our year and we're coming for you.

Please trust us & know that we are working really hard to play a show for each & every one of you. We are making plans, strategizing and scheming to figure out ways to play more live shows. 2013 is the year of jillandkate. Just kidding. We think it's the year of the snake...haha..who knows but the year of jillandkate just has a better ring to it? Haha.

We couldn't have made it this far without you guys. We won't let you down. If you feel so inclined to leave a comment letting us know the city or country you're in & would like us to play please do so :)

Hope each of you feels the thankfulness in our hearts.

We love you guys.

-j&k-

PS. We installed a new "commenting" platform so that we can eliminate spam & continue the conversation with y'all through comments. Feel free to comment away!

Bread.

Ahhh it's 2013. Who the heck can believe that? I can hardly. Moving right along...one of my new years resolutions has been to eat more whole foods (i.e. not processed stuff.) Mainly because I've had some stomach issues and so I thought I would give it a whirl. Also, even though I love with all of my heart those overly-processed foods, I don't think they are necessarily the best for me. Now, don't get me wrong--I have not made a total life change. At the end of the year if I am still practicing these things, I will have then made a life change. Right now I am just sharing my new ventures...but with my sharing you cannot judge me if you see me downing a Snickers bar and washing it down by the most ginormous Frappuccino you've ever seen. I won't judge your eating practices if you don't judge mine. Deal? Deal. Yay!

I have been reading this book, Nourishing Traditions...which is HUGE & full of recipes. Everything takes forever in the book. Like, wow. You always have to be thinking ahead for meal prep which is quite an undertaking for me but I've been just kind of mulling through recipes at my own pace.

In this new mindset of cooking more whole foods & getting away from the processed stuff (which my mom & family members have been doing for a while) I found a blog (Heavenly Homemakers...isn't that just the cutest title ever?) that shares/discusses recipes mostly based on the Nourishing Traditions book. You know how I love blogs & reading people's personal experiences so this was a great find! Thanks Mom for showing me the website.

Wait, speaking of my mom I need to share something. She is the most wonderful, amazing woman on the planet. I mean it. My mom is a mom. She loves taking care of her family and she does it in the most thoughtful ways. She'd write notes on my napkins in my school lunches. She'd leave a chocolate on my pillowcase when I returned home from college. She wakes up at 'o dark thirty to prepare the most delicious & wholesome food for us. She really is amazing. And she loves. She is understanding. I am so thankful that I got such a loving mother. She is always a sounding board for me whether it's about a guy I'm dating, a spiritual conundrum I find myself in or just everyday life...she listens. And my mom believes in me. When Jill and I started playing music together my mom was and I think will continue to be my biggest cheerleader. Ah...okay...I've gotten off topic from bread. Anywho. My mom is awesome and she has taught me everything I know in the kitchen.

Back to bread. So I was perusing this website and found this Applesauce Bread recipe. A quick glance at the recipe and the ingredients didn't freak me out too much and what's not to love about Applesauce & Bread? Applesauce? Good. Bread? Good. (That was a FRIENDS reference btw).

So, the other day I mixed up all these ingredients, put it in my never-before-used bread pan & stuck it in the oven for 40 minutes. Checked it by sticking a tooth pick in the middle...not quite done...5 more minutes in the oven did the trick & there I had my applesauce loaf of bread!!!

I obviously took pictures...cause that's what you do these days.

It looks like a real loaf of bread!!!!!

Woohoo! So that was my first Applesauce Bread baking experience. And I've got to tell you a secret. It was SO easy. I promise you could do it too. Like, I wish I could say that only those with my level of baking experience could do it...HAHAHAHAAA....but no, it's really, really, really easy & tastes so yummy. It's so easy that I woke up this morning and threw another loaf in for my friend.

Okay. So there you have it. Applesauce Bread. Delicious.

Have a really splendid Saturday!

-kate