Archive | September 2012

Free Sheet Music Links!

Please excuse the overly dramatic tone of the following post:

I, as a violin player, understand the frustration one has when they find a really amazing song in an anime, video game, or even just on the radio and you cannot find the sheet music for it anywhere! I have spent countless hours searching online for sheet music, (I suppose I could have spent that time actually transcribing the sheet music myself, but I was too lazy for that) and I know how annoying it can be. Website lure you in with the promise of free sheet music, and then stab you with premium member only slinks and pages unlocked only by taking a “free” survey. I too have been lured and heartbroken by the broken promise of free sheet music.

I lost my music folder on campus the week before school let out, and wasn’t able to find it. This a tragedy because I kept every single piece of music I had played since the fourth grade in that folder. Eight years of musical memories, lost. Not only that, but how was I to practice over the summer without my sheet music! Without sheet music, I was doomed to digress in my playing skills. For days I wallowed in the depths of my despair, until I remembered the wonderful invention that was the internet.

I searched, scouring the World Wide Web with the mission of finding free sheet music. And I succeeded! And so, my fellow sheet music hunters, I give you the gifts of links! Links to magical sites that are full of sheet music for those of us too lazy to play by ear and transcribe our own. Links for those of us too cheap to go out and actually buy music! Links to sheet music for stringed instruments! Links for vocals! And yes, even you brass instrument players! I give you links for all!

For my anime and video game music lovers, I give you Ichigo’s: http://ichigos.com/

For my classical music lovers, I give you: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Composers

And the site I most recently discovered! This wonderful, magical site! It has anime sheets, game sheets, radio hits, and even sheet music to some of the epic songs you hear in movies! I give you, http://musescore.com/

Go forth, my brothers and sisters of musical artistry! Go forth and play music!

~ Zippy

Easy Homemade Apple Jam (Apple Marmalade)

Guys, I did it! I made my very own apple marmalade! I found this super simple recipe online for some apple jam and added some Zippy-flare to it! It was incredible! And because I am feeling so accomplished and awesome, I am going to share this recipe with you! :3

Oh my goodness, this my first recipe posting! 😀

OK! So, here is what you need:

~  5 small/medium tart apples

~ 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

~ 1 1/4 cup of water

~ 2/3 cup of sugar

~ 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

~ 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

~ 12-16 ounce jar/ airtight container

* This yields about a single jar full however, the recipe can be altered to yield more.

* Sugar and spice measurements can be altered if you want a less cinnamon-y or less sweet jam

Steps:

1. Wash, peel, core, and slice apples into small slices. (I personally wash the apples, peel them, and wash them again before I slice, but that’s just me and my OCD :p) Apple cutters can be wonderful for the coring and slicing, but that all depends on the size of you apples. The apples I used were small, so I just did coring and slicing with a knife to make sure I got as much of the apple as possible.

2. In a pot, combine the sliced apples, water, and lemon juice. Boil for about 20 minutes or until apples are soft. I could tell that mine were done because the slices began to break apart when I stirred them around in the pot.

(I took the time while the apples were boiling to make sure that my jar was clean)

3. Mash the apples. You can blend the apple/water/lemon juice mixture in the pot with a blender, pour it into a food processor, or mash the mixture up manually. It really doesn’t matter what you use, you just want to mash the apples up as much as possible. You will know you did a good job when your mixture is a fine paste.

4. Add sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the apple paste mixture. I used a blender to mix it in and to make sure my mixture was nice and smooth.

5. Pour into a saucepan and heat on high until the mixture come to a boil. Stir consistently otherwise, your mixture is going to stick to the bottom of your pan.

6. Once the paste is boiling, place the lid on it and turn it down to a medium/low heat. Remove lid and stir every once a while to prevent sticking.

7. Once the paste is thick, pour into a jar, seal the lid tightly, and place in the refrigerator to chill. In a few hours, you will have a super yummy and delicious homemade apple jam/marmalade!

I hope you enjoy it! 😀

~ Zippy

Autumn Apple Magic!

I cannot cook for the life of me, but one of the things I can do quite well is bake. Recently I have been trying my hand at various baked delicious things and it so fun! So here is how this relates to Autumn Apple Magic:

The other day my neighbor brought over a shazz-ton (translation: 2 big buckets full) of apples! I was like wow, what the heck are we going to do with all of these apples? I mean, even for my family of eight, it was a lot of apples. Then, it dawned on me, apple pie! I absolutely love apple pie! So I experimented with this apple pie recipe that I found and it was soooooo good!

Then came my epiphany of the day! I realized, it’s not even Autumn yet and I have all of these apples, so think of how many apples I will have and all of things I will be able to do with them when it actually is Autumn!

I looked up all of the things I could make with apples, and I found sauces, jams, pies, cakes, muffins, and more! It’s like a whole new world of apple food! So now I have to bake everything I possible can with apples! I am so glad this happened at the beginning of the season because now I have all season to experiment and do wonderfully awesome and magical things with apples! Hence, Autumn Apple Magic!

I will be sure to post about the super yummy things that I find! 😀

 

~Zippy