A VERY Bitter Christmas!

Hi Gang! We are almost in the home stretch.

Bittersweet Susie

In my family Christmas is a casual affair. We get together on Christmas Eve, draw names for a gift exchange, eat until we can’t move and are in bed by 9! Christmas day we just eat leftovers in pjs. I usually eat candy for breakfast to really keep with the manic sugar fuel frenzy that some of us get when we go all in to the holiday spirit.

Bittersweet Susie

What are your traditions?

Today is my BAKING MARATHON DAY! I am pretty excited about it. Also, I have pretty much watched EVERY holiday movie and special there is, some of them twice (I am looking at you White Christmas). I, as I do every year, had GREAT PLANS for all the crafty things I was going to make and per usual I did almost NONE of them. Typical. There is always next year!

I DID manage to make these cute mid century putz-style glitter house inspired from a tutorial on Retro Renovation. It is one of my FAVORITE blogs if you have not had the chance to check it out.

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I also made these HOMEMADE Vanilla Extract that I posted here a few days ago. Look at me posting TWICE in the same month.

And as a HOLIDAY Tradition here on the blog I have for you the 2016 Bittersweet Christmas Playlist! I had a theme going for a minute. First a Country Christmas, then it was a bluesy Christmas and now it is just A RANDOM CHRISTMAS! Like our year this playlist has some ups, some downs, and some total turds! Not everything can be the best thing you ever heard, right? I will be listening today while I finish up (or start) wrapping, and baking, and meditating on being the MOST FESTIVE I can be!

Bittersweet Susie

Cheers to a great Holiday!

No homework! CHRISTMAS VACATION!

 

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2016 Thanksgiving Playlist – Thankful ISHHHHHH

Hi friends!  Hows the cooking going?!? I am onto the 4th pie I have made this week! WOOOO the Holidays!

This is what I look like

I know it is the super busy this time of year, and 2016 has been HARD. Too damn hard. It’s hard for me to try to be funny on here or have anything cute and kitsch to post. I need to remember to be thankful and content in what is good. There have of course been wonderful things that have happened (cute babies being born to lovely friends) and lots of dogs and cats to pet and take care of! There has been some good tv – REALLY good tv – and good books to read. There has not been a shortage on BOOZE – so YAY for that. And there is always chocolate to eat. See, good good things.

Even though it is a holiday I have given myself homework and I am assigning it to you to. Break out those post-it notes you have in your junk drawer and WRITE DOWN the things you are thankful for right now. Go ahead and do it…I’ll wait.

Now post one in the kitchen where you are cooking today, or on top of the tv, or the computer. Put one in your medicine cabinet. And all day (even if you aren’t having the greatest of holidays or your fam is mean or annoying or someone made REALLY dry turkey) look at your post-its and remind yourself that “Yea! I AM THANKFUL FOR VODKA!”

You don’t have to be PC, be selfish and silly. I am thankful for comfy cotton unds that don’t ride up. I am thankful for Gilmore girls having new episodes. I am thankful for group text messaging.

Here is mine:

bittersweet Susie | Thankful

Obviously there are a number of things that you could write down, we all have some pretty great things going on in our lives despite the bad but I just want you to write down three. Do it for me, ok?

I promised the 2016 Thanksgiving playlist yesterday and HERE IT IS!

Crank it up! It is totally fine for
mixed company! I promise Grandpa will enjoy this playlist!

And I have made a master playlist of all previous Thanksgiving so you can stream it for your party and not be bothered with that terrible dinner music mom likes to sneak on sometimes! (sorry mom you know I love Rod Stewart too)

I will be adding music all day !

And if you are feeling fancy check out some posts from previous Thanksgivings! I think there is a recipe for PIE in there if you are scrambling and don’t know how the internet works!

Have a great holiday friends!

 

Happy 50th Mom & Dad!

Bittersweet Susie | Mom & Dad

This month marks my parents 50th wedding anniversary. Let that sink in a minute. 50 years. YEARS.

And I know I am biased, and everyone’s parents (or whoever raised you) are awesome, but FOR REALS, I win.

I got the BEST ONES

I lucked out like WOAH with these too. They are snarky and funny. They are fully supportive of the weird hobbies/careers their 4 kids have decided to do (and then NOT do). You want to play a guitar – here’s a guitar. Oh you want to play basketball – let’s install a hoop – which is particularly hilarious for most of us being arty nerd burgers. They continue to take care of us.

They are fun to be around.

They are open and welcoming and often “adopt” many of our friends as their own kids – well into our adult years.

The craziest part about to story, to me anyways, is the timeline.

It could be considered romantic, efficient, or straight bat shit crazy.

Per mom:

We met in college.  We were in a class together.

First date was December 19, 1965.

Got engaged around Valentine’s Day, 1966.

Wedding rehearsal and dinner was June 9, 1966

Graduated from college in June 10, 1966

Married on June 11, 1966

Bittersweet Susie | Mom & Dad

Bittersweet Susie | Mom & Dad
Bittersweet Susie | Mom & Dad

Bittersweet Susie | Mom & Dad

My mom made this outfit – and NO she didn’t save it! I would not have fit in it ANYWAYS. Mom is a little baby bird.

These photos were taken in a span of 3 DAYS! They are crazy for SURE!

And in celebration of this occasion Mom and Dad have compiled a playlist of favorites for all of you. This is the most random Bittersweet playlist thus far. It may have been fueled by wine.

Bittersweet Susie | Mom & Dad

CONGRATS YOU CRAZY KIDS!!!

Homework:

• Can you pick which songs Mom picked vs Dad?

Thanks for stopping by – subscribe to the right so you don’t miss any posts – SO IMPORTANT!

Christmas Dance Party – The 2014 Bittersweet Christmas Playlist

Happy Holiday dearest friends (and haters, I guess)

Another Christmas is thrust upon us. No matter how frazzled we are it will be over before we know it! Bright side!

So I have for you the awaited Bittersweet Susie Vintage Christmas Playlist 2014!

Yay! – I know you have waited for this all season. I am on good authority that MOST of you were pretty good this year, and the ones that weren’t were at least funny about it. I respect that.

Vintage Christmas Playlist 2014 | Bittersweet Susie

You know I was never THAT into christmas.  I always thought the santa story was kind of creepy. I didn’t like the idea of a fat stranger coming in while we slept to eat all our cookies. I mean, WHO THE FUCK does he think he is? I believe the above photo was from Christmas 1983. Look at my in my now hipster ugly sweater and ever so fashionable bowl cut. It doesn’t get ANY cooler than this. I think I still have those shoes. And Santa’s shifty gaze is not helping the cause. Sorry Fat man. I am not leaving any cookies for you.

Between this years and last years Playlist there are over 5 1/2 hours of Christmas Music. I promise NO “Jingle Bell Rock” or “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”. Those songs make me shabby.

Blast these tunes while you are finishing up all those presents you need to wrap. It’s also totally grandma approved, so feel free to have these songs playing during dinner. You can take credit, it don’t mind.

Bittersweet Susie – Christmas 2014

  1. Barnabas Von Géczy & His Orchestra – In a Merry Mood
  2. Billy Butterfield – December
  3. Bing Crosby – Little Jack Frost Got Lost
  4. Booker T. & The MG’s – Silver Bells
  5. Buck Owens – Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy
  6. The Cadilacs – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
  7. Capitol Studio Orchestra – Cha-Cha All The Way – 1996 – Remaster
  8. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz, Its Christmas
  9. Champion Jack Dupree – Santa Claus Blues
  10. The Chicago Footwarmers – Grandma’s Ball
  11. Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
  12. Debroy Somers – On a Christmas Tree
  13. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli – Christmas Swing
  14. Eddy Arnold – Will Santa Come To Shanty Town
  15. Ella Fitzgerald – Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney
  16. Ernest Tubb – Blue Christmas
  17. Faron Young – I’m Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You
  18. Fats Waller – Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells
  19. Ferlin Husky – Lonely Christmas
  20. Gene Autry – I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus
  21. Hank Snow – The Reindeer Boogie
  22. Hank Thompson And His Brazos Valley Boys – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
  23. J.D. McPherson – Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)
  24. Jack Teagarden – Christmas Night In Harlem
  25. Jim Reeves – Snowflake
  26. Jimmy Wakely – It’s Christmas
  27. Johnny Horton – They Shined Up Rudolph’s Nose
  28. Kitty Wells – Santa’s On His Way
  29. The Les Brown Orchestra – Let It Snow
  30. Lew Stone & His Band – Winter Wonderland
  31. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Merry Christmas
  32. Lionel Hampton – Merry Christmas Baby
  33. Little Joey Farr – Big White Cadillac
  34. Lou Rawls – Merry Christmas Baby – 1997 Digital Remaster
  35. Mabel Scott – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  36. The Mills Brothers – Here Comes Santa Claus
  37. The Moods – Rockin’ Santa Claus
  38. Nat King Cole – Mrs Santa Claus
  39. Oscar Rabin & His Romany Band – I’m Spending Christmas With the Old Folks
  40. Otis Redding – White Christmas
  41. Peggy Little – Ho Ho Ho
  42. The Penguins – Jingle Jangle
  43. Ray Anthony – Christmas Trumpets / We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas (Medley) – 1996 – Remaster
  44. The Raymond Scott Orchestra – Send Me Your Love for Christmas
  45. Red Norvo & His Orchestra – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  46. Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby
  47. Russ Morgan and His Orchestra – I Want You For Christmas
  48. The Shells – Happy Holiday
  49. Solomon Burke – Presents For Christmas
  50. The Sportsmen – Reindeer Rock
  51. Sterling Blythe – Little Footprints in the Snow
  52. Ted Weems & His Orchestra – Winter Wonderland
  53. Tennessee Ernie Ford – Christmas Dinner
  54. Tex Ritter – Ole Tex Kringle
  55. Tex Williams – The Winter Song
  56. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra – March Of The Toys
  57. The Ventures – Sleigh Ride
  58. Barnabas Von Géczy & His Orchestra – In a Merry Mood
  59. Billy Butterfield – December
  60. Bing Crosby – Little Jack Frost Got Lost
  61. Booker T. & The MG’s – Silver Bells
  62. Buck Owens – Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy
  63. The Cadilacs – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
  64. Capitol Studio Orchestra – Cha-Cha All The Way – 1996 – Remaster
  65. Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz, Its Christmas
  66. Champion Jack Dupree – Santa Claus Blues
  67. The Chicago Footwarmers – Grandma’s Ball
  68. Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa
  69. Debroy Somers – On a Christmas Tree
  70. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli – Christmas Swing
  71. Eddy Arnold – Will Santa Come To Shanty Town
  72. Ella Fitzgerald – Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney
  73. Ernest Tubb – Blue Christmas
  74. Faron Young – I’m Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You
  75. Fats Waller – Swingin’ Them Jingle Bells
  76. Ferlin Husky – Lonely Christmas
  77. Gene Autry – I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus
  78. Hank Snow – The Reindeer Boogie
  79. Hank Thompson And His Brazos Valley Boys – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
  80. J.D. McPherson – Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)
  81. Jack Teagarden – Christmas Night In Harlem
  82. Jim Reeves – Snowflake
  83. Jimmy Wakely – It’s Christmas
  84. Johnny Horton – They Shined Up Rudolph’s Nose
  85. Kitty Wells – Santa’s On His Way
  86. The Les Brown Orchestra – Let It Snow
  87. Lew Stone & His Band – Winter Wonderland
  88. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Merry Christmas
  89. Lionel Hampton – Merry Christmas Baby
  90. Little Joey Farr – Big White Cadillac
  91. Lou Rawls – Merry Christmas Baby – 1997 Digital Remaster
  92. Mabel Scott – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
  93. The Mills Brothers – Here Comes Santa Claus
  94. The Moods – Rockin’ Santa Claus
  95. Nat King Cole – Mrs Santa Claus
  96. Oscar Rabin & His Romany Band – I’m Spending Christmas With the Old Folks
  97. Otis Redding – White Christmas
  98. Peggy Little – Ho Ho Ho
  99. The Penguins – Jingle Jangle
  100. Ray Anthony – Christmas Trumpets / We Wish You A Very Merry Christmas (Medley) – 1996 – Remaster
  101. The Raymond Scott Orchestra – Send Me Your Love for Christmas
  102. Red Norvo & His Orchestra – I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  103. Rufus Thomas – I’ll Be Your Santa Baby
  104. Russ Morgan and His Orchestra – I Want You For Christmas
  105. The Shells – Happy Holiday
  106. Solomon Burke – Presents For Christmas
  107. The Sportsmen – Reindeer Rock
  108. Sterling Blythe – Little Footprints in the Snow
  109. Ted Weems & His Orchestra – Winter Wonderland
  110. Tennessee Ernie Ford – Christmas Dinner
  111. Tex Ritter – Ole Tex Kringle
  112. Tex Williams – The Winter Song
  113. Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra – March Of The Toys
  114. The Ventures – Sleigh Ride

I Have some gifts! A few videos you can tune out your family with. You are SO welcome!

Judy Garland! Vintage Commercials! A damn hip DANCE NUMBER with Liza, and she fucking KILLS IT!

Here is a video of the AMAZING Ernie Tennessee Ford and some kids that totally know what’s up!

And of course we need a little Laurence Welk in our lives on this holiest of days! 

But mostly we just need a Bobby Burgess dance number! Woooweeeee!

I hope you have a great holiday and that you aren’t driven to hitting your uncle in the head with a fruitcake!

In case you missed it – check out the Holiday Craft BONANZA ( And a few – It’s never too early to start NEXT YEARS Christmas Crafting

Craft Bonanza

Retro Felt Christmas Tree Skirt

NO HOMEWORK – It’s Winter Break!

Turkey Day – Thanksgiving 2014 Playlist

I bet you all thought I forgot about that Thanksgiving playlist! Well, I did. I made one and played it at a friend’s harvest party but forgot to share it with all my internet frands.

Bittersweet Susie - Thanksgiving Playlist 2014

I also forgot to invite you to my friend’s harvest party.

YAY that song gets me pumped (that is until the closing credits song starts – you know which one I am talking about)

But HERE IT IS. The theme this year is FOOD. Just ALL THE FOOD I am gonna shove in my face tomorrow. While Turkey is the tradition for most family meals I am sure there are some awesome traditions out there that buck the norm and said “FUCK YOU – WE’RE HAVING CHILI!”

Turkey Day 2014

  1. Ambrose – Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie
  2. Amos Milburn – Chicken-Shack Boogie
  3. The Andrews Sisters – One Meat Ball
  4. Bessie Smith – Kitchen Man
  5. Blind Boy Fuller – Sweet Honey Hole
  6. Bob Hope – Home Cookin’
  7. Carl Perkins – Dixie Fried
  8. The Charts – For the Birds
  9. Daniel Brown – Candied Yams
  10. Earthworms – Mo’ Taters
  11. Elsie Carlisle – Please Leave My Butter Alone
  12. The Fabulous Tempoes – Nut Sundae
  13. Felix & His Guitar – Chili Beans
  14. Glenn Miller – Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee
  15. Harry Roy And His Band – When Can I Have a Banana Again?
  16. Jr. Walker & The All Stars – Home Cookin’
  17. Lonnie Johnson – Jelly Roll Baker
  18. Louis Armstrong & His Hot Seven – Potato Head Blues
  19. Merrill E. Moore – Buttermilk Baby
  20. The Mills Brothers – Autumn Leaves
  21. Peg Leg Howell – Broke and Hungry Blues
  22. Roosevelt Sykes – Bread Pan
  23. The Sandabs – Crab Louie

For those who prefer a Friendsgiving over the family meal – to avoid listening to your Aunt ask you for the millionth time why aren’t you married  this clip is for you!

Don’t forget to have a listen to last year’s playlists. Loop them together and have a marathon of awesomeness. That’s what I do when I am not listening to Neil Diamond on repeat.

Bittersweet Susie - Thanksgiving Playlist 2014

Cheers to those celebrations – and can I be invited next year?

HOMEWORK

• What are your Thanksgiving Traditions?

• What is your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving?

• Can I come to your place next year?

FUCK YEAA! It’s another Halloween Playlists!

Bittersweet Susie | Halloween Playlist 2014

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns

Friday friday SPPOOOOOKY Friday. One more week until Halloween friends. Over here in casa de bitter I have been hard at work on Christmas projects.

CHRISTMAS PROJECTS! Bleh! It is so horrible and I almost completely skipped over Halloween.

Don’t fret though, I still made you a brand new Halloween Playlist!

Remember last year’s playlist? You can find it here! Play them back to back, on repeat, for all your Halloween activities. It makes great pumpkin carving music. Confuse your trick or treaters by playing weird 1960s monster tunes. THE FUN NEVER ENDS.

Bittersween Susie – Halloween 2014

  1. The Keytones – I Was A Teenage Monster
  2. Billy Taylor – Wombie Zombie
  3. The Duponts – Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall)
  4. Bo Diddley – Bo Meets The Monster
  5. Lorry & The Biters – Frankenstein Stomp
  6. Carl Bonafede – Werewolf
  7. Tyrone A’Saurus – The Monster Twist
  8. Dave Gardner – Mad Witch
  9. The Grim Reapers – Two Souls
  10. Terry Gale – The Voodoo
  11. Ervinna & The Stylers – Witch Queen Of New Orleans
  12. Betty Lavett – Witchcraft In The Air
  13. The Circus – Burn Witch Burn
  14. Miss L. L.Louise Lewis – Monster’s Bride
  15. Larry & The Blue Notes – Night Of The Phantom
  16. Richard Rome – Ghost A Go Go
  17. Leroy Bowman – Graveyard
  18. Hollywood Flames – Frankenstein’s Den
  19. The Fabulous Imperials – Moon Beat
  20. Screaming Lord Sutch – Jack the Ripper
  21. Howlin’ Wolf – Howlin’ For My Baby
  22. Carl Perkins – Put Your Cat Clothes On
  23. Virgil Holmes – Ghost Train
  24. Elroy Dietzel And The Rhythm Bandits – Rock ‘n’ Bones
  25. Bobby “Boris” Pickett – Skully Gully

There are also some very SCARY activities you still have time to enjoy *(if you live in the greater Los Angeles area but I am sure there are similar happenings wherever you are)

My favorite on the list is the Anaheim Halloween Parade!

This is like one amazing art piece and the parade has been going strong since 1924. This takes place on Saturday Oct 25th. This is a DO NOT MISS plus I will be there and you can come eat snacks with me!

There is also RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns – this is at Descanso Gardens here in LA – and also in New York! Oooh Fancy!

Bittersweet Susie | Halloween Playlist 2014

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns – RAWWRRRRRR

Descanso Gardens is magical on an ordinary day but it’s really amazing during this event. I totally am going to steal some of those ideas for our Halloween display.

Bittersweet Susie | Halloween Playlist 2014

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns – This reminds me of Ray Bradbury’s Halloween Tree

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
is a classic October event. I am a super scary cat and I went to this!

I did have a gaggle of the raddest people to hold my hand and I took FULL advantage of that!

Technicolorcutie

My Friend Technicolor Cutie and I are coming up with a helpful list for the hay riders next year:

They include boots and a flask!!

SINCE it is a FUCK YEA friday post we NEED some creepy vids to get you through this friday and on into your weekend.

Have a happy Halloween my friends! You should totally trick or treat at my parents house this year. They pass out the GOOD candy!

Bittersweet Susie | Halloween Playlist 2014

xoxo

 

 

Homework

• What are your favorite Halloween activities?

• Do you have your costume nailed down yet?

• Would you hold my hand on a haunted hayride?

Summer 2014 Playlist – ROADTRIP

Bittersweet Susie | Summer Playlist 2014 | Roadtrip

Grandpa Delaney – the coolest!

 Ahh summertime – you know what that means? Yes, waiting in a too long line to see a movie we have seen a thousand times but this time it’s in a cemetery so clearly this is better. BUT it also means its time for my annual SUMMER PLAYLIST (which may or may not actually be annual!)

Check out some of my other playlists here!

I have given this one the theme of the ROADTRIP. I can think of nothing I want to do more than to sit on my ass until it falls asleep with the pooling sweat making my thighs stick to the seat! HEAVEN

But seriously, I want to go on a road trip and see all the neon signs and eat ALL THE THINGS. Any suggestions for the ultimate but also maybe doable in a week road trip?

To go with this delightful collection of the most random of tunes I have included some amazing Polaroids I found of my dad and his parents – 1960 whatever I am sure.

Bittersweet Susie | Summer Playlist 2014 | Roadtrip

Grandma Delaney – Give me all your clothes!

Bittersweet Susie – ROADTRIP – Summer 2014

 

 

  1. Death Cab for Cutie – You Are A Tourist
  2. Johnathan Rice – We’re All Stuck Out In The Desert
  3. The Animals – We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
  4. Edwin Starr – Twenty Five Miles
  5. Iggy Pop – The Passenger
  6. Cake – The Distance
  7. Bob Wills – Take Me Back To Tulsa
  8. Tom Petty – Runnin’ Down A Dream
  9. Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere – Remastered
  10. Woody Guthrie – Riding in my car (Car song)
  11. Golden Earring – Radar Love
  12. Wilco – Passenger Side
  13. Willie Nelson – On the Road Again
  14. Chuck Berry – No Particular Place To Go
  15. Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
  16. The Allman Brothers Band – Midnight Rider
  17. Tom Waits – Long Way Home
  18. Prince – Little Red Corvette
  19. R. Miller – King Of The Road
  20. Arcade Fire – Keep the Car Running
  21. Johnny Cash – Jackson
  22. Old 97’s – If My Heart Was A Car
  23. Hank Snow – I’ve Been Everywhere
  24. The Beach Boys – I Get Around – 2001 – Remaster
  25. Roy Orbison – I Drove All Night
  26. Sam & Dave – Hold On! I’m A Comin’ – LP/Single Version
  27. Vanity Fare – Hitchin’ A Ride
  28. Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
  29. The Highwaymen – Highwayman
  30. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
  31. The Sonics – Have Love Will Travel
  32. Paul Simon – Graceland
  33. Canned Heat – Going Up The Country
  34. The Cars – Drive
  35. The Coasters – Down In Mexico
  36. Patti Page – Detour
  37. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Country Roads
  38. C.W. McCall – Convoy
  39. Rufus Wainwright – California
  40. Richard Thompson – 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Bittersweet Susie | Summer Playlist 2014 | Roadtrip

MY DAD! Before he was famous for eating crap jello on my blog!

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to subscribe (on the right) so you don’t DARE MISS any of my summer adventures.

This will probably be me waxing poetic about the best pair of flip-flops I have ever owned.

 

Homework:

• Send me your favorite road trip tunes – we need a road trip VOL 2!

• Dream Roadtrip

• Where should I go on mine

• Road trip pro tips – I know everyone who reads this blog is very clever and smart about ALL THINGS ROADTRIP