Monday, January 23, 2012

A Good Morning to my Fans

Good morning my dear Fans! 

I woke up this morning with an inspiration to write to all of you and give you an update. I also wanted to write to you and tell you how thankful I am for all of the support you have given to me and my music. This journey is not an easy one, it is a tough road that requires a lot of hard work and tough skin, but with such amazing people behind me, it has made it all worth it. I am not only talking about the amazing team I have behind me, but you, my amazing Fans. Your encouragement, your support, your excitement, your love of music, overwhelmingly touches my life and my career. I also want to make a point to say a special thank you to those who sent in photos for my video "Christmas with Jesus." Your touching photos and comments really consumed my heart with love and my eyes with tears. I was so honored to be able to use all of the photos that were so personal and special to you. I was joyed to be able to remember loved ones that were lost- to keep them alive in a way through music. The last photo on the video was my cousin and I. Her and her unborn baby passed away a few years back after being hit by a drunk driver. It was devastating and tragic- she was my biggest fan and she lives on in my life through my music. 
*Please don't drink and drive.*

 I cannot thank you enough for the support and encouragement that you have all given to me! Thank you, and thank you again and again! (: 

I have been working on some really exciting and cool projects since the new year has started! Most of which I am not able to announce yet, but the time will come! I have some awesome shows and opportunities that I am ecstatic to share with you all over the up coming weeks and months! I have a photo shoot this Thursday with the lovely Eleanor Petry and will post some behind the scenes photos if I can. (; It is also my birthday on Thursday and I am very excited to get to celebrate it with my family! ( and my dogs of course, because you all know how much I just adore them! (: ) I will be heading to Nashville again soon to write and record and also will be doing some traveling to other states (I can't spill which ones yet) over the next few months. I have been writing a lot of songs lately here at home. I posted a piece of one online awhile back and it was super fun and cool getting everyones feed back! I can't wait to share all of my new songs with you. I am including a lot of them into my live shows. My band is doing absolutely terrific! They are like my second family. They sound phenomenal! I am so thankful for each of them and the fantastic talent that they have. I am blessed! Thank you for all of the support that you have given them also, I couldn't make the music possible with out them. 

I am very excited to share more updates with you soon! So stay tuned (: 

-Hannah Michelle 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tortellini Soup

 Tortellini Soup

It has been another snowy day stuck at home. It was nearing dinner time when the question started to rise, "Hannah, what is for dinner???" So into the refrigerator I went, and there I found some very useful ingredients to make a pot of soup on this cold winter day!

1 package of Olivieri Rainbow Tortellini
3 celery stalks chopped
1 white onion sliced
1 large carrot chopped
36 oz canned chopped tomatoes
36 oz of water (I just use the tomato jar/cans as my measuring cup)
1 can chicken stock
1 can tomato paste
4 large cloves of garlic
1 heaping spoonful of dried basil
3 dashes of salt
5 cranks (grinds) of pepper
1 heaping spoonful of dried oregano 
4 dashes of garlic powder
4 tbs parsly 

1. Put all of the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil (stirring occasionally.) 
2. When it comes to a boil, turn to low and put a lid on it.
3. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes, or the longest amount of time that your stomach will allow you to wait.
4. Serve and enjoy!
For a bit of extra goodness, I sprinkle mine with parmesan cheese!

X0X0 Hannah Michelle 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hannah Michelles' Dump Chili

Dump Chili

I thought it was appropriate to name my chili "Dump Chili" because, well, I really just dump a bunch of yummy ingredients into a big pot! (:

1 tbs. olive oil 
1 package of ground turkey meat (or beef)
1 large yellow onion- chopped
4 cloves of garlic- minced
36 oz. canned chopped tomatoes 
1 1/2 heaping spoonfuls of chili powder
1 spoonful unsweetened cocoa powder (for color, I promise it won't taste like chocolate!)
A few dashes of Cumin 
1 small can green chilies 
1 medium jar of your favorite salsa ( I would not suggest using any kind of salsa with fruit such as pineapple or mango.)
2 cans of black beans (or any beans of your choice)

1. Heat your large pot to medium high and add olive oil. Then add chopped onion, minced garlic and your ground meat. Cook until the meat is done. 
2. Start dumping! Combine all of the ingredients that are left on the list, adjusting the dry ingredients to taste. Stick a lid on it and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes, stirring every once in awhile.
4. Serve! I like to sprinkle cheese on top of mine. 

Hope you all enjoy this recipe! (: 
Let me know what you think by commenting below! 

X0X0- Hannah Michelle