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My Letter To Amber Riley

                                                                                                   10/24/12

Dear Amber Perfect Riley,

          First off I just want to say thank you. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have realized just how beautiful I am. I have self confidence and I love myself only because I see you loving who you are.

          I am a singer and an actress. When it comes time for me to perform I get stage fright. When I found out that you have stage fright too I went crazy! I barely see it. You ALWAYS own the stage. Now that I know you have stage fright too mine is not so bad. I uploaded a video to youtube of me singing for you. It’s called Make You Feel My Love for Amber Riley. If you have a minute I would love for you to watch it. I’m a really good singer but of course I don’t compare to you. You are the 2nd most fabulous woman in the world (your mommy is the 1st) ;) I dreamt that I would have the opportunity to get to see you in NY but unfortunately I couldn’t get the money :’( and my parents are paying my big brothers college bills so they couldn’t take me. I am SOOOOO jealous of all the people going to see you. I’m probably going to cry every night of the play because I won’t be there but hopefully I’ll get to see and meet you soon. My dream is to sing and/or be in a movie with you. You are so amazing, beautiful and talented. I could only wish to be incredible like you someday. I pray to God that one day we can duet. I don’t even care if we sing the ABC’s. I just want to sing with you. But you’d have to go easy on me; I’m not as great as you.

          I have a lot of things in common with you and I think it’s pretty cool. WE BOTH LOVE JESUS! We have the same favorite color (purple) and the same favorite food (pizza). Our first names both start with A and our last names both start with R. We both have stage fright as you know. We have the same fav MJ song (Human Nature). We both feel we were born in the wrong era. Most people say I have an old soul because of the music, movies, actors, actresses, singers etc. that I’m interested in. We are both FABULOUS divas! We both talk a lot and we both LOVE TO SLEEP. The craziest thing we have in common is I was hit by a car when I was 15 and so were you. I know it’s not a good thing because getting hit by a car can be deadly but I have to admit I was a little excited when you were talking about “Celebrate My Drive” and you mentioned that you were hit by a car as well. I’m happy that we both survived. Also all of the numbers in our birth years are the same except 1. I was born in 1996 and you were born in 1986. I literally study your performances, your acting skills and everything you do. I get extremely happy when I see that we have something else in common. Oh yeah we both love Chaka Khan. We have a lot of other things in common that I can’t think of at the moment. You, Jackée Harry, Jennifer Hudson, Adele and Chaka Khan are the biggest inspirations in my life. You are all so beautiful and talented. I wish I could meet you all.

          Mercedes Jones is my alter ego. I have a performance last week and I sang “Ain’t No Way.” I was SO nervous my knees were literally buckling but I imagined I was Mercedes Jones and bam I was sanging the heck out of that song! I got a standing ovation and everyone said I was spectacular! I couldn’t of done it without your rendition on Glee. I love you so much for that. I have to prepare a solo each week for my singing class so I NEED YOUR ALBUM because I’m running out of Mercedes Jones solos to do. Next week I’m singing If I Ain’t Got You, the next week Halo and then Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here. There’s this sort of cute guy with a great voice that sits next to me every day in class and I keep asking him to sing Human Nature with me but he’s to shy and nervous. His voice is perfect for it. *Sigh* If only Sam Evans was in my singing class. :)

          Ms. Amber you inspire me in so many ways. You inspire me to embrace my curves and not worry about what the people who try to bring me down think/say. You inspire me to chase my dreams. I believe my dreams will become reality because of you. My close friends and some of your fans who I know through twitter call me Queen Alicia. Remember that Ms. Amber, you will see it in lights one day, I promise you that. Speaking of lights, when you decide to go on tour I could be one of your background singers. I’d do it for FREE! I just want the experience of singing backgrounds for the most powerful singer alive. When I say my prayers at night you’re in them 99% of the time. I pray that God will continue to bless your career. I pray that I will one day meet you.  I pray that God will bless you with all that you can handle and then some. I believe that God will answer my prayers and I believe that you will shine brighter than the sun.

          My favorite lines in glee are in the Saturday Night Glee-ver episode when Mercedes says “My dream is Mariah, Ms. Whitney R.I.P, it’s Aretha” “My dream is to be like them. The sing big, fat, juicy #1 hits that inspire people” This is my dream too… well one of them anyway. I want to be able to make people feel good inside when they hear me sing like how I feel when I hear you sing. (Random thought that just came to me) In an interview Chris C. said that you randomly sing songs all day and I do that too! And we both LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Adele! Anyway you are truly something special Amber and you have the most adorable laugh and smile ever! Your smile brings joy to my heart. I can’t even explain how much I love you. You are truly an angel on earth.

Poem From Your Beloved Angel

Your smile brightens my day

You shine in every possible way

Your heart is as big as can be

You don’t know how much you inspire me

 

Your laugh is to die for

You are more fierce than a lions roar

Your voice is sweet but has so much power

According to Kevin you smell like a flower

 

I think of you when I hear Amazing Grace

I believe you make this world a better place

I look up to you because you are awesome

You’re an angel & I love seeing you blossom

 

I cry when I hear you sing

I would live it if Chord gave you a “ring”

I say you‘re an angel here on earth

I say priceless when someone says “How much is Amber worth?”

 

You’re an angel with wings but don’t ever fly away

I need you to sing and make my day

Amber Patrice Riley you are my queen

But when you not strong on my shoulder you can lean

 

          I hope you like the poem I wrote you and I hope you like my letter. I’m sorry it’s so long. I talk too much. Oh yeah one more thing when you favorited my tweet I literally had a nervous breakdown. I sat on the floor and cried for about ½ an hour because I love you so much and I couldn’t believe you even saw what I tweeted and you cared enough to favorite it! Tweet me Amber @IAdoreJackee ! Email me Amber iamlicia@gmail.com ! Call me maybe? :) sike jk.. but really if you would you could always ask for my number on twitter. I love you with all of my heart and I am so proud to be your angel and remember to watch Make You Feel My Love for Amber Riley on youtube and don’t forget to tweet me @IAdoreJackee! I LOVE you!!!!!

~LOVE YOUR EXTRA CRAZY BUT LOVEABLE SUPERFAN ALICIA *MUAH* :)

So, I started seeing my life flashing before my eyes when I realized I didn’t had my hair done for the pic, but then I remembered Amber is a part of the Body Peace Council and then I was like “Well, screw it! Natural rocks!” haha and then my dog decided he wanted to be in one of the pics, so… No production, no filter, no fancy clothes - just me :) Full Size

Dear Amber,

Well, I don’t really know how to write a fan letter because I never wrote one before but I’ll just start with telling you who I am.

My name is Veronika but everyone calls me Vroni, I’m from Germany and I’m 26 years old.

I’ve been a big fan of yours since I saw you the first time on Glee and I always get a smile on my face when I see you on TV or hear your voice. You are so talented and you surprise me every time I hear you sing a new song because you just get better and better with every song you do!!! Like the two covers you just put on Youtube, those were AMAZING and I’ve been listening to them all week.

But your talent is not the only reason I admire you, I also love that you are so down to earth and because of this I have so much respect for you. You are a great role model and you not only showed me that I should be okay with my body and the way I look but also that I just have to work really hard for my dreams to accomplish them.

Please continue to be this amazing singer, actress and person that you are right now and I hope that we will get to see a lot more of you in the future. I can’t wait for you to release your solo album so that I can hear your beautiful voice with your own songs! Will it be released in Germany? I hope so, because I NEED it!!!!

Sadly I can’t come to see you in Cotton Club Parade (sometimes I hate to live in Germany) but I wish you the best of luck and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I know your fans will when they come and watch you on stage.

Well, I’m going to end this letter now … 

THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU AND PLEASE NEVER CHANGE!!!! And thank you for talking to your fans on Twitter, it always makes our day to see a tweet from you. (I try every time to get a reply from you but it didn’t work out yet but I’ll just keep trying…)

Much love,

Vroni (@flanmaja)

Cozido à Portuguesa

In Portugal, we ain’t scared to fill up our plates! So now I bring you a big yet absolutely delicious recipe! Hope you like it!

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Note: For the following ingredients, it would be great if you know anyone portuguese that could help you finding them in there. If you decide to do it and need some help, you can tweet me (@AmberRileyPT) and I’ll try to help. Also, for the rice, you can make normal rice to eat with this :) 

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs of flank stakes, quarted
  • 1lb of pork chops
  • 8 ounces of pork hock, chopped in one-inch pieces
  • 1lb of morcela sausage
  • 1lb of chorizo
  • 8 ounces of salpicao sausage
  • 8 ounces of lean bacon, in one piece
  • 12 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoons of whole black peppercorn, crushed
  • 2 onions, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 springs of fresh parsley
  • 3 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoons of whole cloves
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
  • ½ small turnip, peeled and cute into large cubes
  • ½ cabbage, cut into thick wedges
  • 2 carrots, scraped and thickly sliced
  • 1 collard greens, trimmed and cut roughly


Whew, that’s a hell lot of ingredients!


Directions:

Put all the meat (flack steak through to bacon) into a large stock pot, cover with the water, and bring to boil; remove all scum.

Add salt, peppercons, onions, garlic, parsley (2 springs of fresh mint can be substituted if you wish), bay leaves and cloves; reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and simmer for about 90 minutes; test the sausages after about 40 minutes, however, and remove them (keep them warm) as soon as they’re cooked.

Test the remaining meat during the balance of the cooking time, as not all the meat may need the full 90 minutes of cooking time; keep the meat warm when removing from the pot.

Keep removing scum as the mixture cooks, and skim off any visible fat as well.

When all the meat has been removed, add the sweet potatoes, turnip, cabbage, carrots and the collard green (if the broth has reduced down too much, add water to ensure that the vegetables are covered); taste and add some salt if necessary.

Over medium-low heat, cook the vegetables, covered, for about 20 minutes or until they’re tender when tasted; if some vegetables cook faster than the others, remove them and keep them warm.

When all the veggies are cooked, cut both the meat and veggies into serving-size pieces and place on individual soup plates; drizzle broth over (you may not use it all), and serve.