Brooklyn’s Breaking Laces. A Contest. Slow Cooker Refried Bean Dip.

Have you heard of the band Breaking Laces?

This is them.

And they are having a contest.

The Fan With the Most Clever Shopping List Will Win.

On the new single “Shopping for Two” from their latest album When You Find Out, Breaking Laces sings:

“Shopping for one is not that fun,
while shopping for two now that I’ll do.
I used to get a loaf of bread,
and half of it’s moldy by the weekend,
but then you came along and all those problems are gone…”

To celebrate its release, Breaking Laces wants to see your shopping list. Submit a witty grocery list showing 3 items you would buy if Shopping for One vs. Shopping for Two. Points will only be awarded for creativity!

The most clever shopping list will be highlighted on an upcoming episode of the Breaking Laces’ Officially Awesome Podcast. The winner will also receive a $50 gift card to The contest runs through August 31, 2011. Visit to enter today.

(The information above is from the Breaking Lace’s Facebook Page.

Sounds kind of cool, huh?

While you are making out your grocery list, throw some ingredients in the slow cooker and you’ll have a hot dip waiting for you later.

I made this refried bean dip for a party. It was so delicious and I loved that I could keep replenishing the serving dish with piping hot dip. So nice when entertaining. Plus the recipe makes a ton.

Slow Cooker Refried Bean Dip


8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 15-ounce cans refried black beans (I used regular refried beans)
1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/2 cups salsa
1 4-ounce can diced green chile peppers, undrained
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese to garnish (optional)
Tortilla chips and/or corn chips


1. In a large skillet, cook sausage and onion over medium-high heat until meat is brown. Drain off fat. Transfer meat mixture to a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. (I have a 5 qt cooker and the recipe worked fine. I just had to decrease the cooking time.)

2. Stir in refried beans, the 1-1/2 cups cheese, the salsa, and chile peppers.

3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1-1/2 to 2 hours. (For the 5 qt cooker, I cooked on high for one hour).

4. Stir well before serving. If desired, keep warm in the slow cooker on low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. (I unplugged my cooker after an hour and the dip stayed nice and warm an additional 4 hours)

Sprinkle hot dip with additional cheese and serve with tortilla chips.

Makes 8 cups

Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens

Back to Breaking Laces. The trio out of Brooklyn describes their music as “awesome rock”. Sounds about right.

Having grown up in Brooklyn, I am very proud of the quality of musicians in that pocket of NYC.

This is a lovely song.

Find out more about Breaking Laces here and also get a free song download.

Look…they are playing next week in Rochester, NY. Cool. (I went to the University of Rochester.)

How’s that grocery list coming along?

Good luck with the contest!


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1 Response to Brooklyn’s Breaking Laces. A Contest. Slow Cooker Refried Bean Dip.

  1. Muffy says:

    So I had to go look up where these guys were playing in Rochester this week. Here’s the link for you! Looks like another neat place I’ve never been in my hometown (it’s over by RIT). If I wasn’t already doing something that evening, I’d definitely go check it out.

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