Top 5 Tuesday

A new series I’m starting on this Blog is “Top 5 Tuesday” and I’m really excited about it! Every Tuesday I will be sharing my top 5 of something. Top 5 favorite movies, top 5 weirdest moments, top 5 funniest youtube videos, etc. Today, for the first Top 5 Tuesday I’m sharing my top Tuesdays. Are you confused yet? Here we go!!

5. Tuesday Mornings (the store)
4.┬áRuby Tuesday (the restaurant) – On the real I DO NOT love Ruby Tuesdays, BUT the first real date Ray and I ever went on was at Ruby Tuesday. Kind of embarrassing, right? We had been friends for several years and had been out to eat together many times at that point… but, for some reason, the Ruby Tuesday night was when it started to feel like we were actually dating.
3. My cousin Heather’s cat that was named Tuesday
2. Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones (the song)

1. Fat Tuesday (TODAY!!!!!) – Happy Mardi Gras!!!!
FNMPS- Someone bring me a King Cake!!!!

Artists Block

When I was a child I always considered myself an artist. There was no question about it, I knew I was an artist. It’s what made me feel happy, relaxed, and alive. (I know that’s dramatic) When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always the same. In elementary school I hated my art teacher, she was sarcastic (which is really confusing for a 7 year old) and even down right mean. Despite her being the worst, art was still my favorite subject. I specifically remember a lesson she did on Charles Schultz. We watched a documentary on his life and the creation process of The Peanuts. We then had to create our own cartoon character and design a comic strip. I created a character name Molly Pod. She was a ten year old girl with a very Pippy-Longstocking-like style. I drew Molly Pod for years.
I pursued art in high school and college and stayed relatively confident in my skill. Sure, I had peers with more refined skills or more original ideas, but it didn’t seems to really bother me. I was part of an elite AP studio art program in high school, which meant I had multiple art classes a day. Most importantly, that meant I had multiple opportunities to relax and be creative. I even thought very seriously about becoming an art teacher- but let’s be real guys, I would HATE teaching.
Now, as an adult in a career outside of the art industry, painting, drawing, and creating aren’t usually at the forefront of my mind. I’ve been in a rut for longer than I’d like to admit. Artists block, if you will. I’ve felt really uninspired, un-creative, and apathetic towards creating art. Which honestly makes me feel pretty crappy about myself. Even when I’ve been given great opportunities to create, I just don’t want to.IMG_0866(1990’s couch pattern inspired by my planner)IMG_0865
Fast forward to two weeks ago- I’ve been forcing myself to doodle a little everyday, even when I don’t want to. Sometimes it’s in a sketchbook and sometimes it’s just on a post-it at work. I have a few creative ideas floating around in my head, ready to be worked out on paper. So, maybe I’m on my way out of the rut? I don’t want to speak too soon, but I think the discipline of intentionally drawing/doodling/creating is helping.

January Favorites 2016

Happy January (except now it’s February!)
Here are a few favorites I had during the month of January:
3211. Rifle Paper Co 2016 planner – In school I was a planner person. I NEEDED it to be able to get anything done. I’ve been inconsistent using a planner or agenda in my adult life. I’ve gone back and forth between physical and digital planners several times. So far, this planner has come in real handy, not to mention it’s beautiful!
2. Kat Von D eyeliner – I probably have 10 different brush and pen eyeliners in my makeup bag. This liner is my newest addition and I’ve loving it! It stays put all day!!
3.┬áCocktail Bling by Essie nail polish – Grey polish all day and all night.
4. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse – My current favorite face product.
5. Elf eyebrow kit – If I could offer one piece of advice to all ladies it would be to check yo’ eyebrows!!
6. Sugar Crush scrub by Soap and Glory – This makes you smell like lime sour patch kids AND exfoliates your skin like a boss!
7. House of Cards – Guys, I don’t know why we waited so long to watch this! House are Cards is a Netflix original political drama- and I love it!! Can we take a moment and appreciate Frank Underwood’s southern accent?

What were your January favorites?!

Aw Honey, Ya Baked! : Rice Crispy Cookies

IMG_0840Guys, I have such a treat for you today! When I was young I remember going grocery shopping with my mom at Publix. Publix is a special grocery treat for Floridians (now most of the deep south) that cannot be beat. It’s where shopping really is a pleasure. One of my favorite things about grocery shopping at Publix with my mom was the free cookies once we made it to the bakery. My favorite cookie to get was the rice krispy variety. Cereal in cookies?! Best idea ever!!
Because it was such a standard favorite, my mom started making a similar cookie involving coconut and rice krispies. Little did I know that Ray’s mom made a similar cookie as well! And wouldn’t you know, it was also Ray’s favorite. Here’s how you make them:IMG_0844
Rice Crispy Cookies
1 C all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C butter
1/2 C granulated sugar
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 C Rice Krispie’s cereal
1 C oats (the original recipe calls for quick-cooking oats, but I use whatever we have at the house – usually old fashion or steel cut)
1/2 C coconut flakes (unsweetened or sweetened – it just doesn’t matter)
1/2 chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside. Beat butter, preferably in an electric mixer, until light and fluffy. Add sugars to butter and beat until blended. Add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture. When everything is well combined, add the cereal, oats, coconut, and nuts. Put those bad boys on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes! The cookies pictured are pretty small, but I’ve also made them much larger. You do you!

These are the perfect cookie! Everyone enjoys them and it’s nice to have an alternative to chocolate. I’ve made about 6 batches in the last 2 months for varies parties and get-togethers! They’re always a crowd pleaser!