Monthly Archives: June 2015

Broccoli Cheddar Risotto

risottoA few months after Ray and I got married I tried to impress him with my (non)domestic skills by making a fancy dinner. The menu – Baked lemon salmon, asparagus, and classic risotto. Now let’s be real, I know that’s not exactly fancy BUT we were poor and I was banking on Ray’s expectations being low. Also, I had never made risotto before. It’s possible that was the first time Ray had ever consumed it. Despite those factors, I labored over that sweltering pot of risotto for what felt like hours, and in the end it was totally worth it!
A few weeks ago I decided to make broccoli cheddar risotto. I’m not sure if I wasn’t feeling good, or was just in the mood for comfort food, but I was craving both broccoli cheddar soup AND risotto. So, I compromised.
I feel like making risotto is more about a method rather than a recipe. And honestly, I think my method is a little different than most. Generally, people add 1/4 cup of dry white wine to the risotto before adding any stock. You think I keep dry white wine in my house on the reg? Of course not. We usually only have whiskey, rum, and red wine on hand, so I tend to skip the white wine in risotto. Also, it’s recommended to cook all vegetables separately, but I sure don’t do that either. I chop my broccoli really small and add it to the risotto towards the end of the cooking time. This method cooks the broccoli, but doesn’t allow it to get too soft or mushy.
Here’s what you need for Broccoli Cheddar Risotto:
1 1/2 cup of risotto rice
4-5 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
2 teaspoons of olive oil
1 small onion diced
2 cups chopped broccoli
1 handful of cheddar cheeserisotto 2risotto 3 First, in a pot bring your stock to a simmer. In a separate pot add olive oil and onions and heat on medium. After the onions are translucent, add the rice and let it toast for a few minutes. Add a ladle of stock to the rice and stir until all the liquid is absorbed into the rice. Repeat. After about 15 minutes add broccoli to the rice and stir. Continue adding broth. Once all the  stock has been absorbed, remove from heat and add cheese. Stir and serve! I also added a bit of grated parmesan cheese to the top.risotto 1This dish is sooo simple, but still ridiculously delicious. I’ve made this dish several times and I always mean to add fresh garlic, but every time I just forget. So, if you’re feeling wild add some fresh pressed garlic. Or roasted garlic! Or bacon! Or pepper jack cheese! I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Infinity Con

11655848_10204699775882445_1161765788_oSome of you know that Ray and myself are involved in this crazy thing called Infinity Con. We’ve both been asked a lot of questions about it, and while you can find all the information on the website, I thought it might be fun to do a little explaining here as well. 
FAQ: Infinity Con edition!
1. So, like, what is Infinity Con?
Infinity Con is a convention being held in Lake City, FL on July 18th. Infinity Con is an event celebrating fandoms of all kinds. Expect vendors, artists, authors, exhibits, panel discussions, cosplayers, actors, and other special guests!
2. Okay, but what exactly is going to be there?
Well, I don’t want to give everything away as part of the con is the experience, BUT…
A. Roxy the Rancor will be there. Roxy is a giant (eh, lifesize?) replica of a Rancor from the Star Wars world.
B. The 501st Legion will be at Infinity Con. The 501st is a world-wide outrageously cool organization. They build movie-quality Star Wars costumes, specifically storm troopers, Darth Vador… You know, bad-guy costumes. They seek to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
C. Lilith, a detailed replica of Baby, Dean Winchester’s trademark 1967 Chevy Impala from the TV show Supernatural. Now, I’m gonna be real with you, I’ve only watched the first 10 minutes of the pilot for Supernatural and I thought it was terrifying. I don’t deal well when humans move unnaturally in tv/movies and homegirl was on the ceiling. So, I don’t know much about this car, but I know it’ll be awesome if you’re into Supernatural!
D. Guests! Actors, artists, authors, and even a wrestler. Jake “the snake” Roberts! Guys, this is a pretty big deal for a small north Florida town.
E. Vendors! Infinity Con will have vendors selling comics, graphic novels, books, vintage video games, toys (both new and vintage), art, etc. We even have a vendor selling locally roasted horror-themed coffee!
F. Star Wars: Art Wars, a Star Wars themed art show and silent auction. There’s still some space if you would like to participate in the art show! All you have to do is fill out the form online. It’s going to awesome!
G. Panels, Jedi Academy, costume contest, gaming tournaments, ZOMBIE MAKEOVERS. Guys, it’s gonna be great.
3. Wait, is this for kids or adults?
Infinity Con is a family friendly event. All ages are welcome and all ages will be entertained.
4. Where will Infinity Con be located?
Well, I’m glad you asked. Infinity Con will be held at the Lake City fairgrounds in the banquet hall. We are also bringing in a climate controlled, air-conditioned, real-floored tent for added space. All vendors, artists, and guests will be INSIDE. We know it’s Florida and we know it’s hot. Don’t worry, we’re giving you air conditioner!
5. Wow, that sounds amazing! How can I buy 234908239084 tickets for all my friends and family and how much will they cost?
Pre-sale tickets are available online for $12 (kids 10 and under get in free with each paying adult) until July 5th. Tickets will be available at the door for $15. Pre-sale tickets and tshirt combos are $25. Zombie makeover tickets, which include con admission, full zombie makeup and prosthetics from special effects artist Jeh Howell, a zombie photo op, and exclusive tshirt, are $60 and pre-sale only. Jake “the snake” Roberts experience tickets, which include con admission, a photo op with Jake, admission and VIP seating to Jake’s “Unspoken Word” show on Sunday the 19th, are $50. All tickets can be purchased on the Infinity Con Website.11655590_10204699766522211_709016787_n This event is going to be awesome! Here’s the official Facebook event where you can RSVP. Make sure to get your tickets soon! Got questions? You can email them to or send a message to the Infinity Con facebook page. See you there!

Nailed It

IMG_0458GUYS, it’s been soooooo long since I’ve posted anything about nails.  Sometimes I just go through phases with boring nails. Or work events hinder nail art exploration. I mean, it’s probably not the best idea to be presenting documents to a million-dollar-client while flashing pineapple nails. Pineapple nails don’t really say “I have a firm grasp on your 401k,” you know? So, more subdued nail art is most likely in my future.
These nails are work appropriate, fun, and rose gold – my fave!IMG_0459IMG_0460

Current Favorite Blogs

IMG_0249I started my own blog in 2008 and you can still read it here. It was mostly lists and letters and a lot of pictures from Flickr. Before that, I blogged on myspace. (#kudos) Oh, how I miss myspace. During my myspace days is when I started reading other peoples blogs. I started out reading mostly art blogs or craft blogs. From there, I moved on to wedding and party blogs. Now I mainly read lifestyle, cooking, and home blogs.
Here are 5 of my favorites right now:
1. Rachel Schultz – This blog is a rather new discovery for me, but as I’ve been looking through the archives I KNOW it’s a good one. Sooooo many recipes!
2. Lazy Sunday Cooking – Marta, located in Poland, shares bits of her home, recipes, and my favorite, her incredible garden.
3. Sit With Us Blog – A diverse group of stylish and fun loving southern ladies. These girls post travel tips, recipes, crafts, fashion, and personal stories.
4. Deuce Cities Henhouse – If you own an older home, you must read this blog. Alison has been renovating, updating, and decorating her 100 year old home for the past several years. She’s handy and resourceful! She also doesn’t take herself too seriously, which I love.
5. The Pioneer Woman – A classic, I know. I’ve been reading The Pioneer Woman for upwards of 7 years. She has recipes and hilarious ranching stories to spare! This is for sure one of my all-time favorites.