Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Coffee: Man Candles, The Cream/Sugar: Baked Brie Recipe

The Coffee: I noticed a trend lately of new women-intended man products. BirchBox just introduced its men’s version and now this: Yankee Candles for the manly man in your life. All ridiculousness aside, I have to give it to their marketing department. This is pretty clever and whether or not they are sold seriously or as gags, they will definitely sell. Yay or nay?

The scents:

  • Riding Mower: Hot sun. Cool breeze. And the intensely summery scent of freshly cut grass.
  • 2X4: The warm, unmistakable scent of freshly planed wood and sawdust evokes a sense of confidence and quality.
  • First Down: Game on! This combination of orange, patchouli, vetiver and leather is as exciting as game day.
  • Man Town: Escape to the man cave with this masculine blend of spices, woods and musk.

The Cream and Sugar: During an epic season opening of the Bachelorette, my girlfriends and I embarked on a tasty endeavor! Yes, we frequently enjoy cheese only inspired things for dinner, which is why one B had no hesitation thinking up this one in Stop&Shop. We’ll call it the Three B’s Brie.

Need:

  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooking Spray
  • Crescent Rolls
  • Round Brie
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Honey
  1. Preheat oven to 350, spray the cookie sheet and place a large square of the dough on the sheet.
  2. Place the brie in the center. Cover with almonds and drizzle with honey.
  3. Gently cover and pinch the top of the dough together, drizzle with more honey.

Cook for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown! Slice in with a knife, put on crackers/pita and enjoy! It goes really well with red wine 😉

Cheers!

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The Coffee: Psychology of Color The Cream/Sugar: Popcorn Cake!

The Coffee: Who knew that red encourages appetite? I always assumed colors were associated with emotions, but this infographic takes it another step by describing the Psychology of Color – what you should paint a room, how brands use colors and even that yellow makes babies cry.

If you are ready for a fix-er-upper for your apartment, home, or office decor here are some tips they suggest:

  • Paint your kitchen yellow becomes it evokes your metabolism
  • Blue for an office space because people are more productive
  • Paint a dining area red because it encourages appetite, but not a classroom because it is associated with poor achievement
  • Green environment  if you want to induce fewer stomach aches (not sure I agree with this one)

The Cream & Sugar: Last weekend/week I celebrated my lovely friend and roommate’s birthday with a few surprises. There is no shame in my apartment admitting we are popcorn addicts – we own a Whirley Pop, cheese spices and large popcorn bowls to prove it. Her favorite food, any day = popcorn.

SO I underwent the project of making a popcorn CAKE. The recipe was developed by Cookies And Cups, a fav food blog of mine, and I just HAD to try it.

The ingredients are simply:

  • (2) 12 oz bags of baking marshmellows (regular ones are fine, but they don’t melt as well)
  • 1 stick of butter (unless you are using bagged popcorn with butter on it)
  • 2 Large bags of popcorn or 4 handfuls is what I put in the Whirley Pop
  • One large bag of M&Ms -2 cups
  • One bag of stick pretzels, crushed – 1 1/2 cups

  1. Pop your corn, put in a bowl making sure to pick out all of the kernels
  2. Toss in M&Ms and Pretzels
  3. Melt butter/marshmallow in pot until smooth, let cool for a few seconds
  4. Pour over popcorn while mixing. This was REALLY hard, it was a gooey sticky mess and using my hands made my new name Popcorn Fingers.
  5. Spray your pan with Pam, literally, squish and stuff into cake pan ( I used a round bundt).
  6. Let cool for one hour and flip it onto a plate, BAM it slides right out into a beautiful cake!

 Then I proceeded to drizzle chocolate all over it because why not?

Cheers!

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The Coffee: Grad Advice Cream/Sugar: Grad Memories

The Coffee: With the bombardment of sentimental Graduation thoughts on my Facebook today from all my friends at commencement for NU 2012, I have mixed emotions. Sad, proud, scared, happy, excited. Even though I rushed to complete my degree in 4 years rather than 5, I don’t regret the decisions I made. I still feel a bit envious of my friends though. What I would give to feel the exhilarating high again that the world was in the palm of my hand!

Let me tell you, a year has flown by. It seems like yesterday I was moving my tassel, on the verge of tears, excited for the real world! I can’t wait for my friends to join me here on this side of the fence, and here are some words of advice:

  •  Don’t stress about finding the perfect job, your 20’s are about making mistakes and taking risks so even if your first job isn’t ideal, it will still be worth it!
  • Grad school doesn’t have to happen right away. Take time to explore, travel, visit friends in the cities they move to.
  • Be careful with debt, with graduation comes loan payments and new expenses so be smart!
  • Don’t take NO for an answer – if something doesn’t work out, ask WHY
  • Cherish your college friends, they will always support you through your adult life

The Cream and Sugar: Since I am being all sentimental now, here is where I was a year ago today!

My proud parents and I:

My best friend Saskia and (now boyfriend) Jon:

Saskia and I 🙂

Cheers!

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