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?
- 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.
- Cookie sheet
- Cooking Spray
- Crescent Rolls
- Round Brie
- Sliced Almonds
- Preheat oven to 350, spray the cookie sheet and place a large square of the dough on the sheet.
- Place the brie in the center. Cover with almonds and drizzle with honey.
- 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 😉
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
- Pop your corn, put in a bowl making sure to pick out all of the kernels
- Toss in M&Ms and Pretzels
- Melt butter/marshmallow in pot until smooth, let cool for a few seconds
- 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.
- Spray your pan with Pam, literally, squish and stuff into cake pan ( I used a round bundt).
- 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?
Filed under Decor, Food, Happy
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 🙂