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
*doldrum: a state of inactivity or stagnation, as in business or art
The Coffee: Sometimes when you feel as though you are in a rut, anything spontaneous and out of character can add some spice to your life. Visit an out-of-state friend for the weekend, go shopping in a different part of the city, grab dinner with a long-lost bud, or randomly jump on a bus to NY with a free hotel room in site (that last one is my plan for this weekend!). All randomness aside, how can I turn down a luxury suite in Times Square for a girls weekend? How do you keep your life spontaneous?
The Cream and Sugar: I suck at blogging. Correction. I use Pinterest too much which inhibits me from blogging. Have you discovered your pinning abilities yet? I’ve been using it a lot for DYI craft and decoration ideas for my sad blank bedroom walls. I am recently obsessed with big funky mirrors and I also resurfaced my oil paints; sunflowers are on my to-do list.
The Coffee: 22 is a strange age to say the least. Recently when I met up with some girlfriends, we found the conversation took a turn to finance, bills, jobs and a vast array of serious things that I don’t want to worry about! I am determined to be responsible, but not sweat the small stuff. With a collegeless life in my palms, I’m finding new time to rekindle my hobbies. I am going to start painting again and fill the blank wall behind my bed with a glorious landscape (sunflowers involved). I am completing the Metro daily crosswords. I am writing. I am reading (just started a 10 book fantasy series). Optimism is my best friend today as I realize all the possibilities on the path to my quarter life! Don’t worry, I found time to begin my 401k and budget my monthly bills too 😉
The Cream and Sugar: I love Fall the same reason I love Spring, non-extreme hot/cold weather. Except for one exception: pumpkin.
Here are my favorite pumpkin things thus far:
Pumpkin Beer: I can not get enough of this stuff. I am a fan of Wachusett and ShipYard, not so much for Shock Top’s version.
Pumpkin K-Cups: We just starting getting these in the office and they are such a nice pick-me-up in the morning! I wonder what they would be like with a dash of cinnamon in them?
Pumpkin Pie: I made this recipe last year for Thanksgiving at my house and can’t wait to make it again! I use two recipes, one for the pie and one for the AH-mazing topping (seriously this topping makes it, and the pie recipe is a little healthier than the latter).
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: I haven’t tried these yet, but it’s only a matter of time! This is the best recipe I found from SweetPea’sKitchen blog.