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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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“A hobby a day keeps the doldrums* away.”

*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.

Cheers,

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“It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.”

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.

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I can stand what I know. It’s what I don’t know that frightens me.

The Coffee: On August 18th, I officially handed in my last paper (17 pages!) and took my last final. It is a bittersweet moment. Not only do I feel slightly scared for the uncertainty of my future, I also feel excited for the endless possibilities my future now holds. One of the downsides, and currently the bane of my existence, is this:

Enough said.

The Cream and Sugar: My co-worker at Sparkle, Glitter and Shine led to this wonder of all wonders yesterday! Etsy color discovery amazing-unicorn-happiness explosion. Yes that. I want to buy everything. Are you stuck on a color theme but can’t find inspiration? This is the way for you!

Cheers!

B

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We fear death because we feel that we haven’t loved well enough or loved at all, which ultimately are one and the same…

The Coffee: I saw Midnight in Paris yesterday, and I must admit, this is a summer bucket list priority! Little did I know this Woody Allen creation would send me tumbling to memories of my favorite artists, writers, and poets of the 1920’s and make me long to skip over to the nearest Museum and drool over Monets, Picassos and Degas’. The main premise of this story is yearning for a life more glamerous than your own. The protagonist, Owen Wilson, learns to accept his own reality as the best because you can’t keep living in a fantasy. Everyone has an idol, even your own idol. This week I try to channel this into my own life by getting being excited about the present I live in.

The Cream and Sugar: I am moving semi outside Boston in the fall. For once in 4 years, I will have my own room. Mind you, I am an only child, so 4 years wasn’t much to compromise after an entire lifetime of aloneness. I am especially excited for this new move because this is THE move from college living to *real* living. I’m throwing out the sticky wall tape, heading to Home Depot and buying some goddamn nails. I am also saying no to tapestries. First things first, I want pretty wall art.

While I would love a room like this…

 

 

 

 

 

I suppose I can settle for this gorgeous number…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best

B

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