Thursday, September 24, 2015

A VERY BOOZY BIRTHDAY

Jerik recently turned the big 21, and I had to make sure to serve up his alcohol in a way he would never forget. (But could I blame him if he did forget? C'mon... it was his 21st birthday!) I decided to bust out my craft skills and DIY an alcohol lover's dream. Cheers!

THE BEERTHDAY CAKE: 

Materials:
- Beer (Canned or Bottled)
- Cardboard cake rounds (Three different sizes)
- Wrapping paper
- Ribbons
- Duct tape

Instructions:
1. Gift wrap the cardboard cake rounds. It's okay if the wrap job is a bit sloppy or if you choose to skip this step entirely. The gift wrap only serves to give the "cake" a pop of color.
2. Take the largest cardboard cake round and begin placing your "bottom layer" of beer on top of it. The number of beers you will be able to fit on each "layer" will vary depending on the size of the cardboard cake rounds used and whether you work with bottles or cans.
3. Take your duct tape and begin cutting strips and folding them so they are double sided. Make enough to cover the bottom layer of the middle cardboard cake round.
4. Once the bottom of the middle cardboard cake round is covered in duct tape, place it on top of the beer that make up the "bottom layer" of your "cake." Make sure to do a good job of pressing down on the cardboard cake round so that it sticks very well to the top of the beer.
5. Repeat step 3 with the smallest cardboard cake round.
6. Repeat step 4 with the smallest cardboard cake round and "middle layer" of the "cake."
7. Duct tape the bottoms of the top layer of beer to the smallest cardboard cake round.
8. Tie ribbons around each layer to secure the beer.
9. Decorate "cake" to your desire. (Extra ribbons, stickers, decorative tape, etc.)

THE PORTABLE PARTY (ALCOHOL LEI):
Materials:
- Roll of Cellophane
- Mini bottles of alcohol
- Skinny ribbons
- Clear tape

Directions: 
1. Roll out your cellophane wrap.
2. Place the mini bottles of alcohol on top of the cellophane. Make sure not to space them too close together so you have room for the tape and ribbons.
3. Roll the bottles (like you would if you were making sushi) until all the bottles are completely covered in the plastic wrap.
4. Use tape to cinch and secure the spaces in between each bottle.
5. At this point, your lei will look like a straight line. Take the top and the bottom and tape them together very well. You might need to trim a bit of plastic off of both ends so there won't be a huge gap. It should look like a lei after you tape the top and bottom together.
6. Use ribbons to decorate the spaces between the bottles by tying them into bows. This will also hide the tape.

P.S. Pls drink responsibly. Pls don't drink and drive. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A SWEET UPDATE

Apologies, guys! I've been lagging quite a bit on getting this post up. But alas, here it finally is - the update on my no sugar challenge. (#2weekz) Keep on reading to find out how I did.

Mama, I made it! (Cue crowd going wild.) And how exactly did I celebrate my sugar free success? With hella sugar. Duh. (Just joking. It wasn't much. Just a donut... or two.) While I did accomplish my initial goal of two weeks sans sugar, there was honestly no way that I wanted to continue any longer than that. (I just really love dessert a lot, okay? Sue me.)

So did it make a positive difference? No. None that I could feel anyways. I'm sure cooling it on the sugar is something that would indefinitely be good for anyone in the long run. Perhaps if I had pursued this for a whole month, I might have felt the benefits of cutting sugar off in a significantly more positive way. But it actually made me feel sort of terrible. I got headaches for the first few days. I felt more sluggish in general. And if I thought that my cravings were a pest before, they were an absolute nightmare during this little experiment of mine. I'm willing to bet these symptoms were a result of my body going through sugar withdrawal.

So what has this experience taught me? First, I'm probably better off gradually lowering my sugar consumption over a longer period of time versus trying to quit cold turkey if I'm serious about kicking my sugar habit. Second, my friends are sadistic demons who ask me to go get ice cream and boba with them on the daily. (Yep. I'm talking about you, Winnie.) And finally, the goals you set for yourself are attainable as long as you put your mind to them*~*~*

P.S. I cannot tell a lie. I ate another donut as I typed this up.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

SOMETHING BORROWED





Outfit details:
Button up - Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses - Ray-Ban
Sandals - Free People

Is it just me or are clothes way cozier when they come from the men's section? I'll admit it. I'm guilty af when it comes to borrowing clothes from my boyfriend's closet. But who could resist snatching up an oversized sweater or a super soft graphic tee? Not me. Obviously.

Today, I donned one of Jerik's button ups. My dude is a whole foot taller than me, so a shirt on him is a dress on me. And I am not mad at that at all. Here's the same button up on him:

So I guess there's only one question left to ask - Who wore it better? Haha, just playing.

Monday, September 14, 2015

BACON WRAPPED PESTO STUFFED CHICKEN

Decided to try out my chops in the kitchen today. I was pretty dang nervous about it as I'm not all that experienced in the cooking department. But I mean, how could one go wrong with combining a few of the most delicious things in life? (Bacon, and cheese, and pesto. Oh my!) Thought I'd share because dinner turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself. :-)

Ingredients/Tools:
- Chicken breast
- Bacon
- Pesto
- Grated cheese of your choice
- Olive oil
- Salt
- Pepper
- Metal tray
- Foil
- Toothpicks (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper.
3. Cut a slit down the middle of the chicken breast. This creates a "pocket."
4. Stuff pesto and cheese into the "pocket" of the chicken.
5. Wrap chicken breast in bacon. (Secure with toothpicks if needed)
7. Cover metal tray with foil and place chicken breast on top.
8. Drizzle olive oil on the chicken.
9. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and bacon is crispy.
10. Dig in and enjoy! :-)

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After: 

Friday, September 4, 2015

SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW

Outfit details:
Sweater - American Apparel
Shorts - Urban Outfitters
Shoes - Converse
Sunglasses - Asos
Lipstick - Scarlet Empress by Nars

Ever have one of those days when you just can't with the rest of the world? Winnie and I didn't feel like interacting with other humans (besides each other) today. So we drove into the hills, hopped a couple of fences, and found ourselves a little piece of solitude. It was glorious.