Pinterest Fail

So I tried a recipe I found on pinterest.  It didn’t work how they said it would.

This was the pin.  There was no original website.

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I did exactly what the picture showed, but I added a tiny bit of sugar and cinnamon and this is what I got.

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Then I decided to add some flour and it turned out much better.  It actually started bubbling up so you knew when to flip it.

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The first ones taste a lot more like banana, but are mush and the second ones actually look and feel like pancakes.

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Hope you learned something.

I am thankful…

I am thankful for the roof over my head.

I am thankful for a working car.

I am thankful for such an awesome reliable car.

I am thankful for my job and whatever other money flows into my life when I need it most.

I am thankful for my small family support group.

I am thankful for having a family to confide in.

I thank all that is in the universe for the open relationship I have with my mother.

I am thankful to have a best friend I can always count on and who does not judge me.

I am thankful for the new friends who have come into my life.

I am thankful for the artistic talent I have been granted.

I am thankful I am able to do something that makes life a little more enjoyable. (Because if you don’t have something you love or love doing in life then what is the point of it all?)

I am thankful I have the resources to acquire an education.

I am thankful for all the people who share my passion to improve humanity because I can’t do it alone.

What are you thankful for?

5 tips on how to keep a level head

KeepCalmCarryOnI was just thinking about this this morning as I sat quietly in my car a few minutes before school.  There are a lot of stressful things in our lives, I don’t think I really need to list those, it is different for everyone, but here are some things that keep me sane through all the insane times.

  1. Get a lot of sleep.  Try to get to sleep a little earlier that you usually would.  The next day your body and mind will thank you, and so will the people around you.  Sleeping in on the weekends is also a good way of catching up on sleep.  Just don’t wake up too late, otherwise it will be hard to get back to your weekly schedule.
  2. Have some quiet time to yourself.  In the middle of all the hustle and bustle, it is important to find a window to relax.  I don’t mean sleeping, I mean just sitting quietly in a quiet place without thinking about anything.  This could be meditation, when you first wake up in your bed, or in your car after you have found a parking spot.  Whenever you have a little bit of time, just clear your mind and relax.  This is not a time to think about the 20 things you have to do that day.  You can do that when you are procrastinating at work.
  3. Keep up your hobby.  Everyone has a hobby, even if they don’t think so.  For some it is art, for some it is model airplanes, and for some it is working on cars.  If you don’t think you have a hobby, just think of the thing that makes you happy.  A hobby is something you will go out of your way to do, something that gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment, something you don’t have to do, but do anyway.  If that is collecting leaves, so be it.
  4. Some form of exercise.  I know you are thinking, “I don’t have time for that.” but I’m not talking about going to the gym every day.  It can be as simple as parking on the top floor of the parking garage every day or always taking the stairs instead of the elevator.  Engaging in active activities every now-and-then like yoga or rock climbing is also a fun way to work on strengthening your core.  It’s one less thing to worry about.
  5. Eat good food.  When I say “good food” I don’t mean hamburgers and shakes, I mean food that is good for you.  I mean natural foods, natural proteins, and maybe even a salad now-and-then.  Drink water instead of soda, drink fresh juice with an energy boost instead of Red Bull, pack nuts and berries as a sack instead of chips.  There are endless solutions.  When your body is happy, your mind is happy and you don’t have to think about what your body is going to throw at you next.

These are just a few suggestions.  What do you do to keep calm and carry on?

What does it mean?

What does it mean when you have a wonderful weekend full of friends, loved ones, and culture all to be torn away Monday morning when you find someone has invaded a private space and taken what they did not need?

What does it mean when the ONE time you forget to lock your car because there is a break in your routine someone swoops in and thinks they have some right to go through all your things and take whatever they want?

What does it mean when you see all your compartments open and empty and you lose all sense of security, like nothing in your entire life is safe anymore and at any moment can be taken from you?

What does it mean that a free pair of plastic sunglasses you got from a music festival, despite being worthless to anyone who was to take it, is the thing you are most upset about losing?

What does it mean when everyone looks at you oddly because they can see the flames coming from your eyes?

What does is mean when later that day someone asks you for a pen and then throws money at you because you “saved their life?”

With a pen.

You didn’t even want the money and you didn’t have a chance to say anything because your mouth was full, but you still yelled you didn’t want it as they walked away, but they ignored you.

What does it mean when you want to talk to everyone about your awful and weird day so far, but you don’t want anyone to know you are suffering inside

about some free sunglasses?

What does it mean when you think writing it all out will make you feel better and you end up writing repetition poetry?

You hate poetry.

 

 

 

Have a nice day

Where did the phrase “Have a nice day.” come from? Like, when you go to check out at the store and the cashier says, “Have a nice day.”  Like I didn’t already want to have a nice day.  Like I need someone to remind me.  It’s a command.  “Hey, you better have a nice day today.”  Did it start out with someone telling a friend who was having a bad day to have a good one and somehow it just made its way into our supermarkets?  What if I don’t want to have a good day?  What if I want to have a mediocre day because I’m saving my good day for tomorrow?  Or maybe the cashiers their their presence in your day will automatically make your day pleasant.  In which case they should say, “You’re welcome.”  I don’t know about you, but I wake up everyday with the intention of having a great day, whether I go to the grocery store or not.

I honestly don’t like going to the grocery store.  It means I’m spending money on things that are going to disappear in a week so I will have to go back and buy more.  So maybe the cashiers are trying to help with your recovery of having to drag yourself to the store.  “I know this is the last thing you want to be doing, so have a nice rest of the day and forget about this horrible waste of time.”

This reminds me of the English language taking simple words that mean one thing and making them also mean something completely different and irrelevant.  Like, Jesus.  It is popularly known as the name of a person or a religious icon, but somehow we have turned it into an exclamation.  I am not religious at all so I don’t care how you put it into context, but it’s kind of strange when you think about it.  Like when you have an emotion deserving of a spoken word you say some random name or word. Eg: “Oh my god!” or “Shit! Stupid box!”  When did these words get here?  They are just words like any other.  Think about it, it’s just like if you replaced, “What do you think you’re doing!? Jesus!”  You said, “What do you think you’re doing!? Pickle!”  Pickle is also just a word. “George Williams! That’s a big waffle!”

Just a thought.

Finals!

Heeeeeeey!  I have not been on here at ALL!  I know. I have been schooling and arting.  But I did not forget about you!  You have just gone down on my importance shelf.

SO!  I thought of something that I felt needed to be shared with the world somehow and since I don’t have a vlog I thought I should put it on here.

Finals:

Finals = watching youtube videos until your eyes burn.

Finals = walking into the kitchen 12 times an hour, finding nothing and going back to look again.

Finals = posting more useless daily updates on facebook than normal.

Finals = staying up really late watching Parks and Rec then being so tired in the morning you are literally shaking trying to get out of bed.

Finals = taking a nap as soon as you get home early after a horrific final and waking up at 6pm thinking it’s the next day and you missed your last exam.

Finals = thinking about everything you want to do this summer instead of what needs to be for tomorrow in class.

Finals = laying out all your study materials and making a video of you not studying instead. Then deleting it forever.

Finals = paying a ridiculous amount of money to fix your car from a tiny hole. (Wait, that has nothing to do with finals.  Just happened at a bad time!)

Finals = dirty dishes.

Finals = realizing how little you actually care about you grades.

 

Thanks for reading!

What are finals like for you?

Where have all the good photojournalists gone?

(Sorry I haven’t been present on this blog in a while.  I have been busy with school and my other blogs: Creative Stuff and Jessie Vittoria Photography)

I am writing a Pre-Op research paper for class and it has made me really see what I want to do as a photojournalist.  But it has also made me realize how few photojournalists do what I want to do.  I want to tell a story with my photos.  I mean a real story.  One with a back-story, a reason, a cause, and a purpose to show the audience they are not alone and they too can do something to help out their home, our home, this planet.  I want to show the reality and the potential as not to discourage the viewer into hiding from the opportunities.

However, I have yet to find a photojournalist who actually does this, who doesn’t just take pictures and say, “This is what is happening here.”  It seems that the objective of most photographers is to just show and not convince.  I want to be an inspirational and persuasive photographer who really captures the attention of the people.

Now, for the sake of this research paper, I would like to find a photographer who is like that.  Does anyone have any ideas?  I know I’m not alone.

A day to eat

(I know this is way late for thanksgiving, but I just found this in my drafts and thought I would finish and post it.)

I love baking.  Even more, I love baking miniature things.  Mini cakes, mini pastries, cookie bites, etc…

For Thanksgiving I thought I would bake two different kinds of mini pies.  Pumpkin (of course) and peach (for the southern girl in me).  Mini pies are nice in theory, but in reality they are a lot of work and very messy, but worth it I think.

The night before Thanksgiving  I baked, washed dishes and ate pies all night.

Mini Pumpkin Pies

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  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust (homemade or store bought)

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Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Set aside.

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Roll out the pie crusts on a flour surface then smooth them out with a rolling pin. Use a cookie cutter or in my case a lid to cut 4 inch circles out of the pie crusts. Roll the leftover dough up into a ball then roll out with rolling pin and cut out more 4 inch circles. I had enough to fill all muffin tins because I rolled my dough out kind of thin.

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Fill each pie with the mix and bake 15 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

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Cool.  Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

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Mini Peach Pies

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  • 2 pie crusts (homemade or store bought)
  • 5 peaches, peeled and diced (Preferably fresh, but I got frozen)
  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg + 1 tbsp water

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.

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Combine the diced peaches with the white sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, mixing then gently.

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Do the same as the pumpkin pies. Roll out the pie crusts on a flour surface then smooth them out with a rolling pin. Use a cookie cutter or in my case a lid to cut 4 inch circles out of the pie crusts. Roll the leftover dough up into a ball then roll out with rolling pin and cut out more 4 inch circles. I had enough to fill all muffin tins because I rolled my dough out Kind of thin.

Place the circles (bottom crusts) into the muffin tin, pressing them to the sides.

Now, before you put the peaches in the crusts, roll out the other pie crust and smooth it out using a rolling pin. Using a sharp knife, cut out leaves and strips to cover the pies. This is going to take some time so you want to do it before you put the peaches in, otherwise the bottom crusts will soak up all the juices and it will take longer to bake and the pies will fall apart when you take them out.

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After your finish your tops, scoop 2 tablespoons of peach pie filling into each tin. Then place the tops on the pies.

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Mix the egg and water together and brush the tops of each pie with the mixture.  Don’t forget to sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar on the tops!  Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

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Enjoy!

Fruit for dessert

I haven’t posted anything on here in a long time because I’ve been busy with my illustrations blog and my photography.  I’ve been meaning to post more foodie stuff, but then I’m lazy and it’s too late…  But today I am going to post something!

I made this apple raisin dessert that I think everyone should know about.  It’s a very simple recipe.  So simple I don’t even use measurements, and I am the kind of person who likes being precise.

You will need:

  1. Apples (however many you want to make)
  2. Raisins
  3. Butter
  4. Sugar
  5. Cinnamon
  6. Pecans (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°

Core the apples all the way through.  Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon to create a paste.  Coat the inside of the apples with the paste then fill with raisins.  (Make sure the apples are sitting vertically in a semi-deep dish.  A casserole dish or even a pie dish would work.  The smaller the dish the better because the paste will caramelize and come out the bottom of the apples.  This way the apples are soaking in the sugar.)

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Note:  This baking sheet I have them on is not good.  You want a deep dish!

Sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar (and pecans if you want) on top of the apples.  Cover with foil and bake for about 1 hour.  I like them still a little crunchy in the middle so I bake them to 1 hour, but if you want them falling apart go a little longer.

I sliced the apple and drizzled some honey on top, as well as some more cinnamon and sugar.

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Enjoy!

Illustrations Blog!

Yes, I made another blog.  But to be fair it’s really a portfolio.  You can never have too many of those.  Anyway, here it is: CLICK

It has a really original name, right? I know.

It mainly just has all my digital art and some ink art.  Illustrations and some typography.  Not really traditional art like pencil drawings or paintings.

So there it is!