Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Currently: vol. I

I really want to get into the groove of this blogging business, but I am still struggling. I am struggling to make it all fit in a nice and neat little package along with a sporadic part-time job, freelance design work at home, house cleaning, trips to Arkansas, Etsy sales, being president of the downtown organization, church website updates, and my sanity. So to fill my desire to want to make a blog post, but feeling too overwhelmed and not knowing what to write, here is my Currently, Vol. I post. 

Thinking about: All the things I need to do. Do I try to write up a few blog posts? Clean my floors? Go buy paint for the new cabinet we bought? Work on a custom logo design? List new cards? Have a snack? Organize the files on my computer? 

Watching: Wishing I was watching Designing Women...and eating pizza.

Planning: Updates to our church's website, logo designs, greeting cards, trips to AR, t-shirt sales, lunch, Organizational meetings, the name a few.

Loving: My husband and the fact that I get to spend all weekend with him celebrating my upcoming birthday. Donuts and the new Cinderella movie? Yes, please. 

Disliking: Being cold. Saturday was such a tease, and I had big plans this week for soaking up some sun while cleaning out my horrendous flowerbeds and my car. Please bring sunshine for my birthday.

Listening: To the clock in my living room that my brother said sounds like a crazy ceiling fan. Thanks, baby brother, for making me realize how annoying that clock (that I had never even noticed before) really is.

Feeling: Cold feet. I don't mean the nervous kind, I mean my feet are cold. Always. I just need some sunshine, y'all.

Craving: Taco Salad. I have been trying to eat a lot more salads (and by a lot more I mean any salads) lately, and clearly any salad is better if it has the word taco before it.

Making: Greeting card designs and soon...taco salad.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Dear, self.

Dear, self.

You have what it takes. 

You may not know it yet, but you do. You will see. 

I know you have your doubts, but please look past those feelings and see all of the things you have to offer. Remember all the things you have overcome in the past. Stop second guessing yourself. Stop selling yourself short. Stop looking at other makers/bloggers/wives/women and thinking that they are better than you because maybe they make quilts, sell their organic whatever it is, or cook five course meals for their husbands while simultaneously breastfeeding and doing yoga. 

Wake up. Look at your strengths. Be proud of your accomplishments, and then use them to power you on to the next endeavor. You may fail, but that is okay. "Failure is success in progress." (According to Google, Albert Einstein said that. I am going to go with that.) 

For once try to see yourself as others see you. Stop thinking that all those nice compliments are people "just being nice." Realize your value...your talent...and how freakin' cool you are for just being you. No one else can be you, so just do your thing. Stop worrying about if you look dumb. Someone probably thinks you're dumb, but so what? Sometimes being "dumb" is a lot of fun. It is a lot more fun than worrying about pleasing everyone or fitting in or following a trend, so just do what you want, and do it to the best of your ability. 

You are rockin' this whole "you" thing, so just keep doing what you are doing. Every morning try to take a step back and realize that you are on your way. You may not know where you are going, but be determined to make the trip a fun one. Work your butt off, and even though the results may not be what you imagined...they will be pretty great. 


Monday, March 2, 2015

Monkey Bread Muffins Recipe

I feel I should start with a disclaimer that I am not much of a cook. I have a very small rotation of meals that I can make consistently, and they involve a lot of dumping, stirring, and serving. Nothing gets too complicated around here. Many of my seasonings come out of packets, and in this example the biscuits come out of cans. But don't let that deter you because these are the Unless you are a health nut or committed to a diet, because this ain't no weight watchers' recipe, folks. 

This recipe is so insanely easy. The basics came from two different recipes from Pilsbury, but I combined and adjusted them to make a smaller batch using just one can of biscuits. This recipe makes 8 good sized muffins (1 biscuit=1 muffin), and they reheat just fine for a Sunday morning before church. 

Monkey Bread Muffins

One 16.3 oz can biscuits (I use honey butter)  
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon 
1/2 stick butter 
1/4 c. (heaping) brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 8 cups of a muffin pan with nonstick spray. Cut each biscuit into fourths. 

Mix cinnamon and granulated sugar in a medium bowl. Roll quartered biscuits in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. Place four pieces in each muffin cup.

 Melt the butter and mix with brown sugar. Pour 1 tablespoon over each "muffin". 

Bake for 13-15 minutes. 

Enjoy with a big glass of milk. 

And don't be fooled. I eat two of these babies at a time. 

*The baking time seems to vary each time on these. I set my first timer for 13 minutes, and then I set timers at 2 minute increments after that until the inside is done when I lift up on one of the pieces.

*Don't leave them to cool in the muffin tin. They get really sticky really fast, and this make them more difficult to get out of the tin.

*Don't make these for breakfast and then leave the dirty tin sitting in the kitchen all day while you shop at IKEA and have lunch with your guy. This stuff sets up like glue, y'all. You will regret it...especially if you have to hand wash dishes like this girl. 

Now go get the stuff to make these, so you can have them for breakfast tomorrow!