I've been conscious of of what I eat for a few years now. I am 34 and it was about 4 years ago when my sister introduced me to the website, "100 Days of Real Food" It was this very website that opened up a new chapter in my life. I learned so much about how wonderful food can be, but also how terrible it could be. The world of processed foods is a scary one and we are the only ones that can decide what we eat. It was truly inspiring and since then I have been making really healthy choices. While I am not perfect and still treat myself... I try to balance and indulge only in moderation. I am aware of everything I eat. I absolutely love to cook, so it has opened up many new eating adventures. I thought that's where it ended... and then I started to learn so much more. Not only do we need to be careful what we eat, we need to also look into out beauty products (I love Dessert Essence deodorant!) and what we put on our skin - including laundry detergent. Yikes, that's a lot to think about and a lot of changes I had to slowly make. When I became pregnant last January, I really made the effort to change some of my lifestyle habits. I got really into the Seventh Generation brand. I love their philosophy. Their products are plant based, and safe for us and our environment. Enough said. Also, I feel like the price is completely fair. And on a side note, as a designer, I have to add that I love the design and packaging of the products - BONUS! When I was looking for a detergent to use (before I discovered Seventh Generation), everyone kept telling me to use Dreft, the baby safe detergent. I looked at the label, and um, it was full of chemicals - what the heck? So, I started using Seventh Generation Free and Clear Laundry Detergent and am really happy. The product smells fresh, not an overpowering chemical, perfume scent. My clothes come out clean, which is obviously pretty important as well. Most importantly I feel good about washing my baby girl's clothes with this. It feels good to be taking care of myself, my family and the environment.
Heading into the New Year, it's a perfect time for new habits. Time to drop the bad ones and pick up some new ones :) While I usually don't make resolutions, I figured why not set some personal goals for myself. The excitement of learning new things is motivating and if I document it all here hopefully I'll stick to them!
1. Teach myself modern calligraphy. I bought myself supplies over six months ago and even signed up for a course on SkillShare with Molly Jacques. So, I'm almost there, I just need to pencil in some time on the calender and get going!
2. Cook using local and natural ingredients. I love to cook and have been subscribing to Fresh Fork, our local CSA, for the past two years. It's really opened me up to cooking new recipes with fresh vegateables I'd never heard of before; like garlic scapes and sweet potato greens. :p I'm lucky to live in such a great area that recognizes the importance of local foods. Cleveland really has heart and soul when it comes to supporting the local farmer. So, I really want to continue my adventures to buy and cook local as much as possible.
3. Design more! I also have such a strong passion for food that I would love to get more involved in food package design. So any makers out there that need a wine label or food packaging, let me know. I would love to offer special pricing. It's funny beacuse started a Twitter account to post more of my design related things, but I find myself tweeting about food. Like, all the time. So, I think it would be a natural fit :)
4. Watch at least one documentary a week. I love documentaries, they force you to expand your awareness of the world around you. They are so educational and I feel obligated to commit myself to personal growth. Whenever I finish a documentary I feel more intelligent. It's exciting. Recently I was watching a food documentary and they were discussing mutated seeds and GMO's... Then it started getting into the "Svalbard Global Seed Vault", which is a housing system carrying duplicates of seeds from all around the world. It's located deep inside a mountain on a remote island, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. So, if there is ever a major global catastrophe and any specific crop becomes extinct, we will have back up. Crazy. How often do you watch documentaries? What are your favorites?
5. Blog more! I started this blog exactly a year ago and this is my fifth entry, so I need to do some work :)
Hope everyone's 20-15 is off to a great start + see you soon! :)
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My sister is pregnant and I am beyond excited. I flew into New York for the weekend for her gender reveal party. I made banners, place cards, and some cute stuff to make her and my brother-in-law's party extra special. They chose to reveal the gender of the little bundle to be by way of cake. You cut the cake and if it's blue inside, it's a boy. If it's pink, it's a girl. We couldn't eat dinner fast enough to get to the cake!
what's it going to be?
A little glitz...
We all wore pink or blue depending on our guess, we may have even gotten manicures to match ;)
And... I'm having a niece!!! So happy :)
Recetly I traveled to Memphis, TN for my job at American Greeings. As some of you know I am a full time designer on the Target Brand team, designing trend forward product for the Target store (go target!!). I am also co-lead of the Color Source Group. The Color Source Group is the team responsible for developing a corporate palette of colors and finishings (glitter, hot stamp, flock, etc.). These standards allow for a consistent application of color to create a cohesive retail statement. Have I put you to sleep yet? ;) So, American Greetings has several national plants in the southern states that produce our cards. I was really lucky to have the opportunity to check them out. The experience was really amazing. The plants are enormous and it really blew my mind how many cards are printed, glittered, cut and packaged every single day. The people I met were some of the most dedicated people I've seen. They have such pride in their job, it was really special. I was also down there working on our flock (the fuzzy material on greeting cards) palette. We had to shut down the flock machine for the day and do some color testing. It was really cool. Here are some pictures:
This picture above is all the ink involved in our testing. I thought it looked so pretty like this!
These are rolls of foil hot stamp that will be applied to our greeting cards!
This is the machine that applies the glitter to the cards on a conveyer. See the waterfall of glitter?
Of course we had to check out Beale Street while we were in town. We had a blast, I loved the group I traveled with, we all got along great... On our last night we hit the town and got a world famous burger at Dyer's. Deep. Fried. Burgers. Yaa... Interesting fact about Dyer's is that they've been using the same grease to cook their burgers in since 1912. Sounds wierd and yes they continue to strain the grease and replenish as needed. It was awesome. The 75 degree weather also made the trip pretty great after this killer of a winter we've been having in Cleveland.
Happy Friday, everyone! It's SUPER BOWL weekend! What the means for me is an excuse to make awesome snacks. :) I can't tell you I love football, I wish I could. I have really really tried. I still love Football Sundays though... it's a great excuse to hop into sweatpants and make really tasty game snacks. It's all about snacks. So, I've been on this new health kick lately of eating unprocessed foods, SO I am going to attempt to make some delicious food that doesn't include food dyes, chemicals, etc. First on my list... CORN DOGS. Yep, they can be made using all organic ingreidents :)
Recipe: Homemade Whole Wheat Corn Dogs
(adapted from Deliciously Organic)
serving size: approx. 8 dogs
For the Corn Dogs:
- 1 qt. peanut oil for frying
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur white whole wheat)
- 3/4 cup cornmeal (please make sure you find this organically)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 tablespoon light honey
- 3/4 cup organic whole milk (I used original almond milk)
- 1 large free range local egg
- 10 hot dogs (nitrate free and local if possible)
- 10 wooden skewers
- Organic ketchup + mustard for dipping
Pour oil in a large heavy pot and heat over medium-high heat. Whisk flour mix, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add honey, milk and egg and whisk until combined.
Thread hot dogs onto skewers. When oil reaches 360ºF dip each hot dog into batter, rolling until fully coated and quickly drop entire stick into oil. Fry, two at a time, until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat for remaining corn dogs. Serve warm.
Happy Super Bowl weekend everyone!!!
Hi and thanks so much for stopping by my blog; my teeny little piece of the world wide web. I'm so excited to begin this adventure. It's been a work in progress for some time now and I am beyond excited to share my stories, artwork, recipes, and probably lots of dogs pictures with you! The quote above is one of my favorites. I used this same quote in my high school yearbook senior sketch... 14 years ago (yikes!). It's funny what this quote meant to me then and what it means to me know. When I think back 14 years I had no idea where my path would lead. I went to Plymouth State College, in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. I received a degree in Graphic Design which led me to where I am now; a greetings card artist at American Greetings and a freelance artist of many things! I am excited to share the next leg of my journey with you. I hope you enjoy :)