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tacos for my birthday!

Posted on: 1.27.2013

does anyone else feel the extreme pressure when it comes to celebrating their birthday? it's very similar to new years eve, like it's suppose to be this night full of confetti and fireworks and hundreds of best friends in a VIP table at a nightclub. i'm getting anxiety just thinking about it. 

this year, when my best friends asked what i wanted to do for my birthday, i told them i want us to stay in, make dinner and just hang out with each other. they were reluctant at first (my girls like to party...hard) but they were eventually worn down. we made tacos and cupcakes together, played "the game of things" (so fun) and watched American Horror Story. No one wanted their photos taken, so this is mainly an entry full of food. and i wanted to take a photo this morning of the wreckage but my darling friends all woke up before me this morning and cleaned everything up. god bless them. and someone left an amazing fleece blanket that i might be holding on to forever. happy birthday to me (early, my real birthday is the 31st) !!


hello, pancakes. goodbye, beard.

Posted on: 1.25.2013

today was like... extremely eventful. 
fooled ya! 
we did nothing. 
all day. 
expect one of us lost a beard. 
jon.... it was jon. 

and here's what's been goin' on...

Posted on: 1.21.2013

it's a rare treat to have my camera in hand these days. hopefully that will change in 2 weeks 
(i asked for a new camera lens for my birthday!) so here's some good 'ol instashots!! 
have you guys heard of instagram? 
that little gymnast is my step sister. i went to her competition yesterday and was blow away.
these kids are crazy! and not to brag, but she got first :) go carly!!
lots of baking these days. a girl can get use to have a stand mixer. 
homemade whipped cream FTW!

the best way to apologize is through sugary treats...

Posted on: 1.18.2013

i won't lie, i have been waaaay difficult to deal with since starting school. i stress out fairly easy and i take it out on my poor easy breezy boyfriend that doesn't know what the heck is going on. i know, i'm horrible. but i'm trying! we're only on week 3 here, people! so this morning i decided i would try and treat my man to something tasty when he got home from work. friday is my off day of work and school, so i spent it cleaning every square inch of my house (i bought a swiffer wet jet yesterday and i now plan on being buried with it!) and making Chocolate Mousse!! so good and so easy!! 
you need only 3 things::
-1 pint of heavy whipping cream
-10 to 12 oz. of semi sweet chocolate 
-either amazing upper body strength, or a stand mixer
pour the pint of cream into your mixer and let it go for about 5 minutes on medium speed.
while your cream is mixing, crush up your chocolate bars as small as possible, 
they'll melt better if chopped smaller. i like technology, so i used a pampered chef chopper to do 
all of that work, too. my god, could i be any lazier? 
 i don't have a double boiler, so i use a big pot of water and a smaller pot sitting on top 
to melt down my chocolate. fancy, huh? 
pour your melted chocolate into your whipped cream and fold the chocolate in. 
try to stir it as little as possible, as you don't want to lose all of the air in your cream!
 let it sit in your fridge for the longest hour of your life.
portion out into individual cups. i used a frosting bag and tip to make it look prettier, but that's only 
because i was bored and had some time to kill. (which is also why i had a mousse photo shoot afterwards)  
and once the shoot was done,  i sat with a spoon and scrapped the sides of the mixing bowl & watched  The Office.
  

Tacocracy for Lunch!

Posted on: 1.13.2013

yesterday was just one of those days were everything went right. from a great "makeup day" (yes, those happen) to trying out a new spot in northside for lunch, i could have relived saturday again and again. we hit up "tacocracy" and my mind was completely blown. probably the most friendly staff i have ever encountered, crazy art on the walls, and the best tacos i have ever devoured in my life... plus, mexican coke and let's get real- is there any coke that stands a chance when compared to mexican coke? they also have a "taco of the moment" where they basically just come up with a new crazy taco every couple of hours and we got lucky enough to try the "Big Mac taco" .... ground beef, lettuce, mac sauce, pickle oooooh man. and did i mention the mexican coke? we love you tacocracy! 

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