Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Back In Action!

So, if you haven't noticed, I dropped off the "blog-o-sphere" for a little while. But have no fear folks, I'm back! And I think I'm going to make a few changes to the blog... I'm a bit of a foodie, so, this has the potential to turn into a food-oriented blog of sorts. Bear with me on this. It will be rough in the beginning, I'll go ahead and admit that. As of late, say the past couple months during my hiatus, I've been thinking that I want to be a food writer. I have a huge passion for food and cooking. It's something I've grown up doing, and it runs in the family, so I guess it's in my blood. I picked up my first wisk at the tender age of three and haven't put it down since. Unlike the other kids when I was young, I didn't really watch cartoons or MTV. I watched the Food Network, and practically worshipped Rachael Ray. Oh, and Ina Garten, Giada De Laurentiis, Emeril, Bobby Flay....just to name a few. And I still do! Now, I often find myself cracking open cookbook's and planning future meals or just reading for inspiration to create something of my own. For the longest time I had always thought that I would go to Culinary School and someday have my own restaurant. But, I've pretty much decided not to pursue that dream. I know for sure that I want food and cooking to be a part of what I ultimately end up doing, because I just love it so much. When I get the great pleasure to cook for people, it brings me so much joy and happiness. I don't know how to explain it. All I know is that I love it and that it is my passion in life. That's where the idea of being a food writer came to mind. I love writing, I love food. It just makes sense! I'm going to start my food writing adventures on this blog. When you ask? Well, I'm not sure. But I won't wait three or four months to post it :-) Expect to see my cooking adventures (complete with pictures; the good, the bad, and the ugly), recipes, and maybe even a review here and there of the places I go and let my palate run wild. I'm going to try my best and keep this updated from now on, I promise! So, until then... Have a lovely day, folks!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

And the award goes to...

This year in school (my senior year), I decided to venture out and do an "Independent Study" in art. I love making and creating art. It's just a part of who I am. My main focus for the year was printmaking. At first, I didn't like it at all! But after I had a few projects under my belt, I loved it. During my second semester, I decided to come up with a coffeehouse concept. Once I got all the kinks worked out, I started making pieces that would correlate with my design and and the name. It was a TON of work, but it all paid off. This past weekend, all of my work for the year was on display at my school's Art Show and I entered my original coffee cup print into the show to be judged. And you know what? I got first place! I'm so proud of it, and I'm just elated. Here's a few pictures... The last one shown won first place!

All of my work on display in the Art Show!

Hand-carved print... Linoleum, mounted on wood block.
The award-winning, finished product!

Tomorrow at school I'm going to be recognized and given some type of award for winning the show. Can't wait to see what happens!

Well, until next time...

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday Drag

It's a stormy day here in my neck of the woods today. Yuck! But, I find that rainy days are the most inspiring. Maybe it's because everything seems so calm and serene. Like everything is at peace. I could speculate about that all day long... I often go into my art studio and paint on days like this with a good cup of coffee in my hand, or create in the kitchen. It's the ultimate relaxation. Wait, I take that back... Getting a pedicure with Starbucks in hand, a good magazine, and your best friend on a rainy afternoon is more like it. Days like this are also great for sleeping in my opinion. There's just something about the sound of rain hitting my window that makes me so relaxed and comfortable. On the other hand, it seems to ALWAYS be harder to pry myself out of bed when it's raining out, though. Don't you just hate that? I know I do. Anyway... For now, I'm going to plan on making a pot of decaf and snuggling up with one of my most recent book purchases later. I can already feel all my stress melting away thinking about it. Well, I guess I'll wrap up for now with this quote by the one and only, Oprah Winfrey - "Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure."

Sunday, April 3, 2011

And We're Off!

Hello, world!
After much thought and procrastination, I finally created a blog. I hope to share a bit about my day-to-day life, and hopefully, it won't totally bore you. Be prepared to laugh, maybe cry, learn something new, and just listen to me babble. Stay tuned!