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Monday, May 25, 2009


Tim proposed!!! He surprised me sunday morning by telling me that I need to pack my bag cuz we were gonna be going somewhere and would be gone all day and all night. An hour later we left and 3.5 hours after that I found out where we were going when we arrived at the Elk Creek Vinyard in Owenton KY. We had a house all to ourselves and a chef came to make us a steak dinner that Tim had arranged. He proposed within an hour of getting there lol, I guess he wanted to get it over with :) It was so sweet, he did it by this pretty trellace in the garden overlooking the grapevines. I am SO HAPPY!!!!!!! I cannot wait to marry this wonderful, amazing man :) and here I thought he'd either propose with a puppy or at a Phish show... he pulled a fast one on me!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cuz your friends don't dance and if they don't dance well they're no friends of mine

omg awesome. i love this song :)

Cupcake Fun Time!

For my brother's birthday last month and my friends birthday this week I decided to get crafty with cupcakes :) Everyone loves cupcakes, and if you can make them even more fun than they already are why not?? For Craig's Bday I made these super awesome Hamburger Cupcakes:
They are so easy to make!

You will need:

~ One box Yellow cake mix, One box chocolate cake mix (you can do from scratch too if you like!)

~ Red and Yellow gel food color (these offer a more intense color shade to mimic katchup and mustard as closely as possible)

~ Green liquid food color (to color the "lettuce", will distribute more evenly than gel)

~ Sweetened Coconut flakes

~ One container white or cream colored icing, the flavor is your choice

~ Seasame seeds

You will do:

~ Mix cake mixes according to instructions on box, fill cupcake tins with twice as many yellow cupcakes as chocolate ones

~ While cupcakes are baking, divide the icing into two bowls and dye one as red as you can get it and the other yellow

~ In another bowl put about about a cup or so of the coconut flakes, add 2 or 3 drops of the green food color. shake and toss until the flakes are an even green color

~ Once the cupcakes come out of the oven, sprinkle some seasame seeds on the yellow ones only and lightly press it to stick

~ Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, take them out of their wrappers and slice all the yellow ones in half. There are your buns!

~ For your patties, first slice off the curved "muffin top" of all the chocolate cupcakes, JUST the muffin top, and then slice the bottom portion in two so both patties are flat on both sides

~Build your hamburgers with your buns, patties, katchup, mustard, and lettuce as you would a real hamburger! I put both icing colors in two ziplock bags and snipped a tiny hole (like 1/16 in, no more) in one corner to pipe on the stuff as if i was squeezing it out of a katchup or mustard bottle.

Check out my awesome presentation skills:

love it! And last night I prepared Tie Dye Cupcakes for my friend at work today! These a slightly more simple to make:

You will need:

~ One box Yellow or Vanilla cake mix

~ A regular set of liquid food colors

~ Icing of your choice

You will do:

~ Mix up cake batter as per the instructions, then seperate evenly into 6 bowls.

~ Dye each bowl a different color, using a different spoon for each. You don't want any cross contamination! I used plain red (came out pink), plain blue, plain green, and mixed orange (about 8 drops yellow, 2 drops red), purple (12 drops red, 8 drops blue), and lime green (8 drops yellow, 2 drops green)

~ spoon about one spoonful of each color into each cup til they are 2/3 full. Do this in random order for each one so they're all different.

~ Bake per the instructions, and ice however you like!

Easy! I really loved making these and I know they'll be a hit! I used Buttercream icing dyed pink just because thats what i felt like. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spock is sexy... didn't see that one coming

well, you can't tell so well from that poster but just trust me :) Tim and I saw Star Trek this weekend and WOW!! I have never gotten into the shows (tho I know I would love them) and if I wasn't a fan before I sure am now! They conveiniently arranged the plot so that in the future films they're gonna make they can do whatever they want without having to stick with any guidelines or limitations the old series might put on them. And I am fine with that! They can take as many creative liberties as they wish cuz so far I like what i see. I don't wanna give anything away tho so you'll have to see it to know what I'm talking about :) It's action packed and seriously, Spock is kinda sexy. Who knew?

Craig and I saw it for a second time each last night too. and i still want to see it again.

It's Magic!! A Paper Computer

I just think this video by Dutch artist Evelien Lohbeck is really cool. I love the simple, matter of fact way the things in this video are presented... its funny and quirky.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Twilight is AWESOME!!

I finally got around to watching the movie and OMG! I thought there was no hotter vamp than Bill on True Blood... I was mistaken. Edward is amazing!! I am now about to read all the books. I wonder how different the movie is from the book.... everyone should read this!

Monday, May 4, 2009

My brother: The award-winning film maker

My brother Craig and his friends made it to the Campus Movie Fest Northern Regional Finale in NYC this past weekend for their film Safety Rape. And it won BEST COMEDY out of the whole lot!! They will be going on to L.A. for the national finale this june!! YAY CRAIG!!!!!! Here's the film, its so funny! Craig was a producer and the editor of the film, as well as camera man I think.

We had a great day in the NYC! The film screenings were at the Tribeca Grand Hotel during the afternoon, and then the awards ceremony was held at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center that night. The host was Judah Friedlander from 30 Rock and they had presenters such as Ana Gasteyer (SNL), Amy Ryan (The Office), Artie Lange, Steve Guttenberg, etc. You can check out the Campus Movie Fest website for more info and check out the top movies page of the Northern Regional Finale section to see the other great films. I highly recommend "Scrabble: The Motion Picture" (Best Picture) and Balance.


Colbert takes us back to 1997 LOL!

This will never get old... SO cool.