DIY: Goo Gone


So, I dried some clothes yesterday and I don't know what was in the pockets but whatever it was, it was sticky. It was either gum or tape. Regardless, it made a huge gross mess all over the inside of the dryer. I didn't want to use any harsh chemicals that will leave a bad smell in the dryer so I started googling. Turns out, if you mix equal parts baking soda and canola oil (coconut oil works too), you have your very own goo gone! I scrubbed the sticky mess with an old toothbrush and it worked perfectly! No bad smell either!

DIY: Dollar Store Fall Wreath


I went on a little shopping spree at Dollar Tree yesterday. They have a ton of autumn decorations right now. I only used about half of what I bought to make this wreath so I might just make another one. My grand total was $6. $3 per wreath? You can't beat that!

National Cheeseburger Day!


It's national cheeseburger day! I couldn't let the day go by without a cheeseburger themed post, especially since burgers are my absolute favorite food. So, I thought I'd take a little trip down memory lane and share my favorite burger DIYs. Learn how to make my cheeseburger pillow here and, just in time for Halloween, learn how to make my no-sew burger costume here.


I also thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite burger-themed Etsy items...


Texas


Last week I flew to Austin to visit my friends Andrew and Nina. They took me everywhere! I had the best time. Here are a few photos from my trip. I brought my camera but ended up using my phone the whole time. It was just easier and I still got a lot of good pictures. One of the first places we visited was the Texas State Capitol. 


One day we went for a swim at Barton Springs Pool. It was so pretty! I'd never really been to a place like this. It was like a public pool (with lifeguards and a diving board) but all natural.


We of course had to get some BBQ. I tried fried okra for the first time. Delicious!


The next place we went swimming was Hamilton Pool Natural Preserve. It was one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been. I didn't want to leave! Check out the mini waterfalls in the photo below. There were a lot of catfish swimming around and some turtles too. Photos don't do this place justice.


One night we went to the Texas Chili Parlor for a drink. If you're a Quentin Tarantino fan, you might recognize this bar from Death Proof. Andrew is sitting right where Kurt Russell ate that big, messy plate of nachos.


I also hung out at Andrew's work for a while and ate some really good tacos. One night we made a late night trip to Whataburger. I'd never been. I got myself a honey bbq chicken strip sandwich on Texas toast. I'll be dreaming about that sandwich until the day I go back.


The last place we went swimming was Krause Springs. It was also really beautiful. Everyone just kinda hangs out and floats around. They have a rope swing too. I had a little too much fun on the rope swing and broke a finger! Tell me that isn't the ultimate Texas souvenir!


Luckily that was the last day of my trip. I flew home early the next morning. As you can see below, the Jet Blue stewardesses were nice enough to make me an ice pack.


All in all, it was a great trip! Thanks Andrew and Nina. I can't wait to come back! I might just have to pass on the rope swing next time. ;)

Halloween Prep


I'm a huge Freaks and Geeks fan. I can pretty much recite every episode. One of my favorites is the Halloween episode so I decided to dedicate two cards in my shop to it. In fact, both cards are direct quotes from the scene pictured above.





Oh, and I definitely had to dedicate at least one card to Roseanne... the queen of Halloween. This is actually my personal Halloween to do list. I just turned it into a card. Ha!


Check out my whole shop here.

September!


Fall starts soon! I don't know about you but I'm pretty excited. I'll definitely be making both of the soups pictured above. You can find the recipe for the potato cheese chowder here and the bean soup here.


It's also time for some fall DIYs. This year I'm going to attempt to make a felt acorn garland. Some of my past fall favorites include the felt flower bouquet, the faux leaf wreath and the yarn wreath pictured above.


Last but not least, it's time for everything pumpkin! You can find my favorite pumpkin chocolate chip cake recipe here.

New Arrivals!


I just added a few new hand drawn cards to the shop! Go take a look

Back In Business


After a brief hiatus, the Please Note Etsy shop is open again! I'm accepting custom orders as usual. Go take a look!

Goldfish Cracker Chicken Strips


When I discovered this recipe for chicken tenders coated in cheese crackers I just had to give it a try. With a little dijon mustard mixed in with the eggs and some paprika sprinkled in with the cracker crumbs, these chicken strips are delicious. Here's how to make your own...

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups goldfish crackers
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pound uncooked chicken tenders
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard (plus more for dipping)
  • 1 cup flour
  • olive oil to grease the cookie sheet

Preheat your oven to 475. Start by crushing the crackers in a ziploc bag. Add the paprika and shake it up. Combine three eggs plus 2 teaspoons dijon mustard in a bowl and whisk. Make a little assembly line. Dip each tender into the egg mixture, flour, and the crushed crackers last. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spread a little olive oil on top. Place the coated tenders a few inches apart. 


Bake about 6-7 minutes on each side. Serve with dijon mustard for dipping.

The Giant Duck


Guess who finally came to LA? The giant duck! I've been waiting to see this guy in person for a long time. He started his journey in France in 2007 and yesterday he floated through the port in San Pedro. I got to watch from the sidelines.