The 2nd Annual Sriracha Festival


Last week I entered a Photoshop contest for tickets to the 2nd Annual Sriracha Festival and I won! I wish I had taken more photos of the food because it was so good. Everything was made with Sriracha. My boyfriend and I had a field day. We ate smoked ribs, spicy pork ramen (pictured above), steak tacos, crawfish mac & cheese, peruvian steak sandwiches and so much more. There was dessert and craft beer and cocktails. The tickets were normally $60 but since I won them we got everything for free. It was the best.


The video below shows some of the food they served. We actually talked to the chef who made the crawfish mac & cheese and told him how much we liked it. I think we went back to his booth about 3 times.



I definitely recommend this event if you're in the LA or San Diego area next year. Read more about it here.

Recently


1.) A (semi) failed attempt at a new pumpkin cake recipe.
2.) A few adorable birthday presents.
3.) My current favorite game.
4.) The first two editions of the Bob's Burgers comic book.
5.) My idea of the perfect lunch.
6.) Post breakfast with Lauren of A Wild Tonic!

Homespun Magazine


I'm so excited about this. My burger pillow is featured in Homespun Magazine this month. Learn how to make it here!

Bob's Burgers Pumpkins


I'm officially in the Halloween spirit! I painted some Bob's Burgers pumpkins today so I took some photos to share with you guys. It's not my best work but my drawing hand is broken so I'll cut myself some slack. It was definitely easier than trying to carve them. Plus, they'll last a long time!

The Best Time of the Year!


Today marks the beginning of my three favorite months of the year. 
Happy October, friends! Let's decorate!

Red Pepper Relish


I'm hooked on the red pepper relish from Jersey Mike's so I decided to make some of my own. It's perfect for sandwiches, burgers or just add it to some cheese and crackers.

Ingredients:

  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

Finely chop your bell peppers and onion. I used a food processor.

Add everything to a saucepan and cook on high for about 5 minutes.

Continue cooking (stirring occasionally) on low until most of the liquid is gone.

Allow to cool for about an hour before serving.

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. ;)