Friday, June 29, 2012

Marinated Cheese

Not too long ago I went to a bridal shower and was graced with quite possibly my new favorite appetizer. So here I am, awkwardly in the corner of the kitchen, seriously chowing down on this scrumptious concoction. I couldn't get enough. Plus it was so pretty! Pretty + delicious food = a happy me.

A few days later, it was still on my mind, so I made it for my parents. Every time I come home, my parents and I like to make appetizers and sit out on the patio with a bottle of wine. It's our catch-up time and we all really look forward to it every time I come home. As soon as I brought it out, they were swooning. My parents are cheese-heads like me and I could already see their mouths watering.

This recipe is super super simple and it's packed with some serious flavor. Make it for anyone and everyone. If you hate it, you're weird.




Marinate Cheese

  • 8 oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 oz package of cream cheese (low-fat if you're watching the lb's)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp of fresh basil (dried basil works too, but this seems to have more flavor)
  • Dash of salt & peppa'
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 (2 oz) jar of pimentos
  • 3 tbsp diced green onions
  • 3 big ole garlic cloves, pressed
1. Cut your block of cheddar in half, then cut into slices that are about 1/2 in thick
2. Do the same thing to your cream cheese
3. Combine these in an alternating pattern (see picture above)
4. Make the marinade by combining everything else above into a bowl. I found it was easiest to cut my basil and green onions into very small pieces.
5. Pour marinade over cheese and let sit covered, in the fridge for AT LEAST 30 minutes, but preferably overnight.
6. Serve with crackers or toothpicks!



Thursday, June 14, 2012

Trust Your Struggle

A few days ago, something not-so-great happened for me in the job world and to tell you the truth, it's really put me down in the dumps. Because of someone else's mistake, I no longer have an internship for the summer. How frustrating is that?

But this whole internship debacle has put a few things into perspective for me. 

Lesson #1: It's ok to be sad when something/someone let's you down. It's important to show some emotion every now and then and it's even more important to blow off that steam. Holding in a strong emotion is one of the worse things a person can do.

With that being said, it's not ok to mope around your apartment for a week because things didn't go your way. People make mistakes (though, sometimes their mistakes really impact other people's lives in a negative way), but we're all human and sometimes you just gotta let it go. It's out of your control... which brings me to Lesson #2.

Lesson #2: What's for you won't pass you by. Meaning, that if something is bound to happen to you, it will happen. You can't force it. I can be angry all I want, but obviously it wasn't in God's plan for me to work for that company this summer. I have to embrace that. 

Sometimes you have to just throw your hands in the air and say "it's not up to me." My life has been so beautifully planned out already that it's ridiculous for me to question why this is happening. Maybe me not getting this job will ultimately lead me to a much better one? Or maybe this is just God's way of telling me I need to de-stress for the summer? Who knows! All I know is that it wasn't meant to be, and I'm at ease about it.

When I get sad and question why things in my life are going the way they are, it's sometimes hard to have faith and see the bigger picture of it all. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the most steady person when it comes to my faith. I get so frustrated when things go wrong (heck, sometimes even when they go right--I don't always think I'm so deserving) that it's hard to remember that it's all apart of a greater plan. 

I was driving back home to Houston this afternoon and a song came on my iPod called "Hurricane" by Jimmy Needham. It is such a beautiful song and a part of it really hit home for me:

I am Yours and You are mine
You know far better than I
And if destruction's what I need
Then I'll receive it Lord from Thee

Sometimes we all need a little bit of destruction to make us see things in a different light.





Some Faves

1. The Clinique 3-Step Skin Care line is absolutely AMAZING. I've been using it since I was in middle school and I swear by it. The best thing about it is that you can do a test on your skin and see which line is perfect for you. Don't even get me started on the dramatically different moisturizer! It's best (for me anyways) in the winter, but it's light enough to use in the summer as well.
2. The Urban Decay Naked Pallete has become my go to makeup. With so many eyeshadows, it's versatile enough to help you go for an everyday look OR a night out look! The neutral tones are my absolute fave.
3. Tazo Passion Tea has become my drink of summer. Starbucks uses this brand to create their delicious passion tea lemonade, and now I know how to make it at home thanks to Smells Like Home. So tasty and refreshing!
4. Sour Patch Watermelon candy.. Man oh man! If you've never had this, you're missing out. I personally think Sour Patch Kids is a bit too sour for my liking, but the watermelons are the perfect mix of deliciously sweet and sour. I think I might be addicted. You can find these in any gas station or grocery store.
5. Xhilaration Swim Cover Up from Target. Super cute and so comfy! It's super lightweight and breezy and is perfect for the beach or the pool. Too many of my friends have thought it was a cute sundress. I wish I could wear it as a dress, but it's a BIT too see-through! Haha!
6. 50 Shades of Grey is this summer's go to read.. For women anyways! And while you're at it, get the 2nd and 3rd books because you literally can't wait to start the next one! Though it's categorized as an "erotic novel," you can't help but swoon over their love story. You'll fall in love with the infamous Christian Grey, I promise! Laters, baby ;)
7. Breaking Bad I'm notorious for getting hooked on shows that are ON Netflix and in the past weeks, my show has been Breaking Bad. It's super dark and twisted--just how I like my dramas! But seriously, it's about a terminally ill chemistry teacher who starts selling meth in order to pay his medical bills. Sounds weird, but I'm hooked!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Growing Up

The other day, someone asked me what year I was in school. For the first time ever, I told them I was a senior! How bizarre is that? I've been so anxious to hurry up and graduate, but now I'm feeling a little scared. What if no one hires me? What if I get a job that I absolutely hate? What if I start struggling financially because my salary isn't enough? <-- ok that one is farfetched. That'd only happen if I was spending my money in dumb ways.

But you get the picture! I've been on my own for a few years now, but the reality of actually being an adult is sneaking up on me. And I don't like it one bit. 

In less than a year, I will be graduating college. This time next year, I will hopefully be employed. I'm gonna be making more money than I know what to do with! Cause believe it or not, babysitting a couple of times a week does not justify as bringing home the bacon. And who knows what city I'll be in! Could be Austin, could be Nashville, hell, it could New York. I'm excited for this next adventure in my life and this is why


Firsts

I'm notorious for starting blogs and never finishing them.

Let's start with why I'm starting this one.

It's summer time. I'm only taking two summer classes and I've realized I have A LOT of spare time! It feels weird to have spare time. I don't know what to do with myself. So, the result from this boredom? A blog!

Plus I think it'll be a good idea to express my thoughts, feelings, musings, etc. And who doesn't like creative outlets?!

So, until I think of another topic to write about... Adios amigos.
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