Thursday, September 27, 2012

Let's Get Cooking: 3 Ingredient Pancake Muffins

I'm not normally a cook, but the hubby and I have been really trying to keep our food budget in check by cooking as much as possible at home. I'm all for easy recipes, so when I saw something similar on Pintrest a while ago (which unfortunately I didn't pin on one of my boards so I can't find it!) I said, "Hey, I can do that!"

With chocolate chips

With fruit (blueberries and raspberries)

You'll need:

A muffin tin
Non-stick spray
Pancake/waffle mix (I used Bisquick Whole Grain)
Fillings for your "muffins"-Whatever you like: fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.

Follow the mixing directions according to your pancake mix. The Bisquick only requires water. I found that 2 cups of pancake mix with 1 1/3 cups of water will give you approximately 12 muffins depending on how full you fill your holes in the baking tin (I did half-way and I got 12 muffins). Once your mix is blended with no lumps, spray your muffin tin (even if it a non-stick pan, I found that mine got stuck regardless). Then pour your mix into the muffin tin holes. Then drop your fillings into the mixture (you could add your fillings when you make your mix but I like having more control on how much of my filling goes into each muffin). Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes (or when a toothpick poked into a muffin comes out clean). Allow to cool then remove from tin. 

You can eat them then or they can go into a freezer safe bag and will keep in your freezer for about 1-2 weeks. To reheat place in the microwave for 60-90 seconds depending on your microwave.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Emmy Awards Fashion Favorites and Fails

I watched last night's Emmy Awards and as far as the ceremony went I have to admit I was a bit bored. The few people/shows I like either weren't nominated in the first place (hello Glee and House!) or if they were they didn't win (Jim Parsons, Mayim Bialik and Betty White!) By the time we got four awards in and Modern Family had won three I was ready to turn the TV off, but since there was nothing else on and I wanted to see what kind of shenanigans Jimmy Kimmel would get in to I kept watching. I do have to say that I liked Julia Louis-Dreyfus "accidentally" switching her acceptance speech with Amy Poehler and Tracy Morgan "passing out" on stage for 10 minutes. But of course the most important part of the evening was the clothing! (Sorry guys but this post is going to be of ladies only!) I'll go from my least favorite to most favorite (all pictures are from E! Online):

Fashion Fails

Hayden Panettiere in Marchesa: I love the sparkly gold sheath with the blue overlay, but the overlay needed to look less like she had been TP-ed right before stepping onto the red carpet. 

Lena Dunham in Prada: One word, MATRONLY! The shape of this dress does nothing to flatter her figure and is not age appropriate (she's 26!) for such a young up-and-comer.


Zooey Deschanel in Reem Acra: First off the look on her face is terrible, not sure who decided use this particular picture as I'm sure there were others where she is smiling. Second of all this color is just drab.  The neckline is flattering and I like the layering of the skirt but it's not a complete hit.

Heidi Klum in Alexander Vauthier: I know Heidi is in the middle of divorce (and apparently a budding relationship with her body guard) and probably wants to make sure she looks like she's happy (which she genuinely might be) but to me this is too much. Too much cleavage, too much leg.

Julianne Moore in Christian Dior: First off, apparently is was incredibly hot in LA last night so I can't imagine that those long sleeves and high neckline could have been comfortable. I love it when redheads experiment with color but this yellow is just too much!

Sofia Vergara in Zuhair Murad: I get it, Sofia is muy caliente. I'd like to see her in something different instead of her never ending wardrobe of Jessica Rabbit gowns.

January Jones in Zac Posen: Something about this look is just off. Her hair doesn't seem right, her makeup seems wrong. The dress itself is fun but from the neck up January is lacking.


Morena Baccarin in Basil Soda: This grey color is just great against her skin and the slit in the front is just sexy enough without being vulgar.

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier: Orange isn't a color you normally see on the red carpet but I like it on Ginnifer with her dark hair.


Giuliana Rancic in Romona Keveza: Oh Giuliana, she just gorgeous in everything she wears. At first glance it looks like she's just wearing a black dress but at closer inspection you see the little details that make it even more special. The asymmetrical neckline with that little pop pointing toward her left shoulder, the satin finish band around the waist and the slit in the skirt make this more than a black dress.

Tina Fey in Vivienne Westwood: Tina can be hit or miss when it comes to her red carpet choices but this one she hit out of the park. The shape of this dress shows off all of her curves, the details on the neckline draw your eye up to her face and the up do with those drop earrings, beautiful!

Claire Danes in Lanvin: Some may say that this dress is a bit on the casual side, but unlike the Oscars I think you can experiment more. In Claire's case I'm sure being comfortable in the heat with a growing baby bump was her first priority. I love this color on her, she looks like a Barbie doll.

Nicole Kidman in Antonio Berardi: Nicole looks amazing (can you believe she's 45?). The detailing on this dress is just beautiful and makes her dress more visually interesting.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Round Peg In A Square Hole

Photo from here

I've been thinking about blogging about this topic for a while but honestly I haven't had the nerve as it is a personal topic. Let me preface this by saying that I know my situation is not unique and there are others out there in the same situation. But I feel like I need to post something, if anything else it may help others in the same situation know they aren't alone.


To be honest, that statement isn't entirely true. Back in 2008 when I was a fresh graduate with my Bachelors degree there weren't any jobs. I called and emailed everyone I knew, and several that I didn't but I got nowhere. Eventually I decided to go to graduate school and get my Masters. I figured the extra education couldn't hurt, I could hone my skills and hopefully gain some experience. Fast forward to now, I have my Masters in Media Arts & Science from Indiana University and the job market is in better shape. Since graduation I have been scouring the Internet and tapping as many resources as I can in finding employment that would utilize at least some of the skills I've developed.

The problem I find now is that I've come across dozens of potential job opportunities but have yet to get more than ONE interview. Quite frustrating I tell you. I've changed up my resume and portfolio but I can't seem to find anyone to give me a chance. You know how you've heard on TV and probably on the Internet about people (usually fellow recent graduates like me) say that "All the employers want someone with experience, but how can I get experience if no one will hire me?" That's me in a nutshell. 

I've been trying to keep an open mind, looking for positions that might not use all of my skills right away but at least get me in the door somewhere and from there I can build upon my educational experience. But alas, I have yet to find the right position...or is it the other way around and the right position hasn't found me? The things is many of the positions, in my mind at least, would be good a fit for me. They may not be the perfect job but it would better than where I am now. I'm still employed at the college retail job. It pays the bills but it is not a place where I can utilize any of my skills and any growth opportunities would be in a completely different field than what I went to college for. And don't I'm not grateful to have a job. My currently employer has been great about working with me while I went to college and I've made some great friends there, but now it's time for me to move on.

As it is I'm still searching and talking to people. I have people tell me all the time, "The right job will come along when it's supposed to." I'm sorry but it's frustrating to hear that...but I know that those who say it are my friends and are just trying to keep my spirits up. So I'm not giving up! With each resume I send out I try and keep hope that this time someone will see it and say, "Hey, let's give her a shot. I bet she'd be a great assest to our company." And I believe I would be. Yes I lack experience, but I make up for it in enthusiasm, loyalty and an eagerness to learn. And one day (hopefully soon!) I'll be able to post on this blog that I've finally found a job in my chosen field. But until then......

Photo from here

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Let's Get Cooking: Taco Bake

Taco bake recipe:
*I left out the diced tomatoes cause I don't like them. I also substituted enchilada sauce for the taco seasoning and used half the tomato sauce