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Thu Jul

Fourth of July Desserts

Fourth of July Watermelon Cake Fourth of July Puppy Chow Fourth or July Candy Bars Fourth of July SkewersFourth of July Fudge Fourth of July Bar Fourth of July Panna…

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Mon Jan

My 12 New Year’s Resolutions – One for Each Month

This year is all about tying up loose ends, finishing things, and getting stuff done! I’m notorious for starting things and failing to finish them. Whether it’s a piece of artwork,…

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This year is all about tying up loose ends, finishing things, and getting stuff done! I’m notorious for starting things and failing to finish them. Whether it’s a piece of artwork, a book, that really awesome idea for a scholarship, a relationship, or whatever; I suck at finishing things…

I am making “finishing things” the overarching theme of the year, but I also don’t believe in making bombastic yearly resolutions. I believe in progress not perfection, and getting better in little bite sized increments.

Below you will be able to find my 12 New Year’s resolutions:


blindedJanuary – Finish the “Naked Lady”

I’ve had this piece of artwork in my room for about 7 years now. Many people have spied it tucked away in the corner of my room. Most of them don’t really know what it’s about or what it means to me. I will be finishing this piece in January, and writing up a post that tells the story of how this piece came to be.

Click for a bigger view!

 

 


coffee13February – Lose 10 Pounds

I would like to start the year off by losing 10 pounds; typical goal of pretty much every american that celebrates thanksgiving. However, I’ve been treating my body very poorly for the past couple of years, and this really needs to be a priority for me.

Gonna get off the computer, and see what I can do by eating correctly and actually going the the gym more than once a week (if that).

 


IMG_1140March – 30 Business Cards

Since I was a child I’ve drawn on business cards as a form of relaxation and as an outlet for creativity. You can get the whole story on this weird idiosyncrasy of mine here.

In March I would like to do 30 more of these cards. 1 for each day. I did this already in 2013, and I was quite successful, but I would like to take another month to draw 30 more!

 


coffee13April – Lose 10 More Pounds

I have this one twice this year because it’s so much of a priority. Also, I’ve spaced it 3 months from the first goal, because if I put the 10 pounds from before back on it won’t count.

This is going to put me back at 165 which is a healthy weight for me.

 

 


Caran D'Ache Zebra PencilsMay – 1 Blog Post a Day

I’ve been trying to build my blog back up from when we shut down The Campus Companions. My traffic has been slowly dwindling from neglect, and  lack of routine content. It’s hard at the end of the day to dedicate time to a blog post; at least a thoughtful one.

In may I would like to pump out a blog post a day. If I’m lucky the habit will stick.

 

Screen Shot 2015-01-04 at 3.21.55 PMJune – Work On Vurchoo.us

What do Benjamin Franklin, Organic Chemistry, and web reputation systems have in common? Maybe you’ll find out when I share my new web app Vurchoo.us.

This is an idea that I’m convinced would change the world if I had enough money and time on my hands.

My goal is to complete a basic prototype, which I’m almost finished with already, that will demonstrate the basic concepts behind Vurchoo, and hopefully allow me to present to a panel of highly target potential investors that I’m sure would be interested in the project.

Take a look at the splash page here.

 


bookstore.jpgJuly – Read Dem Bookz

I am the type of person who picks up a book reads 130 pages then forgets about it, or otherwise convinces himself that he doesn’t have enough time to finish it.

I feel my vocabulary languishing and no matter how many TV shows I watch in lieu of reading a book nothing will help me lose this feeling like picking up a couple paperbacks.

See this post about some of the books I intend on reading. 


IMG_1146August – Wall Art

As many of my friends know I have a HUGE canvas on my wall. It’s been up there for the better part of a year now, and I keep telling myself I’m going to dedicate time to the awesome thing I have planned for it, but I can never seem to find the time. This month I will be fully dedicating my after hours time to making this wall art a completed work.

Only a couple of people know what I have in store for it, and I think it’s pretty awesome!

 


renaissance-manSeptember – Uomo Universale Scholarship

I had an idea for a scholarship when I was a sophomore in college. I still think it’s a great idea, and one day I’m hoping that I can get it fully thought out and implemented. Here is a nice writeup of the scholarship, and what I would like to bring to anyone that it is awarded to.

One day I’ll hopefully be able to make this a reality.

You can read the unfinished summary of the scholarship here. 

 

 

 

 


CoffeeOctober – Quit Coffee

Coffee probably costs me around $1,000 per year. I love coffee. I drink a shitload of it, and it’s not good for me anymore. The cons outweigh the pros and I have to get off the stuff, or at the very least cut down on my consumption drastically. Here is a nice rundown of why I am quitting. I started weening myself off by drinking decaf after having extreme caffeine withdrawal headaches during my Christmas visit to my parents’ house.

Bye Bye coffee…. We had a good run together!

 


CAshNovember – Save That Money / Kill that Debt

I have student loan debt, and far less savings that I should. This year I would like to have enough money to sustain myself for at least 6 months sans emoployment. I want the type of liberation that comes from not needing an employer, and having the ability to say “Fuck You” to the man!

I also want to liberation associated with not having ANY student loan debt. I want that shit off my plate.

 

 

 


GIBydm2December – Do Nothing

I spend every waking moment thinking, doing, stressing, and drinking more coffee so that I can do the aforementioned things.

I would like to dedicate this month to doing absolutely fucking nothing. Because fuck things.

 

 


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Tue Dec

Champagne Jello Shots for New Years

It’s New Year’s Eve tomorrow, and I was searching for some fun pictures of fun champagne jello shots to make. You can find a ton of pictures here for yourself….

It’s New Year’s Eve tomorrow, and I was searching for some fun pictures of fun champagne jello shots to make. You can find a ton of pictures here for yourself. I was going to link them all to recipes but many of them didn’t have them unfortunately.

Luckily if you find one recipe that will tell you the proportions for making the jello shots well with champagne you’ll be able to duplicate it across all of the recipes.

If you found this post interesting also check out my post on jello shots for college students and 4th of July jello shots!

Gold Glitter Champagne Jello Shots
Champagne Glitter Gold Jello Shots

Sea Foam and Sugar Star Jello ShotsGlitter Champagne Jello ShotsRaspberry Gold Jello Shots

Pink Gold Jellow Shots

Glittery Puff Ball Champagne Jello ShotsPuff Ball Jelly Shooters

More Sea Foam and Sugar Jello Shots
Champagne Star Jelly Shooters

Multicolored Champagne Glitter Jello Shots

Glitter Coated Jelly Shots

Gold Star and Glitter Champagne Jello ShotsGold Star Jelly Shot

Moet Jello ShotsMoet Jello Bubbles

Sparkling Champagne Jello ShotsSparkling Jello Jigglers

Strawberry and Champagne Jello ShotsChampagne Jello Shot

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Tue Dec

Fruitified Stirring Cubes

After spending about 3 hours tumbling, and pinning, and doing other useless shit because it’s my week off I found these fun stirring cubes fortified with fruits, herbs, flowers, and…

After spending about 3 hours tumbling, and pinning, and doing other useless shit because it’s my week off I found these fun stirring cubes fortified with fruits, herbs, flowers, and other really cool stuff.

Turns out that they sell trays that you can use to make these cool stirring rods. Just add a fun combo of

If you think this idea is cool you should check out my previous post on cool things you can do with ice cubes or my other post on rainbow ice cubes.

Turns out I like ice.

 

Fruitified Stirring Cubes Tray

Lavender Rosebud Stirring Cubes

Flower Petal Stirring Cubes

Lavender Thyme Stirring Cubes

Fruitified Stirring Cubes

Grape Blueberry Raspberry Stirring Cubes

Cranberry Blueberry Stirring Cubes

Fruitified Stirring Cubes

 

Buy the Ice Cube Tray Here


Photos from these sites:

  • http://www.belle-melange.com/summer-ice-cubes/
  • http://www.momtastic.com/diy/431255-diy-red-white-and-blue-ice-cubes-for-the-fourth-of-july/
  • http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.ca/2014/06/loving-color-purple-and-simple-sweet.html
  • http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/19-simple-ways-to-liven-up-your-summer-ice-cubes#.wpwJ1zEvq
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Mon Jul

Buddha’s Hand & Thai Basil Cocktail

Buddha’s hand is a fruit native to Northeastern India and parts of china. It is arguably the coolest / ugliest fruit known to man. It looks like something you would…

Buddha’s hand is a fruit native to Northeastern India and parts of china. It is arguably the coolest / ugliest fruit known to man. It looks like something you would see in a science fiction movie served to passengers on an post-apocalyptic intergalactic freighter.

I need to find this fruit, and make delicious drinks out of it. Does anyone happen to know of an asian supermarket in the area that might have this exotic fruit? If you do, hit me up on my contact page or in the comments section below.

Without any further delay here is how you make the delicious Buddha’s hand & thai basil cocktail, candied lemon peels, and cordial!

Buddha's Hand and Thai Basil Fizz

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Hangar One Buddha’s hand vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz Manzanilla sherry
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz Buddha’s hand cordial
  • 1/2 oz sparkling water
  • 5 large Thai basil leaves
  • 5 strips of candied lemon peel
  • Thai basil flower for garnish

Buddha’s Hand Cordial:

  • 2 tablespoons Buddha’s hand zest (~1 medium Buddha’s hand)
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup

Candied Lemon Peel:

  • 2 lemons
  • 6 oz simple syrup (~ 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water)

Buddha’s Hand Cordial:

The Buddha’s hand cordial is relatively simple, but you will need a badass zester. Once you have procured said badass zester, soak the Buddha’s hand zest in the simple syrup for 10 minutes. Strain the zest through a fine mesh strainer and se it aside.

Candied Lemon Peel:

Use a pairing knife or a peeler (if you’re a pussy) to remove strips of the peel while avoiding the nasty white pith. Cut the peel into narrow strips, and in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring your simple syrup to a simmer. Add the strips of lemon peel and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Your candied lemon peel is all done, and can be stored in the simple syrup until you are ready to use.

To make the cocktail:

Select several of the sexiest Thai basil leaves you can find and put the top portion of the sprig (the flower) for garnish.

Stack the leaves on top of each other and use a sharp knife to chiffonade into 1/4-inch strips. This will help to release the basil’s natural oils.  Add the strips to the bottom of your shaker.

Next, add the lemon juice, sparkling water, candied lemon peel, and Buddha’s hand cordial to your shaker.

Finally, add the vodka and the sherry. Briefly stir the ingredients together to incorporate. Add ice and give a quick shake for just a few seconds.

Pour the entire contents of your shaker into a tall glass.

The strips of Thai basil and lemon peel should disperse throughout the drink, clinging to the ice.

If they clump together, use a bar spoon to spread the strips throughout the glass.

Garnish with a Thai basil flower.

The aroma of the basil will fill your senses as you sip.

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Sun Jun

Bricco and La Panetteria for Lunch

This weekend I stopped by Bricco, an Italian sub / specialty foods store in the North End, and ordered the Panino. After visiting Bricco, which is hidden down an alleyway…

This weekend I stopped by Bricco, an Italian sub / specialty foods store in the North End, and ordered the Panino. After visiting Bricco, which is hidden down an alleyway almost out of site, we stepped next door to the equally hidden La Panetteria where I picked up an olive baguette. Regan and I ate in the park where it was absolutely beautiful out, and enjoyed some gelato after the fact!

I can’t believe more people don’t know about this diamond in the ruff. Both La Panetteria and Bricco were fairly busy, but it all seemed to be native Italian speakers. I found it added to the authenticity of the stores, and I really hope it stays that way!

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Wed Jul

4th of July Jello Shot Recipes for College Students

Star Spangled Jello Shots View the Recipe Ingredients: 3 ounces berry blue Jell-O 6 ounces blueberry vodka 1 package plain gelatin 2-1/2 ounces raspberry vodka 3 ounces sweetened condensed milk…

Star Spangled Jello Shots

Star Spangled Jello Shots

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Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces berry blue Jell-O
  • 6 ounces blueberry vodka
  • 1 package plain gelatin
  • 2-1/2 ounces raspberry vodka
  • 3 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 ounces strawberry Jell-O
  • 6 ounces strawberry vodka
  • Boiling water
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Heat six ounces water to boiling. Pour boiling water into a bowl with blue Jell-O and whisk until dissolved. Whisk in blueberry vodka.
  2. Pour into an 8 x 8-inch glass pan and refrigerate until solid.
  3. Once the blue layer is solid, sprinkle package of plain gelatin over five ounces of water in a small saucepan. Let sit for a few minutes, then turn on low heat, stirring constantly until gelatin is dissolved. Add sweetened condensed milk and whisk until incorporated. Remove from heat. Whisk in raspberry vodka.
  4. Pour mixture over the blue layer and return immediately to the refrigerator. Refrigerate until solid.
  5. Once the white layer is solid, heat six ounces water to boiling. Pour boiling water into a bowl with strawberry Jell-O and whisk until dissolved. Whisk in strawberry vodka.
  6. Pour mixture over the white layer and return immediately to the refrigerator. Refrigerate until solid.
  7. When Jell-O is completely set, sit bottom of pan in a small amount of hot water for one to two minutes to loosen. Run a knife around the edges of the Jell-O and turn over onto a large sheet pan sprayed lightly with cooking spray.
  8. Place the star-shaped cutter in hot water, then cut out shapes. (Alternatively, use a sharp knife to cut into blocks or other shapes.)

 

4th of July Jello Shooters

4th of July Jello Shooters

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Makes 72 mini or 24-30 regular shots (based on using mini muffin and regular sized pans.)Preparation: Lightly spray wells with bake spray. Wipe off excess (only a light coat is needed.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large blueberry Jell-O Box (prepared according to “fast set” box instructions)
  • 1 large cherry Jell-O Box (prepared according to “fast set” box instructions)
  • 2, 14oz cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups water; divided use
  • 8, single packs of Knox Gelatin, divided use
  • 2 cups of vodka, divided use

Instructions:

  1. Prepare blueberry and cherry Jell-O according to “fast set” instructions; set aside.
  2. Measure out ½ cup water into a bowl and sprinkle 2 packets of gelatin on top and allow to bloom for 2-3 minutes. Pour bloomed mixture into a saucepan over low heat. Stir mixture constantly until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and pour dissolved gelatin into blueberry Jell-O.  Add ½ cup of vodka to blueberry Jell-O mixture and stir to combine.
  3. Repeat step two for the cherry Jell-O.
  4. Empty sweetened, condensed milk into a bowl; set aside. Measure out 2 cups of water into a large shallow dish like a pie plate. Sprinkle 4 packets of gelatin on top and allow to bloom for about 2-3 minutes. Pour bloomed mixture into a saucepan over low heat. Stir the mixture constantly until the gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and pour the dissolved gelatin into the sweetened ,condensed milk. Add 1 cup vodka to mixture and stir to combine.

Assembly:

Note: For the mini muffin pans use one teaspoon for each layer. For a regular sized muffin pans use one tablespoon for each layer. Keep in mind that each subsequent layer will need less time to chill and set.

  1. Remove chilled pan from refrigerator. Measure and pour out 1 teaspoon or tablespoon of cherry Jell-O into wells. Transfer to the refrigerator and chill for about seven minutes to set.
  2. Remove the pan from the refrigerator. Measure and pour one teaspoon or tablespoon of sweetened, condensed milk on top of cherry layer. Return pan to refrigerator and chill for 5-7 minutes to set.
  3. Remove the pan from refrigerator. Measure and pour one teaspoon or tablespoon of blueberry Jell-O on top of the sweetened, condensed milk layer. Return  pan to refrigerator and chill for 3-5 minutes to set.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until the wells are filled.

To remove:

  1. Gently press finger into Jello shots and pull it towards the center away from the walls. Use a finger from your other hand to leverage out the Jello shot.

4th of July Jello shots

4th of July Jello Shots

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makes 16
24 hrs

Bottoms up!

  • 1 package (3 oz) watermelon jello
  • 1 package (3 oz) berry blue jello
  • 2 cups Malibu coconut rum
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar (depending on your sweetness preference)

Boil 1 cup of water. Empty watermelon jello packet into a large bowl. Pour boiling water over jello powder. Stir until jello dissolves. Add one cup of coconut rum. Stir. Pour into shot glasses filling the glass only 1/3 of the way. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours or until jello is firm.

Boil 1 cup of water. Empty berry blue jello packet into a large bowl. Pour boiling water over jello powder. Stir until jello dissolves. Add one cup of coconut rum. Stir. Pour into shot glasses over red jello filling the glasses only 2/3 of the way. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours or until jello is firm.

In a large bowl, beat heavy whipping cream and sugar together until stiff peaks form.

When ready to serve, top shots with whipped cream!

 

 Layered Jello Shots for 4th of July

Layered Jello shots

4th of July Jello Shots Flag

4th of July Jello shots Flag

4th of July Jello Shot Squares

fourth of July Jello shot Chunks

Grand Finale Jello Shots

4th of July Jello Shots

 

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