Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dale & Danny

One of my best friends, Dale, got married this past weekend! It was definitely one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been to. She and Danny are perfect for each other...and I can't believe I actually just admitted that fact, being the cynic that I usually am. And I also can't believe that she allowed me to design and illustrate her wedding programs!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

balloon race

Today Rebecca and I drove around the neighborhood chasing after the hot air balloons while singing along to Taylor Swift.

balloon glow

Last night my roommates and I went to the Balloon Glow in Forest Park!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

brown paper bags

When I lived at home I used to make my sister lunch and doodle about our day on her brown paper lunch bags. I found a huge stash of these in her room last weekend.

Sunday, August 22, 2010


A few weeks ago I read a Time magazine article (Inside the Minds of Animals) by Jeffrey Kluger about the intelligence of animals. Kanzi is a 29 year old Bonobo who uses a glossary of words that he points to so he can communicate with others. The word for kale is not in his vocabulary list, so instead he calls it slow lettuce because it takes more time for him to chew than regular lettuce.

I think that is pretty much the cutest thing ever.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Whoah Whoah Whoah! (Lollapalooza 2010)

I had been looking forward to this weekend all summer and I can’t believe it’s already happened! Last weekend I reunited with some of my college friends for Lollapalooza in Chicago. I am so happy I had the chance to see them again before we went our separate ways around the country. We got to see amazing performances by some of my favorite bands including Metric, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, MGMT, Spoon, Stars, Arcade Fire, The New Pornographers, and Phoenix…just to name a few. But by far, Lady Gaga’s performance was the most dramatic and entertaining, with quite a few breaks for wardrobe changes, of course. Even though I know she scares many people…I won’t deny the fact that I may have a little crush on her.

We entertained ourselves during the hour-long train rides into the city with Andrew’s magic trick performances and card games.

We became pros at sneaking in our lunches.

We were forbidden to take off our wristband for three days. And then when it was over I didn’t want to take it off.

Since I am so short, this was my view for most performances.

Staking out spots by the front of the stage is hard work. I don’t like standing for long periods of time so I tried sitting on the ground until performances began, despite the fact that people think it’s okay to walk on top of you.

I hate crowd surfers. They stick their dirty feet in my face.

Janna and I tried out both the truffle oil fries and the sweet potato fries.

“The Spikey Things” a.k.a. our meeting spot.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Danny's Mojitos

The other night my friend taught me how to make the best mojitos. After half an hour of slicing, squeezing, stirring, and muddling, we finally enjoyed them outside by the pool. They were definitely worth the effort. I would post the recipe for you…but it’s a secret. And yes, this is my second post about mojitos in less than two weeks.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

m&m's on the floor

This is what happens when you rush to clear off the kitchen table too quickly.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

basil for my pizza

I’m not going to be posting much for the next couple weeks or so because I’ll be out of town. But I will try to sketch while I’m in NYC and Chicago so there will many posts when I return. Don’t miss me too much!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Chocolate Cream Pie

My sister requested that I bake her a chocolate pie. And I did since I am pretty much the bestest sister ever. Here is the recipe:

1 1/3 cups chocolate wafer crumbs or chocolate graham cracker crumbs
5 tbs. melted butter
1/4 cups sugar

1/3 cups sugar
1/4 cups cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
4 egg yolks
3 cups milk
5 oz. melted bittersweet chocolate
2 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate
2 tbs. softened butter
1 tsp. vanilla

3/4 cups chilled heavy cream
1 tbs. sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together crumbs, butter, and sugar and press on the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake until crisp, around 12-14 minutes and cool on a rack.

Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, salt, and yolks in a 3-quart heavy saucepan until combined and then whisk in milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat while whisking constantly. Reduce heat and continue whisking for another minute until the filling has thickened. Whisk in chocolates, butter, and vanilla. Cover surface of filling with tin foil or wax paper and cool completely (about 2 hours).

Spoon filling into crust, cover and chill pie for 6 hours.

Before serving, beat cream and sugar until it holds stiff peaks and spoon on top of pie.

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