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Pretty Pretty Princess

I have discovered, via stumbling within the hollowed halls of Pinterest, the coolest Disney princess art site ever… Peruse and enjoy! Then come back and read the rest of my blog…

First of all, kudos to the artists who created these pieces. I’m not that skilled, nor that creative. I appreciate good art work.

Second, thanks for taking a generation’s beloved characters and turning them into a new kind of art. Though I don’t agree with all of the renditions, it was a ton of fun to flip through these (keep in mind that there is new art on this page constantly!).

Blogs about my thoughts on Disney are in the works as I type. I write a 30-page paper in college about the subject and was told I should have it published in a journal. Now, I don’t know about all that, but I think some of my thoughts are legit, so I have been working on fleshing out more of those ideas and will share pieces of it soon.

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Barefoot & Bluejean Night

In case you don’t know what a wonderfully perfect summer evening consists off, here’s my list…

1. good food. This should go without saying, but hey, some people are weird and this wouldn’t be on their list. Need a tip or two for accomplishing good food? Look for my Gingerbread Softies* recipe (I got this recipe from http://www.danamadeit.com) at the bottom of this blog.

2. good weather. Not that this is controlled by man or anything, but it is a help when creating that perfect summer evening.

3. good friends. You know, the kind you can have lighthearted and/or serious conversation with, all while playing cards. That kind of “good friends.” I have friends like this and I’m grateful.

1+2+3 = perfect summer evening.


* Gingerbread Softies
These cookies flatten and crack as they cool. The secret in keeping them soft is to remove them from the oven as soon as they are set but before they start to brown.

2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups flour
4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
l/2 tsp. salt

Cream together the sugar and shortening. Add eggs and beat until thick. Add the molasses and stir until combined.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Add to creamed mixture and stir just until blended. If the dough is very soft (hot day? warm kitchen?), wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.Shape into 1” balls and roll in sugar. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350º for 7 – 10 minutes or just until set but before they start to brown.


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Cake Mix Rice Krispie Treats

So here’s the thing…

I was given a recipe for Cake Mix Rice Krispie Treats and I thought they sounded good. The concept was simple: make Rice Krispie Treats as usual, but add dry cake batter to the melted marshmallows and it will make the treats chewy and tasty. Liars…

The recipe should have said: Add dry cake batter to the melted marshmallow to make your treats SUPER hard and rock-like.

So I’m left with two options:

1. give up on Cake Rice Krispie Treats as a bad job

OR

2. come up with a different recipe/ratio so that they turn out the way I envisioned.

Quandary…


A Fickle Mistress


“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.”

~from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

Sentiment. It’s a fickle mistress. I’m not the most sentimental person but I’m not a brick wall either. I used to be, but that’s another story. As of late, however, I have found myself forced into a sort of reverie about change, which has caused my sentiment. I have a love/hate relationship with how this sort of reflection feels. I’m not quite sure what to do with it… hence “fickle mistress.” ….just in case the metaphor was too labored for you….

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.”
~from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

An old friend has recently reentered my life. After years of separation, it was life a breath of fresh air to have that friendship back. We have both grown a great deal and it has made our renewed friendship stronger. But the same day I got her back is the day that I found out that she is leaving soon. Though we will still be friends, it won’t be quite the same. It’s like have a comfy blanket suddenly ripped off your shoulders on a cold day.

And a friend of four years has also recently left me (well, left my geographic location). Since meeting her during her senior year of high school, she has become a friend and sister and I will miss her dearly. Saying “goodbye” was a bit like the sadness at ending a good book where the characters are so real you know what their voices sound like.

So what do these two lovely ladies have to do with my sentiment and reverie? Their recent and eminent departure from the area has caused me to ponder my relationships and how important they have become to me. They are important enough that it hurts my heart. There was a time that I thought this was a bad thing, a weak thing. Now, I think it’s a real thing. It’s real to feel something. It’s real to feel connection and emotion.

Though I’m thrilled with the paths their lives are taking, I’m envious of those they will soon meet… I fear being replaced. Though I’m excited for the next stages of their lives, I’m sad to say goodbye to friends so dear… what if things aren’t they same.

Don’t misunderstand; I’m not scared of change. But like any thrilling book or epic film, I’m not ready for something great to end. Though I know something awesome is just waiting to be read or watched, saying goodbye to the characters I so love and care for isn’t easy.

“For to have faith, is to have wings…”
~from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan