rain.

For those of you in my neck of the woods, you know exactly what I’m talking about. We’ve got nothing but rain. This was the Lakeshore Walking Trail about 2 hours ago. So on this rainy day, I have been spending my time between dog sitting, writing cover letters, reading, and catching up on some of my favorite blogs. Maybe you’ll feel inspired enough to start following some. Check them out. They are good people.

Some blogs you should check out:

  • For the photographer: We Live Young : This chick is a teenager, a professional photographer, and a gypsy. I love it. I love her photos. AND I love her writing.
  • For the foodie: Blank Palate : This is actually written by a girl I went to high school with. She probably doesn’t even remember me but I love her blog and find it really inspiring. What is she doing? She is learning more about the fascinating culture and cooking of Spain. She did what everyone else says they are going to do. She picked up and moved to Spain and is living the dream. ME NEXT. Guest post Marti?
  • For the fashionista: Atlantic – Pacific : This lady is hitting up some major fashion blogger awards. She’s been featured in all kinds of magazine spreads and fashionista’s around the world are taking notice of her unique style. You know me… I love all those bracelets.
  • For the new architectural intern: Intern 101 : Lulu is her online pseudonym; however, she IS a licensed architect and she has written a lot of helpful posts that help us “new guys” find our way in the working world. For anyone soon to be partaking in the professional field, I recommend this blog. Not only because it’s helpful, but also because she advises readers on the basics that we new graduates often forget about when entering the working world. From how to dress, how to act professionally, how to talk to your boss… AND she responds to questions really quickly. AND she’s from The South.
  • For inspirationThe Obsessive Imagist : What can say, she posts about really cool images. Rather, the things that inspire her.
  • For the graphic designer: Logo Design Love : First, I’ve got to get the book that coincides with the blog. Second, I am strangely fascinated by logo design and branding. I think it takes a really creative person to create a logo that is meant to be a single image that stands for what a company is, it’s particular look, and what they stand for. Just think… try to create your own personal logo — where do you start??
Today I am thankful for: having power.

GOOD DOG : Chattanooga, TN

GOOD DOG

I love Chattanooga! And this restaurant has to be at least one reason why. Read what GOOD DOG has to say about their own awesome place:

GOOD DOG is a quick-service restaurant that serves great food in the form of all-beef, natural casing hot dogs, the very best veggie dogs, homemade chili, hand-cut twice-fried fries, fresh salads with hand-crafted dressings and freshly baked cupcakes.  We are committed to making fresh, fast food accessible to all while keeping it affordable, fun and socially responsible.

GOOD DOG believes in GOOD things, GOOD food, GOOD folks, GOOD times and a GOOD earth.  Our restaurant was built using re-claimed and re-purposed materials.  We strive in daily operation to minimize waste, promote recycling and create the smallest environmental footprint possible.  Our french fry oil is collected and used as bio-diesel fuel.  We believe that one fry at a time, we can help to make a difference.

AWESOME, right? We were off in the North Shore District in Chattanooga (checking out 1 of the 6 gear shops we looked at during our awesome road trip) and I pass by a door way that looks something like this…

ummm… yes please.

So, I see a Cupcake with a halo and then a Hot Dog with a halo and I’m as good as done. This is where we were meant to be. Check out the menu.

I got the BBQ Dog and my boyfriend got the Chicago dog. They were EPIC. So epic that I forgot to take pics of them (sad day, I know). I was just way too excited.  But check out my other pics.

Crown Molding and Door Frames

Their counter tops are accented with old crown molding and old door frames. I love this.

Yes Ma’am – GOOD CUPCAKE

I LOVE CAKE.

These guys rock! Check out the main website here and check out their blog here and make sure you show your support and go there.

Cooking Tragedy: Jim ‘n Nicks Cheese Biscuits …

The Muffins

Today I didn’t eat lunch at work. And after a 9 hour day, I was pretty hungry. I half heartedly expected there to be food in our break room; however, (to my utter disappointment) there was no birthday this week and no left overs from all-nighters or take-out from the previous day.

I wanted something savory, delicious, and a finger food. So, it popped into my head that I was going to attempt to make Jim ‘n Nicks Cheese Biscuits. Ohhhhh Yummy Yummy. So I did just that.

I borrowed the recipe from gas•tron•o•my (My husband likes astronomy, I prefer gastronomy). You can find the recipe here. Or below. But she has better pics on her blog.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar >> I substituted this for splenda baking “sugar”
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten well
  • 4 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Directions:

    Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Butter or spray the 12 molds in a regular-size muffin pan.

    Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl and set aside. Whisk egg, milk, butter, and vanilla together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside. Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and, with the whisk or a rubber spatula, gently but quickly stir to blend.

    If you should decide to make these wonderful little morsels here are some tips that others added to the gastronomy blog… (and maybe I should’ve read those before I already poured the batter into the muffin pans.)

    Incorporate shredded cheese into batter. Do not over mix.

    Divide batter evenly among greased muffin tins. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. When fully baked, the tops of the biscuits will be golden and springy to the touch and a thin knife inserted into the center of the biscuits will come out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool for 5 minutes before carefully removing each biscuit from its mold.

    Makes 10 to 12 biscuits.” (I doubled the ingredients and it made 36 mini muffins)

    Seemingly Innocent Muffin... I think not.

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    Something went horribly wrong!!!

    My muffins look beautiful but they have the consistency of something gummy. I’m having a hard time putting it into words. Its like the ingredients never bonded together and it has an overcooked cheese look to the center but the consistency of a hard paste or gross playground foam. GROSS. Just Look…

    Nasty Playground Foam or... Cheese Biscuit !?!

    Tips?:

    • Maybe try using Buttermilk instead of regular milk.
    • Somewhere in there Corn Meal needs to be used. One person suggested using 1/2 flour and 1/2 Self Rising Corn Meal.
    • Possibly reduce the sugar to 1/2 c.
    • It needs some salt
    • And probably REAL SUGAR. Silly me. **I’m still learning!!!!

    Any Suggestions? … Help. Me.

    Mr. Mike Frodsham

    So with all of my freetime that I now have (it being summer and all and me being jobless) … I have time to check out new and cool blogs as well as some great cheeky satirical art. Today, I found this cool guy named Mr. Mike Frodsham, who came up in the wordpress.com website. Check him out! I really like his art — and I honestly don’t usually like comic style art. Some of it seems comic book-esque while other pieces seem very art deco and caught in the 1920’s-40’s with a new age twist.

    So here are some works by Mr. Mike Frodsham:

    "Bugger..."

    Check out his blog here!