Blue Hats, Nose Pickers, and Name Tags

It’s been awhile since my last post. I haven’t deserted this blog though. Lately I’ve been keeping busy with day-to-day life and school and sports. I’ve been actively writing, attending Muay Thai classes, and I’m in the thick of a psychology course online, all of which have been engaging and refreshing. Learning new things is fascinating.
.
In fact, I have decided today’s post will be about learning. I recently read (in the psychology course) that there was a psychologist who stated that to learn was to observe. And I’ve found that to be true. Just observing small details around us can enrich everyday experiences and tune your perception to a level that even you may have never thought possible. Supermarkets, sidewalks, and streets are perfect to use to exercise your mind. As a test, look around for a moment, then close your eyes and try to remember how many blue hats, nose pickers, or name tags you saw. Call up random questions to keep your mind on its toes. If that were possible.
.
The act of being aware of your surroundings, however pointlessly dull or exceedingly paranoid it may seem to you, may actually serve to save your life or another’s one day. It’s worth the ongoing practice. After all, we learn from the second we are born to the second we die, so why not make it a better overall experience?
.
One never knows their own limits until they are surpassed and a new point is set forth, this time a goal.

Outdoor Photography and Reverse Videos

I’ve been doing some photo posts lately, so I decided to do a real post with words. Over the past couple weeks, I took lots of pictures of my backyard: the trees, blossoms, flowers, new plants, and tulips… (also, you can see that I’ve been using A Beautiful Mess‘ new photography app available on the App Store!)

.

.

.

.

My brother and I bought an app that reverses videos, and we have had a BLAST playing around with that. Some things to experiment with if you like reverse videos:

.

  • Pick flowers = place flowers and join them to their stems
  • Spray water = draw up water from the ground
  • Jump out of a tree (carefully!) = leap into a tree
  • Eat food = take food out of your mouth whole/
  • Tear paper into little pieces and sprinkle them = pick up pieces of paper using “the Force” and join them seamlessly.
  • Crinkle paper up = smooth paper out

.

Have fun!

Bite-Sized Post: Top 5 Recipe Voting!

Vote on one of these 5 recipes from here and check next Monday to see which won!

.

Over the Weekend

.

This weekend, I stayed with my dad and brother in a hotel. Some of the things we did included eating a burrito out of a styrofoam coffee cup, watching more than one Harry Potter movie, and in the process, I neglected my blog! Aah! Well, now I have something to write about. We walked around an outdoor mall. First of all, we got to watch a full grown man put himself into a small plastic box, then we moved on to  different shops. Later on (after my brother bought himself a giant multi-colored balloon hat, of course) we went into a place that did henna tattoos. I got one on my arm and I love it! The woman rubbed my arm with henna oil, then drew the tattoo, and finally sprayed it with a lemon sugar water mix. I noticed that the woman who did it had a green cone that held the henna ink. Now that I think about it, I remember seeing something just like it at the Indian grocery. Guess who will be experimenting with that…? A henna tattoo, two bags of taffy, a giant balloon hat, and three taco bowls later, we left. What a weekend.

.

Chive + Onion Cream Dip

.

You’ll need:

1 cup cream cheese

2 tablespoons blue, feta, or any other special soft cheese

1 teaspoon dried, chopped chives

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

.

In a large bowl, whip together the cream cheese and soft cheese using a rubber spatula, whisk, or hand-held electronic whisk. Slow whipping speed and add chopped chives, onion and garlic powder, and salt. Serve with potato chips. Enjoy!

.

This recipe is great for summer get-togethers or anytime of the year. Until later! 🙂

Lunch, My Vintage Suitcase, and {FINALLY} the Hair Bow Tutorial

For lunch today, I made my brother and I some well-done quesadillas and a dairy free chocolate coconut milkshake. The quesadillas are pretty simple. You just shed a little mozzarella cheese onto a white corn tortilla, crush some feta cheese on top, and sprinkle a dash of garlic salt onto all that. Then, you cook it in a toaster oven (NOT a microwave!) set at the ‘toast’ setting until the cheese is golden brown. Ta da!

.

.

Here is the recipe for the dairy free chocolate milkshake:

.

Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Milkshake

.

You’ll need:

.

1 tbs. dairy free hot chocolate mix

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk

1 drop Sweet Drops English Toffee liquid stevia OR 1 quick squirt of agave (optional)

1 scoop coconut ice cream (any flavor, I used vanilla)

A sprinkle of vanilla powder (optional)

.

Turn over a glass cup with a flat rim. Set rim in almond milk for a second. Then press rim into a small amount of the hot chocolate mix. Whisk together the almond milk and hot chocolate mix in a cup until combined. Whisk in the vanilla powder. Add liquid stevia or agave. Add the coconut ice cream. Enjoy!

.

.

If you aren’t dairy free, then just use your “regular” dairy-containing milk and ice cream. I’m slightly lactose intolerant, but I used whole milk mint chip ice cream. Have fun with your milkshakes! Dip the rim in honey, agave, jam, or peanut butter for a different flavor. This milkshake recipe is mainly meant as a starting point for you guys to expand on. In the comments section, you can post your variations on this recipe!

.

I bought a vintage suitcase at a local store for $38. I was around $40 at first, then I took a chance and waited until it went on sale. I bought it later. What a grab! (It’s for display because it’s old and I don’t want it to be damaged on plane trips.)

.

.

I finally decided to upload the pictures for the hair bow DIY like I promised. I will post them in episodes. Today I am showing the first 4 steps. Keep checking for the next parts!

.

.

Well, this has to be the longest post ever! I hope you liked it. Don’t be afraid to comment and be sure to like and follow me.

.

Blueberry Breakfast, Photographs, and Minecraft

Hi there! Checking up on my blog for today’s technology. I decided to share a few photos of what my mom made for breakfast. You can find the recipe for the blueberry yogurt here. She’s still developing the blueberry scone recipe, though.

.

.

Blueberry Chia Yogurt

1 cup plain yogurt

3 – 4 drops liquid stevia

2 tsp chia seeds

3/4 cups fresh blueberries

1/4 tsp almond extract

.

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients together except for blueberries. Carefully stir in berries a little at a time, making sure not to crush them. Enjoy!

.

My mom is a wonderful cook. She makes an amazing pizza and a dangerous, very dangerous, mac-n-cheese. We have been known to eat almost an entire pan in one night. It is dangerous. But everything she makes is 100% gluten-free, vegetarian, organic, and healthy. The blueberry scones above are gluten free and they tasted great.

.

My brother and I have been playing Minecraft lately on our iPhones, and I have him helping me work on a giant quartz palace. (In creative mode, of course.) Do you any of you readers play Minecraft? I know only one girl who plays it other than me. I have to warn you, I am not the type of girl who doesn’t get involved in dares, sword fights with metal poles, spitting contests, (oh yes) or wrestling matches. Yes, I have experienced those things more than once.That isn’t to say I don’t like girly things like hair bows, shopping, and clothes.

.

I will be posting a DIY project either later today or tomorrow. Maybe a hair bow tutorial? Until then!

First live post

The Scribbling Pixie blog is live with no password protect! Had to share these photos. Edited on my iPhone using Repix, Pixlr-O-Matic, (my personal favorite), and Photo Toaster.

.

 

The cilantro are from the Indian grocery, my dad took the picture of the Argentine cactus, and my mom made the fruit salad. It had kiwis, apples, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, a little mint, and essence of lime. Notice I use past tense — had.

.

photo 1

Countdown to Launch!

As you may have noticed, on the right bar there is a countdown to the 23rd. That’s when this blog is LIVE to the world. There will be…

  • no password/username login
  • this new theme (Adelle. I love it!)
  • more pictures + posts
  • more DIYs
  • (hopefully) more comments + views
  • more followers

 

.

I have categorized this post in The Scribbling Pixie’s Fantastic Idea because it is a fantastic idea. 🙂 Be sure to tell your friends about The Scribbling Pixie and tell them to enter the cookie contest!!!