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Tough Cookie Podcast Episode 002- Michelle Mitchell with Humm Kombucha

April 19th, 2017 Posted by Podcast Episodes No Comment yet

It’s the second episode of Tough Cookie, and I had the pleasure of interviewing Michell Mitchel, co-founder and Chief Cultural Angel at Humm Kombucha! In this episode we talk good vibes, motherhood, and just going for it in a new business. 


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Design Trends: Thirsty Script and Book Design

April 18th, 2017 Posted by Design, Typography No Comment yet

I’m always at my local library, and I love checking out the “what’s new” on the the non-fiction book shelf when you walk in. I have to say, the last few months I’ve been noticing a design pattern on book covers! A particular script font that is being used quite a bit… Thirsty Script in Rough and Regular. Just take a look:


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Tough Cookie Podcast Episode 001- Lisa Sipe with Binary Star Systems

April 15th, 2017 Posted by Podcast Episodes No Comment yet

In this maiden voyage of the podcast, I interview Lisa Sipe with Binary Star Systems, and we talk about food apps, design and business. There’s a few shenanigans at the end, too.


Tough Cookie Podcast – Episode 000 – Intro and Sneak Peek!

April 15th, 2017 Posted by Podcast Episodes No Comment yet

Here’s a mini episode to share what Tough Cookie is about, and a little bit about who’s coming up on the podcast!


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Homemade Pizza Night!

March 22nd, 2017 Posted by Bread, Food, Main Dishes No Comment yet

2017 is well on it’s way… how is it the end of March already?! I have landed on my word for the year, and I’m dreaming up all kinds of ways to apply it in my life. My word is G R O W. That’s yours? 

Grow and dough kinda go hand-in-hand. It’s an easy connection, especially when yeast is involved. Watching dough expand in the bowl is fun! Well, I don’t usually sit there and watch it, it’s more like I check up on it occasionally. But just like a little plant in the garden or my young niece, I get excited over growth. I also get excited over pizza. 


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Salted Chocolate Truffle Cookies (Gluten Free)

February 13th, 2017 Posted by Baked, Desserts, Holidays No Comment yet

I love Valentine’s Day! I know it’s over commercialized, but I love finding ways to make it personal to me and Joel, and the other people in my life that I love. I believe it’s always a good thing to celebrate love and to share love with others.


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Spicy Fuego Wings with Lime Cilantro Dipping Sauce

February 3rd, 2017 Posted by Appetizers, Food, Grilling, Meat, Sauces No Comment yet

This post has been YEARS in the making. I made these once about 7 years ago, and they were delicious but suuuuper spicy. Those chipotle chilis in adobo deliver! I always wanted to remake them, but this time I wanted to tame the sauce just a teeny bit. The result was a delicious, sticky, medium heat chicken wing, with the added fun of a dipping sauce. 


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Top 10 posts of 2016

December 30th, 2016 Posted by Food, Lists No Comment yet

2016. Wow. Can’t say I’m sorry to see you going. With everything that’s happened, it’s a good thing I had food and drink to comfort me. 


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Create a mood board for 2017

December 21st, 2016 Posted by Design, Goals, Lifestyle No Comment yet

Goals are great, I totally love goals. But sometimes articulating my goals is  a little hard and a little too specific. A mood board for the year is like a baby step towards a goal. As a graphic designer, I build mood boards for my clients often – it’s usually one of the first things I send to them before we fully get going on a project. 


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3 Tips for Better Oven Fried Chicken

December 19th, 2016 Posted by Food, Main Dishes, Meat No Comment yet

My mom used to make oven fried chicken a lot. I remember coming home on Sundays from church, and we were likely to have one of three dishes: Pot roast, meatloaf, or oven fried chicken. Mashed potatoes on the side, no matter what. When I was little, my parents didn’t cook many dishes that were outside of those classic American staples, but they cooked each one of them well. I loved my Mom’s oven fried chicken, but I tried to make it recently and I felt like it could use a few modern improvements (no offense, Mom, I love you!) 


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