Sunday, December 11, 2011

Photo Card

My dad called me on Sunday and said "Soooooo I think we need a Christmas card...could you make this tonight?"
Yes Dad, I sure can....because I am a super speedy designer!!!!
And we have this awesome new family photo so I just dropped it into one of the many super cute Shutterfly Christmas card designs they have and BOOM! Holiday cheer is now coming your way from our faimly to yours! :) HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It's Real for Us

When I was ten or eleven years old, I was given a three book series entitled Harry Potter. They included: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Little did I know that over a decade later, they would still affect me the way they did back in my days as a fourth grader. As a true member of the Potter Generation I know that I am not alone in this obsession. It's this magical notion that there is something greater out there and lets us escape and imagine what it would be like to receive our letter from Hogwarts and be told "Yer a Wizard" (don't lie, you read that in Hagrid's voice). Personally, I've read the first four books around five times and the entire series twice, it just never gets old to me. With each time through there are certain things that I have forgotten and come back to me with incredible clarity. As well as characters whom didn't make the cut for the movie, but still add their own special touch to the journey of Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Another thing that I've come to realize as an adult, besides the fact that what these wizard fifth graders accomplish is mind blowing, is the amount of comradery that takes place. Harry Potter is about friendship, loyalty, love, and the incredible things you can accomplish if you surround yourself with positive friends and family. Books that grow with you are the best books out there. Ones that you can relate to your life not only as a small child but as a teen, adult, parent, lover, and friend. So for all of you out there who have also grown up knowing and loving J.K. Rowling's stories, I commend you. For those of you who have not, pick up a book and see the kind of magic you have been missing. And for those who have seen the movies but have never read the should be shunned. I mean seriously? You call yourself a Potterhead? Please.

----Mischief Managed

Friday, November 18, 2011

2 Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

OK, so this is not even funny how easy making this cake is. Seriously, 2 minutes until you have delicious chocolate greatness sitting in front of you. I found this recipe on The Family Kitchen blog and it is sooo easy(that's where the picture is from too...sorry no photos of my own creation)

I've always been interested by these "mug cakes" that I see all of the time on Pinterest and every other dessert blog, but never though twice about making them because they have to be like a million WW Points right??? WRONG! The recipe I found ended up being only 10, and when I substituted the JIF peanut butter with my Better'n Butter it ended up being only 6. I can handle 6. So off I went to the kitchen to prepare my very first mug cake.
As I was prepping, my roommates were super confused since I was just scooping out ingrediants with my tablespoon and plopping them into a bowl. "Whatcha doing?" they asked. "Making a cake!" I replied while trying to resist the urge to lick the fork covered in batter. Of course they were a bit skeptical about the fantastic-ness that is a mug cake and that a microwave would actually be able to create something so wonderfull. After eveything was mixed, I just poured it into my mug, popped it in the microwave for 1 minute and POOF, we had cake. Magical was the only way my roomates ended up describing my dessert, simply magical.

So luckily I only buy 6 eggs at time, and I have only 1 left, otherwise I would be making this every night, and it would be horrible. That is the downside to a mug cake, it involves a LOT of resistance and self control once you realize how incredibly easy it is to have the perfect amount of cake at your fingertips. Hope you enjoy!

Two Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

1 egg

1 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp peanut butter

1 Tbsp flour

1 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp baking powder

a small handful of chocolate chips (optional)
In a small bowl, stir the egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, flour, cocoa and baking powder with a fork. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a greased ramekin or mug. Microwave for 1 minute. Eat straight from the ramekin or mug, or invert onto a plate. Serves 1.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Seven Years Ago...

This Saturday marks the anniversary of when Eric asked me to be his girlfriend, and we were officially "dating". It all seems so silly when I look back on it. We were both sophomores in high school and I had a HUGE crush on him. It was after a football game and we didn't want to go home so we drove around looking for something to do. That eventually led us to the park where I wanted to swing sooo bad...because who doesn't love swinging?  So as were swinging (or more accurately I'm swinging he was just kinda swaying back and forth) he says to me "I don't know why it's taking me so long". Not really knowing what he's talking about I replied..."to do what?". And he simply looked at me and replied "to ask you out."
So that's how it happened lol nothing incredibly romantic but it was perfect. I remember driving back to my house and kissing him in the car. Then running inside to tell my sister Angie what happened and how completely STOKED I was :) And somehow through the drama of high school, craziness of friends, and the four years of being apart during college we've made it this far and are getting married next September.

Someone once posted a question on Facebook asking "what is love?" and I remember thinking really hard about this, but coming up with this answer:

Love is when you think about your future and can't imagine it with anyone else besides him. When you're angry at eachother you want to cry, scream, run away from him but at the same time need to hold him so tight because that is the only way everything is going to feel right again. He's the one you call when you have good news, and who's shoulder you cry on when life seems to be crashing down. You start your day with him on your mind, and end your day with his voice in your ear. Love is complex, it involves work, commitement, faithfullness, can be delicate as a bubble or tough as stone. Love is great, love is fun, goofy, random, and steady. Love is a blessing, cherish it.

I love you Eric, I truly do. You bring out the best of me and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you. Thank you for everything, I'll see you tonight, happy anniversary :)


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Big and Beautiful

I love Miss Piggy, always have. But whats not to love? A sassy, stylish pig who tells it like it is,  a hopeless romantic with a frog, AND she does karate??? True diva if you ask me :)

I decided to post this quote I found from her because I absolutely LOVE what it says. "Style comes in all sahpes and sizes. Therefore the bigger you are, the more style you have." so true. For the past few months I have been a member of Weight Watchers. I absolutely think this is the best way to lose weight, so if you're thinking about joining, but just don't know...DO IT! Its a lifetyle change, not a diet, and I have actually found success with it! So far I have lost a little over 10 pounds and I am really starting to notice the change.

 The reason I'm saying all this along with my big and beautiful Miss Piggy quote, is because as I'm looking at myself in the mirror, I have noticed changes with the weight loss, but I've also decided that I do NOT want to lose my curves. I want to be HEALTHY not SKINNY, and the differance between those two words is crucial to young girls today as they watch models and celebrities on television and movies. Mothers, stress to your little girls that being healthy is so much more important than being skinny. Curves are beautiful, they are natrual and georgouse. Women should be build for comfort, not speed. And I don't know about you but I'd rather be a size 8 and have an amazing hour glass figure, then a size 2 and be nothing bone.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Family Matters

I am sooooo excited for this weekend!!! Like looking forward to it since last weekend excited. What is the reason for this overall thrill for the weekend you ask?
Two words:




I know most people wouldn't be this pumped for a picture of their family but I AM! Its not just a family photo of my parents and sisters. this is my ENTIRE mothers side. EVERYONE! My mom has two sisters and three brothers, they each have at least two children and half of all my cousins are married and have kids of their own so its going to be a very LARGE photo. The idea of everyone in the same place, is just exciting to me. Mainly because that hasn't happened in years. We usually get mostly everyone around for Christmas but even then there is maybe one or two people who spend the holiday away with girlfriends in foreign countries (not kidding) or live in different states so its hard. But not this weekend! What makes this gathering even better is that after the photo session we are all gathering at my parents house and having a spaghetti dinner!! My mom makes the BEST spaghetti sauce you've ever had, seriously, its the best. (I'm getting the cook to make it for my!) Everyone eating, laughing, telling stories, and having a wonderful time is just 24 hours away and I can't wait!!!
A more selfish reason I can't wait is because for this picture I have a super cute skirt and heels I'm going to rock, not to mention the loss of 10 pounds and a new hair style to show off!  I love my family so much, but there has always been this notion in my brain that I've looked different than all of the other girls. The girls in  my family are beautiful, each and every one of them are so cute and petite. Then there is me; a bit voluptuous (which is my nice word for slightly overweight) and crazy curly hair instead of awesomely straight and easy to style. Don't get me wrong, I know I look good most of the time, I love my curves, and I can rock any heels you throw at me...but still. Ya know? *sigh*
OK whining Beth is gone.
Still super pumped for the weekend!!!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

A New Direction

Ok, so I've been analyzing my blog choices lately and I think I have come to a conclusion. As much as I enjoy tumbler...I think I need to separate my priorities. I have two blogs at the moment, both titled "A Soliloquy by Bethany" and I think I will be separating them by Design Post/Images, and Other Posts. We'll see how this goes.


My first random post of kindness ;) Is a recipe that I have tried, loved, and made again several times.


These cupcakes are just too good to be true. I mean seriously...just 2 cupcakes??? who dosen't have that little craving for something sweet, but doesn't want to deal with having a dozen or more cupcakes around to tempt you for the rest of the week? I sure dont't.

so last night I tried out this recepie and OMG it is just too perfect. Not only are they super yummy, you only have one bowl to lean up and after snacing on those 2 cupcakes you are satisfied and there isn't a third or ourth cupcake staring at you...just begging you to take one more bite.

Heaven :)

I topped mine off with just a little of peanut butter, but you can use anything your sweet little heart craves.


serves 2

1 egg white

2 tbs sugar

2 tbs buttet, melted

1 tsp vanilla (yes, a full teaspoon - they are super vanilla-y!)

1/4 cup flour

1/4 heaping tsp of baking powder

pinch of salt

1 1/2 tbs milk

Prehead oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 2 liners.

In a bowl, add egg white and sugar and whisk until combined. Add in vanilla and melted butter and stir until mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until mooth. Stir in milk. Divide batter equally between the 2 cupcake liners.

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, or until cake is set. Let cool completely, then frost as desired.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


My freshman year of college, Mom sent me a care package along with a card that said "Break the monotony. Do something strange and extravagant!" I have always loved that quote and have been meaning to frame it.
I started thinking about that quote today though, and you know what? I actually HAVE done things that are both strange and extravagant, well at least I think they are.
And being the queen of organization that I am of course I am going to make a list, and continue to add to it as time goes on.
SO! Here it is...draft one:

(in no particular order)
- eat escargot
- travel around Italy and in doing so see TONS of the art that I studied in art history
- go to Las Vegas
- parasail
- LOVE somebody
- sing in the choir for a performance of Carmina Burana
- see 2 Broadway Musicals in NYC
- taste squid ink risotto
- race on a go cart team
- competed and won awards in a beauty pageant
- play the lead role in Bye Bye Birdie and Our Town as well as perform in dozens of other shows
- graduated from college
- go on a cruise
- see Niagara Falls
- get a tattoo...or two
- climb all 463 steps to the top of the Duomo in Florence
- swim in the ocean
- see Geofe and MaryAlice from Ace of Cakes (and ask what their fav. color is)
- shoot a bow and arrow
- karaoke for a room full of strangers
- pose nude for a photograph

...well there's a start! :D

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Why I LOVE Design

There are days, while stumbling through the internet, that I come across things that truly make me happy and proud to be a designer...and then there are some things that just make me laugh. Here is a little bit of everything.
(This will be updated as my hunt for awesome design continues)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

It'll be OK

It has been over a year since my last post, and I guess I can say that a lot has happened over that year. A few of those things are my cousins getting married and expecting babies (yeah babies!!), friends are getting married and engaged, I am on my LAST semester of college here at Ball State and will have to look out into the big real world and hopefully fit in, and along with having many other exciting and wonderful times with friends and family.

But enough about the past, I want to talk about the present.
Starting this month my professors main goal is to prepare us as to how to nab that awesome design job we've been dreaming about since day one. Of course this involves preparing portfolios, online website portfolios, resumes and all that fun stuff. I do have a lot of my portfolio put together and you can view it here: right now its nothing spectacular but it is a start.
Along with all the excitement of getting that real job and finally having an income that isn't sad, I am also seriously nervous as to how I am going to cope living on my own. Yeah I guess you could say that I've been "on my own" all through college but that really isn't true. I have had at least 2 housemates all this time, and I've always gone back home to CW for breaks and never felt like I had to rush back. Thats all going to change in a couple of months. Now I'm going to have my own apartment all by myself and THAT will be my home. I won't get to spend three weeks during christmas with my family because work will be calling me back. I also won't have anyone to hang out with during the week, and the boredom that lays ahead is daunting.
The monotony of a work schedule is another thing that concerns me. Never again will my schedule be broken up by fall break, then thanksgiving break, then christmas break, then spring break, then summer and so on and so forth. It'll just be going to work....monday through friday....every week.
Dont get me wrong, I am looking forward to finally being done with school and putting my skills I've acquired to good use. Hopefully I'll love my job so much too that it wont seem like work and I'll look forward to going every day :D

It'll be ok.

Another item on my worry list is Eric. After he graduates where will he find a job? Will it be anywhere even close to where I'll be (where ever that may be)? I know that this first job I get may just be something that will help me build my portfolio and so forth but how will they feel if I work for them for only a year and a half and then say "Whelp it's been fun but I've got to go because my fiance just got a job three hours away!". I'm sure that happens a lot actually but still, once I go through the whole process of finding a job having to do it again so soon will be a bummer. But hey, what can you do? I've got to be where he is. There isn't another option.

It'll be ok.

On a final note, and speaking of fiance, I really really really want to get engaged. Since I know no one really reads this I don't feel so bad expressing this small thought.
It'll happen. :D
Maybe after I land that job I've been talking about...thats probably a good idea lol

It'll be ok!!