(Almost) Free Font Friday

Graphic Design, Typography

So every now and then I’ll post cool free fonts that I discover. This might not be a cool thing for a graphic designer to say but I don’t like paying for fonts.. at least not with my own money. =) so I usually try and search around for free fonts. I did however come across some cool hand written fonts that aren’t free, but they aren’t as expensive as you would typically see for fonts.

These fonts I wouldn’t mind buying.. even with my own money.

Lilly Marker by wander x wonder via Creative Market

Lilly Marker by wander x wonder via Creative Market

Into the Vortex by Skyhaven Fonts vis Creative Market

Into the Vortex by Skyhaven Fonts vis Creative Market

Nanu by Jagjagvi via Creative Market

Nanu by Jagjagvi via Creative Market

Rouen by BrittDouglas via Creative Market

Rouen by BrittDouglas via Creative Market

Canoe by Angie Makes via Creative Market

Canoe by Angie Makes via Creative Market

I’m really into thin stroke fonts these days, so I thought these were cool. Plus I really like fonts with a hand drawn feel. Enjoy.

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An Odd Couple: Hamburger Cupcakes

Desserts, Recipes

We have a seasonal party every season at my office and I’ve taken it upon myself to show up with the seasonal cupcake. Spring was the baseball cupcake and summer was a little more fancier…

*if you’re a regular follower, you’ll know I don’t try and perfect my masterpiece before I share it here, but I’ll include all the things I’ll do differently next time.

The Summer Burger Cupcake

What you need

  • 1 box cake mix (unless you want to get all fancy on me and make them from scratch) Makes 24
  • 1 box brownie mix (see line above)
  • 1 can vanilla incing
  • Red, Yellow and Green food dye or Red, Yellow and Green icing (separate colored icing don’t require the vanilla icing)
  • Orangeish/Yellow crystal sprinkles or you can use actual sesame seeds.. I just find that weird

What to do

1. Bake the cupcakes and brownies according to package and let cool.

2. When the cupcakes are cooled, slice them in half- so you’re left with a top and bottom

3. When the brownies are cooled, use a small circular cookie cutter (or the top of a champagne glass if you’re like me and don’t have all types and shapes of cutters), cut out 24 circles in the brownies (should be close in diameter to the cupcakes.) Or you can also bake the brownies in a cupcake tin.

4. Take one cupcake set and spread a little bit of vanilla icing on the bottom half (this is just to keep it all together). Place a brownie circle on top.

5. I used a plastic baggie but if you have an icing piper, but all means use that. Start with the green icing. Put some icing in a plastic baggie and force it all down into one corner. Snip off the corner at an angle. For the green icing you want more of a thicker slit than a thin dot. Using the green icing run a wavy line around the rim of the brownie. So it looks like the wavy ends of lettuce.

6. Next comes the ketchup and mustard. Nobody is neat with their condiments, so don’t stress. My suggestion: do squiggle lines in one direction with the red and squiggle lines in the other direction with the yellow. Make sure they hang over the edges a little because you’re going to cover it with the top cupcake bun.

*I didn’t have yellow icing and the green icing was not incorporating with me so mine don’t look exactly like I’m explaining…

7. Place the top of the cupcake on top and repeat steps 4-7 on each cupcake.

8. The sprinkles/sesame seeds come next. My cupcakes turned out really moist so the tops were sticky and the sprinkles stuck very well. But don’t be afraid to brush the tops with a little water if you’re sprinkles fall right off.

I was in a rush to make these, so I’m ashamed to admit they aren’t that pretty, but its not hard to impress my coworkers. They were a hit.

Hamburger Cupcakes: Sara Pomykacz's Blog

Quarter Life Crisis

Humor, Life, Uncategorized

For anyone that’s very close to me, you’d know I sort of had a quarter life crisis back in March. For anyone who’s not.. I did. I kind of freaked out about turning 25. I know, most people will say 25..? Wait until you hit 40, 50.. Yeah yeah, I know I’m young.. Doesn’t help. Well yesterday, I stumbled upon this cool blog post and also in the same day relived my days as a 15 year old, unfortunately.

The blog post..? This woman asked her family members to each write her a letter to their 25 year old selves giving advise that they wish they had know at 25. It was definitely a cool idea and the answers, while typical and common sense, we’re very insightful. You can view Mary Schmidt’s full post here.

Reliving my days as a 15 year old.. Confused..? Let me explain. My coworker, Malorie and I were talking about ex boyfriends and hilarious times when Xanga came up in the conversation. Xanga- you ask..? It was the Facebook before Facebook came about. We were both curious about whether ours were still up and if we could find them. Well I did and now, like the article I stumbled upon, I might have to write my 15-16 year old self a letter and give her some advise because she definitely needed it.

Morale of the story. If you had a Xanga back then, don’t go looking for it. You won’t like it.

Margarita Jello Shots

Desserts, Recipes

A while back I made Strawberry Lemonade Jello Shots– they seemed to be a hit at the party I made them for as well as here on my blog. So for my cousin’s bachelorette party I decided to try something a little different…

Margarita Jello Shots

Margarita Jello Shots via Sara Pomykacz's Blog

The process for these was very similar to what I did for the Strawberry Lemonade ones but gutting the limes was a little different than the lemons. Limes are a little firmer than most lemons even when you try and loosen them up by rolling them on the counter. I still used the method I explained in this post but I wasn’t 100% sold on the technique and I didn’t exactly perfect one for these Jello shots.

What I would do though is the following…

1. When I made the Strawberry Lemonade ones, I started on the jello before the lemons because I wanted to let the jello cool, which you should still do but the limes take a little longer to gut so I’d start with them first and half way through start the jello. I saved some of the lime juice I squeezed out of the limes to add to the jello shots as well.

2. You can use lime flavored jello but they do sell margarita flavored which is what I used. I would start making the jello according to the package, boil the water and add the powder. Pause before adding the cold water… this is where you substitute the alcohol (because you are making them adult style.. theres no other way…) But you should wait a little for the boiling water and powder to cool first, adding the alcohol right away could cause the alcohol to cook, which you don’t want.

3. Most jello mixes are half and half-  half boiling water half cold liquid. My recipe: For example, we’ll say it suggests boiling 1 cup water and adding the powder. You should boil a little less than 1 cup, add the powder. Wait for the mixture to cool a little. Add some lime juice (the amount that you left out of the boiling water) and then 1 cup of tequila. I’m the type of person that likes her drinks strong… so if you’ve made jello shots before, you can certainly use the recipe you’re used to if you don’t like yours strong.

4. If you followed the method explained in my other post, your limes should be halved. Pour the jello mixture into each lime and set in the fridge. I used cupcake tins to keep the limes from spilling but it wasn’t as successful as doing this with the lemons because the limes were much smaller so they still rocked a bit but if you have cupcakes tins I would go try them. Once the jello sets take a serrated knife, wet it occasionally (this help slip through the jello better), saw at first to cut through the lime skin but use a clean swipe once you’re through the broken the skin. This is the most effective method I found for cutting the wedges.

5. You can see in the first photo I dipped the wedges in salt. I don’t suggest doing this ahead of time. The salt seeps into the jello and kind of melts it. If you are a salt-on-your-margarita type dip it in salt right before taking the shot.

Margarita Jello Shots via Sara Pomykacz's Blog

These were good but I have to say I prefer the Strawberry Lemonade Jello Shots a little bit more but enjoy!

Porn Sex vs. Real Sex: Video Infographic

Graphic Design, Humor

Thought this was a pretty cool video infographic. Sure beats that video they made us watch in 5th grade. Boys in one room, girls in another… Real laughter vs nervous laughter- I liked this take on the video too.