Valentines Day + DIY + Life

Happy Valentines Day everyone (especially to those who are now following my blog!). I haven’t done any networking whatsoever yet because I think it’d be best to get some more content before I go about advertising my blog, but I do have five followers that I don’t know personally. So thank you guys! My Valentines day plans aren’t very exciting, class and work, however I did skip my second class (drawing) because I personally hate what were working on right now, mine is not coming out right so I plan on redoing it this weekend. Tomorrow though I don’t have anything going on besides work around six, so hopefully the boyfriend and I can do something maybe…we’re both kind of broke!

I was looking on pinterest to find some cute ideas for Valentines Day, if I were to have money, I would definitely whip up some of these nommy looking love day fortune cookies!

vday fortune

You can find out how to make them at Sugar For The Brain a super cute blog that’s chalked full of some sugary recipes.

So remember how I said I was working on a 3D star in ceramics? Well here it is and it’s now a starfish, pretty fancy eh?

starfish

It not done yet of course, it still needs to be fired and then glazed (if we glaze it), but the color that you see on it already is slip color, the middle is white and the outer color will be blue once its been fired and not bisqueware anymore. Also the top point is supposed to look like it’s not attached because it isn’t, it’ll be the lid for my “container.”

What did you do for Valentines Day?

Cookie Jar

cookie jar

I finally got to use my cookie jar that I bought on Thursday at Michael’s! I saw it and was like “I need that!” Even though I really didn’t need a cookie jar, it’s so hard not to buy items from work, what can I say, I’m an impulse shopper. Anyways, the beau and roomate absolutely love it when I make my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and the recipes nothing special either. It’s actually Quaker’s Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, I just switch out the raisins for chocolate chips.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt (optional) I always do this, I like the sweet and salty.
  • 3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1  cup or more 😉 chocolate chips

Preparation

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and raisins; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

I usually have to bake them for about 11 minutes.

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time Time: 08 min

If you haven’t yet tried Quaker’s Oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips, I highly recommend it, so yummy and easy.

 

Firenze Arti Artisive

University of North Dakota has some great opportunities to study abroad in Europe such as: Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. I will study at The Firenze Arti Visive School of Fine Arts (featured above) before I graduate with my BFA in Graphic Design. I’ll figure out a way to pay for it, because not only would I love to visit, backpack, and live in Italy I would love more than anything to study art in the heart of Florence, Italy! Which reminds me, adding another item to my bucketlist!