Valentine’s Day Recap

Valentine’s Day was yesterday, and now it’s time for a colorful reflection! I hope you spent your day dressed in head-to-toe red and surrounded by loved ones. I spent the majority of my day making goodies for the people that I love.

First, I made a Gluten-free Valentine Chex mix (it tasted just like puppy chow) for my non-gluten eating dad and sister! Gluten Free Chex Mis It was delicious! And the pink, red, and white colors were just perfectly festive! The recipe produced so much Chex mix, that I had enough to give some to my boyfriend (Peter) and my roomie (Erica) — all very special people in my life! Here is the recipe I found on Pinterest and a quick video I made using Vine to share the recipe’s ingredients.

When I dropped the Chex mix and Valentine’s cards off at my parent’s house, I got to spend time with someone I love very much — Hudson. Just look at this face! His blonde eyelashes. That pink nose. And his awesome snuggling skills. What a lover. Hudson

For our evening festivities, Peter volunteered to make dinner and I was responsible for making dessert. We had a decadent mushroom risotto and smothered pork chops with mushrooms from Hugh Acheson’s cookbook, A New Turn in the South. Hugh is one of our favorite chefs; we love all of his restaurants and his cookbook is awesome. (Thank goodness for the chives and thyme that we used in this recipe. The green added some much needed color to the dish!) This meal ranks as one of my all time favorites cooked by my personal chef, Peter. DinnerFor dessert, I made a red velvet and strawberry trifle. I have made this once before, so I knew it would be a success both in taste and color. Here is the recipe from Taste and Tell Blog. She does a red velvet week every year around Valentine’s Day and has some great recipes!  The vibrant red strawberries and cake mixed with the white yogurt was the perfect color combo for the occasion.
Red Velvet and Strawberry Trifle

Here’s to many more colorful memories with the people that we love!

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New Year, New Colors

Happy 2013! And please excuse my absence — blogging has officially become my New Year’s resolution, so expect to see more of me.

In this absence, a lot has happened in my life…

First, and most significantly, I graduated from the University of Georgia. It was a bittersweet time in my life, as it was hard for me to believe that the “best four years of my life” were over. I will always be grateful for the memories I made in Athens and for the opportunities I received from the Grady College. And for the rest of my life, I will bleed red and black…

Grady College girls at graduation

Up next was a very special summer vacation! A family trip to Europe. We started in London, then visited Paris, and ended in Switzerland. I love exploring different cities — the food, the streets, the cultures! The unique colors and vibrant sites are all so different than in America. And we had amazing weather, so we saw rich blue skies perfectly juxtaposed against European museums, flags, and mountains. Thanks mom and dad! It was an amazing trip!

The Schwartz family at the Louvre in Paris, France

Vevey, Switzerland — a beautiful town located on Lake Geneva

And then I started I my very first big girl job at Turner Broadcasting! I am a Social Media Marketing Assistant for Turner Entertainment Networks, and I spend my days tweeting, Facebooking, and talking to fans of our shows. For a job, I feel pretty lucky. It’s a great company to work for, I love being a community manager, and I even have work friends! I’ve also moved into my own apartment and pay the bills. Yup, I feel like a real grown up…

2012 was filled with lots of change, and now 2013 brings a new year filled with new colors that I’ve never explored. And I’m excited to share them with you.

Rainbow Cupcakes

I had been seeing pictures of rainbow cupcakes for a while, and I finally decided it was time to make some for myself! So Pinterest directed me to this post, and my roommates and I were in for a colorful treat.

I bought one box of Funfetti cake mix, one tub of Rainbow Chip icing, and a pack of food coloring. I mixed up the batter, and then separated it into five smaller bowls. Next, we put in the food coloring, which immediately turned the white cake mix and into vibrant colors. We decided to make the colors orange, blue, green, purple, and red.

We used regular cupcake tins, and my roommates and I took turns creating our cupcake masterpieces. It was like the batter was our paint… Each one had a different color scheme or pattern, and we were so anxious to see the final result!

They came out wonderfully… It looked like we had tie died the cupcakes! We were so giddy when we cut into them—this baking activity definitely made us feel like kids again. (FYI: We decided this would be a great activity for the youngins.)

After they were done cooling, I put white icing onto the rainbow cupcakes. It was a perfect color contrast. And it was so fun to find different colors and patterns with every bite.

Happy baking!

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone out there! I hope you’re celebrating with friends and loved ones.

But most importantly, I hope you’re celebrating the colors that are distinct to this day—pink and red.

Maybe you’re wearing heart socks, a red scarf, or you painted your nails pink. Today is the day to wear these colors loud and proud. (And when else can you get away with wearing an outfit of head-to-toe hearts?)

Image via Etsy.

Also special for Valentine’s Day is the endless amount of colorful candy! The grocery stores are bursting at the aisles with holiday candy. I love the colorful wrappers and frilly decor… And my candy intake certainly increases during the month of February, but I just can’t seem to turn down pretty candy.

Tonight, I’ll be cooking this heart shaped pasta. (A Valentine present from my parents purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond; thanks Mom and Dad!) I’m thinking I’ll add marina sauce to the pasta so I can get in as much red as possible today.

What are some other colorful ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day? I’d love to hear! Happy red and pink day!

Happy New Year

Happy 2012!

I hope you brought in the new year with lots of color—maybe a sequin dress, festive drinks, or a cardboard 2012 headband. No matter the shade or item, as long as you were surrounded by color I am sure your new year will be a sparkly one!

So get ready for a crazy, colorful ride. 2012 has just begun.

Happy Halloween!

Fall brings colorful holidays… the first of which is Halloween.

The holiday revolves around the perfectly orange pumpkin. Pumpkin patches are on every corner and you can find them in every grocery store. They rest on every house’s front porch, and on Halloween day, it is time to carve the pumpkin! One of my favorite childhood memories is carving our family’s pumpkin—I loved taking out the squishy insides and then creating a piece of art. Through the years, we made an Ernie pumpkin (my favorite Sesame Street character), scary monsters, and even tried carving our dog. So this year, I am going to carve a UGA masterpiece in honor of the Bulldawgs win over the Gators! (You can purchase a UGA carving kit on Dawgwear.com.)

Halloween is also all about candy. The candy aisles at any grocery or convenience store are always so colorful on Halloween—packages have switched from their usual bland colors to the spooky orange and black. Candy comes in the shape of pumpkins, bats, and witches. Trick-or-treating is the event of the day, and kids end the night with enough candy to last them months. And I cant forget about candy corn, the special Halloween candy. When the leaves start to change colors, I immediately crave this seasonal treat!

And I can’t forget to mention colorful costumes! Kids and adults of all ages dress up in colorful attire. This year I am being an American cowgirl—I was inspired by my summer Jackson Hole trip—and I’m wearing a blue plaid shirt, red and white flag jean skirt, and my cowboy boots. What are some costumes you’ve had through the years?

So go out and celebrate Halloween… the holiday that revolves around candy, dressing up, being spooky, and the color orange. BOO!

I Bleed Red & Black

Since both of my parents went to the University of Georgia, we often joke that I was born a Bulldawg. But it’s true — becuase ever since I can remember I have proudly sported the colors red and black.

Now that it’s football season, red and black is a staple in my wardrobe. (Yes, even with an 0-2 record I am still wearing my team’s colors. I’m a loyal fan!)

Here is a look at some of my red and black through the years…

This is from a football game I attended when I was just 16 years old… I hadn’t even been accepted to UGA yet.

Bleeding red and black is a family affair! Here is my dad and me and a game last fall.

My friends and I love cheering on the Dawgs! If you’re not in red or black, you just don’t fit in.

Just one look at Sanford Stadium and I get excited! Look at all the red!

Even though I graduate in May, I am positive I will bleed red and black until I die. Goooo Dawgs! Sick ’em!