Friday, November 8, 2013

DIY Coca-Cola Costume


Coca-cola is one of my favorite brands. Who doesn't love a refreshing coke? Especially since I'm a marketer in our branding department, I admire their branding and gush over how amazing it is. I had coca-cola on my mind since touring their headquarters in Atlanta in September. The whole time during the tour, all you wanted was a freaking coke.... and they ended it with samplings of 80+ flavors of coca-cola in the world. I took home a coca-cola cookbook and now I have even more of an excuse to indulge in coca-cola.

I had a plain red dress in my closet that wasn't shown in love for at least a year. A lightbulb went off in my head, I decided I would be my favorite brand for Halloween and dragged the boyfriend into it to make it a couple costume.

Happy Halloween from your favorite well on HH - Jack and Coke ;)


I'm a year wiser with more experience under my belt. I've sharpened my domestic skills such as frying oreos like a BOSS. But, I still can't sow worth my life. Thank god for super glue. And here I anniversary no-sew, glue-friendly costume.

the inspiration:


How to make the coca-cola costume:


1) Get a spool of silver ribbon and glue. In this picture it's a fabric glue pen but I found that the fabric tape worked MUCH better. I switched immediately.
2) Lay fabric tape onto the top of dress
3) Peel and place silver ribbon on top. Repeat for the bottom of the dress
4) Get Avery DARK transfer paper. The DARK transfer paper has a white backing. If you get the light, white areas will be transparent. I saved the logo and wave as 2 8.5 x 11 PDFs and printed on the paper using an inkjet printer.
5) Cut out as close to the words and wave as possible. Lay onto the dress. 
6) Iron on with provided wax paper according to Avery instructions (optional) - I recommend just gluing that puppy on. I went through with ironing it but caused some smearing of red ink which turned me into a vintage coke.

Lastly, get silly with friends! Enjoy....happiness ;)



Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fried Oreos Recipe


My all time favorite fried dessert is fried oreos. It sounds strange but it's mindblowingly delicious. If you have a love for carnival food, oreo, and funnel cake - this is the sweet fusion of an oreo and funnel cake.  I first had it at the State Fair of Texas back in 2010. I reunited with it this past weekend and could not get fried oreos out of my mind. There was NO WAY I could wait until next year to eat one again, so I made them for myself. The result? Mindblowingly deliciousness. This is going to be dangerous.....

Fried Oreos Recipe
Ingredients: 
  • 10 Oreos 1 8oz 
  • 1 cup Bisquick pancake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 quarts of vegetable oil for frying
Directions:



1. Heat oil to 375 degrees
2. Whisk together the egg, milk, and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a bowl until smooth. Stir in the pancake mix until smooth.
3. Dip the oreo cookies into the batter one at a time
4. Fry these babies. The float to the top so you will have to turn to brown on both sides.
Tip: I had a assembly line going. I would dip then fry. Next, dip, fry the 2nd oreo and turn the 1st oreo. Dip, fry the 3rd oreo, take the 1st oreo out and turn the 2nd oreo. Repeat. 
5.  Drain on a paper towel-lined plate 
6. Serve hot with a dust of powdered sugar (milk is great too!!)





Wednesday, October 16, 2013

State Fair of Texas


Last weekend I went to the State Fair of Texas hosted on the fair grounds in Dallas, TX. It's the epitome of everything is BIGGER in TEXAS. For one, it's the largest state fair in the U.S. The marketing icon is a big statue and it's home to the tallest ferris wheel in the U.S. It's also Fried Food heaven for all the big people of Texas (inside and out!).

It's an annual ritual for many Texans, especially for fans of University of Texas (my alma mater) and Oklahoma University. The cotton bowl is in the middle of the fairgrounds where the UT v.s. OU game is held every year - called the Red Rivalry. If you go the weekend of the game, you will see floods of burnt orange and red. I love all the game day outfits.


The iconic things of the fair are:

Auto Show:
2014 Chevy Corvette
A showcase of new models of Chevy, Ford, Buick, and more 

Big Tex:
Big Tex
The 55 foot cultural icon of Texas. This year was his début since his burn down in 2012

Texas Star:
The Texas Star
The tallest ferris wheel in the U.S. at 212 feet


Fried Food:
Fried Food Heaven
1. Fried Texas Frito Pie, 2. Deep Fried Cuban Roll, 3. Fried Mexican Firecracker, 4a. Fried Oreos, 4b. Fried Oreo inside, 5. Fried Nutella
There is no absence of fatty and fried foods at the fair. Practically anything you can imagine fried is fried here. From savory: fried pizza, fried hot dogs, fried pork ribs, fried frito pie; to sweet:  fried nutella, fried bubble gum, fried oreos, fried twinkies, fried snickers; to liquids: fried coke, fried lemonade, fried margarita, fried beer.

The foods I chose to indulge in were:

1. Fried Texas Frito Pie - Winner of Best Tasting in 2010 and is my all time favorite.
2. Deep Fried Cuban Roll - Winner of Best Tasting in 2013. It's filled with shredded pork shoulder. Manny loved it. I did not.
3. Fried Mexican Firecracker - Essentially a fried chicken tamale, pretty decent
4a. Fried Oreos - Oh so freaking good. Imagine an oreo and funnel cake in one. So freaking good I had to make some for myself. And it's so freaking easy! - see recipe here
4b. Fried Oreo inside - nom nom nom nom nom
5. Fried Nutella - This was a pastry with nutella spread. It was the least worth it to me. I could get the equivalent with a croissant with nutella on it.

...but wait, there's more!
I've barely scratched the surface to the plethora of foods available. Each year new fried goodies are introduced and compete for the Big Tex awards for "Most Creative" and "Best Tasting". There are lots of great lists and pictures of additional foods for your viewing pleasure. Try not to lick your laptop screen. Trust me, not a cute look.

Gizmodo - 11 Weirdest Fried Foods at the Texas State Fair - this list actually has all the new ones introduced this year. Fried Thanksgiving Dinner won most creative and Fried Cuban Roll won best tasting. 

Ultimate Guide to Texas State Fair by a Taste of Koko - my lovely friend Jane, has put together an amazing list of fried foods at the Fair.




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

10 Seconds of Internet Stardom


It was a typical monday for me. I came into the office and tried turning my brain on again after the weekend. A few emails here and there then dashed away for a store visit and offsite vendor meeting. I walked into the meeting room at the vendor's office to find my a college friend and a fellow former Minnesotan's face plastered all over a sign for Academy. It's Tina!! How cute! I have to take a picture and send it to her later.
Hi Tina!!!
I whip out my phone for the first time since 8AM,  6 hours ago, to take a picture of Tina.....and to find lots more incoming messages than typical for a Monday....Little did I know, all the while my face was plastered all over the world wide web!! I mean, not just on my blog that only my mom subscribes to but Buzzfeed - the mecca of viral social media shits and giggles.


My first reaction was "what is going on!" then "sushi sounds delicious but what is michael talking about!" then "Buzzfeed... uh shit what did I do now?" The solution? Facebook. Facebook always has the answers. I log on and lo and behold, a wall post with a link to a Buzzfeed article "19 brilliant ways to dress up like food". I open it up to see a blast-from-the-past me looking right at me in my sew-free, glue-friendly nigiri sushi glory. Now the cats out of the bag... The girl who loves food, blogs about food, also dresses like food for Halloween. 

Thanks to my friend, Sarah, for turning me onto my 10 seconds of internet stardom and Buzzfeed for the feature! 

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