Friday, August 22, 2014

Easy Fresh Peach Cobbler


Oh man, this stuff is addictive. I've never truly appreciated peach cobbler until now. This recipe is so simple (it comes from here), but you can also make it a little more homemade with your own sugar cookie recipe for the topping. 

Ingredients
Fruit
to 10 fresh peaches, pitted, peeled and sliced (about 4 cups)
tablespoons sugar
tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
tablespoons butter, softened

Topping
pouch sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
egg

Directions


1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place peaches in dish. Sprinkle sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and lemon juice over peaches; mix lightly with spoon until coated. Dot top with 3 tablespoons butter.



2. In large bowl, mix topping ingredients with spoon until soft dough forms.



3. With hands, shape golf ball-sized balls of dough into 1/4-inch-thick disks. Place disks over peaches, covering most of the top. (With any remaining dough, make and bake cookies.)



4. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Cool 10 to 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!



Friday, August 8, 2014

Gift Package Exchange EXTENSION


Hello everyone, I have decided to extend the summer gift package exchange to ensure that more people have the opportunity to get involved. Here are the new directions:


1. You email me your mailing address at aplleegrl@yahoo.com. 

3. You assemble your care package you are going to send. 

3. I randomly pick an address for you to send a care package to and email you the address by Tuesday, August 12th. 

4. You ship your package by August 13th, Wednesday. 

5. You receive your own package and enjoy!!
Please note that you must join the swap by Tuesday, August 12th. 
I advise joining well ahead of the shipping date, which is the next day, August 13th. That way you will have a lot of time to prepare your package and make it look nice. Also, everyone must pay shipping for their own package

For ideas on what to include in your package, please see my full post, here


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August Links


Happy August everyone! Let's start off the month with a little linkage!

Danny Brito (and his home [and his Etsy shop]) is amazing! I love finding such creative beings on the Internet. There's a bit of his nail polish collection above!
Tavi's Editor's Letter last month really spoke to me. I suggest reading if you too are sometimes feeling in need of some action!
This road trip photo diary has got me feelin' those wanderlust vibes!
I just read this really awesome and insightful interview with Ana from theskinnyartist, and loved it! I can't believe she's going into her first year of college, that's awesome.


This hair inspiration Pinterest board is awesome. I feel motivated to care about my hair for once!
Wow! 20 Signs you're succeeding at life! You might be :)
Sophie McMahan's art is vintage-y awesomeness! And she has an Etsy shop!
This article, Why I Bought A House in Detroit for $500, is both very inspiring and very real. Excellent.
This Etsy shop, full of witchcraft supplies, is pretty cool. I've always found witchcraft interesting.
How to put on your face by Anna Akana is an awesome video :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

College So Far: Year One is Done!


      It's been about a month and a half since I officially finished my freshman year of college, and now I've come here to tell you all about it! (The photo above is of me the day after winter quarter finals. My roommate and I went on a hike in a field!)
      College is way different than high school. First of all, I found it way more academically engaging (most of the classes I took in high school were forced upon me and not that interesting). I've learned so much in one year, especially about my art practice. Secondly, people are way friendlier. College is not at all cliquey the way high school is. I made a lot of friends this year and I'm looking forward to seeing them again in October. 
      Aside from being a place to learn and make friends, though, college was (and still is) a HUGE life transition for me, and for a lot of people. Going to college essentially means you gain both personal freedom, and personal responsibility. You become the sole influence on your own life. Which is great, but also super challenging. I basically had to learn how to take care of myself this year, both physically and mentally. Between having to make my own doctor's appointments, remembering to eat every day, making sure I spent a healthy amount of time doing things like studying, socializing, or cleaning my apartment, there was a LOT of stuff to learn this year. 
     Aside from being able to feed my basic needs, I was also put in a position where I had to make decisions like "Do I like these people, do I want to be friends with them? Do I like doing this? Do I care about that? Do I have time to do this?". This year became The Year of Extremely Busy, because I've found myself bouncing between friend groups, family, work, classwork, extracurriculars, and personal interests (which I have a LOT of).Time management skills have always been my forte, but this year, they were definitely put to the test. 

My friends Carina and Theron with my dog Chilli on my bed in our room! (I brought my dog to college for a weekend)
      On top of figuring out what and who to spend time on, I also started to realize I needed to be discerning about who I was hanging out with. Before going to college, I'd had the same two best friends for almost my entire life. I had other friends too, but those guys were my foundation, and with them around I didn't have to make a lot of conscious decisions about who to befriend, who to trust, how to open up to people, and so on. I made a lot more decisions like that this year, and I'm still getting the hang of it, but I have a few friends who I really love (like my roommate, Carina, who took the pictures of me up above at UCSC).
      For me, college also became a huge mind-opening experience. Since I go to UCSC, which is a very liberal school, I learned SO MUCH about social issues, environmental issues, and all the different activism efforts to alleviate them. I even got involved with a few, especially Take Back the Tap! I'm going to be the campaign co-coordinator for UCSC next year, along with one of my friends. College is full of awesome opportunities to learn and get involved, and I'm really glad I took advantage of some of them. I took a class about activism and self-compassion, participated in an internship, and also helped plan UCSC's PRIDE festival. I also became more interested in and appreciative of nature, since UCSC is a beautiful campus. 
      Freshman year was a huge opportunity for growth, and there was so much to learn. And I'm still learning. That's the thing about life, it's a continuous process. And you get to have fun along the way :)
     
My housemates and I in our living room!

     To those of you who are getting ready for your first year of college, I have a little bit of advice:
- Bring cleaning supplies (especially if you have an apartment like I did). Clorox wipes are your best friend. And laundry detergent!
- The classes are really not that hard as long as you study. You HAVE to study. 
- Get involved with stuff! Go to events and activities, learn about campus organizations, and see which ones interest you
- Take at least one class that's just for fun or sounds really interesting even if it's outside your major
- Get to know people in the years above you. They know stuff. 
- Do stuff around the town your college is in. 
- A Costco card will not hurt you. Neither will a decent speaker. 
- Set aside "you" time to check in with yourself once every couple days. 
Good luck! You can do it!

Friday, July 25, 2014

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars


HOLY YUM!  I brought these to a class potluck yesterday and everyone went nuts over them! {Get it? Nuts? Peanut Butter? Ayyyy ;)} These are super easy to make, and are great for summer since they require no oven time, plus they only have five ingredients! The recipe comes from Sally's Baking Addiction! YUM!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (115g) salted butter, melted (you can also use unsalted, just add in 1/4 tsp salt with the peanut butter)
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 8 full sheets)
1 cup (120g) confectioners' (powdered) sugar
- 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons (215g) creamy peanut butter (not natural style)
1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions: 

1. Take 8 sheets of graham crackers and put them in a zip lock bag to crush. Meanwhile, melt the butter in the microwave. 

2. Line a 8x8 or 9x9 square baking pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, mix the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, and powdered sugar together until combined. Stir in 3/4 cup of peanut butter. Spread into prepared baking pan.
4. In a small bowl, microwave 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter with the chocolate chips until melted. Stir until smooth. Spread over peanut butter layer.
5. Chill until completely firm, at least 3 hours (I chilled it overnight). Allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting. Bars stay fresh stored in the refrigerator.  Serve chilled. Enjoy!




Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer 2014 Gift Package Exchange!


Hey everyone! Long time no blog! I've been busy with work and summer classes, and I can't wait to show you all what I've made so far. But that's a story for another time. Today, I have some very exciting news. It's summer time, and here at Good Vibrations, that means it's gift package exchange time!! Are you guys excited or what?

Okay, without further ado, here's how it's going to work this year:

1. You email me your mailing address at aplleegrl@yahoo.com. 

3. You assemble your care package you are going to send. 

3. I randomly pick an address for you to send a care package to and email you the address by Sunday, August 3rd. 

4. You ship your package by August 4th, the Monday after next. 

5. You receive your own package and enjoy!!
Please note that you must join the swap by Sunday, August 3rd. 
I advise joining well ahead of the shipping date, which is the next day, August 4th. That way you will have a lot of time to prepare your package and make it look nice. Also, everyone must pay shipping for their own package

Sound good to you? Rad. So, now that you've decided to participate and have emailed me your address, you have a care package to assemble! But what are you going to put in it? Well, I happen to be participating in this swap myself, and I have a few ideas (of course!). 



- Some rad art prints for them to hang on their wall

- A cool movie for them to watch (VHSs are so cheap you guys)

- Delicious homemade cookies!

- A summer-themed mix CD

- A cute little zine, made by you! Try your hand at poetry, collaging, whatever you want! The recipient is sure to appreciate your artistic efforts. 

- Offer to be their pen pal :) Send a picture of yourself and a nice letter!

- A nice smelling mini body spray or lotion


- A handmade patch that says something sassy on it

- Glitter. Because why not?

- A cute folder or notebook to keep them organized

- Try writing a note to them with this theme: Your 5 best pieces of advice! Chances are they'll appreciate it. 

- Make them a mini photo album or scrapbook where they can put pictures from this summer

- Yummy homemade fudge

- 5 bucks, because they will definitely appreciate that!

- A cute little tin or box for them to use. You could paint it yourself!

Don't forget to look at my posts here  and here for other lists of ideas and look here to see what packages we sent and received last year! These are just a few ideas I cooked up, if you think of more, that's great! If you want to go the extra mile, try and make the package itself look pretty and festive as well! If you need inspiration, check out The Happy Mail Project, which is where the top photo is from. 

Please note that the last day to join the swap is Sunday, August 3rd. 
After this time I will not be accepting any more potential swappers. 

Email me at aplleegrl@yahoo.com if you're interested and tell your friends about it too! The more people we get involved, the more fun it will be!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

June Playlist


Hello, friends! It sure is good to be back on the blog. I took some time off to focus on finals and moving out, and then I went on a vacation to Cape Cod for a week, so I've been really busy. I'm back now, and I'm starting up my new routine of summer classes and work, so I will also be back to blogging full time. Yay! Here's my playlist:

June Playlist

Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder

House of the Rising Sun - Animals

Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis

Come With Me Now - Kongos

Tin Man - Future Islands

Genesis - Grimes

Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrisson

Good Times, Bad Times - Led Zeppelin

All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Hell's Bells - AC/DC



In May/most of June, I: 
Worked really hard on my projects, finished spring quarter and got good grades, said goodbye to all my friends and moved out, made red velvet cinnamon rolls with one of my high school friends, started my summer class, and went to NYC and Cape Cod. I've been very busy indeed. 

During the rest of June, I hope to: 

Finish cleaning my room, work on some travel plans, and start working on my Etsy shop. 

Hope you all have been having a wonderful June!