River Arts District, Asheville NC

If you have never visited Asheville, you need to, it is a beautiful place to visit! Its filled with stunning views, tasty food and awesome shops. On our trip to Asheville we decided to visit the River Arts District.  Its an area of industrial and historical buildings that run along the river that is full…

DIY Massage Bar

The last time I was in LUSH the handmade cosmetic’s store I saw that they now carry massage bars.  They look like a bar of soap and when you put it in your hands the heat of your hands warms the bar enough to melt the shea/cocoa butter and you use it for massages. I…

My Favorite Kitchen Tools

Since being in culinary school I have found some great kitchen tools that I love and I wanted to share with you.  Here are five things that I use often in my kitchen. Chefs Knife You need to have a sharp chefs knife, I use mine almost always along with my pairing knife.  Stick with…

Traveling to Oak Island, NC

I visited Oak Island this past weekend and I wanted to share with you some of the photos I gathered along the way. Where we were staying in Oak Island was south facing so we were able to see the sunrise and the sunset on the ocean! Sunrise Sunset There is also a lighthouse on…

Whipped Sugar Scrub DIY

Cold weather is approaching and with that comes dry skin.  Sugar scrubs are amazing for hydrating your hands during the winter months come along with me today to learn how to make your own! Supplies: 3/4 cup Coconut Oil 1 cup Sugar Mixer Optional: Coloring (beet powder etc) Grapefruit zest Essential Oils Jojoba oil or…

Fluid Art DIY

I’ve been watching fluid art videos for awhile now and today’s the day I decided to try it out for myself and share with you how I did it and how it went. If you don’t know what fluid art is I linked a video below describing a little bit of what it is. Now…

Homemade Eclairs

In class this week we made eclairs so Id thought Id share the process so you could try them out too! They are super fun to make and are DELICIOUS! Ingredients for Eclairs Water 10 oz. Butter 4 oz. Sugar  1 tsp. Salt 1 tsp. Bread flour  6 oz. Eggs 6 oz. Ingredients for Pastry Cream Milk 16oz Sugar…

Pumpkin Succulent Planter DIY

Its fall! Pumpkins are out and its time to decorate your home! Here is a quick DIY on how to make an amazing pumpkin planter for your succulents! Supplies: 1 Small White pumpkin 3 Succulents Carving Knife Lemon and vinegar spray bottle How To: Start by washing the outside of your pumpkin, make sure to…

Dollar Store DIY Fall Wreath

I wanted to decorate my front door for fall so I drove down to the dollar tree to pick up some supplies for a fall wreath. I purchased some fall colored flowers, a glitter pumpkin, burlap and a wreath base and started to piece it all together.  Grab your hot glue gun because this is…

Embroidery Hoop Necklace

Walking through Joanne Fabrics I found a wonderful DIY craft project to try out! I wanted to share my review of the product and some ideas to DIY it yourself. The brand is cross stitch style and they have a bunch of cross stitch projects that are super affordable and look fun to make.  I…

Peach Butter

Peaches are 99 cents a lb here so I have been trying out some new recipes to use peaches in! I picked up just a couple from the grocery store to try making some peach butter. Check out how I made it and my recipe below! Ingredients 4 big peaches 1/4 cup of sugar Squeeze…

Basil Oil Recipe

Ingredients 2 bunches of basil Boiling water Ice bath Oil strainer with cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer Oil container How To Take your basil, leave it whole on the stems, the stems will add color and some flavor to the oil.  Blanch the basil for 20 seconds in boiling water and then set in…

Summer Salad Recipe

In the late summer I find so many good deals on fresh ingredients from the farmers market that I often over buy and do not know how to incorporate it all into my meals. Fresh salsa, fruit salads, roasted veggies, so many options! I thought I would share a super simple recipe that you can…

5 Things To Do In Charleston SC

I recently visited Charleston and we had such a great time, I wanted to share some fun things to do if you are ever in the area. Patriots Point Patriots point was one of our favorite parts of our visit.  There is so much history there.  You get to tour a aircraft carrier, submarine, Destroyer,…

DIY Farmers Market Tote

  Have you ever been to the farmers market and had to shamefully ask for a plastic bag? If you are already trying to do things right by eating locally you should bring a reusable bag so that plastic isn’t needed.  Fabric Transfer paper is awesome for making custom designs on whatever fabric you want….

Hiking Catawba Mountain

Recently I hiked up Catawba mountain in Virginia with family and it was amazing!  This is our second time hiking it so we felt more prepared for the hike this time around.  All together its an 8.8 mile hike on the Appalachian trail up to McAfee Knob in Virginia.  Its one of the most photographed…

DIY Wall Hanging

Supplies: Yarn Wooden Dowel Scissors Wooden Beads How To: Take your yarn and make loops with it the length you want, you can use your arm to create your loops. I wrapped mine about ten times each so they all ended up to be the same size. After making your loops you can knot them…

Blackened Cod with Avocado Cream Recipe

Ingredients Carrot matchsticks 1 Cucumber 1 Avocado 2 servings of Cod 1/2 cup Heavy Cream Salt and Pepper tsp of Lemon Juice Cajun Spice Blend   How To: Pat dry Cod with paper towel and season with the Cajun spice blend, and set aside while your pan heats up.  You can use any fish you…

Leek and Potato Soup

For my birthday this year I got a Vitamix blender and it has been amazing!  If you have ever tried out a Vitamix you know how great they are.  The first time I used one was in my culinary class and I fell in love with how smooth it was able to puree food. Leek…

Pasta Making!

This summer I started culinary school, and I am loving it and learning so much!  I wanted to start incorporating food posts into my blog topics since its such a big part of my life right now.  I will be bringing you my favorite recipes and things I have made through my posts on Quest…