DIY Cronuts & Cronut Holes

May 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

The entire Internet is freaking out about the Cronut– the confectionary result of some hot, doughy copulation between a croissant and a donut. There’s apparently only one bakery selling them and they sell out within 30 minutes of opening, but fear not, Internet. Here’s a nifty little lifehack that lets you make these babies at home! You’re welcome. Now ya’ll can get over the whole cronut thing.

1 package Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers in Honey Butter flavor

Carefully cut out the centers of the biscuits. Set centers aside if you want to make cronut holes. Bake cronuts at 350° for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

DIY Cronuts, Cronuts at home

Golden brown naked cronuts

Vanilla glaze:
1 cup confectioner’ s sugar
1 Tbsp. milk (I used Silk Vanilla Almond Milk)
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Liquid food coloring
White candy pearls (optional)

Stir sugar, milk and vanilla extract until sugar is completely dissolved. Add food coloring and stir until desired color is achieved. Use immediately to glaze cronuts. Sprinkle on some candy pearls. Bam. Cronut.

DIY Cronuts

Flaky, crispy, sweet cronuts

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Cronuts and cronut holes

For Cronut Holes: I baked the holes for about 6 minutes. Once mostly cooled, I pulled them in half and dipped them into the glaze creating a sort of sandwich or macaron (Cronutron? Yes. It’s a tasty transformer).

cronut holes, cronutron

Sweet little cronutron


The Old Kind Of Tattoos

March 5, 2013 § Leave a comment

In working on a research project at work, I stumbled upon a photo called “The Old Kind Of Tattoos” a stranger posted on a message board about Wildwood in its glory days. I stared at the photo for a while, recognizing a younger version of a beloved relative. theoldkindoftatoos

That’s my Uncle Buddy!

He used to hand-paint old-fashioned temporary tattoo transfers and sell them at a rickety little stand on the boardwalk. The first time he ever applied one on me, I was so afraid it was going to hurt (and he may have played up that fear just a little). There was the stickiness of the tattoo on my arm, the cool, wet sponge and then incredibly, the tattoo was on my skin and the paper was perfectly clean, if not a little slimy. It was SO COOL. I remember playing in the tattoo storage closet and being what felt like waist deep in Ninja Turtles, Bart Simpson heads, snakes coiled around daggers and MOM hearts. Each one was slightly different, a product of the slightest tremor or shift in focus.

Remember when the simple things were the most magical? I love those rare moments when passion and creativity blend into a delicate simplicity.

Official Color of 2013

December 31, 2012 § 1 Comment

Official Pantone Color of 2013

From the warm Honeysuckle of 2011 to spicy Tangerine Tango of 2012, we cool things down in 2013 with Emerald.

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Emerald. A dreamy hue the oozes luminosity and magnificence. It’s the bold color of majestic fictional cities where the weak make a pilgrimage for missing parts. It’s the color of cascading baubles sprawling the aristocratic bosom of your Great Aunt Gertrude. It’s the shade of memories longing to be forgotten swirling into oblivion and bulbs breaking through rich Spring soil, glistening beneath a late frost.

The Year The World Ends: 2012 In Review

December 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

2012 was a monumental year for me. It was a year of learning packed with adventure and inspiration that changed the course of my life forever! No, really. I’m set for success in love, business and life! Here are some of the big things that made my year amazing and set me up for even bigger things for 2013.

Destinations // San Diego, CA. New York, NY. Coney Island, BKNY. Dublin & Killarney, Ireland. Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya & Osaka, Japan!

What I did // Finished my 1/4 sleeve of velociraptors. Graduated from SIDESHOW SCHOOL in Coney Island USA. Witnessed the wonderful weddings of Maizie, Billiam, Incredibly Good-Looking Man, and Step-cousin Greg. Got ENGAGED (to a magician. With a curley mustache. For REAL!). Saw System of a Down, Deftones, Radiohead and everyone at Mayhemfest! Fought against Stickergate 2012. Voted for the third time in my life in a third state for a third man with two first names. Survived Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy & helped those who weren’t so lucky. Went to the Ugly Mug Froth Blowing competition in Cape May. Attended my first Flyers game and had a BLAST! Saw Blue Man Group and Penn and Teller. Went to Philly ComicCon. Saw Jim Gaffigan with Liz. Fed wild monkeys in Kyoto. Wrote prayers at Meiji Shrine. Shopped at Shibuya 109 where Japanese ladies of UNREAL beauty giggled and gushed at me. Learned to pour the perfect pint of Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Hiked to the TOP of Fushimi Inari. Learned the art of horror makeup, specifically bruising.

Most-played albums // Imagine Dragons * Night Visions. Of Monsters and Men * My Head is an Animal. The Bravery * The Sun and The Moon. Japandroids * Celebration Rock. The Wombats * The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch. Mumford & Sons * Babel. Foster the People * Torches. Nick Bone & The Big Scene. Bush * Sea of Memories. Django Django * Django Django

Most-loved television & movies // American Horror Story! True Blood, of course. Face Off. Frankenweenie (I CRIED! In a KID’S movie! 3 Times!). Revolution. Grimm. Paranorman. Dark Knight Rises! Wreck-It Ralph. Les Mis (Seriously? Let’s just give Anne Hathaway all the Oscars. In every category.Best Animated Short? Anne Hathaway. Sound Mixing? Anne Hathaway. All the Oscars.)

Top five purchases // Vintage 1970’s greaser motorcycle jacket in Park Slope. My FIRST brand NEW car! Original (working!) GameBoy system. Engagement dress & accessories. Betty Page dress in San Diego.

Style obsessions // Wearable art. Vintage. Red lips. Betsey Johnson. My grandmother’s jewelry. Ecru. Hayden Harnett handbags, though that’s nothing new! Caramel curls. Cartoon colors. Active ink. Betty Page. Tarina Tarantino. Literally everything on Modcloth. My wishlist there exceeds $2,500.    

Best things I did for myself // Went back to the gym. Quit red meat & poultry & went pescatarian. Earned a Mini-MBA in Digital Marketing from Rutgers University. Traveled to the opposite side of the world ALONE. Planted a vegetable garden to make my home more sustainable. Jumped out of my comfort zone at sideshow school.

Top five events // Giants vs Patriots! Philadelphia Chocolate Tour. Sneaking into SDCC and rubbing elbows with Alcide Herveaux. The Cape May Froth Blowing Competition. The Big Cheesy.

Best eats //  Sprinkles cupcakes. Molecular gastronomy meal at WD-50 (especially the Rice Krispie Treat at the end). Boxty (thicker than a crepe, thinner than a pancake wrapped around your heavy Irish meal like a burrito) in Dublin. Melt Bakery ice cream sandwiches (Thai Fighter!). BBQed Wild boar (because when in Japan…). Marcie Blaine chocolates. Aburi Hotate at Pintokona, a Kaiten style sushi restaurant in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. Donuts from Fractured Prune OC! Real onigiri in Japan. Green Tea ice cream from Franklin Fountain. Grilled cheeses from Melt Shop.

Favorite apps // Whisper. Moleskine. NY Giants (great for those times I just can’t catch the game!). Stubhub (thanks for all the summer concert tickets). Viggle, my TV watch-along buddy. Tokyo Teleport Plus! (SUPER helpful preparing for my Japan trip).

Best chocolates // Vosges Haut Chocolates * Balsamico (12-year aged balsamic vinegar + dark chocolate + Sicilian hazelnut). Meiji * Meltykisses (milk chocolate that turns into buttery silk on your tongue). Marcie Blaine * Bombay Wink (Madras Curry + coconut + gold leaf). Teuscher * Pink Pepper Bar (mild dark chocolate + Madagascar pink pepper). Marcie Blaine * Prosecco (sparkling wine truffle). Vosges Haut Chocolates * Black Pearl Bar (ginger + wasabi + black sesame seeds + dark chocolate).

Top games // Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS). Pokemon Black/White 2 (DS). Scribblenauts Unlimited (3DS/ WiiU). NintendoLand (WiiU).

Best new traditions // Nights making s’mores around the fire with a bottle of wine. The Big Cheesy. Phillies Home Openers. Christmas Eve ornament-of-the-year hunt.

Couldn’t be without // Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia. My 3DS. A pile of Moleskines in my purse. A scarf (amassed and wore quite a few this year).

Best reads // The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern! The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Best of 2012 in Photos

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Stickergate 2012

November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Stickergate Sticker

Design by Justin Vitti.

The “I Voted” sticker. It’s the election day equivalent of tossing streamers or throwing confetti. It’s a wearable celebration of freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! For many first time voters, it’s a right of passage.

This morning I marched down to my polling place, whipped the booth curtains closed behind me, valiantly selected the candidates I feel will lead me and my country on to an incredible future, and dramatically pushed the red “CAST YOUR VOTE” button in slow motion. When I burst forth from the election booth, ready to usher in an era of prosperity, I was instead greeted by crushing disappointment and the cold grey glares of elderly volunteers.

As a proud and upstanding American citizen who was raised in the generation of behavioral rewards and psychological validation in the form of gold stars and “You Did It!” printed on adhesive paper, I felt abandoned by my country when I wasn’t immediately presented with a high-five and an “I voted!” sticker. How can I believe in my country when my country doesn’t believe in me? Hey, America! Can you at least hang my vote on the refrigerator?

Getting a sticker for voting: it’s my right, my privilege, my pleasure and someone dropped the ball.

Georgia has beautiful stickers.

Finished and feeling peachy.

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Virginia has stickers.

California has stickers in every language!

Battleground Ohio has options!

@hellogiggles #IVoted

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But not me. I have no way to prove to my local donut shop that I’ve earned that free donut for voting. No patriotic bracelet at Starbucks or BOGO cupcakes for me. Fortunately (or unfortunately) I’m not alone. I was joined by the stickerless masses on twitter.

Stickergate 2012 as heard ’round the country:




New Jersey


New York


My fiance put together this helpful infographic to show the widespread effects of Stickergate 2012. Click to enlarge.

These are the important issues, people. I should have the right to feel like I made a difference by being presented with a sticker upon exiting the election booth. Did you get a sticker for voting? If not, write letters! Tweet to your state government! (Still waiting for a reply from Governor Christie. I’ll update if he comments.)

Or you can download our official Stickergate 2012 sticker fo’ FREE here.

I wrote the slogan. My fiancee Justin designed them. Carl at House of Print made them REAL! Thanks, guys! I’m ecstatic to finally have my sticker:

Finally got my #election2012 sticker. Even if I had to make it. #stickergate2012

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If that’s not enough, you can earn a badge on Foursquare by checking in and tweeting with #ivoted. Or get a digital sticker with GetGlue:

5 Ways the Hunger Games Are Like the Olympic Games

July 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

1) There’s a lot of really great archery. And tears.

2) No one really wants to watch the games, but no one can avoid them.

3) Some people train their whole lives to take part in the events.

4) Everyone marches out in their costumes before the host.

5) There are more losers than winners.

CoronaRita Floats (You’re Welcome, Summer)

July 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Here’s what happened. Ben & Jerry’s introduced a new Limited Batch flavor, Key Lime Pie. Key Lime Pie just happens to be me and Justin’s favorite dessert. Naturally I shared a mug shot of the pint with him so he could scour the grocery for one. I also suggested we try adding a scoop to a Corona to make some kind of Corona float. Unable to find the ice cream in any of our local freezer aisles, I decided it was time to test out the ice cream maker attachment for Blanche, my KitchenAid mixer.

With Justin, my personal flavor-ologist, at my side with a bag of limes and a knack for twisting (pun definitely intended) raw ingredients into wicked dishes, we took to the kitchen…

And bam! Your summer just got sweeter.


1/2 cup fresh lime juice (approximately 5 limes)
3 T Tequila
2 T Orange Liqueur
1 T Orange Juice
1 1/2 C Confectioner’s Sugar
1 pint heavy cream

Combine all wet ingredients in a medium bowl.
Slowly add confectioner’s sugar, dissolving completely.
Transfer mixture to KitchenAid bowl and mix on “Stir” speed.
Add heavy cream.
Mix for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy, but not stiff.

It’ll look something like this. Roll up your sleeves; it’s messy!

Transfer ice cream batter into KitchenAid freezer bowl.
Mix on “Stir” speed for 20-30 minutes.
Transfer ice cream into a shallow, air-tight container and freeze for 2-4 hours.

Rim margarita glass with raw sugar and sea salt (optional).

Mix some Club Soda, 7-Up and Limeaid in a shaker and fill your margarita glass halfway.

Stick a generous scoop of Margarita ice cream right into the center and then fill the glass to the brim with Corona.

Coronarita with margarita ice cream

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