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Kale, Mushroom and Broccoli Burgers

Kale Broccoli and Mushroom Burger with Spicy Mustard Sauce

 

These are delicious! Taylor and I loved the Kale and brussels sprouts burgers I made awhile back, so I decided to give another go to our green burger! The spicy mustard barbeque sauce makes this meal! You can get the recipe for the mustard here.

Kale Broccoli and Mushroom Burger with Spicy Mustard Sauce

You can see a more in depth recipe below!

Recipe makes: About 8 small patties | 4 normal patties

2 cups chopped kale
1 cup chopped broccoli
1/2 cup chopped mushroom
1 cup crushed Ritz crackers
1 tbsp chopped onion
1 egg
Pepper, salt and spices to taste
Bowl of flour
Vegetable Oil

Preheat skillet to a low heat. Add vegetable oil.

Mix kale, broccoli, mushroom, crackers, onion, egg and spices together in a bowl. Make sure all the ingredients are coated with egg. Let sit for a few minutes so the mixture can begin to meld together.

Using your hands, form small parts of the mixture into patties. Sprinkle/dip the patty into flour on both sides. Carefully add the patty in the skillet to begin browning. Be careful not to move/mash them as they are quite delicate!

After browning both sides, set aside to cool. Make the spicy mustard sauce and enjoy with whatever you like! We used toast and cheese.


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Writing 101: Day One

Writing 101

Blogging 101: Unlock the mind.

I’m beginning a basic blogging class for the month of April. The first assignment is to write a stream of thoughts for 20 minutes straight without thinking too hard or trying to really make sense. Let’s do this.

I thought this exercise was quite interesting. I struggle so much with what to say and how to say it while writing blogs. I can never seem to formulate ANY topic, or thought. I end up posting really dull, lifeless and vague posts coupled with many, many photos. Which is fine for what it is…but I really want to do more. I want to reach into my mind and write about topics that matter to me…truly matter in the world, even. I hope this helps to really unlock my mind.

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I’ve been thinking a lot, recently, about branding myself. I think I have an interesting niche. I’d love to break into creating videos, tweets and general content marketed around that niche style. It’s really intimidating just starting out…I don’t know what my balance should be. I don’t know how to balance the humor with the legitimate adventures Taylor and I have. But week after week I continue getting vague ideas that I feel could really turn into something fun. I struggle with creating content and keeping a schedule, so I’m automatically putting so much pressure on myself to succeed that I’m basically allowing myself to fail. I think the fact that I keep getting ideas is proof enough that I should try to expand on this and see where it takes me. What if the only thing holding me back is my own laziness? This is something I’m incredibly interested in, so what if it actually becomes something? (Entire vague paragraph of vague hints of my idea: check)

I’ve been getting quite a bit of organic blog growth in the past few weeks, which is cool, but at the same time it provides another sense of panic. I wonder why the heck these people are visiting, what content brings them here and how should I expand on that. So many questions go into making a successful blog. The things is though, I really don’t care to have a “successful” blog in the strictest of sense. I don’t care to be monetized or famous. I enjoy being a personal blog, I enjoy posting photos and life adventures. However, I really do have the desire to create MORE…to do MORE. I’m torn between not caring about my blog, letting it be what it is and only posting a couple times a month, and the true desire to use this blogging space to unleash my creativity, humor and my opinion.

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I’ve done this in the past. I’ve focused and grown my content. I experimented with different topics and I’ve taken the time to slowly write down the thoughts and emotions I have with certain topics. I actually enjoy my ‘writing’ voice. I think I can come up with powerful and/or humorous opinions that move me when I re-read them. I love that! I love that I have that ability…but it’s weak. It’s not honed at all, so it’s incredibly difficult to write in that way. I need to strengthen my voice and my vocabulary. It really has proven to be true, the saying, ‘use it or lose it.’ I’ve all but lost my writing skills.

I hope to discover what blogging really means to me with these blogging exercises so that I can focus my energy on things that matter. I think blogging will always be a part of my life no matter what I discover or decide in the coming month, but I hope to really find out if ‘branding’ myself and my blog can actually be something that brings growth, followers and entertainment. If it’s not meant to be, then of course I’ll post as always. This space will always be a place for my personal life, my adventures, and the many photos I take along the way. And I’m absolutely ok with that. I just don’t want to box myself in.


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Homemade Face and Body Scrubs

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I’ve recently invested in some amazing Lush face wash and other face treatments. Their products are all natural and work wonderfully together, which got me thinking of how easy it is to make homemade, natural treatments. The fruit, vegetables and other ingredients we eat everyday have many natural vitamins and benefits that are great to use topically. I decided to do some experimenting in the kitchen to come up with some homemade face masks and scrubs to add to my natural face treatments. The results are great. So far, my favorite is the orange zest sugar scrub, because the smell is amazing. These face scrubs are all-natural which means they can only last a week or two in the fridge.

Orange Zest Sugar Scrub

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The oils in orange peels are extremely beneficial to the skin. The citrus helps brighten your skin as well as helps cure blemishes, dry skin and blackheads. The scrub I created can be used as a mask, but also is used for removing dead skin cells, thus removing scarring, and helping to heal blemishes. The sugar added in my recipe is simply a natural scrubbing agent.

Ingredients:
2 Oranges’ worth of peels
1 cup of sugar
Grater or Zester

Grate the peel into a bowl. Gradually stir in the cup of sugar. Done!

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One Other Use:
Mixing orange zest with yogurt makes a face mask perfect for brightening skin and curing dark under-eye circles.

Coffee & Chai Scrub

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This scrub is naturally more coarse, so shouldn’t be used daily on the face, but not one to pass up if you like strong coffee smells. The caffeine awakens and revitalizes the skin naturally. The coarse grains help exfoliate dead skin cells, making it good for helping remove acne scarring and cellulite on the body.

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons coffee grounds (brewed or fresh)
2 teaspoons chai tea
(If fresh grounds, use 1 tablespoon olive oil to mix)

Mix all ingredients together. Easy!

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One Other Use:
Mix a couple tablespoons of fresh coffee grounds into your shampoo. The acidity in coffee naturally removes product buildup and adds shine and depth on the hair. However, it also slightly tints the hair, so it’s best for brunettes.

Potato & Apple Face Mask

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Potato is a strange one to use, but the benefits are very interesting. Raw potatoes have natural bleaching agents, which can help lighten acne scars, dark spots, and under-eye discoloring. Potato also hydrates dry skin. Apples can boost the collagen and elastin in your skin, leaving a healthy and fresh glow. The apple also provides a slight color and fresh smell to this mask, helping mask the strange potato smell.

Ingredients:
1/2 potato
1/3 apple
1 teaspoon olive oil

Grate the potato and apple together in a bowl. It’ll be like mixing hashbrowns and applesauce once it’s all grated together. Mix with olive oil.

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One Other Use:
For a simpler use of potato, cut a potato into rounds place over your eyes to help lighten under-eye circles. Although, drinking water and sleeping well is the only way to truly reduce dark circles.


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Happy Blog-iversary!

Today is my ‘8 year’ blog-iversary. I wish I could say I had 8 years of riveting posts, but I can’t say that I do.

I’ve used this blog (under two different names) as a means to journal and share creativity. I haven’t always needed that outward form of expressing myself, so there are many empty moments through the archives. However, I thought I’d share some interesting times in my life as I go through college, marriage and career changes in the span of 8 (more like 5-6) years.

2009: One year into college, 2009 is the year I really start blogging!

I discover my love of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s fashion and get my first non-restaurant job. 

I am faced with the horrible choice of being forced to get my first touch screen and data-mandatory phone! (Back when phones were phones)

I realize I want graphic design to be my career.

I made many, many t-shirt d.i.y.’s. This one is a dress from a 4XL t-shirt. 

I get engaged in a surprise photoshoot.

2010: The year I decided to link my Tumblr and Twitter to my blog and almost all my posts have NO TITLE. What an archiving nightmare.

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I realize what a hoarder I am

I get super into Photoshop (some more)

I made my brother this adorable Max from Where the Wild Things Are costume

I get into photography.

I get obsessed with fashion photography and move to Chictopia for. a. while.

2011: I graduated college (mid-2010) and move somewhere with no Internet until I got married so I

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Post about my bridal portraits

Self-designed wedding invitations

Getting Ready

My awesome wedding party

A beautiful ceremony

And the reception (that I starved at)

2012: Working at an exhausting daycare job and feeling so creatively unfulfilled, I began blogging again!

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I opened an etsy store selling vintage purses. This later turned into designing flyers

I tried blogging something more meaningful for the first time on the blog. (I’m still struggling with this, but I have so much to say these days that the hard topics must be given a voice!)

I got a job as a secretary which quickly moved into managing websites! 

I started noticing some sad realities in my life. Mainly the gradual decline of friendships and relationships. 

I tried my hand at d.i.y. journals!

2013: The year I blog fairly consistently! 

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I start (and fail to finish) and 365 day Photo Challenge

I tried (and fail to succeed) to organize my blog

I hint at all the friendship struggles I was having (but still try to remain positive and not get too deep)

I try my hand at recipes! Yum! & Coffee

I “win” a fun blogging award and answer questions about myself!

My husband graduates with his Master’s degree and I realize what that means for us

I finally get promoted from managing websites to managing and designing websites! Finally using that college degree to the fullest extent! Except, my creativity for blogging leaves me. 

I learn the hard way about friendships. And, of course, give a vague nondescript version of the story.

2014: After a short lull (only like 6 months, no big deal!) I decide to start blogging again! 

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I’m trying to find my focus for 2014. I love d.i.y. and photography projects, but I really want to try my hand at writing more serious posts. I’m a quiet person and have let that affect my opinions on topics, so as not to offend or hurt feelings, but I don’t think that’s a good reason to keep quiet anymore. I hope I can find my path as I begin this blogging thing over again. Every year seems like I’m starting over, because I’m just trying to find my way. Here’s the beginning: 1, 2, 3


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Bacon Ice Cream Sundae

bacon_headerYep. I did it. I love the mix of bacon with sweet ice cream and chocolate. When Burger King came up with their own bacon sundae, I was skeptical, but after I tasted it there was no more doubt in mind. Now, I really don’t even think twice about adding bacon to whatever I want.

Here’s my recipe for the bacon sundae. (It’s so easy!)

  • Oatmeal crunchy cereal
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Bacon
  • Chocolate Syrup/Fudge
  • Caramel Syrup

I laid out the bacon on a cookie sheet and baked in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. I added the cereal to the bottom of the glass, then ice cream, syrup and added the bacon on top. It’s a delicious, crunchy, sweet and savory mix. If you like bacon, you should seriously try this! It’s a versatile item!

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Upcycling Vintage-Glitter

Glitter is fast becoming a D.I.Y. trend in the online world. I’ve always been interested in upcycling vintage pieces and thought matching glitter with vintage would be the perfect way to get started!

Here are the blogs that have given me glitter fever:

A Beautiful Mess: Glitter Shoes
Hand Bag Heaven: Glitter Handbag 

Check out my own glittery upcycled vintage pieces in my shop! Mismatched Mess Etsy Shop


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my new favorite photoshop filter

I wanted to give Taylor something really awesome this Valentine’s Day so  took a bunch of pictures of me! Conceited, I know!

But oh how these pictures turned out! They were fun and a workout! And they were the surprise I was excited to show you!

BEHIND THE SCENES

1. I set up my Canon Rebel xsi on a tripod and turned the lens high above my head, and set an automatic timer. And then, an hour of jumping up and down ensued!

2. I then went into Photoshop and chose ‘Posterize’ filter in a red color

3. Then I chose from an array of brushes for a fun look

4. There were three ‘parts’ to my photos:

1. A booklet I made that had a hand written letter from me to him.

2. A story using pictures where the first photo was me with a heart thought bubble and it the last photo was hearts bursting out of the thought bubble, the message being “My love can not be contained.”

3. A ton of random jumping photos–I chose the craziest photos for this section!

I had SUCH fun creating this! Even if you don’t have any editing software, I would recommend shooting a photo shoot where everyone is jumping! It’s perfect for any occasion, or non occasion.


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DIY School Spirit Dress out of 4XL tee (How-To!)

This shirt if 4XL…The larger the shirt, the longer the dress! I wanted mine to be modest, but I think 3X,2X & maybe even XL would be okay (but they would be shorter)

Just an idea on the SIZE of this shirt:
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Step One: Cut off Collar and Sleeves (You can leave collar, if you want!)
640Step Two: From the hem of the top of the shirt, measure about 7 in down and make a mark.

(the cut part is where the sleeve used to be)

(the cut part is where the sleeve used to be)

Step Three: Take a fitted shirt, line it up with the center of the large shirt. From the mark you made in Step 2, Measure a diagonal line all the way to the bottom of the fitted shirt sleeve (leave 1-2 in of space) The diagonal lines will make a flutter sleeve.
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Step Four: Between the two diagonal marks cut a diagonal line. Do this to both sleeves (These are your new sleeves!)

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Step Five: From the bottom cut to the end of the original shirt sleeve, measure a midpoint and make a mark. (my midpoint is 7 in.)
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Step Six: Cut a straight, horizontal line of both sides, ending at the midpoint.
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Step Seven: Turn the dress over on its back, with your measuring tape, find the center of the back.661Step Eight: Take the two large panels of fabric and fold over, meeting in the middle of the back. (First try on the dress, wrap the two panels around until it fits your body. Make a mark where it fits you.) Sew the two panels to the back. * another idea would be to try sewing on buttons*

674682Step Nine: (The dress is still with the back facing up) Take the two back small panels and cut them off (not the front panels!)

685Step Ten: Take the two small panels from the front of the dress and wrap them around  to the back. (Try the dress on and fit the two small panels to your fit, too) Sew (or button/clasp) these to the back, as well.

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I actually haven’t had time, but you can also sew the sleeves, as well! I’ll have to add that, later.

Ignore the shorter sleeve

Ignore the shorter sleeve

You can see larger photos here: <a href=”https://mismatchedmess.wordpress.com/2009/08/29/diy-school-spirit-dress-out-of-4xl-tee/#comments”>4XL TEE</a><br />


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DIY School Spirit Dress out of 4XL Tee

Go Eagles!

I’m not one for school spirit, especially in t-shirt form…I don’t know why, I just never have been. Don’t get me wrong—I support my schools. In high school I loved representing the school when I performed (in theatre and band) and I totally support going to TSTC…it’s just supporting in t-shirt and school color form I’m not too fond of. Plus I don’t wear t-shirts too often, anyways, so there’s no incentive for me to roll out of bed and think, “Today’s t-shirt will represent my school!” (unless it’s a roll out of bed and ‘oh wow I’m late to class,’ day–then I’ll throw on any t-shirt)

Well, today was the very last orientation for the fall semester for all of the procrastinators who enrolled. Everyone (ambassadors, teachers, workers, and new students) got a free red TSTC shirt at orientation. (You can see me in the photo right below in my small shirt/boyfriend jeans look)

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TSTC Shirt


Because it was the last day, there weren’t very many shirt sizes left and I had to sort of giggle every time I walked by the ‘Giveaway’ table because the student ambassadors working would always be having this conversation:

Ambassador:”What size shirt do you wear?”
New Student:”Small (or Medium, or Large)”
Ambassador: “The smallest we have is extra-large.”

Aw….sad day. I’m always a little sad when they don’t have the size shirt I need. However, being in the DIY spirit, I was inspired by this little Ambassador-to-Student conversation and snagged myself a 4XL t-shirt—the largest they had!

And guess what? Suddenly I’m in the TSTC spirit and just may have to wear this super cute new TSTC dress around campus. My mom would probably be proud. 🙂

A how-to is possibly going to be difficult for me, but I’m going to try! Maybe, just maybe you’re in college/high school and are interested in revamping those school tees. With just a little creativity you can proudly say, “No, I think I’ll take a 4XL size shirt, but thanks for your medium, anyway.” 😉

Modest length! lol

Modest length! lol


could be a tank-dress...

could be a tank-dress...

...but I like the flutter sleeve (still need to sew)

...but I like the flutter sleeve (still need to sew)

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DIY Later! Good night! 🙂 <3alyssabeth


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DIY Fitted Tunic from XL Tee

Finished Tunic

Finished Tunic

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So after lunch with Taylor today I headed over to Goodwill just out of curiousity and found this great t-shirt in the men’s section. It obviously caught my attention because of the crazy purple/gold combo, buit also still had the tags so I knew it had never been worn, which was a good thing. Well, intersting enough, the tags had a website on it that I went to where I discovered the tee came from a quirky clothing line called Le Jean DeMarithe + Francois Girbaud and originally cost $49.99! Yikes…glad I got it for $2.29 at Goodwill!. Anyways, the website was fun and mostly in French, although the shirt I bought came from a New York store…check out the website here: http://www.girbaud.com

the tag!

the tag!

BEFORE

BEFORE

Start with a large t-shirt, like the one above (mine is Men’s XL)

STEP ONE: Find a shirt that fits you well; you’ll be using this a lot as a reference to your body type.

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STEP 1

STEP TWO: Line up the sleeve of the fitted shirt along the sleeve of the large shirt and trace a line all the way down the sleeve to fit the sleeves of the tunic to your arms.

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STEP THREE: Cut the sleeves following the traced lines.

STEP 3

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STEP FOUR: Turn the shirt inside out then line up the edges of the sleeves. Pin along the sleeve, leaving enough room for your arm

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STEP 4

STEP FIVE: Sew along the sleeve, removing the pins as you go.

STEP 5

STEP 5

STEP SIX: Turn the shirt right side out. Line up your fitted tee with the center of your large shirt. For reference, I found the center of the large shirt, and made a mark, approximately where the shirt with hit your waist. I then marked the edges of the fitted tee.

STEP 6

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STEP 6 CONT.

STEP 6 CONT.

STEP SEVEN: Gather up all of the fabric that comes between the two horizontal marks, keeping the gathers in the center of the shirt.

STEP 7

STEP 7

STEP EIGHT: Starting from inside the shirt (so the knot from your thread won’t be seen on the outside) sew the gathered fabric together will several large loops, then pull thread taut.

STEP 8

STEP 8

And there you have it…Basically just a fitted shirt, but it’s so super long that it’s more like a dress/tunic thing. I like it, at least!