Giveaway winner!

I loved reading your holiday traditions for the CNS giveaway!  Thanks to random generator a winner was chosen!  Maggie from Freckled Citizen is the big winner!

Maggie, you'll have to report back about what you choose from CSN!

Happy Wednesday y'all!

Humble Pie

*** DON'T FORGET! Enter my $55 CSN GIVEAWAY .  Winner will be announced on Friday!

Culinary school is filled with big personalities. 

I think that most chefs have an ego.  My theory is that to succeed as a chef, you must have an ego; you have to know that you, and you alone, are going to create something delicious. You take basic supplies and transform them into deliciousness-- it's almost miraculous.

And when you put 20 students with large egos into a room there are bound to be personality clashes.  Luckily, they are few and far between. 

However, some unintentionally hilarious moments have occurred. One of my favorite "big personalities" is this guy, we'll call him J.  J is mid-twenties transfer student who is a total know it all. He spouts on and on and ON and OOOONNNNN about things that are completely pointless and the majority of the time he has no idea what he is really talking about.

Last week in baking and pastry class this awesome interaction occurred between J and another classmate:

P: "Taylor, have you ever had humble pie?"
J: "Oh yeah. mmmmh. It's great."

HUMBLE PIE Y'ALL! He actually tried to pretend like he knew all about humble pie as if it was a real thing!

Hey, at least he's not my boss!

And tonight is your last chance to enter my CSN GIVEAWAY .  Start in your Christmas shopping my love bugs! Do me a little happy and enter!

the little things

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I've been working my tush off at school-- tons of homework, papers and projects galore, and just the daily grind of classes.  So I like to treat myself every once and a while to a relaxing afternoon. Here are my big plans:


Fresh brewed coffee

Bubble bath

Glass of Chardonnay

What do you do to unwind after a long day?

Holiday Giveaway!

Thanksgiving is in 2 weeks my loves and Christmas is only 7 weeks away! Time is flying! I spent some time this weekend poking around doing some pre-shopping for my list.  I found some great goodies, but they are secrets for now! Have you spent any time looking yet?

To help your holiday budget I am offering a $55 giveaway from CSN. They have something for everyone on your list! Ottoman coffee table for the home decorator on your list, toys for the little munchkins, power tools for the handy man on your list, and everything in between.

To enter the contest simply leave a comment with your favorite holiday meal or tradition!

The contest will end on Thursday at midnight EST and I'll declare the winner on Friday!

Exciting news!

Next week I'm having a sweet CSN give away!

p.s. I did it! I actually woke up bright and early at 5 am after a 45 minute nap.  I aced my paper and did well on all 3 tests I took this week! I'm exhausted now so I'm going to take a long afternoon nap before starting some winter cleaning!

The inevitable

The all-nighter: I knew it would happen at some point in my culinary school career.  And it's happening right now as I type. Some how my usually good time management skills flew out the window in the last week leaving me with hours of unplanned homework on a school night.  I have a paper due tomorrow and an incredibly dry and long online training to complete.

I'm not going to just skip my homework so here I am at 3:23 am finally finishing my work. 

So here's the real problem. I'm done. Proof read, prepared, and done.  But I have to be up at 5 am.  Do I go to sleep for an hour and a half power nap or do I just stick it out?

I'll admit it... I have the will power of a kitten when I have to drag myself out of bed.  I've done this before during my undergrad career where I would just "take a little" nap before getting up early.  It hardly ever worked. But, I'm older, wiser, and more driven now.  Right?

Shit, here goes nothing.  Cross your fingers I wake up in time to turn in my papers.

I'll update you with either my great success or my epic failure in the morning. No pressure.