First Tunesday

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I hate when people say “I like music” because I feel like everyone should like music…

However, I am aware that not everyone is SUPER in to it like the 3 people I have elected to create a playlist for you lovely readers every Tuesday from here on out.

Brianna Buckingham- a Maryland native who only loves her dogs more than her tunes

Joe Egbers- chiming in from Charlotte, he listens to music to save himself from accounting

“Hunt Daddy” aka Hunter Miller- you can tell how much he loves America from his tunes

Read our conversation to get a little more info on these special specimens…. I assure you, you will laugh.

First Tunesday


As I continue on this path of learning new things every day; this delicious and nutritious post is more about being a magician in the kitchen (pronounced ma-ghi-shin-in-da-kitch-shin).  I like being healthy, and surprising people with things that sound gross and taste good.  Here we go.

I don’t bake.  I always end up eating too much of the batter amidst the process and by the time it is put in the oven there’s nothing left and I’ve got a mean case of salmonella.

However, I saw a recipe for black bean brownies and my love for the magical fruit far surpassed my disdain for the apron-wearing habit so my little sister and I gave this recipe a try.

Pulse it

Step 1. Well, the first step is to use the link above because this isn’t really a tutorial… just how things went for me.

Step 2.  Pulverize the beans.  This picture is indeed of the beginning of my brownie mix and not a pile of mud we scooped from the tremendous amounts of rain we have had here in the tri-state.  I can promise you… it doesn’t smell like brownies either.  But keep going, it gets better!!


{(This image isn’t for a step… but just so you can see how cool my 1970’s food processor is.)}

pour batter pour batter finger nails

Step 3. The pouring of the batter. See! Look how yummy it looks!!! I will admit. I was skeptical….

cute smelling batter

so I put my fingers in it to make sure it was normal…

in the oven

Step 4.  Put those boogers in the oven.  You will notice, we have this awesome “all-corners” pan that makes all the sides a little crunchy and way-more- delicious.  At this point  I am hoping this applies to legume-made desserts as well…

cut up

Step 5. Cut in to very even pieces like I accomplished so well^

 abbi eatings

Step 6. Enjoy!

I know my sister (Abbi) is grimacing here, but that’s just because that’s the only way she knows how to eat…. they were actually really yummy and I suggest you make some yourself and invite me over. I’ll bring icecream 🙂


better with age

Each year, on the 3rd Sunday of each month between April and October a bunch of people bring their old pens, poker chips, and other paraphernalia to the Burlington Antique Show just 15 miles south of Cincinnati! WOooO!

Long time friend (lover?) Christopher Tassone, much better known as Critty, and Jordan ((if you haven’t seen her on this blog yet, read some older posts!!)) took the treacherous journey to the blue grass state with me to check out the garb.

I, of course, asked Crit some very personal questions before we headed south….

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(Bonus points if anyone knows who Maurice Blondel is.)

((he thought it said Ale, not Age… my bad))

Critty was smitten with a 1994 Zinzinnati poster that he haggled a very nice lady to 15 dollars, which I think is a very reasonable price for such a gem!

Jordan, gazed in to the magic ball, as we learned, to find the husband of her future, as spinsters in the olden days also did.  Fellas, if you want to save her from the cat-lady life, let me know. She likes mint chocolate chip milkshakes.

better with age

burn baby burn

I often come home from a long day of designing impressive things to my bed to find that my boyfriend has put out rose petals, bought me diamond earrings in an exotic shade of brown, and filled the room with hundreds of 60 dolla dyptyque candles.  (I get it, they smell GREAT, but that’s a lot of bones you are literally burning)

However, when my French boyfriend, Archambault, is adding to our extensive art collection in Paris, I am stuck home alone with cheetos, my velour pants, and dolla store candles.

FORTUNATELY, my brother taught me how to make my own today with some hot, hot, hot fragrance options.

I don’t even need you, Archambault.

If your facial-haired boyfriend has left you wanting more, here’s how you can make your life look more like mine!

Step 1. Collect your things.

  • Something for the wax to be kept in.  I got some glasses from Goodwill for 50 cents because I’m poor. But if you are feeling fancy, I’d dig pouring hot particles into these.
  • Regular wax for the bulk of the project.  Our’s came from Michaels.  It’s 20 bucks for the big block so make sure to get out your supa-coup-ons
  • Scented wax and/or essential oils of your choice
  • Wicks- decently important if you want your wax to have a purpose.
  • A pan that you most likely won’t be using for food in the future
  • A pan that ^that pan fits in (broiler system, if-you-will.
  • Straws, if you’ve got em, or just steal one from the starbucks you left in your car!

breaking the wax

Step 2. Break your wax into smaller particles so it can become a hunk-a-hunk-a-burning-love. We put ours in a plastic bag so when it broke it broke into something…..duh

wax in pot

Step 3. Boil some water in the larger of the pots and throw a chunk of wax into your smaller pot. Insert the smaller pot in to the larger pot, ours is nice because it has a handle that keeps it hooked on.  You need to be able to sort of jiggle it around, so figure that out.

flavored wax

Step 4.  At this point, you can add either the concentrated, scented wax you have purchased.  I got mine at Walmart. I know. Judge me.  We couldn’t find it anywhere else, alright?

I found that with the blocks of scent, a little goes a long way.  But on our second round, we used essential oils (sandalwood, yum) and a bit more was a bit better.

holding hte wicks2

Step 5.  When all the wax is melted, you will pour it into your votives.  First make sure that you have put the wick into the glass/tin/toilet basin that you are using.  You can see that I have encased the wick in a straw to keep it straight.  When you see the wax beginning to harden, you can just pull it up straight.  You can see my little sister struggling to keep it up with her bedazzled phalanges.

in ice colorStep 6. Place your votive/s in some ice to help it chill and harden faster so you can get to the fire part!  The only issue here is that, because of science, it can’t work perfectly.  The middle is going to divot, and people will be able to tell you didn’t buy these from Anthropologie.  So when you pour the wax in the first time, leave a little that can chill, and you can add that to the top later!!!!

final candleStep 7.  Find a vintage, hand-made plate like mine and throw your jewelry on it so you look chic.  Light it up and enjoy the serenity and smell!

Smell ya later!

burn baby burn


There aren’t any half-naked girls in this post, but there is some oil.

Oil pastels that is. Yes. I went there.

I am studying interior design (have I said that a 87 times?) and I have some serious interest in textile design.  That being said, I know nothing about designing textiles. Or design. Ha.

What I do know how to do is doodle. I have had this set of oil pastels collecting dust on my shelf for a bitsky and decided today was the day it needed to be broken out and played with.  Since I am sort of expediting my learning process with these 30 things, these are just a few examples of what  I came up with.


party tricks

I want everyone to think know that I am really cool.

My good friend, Knight Pressley, was concerned about my status in the party world and wanted to share with me a couple of things that would surely get me more friends. Yay!

Here are knight’s responses to my questions….

knight presley

He decided he wanted to ask me some too….


Now you know I named my secret identity Nikita. Can you blame me?

I am a beer snob.  This poses a petit problem when it comes to opening them, because compared to the Natty (nati?) lights we all drank in our lighter (ha) days, these more sophisticated expensive beers don’t come with their own handy twist-off lid. HOW DO YOU OPEN THEM!?!?!?

…..with a lighter

open bottle

I am realizing that I didn’t take a picture once I got the lid off.  I am new to this blog thing, cut me some slack.  This just gives you reason to buy me a beer at a bar, then I will show you my true talents!

The trick is in your less dominant hand creating some leverage.  When I had tried in my room by myself for 45 minutes no one was there to tell me.

Thanks Knight 🙂

Knight also bestowed information with me on rolling a cigarette. If you know me you are saying to yourself….Lizzi hates cigarettes.

But now that you know of Nikita… maybe she likes them.  Plus it’s cool to know how.

open ciggy

***we used the grinder to make the tobacco extra fine***

I still haven’t ever smoked a cigarette, but if I run in to a cranky Merlin in a forest one day who will only spare my life upon receiving a perfectly rolled heater?

I will live to see another day.

party tricks