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I am a procrastinator. I know it. And I am not ashamed to admit it. No, it’s not my best quality and I certainly don’t recommend it if you can help it, but at this point in my life there is no denying it. I need a deadline. A concrete day and time that something needs to be done or else it will never get done. This is what caused me to pull so many all-nighters in high school and college, finishing up papers and projects.  This is why I have so many projects at home that I have started and never finished (or ideas in my head about things I would like to do that never even get started). This is why I started crocheting a blanket for my friend’s baby one week before her shower and only, finally, finished it a week after the baby was born. This is also why I will go a whole week (or longer) without writing a post for my blog or end up putting up my “Foto Friday” picture at 11:59pm on Friday! I have a problem…maybe there’s a Procrastinators Anonymous group I can join somewhere.

 

See?! I am CAPABLE of finishing a project!

 

My problem came into focus for me recently because of my move. While packing and unpacking boxes and trying to make room for all my stuff in my new apartment, I re-found all kinds of projects that I had set aside at one point with every intention of finishing them one day. So, I have become re-inspired and I have a plan to help me get some of these projects done! I have made a list of things that I NEED to get done before the end of this summer. Knowing myself full well, I am setting a date for the end of summer to mean September 1, 2012 @ 11:59pm. I am also sharing my list with you, my devoted readers, so that I will have to answer to you in the end if I don’t get them done. So, here it goes…

Just a few of my summer projects

My Summer Projects:

1)      My Eddie & Jean Scrapbook – I started this scrapbook while Eddie and I were dating, hoping to chronicle our time of courtship. I think after almost 4 years of marriage it is time to finish!

2)      Get prints of our Wedding Photos – This kind of goes along with the first project. I think it is finally time to get some prints of our wedding photos and fill those wedding picture frames that have been lying empty in the closet all this time.

3)      Make Bedroom Curtains-To be fair, this is a new project for my new apartment, but if I don’t include it on this list I will end up with old sheets hanging on my windows until it’s time to move again! This includes little curtains for the kitchen hutch we turned into bedroom furniture.

4)      Chair Cushions-We bought a second-hand dining room table and chairs when we moved into our first apartment and I remember thinking back then that I should make some chair cushions to cover the scratches and ugly marks on the seats. Clearly this never happened, but now I am using the chairs, without the table, in various places throughout the new place. They need cushions!

5)      Guitar Pick Earrings-I know this sounds totally random, but I have had a box of guitar picks for many years now (I am afraid to do the math to find out exactly how long) and I have never put them to use. I hardly play the guitar and when I do I don’t use a pick. At one point I tried to give them away! I saw someone a while back with these really cute earrings made out of guitar picks and I thought, “I can totally do that!” And I will.

6)      Jar Candles for Outside-I’ve been saving glass jars for months now without a specific project in mind but with the thought that someday I would be really glad I saved all of them! I almost threw them all out with the move but something told me to hold onto them. Now, I’m glad I did because I saw a project online for making outdoor candles using glass jars! Plus, we have a mosquito problem in our new backyard and we plan on spending a lot of time grilling and chilling back there this summer. So, I plan to make them citronella candle jars!

7)      T-Shirt Quilt-Eddie has a GAZILLION t-shirts and some of those t-shirts he doesn’t even wear anymore; he just saves them for sentimental value! I have a few also, but the question has always been, “What do we do with all these t-shirts?!” Then I saw this project for a quilt made with old t-shirts and I got excited. Finally, a fun and useful way to hold onto all these memories. But in order to get rid of the garbage bag full of t-shirts under my bed, I have to START and COMPLETE this cool project.

Alright, there it is, in writing. I’m committing to getting these things done before this summer is over. Mom, I’m clearly counting on your help with some of these! So, what about all of you? What will you commit to getting done this summer?

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I had every intention of coming home from work today and writing my next blog post, probably something about my move to my beautiful new Hollywood apartment, but sometimes LIFE happens…

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And tonight, life happened in a beautiful way. Instead of lamenting to you all about my slightly dramatic moving experience via my blog, I had a lovely, impromptu dinner with friends out in my new garden. I roasted a chicken (marking the first time I got to use my new stove), boiled some fresh broccoli, and opened a couple bottles of wine. What could be better?! Oh wait I know…finishing the meal off with some ice cream, cookies, and port!

My new apartment rocks!!!

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When I started planning my girlfriend Nicole’s baby shower with 3 of her other lady friends, I tried to act as nonchalant as possible when asking about the cake situation. See, I wanted to volunteer my help without squashing anyone else’s possible plans and without revealing how much I REALLY wanted to do the baking myself. I couldn’t let them know that I would have been CRUSHED if I hadn’t been allowed to make cupcakes! And when it was finally decided that I would take charge of this important aspect of the shower, I casually agreed while somewhere deep in my heart I was doing summersaults and screaming for joy!

I spent lots of time scouring my foodgawker page and searching for the perfect recipe, something fun and different but still super delicious. Finally, it came to me! Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes! I knew Nicole would love them and there were lots of inspiring recipes to be found. In the end, it was the recipe from Tidy Mom that won me over.

I have a suspicious feeling that I will have a new favorite cupcake recipe every time that I try something new because THIS IS THE BEST CUPCAKE RECIPE EVER! I know, I said that after I made my Irish Car Bomb cupcakes but, man! These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes are out of this world and I was blown away by how much they actually tasted like cookie dough!

The process

I followed the recipe almost exactly as written, with only one exception. I added a little extra vanilla extract to the frosting (to taste) in order to cut the flavor of the condensed milk. It worked perfectly! I ended up with about half of the frosting and filling left over but I don’t think that I would use any more than I did, it was just the perfect amount of sweet as it turned out. Looks like I’m going to have to make another batch of cupcakes for someone this week!

My makeshift display at the shower

I was really happy with the way they turned out and they were a big hit at the shower! I won’t admit to the number of cupcakes I ate myself this weekend but let’s just say I’m afraid of what this baking hobby of mine is going to turn me into! But hey! I work out, right?

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