August 28, 2014

Cookie Butter Dip


Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter made into a dessert dip.

Guys, this is an award winning dip. At least it was when I made it at an office dip off contest! It's a super easy recipe and it's very forgiving, so you can add as much or as little of the cookie butter you want depending on your preference. And it's cookie butter, you can't go wrong. So next time you're in Trader Joe's pick up a jar, and the other ingredients, and wow your friends.

Cookie Butter Dip Recipe

1 8oz cream cheese
1 cup cookie butter
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup crushed toffee candy
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Drizzle
1 tablespoon cookie butter
1 teaspoon milk
1/2 teaspoon confection sugar (add more to thicken)

Topping
Crushed pecan praline and toffee candy

1. Mix all of the ingredients (cream cheese, cookie butter, milk, sugar and vanilla) and then fold in the toffee.
2. Add the drizzle, praline and toffee toppings and refrigerate until cold.

August 26, 2014

Roser Park

roser park

One of my favorite St. Petersburg neighborhoods, Roser Park is a beautiful historic district in the area. You may remember I mentioned that I was interviewed spontaneously by my local news channel while shooting in the area (here is my iPhone recorded segment). Anyways, this neighborhood is just gorgeous. Rich with greenery, overflowing plants, old homes and hills! Where are there hills in St. Pete? In this neighborhood. I'll let the photos talk for themselves.

August 25, 2014

20 Things to Remember


1. Things take time.
2. Everybody is fighting their own battles.
3. You can't fix people.
4. Only you can make yourself happy.
5. If you want it, go after it.
6. If you want to know, ask about it.
7. Don't be afraid to want something.
8. Never settle for what's comfortable.
9. Take chances.
10. Believe in love.
11. Making mistakes is okay. Learn from them.
12.  Don't ask questions you're not ready to hear the answers to.
13. Stay curious.
14. Actions over words.
15. Leave what's in the past there.
16. If it's meant to be, it will be. You can't force it.
17. Be there for people. Lift them up.
18. Have an open mind.
19. Assuming leads to nowhere good.
20. Be your best self. Don't compare yourself to others.

August 20, 2014

Ballast Point Park



A couple weeks ago, I had lunch at Ballast Point Park in Tampa. The drive to the park was beautiful as you're greeted with mossy trees whose branches draped over the streets and old homes with vines blanketing its walls. It was a lovely time, hot and humid as Florida is during the summer, but always a lovely time with my lunch companion.

August 19, 2014

St. Pete Murals #4


1st image: 1st Street North and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street
2nd image: Morean Arts Center at Central Avenue and 8th Street North