Coffee, Coffee, Coffee, Cake!!

This is an adaptation from The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Coffee Cake, Literally! (original recipe here.) I love this stuff, and it’s full of caffeine… YAY!!!!!!!


The original recipe includes a coffee icing. I’m not giddy over icing, never have been, probably never will be; and I find the cake quite sweet enough without. So I left it out, because really, it’s better this way in my humble opinion.

I made this photo-infographic quite a while ago whilst taking a photography class… so… excuse the layout, it’s before I had the foresight to actually think about the layout of the photograph in terms of the recipe… sometimes when you’re making things you get excited, the light is starting to fade outside, so you set everything out, make it look balanced as a photograph and totally blank on the fact that perhaps things should have been laid out a bit different to actually follow the recipe in a more coherent manner. Oh, how stupid one feels when something so obvious escapes the mental facilities all together. Ce la vie is all I can say.

I used to make this cake and then bring it into work. It always gave everyone a good caffeine jolt to start the day and some sweetness too, and everyone liked me just that bit more because I baked them treats from time to time. So, make this cake, eat it, share it with others, because its super yum. Food is love after all.

DIY Sketchbook Cover

This isn’t ground breaking nor earth shattering DIY, it doesn’t have to be for a sketchbook either, I’ve used these tools to create my own cover for my blog idea book, monthly budget tracker (cause I’m old school and like to write it down) and also, for my sketchbook. I don’t know about you, but I love stationary, office supplies and of course, art supplies so I love having journals and sketchbooks for any and everything I can find an excuse to use one. And personalizing them and just getting to be creative all over them makes my soul happy. So, here is my take on the tools one can use to design their own sketchbook cover.

Sketchbook DIY Tools


Obviously you can use whatever you’d like, but I am rather found of the look of watercolor and ink working together.


1. Take those watercolor pencils and go to town coloring on the cover of the journal/sketchbook. Really you can do what ever floats your boat, go crazy, be creative. I go darkest to lightest in shade, then blur them together by watering my paintbrush and smudging everything with it.



2. Take those gel pens and draw something, write something, quote something… whatever feels right for the sketchbook/journal’s purpose.

My Sketchbook


And there you have it, easy peasy. There’s something quite satisfying about creating your own cover for your journals, sketchbooks and more.


ONE MORE THOUGHT: Have some family recipes you need to write down? Why not make a journal for them, create a beautiful cover, give it a title and what not. You could even go as far as to draw pictures for each recipe on the inside. Oh, the possibilities, I just gave myself an idea of something to do in the future, because, why not right!