Monthly Archives: December 2016

We Have lMugs and Shirts, and One Tote

This is a super cute mug that comes in a variety of colors.  I love this one and how it turned out.  I am not sure why you cannot get it to reserve from my blog, but the link to my store is here.

I also really like the way this tank came out.

We crazy cat ladies have to stick together!

This shirt is so adorable.

The design was so cute, I continued using it for a tote.

Then, I thought, why not a mug?  This also comes in a variety of colors.

Baby, it is cold outside, so don’t forget that hoodie.

Lounging around?  Do it in comfort.

Not feeling football season?  Is it football season?

We have your Autism tees!

This one is my favorite.

Hmm, what kind of crazy do I want to be?

Here is the second version of the Autism tee.

Thank you all for your love and support.  We appreciate you.

 

My Clothing Collection Through Vida

As some of you may know, I started a line of clothing using my art through VIDA.  Each piece is one of a kind.  Each piece has my signature on the tag.  This is a very exciting company, and I am excited just to be able to create.

Here are the ones they listed now.  I have tons of designs, not all are posted yet.

Lucy

Thank you for your love and support through the years.  Keep on smilin.

Our New Tee Shirt Campaigns

I have been working on new tee shirt designs.  I also kept some of the old ones.  This is what I have come up with.

This one is definitely my favorite one as of now.

Get some of that gratitude in your attitude.

Wait…  What kind of crazy?

More just to support the blog.

And, last,  but not least.  I hope you liked my designs.  We are pretty pleased.

Blue Apron Meal and Unboxing, and a Link for 3 FREE Meals

I received three free meals from Blue Apron delivered to my door to try out and give my opinion.  The ingredients arrived cool and fresh, boxed up neatly.  I think the only three things I had to use that were not included, besides water, were pepper, salt, and olive oil.  I did a video unboxing so everyone could get a good look at what is included in a box.  (Here is the link to get the free meals)

Preparing the meals was pretty fun.  I would never had made any of the recipes on my own, it definitely showed me new ways of cooking as well as new flavor combinations.  Below I will have the videos of the first two meals with recipes listed below the videos, and right now I am going to show you the last meal I made.

The meal I am going to share with you today is Crispy Chicken with Mashed Potato and Spicy Collard greens.  This is, of course, a southern comfort food, and it was pretty good.

The ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1/2 c. all purpose flour
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 bunch collard greens
1/2 lb. Russet potato

Knick Knacks
2tbsp butter
1tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4tsp crushed red pepper flakes.

There are 2 servings.  The time to prepare is around 10 minutes.  The cook time is 25-35 minutes.  Blue Apron recommends pairing with Wycoff Vineyard Chardonnay or Ventana Vineyards Chardonnay.  Below is the recipe card.

I got a shot of all of the ingredients together for you to see.  Remember Blue Apron provides these.  You will also get 3 for free for signing up on my link.

The instructions are:

1: Prepare the Ingredients:
Wash and dry the produce.  Boil a pot of water.  Large dice the potato.  Peel and mince the garlic.  Remove collard green stems.  Throw away stems, chop greens roughly.


instructions


chopped greens


diced potato

2.  Cook and Mash the Potato
Add the potato to the boiling water for 14-16 minutes.  Drain.  Add butter.  Mash with a fork, season with salt and pepper.


Instructions


Drained


Butter added


Seasoned and mashed.

3.  Start the Collard Greens
Heat 2 tsps olive oil.  Add garlic and as much of the red pepper as you want.  Season with salt and pepper.



Collard green instructions


Greens in the oil                                                          Greens cooked

4.  Finish the Collard Greens
Add the vinegar and 3/4 cups of water.  Cook 8-10 minutes until wilted and most water cooked off.  Season with salt and pepper.


Instructions as on page


Greens finished

5.  Coat the Chicken
Pat chicken dry.  Salt and pepper.  Transfer to a bowl add flour and coat.


Instructions


Thighs


Coating

6.  Cook the Chicken
Heat a thin layer of oil on medium.  Add coated chicken 4-6 minutes per side.  Divide all food between 2 dishes.


Instructions


Flour sizzling in oil


chicken frying

The finished dish:

The dish turned out really good.  I would not have used all of that vinegar, and I would suggest no to if you do not care for the flavor.  If you would like to see the meals actually prepared, there are two more videos below.  I would love to answer any questions you may have on the meals, I can be found by email @ samsvoice@yahoo.com.  And, here is the link for you to get 3 free meals through me: http://bit.ly/stephielarkBA   Enjoy!

YouTube, The New Algorithms, and PewDiePie

In a lot of my groups that I have joined for small YouTube channels, I have been hearing several common complaints.  Subs are disappearing, and views are dropping.  To the big accounts with the big voices, this is having a big enough impact that they are even complaining.  The biggest is PewDIePie.  He is, in fact, the biggest YouTuber there is.

The problem seems to be with algorithms.  Inactive subs are being dropped from channels, and in some cases, people who comment a lot on certain videos are being dropped, as well.  This has had a major effect on revenue and overall growth.  People with good content are seeing drastic drops in the past few months.  From what I have gathered looking at videos, this is all across the board, and YouTube is not really explaining any of it.  Vloggers with viral videos are finding it hard to recover from drops in views after the viral videos because their new videos are not getting the views, and not being promoted.  This brings us to PewDiePie.

I am not a watcher of PewDiePie.  I never sat through a video of his all the way through until tonight.  The impact is so huge, his views on his personal vlogs are hitting less than 2 million views instead of whatever ungodly number he usually hits.  He brings up a lot of good points.  A major one is the new way your personal preferences page is now just viral videos you do not want to see, and the ones you subscribe to seem hidden.  Channels you subscribe to are automatically dropping from your page randomly by YouTube itself.  All of these points are great, yet, the one thing anyone is focusing on is he said it is happening because he is white.  So, another important issue for people trying to make money with their passion was overlooked due to an insensitive statement.

I am looking forward to how all of this pans out in the long run.  I do find it unfair to drag his name through the mud.  In the mean time, here is his rant.  I wish him the best of luck.