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I’m excited for the UF v. Vanderbilt this weekend!    Go Gators!





5-minute chocolate chip brownies (in a mug)

Brownie in a Mug

Sometimes I want  something sweet but I don’t want to make an entire box of brownies and I definitely do not  want to dish out $3 for a single serve brownie so I turn to a brownie in a mug.

You can easily cake many things in a single serve mug including  chocolate cookies, cake, blondies and brownies.  This time I chose to do a brownie because I was craving something chocolate-y  and Jon was in the mood for brownies.  This  easy recipe will give you an easy 5-minute brownie that is a perfect late night treat on its own or with a scoop of ice cream on top.

 Here is what you need: 

1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of Flour
2 tablespoons of Cocoa
Pinch of Salt
Small Handful  of Chocolate Chips
2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
3 tablespoons of Water

Mix all the dry ingredients together  and then add the water and oil and stir until it is smooth.  Add as many chocolate chips as you want.   I  put a small handful in. Just enough to get a nice bite in every spoonful.

Make sure you scrape the bottom of the mug  and mix well so that you don’t get any bites of flour when you are eating.

Put it in the microwave for 1 minute and 40 seconds.


Voila!  A super easy brownie in a mug just as good as any bought  single-serve brownie!  I had mine with a glass of Almond milk and added a bit of Hershey’s syrup on top.


I hope you enjoy!


I’m back! (Recap of the last 9 months.)

Hello everyone!  I just wanted to start off this post an apology that it has been so long since I have posted and of course a little bit about that I have been doing these last nine or so months instead of writing here.

To  start it all off,  I graduated from the University of Florida  in May with a B.S. in Public Relations!  It was overwhelming to finish my last semester of school, finish work on Alpha PRoductions and  finish that chapter of my life.  It was very bittersweet to conclude my time at UF by saying goodbye to all of the great friends that I had made throughout my time here and to watch everyone move away and start their new lives and careers.


 Above is one of the many graduation photos that our little group took.                           (From Left to Right)  Kassie (Me) , Liberty, Elise Amanda, Sarah and Haley.

Now that I have graduated from college it is time for me to join the real world (sigh).  So Jon and I have moved to Tampa and are both looking forward to a new chapter.  Jon has just enrolled in culinary school at the Tampa Arts Institute and I am looking for a job in the area.    I am hopeful that I will find something soon. We have a great little apartment here close to the water that has been keeping us busy and I now live closer to some of my family, so it is good to spend time with them.

In between graduating from college and moving to Tampa,  I worked at Chili’s for a while and went on vacation with my family to  California.  I  had a great time in the San Francisco and Monterey Peninsula  area.  It was great to see a landscape and way of living that is so much different from living in Florida.

So that pretty much catches you up on the last nine months of my life.  To follow will be a  short slide show of photos highlighting some of the times and I will be back very soon with a recipe. I’m thinking either chicken saltimbocca  or how to roast a whole chicken. Only time will tell.  😉


Happy Holidays!


When I was in Italy, photography was one of the great classes that I got to take. This time last year, I was working on my  final photography assignment. I chose Christmas for the theme of my project. I thought I would share a few of my favorite ones with you. Most of these photos are in Florence and a few are in Venice.

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I hope you enjoy them.

All photos are property of Katherine Shearouse. Please ask permission before using.

Candy Cane Candles

Candy Cane Candles

It is that wonderful time of year again! It is getting colder, we have off from school and of course Christmas!

One of the problems that I find every year at this time is that I want to decorate my apartment to the fullest with lights, wreaths and scented candles to make it some kind of winter wonderland, but like most college kids, I go home for Christmas. I would not get to fully appreciate all of the decorations that I put up and they are expensive! Also logistically, I have nowhere extra to store decorations in my small apartment.  So, each year I try to make something small, cheap and Christmas-y that I can put around the apartment to help boost the cheer and make it feel like the holidays until I get to my parent’s house.
This year it is candy cane candles. Relatively inexpensive at only $8 for all of the supplies for four of them and super cute when they are finished.

All you need is:

Four red taper candles. ( I bought them mine at Publix.)

Two packages of candy canes. ( 24 in each package.)

Red ribbon.

A glue gun.

Christmas Music!

And that’s it.  Not much to it really. Sorry I did not take any photos of the process. I didn’t think about it until after they were already done.

Turn on the glue gun to give it time to get really hot.  I found that it the candy would not stick to the candle when the glue gun was only hot enough to squeeze glue out.  If you wait till the glue is hot enough to melt the candle wax, it makes the process go a little faster. Make a ring around the candle about a third of the way up the candle. You can use a paper clip or a piece of plastic, but I just used my nail. This leaves about two-thirds of the candle for you to burn and also so that the candle is not sitting on the table.  Use the ring  as a guide of where you are going to line up the end of the candy cane.   I left the wrappers on the candy. You can take them off if you want, but it  would leave marks on my wood table, so I decided against it.  When you are gluing the canes around the ring, pay attention to keeping all of them at the same level.  I am not going to lie, my first candle is really crooked!

It should take about 10 canes for each candle.  If the last one doesn’t fit all the way into the space, I just tried to stuff it in as much as possible so that there was no empty spaces on the candle.

Once you have glued all the of the canes around the candle glue a ribbon around all of the canes. I added a bow to give it a little extra and Voila!   You have yourself some decorations that you made yourself. And a good bonus, as Jon keeps on asking for,  when you are done with the candles for the season, you can take them apart and eat the canes.

Also, If you do not celebrate Christmas but still want to make say Chanukah candles, they have blue and white candy canes! Be creative and have fun with it!

I hope that you enjoy making your candles!

What else do you do to make  your house festive for cheap?

Happy Holidays!