Posted in Double Crowns, Fall, Life and Likes

Music, Hats, Oreos, and More

What do music, cowboy hats, fried Oreos, and face paint have in common? Well, if you’re from North Alabama (or maybe been on our blog a while), you’ll know this one right away. Fiddler’s Convention!!! Generally the first weekend in October, it’s where all the best crafts, music, and foods come to party.

On the local college campus, vendors set up anything from woodworking to beautiful jewelry (possibly like a necklace someone pretty great might get for their friend 😀 (so many ❤ to my beautiful sister queen)). One booth–other than the cactus and choker booth I stopped at–that we really took advantage of today was some very detailed face painters! 🙂 We embraced our inner children and seized the moment for a dollar each.

We debated designs for a while, unicorns and hearts, but both ended up settling on suns covered in glitter. They were beautiful and different even though they were the same design choice off the board. We were in lines with a bunch of kids, but there’s a time in life to let loose and enjoy yourself completely. Today happened to be one of those times. Yes, indeed, it was.

The designs this lady and her young assistant could do were astounding. A nice reminder that art comes in so many forms, which is really what Fiddler’s as a whole is. It takes all art forms, especially those not typically renowned in museums and history books, and provides them a place to display as well as their artists a chance to earn money for their work. I can’t agree more, and I definitely don’t have a more eloquent way to say that. For some people it’s a social event to find a friend to walk around and “be seen,” but it has a character so much deeper than that. It’s a place full of new experiences, tastes, and plenty of sights. I already can’t wait for next year. Me either! 🙂

This weekend was a blast and there were plenty of life experiences but perhaps the most important lesson was to not only drive safely but park safely, especially at your local conventions and festivals. ❤ 😉
Keep your ears open and your eyes watching! ❤ 😀 😉 O.o 😛

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Posted in Birthdays, Double Crowns, Life and Likes

A Message to a Queen!!!

Hey, y’all! So, I know it’s the middle of the week, but I realized something. AJA’s birthday has only been mentioned once, and it was in passing to debate traditional versus cookie cake. That’s insane!!!

I don’t draw attention to point out that she’s getting older or anything like that. I am posting this because she’s an amazing sister queen to me, has done this for me at least twice, and really deserves somebody–everybody–to post something like this for her.

With that being said, AJA, happy birthday. I don’t post things like this enough, definitely not as much as you do naturally, and I want to be better about that because you’re an amazing person in my life. I don’t know where I’d be without you. You’re my best friend of six years now, it’s coming up on six years since I first spend the night at your house, played Rock Band, or tried to put Sour Patch Kids on anything. In that time we’ve tried to shoot sprinkles (by mutual bad judgement) and probably thousands of other sketch ideas. We’ve gone on crazy adventures and made tradition out of carving a pumpkin about TFIOS.

My point is that you’re a queen that should be recognized for being you more often. You push yourself until you’re exhausted for the people you care about. I think sometimes you worry about upsetting those same people more than you could upset them. You deal with a huge load every day and have taught me how to be brave by still being here and functioning today. There has been a lot of change and things to happen, but you still keep rolling. You’re beautiful and have been such a great addition to my life. Thank you for that, and I hope that this day is as amazing as you are!

Love you! ❤
ACG 😉 O.O 😀 #)

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Pizza My Heart

Hi! Hey, y’all! Tonight has been inspired by supper. By pure coincidence, we both had pizza for supper, so we thought we might share with you a little bit about our preferred pizza experience. It’s the universal meal: sleepovers, rewards for clubs and teams, and family meals. Basically everybody loves some kind of pizza, and why not give it the place of honor that it’s due.

Of course, there are some Not So Great pizzas out there, so we thought tonight we’d share with you our qualifiers for a good pizza experience.

 

  1. The sauce must be good, and there must be enough of it.(Sauce texture has to be appropriate. Nothing too chunky. Truuuuue.)

  2. The crust can’t be too thick or too thin. If the flavor gets absorbed by bread, you’re doing it wrong. If you’re eating off a cracker, you’re making a questionable decision. (Handmade is my personal favorite, and I also like when the bottom is toasted and crunchy while the top under the sauce is still a little squishy.)

  3. Closely related, the crust should be able to support the entire structure of the pizza. I don’t want to bring this to friends and eat it in a living room having to use a plate, really, much less a fork. (I think napkins aren’t cool, but I like pizza that would do just as well served on a napkin as a plate.) Napkin opinions differ, but that aside, same. If you want to eat pizza with a fork, be my guest, but it should not be necessary!

  4. The flavor of the cheese on a pizza has to be rather specific. It cannot be too salty, but it has to be at least a little salty.  And, please, for the love of every pizza, do not burn your cheese!!! It should be melted (YES) and thickly layered (ALSO YES), but do not burn it. The way to know it’s done right? Does it stretch? If yes, you’re good. If no, you’re just wrong. 😉

  5. Do not try too hard (as with all things). Pizza is not supposed to be gourmet or frou frou. If I want something that has potential to be in a five star restaurant, I’m probably not going after pizza. Please make something casual and fun. Pizza, after all, is an American food. We all know that Americans really and truly are not known for having the most divine food choices. Please don’t soil that reputation.

 

Pizza preferences can vary vastly from person to person, but we both stand by these qualities. Although, I guess we won’t shame you for your pizza choices. I know people that have to have them without cheese or like them without sauce, and I can still be in the same room as them. Before we go, though, we wanted to share our favorite part of pizza: the toppings.

 

I like chicken (and sometimes mushrooms) on my pizza, if given the option. My favorite pizza flavor is Hawaiian, fruit over vegetables any day. ;P Ham and pineapple are musts, but tonight my Hawaiian also had chicken on it O.O (this sounds so good!), so that was interesting.

 

Keep your pizza on the counter and your heart in the sauce!!! 🙂 ❤ ;P 😀 😉 :O O.o

Drive safely, not distractedly by pizza, even though it is great. ❤

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The Great Teascape

Hey, y’all! ‘Ello!

So, we graduated about a year ago. That makes most of the classmates approximately nineteen. That being said, week before last we attended a double wedding shower tea for two of them (which is ridiculous! they are children! and they shouldn’t be allowed to be getting married! BUT, hopefully it will work out well, despite my opinion on their age).The interaction was a little stilted (she’s under exaggerating), but my favorite part had to be making the cake balls I took. ;D

The only super enjoyable part of this event was getting to shop and bake together honestly (true). Hats were involved (ew). Food was awkward (and random + there was too much of it). Conversation was more awkward (definitely).  Life was the most awkward (agreed).  Which is to say, while we care about these girls and wish them the best, and a dear friend hosted the event… It was not A Good Time.

No, it really wasn’t. But we went, we ate, we talked, and we were two of three that gave cards (is that weird? I thought you did that with presents?). Then, we left. I have never been so grateful to get in ACG’s truck. I have never been so grateful to have a pending errand to help my dad with that got us a reason to leave.

 

So, next time you find yourself in this sort of situation, we bid you a safe drive away from it. 😉 ❤

Keep your puns in the cabinet and your scones in the kettle. 😉 😀 ❤ 🙂 O.o

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Sorta A Birthday E-Card, Kinda Repetitive

Good evening, everyone in our time zone, and good every other time, all you other people! It is AJA tonight, not because ACG is unavailable. In fact, she’s next to me as I type this on her computer. However, Monday is her birthday, so tonight I will be posting in celebration! 😉 

ACG has been one of my closest friends for years now. She is quite literally the only human I feel like completely gets me and I am beyond lucky to have her in my life. We have shared so much, and she has been a queen through all of it. I know this is repetitive and unpoetic, but the bottom line is that she is my favorite person. I love her and I hope she has the best birthday on Monday, even though she has to wake up early for a school project. :/ 

Drive safely and celebrate the ones you love! ❤

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A Belle of a Weekend (Or, We Saw Beauty and the Beast Friday Night)

Hey, y’all! This weekend has been a beautiful magical adventure seen through 3D glasses. Not quite through a magic mirror, but still a beautiful movie. (Also, hi!) If I could get there through a book I would though. (Shh! No one tell her it was “originally” in a book 😉 )

Controversy and haters aside, the movie was great. We got to see it opening day in our own little theatre (had to wait in line to be admitted and everything–the hallway there is sloped for wheelchair access to a fire exit and that was quite a time for an easily-dizzied human). There was a preview for a movie called Coco that looked cute, too.

The storyline was fleshed out a little more (certain details I’d never understood were much more prominent and helped me enjoy the story), and the details were thorough (I’m a sucker for a good detail). Gaston was more subtle but flirty and persistent. Honestly, Gaston was terrifying in this version, which…is sorta because he represents that person who can’t comprehend the word no. LeFou was presented as comic relief but more as a human character than a complete buffoon like the comic relief in the original animated movie. Agreed. His role in the movie worked pretty well overall. Belle recognized that people thought she was different and noticed but wasn’t proud of it. In fact, she appeared to feel like an outsider and was mistreated for being an educated woman, which was heartbreaking to see. It made her a more authentic character. The Beast showed his humanity by being “a guy” about things and being her friend instead of immediately her shy lover (he wasn’t all hands on deck with reading the romances, nor did he automatically assume the love needed to be romantic to save him). Lumiere and Cogsworth (an iconic duo, in my opinion…) were both afraid and comfortable with Beast, doing the right thing by Belle and acting in the roles they always were supposed to fulfil by duty. Belle’s desire for freedom but humility and loyalty to return back to the castle to see Beast was beautiful and touching. The theme of the rose being carried through consistently was nice, too. I did love Beast having a reason to take captive Belle’s father.

Overall, my favorite line (for no solid reason other than it’s one of the lines I love from the many many many beautiful pieces of dialogue) is simple: “Very dark and very dusty.”

I don’t have a true favorite line, but I’ll leave you with a classic line of my own: drive safely. 😉 ❤

Keep your vases in the bedroom and your flip flops in the kitchen. 🙂 ❤ 😀 😉 😛 🙂

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Cookie Dough

Hey, y’all!!! Hi. So, the all famous question about cookie dough is the topic of the night: Pillsbury or Toll House brand? As if that’s a question… We both agree it’s Pillsbury.

 

We do! We also have about three tried and true ways to eat said Pillsbury cookie dough (whether it’s in the tube or the precut squares).

 

 

  1. A cookie dough milkshake is the absolute best. I am not talking about a vanilla milkshake with cookie dough chunks, but blended cookie dough with a vanilla base. It is amazing.
  2. Take a glob of cookie dough. Put it in the microwave for around 45 seconds (or until gooey). We’ve used it as a dip before with chips for the salty sweet combination, but by itself is also perfectly fine for the melted method.
  3. This list would not be complete without the classic: straight cookie dough in a spoon. Of course we love this option.

 

 

 

 

Drive safely, which is done most easily  while drinking a cookie dough milkshake. ❤

Keep your dough in the shower and your loofas in the dryer! 🙂 ;P 😀 😉 O.o ❤ 🙂