First Halloween

Fern’s Halloween costume consists of a winter hat with bunny ears and… that’s it. Forevermore she’ll be able to look back at photos of her first Halloween and criticize my costume making skills. Whatever, she’s too young for candy anyway! By the way, have you ever tried to draw whiskers and a nose on a wiggly baby? It’s hard.

Happy Halloween!

first halloween

first halloween

Nepotism

This week I hired an office manager! I’d like to introduce my first employee ever, Shawn Nichols. She’s amazing, and she also happens to be my mom! I gotta say, it’s a huge bonus to have an employee that loves your baby as much as you do and doesn’t mind changing a few diapers.

Balancing baby and business has been quite a challenge. I’ve been able to keep up with order fulfillment, but I haven’t had time to do much creating over the past 9 months. With my mom taking over packaging, shipping, inventory management, and more, I should be back to my sketchbook soon.

Here’s Fern helping the Office Manager package today’s orders…

nepotism

nepotism

Kidding… the baby is not allowed to drool on outgoing shipments. ;)

Jalapeño Grilled Cheese

I’m always on the lookout for lunch ideas, and when I came across this Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese recipe my mouth started watering. It seemed so complicated though—seeding, stuffing, and roasting jalapenos, cooking bacon—way too much effort for lunch time. So here’s my easy version!

jalapeno grilled cheese

Get two slices of crusty bread. Spread one with cream cheese and the other with mayo. Apply a generous layer of pickled jalapeños and sharp cheddar cheese. Close the sandwich, and butter the top and bottom.

Grill it in the skillet, or toast it in the oven. I preheated my toaster oven to 425 and baked my sandwich for 5 minutes. Then I flipped it and baked for another 3-5 minutes. Once the cheese was melty I broiled it for 2 minutes (flipping halfway through) to brown the outside. Then I ate it, and it was amazing.

jalapeno grilled cheese

I love cheese. That is all.