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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Ponies Love To Eat

Not just at Christmas, but all year long, the Blue Pony team loves to snack. I feel in all steps of a project it is important to stay energized with snacks. Whether it be selling, gathering details, designing and creating the actual content, or even finishing up a project deserves a celebration and yet another reason to snack.

I found a few fun recipes to share with you and encourage you to take a few minutes to make these fun and easy finger foods to keep energy levels up during this busy time of year!

Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Yield: Approximately 2 dozen

Yield: Approximately 2 dozen

Bite-sized cheese balls — studded with dried cranberries and blue cheese crumbles — are rolled in toasted pecans and skewered with pretzel sticks for fun, easy snack!

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

3/4 cup (about 3 ounces) blue cheese crumbles

3/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped

 1 1/2 cups pecans

Pretzel sticks

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese, blue cheese, and dried cranberries until smooth. Dampen hands to prevent sticking and form cream cheese mixture into approximately 24 tablespoon-sized balls. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours or until firm.

2. In the meantime, toast the pecans by spreading out on a sheet pan and baking in a preheated 350°F oven until lightly toasted and fragrant, for 7 to 10 minutes. Allow pecans to cool and finely chop them.

3. Roll chilled cheese balls in chopped pecans, pressing nuts so that they adhere. Keep cheese balls refrigerated until ready to serve. Just before serving, skewer each cheese ball with a pretzel stick and sprinkle a few blue cheese crumbles and dried cranberries over serving tray for added decoration and color.

Tip: You can make the cheese balls ahead of time, but don’t insert the pretzels until just before serving or they will become soggy.

Pineapple Coconut Snowballs

Yields: Approximately 2 dozen

Yield: Approximately 2 dozen

Ingredients:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

8 ounce can crushed pineapple, well drained

2 1/2 cups flaked coconut

Directions:

1. When draining the pineapple, use a fine strainer to push as much juice out as possible. This makes the mixture a bit more firm and easier to work with.

2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and pineapple.

3. Mix well.

4. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls.

6. Roll in coconut.

7. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.

 Disclaimer: I don’t want to be responsible for making you snack too much, so snack at your own risk!

CYBER MONDAY IS HERE!

Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. The term "Cyber Monday" was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005, in a Shop.org press release entitled "'Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year". If you didn't participate in Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, maybe Cyber Monday is more your style. ENJOY!

Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. The term “Cyber Monday” was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005, in a Shop.org press release entitled “‘Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”. If you didn’t participate in Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, maybe Cyber Monday is more your style. ENJOY!

SUNDAY TRAVELS!

 

After the holiday weekend filled with family and friends, it is time for everyone to go back home and get back to their regular schedules. The Sunday after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. Everyone please be safe and remember, traffic will be heavy so allow extra time and smile at the car beside you!

After the holiday weekend filled with family and friends, it is time for everyone to go back home and get back to their regular schedules.
The Sunday after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. Everyone please be safe and remember, traffic will be heavy so allow extra time and smile at the car beside you!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after U.S. Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after U.S. Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

BLACK FRIDAY!

The day after Thanksgiving Day that signals the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Retailers kick off the season by offering deep discounts on products for those shoppers lucky enough to obtain the limited supply. Good luck to all shopping for those great deals. Enjoy your day if you have time off work and don't shop. And to those who work on Black Friday, thank you for your dedication.

The day after Thanksgiving Day that signals the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Retailers kick off the season by offering deep discounts on products for those shoppers lucky enough to obtain the limited supply.
Good luck to all shopping for those great deals. Enjoy your day if you have time off work and don’t shop. And to those who work on Black Friday, thank you for your dedication.

Time To Stock Up

I’ve been thinking about starting a website about stock photos.  If you spend enough time as a graphic designer, you begin to understand that the weird world of stock photography is chocked full of all sorts of visually stunning gems that you just want to share with other people.

For instance, women eating salad and smiling.  There’s actually a blog about it.

I’m so happy I could eat this whole bowl of healthy and delicious salad that I’m tilting towards the camera.

If you make me eat one more bowl of salad I am going to stab you with this fork.

If you make me eat one more bowl of salad I am going to stab you with this fork.


 Hipsters taking pictures of things with vintage cameras:

I bought this camera at a thrift store. I’m not even sure if it works.

I only take pictures of things that are profoundly ironic.

I only take pictures of things that are profoundly ironic.


 Unnerving retro images:

Which came first, the 1920′s movie star or the egg?

Betty, could you pass me my banana smoothie?

Well, Ladies, this is it. If we win this round on America’s Got Talent, we’re going to Vegas!


 Crazy stuff that makes no sense:

Fruit Ninja meets Teenage Mutant Ninja Fruit.

Fruit Ninja meets Teenage Mutant Ninja Fruit.


Don’t get me wrong, there’s lots of amazing stock imagery out there like:

Doggies riding horses:

I’m pretty sure I gave this card to my mom one year for her birthday. Something about teaching an old dog new tricks.

 Doggies pushing ladies in strollers:

Evelyn had no idea that a cliff was nearby. That would teach her to feed him dry dog food instead of canned.

 Business people shaking hands:

Wow.  Boring.

Wow. Boring.

A little better.

A little better.

The dynamism of this image just kills me!

The dynamism of this image just kills me!


And then there’s this woman:

As of today, she’s in over 3,000 Shutterstock Images.  I see her everywhere; on Billboards, in banner ads, in magazines and in that flyer you get every week with coupons for carpet cleaning and replacement windows.  In fact, I just saw her yesterday.  I feel as if I know her personally.  I’ve named her Mandy.  She looks like a Mandy.

Here's Mandy eating some salad.

Here’s Mandy eating some salad.

Selfie in Europe. Lucky Mandy!

Here she is shopping in Barcelona.

And shopping in Barcelona.

 


After perusing a stock website for a while, a designer can lose her hold on reality and start to believe in the finely crafted version of reality that includes photoshopping, cropping, and staged board meetings filled with perky 20 somethings wearing slightly out of style business attire.

To break free of this state of mind I suggest searching for “Baby Animals”

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You’re Welcome!

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Horseback Riding And Hunting…

This coming weekend is opening firearm season for deer hunting in Indiana. Being respectful and courteous is the way we can all share the woods and enjoy fall at the same time. hunting Although I don’t particularly like the chilly weather, my horses do. Without the heat and the flies, fall is the prime time to go trail riding and to enjoy the great outdoors. The beautiful colors throughout the woods attract so many people (hikers, bikers, ATVs, horseback riders and hunters), so we need to be courteous in order for all of us to enjoy our hobbies safely. Continue Reading…