This is easily the second most asked question I receive: how do you come up with this stuff?


Well… it’s not like it’s a big secret.

1. I don’t really think about anything other than food. Except for shoes. And what I will have for dessert tonight. Wait. Is dessert food?

2. I have no life.


Okay really… here is an example of how I came up with the watermelon mint soda floats posted today. This is nearly verbatim from my head.


The place: my mind.

The time: some point last week.


I totally forgot about those nectarine mint milkshakes I made a few months ago. That was so good. I have to make another this weekend.

Wait… but maybe I’ll use watermelon because then I can post it on the blog.

Yessss… watermelon and mint. Watermelon mint milkshakes!

Ugh. Do I really have to wait until this weekend? I want one now.

But Jess… you just ate one of those Magnum ice cream bars that your cousin has been telling you about. Milkshake can wait. Go eat a salad.

Oh and let’s be real… you’ve eaten TWO of those Magnum ice cream bars. Wait until the weekend.


…days pass…


You know, watermelon mint milkshakes sound kind of boring. They sound really good, but you already did nectarine mint milkshakes. It’s too similar. You don’t like to do similar recipes like that.

Crap. Now how am I going to make a drink with watermelon and mint? No mojitos, everyone is doing those.

But I’d really like to drink a mojito. And I really want to find some of that coconut La Croix that we had at the beach even though I tend to despise carbonated beverages.

Wait… La Croix! Maybe I can blend the watermelon and mint with La Croix… and add ice cream?!? Smoothie??

I should probably do unflavored bubbly water first though… try the flavored later, give the readers the option.

Yes. Floats. I like floats. Hellllo… Hot fudge root beer floats anyone? Man I hope this works.

Uh oh… but blending the water will make it lose some carbonation. I learned that when I made the beer marshmallows.

Oh well. Try it anyway. See what happens.

And I should probably strain the watermelon stuff. Don’t want to suck seeds through the straw.

Sweet. Do I really still have to wait until the weekend?

No. Now you have to wait until NEXT week because you just ate the third and final Magnum bar. Go do some sprints.

And that my friends… is how I come up with recipes. 98% of the time that is how it happens. Nothin’ special. If it is inspired by/adapted from/stolen, I tell you in my posts. So if you don’t see that note, assume I’ve been talking to myself like a crazy person for the last 8 days.


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65 Responses to “How I Come Up With This Stuff.”

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    Dana@TheSundaySweet — July 1, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    I have yet to try the Magnum bars just for this reason. I know that I wouldn’t be satisfied until all three were gone. I love how your brain works, I think mine is pretty similar. Maybe its a girl thing? Food, shoes, gym, boyfriend, how I can buy something online and boyfriend won’t find out, food, dessert, and I need to get some sunshine. That’s what goes on in my brain.


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    Ann — July 1, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your inner-monologue! You’re very creative and I love reading your blog and about your day….. Have a great weekend!


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    Jordan — July 1, 2011 @ 7:34 pm

    You are easily my favorite blogger. I always catch myself laughing out loud while reading your posts!! And on top of that all your food always looks DELICIOUS!! I can’t wait to buy watermelon so I can make this!


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    Paula at Dishing The Divine — July 2, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    we’re not that different :) I think about food *all the time* too :) My friends think I’m crazy. They don’t understand at all how important it is to shove amazingly tasty foods into my mouth three times a day. :)


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    radhi — July 3, 2011 @ 12:42 am

    you are hilarious! i only recently discovered your blog and am now happily losing sleep reading so many of your previous posts. i’m barely holding back the urge to go clink around in the kitchen, and i doubt i’d disrupt the mister’s snoring anyway. i’ll get my hands on that chocolate chip cookie pie soon enough! thanks for all your delicious recipes!


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    Muriel — July 8, 2011 @ 1:23 am

    LOVE reading your blog and seeing all the amazingness that is going on over here! You really need to make a cookbook!


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    Penny — July 8, 2011 @ 4:23 pm

    What a fun post!
    And AMEN to Coconut La Croix.. So freaking good!



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