Orange Chocolate Macarons that taste like the orange flavor chocolates you smash at Christmas time! Get the recipe on

Orange Chocolate Macarons

There’s a certain point in your life where you just buy the things you want instead of waiting for the end of the year—and that means your family has no idea what to get you. So mine ends up getting my lots of chocolate, including a chocolate orange or two. You know the kind you smash open inside of the foil and it separates into slices?

I love the taste of those oranges and they’re really addicting. So what if we took that flavor and put it in a delicate macaron? Continue Reading

Tacos 4 Life in Conway, Arkansas
Arkansas, Food

Tacos 4 Life: A Taco You Don’t Want to Miss

For a long time, there were only three kinds of tacos in my life.

Growing up in New England, the first tacos I ever ate were made at home with El Paso taco seasoning packets topped with huge dollops of sour cream and shredded cheese. My idea of an amazing taco came from Taco Bell in the 10 soft taco party pack I’d share with my brother at the Mall after watching a movie. I had no idea, for most of my life, that other kinds of tacos, unladen with that commercialized taste of seasoning, existed.

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Art on the Green + Art Print Giveaway

Art on the Green is a new art gallery in Conway that’s definitely worth a visit. In fact, I recently went to go check it out with a bunch of other bloggers. And let me say, I was super impressed with the place! Located in a strip mall over by Target, you wouldn’t expect to walk into a bright, beautiful space with moving artwork. I’d driven by a few times before but never expected to find what I did.

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Illinois Moument at Vicksburg
Blogging, Travel

Back from Hiatus!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here. Probably too long! But I’m back just in time for the holiday season. I took some much needed time off to get my business affairs in order, take a vacation, and breathe a little bit.

Things are shaking out with Bear & Beagle Creative quite nicely. I’ve hired my first employee. I’m releasing new services and products in the next few days for 2015. I’ve got big plans for a blogging course in the new year. I’m so excited that business is doing well. In fact, last month was my best ever in terms of revenue and profits!

Having an employee is certainly helping me from drowning in work like I was right before I brought her on. (And yes, I decided to bring someone on as an employee, not a contractor. I believe in doing right by my workers, not just my business’ bottom line.)

Life has been living and breathing Bear & Beagle for a little while now and I’m really excited to get back into life other than just sleep, eating, and dreaming about work!

It can seriously feel like you’re entombed inside of a growing business when you’re building one. It’s nice to be able to see the sky right now.

Tell me, what have you been up to lately?