How to turn 30

It was a day that I dreaded for months. I knew it was coming but I really didn't want it to. I don't know exactly why I was so adamant about staying in my twenties forever but aging into a new decade seemed overwhelming in the worst way possible.

It felt like my life was going by too fast and soon I would be 60. I watched my close friends turn 30 gracefully and that made me feel weird because I was seriously affected. And then I worried there were going to be a lot of responsibilities with being in my thirties. I was afraid that people will actually expect me to have it all together and get a dog and have a baby and then there's all of the confusion that I feel when I go to the mall because I have no idea what a 30-year-old wears.

So the only logical way to cope with all these feelings was to have a pizza party with pepperoni pizza, cookie cake, custom koozies and a photobooth with a giant piece of pizza to celebrate. Obviously.

This was probably one of my top 5 favorite nights of my life and I'm so grateful for everyone who came! My best friend came from Ohio and my house was filled with almost all of my best friends and favorite people. And then two days later, we went to the beach where our dear friends Danielle and Jonathan met us for a few days, also a top 5 favorite memory.

It was the most magical week and when I woke up on my birthday, I realized that as long as I have all of my people with me, getting older isn't so bad.

XOXO,

Di

Southern Fried Chicken

A couple of weekends ago, my only goal was to make fried chicken. Since I'm a southern woman in my thirties, it just seemed like learning this important life skill was the the next step for me. I did my research, devised a plan, went to the grocery store and invited my sister over for dinner. Also, I should add that I'm absolutely terrible at taking recipe photos so I apologize if any of my photography offends you.

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Here are the ingredients:

Buttermilk (enough to cover a dish of chicken)

Crisco or whatever oil you prefer

2 cups flour

Tablespoon baking powder

Tablespoon salt

Teaspoon black pepper

Teaspoon white pepper

Teaspoon paprika

Tabelspoon garlic powder

Tablespoon onion powder


Cover chicken in two cups of buttermilk

Cover and marinate in the fridge for an hour. After marinating, remove chicken from the dish and put it on a plate. Set aside.

Add two eggs to the buttermilk and scramble with a fork.

Dump flour, baking soda, salt, black pepper, white pepper, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder into another dish that's perfect for dredging chicken. Stir it all together.

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Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium high heat. You'll want to have enough oil to be an 1.5 inch deep in the pot.

Dredge the buttermilk soaked chicken in the flour mixture. Then dip it back into the egg-buttermilk mixture and then dredge again in flour mixture. Yea that's right baby, we're double coating these bad boys.

Carefully put chicken into pot and fry for 10 minutes, flip and fry for another 10-15 minutes. Side-note: I accidentally typed 'cry' instead of 'fry' in that last step, which is also true because it's completely normal to cry tears of joy when your kitchen smells like fried chicken heaven.

Make sure you thoroughly cook each piece! Since a huge phobia of mine is serving loved ones under-cooked chicken, I cut into almost every piece to make sure it was cooked through. Which was sad for the presentation but good for my anxiety.

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And what you have now, my friends, is beautiful, crispy, delicious, southern happiness. I served it alongside a Gillean family favorite, the Pioneer Woman's mashed potatoes and my mama's canned green beans.

Needless to say, that was a Saturday well spent. I can't wait to make this again for all my friends! Let me know if you try this recipe!

XOXO,

Di

The one small change I made that helped my creativity

I like to be super productive on Sundays but yesterday for some reason, I left the laundry in a pile and I didn't clean the floors. What I did check off of my list yesterday (besides a really good nap) was creating a new workspace.

I found that I wasn't really using my old workspace. It was cute but it was in a drab guest room that doesn't have alot of natural light so I would always just set up my laptop or lettering supplies in the dining room. Not to mention, it's where all of our candlemaking supplies are stored and the room doesn't feel super organized. It's kind of become the catch-all room so no matter what I do to make it feel inspiring, it's just too dark and cluttered. Here's what it looked like:

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Cute right? But I could probably count on one hand the number of times I've actually gone in there to work in the past several months.

So I decided to move my desk into this little nook in our master bedroom because I love our bedroom and it's become a little sanctuary for me. And once I got everything set up, I didn't leave this spot for hours.

Having a cozy space to work in, especially if you're working at home, is so important because when you're trying to be creative, the last thing you want to do is look around and see all of the other things you need to get done. Now when I sit at this desk, I don't have to think about the disorganization behind me and my mind is free to blog, hand-letter and be inspired.

The other great thing about this workspace move is that I've decided to also use it as a vanity so I can do my makeup in the natural light. I'm sure Tim will be happy that my makeup brushes and eye shadows won't be all over the bathroom counter anymore.

So, if you're in a creative rut, re-think your workspace. It could make all the difference!

Do you have a workspace you love? I'd love to see it! Post it on instagram using the hashtag #prettydelightful.

XOXO,

Diana