09.30.11 Personal

Friday Randomness : Nutella + Manifestos

id I ever tell you about that one time I ate Nutella? Because, really, IT CHANGED MY LIFE. I know I have penchant for being dramatic, but listen to me when I say this stuff is like legalized drugs. Yummy, sweet drugs that make the world a prettier place without the use of pink elephants or lava lamps. It happened last week or so when Brianna served Nutella and strawberries for dessert. A bit later, JD cleared the table and I got all hostage on him.


The plate was practically empty, but I needed a moment to get my index finger and scoop up the trailed remains. I was pathetic, sitting there with my little plate like a crow digging through trash, but it was worth it. Trust me. That was my first Nutella experience, so you could imagine my delight when I got this for my anniversary:

Umm, that's, like, the most bestest gift evah. Speaking of bestest things, I made a personal pizza for JD last night and he was so impressed with my culinary skills, he took a picture of my creation. Next up, soy corndogs shaped like dinosaurs!

I keep one of my all-time favorite quotes posted to my computer--scrawled in my slanted penmanship--as a reminder of what is possible. A few days ago, my good friend Harmony of Jet Fete sent me the quote, but extra pretty and bedazzled...

Internet, if this picture doesn't make you go ga-ga, I don't know what will. I swear, this photo puts me in the BEST mood...

Came across this little gem yesterday on Facebook and the artist couldn't be more right...

I'll end this post with this awesome set of photos I saw on Design Love Fest. Apparently, someone painted a wall, provided chalk for viewers to participate, and what resulted was a public manifesto of sorts. And it's all kinds of awesome.

Happy Friday and go get yourself some Nutella!
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Kerri Helms - Nutella is definitely superb. I got it for Christmas from my mama. Best. Gift. Ever.   02.23.12 - 9:24am
Tana - The "Before I Die" mural is designed by Candy Chang. All her work is amazing and incredibly conscious of urban spaces. :)   11.27.11 - 10:35pm
Charlotte Fristoe - I love this post and recently took pictures of the same wall! My in-laws live a couple of blocks up from it and we checked it out in September when we came in town and I wrote a post about it: PS. Can you believe they painted over the wall since then? We were visiting them again last weekend and it was gone =(  10.24.11 - 10:03am
Nada - Nutella? I know something better than Nutella. I know you like cookies - so you must definitely like all sorts of sweets... google Hanuta, it's heaven. I don't even know why Germany doesn't market Hanutas to be available in stores world-wide... sigh!  10.14.11 - 6:56am
Mindy Kaye - OMG that dog photo gave me the biggest belly laugh and the first words out of my mouth were he is so cute I just want to bite him...haha!!! LOVE!!!!  10.13.11 - 8:50pm
Louisa - PS. have you tried Vegemite yet? It's Australian.   10.12.11 - 10:11pm
Louisa - Nutella on a crepe. From a street stall in Paris of course. Best snack EVER!  10.12.11 - 10:10pm
Jenni L - Love Nutella! You should try putting it in those pillsbury crescent rolls and then baking them. Also Nutella and banana crepes. Yum!  10.07.11 - 8:52am
Kristin McCullough - I live in NH and just a short drive from my house is one of these 'Before I die I want to__________" walls!!!!!!  10.06.11 - 9:19pm
Lisa Redemann - Nutella and waffles is where it is at.  10.06.11 - 7:48pm
Vanessa M - Oh, Jasmine, you've been living a deprived life if you are only now discovering the joy of Nutella! ;-). FYI- Costco sells the super sized jar in a twin pack! I'm just sayin'. :-)   10.05.11 - 9:49pm
Bryan - Must be the 3rd anniversary - I believe that one is the pizza/nutella anniversary. Or is it the nutella/pizza anniversary? I forget... :-)  10.04.11 - 8:12pm
Chris Cornwell - Did someone say Nutella? I'm having a sandwich right NOW! So good. Like comfort food : ) Thanks for sharing..  10.04.11 - 9:04am
Maribel - Actually, the picture of the puppy in the hot dog bun made me really sad because it makes me think someone really big is going to eat him :(  10.04.11 - 8:42am
Denise Prichett - I love this feel good post. It is so random. The pizza look good. Never had nutella. What's in it?  10.04.11 - 5:16am
Sara Mac - Nutella is amazing - AND - I have to also suggest the hazelnut praline spread at Le Pan Quotidien. It incited a religious experience when my friends from high school visited and we all tried it together. Completely addictive.  10.03.11 - 5:56pm
Hannes Uys - The board is absolutely killer! Love it.  10.03.11 - 3:26pm
cassandra-m - that wiener doggie made me SMILE so BIG~!  10.03.11 - 1:25pm
Jim Schofield - After an evening football match, my son demands an "NS", ( Nutella Sandwich ) A thick slice of fresh bread smothered in Nutella, sitting down beside the fire, that's what childhood is all about.  10.03.11 - 5:26am
Heather LaBone - OK, I have never tried it, and now I HAVE to. I wanna be addicted too! LOL Love the chalk wall and love me some Jasmine*!!  10.03.11 - 3:41am
Anna Peavy - I love love nutella, but the nuts in it sadly don't love me. Peanut butter is my to die for..but sadly, Peanuts dont die for me. To Do list..just keeps getting longer, but things are getting marked off as well. Yipee!   10.02.11 - 9:04pm
Melissa - I LOVE nutella too! Here's my super secret most delicious desert ever made: crushed gram crackers, vanilla ice cream, drizzled nutella, sliced strawberries, topped with whip cream. It's like you died and went to heaven.   10.02.11 - 4:57pm
Leesa M - We have a new crepe place in town that makes strawberry, banana and nutella crepes that are SOOOO yummy!   10.02.11 - 3:13pm
MemoriesandColors Dallas Photography - never tried a nutella crepe?? Love nutella!   10.02.11 - 1:14pm
Petra Cross - I am European, so I can proudly say Nutella is the taste of my childhood. Also, you can imagine the shock and disgust Europeans experience when they try peanut butter for the first time in their life. Especially after you've been used to Nutella all your life, and after being used to peanuts tasting salty. I don't think I can ever get over that shock and accept peanut butter for what it is.  10.02.11 - 11:13am
Molly W. - How, HOW have you gone so long w/out trying Nutella?! What makes me sad for you is that you were in Italy not long ago and didn't try the Nutella Gelato! Best.thing.ever.!! When you get back to Italy, you gotta try it!! Enjoy!!!  10.01.11 - 8:31pm
Jack - Very nice and impressive photos you've got on this blog. Thanks for sharing them  10.01.11 - 1:06pm
Caiti - Two words: Nutella crepes. Or Nutella on apples. Or graham crackers. Or ice cream. Or with ice cream and pretzels in little pretzel bites. :)  10.01.11 - 11:47am
Christa Hann - I'm going to crave Nutella all day!!, thanks Jasmine :)  10.01.11 - 8:00am
Becca - Nutella comes in totally second to hotdog dog!! OMGEEEE that dog is like the cutest thing since the sliced bread its on!! I NEED one!  10.01.11 - 7:35am
angela young - I recently discovered nutella...and like has changed my life!! LOL! :) I love that stuff!! I eat it straight from the jar on a spoon, with a giant glass of milk....yummy!! :) I have a recipe for nutella cookies--but why bother cooking the stuff when it's already delicious on a spoon?!?! lol! :)   10.01.11 - 7:27am
LESLIE BARNES - I have a wonderful recipe for nutella cookies! Easy and yummy. Let me know if you'd like it.  09.30.11 - 7:05pm
Shnibarella - Nutella is my Kryptonite! I dont buy it - I have NO control...I will rush the kids to school and return home just to eat it with a I can't buy it!  09.30.11 - 6:34pm
Bek - Try putting nutella on vanilla ice cream....!  09.30.11 - 5:05pm
Cy - That's one of your best posts ever, Jasmine!   09.30.11 - 4:53pm
Chip - The best thing that Nutella goes with is a spoon...  09.30.11 - 4:42pm
Karen - Nutella + bananas. Best combo ever.   09.30.11 - 3:37pm
Felicia Williams - Nutella + pretzels = empty Nutella jar and happy ME!  09.30.11 - 1:47pm
MegganB - Love the dog one - my 2 year old calls hot dogs - "puppies" lol!  09.30.11 - 1:24pm
DerFotograf - I have nutella for breakfest nearly every morning ;-) I know it is very expencise in the states. here in Germany you get it pretty cheap and everybody loves it ;-) If you critique my portfolio i might sent you some for x-mas ;-)  09.30.11 - 1:02pm
anna - my fave is "get my wife back" xo  09.30.11 - 12:41pm
April Merrick - I like Nutella but I adore Dark Chocolate Almond paste. The name isn't as cute but it's lower in fat and sugar and tastes just as divine!  09.30.11 - 12:34pm
The Detailed Life - Oh, that wall is great... as is that hotdog (i also saw on facebook several weeks ago) and your quote- thanks for always sharing such wonderful randomness!  09.30.11 - 12:25pm
Alexis - The first time I had Nutella was at a little shop on the streets of Italy...they cooked it in a perfect crepe! It tasted soo good and then I returned home and found that Nutella was sold at grocery stores and I felt kinda silly because I never saw it before...took going out of country to realize what we already had here @ home. Enjoy the weekend! :)  09.30.11 - 11:47am
Vail Fucci - I love Demetri's success line too. Speaking of a success, you can combine your two loves, nutella and pizza. I like the ones best where they fold it over more like a calzone and then they put powdered sugar on top. It is like heaven in your mouth. I had it while visiting del ray Florida at a restaurant called Scuola Vecchia. If you are ever in south Florida for a shoot, it is worth a visit!  09.30.11 - 11:43am
Catie Ronquillo - NUTELLA IS A DRUG. A yummy yummy drug. Actually, I can't keep it in the house that much because I'd sit there are eat from the jar. F'reals. If you ever go to Europe around Christmastime they sell 10-25kg jars... YES. Might as well be a vat. I wanted to get one when I studied abroad, but it would need it's own suitcase to come home. :)  09.30.11 - 11:35am
bridalbar - Love it J*! I'm not sure I believe I could make a heart shaped pizza, but maybe you'll teach me one day! xo   09.30.11 - 11:31am
jessica vidmar photography - thank you so much for posting. brought many smiles to my face : )  09.30.11 - 11:31am
chenin - My favorite is "Before I Die I want to Take Down Da Gov" ;)  09.30.11 - 11:12am
Ellie - Nutella is great with everything, Try ASAP with Bananas and choped walnuts, also on whole grain waffles and peanut butter with a sliver of nutella...mmmmmm Nutella will probably be illegal soon lol thats how amazing it is. lol Nice Pizza btw  09.30.11 - 10:59am
Kristen - You only "just" tried Nutella?!?! You've been missing out. Sooo yummy!   09.30.11 - 10:58am
Dana - Love it all!!! Especially the little doggie!!! soooooo super cute!!! xo  09.30.11 - 10:50am
ala cortez - i thought we were in the same non-cooking wife club but those days are clearly over with that heart pizza. are you kidding me? adorable! puts my toast to shame. ;)  09.30.11 - 10:48am
athena p - My first Nutella experience was very much akin to yours. no one was harmed when it came time to set the jar down, but I am fairly certain I did not share with the rest of my kin until I had gone and had my fill. Which may or may not have been a good portion of the jar. Don't judge. It's okay to eat your feelings when they taste like hazelnut cocoa spread. At least, that's what I tell myself.  09.30.11 - 10:44am
Aynaz - how on earth did it take you this loooong to try Nutella!??? HOW!!?? :D its been my fav chocolate for yeeeaaars!!!!I just get a spoon and eat it outa the jar!!  09.30.11 - 10:43am
Stephanie - Nutella is da bomb! I hope you make up for all those lost years by indulging in it now as often as you want! :)  09.30.11 - 10:36am
Kyla - Best friday randomness! Nutella is of the devil and I'm going straight to he##. I can't stay away from it. I love the success line, oh and that wall makes me want to go there, great!   09.30.11 - 10:28am
Columbus GA Wedding Photographer - Maybe I should try it. Everyone talks about it so much... That chalk wall is pretty neat.  09.30.11 - 10:23am
Sheila Hallmark - ABSOLUTELY LOVE this post! I put the winnie dog on my FB page a few days ago. LOVE him!  09.30.11 - 10:14am
Kerstin - *lol* I was raised with Nutella :) When I got older I used to randomly meet up with my mum in the middle of the night to have some :)  09.30.11 - 10:13am
Lesley - I had a very similar 1st experience with Nutella except we slathered it on rice cakes. I was so addicted that I would just spoon it right out of the jar and eat it. I did that one too many times in a row and got quite the awful tummy ache. It cured my addiction :)  09.30.11 - 10:10am
ashley barnett - My next door neighbor brought over nutella during the hurricane last month... it mysteriously did not make it back to his apartment.... :)   09.30.11 - 10:05am
Kacie Lynch - That dog is the cutest!!!  09.30.11 - 9:56am
Lasha - I have that same quote "she believed she could so she did" as my wallpaper on my phone, and the wallpaper on my Mac when I so choose :) best.words.ever. Reminds me that I need to believe in myself- which I'm learning is a hard lesson. This blog was a whole lot of awesome ( I understand your nutella love btw!) and that wall with everyones hopes and dreams? love. :) thank you for another amazing installment of Jasmine's awesome sauce :)  09.30.11 - 9:55am
Tracey Washington - I introduced my husband to Nutella a couple of weeks ago.... he calls it "Cracktella". It makes the perfect dip for animal crackers, just sayin' :) Happy Friday to you too!   09.30.11 - 9:54am
Michel - nutella gives me an instant stomach ache but I still eat it. how can't you! ITS SO AMAZING!   09.30.11 - 9:54am
Liz - There are at least two Italian restaurants here in D.C. that offer Nutella calzones on their dessert menu. Beyond delicious!   09.30.11 - 9:52am
Justin Randall - Jasmine, you need to come back to the UK! We have a pizza restaurant chain that has Nutella doughballs on the dessert menu! Come and stay on the sunny south coast again and I will treat you both!   09.30.11 - 9:50am
Kyle Bromley - OMG I'm so getting some Nutella! I had it on a Crepe in Venice Beach on vacation with Strawberries!! MIND BLOWING YUMMNESS!!   09.30.11 - 9:50am
alisha lopez - NUTELLA.... next to godliness is this little nutty gem!! Weiner in a bun...oh my, SMILE Before I die.... I want to Spend one day in the arms of the person I love, who is dieing from cancer.... If she can't be cured, I want her to feel LOVED!  09.30.11 - 9:49am
Chris - My first experience with Nutella was in Amsterdam as a child staying at a Bed and Breakfast. Such amazement when the host brought out a container of chocolat and encouraged us to put it on buttered toast! I've not been the same since!!! **nodding in agreement on it's sheer awesomeness!**  09.30.11 - 9:48am
Tish Hill - Nutella is *bomb*. I am slowly turning people on to Nutella in my small Wyoming town!! It's delicious and naughty and I love how they market it as a healthy breakfast food for children! lol  09.30.11 - 9:46am
Lindsay Vallas - Alright, I'm trying Nutella this weekend! Ok...maybe tonight.  09.30.11 - 9:45am
ingrid bonne - this totally made my weekend. Thanks, Jasmine!  09.30.11 - 9:45am
Lisa Adams - Jasmine you are soooo sweet! Nutella is the best! I love how you always find ways to encourage others to believe in their dreams!  09.30.11 - 9:43am
Richard Pardon - Huge fan of your blog and love this post. The public manifesto board is great apart from the Justin Bieber comment! :-)  09.30.11 - 9:43am
Morgan Jenkins - Haha you rock my world.. Loved ALL the randomness :]  09.30.11 - 9:42am
Jackie - I totally agree about the life changing that Nutella does. It is great on any carb food. For example, I had it on a bagel for breakfast. :) Comfort food at it's finest!  09.30.11 - 9:41am
Lynn - I come from a country obsessed with Nutella. I think you might find it worthwhile to learn German just to be able to use this wonder of a cookbook: :)  09.30.11 - 9:41am
anda - so much goodness here! that dog hotdog is pretty much the best thing on the internet. and that heart pizza is so cute too. and, i just want to remind you that you're so amazing and you wow me daily. xo.  09.30.11 - 9:35am