Fast & Fancy Layered Dip

I’ve been experimenting and this is definitely a favourite!


  • Salsa
  • Salsa nacho cheese dip (optional)
  • Sour cream
  • Grated cheese
  • Srirachia


  1. Put at least a tablespoon-sized glob of salsa into a small bowl.
  2. If you’re adding salsa nacho cheese, warm up a couple of tablespoon-sized globs in your microwave and drop that on top of your salsa.
  3. Add a glob of sour cream.
  4. Sprinkle with grated cheese (tex mex is good, but cheddar and mozzarella mixed work well)
  5. Drizzle with srirachia sauce


  • You can use store bought salsa and pre-grated cheese, or you can prepare your own.
  • This can stand on its own even without salsa nacho cheese, or you can use regular nacho cheese
  • I don’t recommend cheese whiz

Poem #14

Now I should be back up to speed. As I checked my Scrivener document I noticed I’d written one poem and forgotten to publish it, so I’m posting it now. What’s eerie is that it’s been sitting there since before I had that fireball dream.

Flames of passion,

fatal attraction.

Should I reign back,

or shall I take action?

I’m blazing a trail,

where no-one else has gone,

but it wouldn’t be prudent

to linger there long.


Shirley Temples @ Home

I’ll make a video on this later, but this is how I like to make Shirley temples. They’re a sweet treat for when you want to feel fancy, but aren’t in the mood for alcohol.



  • Orange juice
  • Grenadine
  • Ginger ale, Sprite, or Seven-Up
  • Maraschino cherries
  • (Optional) Orange or lemon slice


  1. Start by filling a glass about halfway with ginger ale, Sprite, or Seven-Up. Most places use ginger ale, but I like using Sprite. Seven-Up will add a hint of lemony flavour if you prefer that.
  2. Add orange juice (I like how it tastes with Five Alive peach citrus) until it colours the pop you just poured in. This may take practice but you’re aiming for the two flavours to be balanced equally.
  3. You don’t need a whole lot of grenadine! This stuff is really sweet and will turn your drink bright red if you pour too quickly. A good rule of thumb is to only pour until you see some pretty gradation happening between red and yellow—or go for an overall coral colour—not totally red.
  4. Add maraschinos as desired. Most places only give you one. These will settle on the bottom and absorb the other flavours.
  5. Add ice cubes as desired. This is a good opportunity to make use of any of those novelty ice cube trays that make ice shaped like gems (if you have one).


  • Try to avoid buying orange juice with pulp, unless you’re the type that likes it
  • Avoid shaking or stirring to preserve carbonation
  • Orange juice will make the mixture tangier than if you use Five Alive
  • If you want to go totally nuts, add a splash of lemon juice
  • You could use lemonade instead of orange juice, but how good it tastes will depend on how sweet or tangy the lemonade you bought, and your preference




Hi! I’m Niki (I prefer that over Nicole), and I’m a digital artist from southern Ontario. I blog about things related to the arts, animation & film, anime & manga, food, video games, and writing.

If you’re interested in my design and animation work, I like to post what I’ve been working on here. I also dump sketches, fanart, and process work on my Tumblr, and lots of photos on my Instagram.

Um… Hi?

To summarize: I did have a blog going before, but I wasn’t happy with the direction it was going in. My portfolio/gallery, however, is still up and available for consumption.

I don’t want to quit blogging altogether, so I’m going to try something different and do a standard journal where I record mundane things like thoughts, life events, and interesting dreams (if I have any). I was also hoping that blogging would help me with writing (somehow? I keep hearing that it’s good when you’ve got a block) so I could get back on track with the novel I’ve been trying to finish for several years (and a few fanfictions).

And while I’m at it, maybe I’ll finally learn to stop rambling!