Steph CalvertAtlanta, Georgia, US
I’m a one-eyed artist with a boisterous laugh and a never-ending love for all things snacky. I live just outside of Atlanta, Georgia with my hilarious family, a bunch of beehives, and a pile of crazy rescue animals.
I’m a big fan of going on adventures, binge-watching old episodes of 30 Rock, and being ridiculous for the sake of comedy.
• Kids Art
• Editorial Illustration
• Surface Pattern Design
• Hand lettering
• Logo Design
• Donut Eating
I am available for freelance illustration projects, art licensing, logo design work, and custom art projects. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out my full portfolio at www.stephcalvertart.com .
Recipes By Steph Calvert
This summer, we were looking for a bunch of fun ridiculously messy things to do with our kids; we finally tried the Mentos and Diet Coke experiment!
We tried this with a small 20 ounce soda from the fridge case at the checkout at the grocery store first, and it really has to be a full 2 liter of soda. We've read it works best with warm soda, not cold. We got some great results with room temperature and are excited to try it again with a bottle that's been sitting in the sun to see if it's more epic!
Here's the basic science behind how it works:
The bubbles in soda are carbon dioxide gas. That gas bonds with the water in soda and they hang out together like best buddies. Mentos look really smooth, but under a microscope are covered in tiny pores that actually give it a rough texture. That rough texture breaks up the gas from the water as it gets dropped into the soda, and all that carbon dioxide rushes out of the opening of the soda bottle. There's so much gas escaping all at once it causes an epic explosion!
According to my reading on the subject, Mentos will create this eruption in any soda but works best in diet soda. The aspartame in the diet soda reduces the surface tension of the liquid, allowing the escaping air to get through easier.
You'll notice if you try this that the reaction starts pretty much the second the Mentos hits the Diet Coke - to get as many Mentos in the bottle as quickly as possible, we just hot glued all the candies in the pack together in a stack and dropped it in.
If you haven't seen EepyBird's amazing Mentos and Diet Coke video from 2006, you totally need to - you can see it here: https://www.eepybird.com/featured-video/the-extreme-diet-coke-mentos-experiments/
We hope you enjoy this experiment as much as we did!
This soup holds such a special place in my heart and my kitchen! My mom in law Carole made this as part of Thanksgiving dinner on the first holiday we all spent together when my husband Josh and I were dating. I loved it so much I asked her to write it out for me.
This last fall, my 7 year old son Phil brought home a medium-sized pumpkin from a school field trip to a local farm; we made this soup recipe again for Thanksgiving but kicked it up a notch by making our own pumpkin puree. It was so easy to do! The added bonus is pumpkin seeds to roast for a snack later.
You should also try this soup as a sauce on top of chicken and rice - the curry gives it a panang style flair that's super delicious!
I absolutely LOVE Valentine's Day conversation hearts - it's one of the best holiday candy options around and I could easily eat buckets of them!
I love them so much I created this fun repeat pattern with some sayings for lovers, and some for fighters. And then I wrote a haiku for you:
Be my Valentine.
Gimmie some pure sugar hearts.
K thanks love you, bye!
I tried making waffles this way shortly after our first honey harvest from my husband Josh's beehives in the summer of 2016. Our kids immediately demanded we never buy freezer waffles ever again, so it's safe to say these were a hit!
I usually half this recipe when I make it on a busy school morning - one waffle per kid, one for me, and one for our chickens is the perfect weekday breakfast.