Okay so I have loved Taylor since she was Tim McGraw Taylor, I follow her on all social media and so of course I noticed along with the rest of the “swifties” when it all disappeared suddenly last month. I also noticed equally as quickly when she posted for the first time in a while (yeah, I had my notifications set for her, judge me!). It blew my mind, with all the drama that had swirled around her life at the end of the 1989 era I couldn’t even fathom what she could come up with as a come back. And with all the Taylor grace and style she made her come back or rather came back to life. LWYMMD was incredibly and the music video was bad ass which I think most people fans or not can agree on, The analyzing of hidden meaning in the video began popping up everywhere, which I am 100% sure is what Taylor intended. Buzz Feed did a great job of putting it all together in a neat little stack! So here is the link: LWYMMD Can I just say what a freaking genius she is to be able to come up with all this? Like it is honestly mind blowing.
So we finally recovered from all this info and subliminal messaging and then she did it again last night and I woke up to a whole new mind blowing single…Ready For It?
And I don’t think we were but I am so glad it’s here! I can’t wait to see the music video to this one and November can’t come fast enough! I need this whole album in my life now! And honestly I am loving this New Taylor!
So I am in college and in college its hard to find time to sleep let alone eat a healthy or home cooked meal. And forget going to the grocery store, its like a war zone in there. So we end up eating what ever our hands reach first on the frozen food isle or what ever fast food place is open the latest at night and can easily be consumed in or on the way to the library. Going home and having your mom cook your favorite meal is like precious gold, but now that I’m a senior even going home has become a rarity. So I had to do something.
One night I went to dinner at my boyfriend’s mother’s house. They were talking about this food service called Hello Fresh and it literally sounded to good to be true. Fresh, healthy meals delivered straight to my door and I get to completely by pass the grocery store, of course, I would want to sign up for that!
I will admit it is pricey at $60 a week but my plan serves two people per meal. Essentially that ends up being 6 meals so really its about $10 a meal. About what you would spend on eating out. And the food is fresh, fresher that what you even get for the grocery store sometimes! The meals are healthy and they haven’t sent me anything yet that I wouldn’t eat again. I also only have to go to the grocery store now for things like milk and cereal and things like hot pockets for lunch so it honestly has saved me money.
I really like that it is structured that I know what I am eating each night and that I have everything right there too cook it rather than risking forgetting something and having to go all the way back to town to get the one thing I forgot. I also love that I know what I am getting in each box and if I don’t really want one of the options I can change it online. I can pick my meals weeks in advance and if I need to skip a week for any reason I can it is as easy a pressing a button and I wont even be charged for that week. Each recipe only takes 30 minutes to cook and its actually fun to do. And the best part the clean up is SUPER easy! 10/10 Would Recommend this, my boyfriend and I are literally loving it!
Here is the link: Hello Fresh got check it out for your self. ( Your first box is usually half off so you can try it for $30.) Also here is a picture of one one of the things I have cooked using Hello Fresh so you can see that it really does look like they say it will!
A few of my favorites have been: Maple Glazed Pork Chops, Chicken Cheddar Fajitas, and the Herbed Chicken over Zucchini Risotto (This is what is pictured above). Try it and let me know what you think in the comments! 🙂
Hey ya’ll! So I have been on vacation in my favorite place in the world, Disney World. I try to go at least once a year and have been going for years so we have figured out most of the do’s and don’ts of Disney World. I have done a post about how to get the best deals with the meal plans and the ticket packages a while back but I still wanted to review some of the things we did and places we ate on our vacation this year.
First off we got the 2017 Disney Dining Plan not the signature or the quick service one. This meal plan has changed a little since the first year we purchased it but I think you get more of your moneys worth out of it with the changes made. This year everyone was entitled to one Quick Service Meal (Entree and a drink) per person per day, 2 Snacks per person per day, and a Table Service Meal (Entree, Drink and Dessert) per person per day. This plan comes with a bit of sticker shock but if you have ever been to Disney and tried to eat cheaply its almost impossible. We calculated it this year and the meal plan costs $69 a day per person but a Hamburger and fries can easily cost a person $15-$20 a piece in the parks and a table service meal can cost twice that. If you use it efficiently its defiantly worth the money!
We always eat at the Trails End Restaurant in Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Its at the Settlement area of the resort which is the area near Bay Lake. You can get here by going to a park and catching a bus to this campground or going to Magic Kingdom and catching the boat that takes you across the Lake. This restaurant is a country cooking style buffet and one of the only places on property you can get sweet tea! It takes one of the Table Service Entitlements per person. Its super good and kid friendly. I recommend using the Disney Mobile App to make reservations though because it can get pretty crowded at prime meal times but they do offer walk ups.
Another Table Service restaurant I highly recommend is the Be Our Guest Restaurant located in Magic Kingdom. Its a restaurant that seats you in the ball room of the beasts castle or in one of the adjacent wings including the West Wing where the enchanted rose is contained in glass just like in the movie. They also serve The Grey Stuff for dessert! Its delicious, if you don’t believe me, just ask the dishes! I cannot stress this enough: MAKE RESERVATIONS! This is the one place that you will not be able to walk up to ever. Or at least right now while its still so popular and new. The food is amazing and would easily cost $30 to $40 a person without the meal plan. The menu has something for everyone too! It also only takes on Table Service Entitlement per person.
We also tried a New Place this year called Le Cellier. It’s a steak house located in the Canada area of the Epcot World Showcase. I recommend reservations but you can walk up too (try a off meal time like 2 or 3 o’clock or 4 or 5 o’clock or after the dinner rush as gone down.) This restaurant ins considered a signature dinning location which means it’s expensive but in terms of the meal plan it will take 2 Table Service Entitlements per person at 1 sitting. This isn’t too bad considering the cheapest thing on the menu is $44.
We went to aa lot of other places too but these were just a few of my favorites.
So you’re probably wondering what a quick service restaurant is in relation to the dining plan. They are any of the fast food style restaurants. Basically burger and fries places but part of the beauty of Disney is that they are so creative. If you do your research you can often find places that are Quick Service but offer a far better selection than a theme park burger. Here are just a few that I like but they have many more and you can find them on the Mobile App and the menus are listed there as well.
Magic Kingdom: Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (has 3 bays all offering different options, here you can get a 1/2 chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans.) Pinocchio’s Village Haus (Pizza)
Epcot: Sunshine Seasons (located in The Land has options from the green houses that are housed there.) Also check out each country in the World Showcase they all have a quick service as well as a Table Service restaurant themed to that country in them.
Animal Kingdom: Flame Tree BBQ ( huge plates of BBQ dishes, Ribs, Chicken, BBQ etc.)
Hollywood Studios: I personally don’t care for the foods in this park but they do have a Restaurant that serves chicken and waffles called The Backlot Express if your in to that. **Bonus: There is a snack place right next to the Indiana Jones Stunt Show that offers Funnel Cakes! Its on the meal plan as a snack and you can get a plain one with powdered sugar but also one with ice cream, chocolate syrup, and strawberries! (Basically a heart attack on a plate.) But this item is $11.95 and considered 1 snack entitlement and you get to per day plus its big enough to share with 3 or 4 people… I’ll let you do the math on that one.
Disney Springs: D-Lux Burger is on the Dining plane and you get so much food! Yeah its a burger place but not the average burger place.
Now that you know what to eat when you go, I need to tell you the best things to ride/ get fast passes for.
So there’s the usual rides like Soarin’, Test Track, Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Peter Pan, and the Various Mountains (Space, Splash, Everest, and Big Thunder) but they have just opened a brand new area in Animal Kingdom from the Avatar Movie called Pandora! If you haven’t seen the movie I highly recommend it! So here is my review of Pandora. First of all there are lots of things that are interactive in this portion of the park; things to move and touch. During the day its beautiful with the water falls and floating mountains and native plants. At night its a totally different place! Everything glows and lights up and it’s all interactive. Now there are two rides in this area if you can get a fast pass for either of them get it if you can’t then they are still worth the wait! Trust me! You do not want to miss the Flight of Passage Ride! This is going to have the longest line stand in it! You will not regret it! If you love Soarin’ or even thought it was kinda cool this ride will blow your mind. You get to ride on the back of a Banshee (the flying dragon thing from the movie). Probably one of the most incredible rides at Disney World to date!
The other ride in Pandora is the Navi River Journey. This line for this ride tends to thin at night to about 30 minuets. We got on it at a 30 minuet wait time and probably only waited 10 minuets. Its really just one of the average boat rides similar to Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s a Small World. Its pretty to look at and interesting but the Flight of Passage definitely blows this one out of the water.
Another thing you cannot miss is the Happily Ever After Show every night at Magic Kingdom starting at 9:00 p.m. It is what replaced the Wishes Show and while I loved that show Happily Ever After is about 10 steps above it! Go see for your self.
Bonus: The frozen sing along show at Hollywood Studios is worth a visit!
If ya’ll wanna know more about any rides or parks or restaurants let me know in the comments and I can review them too because I have probably visited them before and if not I for sure know someone who has my Big is a Cast Member.
So I know I have been MIA for a few weeks but I have been busy with finals, then I went to New York, and came home and started a new job at Wild Wing Cafe. But I am back now and done with school for a bit so I will be able to post pretty frequently… Hopefully. So be on the look out for tons of pictures and details from my Fashion Study Tour to New York City and some other really fun posts.
So for the first post in a while I discovered an amazing dessert recipe on Pinterest. I don’t usually have a lot of good luck with recipes I find on Pinterest. I might cook it once and it be pretty good but not good enough to stick around as a regular dish. This one however is defiantly a keeper.
Me and my friends had a “cook in” the other night. It was literally pouring rain and so we couldn’t have our previously planned cook out. We had already bought all the things too cook so we went ahead and cooked and so I made a dessert. We had hamburgers and mac and cheese, pasta salad and chips and dip. I had made this dessert previously and it was great but it turned out to look like a mess because I didn’t have a spring form pan. I 10 out of 10 would recommend a spring form pan to put this in. So I got this off Pinterest so its not my own recipe but here it is.
Brownie Batter No Bake Cheesecake
(Did I mention that it was no bake? How easy is that!)
FOR THE CRUST
2 ½ cups (225 g) chocolate sandwich
cookie crumbs (I use Oreos)
6 tbsp (86 g) unsalted butter
FOR THE FILLING
24 oz (680 g) cream cheese, softened (I use light)
½ cup (96 g) granulated sugar
3 tbsp (44 ml) heavy whipping cream
2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla extract
3 cups (375 g) brownie mix (dry) (I use a Low Fat mix)
FOR THE GLAZE
3 tbsp (23 g) brownie mix (dry)
3 tsp (15 ml) vegetable oil
4 tbsp (59 ml) heavy whipping cream
FOR THE TOPPING
1 cup (237 ml) heavy whipping cream
½ cup (65 g) powdered sugar
FOR THE CRUST
Prepare a 9-inch (23-cm) springform pan by lightly greasing the edges of the pan with cooking spray, and then wiping gently with a paper towel. Before measuring, grind the cookies into fine crumbs using a food processor or blender. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the butter for 45 to 60 seconds until the butter is melted.
In a separate medium-size bowl, pour the melted butter into the cookie crumbs and stir until there are no dry crumbs left. Pour the crumbs into your springform pan and press firmly into the bottom and up the sides of your springform pan to create a thick crust.
FOR THE FILLING
Beat the cream cheese on medium-high speed for 2 to 3 minutes until it’s light and fluffy.
Slowly add the sugar into the cream cheese while beating the mixture. Next, add the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract. Beat until the filling is smooth and creamy, scraping down the bowl as needed.
Slowly add the dry brownie mix, beating on medium speed until the dry mix is completely blended into the cream cheese.
Pour the filling into the prepared crust and spread evenly. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours until the filling is firm.
FOR THE GLAZE
In a small bowl, combine dry brownie mix, vegetable oil and heavy whipping cream or milk. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. For a thinner mixture, you can add additional heavy whipping cream. Drizzle over the cheesecake.
FOR THE TOPPING
Place the mixing bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes to chill.
Pour the heavy whipping cream into the chilled bowl and use an electric mixer to beat the heavy cream on medium-high speed until the cream gets bubbly. Slowly add the powdered sugar and continue beating on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Remove the springform pan edge and use a large star tip to pipe the whipped cream on the outside edges of the cheesecake.
This is where I got the recipe, defiantly check out this site it has some great recipes!
One thing I did to… well… enhance this recipe was add some strawberries! They are so good with this and it helps cut the richness of the chocolate in this cheesecake! I personally think it makes it 10 times better!! If you love chocolate like I do you will love this recipe! Try it and tell me what y’all think about it!
I will go ahead and tell you this is not really a fun post so if that’s what you’re looking for keep scrolling. However, this is a personal post that I believe will not only help my readers learn a little bit more about me but also learn a few things about life too.
So if ya’ll read my very first post you know that I have somewhat of a story. It’s not all a happy story but at least the end is a happy one. I have waited to post until I felt like it was a good time but honestly there is no “good time” to tell a story like mine. So this is my life story this far. I will keep it short and sweet because there is a point to my story. So here it is…
I was in 7th grade. I had three best friends and I was what you would call popular I guess. I was happy I do remember that much. I went to my local middle school a block from my house and one of my best friend’s house too. She was my neighbor. She had brown hair similar to mine, freckles like me, she was younger than me but smart so she skipped a grade. That’s why she was in my class. That’s why she and I became friends.
Her birthday was in October, the end of October. About the middle of October she started to pass out birthday invitations, she even had me pass out a few to some girls in one of my classes. I waited wondering when mine was coming. I kept waiting. Finally the weekend of her birthday came around and nothing. I watched out my bedroom window as all of my friends were dropped off at my bestfriend’s house. I watched out my bedroom window all of my friends sing and laugh and play games together and worst of all yell things at me and laugh at me when I went outside. They did this all from her side of the street, girls I had been friends with for years suddnely decided I wasn’t good enough to be friends with them anymore. Why me? I didnt know why, or what I had done I just knew it hurt, a lot.
Finally that horrible weekend was over. I went back to school thinking maybe things would go back to normal. I know that sounds crazy but I was just so confused about the past weekends events I thought it was just some big joke. But it wasnt. And things did not go back to normal. They would never go back to normal. For the next few months I was made fun of, pushed into trash cans, sat alone at luch, cried myslef to sleep, and all but begged to be part of the group again. After Christmas break things got worse than ever and I was looking for a way out. My parents go worried and pulled me out of school. I began attending the private school in my county. I was still alone but at least I wasnt being tormented everyday anymore. I was shy and I hid behind large baggy clothes and dark makeup. I didn’t want to make friends because I didn’t know how and I definitly didn’t trust anyone.
Then one girl reached out from my church. She talked to me ad treated me like nothing was wrong with me. She saved me. She didnt know that but she did. We were friends for a while but she went to a different school the school where She went and I couldn’t go back there. So we grew apart. She is still a friend, she is a good person and she saved me. I wasn’t in a good enough place to maintain a friendship at the time so really it was for the best. If we talked now I would tell her thank you.
Sometime after this I was begining to make friends with people in my small class of 17 at my new school. One girl in particular became my friend and we got close. I started going to church with her. Her dad was the preacher there. He had started the church. It was different there. All kinds of people were welcome and you could dress anyway you wanted. They even played good music. I began going there a lot. I went to youth there and got really involved. I was finally happy again. I was in about eighth grade at this point.
One day a boy walked in. He was my heighth, skinny, dark hair, nice eyes. I knew his sister from church and my old middle school. I knew him too, because of her. He didn’t talk much at first. He was friendly with our youth leader and another boy. I don’t remeber how it happened but that boy and his friend became friends with me and my new friends. We were together every weekend we all became best friends. There were 5 of us. I was so happy then. I loved hanging out with my knew friends espessially because of one person that boy that walked in that day. His name was Hampton. As I got to know him he was funny, and sweet, and not too bad to look at either. I liked him. A lot. I had had bad luck with guys in the past. He was different though. For my birthday that year he gave me a silly little dinosaure toy and I literally treasured it. It was all he could afford and he didn’t even know I liked him then. About a month later on October 24th, 2012 he walked up to me after church and asked me out. I was so happy someone thought I was good enough again.
I took a girl home that night (by this time I was a junior and could drive) she got out after we giggled about how Hamp liked me. She got out and it occured to me all of a sudden and I fell down off my little cloud 9. He was hers though. Hamp had dated her before me. He was there for it all, he knew the things she did to me. All I could think was this beautiful guy is probably messing with me. Why me? And then the panic attack happened. I had only had them when I was in middle school and there it was again. I couldn’t go through all that again.
My friends assured me that wasn’t the case and that I should talk to Hamp about it. So I did and I learned she had messed with him the way she had messed with me. He liked me becasue he liked me not becasue he wanted to get back her but becasue we had grown to be friends and he really liked me. My life became MY life again. He has helped me with my trust issues. He has shown me that I can trust people and people can love me for me. I am truely happy now.
Its been 4 years and some change now and Hamp and I are still together. We have a dog and we are in college. He’s waiting for me to come to bed becasue it is one in the morning and I am up writing this.
My life has changed so much mostly for the better. Some peoples lives dont turn out like mine though. Some people’s end. I can’t explain why this happened to me the way it did but I just know it did. I like to think I am better for it but I’m not sure that I am. I just count it as an experience. I know other people go though similar experiences with bullying. I have wrote this story a million times, a million different ways but no way ever amounted to the way it actually felt. I was alone, like really alone. I don’t want any one else to ever feel that way but I know it happens to plenty of other kids. But I am proof that there is anohter way out than just “the end”. So thats my past and all the blog posts and things you read baout on here they are my future. And from here it looks bright. 🙂
If you have been or are being bullied you are not alone. It may feel like it now but trust me middle school, high school it’s not the whole world. There is more out there. Trust me. If anyone has any questions or needs to talk, I’ll listen or point you in the direction of one of those good people that are still out there.
So I had planned to write a Valentine’s post about my love life and it would be all sappy and what not but last night in Starbucks here in Statesboro, GA I found a different inspiration.
Last night was my friend Sarah’s birthday and we all went to Olive Garden with our sorority sisters and some of her friends. We had a great time but when I walked in at around 7:30 p.m. I saw a man sitting on a bench outside with flowers. I didn’t really think mush of it until I came back out to go to Starbucks with two of my sisters. We saw him and mentioned that was kind of sad and hoped he wasn’t stood up. We then drove across the street to the Starbucks.
We walked in and ordered with that man still in the back of our minds.We sat down by the window and started to talk. The was a girl, a little older than us sitting at the table behind us. We all noticed her because she was reading alone and was dressed really cute. Finally, after about 10 minutes a man whom, we realized after a minute was a pastor at a local church, began to talk to her about the book she was reading. It was called ‘The Meaning of Marriage” by Timothy Keller. She mentioned she was engaged so of course, we started to look for the ring like most girls do. After a few minutes, the pastor left and one of my sisters asked to see her ring because we heard her say she was engaged. (Not Creepy at all lol).
Then this perfect stranger takes off her clearly expensive, beautifully giant, diamond engagement ring and hands it to us to look at in a Starbucks. As if this doesn’t make her the coolest person ever she goes on to tell us that she got engaged in August at the Parking and Transportation Office here at Georgia Southern because that’s where she first met her fiance on the first day of her freshman year. She later found out he was also her CL in the dorm and her student FYE instructor. She said obviously that God wanted them to be together.
They got engaged on the same day in August in the same place they met and then when they went to book their wedding day accidentally chose the same day in August of 2017. If that is not meant to be I literally don’t know what is! We talked for a bit more about her wedding and what sorority she was in and all. Then we left to go back and get my car from the Olive Garden parking lot.
We pull in and having forgotten about that poor guy are surprised to see him still sitting there on that bench (4 hours later). My sisters went up to talk to him and ask if he was like okay and if his date was coming. He said that she was and that she had told him that he would show up sometime between 6 p.m. and closing (11 p.m.). This in my personal opinion is super odd but at this point, we are invested so we went over to my car and waited to see if this girl would actually show up. Sadly 11 p.m. came around and he left clearly really upset.
I don’t tell the story to make people feel bad so close to Valentines Day but just to say that obviously there is hope of you don’t have someone and don’t put your life on hold for someone who doesn’t do the same for you. My boyfriend and I have been together for 4 years now and it has been the best time of my life and I am so blessed to have him as my best friend. One day I hope to look back and tell our story and it is as heart-warming was the girl’s from Starbucks and never to take it for granted like the date that never showed at Olive Garden.
** Shout out to the Olive Garden guy you can totally do better than whoever was supposed to meet you!
I am about to start the book that she was reading because hearing her talk about it made it sound like it could be a really heartwarming and good read! I’ll let ya’ll know how it is. 🙂