Saturday, January 28, 2017

Reverse Bucket List


I have never really seen myself as a person who does a bucket list. Instead I think of myself as more of a reverse bucket list person. Because whenever I do something that could be considered bucket list worthy I almost always say "I can cross that off the bucket list now." So here is my reverse bucket list, at least everything that I can remember.


  • Piano Guys concert (2015)
  • Trace Atkins concert (2016)
  • the musical "Wicked" (2006-ish)
  • seeing "The Phantom of the Opera" (2016)
  • flying half way across the country (2016)
  • Traveling half way across the country by myself (2012)
  • Going to the March for Life in Washington D.C. (2012, 2013)
There are probably more things that I could add to the list to make it longer, it's just whether I remember them or not. Of course the list will continue to grow as I add more stuff to it. And what I have so far is a pretty good start. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Whimsical Kitchen


Are you looking for a new dish towel or two for the kitchen? Or a new pencil bag? Or even a clean/dirty magnet to put on your dishwasher? Well I know the perfect place to get all three at once. And you can buy them all without even having to even leave your house. All three items, plus potholders, can be purchased on the Whimsical Kitchen website.

This website is run/owned by my friend Elizabeth as a way to share "Unique, Geeky, Vintage-inspired and Artistic dishtowels," and other items, with people who enjoy cooking and creating in the kitchen.Because of the variety offered they work great as gifts, especially if you know someone who is in the kitchen often.  Besides bringing personality to your kitchen and being inexpensive, there are several ways for you to follow Whimsical Kitchen online for updates on new designs and sales.

Now that I have told you about how they make great gifts and as personality to a kitchen, or office if you get a pencil holder, go follow Whimsical Kitchen. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Current Reading List


For several weeks I had been seeing a sponsored movie trailer on Instagram for a movie called "Before I Fall." After seeing it multiple times I decided to look it up. When I pulled it up I learned that the movie is based on a novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver. Since it sounded interesting I got the book from the library.

Even though the label on the side of the book claimed that it was a teen novel, I personally didn't think it qualified as such. While I thought that the idea for the book, which is "What would you do if you had to relive one day of your life over again?" was very interesting I didn't agree with some of the things that were brought up in it. Because of that I wouldn't let any of my younger siblings read it until they were 20 or older.

Found on Google
Another book that I just finished reading is "The Whole Town's Talking" by Fannie Flagg. It was a very interesting book to read because the chapters were, on average, one page long so it was very quick to get through.

The book starts in the year 1889 and tells the story of a town in Missouri and the people that live there. What I found interesting was that when the characters died, they woke up as ghosts in the town's cemetery, though they couldn't leave. When the book ends it is in the year 2021 and quite a few of the deceased characters have been reincarnated as animals and plants, which I thought was rather interesting and unique.

I would probable read the book again and if anyone is looking for a good book to read I would recommend this one. It is a good read for anyone 18+.

Currently I am reading "The Darkness Knows" by Cheryl Honigford. It is a murder mystery set in 1938 in Chicago. My current reading list includes:

"America's First Daughter" by Stephanie Dray
"Dare Me" by Megan Abbott
"An Elegant Facade" by Kristi Ann Hunter
"Talking as Fast as I Can" by Lauren Graham
"The Book Thieves" by Andres Rydell

Once I have finished all of the books listed, I will start working my way through the list of books that I have compiled on my computer.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Easy Crock Pot Mac & Cheese Recipe


I don't really know where this recipe originally came from, but it is in our house and it tastes good and is easy to make. So here is the recipe for easy crock pot mac and cheese.


Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups Milk
  • 12 oz. Evaporated Milk
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 16 oz. Elbow Macaroni
Directions:
  • Put all ingredients, except for macaroni, into the crock pot.
  • Leave on low for an hour. After 1 hour, stir the sauce in crock pot.
  • After the sauce has been "crock potting" for about 45 minutes, make macaroni & drain.
  • Add cooked macaroni to sauce after it has been drained.
  • Add any extras you like. (Ham, bacon, etc.)
  • Cook on low for another 45 minutes.
Feeds approximately 6-8.

Tip: you do not have to add all evaporated milk or cream cheese if you do not like it very cheesy.


Monday, January 2, 2017

A Themed Gift Guide


I know that we are just leaving the Christmas season and that you may be wondering why I am talking about themed gifts. Especially since this seems like a topic that would be helpful before Christmas day. The reason why I am posting this now is that because themed gifts work for birthdays as well as graduations, going away parties, etc.

painted and photographed by me
For a number of years now, instead of getting a present for every single sibling, as well as the parents, because it gets rather expensive, my family has started doing this thing where my mom puts all of the siblings names on pieces of paper and then puts it into a bowl. We are then supposed to pick a name out of the bowl and that is the sibling that we buy a present, or two, for that Christmas. And this year, once I had the name of the sibling that I was buying for, I slowly started coming up with ideas as to what to buy for my "person" as we have started calling them.

My "person" this year for Christmas was my sister Yaviel. Because she hadn't turned in a Christmas list and didn't know what she wanted for Christmas, it took me a little while to figure something out. Since I had two skeins of blue yarn left over from a knitting project that I had started working on, I pulled them out of my large basket of yarn and started knitting an infinity scarf, using a pattern that I found on Pinterest (I mentioned this scarf in a post that I did back in November). Since I know that Yavi likes the color blue, I started building off of that. Part of her present is the bowl to put candy, keys, etc. in. The last part of her present, besides a bag of skittles to put in the bowl, I had a sweatshirt done that says "Queen" on the front with a crown over it, on the front of the sweatshirt. It also says it on the sleeves and the front part of the hood.

Now you are probably wondering what this all has to do with a themed gift guide. Well, doing a themed gift isn't that hard to do and I wanted to tell you about the themed gift that I gave to my sister for Christmas, because it is part of what gave me the idea for this blog post. Anyhow, onto the themed gift guide.

When creating a themed gift it is rather easy to do. You simply start by picking something simple like a favorite color. Once you have the base picked out you can shop for the present(s) or, if you are feeling very crafty, you can make it at home. After picking out/making the present(s), the wrapping happens and you can be as creative as you want when wrapping the present(s). Once the present is wrapped you are good to go to the party.

And that is all there really is to the themed gift guide. So have fun when you are looking for a present or two for the next birthday/office/etc. party that you are heading too.