Monday, March 23, 2015

Exciting 2015 Food & Wine Conference Announcement! #FWCon

 

#FWCon

I'm super stoked for today's post you guys! If you haven't figured out by the lead photo above- I've been chosen as one of the 2015 Food & Wine Conference Ambassadors!!! SO EXCITED!!!

To celebrate I'm going to be re-creating some of the recipes from Isabel Laessig's amazing blog Family Foodie or from her other blog Sunday Supper Movement- Isabel is the conference creator. I'll re-create at least one recipe a week through the start of the conference. This week my first choice was to make her Walnut Crusted Salmon Cakes. Here's how my turned out:


My only swap to her recipe was I swapped bread crumbs for the crushed walnuts because I didn't have any walnuts and didn't want to drive back to the store after forgetting the one crucial ingredient in the recipe. LOL! The sauce on top of mine is Tiger Sauce. This hot and tangy sauce was absolutely delicious on them!!! My husband and I frequently enjoy Tiger Sauce on crab cakes, meatloaf and now these salmon cakes. Anyway, get Isabel's yummy salmon cake recipe HERE!

So, what does me being a 2015 Food & Wine Conference ambassador mean for you guys? Not only does it mean you will get to see new recipes that I haven't tried before on this blog, it also means that if you want to come to the 2015 Food & Wine Conference with me you can snag $50 OFF your ticket with this code-

FWC15grana




What exactly is the Food & Wine Conference? The Food and Wine Conference brings together bloggers, small business owners, winemakers, chefs, public relations professionals, traditional media, new media, authors and brands. Attend the conference and tap into information and resources that can lead to growth for both you and your blog. Connections are very important in today’s ever growing blogosphere. This conference puts you and those connections in one place. It is an opportunity not to miss!

This year's conference will be held July 17-19, 2015 in Orlando, Florida at Rosen Shingle Creek. Tickets are just $299.00 and available online HERE! Remember to use the code FWC15grana for $50 off!
Follow the conference on Twitter and while you're there follow me too! Like them on facebook and don't forget to like me too!
 

In full disclosure I do receive a commission when you use this code, but hey! It's $50 off!!!
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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Days of Thunder- Or the First of Many Films I Have Yet to See

 

 

My husband and I have been talking a lot lately about movies and as he brought up references to lots of films we realized that there are a LOT of films I have not seen yet. After talking for just 20 minutes we had a list of 35 films he thought I should see. Then, we asked his dad and sister and at the end of that conversation the final tally was well over 60 films. I guess you could say I have quite a few to watch in the coming days. Thank goodness for Netflix and Amazon Prime I suppose!

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Anyway, the first flick we chose because it was free on Netflix and was the first one we happened to type in the search box that was actually streaming was Days of Thunder. I have to say I liked this flick quite a bit more than I thought I would. Ah, Tom Cruise before the crazy. I like this version of him. (p.s. I'm glad he has piped DOWN in the media lately and gotten back to just making good movies) And Nicole Kidman! WOW! She was a fox- although, come to think of it - she STILL is! It was enjoyable to watch even though I’m not a huge racing fan. Yes, Kim if you are reading this- I confess it. I’m not that big into racing. BUT, this flick did give me a better appreciation for racing and I can see why people get so fired up about it. This movie had me laughing, crying and cringing making for an overall feel good flick. If you are bored and looking for something to watch on Netflix I would highly recommend it.

Want to watch it, but don't have Netflix? Rent Days of Thunder via Amazon Online Rentals HERE!

Oh and by the way- You can also snag free trials of Netflix and Amazon Prime right now. Just click Netflix or Amazon Prime and get your free trials today!

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thirsty Thursday: Tequila Sunrise


 
#tequila #cocktails #ThirstyThursdays #recipes
I don't know what it is about the Tequila Sunrise, but man I love this drink! I wish I had one of these right now! You have to like tequila to enjoy it and I certainly do! Here's how to make it:

Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients:
2 oz. tequila
6 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz grenadine
 
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Directions:
1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
2. Pour the tequila and orange juice into a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into the glass of ice
3. Slowly pour a half an ounce of grenadine into the glass.
4. (optional) garnish with an orange slice or a cherry

Obviously in the picture above we used a swanky martini glass instead of a highball and didn't add any ice, but it tastes waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better when you do it right. We just wanted a prettier layered picture.

Do you like tequila sunrises? If not, what is your favorite drink? Chime in with a comment below!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

What I'm Up to This Week 2/23/15

I'll be a busy bee this week!

It's been too damn long since I posted to my own page. This website is my therapy and I miss posting here. I plan on adding a whole bunch of stuff from my trip to Thailand and to my weekly Thirsty Thursdays that took an unintended break after Halloween 2014. My world has been a little crazy since just before my trip to Thailand, but I am just going to start it up again because it's my blog and I do what I want! LOL!

So, here's what you can expect going forward:
- I'll be posting new stuff weekly again (sometimes daily depending on how I feel that morning)
- I'll be adding all of my backdated posts from pre-Thailand to Valentine's Day to National Margarita Day
- I'm going to use this page to do what I said I would- have a diary of my life as a freelancer along with highlights of work I've done. And if you don't like it, you don't have to visit anymore.

There, I already feel better.

This week on my schedule I have a BUNCH of writing to do. I have 13 newsletters to ghost write, 11 blog posts to ghost write and 6 articles to finish writing and posting for my About.com page ;) After that I've got some editing and re-writing to do for two eBooks I'm ghost writing for two different clients so you could definitely say this week's schedule will be full and I will be a very busy bee!

Have a great week everybody! I'll post more here soon :) It feels good to say that!

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Movie to Avoid: Blackhat




Last night my husband and I got free tickets to see Blackhat. This is the new film with Chris Hemsworth of Thor fame where he is a convicted computer hacker pulled out of prison to help the government with some cyber terrorists.

Skip this movie folks. Read a spoiler and then just avoid wasting 2 hours and 15 minutes of your life like we did. The movie is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo slow and drawn out that you will find yourself desperately seeking something, ANYTHING to happen already.

What happened in the theater last night sums up perfectly what every one of us were most likely thinking as we waited what felt like forever for this movie to end. SPOILER ALERT: When Chris Hemsworth finally tracks down the cyber terrorist and finally kills him a lady in the movie theater screamed "Took us 2 hours to get to get to THIS! Finally!" and the entire theater erupted into laughter indicating everyone agreed.

This movie could have been so good. Seriously! If they had deleted the painfully dull moments of silence and random sequences of walking that we didn't actually need it could have been over in under 90 minutes and actually have been pretty good. Instead they drew it out, made it way longer than necessary and threw in what I felt was an unneeded sex scene without really any lead up to it.

If you see this film you will most likely be just as disappointed as we were. That is all...

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcome to 2015 Friends!

 

Happy New Year pals and gals! Today, I want you to focus on all the positivity that comes with a fresh start. Enjoy the relief that comes with knowing you can make the rest of your life the best of your life. One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite musical numbers is:.

"Yesterday is history [be gone!]
And it's never comin back!"

So, if we can't have yesterday back, then by all means let's quit looking back at it! Sure, learn from your mistakes of the past and try not to make them again, but don't dwell in it anymore! Here's to 2015! Let's make it our best year yet!


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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I Am SO Excited for 2015!

 

As I type this post I'm continuing to lay the ground work for all of my plans that will begin Thursday. So weird that this Thursday marks the beginning of a new year! I have soooooooo many big plans for 2015 and am crazy excited to see where my career will take me in the next 12 months. I'm looking forward to every minute of it! Here's a quick summary of some of the things 2015 will hold for me- my video camera is ready and my video studio will be complete soon (oh yes youtube HERE I COME!), my fingers are ready and willing to type thousands of words for my own sites and all of my clients, my walking shoes are waiting by the door and my husband is researching a new TB drive to set up a raid for an awesome memory backup system for all the work we will be doing... So beyond excited!

I'm thankful for the lessons learned in 2014 and hope that they will make me a smarter entrepreneur in 2015. To those of you that hurt me this year- I forgive you and thank you for teaching me the lessons you did. To anyone I hurt in the last 12 months- I'm sorry and I hope that we can patch up our relationship and start anew. To those of you who gave me a chance when you didn't have to, I'm in your debt and hope to make you proud in the coming days, months and years. To everyone who referred new clients to me, thanks for helping me keep food on the table and a roof over my head. To everyone in my life- you are here for a reason and I'm grateful that you are. May you all have the most prosperous and glorious 2015 filled with an abundance of love, happiness and all that your hearts desire!

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