Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!


Dear readers,

I wanted to take a quick moment to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving. I hope your plates will be full of food, your house full of loved ones and your heart full of love. I am grateful for family and friends (real life and internet ones ha!). I'm also really grateful for my job as a blogger, freelance writer, eBook author and photographer. Lastly, I am grateful that this weekend I'll be publishing my second eBook and I have plans to write many more in 2014!!!

This year hasn't gone exactly the way I planned, but I've learned A LOT! I am planning on spending the next few weeks before the new year begins re-examining my goals and making new plans...but for now- I'm just going to enjoy this Thanksgiving day with family. Okay, back to cooking! xoxo!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Saving Time on Thanksgiving Day


This year I'm hosting Thanksgiving at my place. Last time I did this I got a little stressed out because I did almost all of it by myself. I had to- it was for an article and I didn't want to "cheat" by delegating out too many tasks.

The good news is that this year I'm not only getting help, I'm using a tip from Food Network to ease the stress... I'm going to be making some of my Thanksgiving dishes ahead of time (tomorrow) to save time on the big day so that I'll be able to relax with my family. I won't actually cook anything, but a lot of it will be prepped in advance so that all I'll have to do ON Thanksgiving is pop the sides in the oven. This will free my time up to focus on the bird and enjoy my family time too.

As an added bonus, I've set up my menu and cook station so that everything will be able to cook simultaneously and be done at the same time! How? My bird will be cooking in an external roaster oven leaving my oven free for the sides.

Lastly, instead of roasting my bird in traditional fashion, I'll be making it in an oven bag. I'll add a nice marinade to it tomorrow, let it sit overnight and then on Thursday pop it in the roaster oven and "forget about it". Last time I hosted Thanksgiving doing this was a massive time saver.

Putting it in the bag meant I didn't have to check it every hour or half hour to baste it. The bag kept all the juices in the bird. The bird also cooks about an hour faster. It wasn't as crispy of a bird as we normally have, but only one person in our group seemed to mind that. Everyone else enjoyed how moist and tender the meat was. Even the white meat practically fell of the bone. It was so good!


What do you do on Thanksgiving to be able to cook your bird and enjoy it and relax too?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cocktail Spotlight: Pumpkin Pie Martini


After talking about favorite holiday dishes and pumpkin pie, I could not help myself! I'm enjoying the most delicious pumpkin pie martini as I continue getting ready for Thanksgiving. This is NOT a low fat drink. It's equal parts of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka and International Delight's Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer. I usually do 2 shots of the vodka and 2 shots of the creamer shaken with ice and then strained into a glass. Yum! Pour them into a cosmo cocktail glass like the one below or whatever glass you have on hand. I've learned it tastes WAY better in glass than in plastic. I have no idea why.

For added decadence you could use a graham cracker rim and a sprinkle of cinnamon, but I'm perfectly content with just the two ingredients!





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Friday, November 22, 2013

Coming Next Week: Five Buck Christmas!



I am so excited to share with all of you the name of my new eBook. 
Five Buck Christmas!
If everything goes according to plan, the book will be available for purchase on Amazon next week!
This book will include a bunch of craft and gift ideas that you and your family can make for under $5 each.

I Blew Two Weeks Pay in One Weekend!


About five weeks ago I posted that I had gotten a job and that I was psyched about getting steady income...Needless to say, as of this week, that job didn't work out, but something from that job remains! The first two weeks of pay I received were blown on a weekend getaway with my husband in Key West, Florida...so it's photos and memories from that amazing weekend that remain.

We went the weekend of Fantasy Fest having NO CLUE that it even was Fantasy Fest. We drank, we ate, we laughed, we had a blast and then we came home...

Why did we blow my first two weeks pay? Well, this was our first vacation alone in several years. We thought that we finally had steady income and were on our way to being debt free and living our dreams. We were impulsive and we just wanted get away, so we did.

Now...although, I'm no longer at that job...I'm still wanting to be on that fast track to being debt free...How it will happen may have changed, but my goal hasn't. I don't regret our weekend getaway. In fact, it motivates me to make more money on my own without the constraints of a job that I don't enjoy...

I do hope that I'll be able to get some quick and steady income once again as soon as possible! I have lots of plans and I just need to act on them so that being debt free and being able to have crazy weekends like the one in Key West will be possible!

Okay, I'm going to get back to working on my plans for freedom! Happy Friday and have a great weekend everybody!!!  May all of your wishes and dreams come true too :)



Friday, November 8, 2013

WARNING- HIGHLY Offensive Post!!! A must read tho!


Have ya'll seen the insanely offensive resume floating around the internet today?!? In case it gets yanked later, I copied and pasted it below so folks can read it in all of it's glory. I feel this guys pain considering I was looking for a job for way more than a year. Wow! Just wow. I found out about this on 93.3 FLZ's website and of course had to go check it out for myself. Enjoy! Source for the original post if it is still up.

Fine, Don't Fucking Hire Me, You Can't Handle My Shit

What the fuck people! I need a motherfuckin job, and I have a resume that says I am fucking fit to be your goddamn front desk/administrative assistant. I have applied to a ton of jobs on here, and not one of them responded, WHAT THE FUCK?!

Cover Letter? Here's my fucking cover letter!
Now, I'm really low on money, and I'll suck a dick if I have to...that's right!
Got a bear in your backyard that keeps eating your garbage? I'll fight that motherfucker and I'll win! Can any other prospective employee say that?! FUCK NO! What'd you say? You lost your keys? FUCK IT! I'll shoot the goddamn lock off your door with my laser eyes! That's how bad I need a motherfuckin job! Your brother is gay and you're not cool with that? I'll de-gay him with reverse buttsex. Don't believe me?! Then hire me and I'll fucking show you!

OBJECTIVE
I need a motherfuckin job.

SHIT I HAVE DONE
-I invented the moon.
-Atlantis was around til 1988, but sunk when I shot out of my mom's vagina like a silver bullet into a wolverine.
-I am also a wolverine.
-Had sex with the Spice Girls.
-The blowjob machine was originally my idea until that bastard Clint Eastwood stole it.
-I have prophetic visions of the apocolypse.
-Watched the movie "Juwanna Mann" at least 18 times. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0247444/
-Created a new genre of dance in which people get so into it that radiation waves pulsate off of them, I like to call this the microrave.
-I reverse engineered a door, I now know how it works.
-When I was 8, a frisbee flew into my backyard and I blew it up with my mind.
-My brother is the Eiffel Tower
-Direct descendant of Beowulf
-Can make weapons out of anything, very useful in a hostile work environment
-Beat my pornography addiction when I was 19
-Proficient in Microsoft Office and Photoshop

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
GlomGlom Corporation of Evil Doing
POSITION: Front Desk/Administrative Assistant
DUTIES: Setting up sex scandals in which to blackmail wealthy politicians, forwarding email, burning down the houses of the poor, loan sharking, answering phones, greeting clients in a manner that would frighten most people

GreenHate Enterprises
POSITION: Once Again, I was a fucking Front Desk/Administrative Assistant
DUTIES: Organizing the dumping of bio-waste into the ocean, peeing in lakes, digging holes to fill with garbage, making garbage out of perfectly good and useful items, filling said wholes with said garbage, creating fake facts about Greenpeace and publishing them on the internet(I am internet savvy), good at filing...documents of hate.

REFERENCES
Glomgor Evil
GlomGlom Corporation of Evil Doings
gorlock@peanutbutternipples.com

Sloblor the Muck Monster
GreenHate Enterprises
sloblor@greenhate.com


So, now that you know the real me, are you gonna hire me or not? I would like to remind you that I can make weapons out of anything.

Sincerely,

Steve Madonna
stevemadonnayeah@gmail.com
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