Goodbye for now

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(this photo was taken from this website)

The end is near and all I can say is, “Wow! Already?!”. Throughout this semester, this blog was been the most stressful yet the most fun and rewarding thing I could have done for a class. The thing I enjoyed most about my blog was it was 100 % me. Making a blog like this was something I’ve always wanted to do but never found time to do it. Now that I had to do it for a class it has benefited me even more. I have so much more knowledge under my belt about a number of things most bloggers would know nothing about. I never thought I would be become such an expert blogger and be able to put all these ideas in my head into illustration.

Using twitter for pretty much everything was interesting because I had so many of my friends ask me, “What the heck is FDOM?”, (since we had to hashtag that for everything), it gave me a chance to explain the class and what that particular project was about, and more often than not it really interested people. It made me feel good as well. While some people are complaining about math or science problems they dont understand, I’m over here tweeting my locations with pictures taking funny videos, and blogging some of my favorite topics. Some would hardly call that a class, though, looking back on everything I’ve learned, I’ve realized its going to benefit me greatly in the future. Especially with my major being Advertising, I’l already have a good understanding of the social media and digital world. If I could improve one thing it would be my writing style. I believe I’m very creative and have so many ideas, but I have a hard time putting them on paper and making them sound professional. But something I dont lack is being passionate. Being able to do all these different projects and learn so many things, I’ve developed a huge passion for it all. With my creative mind and knowledge of the new world we live in, I feel I can only go up on the meter of success in the future.

Huge thank you to Professor Zmikly and Kimberly Cook for being patient with all their students, believing in us, and always doing everything with a smile on your faces! Us students wouldn’t be able to be as passionate about this course if it wasn’t for the instructors rubbing off on us.

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Friends-giving

Hey y’all! I wanted to share something super awesome that my roommates and I decided to do this year before we all went home for thanksgiving. We decided to have a huge pre-thanksgiving dinner, and boy was it amazing! Everyone made a different dish and once it was all put together, it was by far the best meal I’ve had in college yet.

This is super fun to do, for multiple reasons. It gives you a chance to bond with your roommates. Whether you and your roommates are best friends, or were complete randoms like mine were, bonding in the kitchen is always a good time!

Alright well lets get down to it!

For our main course, Kelsey made Brisket:

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  • 4 lb brisket
  • Season with salt, pepper, and garlic salt
  • Wrap in foil with the fat on the top
  • Cook at 350 degrees for 3 hours

For the sides, we made Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole, and Mac and Cheese

Green Bean Casserole

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  • Use four cups of green beans and put them into a tin like the one we used
  • Add 1 can of Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup, 3/4 cup of milk, and pepper
  • Once that is all mixed together, add half of your french fried onions (2/3 cups)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
  • Stir the cooked mixture and top it with the remaining 2/3 cup of fried onions
  • Bake for 5 more minutes or until it’s crispy!

Sweet Potato Casserole

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  • Combine sugar, butter, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat
  • Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves
  • Pour over potatoes that are already in the baking sheet and toss to coat them.
  • Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes
  • After that is done, take the potatoes out and increase the oven temp to 500 degrees
  • Top potatoes with marshmallows and nuts
  • Return to the oven and bake until marshmallows begin to melt and nuts begin to brown (3 minutes)

Here is Michelle and her homemade Mac and Cheese

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  • Cook macaroni according to the package directions. Drain.
  • In a saucepan, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in enough flour to make a roux. Add milk to roux slowly, stirring constantly. Stir in cheeses, and cook over low heat until cheese is melted and the sauce is a little thick. Put macaroni in large casserole dish, and pour sauce over macaroni. Stir well.
  • Melt butter or margarine in a skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs and brown. Spread over the macaroni and cheese to cover. Sprinkle with a little paprika.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 

For this recipe in detail, go here

LAST but not LEAST, is dessert 🙂

We kept it pretty simple when it came to the dessert but it was definitely still enjoyable!

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Store bought brownies and icing cookies, always turn out to be a good idea! 🙂

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And there you have it people! Our Friends-giving Feast! As we were all in the kitchen cooking up this meal, I realized how thankful I am for my roommates. I moved to this city brand new at the beginning of the year. I moved into this house of girls who I knew absolutely nothing about other than the fact that they were all best friends, and I had no idea what to expect. But I took the risk and not only have they been some of the best roommates I could live with, they became some of my really close friends really fast. And I’m forever grateful for that!

DIY lighted Christmas tree

Hey y’all!! So as you can tell I’m super obsessed with all things Christmas and I can’t seem to stop adding more and more decorations to our house. As I was scrolling through Pinterest like I do pretty much everyday, I came across this idea!

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It’s an alternative wall Christmas tree!

Whether you don’t have enough time, money, or room for an actual tree; this is the perfect idea!

All you’ll need is some string lights that you might have laying around your house wondering what your going to do with them (thats what we did) and a couple tacks or nails. Personally, I found tacks to be a lot easier considering this took us a very long time to finally get it even.

  • You start by finding the middle of the lights to make the point of your tree. You’re going to want to do this with another person so it’s easier to get it even.
  • You’ll use the lights to measure how big/wide you want the tree to be. For example, we started out with 2 bulbs on each side for the first branch, went in 1 bulb, went out again about 3 bulbs, and so on. You want to make sure you use the same length on each side.
  • Once your done, you nail it one last time and let it hang down to make the tree stump. And Viola! You’re done. Your very own lit up Christmas Tree.
  • We also added a Santa hat on top since we didn’t have a star or anything, but y’all can add your own flair to it too!

(For more ideas of different wall trees check out this site!)

But of course, knowing me, I wasn’t going to not have a Christmas Tree up. So thanks to my roommate, she brought an old Christmas tree and ornaments she already had and we put it right on up!

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And there it is! What is more beautiful than a lit up Christmas tree? Not much. (Oh, and say hello to our house cat, Firby) She insisted on making an appearance on the blog today!

Happy Holidays Y’all!

Ho Ho Ho Y’all

Hey everyone and welcome back to my blog! One of the most fun things to do during the holidays and really just whenever you want, is craft! I love anything diy because it’s just so simple! So to kick off December, I’ve prepared for y’all a short and sweet diy video demonstrating how to make this Christmas Themed Canvas!

29d0f94563a220399d4e408d04c20c11I found this adorable idea here on Pinterest and just had to try it out! Here it is and goodluck to all!