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Sleepy Days

Do you sleep when it rains? I don’t know if I could sleep comfortably through a hurricane, but I can sleep through a thunderstorm. It is the best sleep when you snuggle down in some warm blankets and just listen to the rain hit the roof and the thunder rolling in the distance.

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A Few of my Favorite Things

I wonder how many times that title has been used. 🤔

Recently, I have really been enjoying makeup. I am learning more about it and what works for me. I have been pondering over the idea of devoting this blog page to makeup. I have opinions about what I have accumulated so far and I would like to share my opinions. I watch a lot of reviews on YouTube, especially if I am considering buying something and I want to see if it is any good before I spend that money. I think it would be cool if I could do that for other people as well.

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Blogging

I feel, at this point in my blogs, they are nothing more than a Facebook status. I’ll post a little blurb about something I did over the weekend (if it is note-worthy) and then I do my module blogs. I would love for this to be a regular thing, I would love to put a blog out every week that makes people stop and actually read. However, right now I’m in survival mode. I tell myself very often, “Just try to make it through the semester, Julie.” I don’t know if you have ever noticed, but after spring break, reality that the semester is half over hits the teachers and they will start slamming you with information and homework. It is always tough for me to get through the semester after spring break (or Thanksgiving week). Hopefully, I will continue to write and improve my writing after the semester ends.

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Happy Birthday!

Recently, Tyler’s sister Sarah, had a birthday! She is now 18! I’ve only known her a little over a year, but it seems like I met her forever ago. She is such a doll and she is so mature. I’ve never met someone so grown up at such a young age.

Sarah had a birthday week! I think she had three different parties! The last one was a trip to Felix’s seafood restaurant on the causeway. Y’all, I love seafood and I was really excited when she invited me to join her and her friends that evening. If you are ever in Mobile, you have to stop by Felix’s.

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Our view of the Mobile Bay while at Felix’s
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Sarah and I in front of Felix’s
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Hummingbird Cake

For the cake:

3 cups self-rising flour, 2 cups sugar, 3 eggs, 1 and 1/2 cups oil, 1 and 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup crushed pineapple with juice, 3 bananas , 1 cup pecans, 1 tsp. cinnamon.

For the frosting:

1 (8oz.) package of cream cheese , 1 stick margarine, 1 pound powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 cup pecans.

Mix together the flour, sugar, eggs and oil. Add the vanilla, pineapple, bananas (smashed), 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 cup pecans. Bake in three greased cake pans at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes. (Check to see if it is done after 25 minutes.)

Mix the ingredients for the frosting together, and when the cake has cooled, frost away!

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Things We All Can Agree On

I think in this world of uncertainty, it is hard for people to agree on things. However, I feel that there are particular things that we can all agree on.

I feel that everyone can agree:

  1. Aerosmith’s “Walk this way” will make you want to bob your head.
  2. Freddie Mercury was pretty dang good at what he done.
  3. The Beatles must never, ever be compared to One Direction.
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Mirko’s

O la la Valentine’s Day!heart-clip-art-9i4py94ie Who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day? I mean yeah, to some people it’s a normal day, but hello? Discount candy the day after!

Tyler and I went out after my last class to Mirko Pasta for our Valentine’s dinner. I could carry on about how we celebrated one year together, but I won’t do that to ya. I will, however, rave about the food! My goodness, I could eat there every day! I love Italian, shoot, I live for Italian. Mirko’s specialty is pasta, and it is heavenly. The dinner menu essentially has three parts: pasta selection, sauce selection, and entrees already paired . I had the ravioli stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese with Mare sauce, which has mixed seafood and shellfish in a spicy tomato sauce. Tyler had ravioli stuffed with four Italian cheeses and Funghi sauce, which has wild mushroom, cream and parmesan. We also had AH-mazing desserts. I had butterfingers gelato and he had raspberry cheesecake.

So, if you are going out for dinner soon and can’t decide where to go, definitely give Mirko’s a try!

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Randazzo’s

Some people celebrate Mardi  Gras and some people don’t, but I think we all can celebrate king cake!

I can’t imagine a person not enjoying that cake. Yeah, sometimes it isn’t so great, but that could depend on where you buy it. I’ll just say this, you are not allowed to write it off until you have tried Randazzo’s king cake!

I haven’t had the pleasure of tasting it until this year. In fact, I had never even heard of it until Tyler asked me if I wanted to go with him and his family to Slidell, Louisiana, to get some! People, this king cake is amazing! If you are going to the area any time soon, please call ahead, and order one of these cakes. I got the cream cheese, lemon, and traditional. The cream cheese is my favorite!

It has become a yearly tradition for Tyler and his family to go get cake, eat lunch, and go thrift store shopping. I’m so glad they invited me this year and I am really excited about going next year!

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Tyler and I in front of Randazzo’s. Photo credit: Jessie Newton Photography
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Congo Bars!

I was sitting on my bed in the middle of the day and mulling over what in the world do I want to blog about. Then it hit me like a truck full of caffeine! What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t write about a recipe? Unfortunately, I do not have pictures, because I did not just make this recipe. Maybe one day I will edit this post and include some pictures (but don’t hold your breath).

This recipe has been in my family my entire life and I haven’t met an actual human being that doesn’t like this! So blow off that diet and grab a jug of milk because you will DEVOUR the WHOLE pan!!

Congo Bars! They are similar to blondies, but I just looked up a recipe for blondies and they aren’t quite the same.

The recipe for Congo bars calls for:

1 stick margarine

1 box brown sugar

2 and 3/4 cups self-rising flour

3 eggs

1 cup pecans

1 cup chocolate chips or butterscotch chips

Directions:

Melt butter and brown sugar; then add the rest of the ingredients. Bake in oblong dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Do not over cook.

Now I like to change it up a bit. I like to go ahead and melt the butter and brown sugar together (by the way, a box of brown sugar is a pound) but then put it on low heat so it can begin to cool just a bit. While that is happening, I mix together the eggs and the flour. It gets pretty thick, so it is best to do this with a big mixer instead of a hand mixer and heaven forbid you try to use a whisk. Just don’t do it! After that is well stirred, turn your mixer down to a lower speed (if you are already there, congratulations), then begin to add the butter and brown sugar goop. Let’s back up two steps, I want to clarify, your butter and brown sugar mixture needs to still be runny. You did not turn off the stove, you just turned it down to low. So give it a good stir, then begin to spoon it into the flour and egg mixture. This is important because you don’t want to fry your eggs by dumping it all in at one time. Once the flour stuff has warmed up with those 3 heaping spoonfuls, then you can dump it all in. After all of this is mixed into one big happy mess, take your bowl out from under the mixer and whip out your handy-dandy mega-sized spoon and fold in a cup of pecans (or walnuts or almonds or whatever you like) and chocolate chips or butterscotch chips. Warning: you will burn calories stirring this stuff because it is thick, but fear not, for you will surely put them back on in about 30 minutes. Now rake that gooey goodness into a 9×13 glass or metal pan and toss it in the oven! However, be mindful that cooking time varies based on the type of dish you use. If you use glass, try cooking it for 25 minutes, then check it. You want it to be slightly gooey in the middle, but not so gooey that you have to eat it with a spoon. Over cook it and it will be cakey. Find perfect balance in the force, you must.

After it is finished, grab about 12 slices and that jug of milk we talked about and hit the couch for a Netflix movie marathon!

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A Girl Needs Her Coffee!

I am the type of person that rolls out of bed and immediately needs coffee. I could compare the necessity of it to air. I’m not going to act like I know all about it. I don’t know how coffee is made or what great person introduced it to the free world. The only thing I know is, I can’t function without it!

I can tell you though who has the best coffee in the world! It’s not Starbucks. I know I just shocked every makeup-wearing, Michael Kors-bag-toting, coffee-loving girl in the United States, and I’m sorry to offend you. I’ll admit, that place has some good coffee, but I just don’t feel like I NEED it. It doesn’t appeal to me.

This coffee though, I think I need it.

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My butter pecan latte on the dash of my Jeep

Yes! Yellow Hammer Coffee! This is the best coffee I have tried so far. I follow them on Instagram and they post their locations for the week, but I just haven’t had time to stop by until Thursday. They generally stay in the West Mobile area, so after class, Tyler and I FINALLY stopped by to check them out.

Yellow Hammer is actually a mobile coffee and espresso bar.You can sort of see the truck in the background of the picture. If you are in the area, you should definitely stop by and get some coffee! I got a butter pecan latte and Tyler got a chai tea frappuccino. My gosh, that latte was to die for. I almost always burn my tongue the first sip, but it was the perfect blend of hot coffee and cool foam. The chai tea (no lie) was like a Christmas candle in a cup. I’ve had some disappointing chai in my life, but with one sip, I was in a winter wonderland.

I could go on and on about it, but I won’t. I will say though, go check them out on Instagram @yelhamcoffee, see where they are, and then get some coffee!