December 6, 2013

5 on Friday (Fun Fact Edition)

Is it just me or do the weeks seem to be going by way to fast? I mean, if I am being honest, lately I have been feeling like I can't keep up...there is so much to do and not enough hours in the day to do the things that I feel need to be done! But I can't complain to much. I have a job that is keeping me busy and provides security. I have a family that I talk to just about everyday. I have friends who continue to show me genuine friendships. And I have a boyfriend and a little furbaby who show me so much love it's hard not to get excited about what the future holds. I just had to get that out, y'all. It's been pulling on my heart lately but when I get frustrated with what I am facing, I just have to keep reminding myself to look at the positive things in life. So thanks for letting me vent sweet readers. :) TGIF! Now how about that link-up that I always look forward to on Fridays?!
ONE
I have NEVER seen The Sound of Music. That is, until last night when I watched NBC's The Sound of Music Live! Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer stole the show in the live telecast of the beloved family classic, based on the original Broadway musical. I was extremely impressed with how well the cast did and was blown away by everyone's voices.
TWO
Every year, Will and I try to travel somewhere new to ring in the New Year. So far, we have sipped on champagne and celebrated in Raleigh, Washington DC and Asheville. But this year, we decided that we are going to stay in Charlotte because we want to save money and NYE just so happens to fall on a week night so it really wouldn't work out for us to travel. But there are two positive things that come out of our staying put. The first is that Will and I will still get to welcome 2014 with open arms in our new city together and secondly (and most exciting to me) we have agreed to use our saved money to take a trip to NYC sometime in March or April!!! I have never been to New York and can hardly hold in my excitement. I have already started doing research and making lists of all the places I want to go and Pinterest has been such a big help already. Closer towards the time that Will and I get ready to go, you betcha I will be writing a post or two asking for recommendations of places to go and things to do ;-)
THREE
I am a photography lover. Ever since my birthday, I have been playing with my new camera nonstop and while there has been a lot of trial and error, I have been having fun with it. I think Miller is enjoying it quite a bit as well (I get him to Model for me and he has been getting treats galore)! Next week I'll be sharing some bloopers of photos gone wrong and photos I think have turned out pretty good for this first time DSLR camera owner!
FOUR
"May the odds be ever in your favor". That's just one of the well-known lines from the popular movie The Hunger Games. This weekend, WILL brought up the idea of us having date night and going to see it, so of course I said yes! I'm anxious to see all that happens in the second movie along with the drama that may occur with the characters Katniss and Peeta.
FIVE
I hardly cook, but I want to learn! Lately I have been craving a good ole' baked potato. Not just a plain one...I'm talking about the kind that is loaded up with cheese, sour cream, and bacon! So I thought I would end today's post with a simple, yet delicious recipe for that lip smakin' good baked potato! If you are like me, you may be a beginner in the kitchen, but don't worry because this recipe is easy and pretty quick to make with very few steps so there isn't much room for error to occur! Bon Appetit!
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Brush both sides of the potato with butter and place on an un-greased cooking sheet.
3. Bake potatoes in the oven for about 30-40 minutes or until they are slightly browned on both sides (make sure you turn/flip the potatoes over at least once while in the oven).
4. When potatoes are ready, take them out of the oven and slice them open.
5. Top them off with bacon and cheese.
6. Put the potatoes back in the oven until cheese is melted.
7. Once cheese is melted, take them back out and put a small scoop of sour cream on top and vola!We Took the Road Less Traveled
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22 comments :

  1. Look at you, little miss! Those potatoes look divine!!! I'm not much of a cook either, but I think I've grown tons in my skills since we moved to Wilmy!! And HOW EXCITING about NYC! You'll loveeeee visiting!!! Such a magical city to visit! EEEEEE I'm so excited for you!!!! xx

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  2. I cannot wait for your photo post! I recently really started using my camera, too! Happy Friday!

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  3. I can't believe you've never seen The Sound of Music movie!! The Live version last night was awesome, but you have to watch the movie now. I'm super jealous you're going to NYC!! I've never been and am beyond dying to go!

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  4. Your NYE plans sound perfect to me, especially for a chance to head to NYC! I saw Hunger Games this past week and LOVED It! Hope yall enjoy your weekend and date night! xoxo

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  5. NYE is my absolute fav!! Yall will have so much fun!! -we're headed to NYC in March as well and so excited!

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  6. I've never seen the Sound of Music either, so don't feel bad. :) My step-cousin was actually in the live version last night though! Those baked potatoes look amazing.

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  7. You will LOVE the 2nd Hunger Games if you loved the first one. Jon and I had the same idea and had a date night and went and saw it. I love playing with my camera too. Although sometimes I feel stupid with it, every now and then I get a decent picture and I'm pleasantly surprised! Happy weekend, love!

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  8. YAYYY for New York City!! Goodness do I love that place :) I visited back in Oct. and posted my top 5 visiting tips... be sure to check them out!! http://new-foundlove.blogspot.com/2013/10/new-york-city-top-five-visiting-tips.html

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    1. Girl! You are a no reply blogger so I couldn't email you back :( We gotta get that fixed! I can't wait to go to NYC! I am already so giddy and planning away like a mad woman haha. I remember reading your post about your visiting tips about a month ago and found them SO helpful...I think I even pinned it to my "Oh The Places You'll Go" board on Pinterest :) I hope you have a fab weekend, love!!

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  9. ummm so I am glad to hear you say that you have never see The Sound of Music because I haven't either!! Heck, my husband has even seen it, ha! He was surprised that I haven't. it was so good last night! It made me nervous for the cast last night since it was live, ha! Oh gosh, Catching Fire is SO GOOD! Have a great weekend :)

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  10. So glad I wasn't the only one glued to the TV last night! My inner singing geek definitely came out last night :) Excited for you going to NYC--one of my favorite places!

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    1. A! You were NOT the only one I can promise you that haha. I had such a girly night last night just watching The Sound of Music and playing on Pinterest :) And you already know how excited I am for NYC! I will be coming to you for ideas of things for me and Will to do for sure! And PS...you are a no-reply blogger so I am going to help you fix that next time I see you!

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  11. I loved the Sound of Music too! :) And NYC is soooo much fun. I can't wait to hear more about planning your trip!

    Also, let me encourage you. Before we got married last year I had literally never cooked a single meal. I was riding the struggle bus! Growing up, my mom didn't cook a lot and I had seriously never cooked anything. And then I just started trying. YOU CAN DO THIS. I never in a million years would have thought I could cook a Thanksgiving meal this year... you just have to start trying and you can do it! :) Can't wait to read about your journey!

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  12. Love you sweetgirl! Let me know if I can ever send you a list of my favorite weekday, yummy, but easy recipes - wish I could drive over to help a sista out :)! Also, YAY for a trip to NYC potentially being crossed off your bucket list! And doing it with your sweet man is even better. I've LOVED when I've visited so your planning should be fun. Happy for you precious! God is good. xox

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  13. Yayyyyy New York!

    I was there around this very time last year and it is magical. I wrote a post in, hmm, maybe November of 2012 last year that got tons of GREAT suggestions in the comments area! Places to eat, shop, things to do!

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  14. Heading over from the link up! Love your blog, can't wait to follow more:) And the sound of music...completely agree!

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  15. I have never seen the sound of music either. don't worry. ;) also that recipe is making me hungry!!

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  16. You need to watch the original Sound of Music - SO GOOD!!! And I'm so excited about your new camera, can't wait to see the photos. Love this post and I hope I get to see you tomorrow!!!

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  17. Mm those potatoes look delicious! Thanks for joining the blog hop :)
    xx Tia
    acaffeinatedbrunette.com

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  18. I can't wait to see that movie! My sis already has, but I have made her stay quiet about it so far!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  19. Catching Fire was so good, I love the Hunger Games books and movies! I know what you mean about the weeks going by way to fast, I can't believe it is December already!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  20. Hi!!! Stopping by the link up and those potatoes look diving and easy to prepare!! Thank you for sharing the recipe and have a great week!!

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