Black Friday

Black Friday. The day that shopping is in full swing. This day is one of the biggest shopping days for America. I do hate to say it, but I was even apart of this shopping day. People everywhere flock to stores in hope of getting the best deals, whether it is be for them for people that they need to get presents for. You could get an 800 dollar television for 500. That is how great the deals are on this day. Along with Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday, Which is when a lot of smaller business’ have deals so people will buy things from them that day and then there is also Cyber Monday. That day is for all of the deals on-line. Free Shipping usually, 50% off regular price, all of that.

Personally I do not like Black Friday. It is a day for people to become so crazy that some get hurt. Yes, it is the start of the Christmas season but that does not mean that you need to go all out and buy everything in one day.

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You were just Thankful the day before for everything you had and now you are going to go out and buy things that you do not need? That is just not right.

You should be thankful for what you have and think about that. I am not saying that there should not be a Black Friday; it just should not be the day AFTER Thanksgiving. People should still be spending time with their family. Now Black Friday has gotten so bad that stores open at 7 or 8 pm the night OF Thanksgiving. In my opinion, you should be spending time with your family at that time. I spend that whole day with my family, eating, drinking, talking, watching movies and being together. That is what Thanksgiving is about.

If you do Black Friday shopping then good for you, like I had said, I did it too, I just did it much later in the day on Friday. I did not rush out the door the night before or the morning of Friday. I took my time and did things before and after to not worry about it. I still went shopping, I still got amazing deals, but I did not have to get up at the crack of dawn to get what I wanted.

What do you think about Black Friday? Your opinions. Let me know below!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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My baby cousin Summer on Thanksgiving

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving Everyone!

I know I am a day late; I was spending all of yesterday with my family as I am sure you were doing the same. I ate way too much but all was so good. This past year my sister decided she wanted to go full on Vegan. This meant that some of the food we had yesterday was all vegan. I was not a fan. I would not have chosen it myself that is for sure.

Seeing my family was great though. It was my first time home from school since I left for school in August. That is much longer than I thought. So seeing my family was something that I could not wait to do.

My favorite thing I got to eat yesterday was my mom’s German Chocolate Cake. I have talked about it in another post. Check it out here. It will always be my favorite. But for a non-sweet it would have to be Green Bean Casserole. I had it when I went to my grandparents’ house in the afternoon.

In my family we all split up for the beginning of the day then meet back at my house for our main dinner at night. I go to my grandparents, my brother to his girlfriends and sister to her boyfriend’s house with their families. Since we have had someone else apart of our lives it is how we have done it. I think it makes much more sense that way there is no picking where you go and who you eat with, you get to eat with everyone! Does anyone else have to survive the “double holiday”? For a way to work with it click here

Well, I hope everyone’s holiday was tasty and fun. I know mine was. Tell me about your Thanksgiving in the comments below. I want to know what your favorite part was.

Holiday Traditions

Holiday traditions, we all have them from the people I have known throughout my life. Whether it be singing Christmas carols for Christmas or always going to the Grandmothers house for Thanksgiving no matter what, it is a tradition. My favorite tradition in my house is every year since I can remember on Christmas eve my parents give me, my brother and my sister all pajamas as well as a pair for the two of them. As we have gotten older they have even gotten some for our significant others on the holiday. It is something that I look forward to getting every year and I mean come on what college kid can’t use more clothes, especially pajamas?

For the kids that still believe in the magic of Christmas then putting cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer is a must. I asked my roommate what a family tradition of hers for the holidays was and it is having a Christmas eve party every year with her family and her Grandmother makes pajamas for all the grand kids and they change there for the Grandmother to see.

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The musical my family watches every year.

Some people bake the same things every year with their family. I talked about what I love to bake every year in my last post. Check it out here. Some people decorate the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve every year. They may eat a ham instead of a turkey for Thanksgiving. My family every year on Thanksgiving night after we are all full and sit down to have our first glass of eggnog of the season and try to stuff more into our stomachs with desert, we watch Scrooge. For those who do not know what Scrooge is, well it is A Christmas Story by Charles Dickensbut instead of the usual play it is a musical. Click Here to learn more. This movie also gives my father official permission to listen to Christmas musical freely and no one can complain.

For some I know the day after Thanksgiving, other than being black Friday, it is also the day that they get their Christmas tree or put up their fake one.

What is your holiday tradition? Tell me in the comments below.

Holiday Baking

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How can you not like this cake?

What is your absolute favorite thing to bake during the coming holidays? Got ideas in mind? Is a Pumpkin Pie or a batch of sugar cookies amongst them? Well when I think of my holiday baking I do with my family Pumpkin Pie is one of the top five and my version of sugar cookies is also there. My favorite by far is German Chocolate Cake. Some of you may have no idea what this cake is; well let me tell you that you should. Here is the recipe for this sumptuous cake.  Then there is Pumpkin Pie as I said and Red Velvet Cake. Then I have sugar cookies. Not just any sugar cookies but citrus sugar cookies with a homemade butter cream frosting. It is to die for. I cannot give you a recipe for I do not have one. My mom found the recipe out of a newspaper article and we decided to try the amazing treat. They are something I make whenever I need to bring food to a party or for my friends.

How this next thing is something that you can have during your thanksgiving dinner with the turkey or next to the ham at Christmas dinner or for desert at either of the two. It is called Sweet Potato Casserole. Smothered with marshmallows and sweeter than some of the things that we put out that are our actual deserts, my dad and brother will have this for dinner and dessert if they have their way.

My baking list for the holidays:

  1. German Chocolate Cake
  2. Pumpkin Pie
  3. Red Velvet Cake
  4. Citrus Sugar Cookies
  5. Sweet Potato Casserole
  6. Almond Crescents
  7. Pizzelle
  8. Raisin Puffs

The few last ones there you are probably wondering what they are, almond crescents are a cookie I make with my Nana every year that my uncle and I fight over. They are almond extract infused with slivers of almonds within sugar cookie dough; they are cooked for longer so they are harder and then once they are out of the over are covered with powder sugar. A pizzele is an Italian waffle cookie, very thin, buttery with anise infused and also covered with powder sugar. And raisin puffs are a raisin cookie, which are fluffy and are a mixture of allspice and cinnamon. These three are all childhood cookies that I make every year with my Nana and only her. The only reason she still makes Pizzeles is because I ask for them every single year.

I wanted to talk to someone who has had many, many more years of baking than I have, my Nana. The person who has taught me how to make many of those deserts and the other half she taught her daughter, my mother, who then taught me. Since I can remember I have been in the kitchen cooking or baking with one of those women, they are some of my greatest memories. When I was speaking to my Nana I asked if she could tell me something that not many people know about baking and she said “If you are making cookies and it calls for both brown sugar and granulated sugar, use all brown sugar. The sugar will be the same measurements just all brown sugar. If there is 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar and 1 cup of granulated sugar it will be 2 1/2 cups of brown sugar. This makes the cookies chewier This can only be done if the recipe asks for BOTH sugars though.” This is a very useful piece of information I think because people always wanted chewier cookies from what I have seen since I have been baking. Next time I bake cookies I will use this. In the recipe I use for Chocolate Chip cookies it calls for both sugars so I will try it for those. Will you try this?

What do you do during the holiday? What is your favorite thing to bake or your family tradition for baking? Let me know below!

Fall Outfits

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One of my fall outfits, cardigan, tank top, boots, leggings, curls.

So wearing shorts, dresses, flip-flops and tank tops is cute and all but that time has come to an end until next year. I think the times where guys and girls look their best is in the fall. There are the cutest outfit ideas, throwing on 5 different items to make one is my favorite thing to do. Boots are in, sweaters, leggings, hats and scarves are all for this time of the year. My friends and I exchange clothes if one of us does have what the other needs to finish off an outfit. This time of year I am into leggings, printed and just plain black, scarves, and cardigans. For the autumn those are my go to essentials for everyday class outfits. Check out Urban Outfitters for awesome scarves. I have gotten a couple from my collection from here.

The holidays for me are always a tough time to figure out what to wear. If you are just going to be with family, as I am, then it is not a huge deal, but let’s say you are going to a significant others house, then you are probably thinking “I must look my best”. One of my favorite places to shop for inexpensive attire is Kohl’s. At this moment you are probably questioning me, but check it out you will be surprises as to what they have at an awesome price. But if you would rather something that no one else would have check out The Rage. They are an online store, but the clothes they have are amazing in my opinion I have bought many a things from them and loved everything. For advice on your relationship when you are picking out that outfit for Thanksgiving Dinner check this out. You will be very happy you did.

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My friends and I out for the night.

Dark colors are big during the autumn,like blacks, greens, reds, purples, gold’s. I have dresses that I am not ready to put away so I instead pair them with tights or leggings and heels for a more autumn look that transitions well. You can do the same with shorts, high-waisted with tights and boots is adorable. I am a lover of floral and keep them in my wardrobe during every season.

What are your favorite trends for the fall? What is your go to look when you are running to class or work? Let me know.

PIE

Who doesn’t love Pie? Apple, peach, blueberry, custard, pecan, pumpkin, they all sound so good. A lot of people bake pies around this time of the year, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it is starting to get nippy out. A lot of blog posts are dedicated to this some subject of pies. And times like these I am just like everyone else.

I have found two blog posts that are dedicated to the thing that I cannot wait to eat this season, pies. Click here for one that is strictly all about apple pies and here for apple cranberry ginger pie. Both sound amazing.

I think my favorite pie around this season is my mom’s apple crumb pie. It is filled with crunch, soft, sweet Macintosh apples and a crumb top that when you take it out of the oven it is crispy and crunchy and yummy.

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These blogs both have apple in the pies that they discuss. One is strictly apple while the other has cranberry and ginger mixed in, doesn’t that sound delicious? The straight apple pie is a mini pie recipe. They are simple and elegant and I wish I could eat them right off the screen they look so good. There are only 9 recipes for this recipe, how easy could that be? They cook for about 30-40 minutes then you can eat the delicious mini apple pies right up.

The other post has a pie that I would have never thought mixing the ingredients. Apple, cranberry, ginger. It seems like a very fall pie to me, I mean apples AND cranberry’s, if that doesn’t scream fall I do not know what does. This recipe had 14 ingredients which is more than the other, but I bet it is quite worth it. These pies also only have to bake for 20-30 minutes which means the faster you can eat them!

The amount of pies I make a year or at least the time that I am home from college is a little insane. I bake in general but there is just something about a pie. I especially love the nights my mom makes spaghetti and a home-made sauce and then a warm pie for dessert. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Go check out the full recipes of those pies and tell me what you thought about them.

Everyone has a favorite pie, what is yours?

Comment below to tell me!