Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Italian Meatballs {Recipe}

There is nothing that says "home cooking" like comfort food. Growing up, I was pretty dang lucky in the dinner department as my mom would home-cook dinner for us just about every night. There are a ton of dishes from her that I would claim as my favorite but, one of my top fives would be homemade meatballs and sauce.

What You Will Need

-1 3/4 pounds of a ground beef and ground pork mixture
-1/2 sweet onion finely chopped
-1-2 cloves of garlic minced
-1/3 cup of parsley finely chopped
-3/4-1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
-1 egg+1 egg yolk
-3/4 cup of milk
-crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste

What You Will Do
1. preheat oven to 350* and prep a baking sheet
2. in a medium to large mixing bowl, add ground meat and break up with a spatula
3. add in onions, garlic, parsley, and spice mixture. mix well. 
4. add in eggs and milk. stir well. 
5. slowly add in the breadcrumbs. You do not want the mixture to be soupy but it also needs to have enough liquid to not become dense while cooking
6. heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a skillet
7. start to roll the meatballs into about 1 in rounds
8. fry in the pan in batches to get a good sear on them. 
9. on a prepped baking sheet, arrange the meatballs into rows
10. bake at 350* for about 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.

serve by themselves or with noodles and sauce! 

This is seriously such an easy recipe to make ahead and refrigerate for later or even to freeze for a later date! 

What is your favorite home-cooked meal?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Life Necessities That Are Not Taught in College...

College is a pretty big deal to most people. For many, it is the next step after high school. I was one of those people. I was in school for 16 years of my life. I have a fancy piece of paper that says I have a bachelors degree and I have two alma matters. However, there are many serious real life issues that come up that I was not taught to handle so for that, thanks 16 years of schooling for not teaching me some very important things!
1. money management. seriously. college did not teach me how to pass up a cute kate spade bag display in a window, a monogrammed..anything.. or a new dress for an upcoming holiday. 

2. how to buy a house. since J and I are on the path of making this a forever thing, we have been going back and forth about buying over renting. in the end, buying just makes so much more sense. granted, we will not be doing this until after our wedding but, just googling different options/phrases/banks/etc. is a headache in itself! why couldn't there be a house buying 101 class in college? I mean it is a pretty important thing. 

3. actually, forget a house buying class. there should have just been an adulting 101 class. I hate adulting and many days, I just can not even adult. ummmm..Sarah, what is 'adulting'? you may be asking. well, it is literally doing anything that a 'normal' adult would do. like I go over to my moms a lot and she is always doing laundry or having people over doing this or that or fixing something and I am just sitting there like...wtf. I am notorious for putting laundry in the washer and I have mastered switching it to the dryer but then i run the dryer 2, 3...maybe even 5 times before taking it out then I have to fold it....

4. taxes. quite frankly, I don't know what I am doing on that tax form that you get on the first day of a new job...I mean at 23, you'd think I would know what I was doing but, nope. no clue. I kind of think of it as a game-think eenie, meenie, miney, mo...with 0 and 1. #noshameinmygame

5. literally e v e r y t h i n g pertaining to my car. i am a complete damsel in distress when it comes to changing my oil, changing a tire, refilling washer fluid...everything. thank the lord for John, the dealership, my daddy and AAA! 

Hats off to you, college, for not teaching me a n y t h i n g about the real world!

What life lesson do you wish you would have learned in school?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dear Dad...

Dear Dad, 

Since I before I was crawling, you were there for me. We had so much in common from day one. We get each other. We love being together. The memories that we have had together are some that I will never ever forget..like getting stuck in quick sand or meeting Dave Matthews. You saved my life-literally, when I was two. You brought me into your life and showed me what love is by treating mommy the way that you do. You have taught me so many valuable life lessons like "Don't ever stop chasing your dreams" That lesson is my favorite as it carries a lot of weight. I know that I have proposed some insane things to you in these past 23 years but you have always supported me and encouraged me to follow through with my propositions. You have never let me down..even when it was 3am and I was having a meltdown during exam week in college, you skyped me to teach me stats until 7am-passed that exam with an A. Every girl says that they "have the best dad in the world" but, that just can't be possible as you are already spoken for. Although I will no longer carry your last name with me, you will always and forever be my number one. 

Happy Father's Day 
I love you daddy.
Forever, your little girl. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Two Ingredient Energy Bites {RECIPE}

So, I am all about quick, easy, and healthy snacks!

Today I have what are possibly the yummiest, cutest and easiest snack bites ever!

What You Will Need
-wax paper
-microwave safe bowl
-table spoon
-1 cup dark chocolate
-antioxidant trail mix (found at whole foods or fresh market)
(if you do not have a whole foods or fresh market close by, you can make your own trail mix with almonds, walnuts, craisins, golden raisins, pumpkin seeds, etc.)

What You Will Do
1. place a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet.
2. in a mircowave safe bowl, melt the chocolate
3. once completely melted, drop table spoons of the chocolate about 1 in apart
4. place the trail mix onto the chocolate
5. allow to cool for 30 minutes in the fridge or 1 1/2 hours on the counter

this is a super cute gift to give to friends. these little bites are also a great pre/post work out snack or just a yummy treat!

another great alternative to making your own trail mix or buy it from Whole Foods would be to subscribe to 
Graze is a bi-weekly or monthly healthy snack subscription box! 

you can find my review of Graze here
or you can use my referral code to get your 1st& 5th box free! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

From Runge to Ricker:Saying "Yes" in Arizona {Pt.1}

Happy Monday loves! After eight days away between two time zones, I am exhausted! However, I just could not wait to post this trip recap any longer!

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then you may already know that said trip opened a new chapter for John and I. But, first, let me rewind.

So Saturday June 12th, John and I left for Arizona to see his brother at his base. We got in around 8pm and headed straight to Owen. We checked out the fire station and did a quick drive through tour of the base and it was pretty freaking cool!

After leaving O, we grabbed a bite then checked into our hotel and pretty much passed out. 

SUNDAY we woke up at 730 and met Owen at the base gate. We started out on a three four hour trek to the Grand Canyon. To me, everything was normal but little did I know that these two had been scheming behind my back for the past month! We stopped for a snack, pictures, and gas then arrived at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon near Yavapi Point. 

The views were absolutely break taking y'all! 

Still, I have not yet picked up on what was about to happen. As we continue going down the trails, we stop for a bunch of picture ops. Such as this one:
note the hand in his pocket...
note my face...
But then, something big happened...

Let me just tell you the state of complete shock I was in. John picked the most picture perfect (literally) spot it was like a dream. I could not have wished for a better moment. 

Obviously the picture perfect proposal took the highlight of the trip but, we finished our time in Arizona touring the base, checking out yummy places to eat, and spending time with Owen. 

Thanks Arizona, you were good to us! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

You Probably Don't Know..{+BIG announcement}

Happy Thursday Loves! I am currently writing from Georgetown, Massachusetts! J and I are here for the next few days visiting and catching up with his amazing family! Anyways, I am joining Helene for her new link up "You Probably Don't Know".

Helene in Between

I think link ups like this are so much fun because as bloggers, we can sometimes get carried away with reviews, sponsorships, currentlies, etc. and these give you a little break and help you get to know one another better! So, here are 15 things that you probably don't know about me!

1. I was never really into sports until I met John. Now I am all about New England sports.

2. I am pretty sure that I will forever use #hashtags.

3. When I was two months old, I caught pneumonia. I was admitted into a hospital where they gave my tiny body an adult dosage of medicine. I almost died but, my dad was there and he saved me. He then took it upon himself and checked me out, took me home, and cared for me there. (he's a doctor-not just crazy!)

4. I bottle fed two baby goats last weekend.

5. My alcoholic drink of choice is a fully loaded medium spiced bloody mary!

6. Rainy days are my favorite type of days.

7. I am allergic to yellow gold. #allsilvererrythang.

8. I love I mean, love to travel but I hate flying and get very anxiety ridden upon take off's and landings.

9. I have been soda sober for five years now.

10.  I am good with just about any household chore except laundry and cleaning the bathrooms. #whyarehousekeeperssoexpensive

11. True Life: I am addicted to Chick Fil A.

12. If I had the emotional mindset for it, I would totally be a child social worker.

13. My next trip abroad will be to Greece.

14. If you were to pull up next to me at a stop light, "Love You Like That" by Canaan Smith would most likely be blaring from my speakers.

15. You May Not Know (unless you follow me on instagram/twitter) that...
On Sunday, June 14, 2015 John asked me a very important question...

and of course, I said "YES"! 

There will be a full trip recap coming on Sunday/Monday when we return from the rest of our amazing trip! Thank you so much to all of my girls who congratulated us this past weekend! I am so excited for this new chapter in our life!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Favorite Drug Store Buys!

Nothing thrills me more than new makeup or beauty products but homegirl can't always be spending tons of money on them. I typically buy the majority of my products from Target but, we all know what a black hole that can be..go in for one thing, come out with fifty..so, this week, I stopped by Walgreens and picked up some great products that were all under $15-score

Freeman Pomegranate Peel Off Mask $3.99: A while back, my girl, Jasmine posted a review on these masks and I had to get one or two. They have masks for just about every skin condition and they all smell amazing! 

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water $7.29: If you watch any of the YouTube beauty gurus, I am sure that you have heard about this product. This water cleanses, removes makeup and hydrates your skin. I am officially obsessed with it! 

e.l.f. Stipple Brush $3.99: I am a big fan of liquid foundation but, I like to apply it with a stipple brush as opposed to my fingers, a sponge, or a make up pad. I feel like it gives me more of an airbrushed effect. I was using the Sephora brand brushes but, they are $15-25 each..that adds up! This brush is softer and a quarter of the price!

Maybelline Nudes Palette $11.99: I am sure you all have also heard of this palette. I would compare this to the original Naked palette by Urban Decay but half the price. The colors are also insanely pigmented. 

Herbal Essences Moroccan Oil $7.99: This is a 7 in 1 serum. I have been using this as a heat protectant prior to blow drying and flat ironing. This oil leaves my hair super silky and shiny! 

Vaseline Spray&Go $7.79: Since I bought this, it is the only lotion I have used. You literally spray it and go- no rubbing it in, it isn't greasy, and it smells amazing! 

What are your favorite drug store buys?

Monday, June 15, 2015

10 Days in Europe in a Carry On

Well hi! So, if you weren't aware, I traveled to France and Italy for ten days at the end of May and it was fabulous! You can check out the recaps here and here

I am a repeat offender of over packing so this trip, I limited myself to only the necessities. I also traveled with a backpack as opposed to an oversized roller! 

these are the bags I traveled with:
eagle creek gear hauler $150
brown crossbody (tjmaxx) $20
take me away pouch $6.90

What I Packed In The Gear Hauler:
- army green v neck (worn on plane)
-chambray shirt (worn twice)
-black and white tribal sleeveless (worn)
-coral sleeveless (not worn)
-hot pink dri-fit (not worn)
-soco sleepshirt (worn)
-af sleep shirt (worn)

-skinny jeans (worn twice)
-leggings x2 (worn)
-striped maxi skirt (worn)
-white shorts (worn)
-blue norts (worn to sleep in)

-black short dress (worn twice)
-floral short dress (worn)
-blue tribal maxi (not worn)

-sperrys (worn)
-flippies (worn...then broke)
-brown ankle booties (worn)

-jean jacket (worn)
-pink rain jacket (not worn)
-scarf x2 (worn)
-brown skinny belt (not worn)
-black/gray/white tank (worn)
-north face (worn)
-grey sweater(not worn)
-black longchamp (used as carry on)

I used the Eagle Creek Pack It System to compress and condense my clothes. I used the 'rolling' method for my tank tops, shirts, skirts, and shorts. 

I used the packing cube for my rain coat, jean jacket, chambray shirt, maxi dress, and shorter dresses

the majority of my items in 4 little packages. 

I also decided to slip a post it at the top of all the pack its as a reminder of what is in that pouch so I do not have to unroll/unpack everything just to find one item. 

In the "Take Me Away" pouch, I packed my panties/bras/socks
I packed the 'longchamp' in my back pack incase I do any for when I go shopping, I will have some extra room. 

I also threw in my makeup bag with just the things I need on a daily basis and some toiletries! 

Friday, June 12, 2015

10 Things That Make Me Anxious

 Anxiety one of the weirdest emotions to me. Everyone has a different threshold of what they can handle and what gets them anxious. 

For some, anxiety comes from school, work, children, finances, etc. Now, I am not saying that these things haven't occasionally made me anxious as well but I have a few things that some may consider to be odd anxiety triggers. 

These ten things cause me to feel like I can no longer breath or put me into a rage of sorts-it is really strange. 

1. Homeless People With Pets
*deep breaths* let me tell y'all, nothing infuriates me more than this. I live in south florida where it is hot as hell in the summer. I am talking 90* by 8am, afternoon showers then a humid 95* by 4pm. I can not tell you how many times I have been driving around town, gotten stopped at a light, looked to my right and seen a person with a sign...and a dog that looks overheated and dehydrated. and let me tell you, I am on the phone faster than you can blink with the county trying to get someone over to that corner to get that poor little furbaby. 

2. Slow Drivers 
Sarasota:home of tourists and the elderly. going 30mph in a 50mph zone. 

3. Distracted Drivers
now, I am no saint and I have checked a text here and there but I really do try to focus on the road and only the road when I am behind the wheel. However, with the tourists in Sarasota, it is a common thing to be driving and have the car in front of you jack on the breaks for apparently no reason, you get pissed but continue to drive along..then it happens again, you look through their rear windshield only to see that they are taking a tour of the city from inside the car..slowing down and pointing out every landmark or fun fact...*deep breaths*

4. When people read a description of a menu item to me...
John does it, my dad does it, some of my friends do it and it drives me up the wall! I have two eyes too people, I can read the description just fine! 

5. When waiters/waitresses make a scene
Have you ever been somewhere and asked for say...ranch dressing..and the waitress says "no, we actually don't have that"..you reply "Ok, no big deal"...this should be the end of it but NO, then the waitress goes on to say "well we have this, or this, or this, or this, or this"...by that point I am probably no longer listening...then even after a few "no, that is okay"s, she brings a tray of all the substitutions she rattled off...

6. When parents bring their children to a bar or sit in a bar area. 
now, before you jump on me, I love children. I teach them for goodness sakes. But, being a former waitress, this is not the place for them. Bars are designed and meant for adults 21+ to be able to kick back, relax, and drink however much they want (within reason) it is an appropriate setting for swear words-especially when an intense game is on, and loud noises...it is not appropriate for your child to be throwing crayons or food, crying, or running around. 

7. When people call me out on outfit repeats
um, sorry I don't have unlimited funds, if I like an outfit, you better bet your bottom dollar yo'll be seeing it again! 

8. When a drink sweats
two words: tervis tumbler. nothing is more gross to me than picking up my drink and having the condensation drip all over me and my repeated outfit.

9. Commentating grocery clerks
when I buy my groceries, I don't need comments on each item:
"ooh oreos..someone must be hungry!"
"mmm this is my favorite juice!"
"oh these are the tampons I use!"
"oh dog treats, do you have a dog?"
"you know, carrots have a lot of sugar in them?!"

10. People that take forever to start the car.
get in, turn it on. it is hot out here! Florida is not the state to ditz around before turning on the ac! 

so, like I said, some of these are kind of weird...what makes you anxious?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June Words.

Success is a personal accomplishment. Since taking off a year from work to accomplish my goals in school and travel, I have dealt with ignorant comments along the lines of me being "lazy" or a "freeloader". I won't lie and say those words don't hurt me but, if I dwell, will I really be getting anywhere?

These are my words. What are yours?