Happy New Year!

As the new year fast approaches, it’s usually that time that of year that everyone decides it’s time for some sort of change…it’s a new year–new start.  True…it is a new year, but why does that have to be the glorified starting point for everyone to make changes.  Every morning is the start to a new day, regardless if it’s the first day of the year, month, week, etc.  You don’t have to wait until the new year to start on that new goal or resolution that you have in the back of your mind…just start!  And if whatever goal you set for yourself, isn’t accomplished by said point….you don’t have to wait to jump back on the bandwagon…just get back on track right away!

As I was out today at the gym & the grocery store…people seemed so happy today & was greeted several times with “Happy New Year”!  Why can’t everyone be this pleasant all of the time!  It would make everyone a lot happier to be greeted with a friendly smile and a simple, “Hello” on a daily basis.

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For those of you out there that like to bring in the new year with a bang and party it up!  Please, please, please…make sure your have a designated driver!  If you need a lift, AAA has a great program every year for members and non-members alike called Tow to Go service.  They won’t take you bar to bar, but they will take you straight home, so make sure to take advantage if offered in your area.  You’ll just need to call 855–2TOW-2-GO.

Here’s wishing you all a safe & Happy New Year!

Veggie Cheese Soup…A Christmas Eve Tradition

Happy Christmas Eve!  Even though I don’t get to be at home with the family this year I still kept up tradition and made Veggie Cheese Soup.  It’s something our family has done for years!  Every Christmas Eve, we have Veggie Cheese Soup & sub sandwiches.  It nice knowing that even though I’m not sitting at the dining room table this year, I’m still eating the same thing as they are, so I’m there in spirit!  What are some of your family traditions?

Well, without further ado….I leave you with the recipe for my mom’s out of this world Veggie Cheese Soup!

Veggie Cheese Soup

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Onion

1 Cup of Celery

2.5 Cups of Diced Potatoes

1lb. bag of frozen California Mix Veggies

2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup

1lb. of Velveeta Cheese

Directions:  Put all veggies in a big pot and fill pot with just enough water to cover the veggies.  Cook until veggies are tender.  Add in 2 cans of Cream of Chicken Soup & dice up a pound of Velveeta Cheese & put in the pot with the veggies.  Continuously stir until all cheese is melted.  You may want to turn the burner on medium to low heat so the cheese doesn’t burn.  Once all the cheese is melted, it’s ready to serve!

Bon Appetit!

Catch Up Time!

Holy smokes guys….it’s been a while since I’ve written an actual post!  So, I guess it’s time to play catch-up!  November 16th I packed my bags and headed home to Illinois for Thanksgiving for a nice 12 day vacation.  It’s hard to believe it was a month ago today that I was getting on that plane home.  Like they say…time flies!  Time flew by pretty fast when I was at home too!  It was a lot easier leaving and not crying my eyes out like I usually do when I leave, since my parent are coming to visit the first week of February!  YAY!!  Anyways, before I flew home I thought it would be nice to have some family pictures taken since we haven’t had any taken in years, so the day after I arrived, we headed out for pics down by the Mississippi River & then to my favorite park.  We lucked out & it was a gorgeous & warm day outside for that time of year….now a week later…it’s was in the 30’s, so when I say we lucked out, I mean it!  Here’s a few shots…

Mom, Chris (Not so little bro), Me, Dad & Sara (little sis)

Mom, Chris (Not so little bro), Me, Dad & Sara (little sis)
Sara, Jenn & Chris

Sara, Jenn & Chris

12.17If anyone back home reads this & is looking for a good photographer in the Burlington, IA area, you should check out SAS Photography & contact Sarah Schulz, as she does a wonderful job & has awesome prices!  Thanks again, Sarah!

After being a bum & gaining 10lbs from all that great home cooking, I headed home on the 27th.  I had a little bit of an annoying cough when I got on the plane & had been popping vitamin C all day like a crazy person, but by the next day or so I was back in Orlando it had turned into a full blown cold…Blah!  I blame the plane ride & all that recycled air.

So with being on vacation, being sick & busy with Christmas shopping…I just haven’t had the urge to write.  Seems like when I do have thoughts of things to write…its when I’m somewhere that I’m not near my computer, like on the ride home from work and totally space out and miss turns and such…yes, I do that.

I have managed to do a Disney park pretty much every weekend since I returned from vacation, so I can check out all of the Disney holiday goodness.  Like the lighting of Cinderella’s Castle….it was magical & oh so beautiful!  I took a video of the whole thing so you wouldn’t feel left out, but I can’t figure out how to post it here, so I will post pics, which just don’t do it justice!  🙂  We even experienced New Year’s the night I went as they were filming some sort of New Year’s celebration and had the clock on the castle set to midnight for filming…it was kind of comical.

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IMG_1012Along with enjoying all the lights & events in the parks, my friend Eric & I have been resort hopping and checking out the lights & decor in all of the Disney resorts.  They all have lovely trees…one had a life size Gingerbread house in the lobby that they of course were selling gingerbread cookies out of.  Another had the biggest freakin’ Mickey Mouse wreath I’ve ever seen!

DisneyChristmasNow last weekend, my friends Eric & Jay took my out for and AWESOME dinner at Epcot at Tutto Italia, which included specialty seating for the Candlelight Processional AND V.I.P. viewing area for the fireworks show Illuminations.  I didn’t get any pics that night, as I was just having way to much fun.  There are several videos on YouTube of the Candlelight Processional…I went to the one that was narrated by James Denton (Actor from Desperate Housewives).

Now this afternoon I have plans to go with my Disney companions to go to Mickey’s Jammin’ Jingle Parade at Animal Kingdom & then we are hopping over to the Osborne Family Light Spectacle at MGM (Currently known as Hollywood Studios, but I refuse to call it that like any diehard Disney fan)! 🙂

Well, that pretty much wraps things up to what’s been going on in my world lately.  Got all presents wrapped and shipped out yesterday, so all that stuff is out of the way.  I have gifts for friends sitting here to hand out this coming week.  I’m kind of bummed I’ve only gotten one Christmas card so far this year.  I always loved Christmas cards…I only send out a few anymore since I never seem to get any back.  I was super excited to come home Friday though and found my landlords had left my yearly Christmas present hanging on the door, which this year was the cutest cookie jar…filled to the brim with cookies & a cute jar full of peppermint taffy.  They are the best!

IMG_1022Well…I’m going to call it a wrap!  Let’s hope the writing bug keeps flowing this week, so here’s until next time!

Cheers!