Made My Own Thanksgiving Meal

Hey y’all!

Sorry it has taken so long for this second post to roll around. I promise I’ll write more often after this week is over! I’ve only got a week left of my first semester of graduate school, and boy, is it a busy one!

Anyway, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I sure did.

candied-yamsMy boyfriend and I decided we would have our own Thanksgiving together and that I would cook. Nervous and excited, I made two desserts in advance before picking him up from the airport. In all honesty, I really made too many desserts… but really, how can you have too many desserts on Turkey Day?

I started off the day by making monkey bread using a quick and easy recipe I found on Pinterest. My boyfriend quite likes monkey bread and I thought I could compete with previous recipes he had in the past. Big mistake. The recipe I used called for Pillsbury Grands biscuits and it was just “too biscuit-y” for my boyfriend. I cried for twenty minutes.

turkey-legsI may also have cried because I had forgotten to marinate the turkey legs (we chose legs because we couldn’t eat a whole turkey by ourselves). I just wanted to prepare a fantastic dinner for my boyfriend, especially since it had taken me four years to actually prepare a whole meal for him by myself, and I felt overwhelmed and just wanted to make something that really impressed him, ya know?

deviled-eggsWell, it turns out, I didn’t do so bad on the other recipes I prepared. We both scarfed down the deviled eggs, mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey, candied yams, and other assorted sides. AND my boyfriend said the turkey legs and candied yams were the best he had ever had! So my earlier tears were all for nothing. Turns out I did just fine.

Have you prepared a Thanksgiving feast on your own? How did the first time turn out? Share your favorite, non-secret recipes in the comments!

Words, Words, Words

Words, Words, Words on Night Skies and Dragonflies

I am a writer. I’m a professional writer by trade and a creative writer by night. Written words speak to me more than anything else.

I am introverted if I don’t know you and outspoken if we’re acquainted, but I still prefer the written word over the spoken word. I hate small talk but I love sayings that speak to the heart and inspire.

I motivate myself through written words and I enjoy deep conversations. I like to think I’m a great writer but when it comes down to actually writing something it’s pretty much the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Why am I rambling on to you like this?

I figured my first post should reveal something about me. And so, in addition to the ramblings, I’ve decided to share ten of my favorite quotations—those that speak to my hurt and those that fuel my drive. I hope you enjoy them and find them just as interesting as I do.

“I don’t want to earn my living; I want to live.” –Oscar Wilde

“So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and still trying to figure out how that could be.” –The Perks of Being A Wallflower

“The axe forgets what the tree remembers.” –African Proverb

“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.” –Oscar Wilde

“Be a voice, not an echo.” –Unknown

“Not everyone is going to want, accept, or know how to receive your energy. Make peace with that and keep on.” –Unknown

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” –Harun Yahya

“Always smile back at little children. To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good.” –Unknown

“Some see a weed, some see a wish.” – UnknownThe axe forgets what the tree remembers. -African Proverb

“I am the designer of my own catastrophe.” –Unknown

The last one describes how I feel about life pretty well. Others may see a chaotic catastrophe but I’ve made the choices I’ve made for my own reasons and live my life according to my own values and rules.

Do you have any sayings that speak to you on some level that others don’t? Share them in the comments!

Until next time,

 ~Dani

P.S. If you know who said the quotations I’ve marked as unknown in this post, please let me know!

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