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It’s November 1, which means Amazon has started their pre- black friday sales every day up to black friday, plus any purchases from Now until Christmas can be returned up until the end of January.  It also means that I will try to not buy anything in the off-chance it does go on sale, and I would have over paid.  Enjoy the sales.  There are tons of them.

Amazon Black Friday Sales

It’s free slurpee day. That is all.

I love Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives but when I saw he was making chili with the cast of grown ups 2, I went straight for the delete button since it was not a typical episode plus I’m not a fan of the first movie. But I love chili, so when I saw this posted, I had to save it. Now to go to the store. I’m either going to have leftover chili for a month, or wait until there’s a gathering and I have 15 people to share this with.

 

Summer Blood Drive

It’s time again tor the annual KZPS summer blood drive.  They usually have it during the summer because this is the time of year they get the least amount of donations.  I wish I could donate blood but apparently I’m not good enough even though any doctor says I’m fine.  Not just for the free tshirts or contests but I like helping people. Which reminds me I still haven’t signed up to be an organ donor.  Anyway, if you can donate please try to make it out this week. If you can’t make it to this drive then just drop by your closest carter donation center and they’ll be happy to suck your blood. Just make sure you eat first so you don’t pass out.

Well almost.  It has come to my attention that I fell down on the blogging job.  Probably due to the fact that it’s hard for me to determine what’s worthy of a blog post and what isn’t.  If I posted every time I had something to say, I’d be posting every 5 minutes.  So I will use facebook to refresh my memory, and catch you up with what’s happened in the last year.  Minor disclaimer.  This blog jumps around as much as the thoughts in my head do.  Try and keep up.  If I post more often, I won’t have to do this.

Since this is a food blog (ish) I’ll start with the fact that Hoffbrau opened in Richardson a year ago, and I have not been yet (#fail).  Someday soon (I Hope).  

Looks like I started my food network addiction last June, and It’s still going strong.  I’ve weeded out a few shows, but my favorites are Chopped, Next Food Network Star, Diners, Drive-ins, and dives, (which I make a point to look at their list anytime I go on vacation for new restaurants) and then I also discovered a Channel called Destination America, which has BBQ Pittmasters, and United Stated of Bacon.  Now I get to eat my way through america.  One of the judges on BBQ Pittmasters has a BBQ joint in Miami, and is opening one in NYC.  I plan to be there in October.

 

Trader Joe’s came to Dallas! It’s like world market, only better.  I’ve only been twice since they opened.  That needs to change.

I finally got some Vosges bacon dark chocolate candy bars.  they are awesome! just wish they werent so expensive.  But its so worth it.

Zac Brown came out a new cd last year.  It’s their best one yet.  AND I got to goto the concert back in April AND meet the band and have awesome food.  One of the best concerts I’ve been to.

Ok I tried the facebook thing and it’s taking too long.  so I’m just going to go off what I remember.

When we moved to mckinney we kept going to our old church in Richardson, partly because I still worked security and ran cameras on sundays occasionally.  That drive became too much so we started going to one right by our house, but It did not fit.  It’s hard finding a sunday school class or small group that you fit in when you get married at 22.  Going to the newlywed class, everyone was older than us.  Then they started having kids.  We weren’t there yet.  Same thing happened at the new church.  Eventually we stopped going.  It took about 2 years for us to start looking again, and so we looked for a few months, and couldnt find one that fit.  I think the problem with big churches is you dont feel you fit in.  Everyone has their group, and they go to church, they go to sunday school, then they go home.  We wanted something more than that.  

One day, I went online, and found a church that I thought was non denominational, so I pulled up the website, and everything checked out under beliefs, then I listened to a sermon via podcast, and the pastor had a unique way of preaching but I don’t know how to explain it.  So we went one sunday the last week of august, and we liked it, then found out they didnt have sunday school. so I thought we were back to square one.  Long story short, we found out they have life groups, which is like small groups, and we have been going to 2 every semester and love it, and love the church and love the people and it’s very diverse, and growing, and healthy, and can’t wait to see what’s next.  If you want the long version, just ask. 

For Thanksgiving, my mom and my grandmother came to Texas from Florida and we drove to Copperas Cove to have thanksgiving with more family.  It was awesome.  There are pictures on facebook.  On  the way back, we went to Lockhart, TX to have some of the best BBQ in texas and it was awesome!! We ate way too much.  Then we stopped in West, TX for kolaches.  If you’re from texas, you know where that is.  IF you don’t then get there quick.  

In January I turned 30.  The month leading up to it, was a drag.  I didnt like feeling old lol.  Then the day came, and I got over it.  The way I see it, I’m not another day older, I’m one day closer to being in heaven!  Sarah planned an awesome surprise party and It’s nice to finally have friends that you can do stuff with (and I dont know if that sounded selfish or some other word, but its not supposed to be.  its another long story)  I saw Lady Gaga for the 3rd time and it was actually on my 30th, so happy birthday to me! Concert was awesome as usual.  Can’t wait for the new album, I just wish she would give me a date.  Even if it were 9 months away, just give me a date!

We were supposed to see her in NYC in February, which is awesome, since it’s NYC and her home town.  But she had to cancel the rest of her tour to have hip surgery, so that was a bummer.  We ended up cancelling the trip but got our money back because we had trip insurance.    The good news is we just booked another trip so we can go back to NYC but also to Toronto so we can do Niagra falls!  We had enough airline miles so the airfare is fre, just have to pick out hotels.  But we will be going in October!

I think that’s pretty much it for now.  I won’t talk about how the rangers have had their longest losing streak since 1988.  It’s still early, but there’s always next year.  At least hamilton isnt doing anything good for the angels.  Money poorly spent.  Hopefully I’ll do this more often, and it won’t be a cluster next time.

Doritos Locos Tacos

Taco Bell on the inside. Doritos on the outside.

I am not a fan of taco bell. If I ever go there, I only get one thing on the menu. Until I found out about The Doritos Taco. March 8 was the debut, and I anxiously waited until the work day was over to get one for dinner. And it was well worth the wait. How do you make a taco better? By adding a Nacho Cheese Doritos shell. Not fantastic enough for me to want to go back on any sort of regular basis, but now if I am ever there, I will order the usual, as well as this Doritos Taco. Now if I could just get them to put tomatoes on it, then it would be perfect.

I usually enjoy the award shows every year, and while I am still excited to watch the Oscars tonight, I’m not really feeling any of the movies in it.  Of the movies in the Best Picture Category, I’ve only seen 3, and none of them are going to win.  The only category where I’m actually rooting for anyone is for Best Original Song, and of course I have to go with the muppets.  There’s a 50/50 shot, so fingers are crossed.  I’m glad they are allowing the muppets to present, but they were supposed to sing their song.  There’s still time.  Are you a man or a muppet?

March 5th is the 30th anniversary of John Belushi‘s passing…Dan Aykroyd and John’s widow Judy Belushi are presenting a special memorial concert celebrating “Joliet Jake“‘s life in (where else?) Joliet Illinois, with special original Blues Brothers band guests Paul Shaffer, “Bones” Malone, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, “Blue” Lou Marini, plus Otis Day from Animal House.– and it’s being webcast LIVE, on Facebook !!  Here is the link:

https://www.facebook.com/TheBluesBrothersMovie?sk=app_334160166629449

Sign up for this once in a lifetime event.  It starts at 8pm CST and will be broadcast live!  All you have to do to watch is donate $5

It’s free pancake day again.  On February 28th, IHOP is giving away a free short stack with any donation to the local charity in your area.  More info here:

http://www.ihoppancakeday.com/

Another part of my blog will include select free items as I find out about them.  Today’s free item is a free cookie from Subway on February 29.  Details here:

 

http://www.subway.com/subwayroot/FreshBuzz/freecookie/default.aspx

 

Happy Eating!

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