We headed out early Friday and spent three days relaxing and doing girly things. You know those weekends? They're the best! I was also a little shocked because we've gotten a little more organized than the college days. We had every meal planned out, so mature of us I know.
I love the mountains, and it never feels quite like fall without taking a trip up there. Lucky for me, we're spending Christmas in Gatlinburg, TN so I'll get a double dose this year.
It's getting colder in Charlotte, and when the temperature begins to drop, there's nothing I want more than to curl up on the couch with comfort food and a good movie. I baked this dish for my roommate and I earlier this week and it was perfect for a lazy night in.
- 1 lbs uncooked pasta (Rotini is my favorite, but you can use whatever you'd like)
- 1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lbs ground beef
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 26 oz jar spaghetti sauce (I recommend using a little more because it's a bit dry)
- 3 oz Parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 2 c mozzarella cheese shredded
- Boil water and cook the pasta. Drain and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook about 5 minutes or until brown, don't drain. Add the salt, oregano, pepper, spaghetti sauce, Parmesan cheese, and cooked pasta.
- Transfer it all to a casserole dish, cover with mozzarella and bake for 30-40 minutes.
After last night's elections I woke up this morning feeling so disheartened. I'm truly sad for our country, and the direction in which we're headed. The most important issue we face as Americans right now is our skyrocketing debt, and our incredibly high unemployment rate, that's what this election should have been about. Whether you're black, white, purple, Latino, gay, straight, Mormon, atheist, etc., the failing economy will affect us ALL. Unfortunately I don't have much faith in a president, who finished his term with a higher unemployment rate than when he started, to be able to fix the problem.
It saddens me to hear the stereotypes that Republicans & conservatives have been given over the past years. If you're young and a minority you can't be a Republican! Well guess what? I'm a Latina, and a proud conservative. I don't care how "cool" it is to be a liberal, pop-culture and politics shouldn't be one and the same.
I believe in hard work, it's what our country was built on, and since when was being successful frowned upon? I believe that small businesses help our economy, and we need to support them. My parents are small business owners, who have employees, employees who count on them to support their own families. We need to help these small businesses succeed, not tax them into bankruptcy. I believe that the government should provide the freedom we need to reach our own goals. The government shouldn't become our crutch, providing what we need and taking away our motivation to work hard.
But, America voted yesterday, which is a freedom we should never take for granted. I'm hopeful that the government can see the financial trouble that we're in, and put party lines aside to come up with a plan.
To Mitt Romney and team, I'm proud of the race you ran. You gave it your all, and conceded with class and grace. Thank you for fighting so hard for the GOP.
Want to know the beauty of it all? Every sunset brings a new day with it, and I'm determined to make the best of whatever comes next.
In other news...Nina and I made it to Charlotte, and we're both feeling a little like this...worn out.
I'm the kind of girl that likes to have options, the more choices, the bettter! So when it comes to soda, if there's a machine that gives me 100+ options, I'm all in! That's the thing I love about the new Coca-Cola freestyle machines, you may have started to see these at some of your favorite restaraunts around town.Coca-Cola freestyle site and used their easy search tool to find a place near me with the freestyle machine (they also have a phone ap). I was so excited because Fuddruckers, one of my family's favorite "go-to" spots, was on there. I gathered the gang and we headed out for hamburgers and soda! Perfect combo dontcha think?
I love Mello Yello, and have a hard time finding it, so I was thrilled that the Coca-Cola freestyle machine had it! I went with the Cherry Mello Yello, and I can't wait to go back and try the other flavors!
My dad chose to stick with water, but he was impressed that this cool touchscreen machine had that.
November 4th: Houston Texans vs Buffalo
November 10th: University of Houston vs Tusla!!
November 18th: Houston Texans vs Jacksonville
What's your favorite soda? and what do you like to pair it with?
*I was compensated for this post, but all opinions expressed are my own.