Friday, October 20, 2017

Recent Netflix Picks

I took an extra half day off work this week. I had an off-site training and just didn't want to drive back the opposite way to go into the office. This meant that not only could I wear comfy jeans and a flannel but that I also was able to take the rest of the day lazily watching Netflix. I'm always interested in what everyone else is watching on Netflix, so today I'd thought I'd share my recent Netflix picks, both good and bad.

1. The Queen - Have you ever watched a movie and as you're watching it don't think you're enjoying it that much, but once it's over you discover you really enjoyed it? Because that's exactly how I felt about this one. It's explained as being about how the Queen deals with the death of Princess Diana, but it's really about how the Queen and Tony Blair deal with each other after the death of Princess Diana. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars

2. Beauty and the Beast - After watching Moana every single night for two months while I went to sleep I've decided to switch it up and watch another Disney princess. I didn't want to like this one when I first saw it in theaters, but the more I watch it the more I love it. Is it better than the animated classic? I think it just might be. I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars

3. Easy Virtue - The description for this one is correct, yet it wasn't anything like what I was expecting. Jessica Biel is an American who's just married an Englishman and trying to fit into his family who includes Colin Firth. If you're a Colin Firth fan, and let's be real who isn't, I'd suggest this one. The period outfits are fun too. I'd give this 3 out of 5 stars

4. Cable Girls- The plot of this one sounds so good but it just didn't deliver for me. It centers around 4 women working as cable operations in 1920s Spain. I struggled to make it through the entire season, but ultimately finished so it would get off my "continue watching" tab. I think the fact that it's dubbed into English and the mouths don't exactly match up also threw me off. I'd give it 1 out of 5 stars.

5. The Giver - I've never read The Giver, because of that I honestly had no idea what to expect, but it wasn't this. I usually really like this type of dystopia story, but I just couldn't really get into this one. I fell asleep halfway into it the first time I tried watching, so I think I need to watch it again. I'd give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

6. Adventures in Babysitting - This one had been in my list to watch for so long it had gotten to the point where I needed to either watch it or remove it. And y'all I'm so glad I watched it! This was easily my favorite on this list. Some parts were pretty predictable but it was still funny. I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars

7. Desk Set - Anything with Katharine Hepburn in it is bound to be good. She is a reference librarian who's job is in jeopardy when Spencer Tracy tries to modernize the department with a computer. I thought it was really interesting that even in the 1950s the idea of machines taking jobs of humans was a thing. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I'm also working my way through the West Wing, and I'm so obsessed I honestly have no idea why I waited so long to watch it. What have you watched on Netflix lately?

See my other Netflix suggestions here and here

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Five Stages of Grief as Told by Taylor Swift Songs

I always say there's a Taylor Swift song for everything. Regardless of how you feel about her as a person, you have to admit the girl is talented. I am a huge Taylor fan (don't believe me? Just type taylor swift in that search box on the left and look at all the results pop up) so no matter what emotions I'm feeling you can bet I know a Taylor song to play on repeat to get me through it. I recently went down rabbit hole of Taylor Swift videos on Youtube so I thought I'd put my knowledge to use and share the five stages of grief as told my Taylor Swift songs.

1. Denial

2. Anger

3. Bargaining

4. Depression -  (if you can watch this without tearing up you have emotions of steal)

5. Acceptance

All Taylor Swift songs are so emotional there were a few I was torn between for each stage. Do you agree with my picks? Which would you have switched?

Monday, October 9, 2017

five easy weeknight recipes

One of my 2018 goals was to start cooking at home more and overall I've been pretty successful. I've always enjoyed cooking but cooking for one is a little intimidating and seems like so much more effort than just throwing a Lean Cuisine in the microwave. While that initial cooking is obviously more work it's always worth it plus you end up with leftovers for the rest of the week! Today I wanted to share five easy weeknight recipes. These are some of my favorites that I keep going back to, perfecting my recipe.

1. Stuffed Bell Peppers - My current favorite meal to make. I cheat and always make these after I've made ground beef tacos because it is the perfect way to use the leftover meat and Mexican rice. There are tons of great recipes for these all over Pinterest so you can experiment until you find your favorite. I bake mine empty for about 25 minutes at 400 than fill with leftover taco meat, mexican rice, salsa, and cheese and pop back in the oven for about another 15-20 minutes.

2. Cowboy Casserole - This is one of my favorite meals because it's so simple yet so filling, plus it freezes well for leftovers down the road. It's one of those meals that you can serve by it's self for an entire meal or with a side salad or cup of soup if you're trying to be fancy.

3. Foil Sausage Packets - The easiest clean up that exists in cooking. Just combine chopped veggies and smoked sausage with some seasoning and EVOO in little tin foil packets throw in the oven on 400 for about 40 minutes (depends on veggies / chopping size). I really like sweet potatoes, bell pepper, and zucchini with garlic salt and red pepper flakes.

4. Stuffed Mushroom Caps - One of my favorite dishes to prepare when I'm trying to add more veggies to my diet and cut the carbs. This version is stuffed with spinach, bacon, and cheese, but you could do so many variations. Recently I've been opting for the mini caps instead of the giant ones because eating three little caps is more fun than just one big one.

5. Crockpot Pork Chops - This is one of my favorite crockpot meals because you can easily switch up the sides depending on what's on sale at the grocery store. Not ideal for a day you have to work because they only take about 6 hours to cook, but oh so perfect on a day when you're bogged down with little errands and house chores.

What are some of your favorite easy weeknight recipes?

Friday, October 6, 2017

October Goals

Can you believe it's already October? We've already gotten our first snow fall of the season here in Vail and full blown winter is just around the corner. Today I'm going to share my October goals, but first I wanted to talk about my September goals. I'd say I was successful about 50% of the way with each one, except for eating healthy. I did a really good job at this one because I had a vacation planned at the end of the month. Just by watching what I was eating and incorporating more salads and less sweets and alcohol I lost 9 pounds last month! So hopefully that willpower will transfer to my October goals!

1. Continue to eat healthy - I did so well last month I'm hoping to do just as well in October and lose another 9 pounds. Now this is going to be hard because October is the start of pumpkin everything season, and I love pumpkin. But I'm going to continue to eat more broccoli and less ice cream and hopefully all the pumpkin yumminess I enjoy won't do as much damage.

2. Read a book - I read about 3/4 of my book last month, but didn't love it. Honestly if it hadn't been my goal I wouldn't have read that much. This month I'm go to reread a favorite which I think might be what I need to jump start my reading habit again.

3. Grow my Instagram - I've been hovering just under 700 followers for so long it's not even funny. I'll go up to 700 and then drop back down 666 (I wish this were a joke) and then go back up and back down. It's been a never-ending cycle and I'm ready for it to end. To make it to 700 and stay there is my goals for October. I'm really going to focus on posting quality content and engaging with other users to grow. Plus I bought this book which will hopefully make me Instagram famous.

4. Declutter - I never did a good spring cleaning of my closet so October seems like the perfect time to do one before winter really sets in. Now that I don't have to wear a uniform to work I need to take a good look at my closet and make sure I have things to wear when it's below freezing. One way I'm doing this is through Poshmark. I've been going through my closet and listing things I no longer wear and making a little cash! Go share my closet (user name hill_goodfellow) and help me declutter!

And those are my goals for October. Hopefully with just four goals it'll be easier to make them happen. What are your goals this month?

Monday, September 25, 2017

fall playlist

As I've been getting back into the habit of blogging more often I've started to get back into the habit of making playlists. Today I'm heading to Vegas so I didn't have a ton of time to get a post written so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share my fall playlist with you!

And can I just say thank goodness Taylor Swift music is back on Spotify!

What's on your fall playlist?

Friday, September 22, 2017

five things you may not know about me

I feel like being an over sharer today, so I'm going to talk about the one subject upon which I'm an expert, myself. Remember way back in the beginning of blogging when we had Friday Introductions and Friday Five posts? Today I'm throwing it back and doing a Friday Five, Friday Introduction post!

1. I would love to one day write a children's book. Reading was such a huge part of my life growing up and is still one of my favorite pastimes. I attribute this to my mom being a kindergarten teacher and reading to us constantly. It would be the ultimate accomplishment to write the next Amelia Bedelia or Junie B. Jones.

2. I've never broken a bone, but I have dislocated my knee cap. I did it in 5th grade playing soccer and had to sit out the entire season. I refer to it as my career ending injury so people think I was better than I actually was. I've also twisted my ankle a few times, including the time in middle school when I tripped over my backpack.

3. Washington DC is my favorite city and I've always been interested in politics. I interned on Capitol Hill one summer and also had the chance to lobby as part of a PAC in college. For a long time I thought I wanted to work in political communications and being the White House Press Secretary was my dream job. Those are obviously no longer my dreams, but I do think I'll always have an interest in politics.

4. I started college as an elementary education major and really thought I wanted to teach kindergarten. I made the change two days before I was supposed to register for sophomore year classes. Thanks to spending that summer on campus working as a camp counselor and taking classes I was still able to graduate on time. Why journalism? It was my pick because the building was full centrally located on campus and full of brand new computer labs.

5. I hate olives. Just the thought of eating one makes me gag. When I was little I ate 3 pieces of Popeyes spicy fried chicken followed by one black olive and threw up. Still to this day I'm convinced it was from the olive and not the overload of chicken.

I'd love to hear a random fact about you!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Cowboy Casserole

This casserole is one of my favorite fall meals. It's really easy, but comforting and hearty. With the temperatures dropping I'm starting to crave hot comforting hearty meals. A salad just isn't something I crave in September haha. This cowboy casserole is perfect for a chilly fall night.

Cook ground beef like you would for tacos. I just add a little taco seasoning and salsa. Drain and fill the bottom of a greased baking pan. Add a handful of grated cheddar or taco mix cheese.

Mix a box of cornbread exactly as it instructs on the box. Spread on top of the beef mixture.

Generously top with more cheese. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes

This serves well with a black bean and corn salad or a bowl of tortilla soup.

What's one of your favorite fall meals?