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Jetsettin Daisy
Saturday, November 28, 2015


So Thanksgiving was supposed to be super chill this year.

We were going to go to our fave Chinese place with Corey the day before and feast on the leftovers and turkey sandwiches the next day.

Clearly, that didn't happen.

Wednesday morning, I was informed that a wonderful benefactor had left me a frozen turkey. Awesome!!! But WTF do I do. I'd never cooked a turkey before. Thank God for the internet.

I immediately started looking for the easiest and fastest ways to cook a 14lb turkey. 
I decided to go with spatchcocking

After deciding on sides, I settled with glazed carrots (Alton Brown recipe, yum), a standard green bean casserole, ready made mashed potatoes, canned cranberry sauce (Corey has a thing for the ribbed jelly kind), and some mashed candied sweet potatoes (I totally winged it and they were yummy; cannot go wrong with brown sugar, eggnog, Fireball, and marshmallows). 

I named him Tarquin.

The spatchcocking was harder than we expected. We thankfully had coated the counter with plastic wrap because there was turkey blood everywhere. Corey and I semi successfully ripped out most of the spine, I pulled out the innards and a pink block of blood ice (ewwwww). 

The sides went off without a hitch. 

As did the pumpkin pie.

A final look at Tarquin all covered in bacon. Before and after. 

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Budgets, Widgets, and Extra Cash

I'm not going to lie.

I love love love to travel. Love it. But really, while I find some AMAZING deals just out of the blue, I really don't have the time or the money to just hop a plane and take advantage of these bargains.

This is super cheesy but I thought I'd tell you, I just added a new widget. 

I'm generally paranoid and suspicious of most sites that offer rewards or cash back and so far, this is the most legit well organized one I've used. I'm sharing it with you guys because frankly, it's almost the holidays and who wouldn't want to make a little extra back?

I've been using Ebates for about a year and a half and there are very few kinks to work through and it doubles some of the benefits I get already from certain booking engines and just stuff I buy in general anyway. Even better- my last $100 cash back payment paid for three meals for me and my mom in Bali a few months ago. Not bad, right?

Anyway, check out the link and sign-up if you want a quick easy way to get a little extra for your holiday season.
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Vegas Staycation Part 04

I don't love Vegas but I do love the Vegas local specials.

Corey and I thought it would be fun to check out the Mob Museum which was literally right next to our hotel. The Mob Museum is located inside the old Vegas courthouse. In fact, one of the exhibits noted that a lot of the mob trials took place inside the courtroom in that very building. Pretty cool!

 The regular admission price is roughly $22 for tourists; however, we had checked in advance and timed it just right to take advantage of their super local offer. Every Tuesday after 1PM, locals are buy one get one free. And not on the regular price, on the local price. So basically our admissions for both of us came out to under $14. What a steal!

We had one last fun thing planned for our staycation. I had recently been sent an invitation for a free evening at one of my favorite places in town. The Foundation Room is a beautiful lounge at the top of Mandalay Bay. It has my absolute favorite view in Las Vegas. My offer included a free appetizer and drinks and we spent part of the evening chatting with the owner and enjoying the most amazing view of the Las Vegas Strip.

After the Foundation Room, we walked around the property a bit and then grabbed dessert. 

Pretty awesome staycation!

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Vegas Staycation Part 03

After an amazing night's sleep (fluffy pillows and a nice chilly room), we were ready to start our day.
I really enjoyed the hotel from the service to the cute decor.

We had a late check-out at the hotel so we wandered down towards Fremont Street to near the Container Park for brunch. The Life is Beautiful festival had just ended two days before so some of the signage was still up and there were plenty of murals around to enjoy.

And I had to get our selfie in front of the heart made of locks at Container Park.

Our brunch spot, Eat, was a little hidden and super cute. The menu was pretty awesome with lots of great options and everything was delicious.

I really just liked the look of this place.

After brunch, we wandered a little closer to the hotel to O Face Doughnuts since I had a Groupon.

Gotta love Groupon!

I can't remember what Corey got but I had an orange Boston cream and something with guava and coconut. YUM.

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