Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Vlogmas is coming!!!

I thought I would go ahead and post this now because tomorrow will be a busy day, and I have a few minutes on hand right now and I wanted to give a heads up before the 27th!

I am participating in my first "Vlogmas" this year on YouTube! If you have not checked out the YouTube page for One Pretty Little Box and you love Christmas as much as I do ~ now's the time! 

I often get asked "How do you do everything you do" and without sitting down to write it all out (who has that time?), vlogging is the best answer! What is vlogging you ask? Video blogging! 

I have wanted to become a daily vlogger for so long, and in fact I have been a YouTube partner for years .... I just didn't have the confidence to share! Sharing daily about The Magic helped open me up and of course it is crazy how much people like grocery hauls! 

It is so fun to watch how everyone gets through the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season between work, family, celebrations, and so much! We honestly can glean so much from each other and it is so fun to just see that we are all human! It is also neat to see different traditions and what is important to each person during the holiday season. 

If this is NOT something your interested in ... simply don't click the link! If it is however I encourage you to go over to my YouTube channel (CLICK HERE) and hit that subscribe button so you can get the updates as soon as a new video is posted. 

I will be posting from November 27 - December 26 which will actually be my Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. I will be showing the day previous so it will obviously be behind and most likely will be shared in the late afternoon/evening after editing and uploading and such. 

If you have never followed anyone who did Vlogmas I ask that you let me be your first! 


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tasty Tuesday: Crispy Fried Okra

One thing I loved as a kid was going to Wyatt's Cafeteria and getting fried okra on the side of a piece of fried cod. I never liked it when it was made at home because it never came out right. I would sometimes buy the frozen premade but it still wasn't the same. Sunday brought a little inspiration to the kitchen (in the midst of clothes dryer repair) and decided to try it from scratch. It not only was delicious but it was easy!

1 bag of frozen cut okra
1 cup of flour
2 cups of seasoned bread crumbs
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
Garlic Salt
cooking oil

1. Defrost your bag of okra. Once it is completely defrosted drain on a towel to remove excess water.
2. In a bowl mix eggs, milk, and a good dash of each of garlic salt and pepper.
3. In another bowl add the flour, good dash of garlic salt and pepper.
4. In a shallow baking dish dump the bread crumbs.
5. Place 1/2 of the okra into the flour and stir around to coat well.
6. Using a fork place floured okra into egg mixture and coat well.
7. Using another fork, transfer okra from egg wash into bread crumbs and using hands turn around bread crumbs until okra is well coated.
8. Place crumb coated okra on a plate, and proceed steps 5-7 with the remaining okra.
9. With an electric skillet set to 350* heat oil. Once oil is well heated (test by adding in one piece of okra ~ if it is bubbly around the edges your good to go), carefully place 1/3 of the okra into the oil to cook. After a couple of minutes, turn okra to ensure all of the surface is crispy and browned.
10. Remove from oil onto a pan that is lined with paper towels and lightly salt.
11. Continue until all okra is cooked.


Monday, November 23, 2015

Motivation for your Monday: Unreal Expectations

This week's Motivation for your Monday comes from something I read this morning on social media. I really can't tell you the exact thing it said, what it was but it was enough to strike a chord of indifference with me.


Do you get that? Telling yourself or having someone tell you that they give 110% is nothing more than a lie and complete unreal expectations of yourself and others.

If you have a pack of M&M's ~ you cannot eat nor share 110%! The max is 100%.

I am so sick of people trying to live up to the expectations of others, and in that they are struggling to really enjoy their life because they are trying to find that extra 10% that is somewhere in a black hole never to be found.

I filmed a short video for a series for my YouTube channel that I really want to share with you. Please take a moment and watch it, and allow yourself to be inspired! YOU CAN CLICK HERE to find the video!


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