Welcome to the Story of a Millennial

Let me introduce myself to the world of the internet: My name is Ri. I’m a mid twenty-something with a dream of getting out of my retail work, and into something different down the road. I have a dreamer’s mentality, while in the midst of working in a small town USA store.

I love all things animals, and have an infinity for the canine family and owls. Cooking is a half hobby, and photography is another work in progress for me. I adore all things planning and organizing, so if you’re in need of any of those things, or to learn about them, you’ve come to the right place.

This blog is my writing outlet, as I want to share life through my own lens, as a rural girl who is interested in just as many things as a dog’s nose is.

Feel free to go follow my social media sites. I post plenty of pictures on Insta and Facebook, and Tweet sporadically.

Plan With Me: December 2018

This is the last month of 2018, can you believe it? It feels so odd for me. It’s like the year went by fast, then slow, but now that I’m looking back at the “slow”, I’m kind of like “Really? Where did almost 5 months go?”

I’ll be doing a 12 days of Christmas challenge at the end of the month, which will be better paced (plus shorter!) than my attempt at 31 days of Halloween.

Let’s jump into planning this month, shall we?

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A usual first step for me, after deciding what is happening that month, is laying it out on my whiteboard. Come next year (and really next month, if you think about it!), I’ll be doing things a little differently, so stay tuned! If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, you should. You get sneak peaks into my planning life, and into some of my posts on here! Plus, I’ll take polls and questions, that may feed into my posts!

Next is my budget, but I won’t share that. From there, I’ll start my grocery outlook.

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I usually start with what I have on hand, and what coupons I have in my arsenal. Sometimes (more often than I’d like to admit), I’ll land up having stuff that I don’t make in the list/outlook of dinners, due to leftovers, deals, or sometimes even just a tighter budget than I thought. I’m still working on this whole adulting thing here, so be easy on me haha!

This is my planning for this month. Very basic, but with the new year around the corner, I wanted to keep it simple, so that I could focus on the habits I want to build and create in the new year, plus have time to spend on how I want to create 2019 to be!

I’ve already started some habits, and some basic things like a vision board for 2019, but that’ll be shared later this month!

Are you changing up how you plan, in 2019? Share with me down below!

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Thanksgiving: A Time For Gratitude

This year, instead of traditional Thanksgiving, celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November here in the States, I’m hosting and preparing Friendsgiving, held on the final Thursday of November.

It’s just how it fell, okay? Don’t judge me! haha. A couple years ago, we got a turkey from our neighbor, who got an extra, and as he’s only one man, asked us if we wanted it. Of course we took free food, especially a whole dang turkey! So I took to asking a coworker to see if he wanted to help my boyfriend and I tackle eating the thing.

This year, I bought the turkey, and invited a few more people over, plus the one that came over that year. I’ll make all the fixings, and hopefully we’ll have enough food, plus some leftovers (but not too much, like last year).

Since I’m in the limbo between actual Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving, I figured I would share some of the things that I’m grateful for, with ya’ll!

I’m grateful for the summer vacation I got to take this year. Sure it didn’t go fully as planned, but it worked out how it was going to work out.

 

I’m also grateful for the time I got to spend with my father during Lent/Easter. That was an interesting exploration, going to 4 different churches, in 3 different cities.

I’m grateful to have read 17 books so far this year, either through audio books or through my kindle app on my phone.

I am grateful for the basics, like a roof over my head, heat in the winter and coolant in the summer, food to make, and a job (as much as I may not like the job itself). I’m grateful for where I live even, and for the people that do actually care about me, even when I can be frustrating.

I’m also SUPER grateful for those of you who read my blog, no matter how I try and fail, and keep interested in what I have to share! I’m slowly finding what works and what doesn’t, and even with the small following I do have, I’m glad that I have you, and it does help me see why I wanted to pick this up in the first place. So thank you!

What are you thankful for this season?

Foodie Friyay: Saucy Enchiladas

On my Facebook page earlier this week, I shared that I had made my first enchilada dish of the winter season. I LOVE enchiladas. Well, most things Mexican really, let’s be honest. I like making mine saucy, so that I can use it to dip into, like you’d layer on hot sauce or salsa on anything else Mexican.

I wanted to share, as it’s a favorite of mine, especially during these colder months. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

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So to start, you’ll need these ingredients:
1 pound Ground meat (or meat substitute)
1 28 oz (or a big can…) of Enchilada sauce. I take mild here
1 10 oz (small can) of Enchilada sauce. I use medium, for some heat
Tortillas (I make 6 enchiladas, using one tortilla each, so make something else with your tortillas soon)
Onion to like, diced
Tomato to like, diced
Small can of Refried beans
Shredded cheese, to like

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First, you’ll want to brown your meat. I add diced onions, but you don’t have to. I’ll start browning my meat (I don’t always use beef either. Turkey is usually a healthier option, while still reasonably cheap), then start dicing my tomato and onion.

I’ll do onion first, and split the onion that I dice (half an onion total), to put in the meat while it’s browning, then the other half on top (you’ll see later).

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When the meat is pretty much done, I’ll add some taco seasoning. Yes, even keeping the grease. It substitutes for the water needed, and you don’t need as much seasoning, since it’s more “potent”. Another good way to save money (and kind of your drain)!

You’re probably wondering, WHEN SHOULD I TURN ON MY OVEN?!?! Well, it’s here. 375 will do.

I’ve also used the powdered enchilada sauce here. They taste about the same, and since I have the big tub of taco seasoning, I find it more economical to use that.

From there, I’ll take the small can of Enchilada sauce, and pour it on the bottom of my baking pan. There’s no need to put foil or spray the pan down prior, as the sauce acts as a good layer anyway.

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After this, it’s creating that perfect enchilada!

Lay down a tortilla, add some refried beans, add some of your meat (or meat-mix), and fold up.

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After this, put each enchilada into your small-sauce’d pan! I put mine in, each time I completely fill and wrap them.

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Hopefully these pictures are helping you! I know I was curious on how full to fill them (I even had issues on burrito’s/tacos! I really still do too haha!), and it is an art, and it takes less than you think it will! Plus, I’ve noticed that some people (over the years) don’t know how to fold a burrito/enchilada (I fold them the same).

After this, finally, we add the large can of sauce, top with shredded cheese, tomato and the rest of the onion!

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Now, with all of that done, go bake it for about 20 minutes, till the cheese is melted, and sauce is bubbling a bit.

Cool and serve. You can even add some sour cream, or intense the heat however you’d like!

What’s your favorite Mexican dish? Let me know!

Talk Tuesdays: Salem Witch Trials

So Blogtober didn’t go as I wanted it to. I got overwhelmed, since doing this was last minute, and didn’t realize that a whole month of content being thrown up daily, would take so much out of me, then to turn around and get hit with a flu turned cold didn’t help me this last just over a week. I’m not trying to excuse myself, but am expressing what’s been going on (and sharing it with you guys), and now I know how to approach a challenge like this in the future!

Anyway, why don’t we get on topic right?! Today I want to talk about the Salem Witch Trials, because what’s the Halloween spirit without witches?

We all know the general history of the Salem Witch Trials. It was a just over 1 year series of trials, where more than 200 people were accused of witchcraft, and about 20 getting hung for it. Read the History Channel’s article on this here. Not into reading? Watch Hailey Reese’s video here.

Now, are you interested in places to go, in a dream trip (or if you’re actually going to anywhere in New England)? Well here ya go darlin’:

The House of 7 Gables, they have tours (family, October only performances, general events, and varying hours. (what’s left of 2018, through the end of June 2019).

Of course, the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, because what’s this list without the Memorial?! Here’s a calendar for you.

Looking for the Museum? Here ya go. You can do a self guided tour and learn on your own, or go as a group.

Don’t be afraid to just even visit the town itself! It looks like a gorgeous town (I kind of like the colonial look myself).

If you’ve been to the Salem area (or are soon going), where did you go, what tours did you do, and how did you like it? I’d love to know, and I’m sure I’m not the only one!

31 TV Shows/Episodes/Docuseries/Documentaries (31 Series)

Let’s get started shall we? We did 31 Movies last week to watch (but there’s so many more), so if you didn’t catch the drift, we’re doing the TV version this week. I’m going to be horrible at this list, because I’m not the biggest TV watcher…shame me haha.

Here’s a long list of kid-friendly shows’ Halloween Episodes.
There’s things like:
the Grim adventures of Billy and Mandy (Grim or Gregory, & Billy and Mandy’s Jacked up Halloween)
Beetlejuice (Bewitched, Bothered & Beetlejuiced, & Laugh of the Party)
Ed Edd and Eddie (Boo Haw Haw)
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends (Nightmare on Wilson Way)
Kim Possible (October 31st)
Powerpuff Girls (A Fight Before Halloween)
The Proud Family (A Hero For Halloween)

From Rotten Tomatoes:
The Purge (series, not the 4 movies. I so need to get the last movie)
Into the Dark
The Walking Dead
American Horror Story
The Haunting of Hill House
Karma (SyFy)
No Escape Room (SyFy)
The Simpson’s (Treehouse of Horror XXIX)

Some from Digital Spy:
Slasher (NowTV)
Channel Zero (Shudder)
Scream (Netflix. No it’s not the movies)

PopSugar:
Hold the Dark
Creeped Out
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

Lastly, from Glamour:
Scream Queens (Hulu)
Hemlock Grove
Ash Vs Evil Dead
Supernatrual

Some of my own add-ins:
Santa Clarita Diet (it’s not scary really, but cringy enough)
The History of Halloween (a YouTube Documentary)
25 Years of terror (YouTube)
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Wine Wednesdays: Adult Halloween Drinks

Friday we started the food aspects of Halloween, for a party, for your kids’ class event, or even just having around the house. It was all snacks, and I have entrees and desserts on the way. Today though, it’s all about the adult drinks…the ones you keep away from your kids, even making sure they stay away from that plate of jello (shots). 

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Starting off with this list of 25 Easy Halloween Punch Recipes, I started off liking it already, when I was browsing them! I’m really wanting to try the caramel apple sangria.

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For those who might be doing a Harry Potter marathon some time this month, or are re-reading the books, check out this Polyjuice Potion.

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For those Pumpkin Spice loving people, check out this sangria.

Moving on to the next article I browsed through, these are more cocktails than anything. Delish’s 13 Best Halloween Cocktails can be found here.

The first one looks cool as heck, and I so want to try. It’s called Jeckyll and Gin. Look at it. Just look at it:

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These margaritas look cool too. They’re regular margaritas, but with food coloring and black sugar to coat the rim.

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For those zombie lovers (like my boyfriend), here’s a strong one, made with Bacardi 151. Let us all die, here.

This one is more up my alley. Simple, and cotton candy flavored. I need this in my life haha. This is a cotton candy shot, and it’s a sweet treat for the season.

For those in warmer areas, or don’t mind a cold drink to match the cooler temps, try this frozen cocktail.

And for the good ol’ jello shots, here’s your recipe! It’s the edible vodka-soda, but much cooler.

What is your favorite Halloween drink? Do you usually make adult drinks and kid-friendly ones?

True Horror Tuesdays: Abandoned Cases

This is the second part in a 5 part series for Blogtober. Did you miss out on last week’s opener? Read it here.

For this week’s post, I’m going to style this like an X-Files/Criminal Minds/anything like that type of post. I’ll share some of what I find the most interesting cases of abandonment. If you can help in any of these cases, please talk to the relevant people for that case.

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(Chase Family Mausoleum)

This is a post form 2 years ago, but oh 🐋. It comes from Urban Ghost Media, and it’s the “10 Unsolved Mysteries that you’ve probably never heard of“.

 

To go with an even older post/case, take this one from CNN in 2013. I kind of like the written style of making people aware of abductions. Sort of like the TV shows that have episodes or centered around crimes like this.

Now, let’s get into Abandoned places some, shall we? I’m doing a Haunted Places series as well, this month. Check out my first two posts, for North America (Haunted Places: North America (6 Part Series), Haunted Places: North America (6 Part Series) Part 2)

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(Kennecott, Alaska)

Let’s turn to a travel website, because why not?! My retirement dreams (or just dreams in general, in some sense…I probably won’t be able to retire in the traditional sense. See this post here about the millennial take on retirement)

Orbitz lists their 10 creepiest but coolest places, and I’m here for it, since I’ve spent time in the Midwest, most so in California. I lowkey kind of want to visit all of these places, plus other small towns around these areas. Will I? Maybe not, but who knows?!

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(City Methodist Church, Gary, IN)

I totally have a thing for churches. This post from Thrillist makes me weak, since this church from Indiana is #1 that comes up on their post. The coal mines area in Iowa is also interesting, coming from small town USA in PA, living most of my life in the state of Pennsylvania, home of steel and use of coal. Let me tell you, as much of a non-Ohio native as I am…WTF is an Akron, OH location doing on this list?!?!?! As a Pennsylvanian, I’m taking our neighbor state of Ohio as an Eastern State. Screw off people, this is my bias here. Just let me be!

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If you don’t get that reference, I’m shook, as they say. This was ICONIC as they say these days. Chris Crocker has developed as a person, but this was EVERYTHING in like 2007-2008 when Brittany Spears had her meltdown. I’m glad she recovered, and is now in a healthy relationship (I don’t follow anything, but from my friends/who I follow that do, they’re all happy for her, so I’m only assuming and hoping for the best for her)

From RoadTrippers, they did creepy abandoned places from each state. Visit that post here, for more info.

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One I’ve heard of, from this post, AND my home state of Pennsylvania, is Centralia, which is a legit ghost town. Totally want to visit though. There’s so many more too, that I kind of want to visit as well, being a NorthEastern-er.

From Atlas Obscura, they have 23 places in Canada on showcase. They did an easy picture, and location in a grid view. Super easy. Why Canada? I have no idea…they’re cold and near me, so why not?! I’d love to explore Canada, as a tourist. I’d love to explore some of the tourist-y areas, but I’d love to go more into the strange or not-so-common areas, just like I’d go with any place here in the States.

These are just some places, and some stories just from my “region” (Western World, North America…you know, that type). Assuming that you may not be from my area (or if you just want to comment about some place they missed in my articles I shared here), where are the top places you want to go to/have been to, that are abandoned or spooky enough? I want to know, and I’m sure others might as well.