Food Discovery

I was searching RT for a post I made a while ago about types of food that we eat together that some may find weird. However, there are 241 posts on this blog and searching for the word “food” brought up a ton of posts including every Endangered post I’ve written (which are just not related to human food). So failing that, I just decided to start the post anyway. If you go searching for it, and find it, you’re a rock star!

Edit theorangutanlibrarian is a super rockstar! She found the post I was thinking about. Now I owe you cronuts if you ever find yourself in the heart of the nation 🙂 (Click here to read it.) ***

The other day my husband was watching a video featuring Tyler the Creator talking about breakfast food. Based off the snippet I was listening to, he was looking for a new type of breakfast food he could come up with on his own. Throughout the video, he was exploring this shop that made some very interesting pastries that lead me and the husband to a food discovery. Also, at the end he ended up making a breakfast sushi which was pretty cool and worth mentioning. The sushi rice took the form of a piece of a waffle with the raw meat being sausage on top and it was wrapped in a thin sliver of egg which mimics the seaweed. He also made this green butter which mimicked wasabi on the side. All of this was with the help of a chef of course but it definitely made me want to try it.

(Have I mentioned how much I LOVE FOOD?!? Especially breakfast food!)

So anyway, what caught my husband’s eye and made him show me was this CRAZY, COOL pastry called the cronut. You read that right. A cronut! It’s a croissant donut! Donuts are traditionally deep fried to get that sort of crisp outside and soft center where a croissant is usually baked to get that fluffy, flaky texture (I may suck at baking but I understand the processes!). A cronut is a meld of the two sort of? I still don’t quite understand it besides the fact that it’s baked in layers with a donut-y (?) bottom of sorts.

ANYWAY! This beautiful cronut that he was experiencing, was not in this country. So of course I go on a frantic Google search to see if any possible bakery near me makes this wonderful food invention that we just learned about. Now, there are retail bakeries like Dunkin Donuts and Jubilee but it’s a pretty low chance you’ll find an authentic cronut at these places. There is a such thing as a mock cronut! I don’t know what one looks like though because I found a local, mom and pop bakery that makes the real, deal, holy field! Talk about lucky. You pretty much have to wake up at dawn if you want them fresh out of the oven. Since I suck at waking up that early unless I have a very specific reason, I went more around 9am.

I present to you, the cronut:

If you’re wondering, yes, they’re freaking delicious and are slowly ruining a regular donut for me with their goodness. Next time I go, I’m going to try the cruffin (you read that right too; its a croissant muffin!)

Have you ever had a cronut, cruffin or any other crazy, delicious bakery? Any recent food discoveries in general?? Let me know in the comments below!


For once I’m writing a post in advanced! I felt like I should get it down today because I’ll most likely forget what I wanted to say by morning.

So it’s fall in the northern hemisphere. Also known as Autumn depending on who you ask. That means several things:

  • Trees shedding leaves
  • Pumpkin everything
  • Cooler weather

Going in that order, first, I hate that the trees shed their leaves. I LOVE the color changes. They are very beautiful but I HATE raking. When you switch from living in an apartment, where you weren’t responsible for yard work, to living in a house with FOUR (kill me) ginormous oaks and whatever that tree is that drops the helicopter seeds, you truly begin to hate Fall. We’ll have dead leaves in our yard from now until Spring, no joke. All the trees (of course) are not on the same nature clock and drop their leaves at all different times. (That would make our life way too easy eh?)

Second, pumpkin everything and I mean everything. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE pumpkin rolls and those little pumpkin shaped candy corns and even pumpkin pie but the problem with me is that everything is pumpkin themed from August til Christmas. I see pumpkins EVERYWHERE and I’m already over seeing or hearing about 15 thousand advertisements about pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks. There’s more to Autumn than pumpkins people!

Third, it’s supposed to be COOLER weather not HOTTER weather. I just about died when I walked outside today because it’s 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) in Ohio right now. Why the hell is it so hot in September??? If it keeps up at this rate, we won’t have trick or treaters at our door because they’ll get heat stroke from wearing their costumes walking 2 blocks. Maybe pass out water bottles instead of candy? It would be slightly more healthier…. (Heat makes me crazy can you tell?)

There is just one thing though that I ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY look forward to about Fall:




Can I just tell you how excited I am about Grey’s Anatomy returning THIS THURSDAY?? Yes, you heard me right. And it’s a 2 hour season premiere! I was one of those people that watched ER back in the day and adored that show and didn’t think any hospital show could ever replace it. I literally refused to watch any of Grey’s Anatomy for about 6 seasons I think because I was so anti-any other hospital type drama.

But then Netflix (my second obsession besides books) came along.

And then you get bored one day and decide to start a long show that you could do while multitasking while cleaning or background noise while reading and you think to yourself, “Cool, i don’t really have to pay that much attention. I can focus on my tasks, etc.” Except…..


I mean my God. This is one show that hits every point on my emotional spectrum; even the cheesy episodes! And now season 14 (THATS RIGHT! FOURTEEN YEARS!) is about to air and there are only about 4 characters of the original cast who have been there since the beginning and I’m just so, freaking excited! (TWO WHOLE, WONDERFUL PREMIERE HOURS).

There are other fall shows of course and I can make a list but, guys, it’s all about Grey’s Anatomy sorry.

(P.S. I’m also looking forward to Scandal since this is the final season. Just wanted to throw that out there.)

What are your thoughts about the fall season? Anything you look forward to or don’t look forward to that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments below!

Facebook Friday 9/22/17

Hey, Hey! It’s Facebook Friday!!

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

Guess what?! It’s the first day of Autumn in the northern hemisphere today! Goodbye Summer (though you wouldn’t be able to tell currently with our 90 degrees (F) days we’ve been having this week). The leaves are starting to change colors though and that’s the main sign that matters!

This week on Facebook I didn’t share any memes personally but my mom shared one to me that was pretty nice in that it had my name on it:

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Next up, I shared a video but it’s political in nature so I’m not opening that can of worms here. However! To follow yesterday’s sloth post, I must share this video clip because I can ASSURE you, you will not only smile but probably laugh out loud. The video features Kristen Bell and her appearance on the Ellen show recounting her encounter with a sloth. PLEASE watch it. I promise it’ll be one of the best things you’ve seen all week. I’m laughing just thinking about it!

Lastly, I shared an up close picture of my boss’s dog yesterday. His name is Apollo. He’s a 2 year old Leonberger that she brought to visit yesterday. A Leonberger is about the size of a Great Dane (or mini horse) with TONS of fur. He’s a very sweet boy and I just love when she brings him in to work with us for the day:

That’s it this week! Did you see anything interesting or fun in your social media this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Miranda Sings Award



  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post.
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

The beautiful, amazing, wonderful, fantastic Roda@Growing Self, nominated me for this award a ways back and since I can’t think of anything else to write today except for my toilet installation (not sure if you all would want to see pictures of that), I chose this instead.

7 things I love about Me
  • I love my hair. In America, there’s this “natural hair movement” going on where all these black women are “reclaiming their roots” which basically means they’re either transitioning from always having their hair relaxed to wearing it natural or they did a “big chop” and are starting fresh with their natural texture. I, on the other hand, have never relaxed my hair nor do I ever plan to even though it would make my life a million times easier. I’ve always been natural. I’ve never even dyed my hair before because I’m afraid of chemical reactions making me bald. I hate doing my hair cause it’s tedious as hell but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
  • As I said in a previous post, I’m a tech nerd. I am proud of my tech nerdiness. Every laptop I’ve ever own has gotten taken apart and put back together in some capacity. I make it my business to know all about my motherboard, the graphics card whether its on board or not, the RAM, all of it. I dug into my photos server to find a picture to show you an example of a laptop I took apart and put back together:
  • I am stellar at internet research. I can find any answer, deal, outdated video, something for sale on the internet. I’m literally the go to person when someone needs me to find something or sell something for them on the interwebs and I’m proud to say I’m really good at it. I’ve contemplated going to school to become a hacker but then I think about how much I don’t want to work for the government and the dream dies. I wouldn’t be a nefarious hacker! I just am not a fan of the US government right now, lol..
  • I’m not a girly girl and I’m completely okay with that. I don’t wear makeup, I don’t wear nail polish, I don’t wear dresses unless I’m forced and I absolutely hate heels and I’m 100% happy that I am the way that I am.
  • I like being the go to person when people need honest advice. I pride myself on being honest even if there’s a possibility it might hurt someone’s feelings. I’m of the mentality to say what I mean and mean what I say. I might apologize for the tone of voice that I used later but I don’t say something unless I mean it even if it’s in anger because there’s no such thing as saying something out of anger; at least to me.
  • I love my life currently. I have goals and dreams but at this point in time, my life is perfect. I wish I had more money to accelerate some things like being able to visit my wonderful friends in other countries but patience (I’m saving!).
  • Lastly, I love eating. I’m lucky to have great genetics in that my metabolism burns faster than I eat sometimes. I also love meat (literally eating beef brisket for breakfast right now). I’m probably more carnivorous than omnivorous and I plan to keep it that way. I was probably a cave woman in a past life or a T-Rex or something. I know a lot of people are all about being vegetarian and vegan but that is and will never be for me unless a doctor deems it so and even then, I’d question it.

There you have it! 7 things I love about me. Hope you all enjoyed these bits and let me know if you want to see a post about my toilet installation in the comments below! Happy Monday!

Facebook Friday 9/15/17

Hey, Hey! It’s Facebook Friday!!

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

This week on Facebook there wasn’t too much shared because we had a lot of hurricanes going on in the States but I still managed to find some enjoyment out of some memes and I even shared a mini album.

Starting with the meme. Everyone who knows me, knows that I’m a freeze baby. In my office, I’m literally an ice cube even though it’s the middle of summer because the air conditioning unit is above my head and blows right on top of me. I keep a mini heater under my desk to blow on my feet because those stay cold no matter the weather. My coworker found this meme on Facebook and shared it to me stating that she’d buy me the purple one:


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I think I can rock this look, especially in purple! What do you think?

The following video and pictures were shared personally by me. Last Saturday I got to see Ed Sheeran for the first time live in concert and it was, hands down, one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to and that’s saying something because I’ve seen Beyonce in concert and she’s pretty wowza. The energy of all the fans and Ed Sheeran himself made it all worth every penny and I would DEFINITELY go see him again and again and again!

The video is sharing one of the moments of the concert where he had everyone turn on their cellphone lights and sing with him. There were MANY of these moments where he would stop singing and the crowd would just continue singing along with him. He was so humble about it too. He said even if you don’t know the words to the song or don’t think you can sing even if it’s not on tune, sing anyway; make up words, and dance your heart out.

And then here are the photos:

That’s it for Facebook this week! Did you see anything cool or interesting in your social media this week? Let me know in the comments below! Have a good weekend everyone!

Facebook Friday 9/8/17

Hey, Hey! It’s Facebook Friday!!

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

This week was a bit of a doozy. Since Labor Day was Monday, I had an extended weekend but it still felt like the longest week ever even though it was shortened. Of course I looked to Facebook for some fun and inspirational things to see out in the world wild web.

I came across this picture page that someone shared that resonated with me enough to share on my own page. Yes, it may be viewed as a motivational cliche but I know some really spoiled kids right now and it was just a reminder to me about the the huge potential we all have of becoming extraordinary beings in many ways.

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Next I’m going to share two videos because the only picture I shared was of me and my friend and I don’t think she wants her face on my blog since I had to coerce her to take the picture in the first place, haha.

The first video will make you scream “AWWWWW” and go hug your dog if you have one or a stuffed dog if you have one of those. Pit bulls are my absolute favorite breed so I squealed with major delight when I saw this video and begged my husband to get me a duplicate set:

My second video made me hearty laugh out loud. A friend shared it to me because everyone that knows me and sees anything book related, Outlander related, Game of Thrones related, etc, shares things on my Facebook or tags me in it. This woman is in Barnes & Noble looking for a book and her reaction to them not having her book is a fan level beyond anything I’ve ever seen. I reposted this to my page with the caption, “If I ever reach this point in my life, make sure I’m arrested.” with lots of laugh emojis. You have to watch it to the end because the cashier’s very last reaction is the funniest part!

That’s it for this week. Have you seen anything interesting or fun in your social media this week? Do you agree with the woman about the Misery series?? Let me know in the comments below!

One Lovely Mystery


I’m making an exception to my never-having-time-to-do-tags anymore to do a tag by one of my favorite bloggers and friend, Mischenko. She has so graciously nominated me for both of these awards plus I like the title because I like to think I’m a lovely mystery on occasion. Anyway, thank you Mischenko. You obviously know how inspiring you are to me; especially when it gets me gifted with expensive blenders 😉


  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself
7 More Facts about me:
  • I am very good at finding things on the internet especially a good deal because I’m cheap and poor
  • I did my own hair and makeup for my wedding because I’m weird and felt that nobody was else was good enough at doing my hair and I used a Youtube tutorial for basic makeup
  • On a regular day, I don’t wear makeup at all. Too much work and I think it makes me look like a different person
  • I hate wearing dresses unless it’s absolutely necessary. I hate wearing heels more. I’m all about comfy clothes and would come to work in my pajamas if I could
  • I have a younger sister. Most people think I’m an only child though cause we rarely talk to each other
  • Which leads into my family is very dramatic so I make it a point to see them a couple times of year cause I can’t handle more than a couple hours at a time
  • But I have a huge extended family through my friends network and I’m super grateful for that.

What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

This award was originally created by Maggie @okoto enigma

“Mystery blogger award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.


  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Since I just shared 7 things, I’m just going to answer Mischenko’s question.

Mischenko’s Questions:

1. What’s your ideal pet?

I already have 2 cats and a painted turtle. My next ideal pet is most definitely a dog. I’ve only ever had a dog as a pet once in my entire life and I love him still. He was a pit-bull/lab mix named Cinnaman (cause he was the man) and he was mine. He lived to be the ripe old age of 14 years old. Since his passing I’ve vowed that if I ever get another dog it will be a pit bull mix of some sort.

2. What’s your favorite food? 

Lol, I don’t even know how to answer that. I love eating. It’s life. For the past couple days it’s been KFC fried chicken. I also love sushi and alfredo and steak and zucchini fries and authentic ramen and pho. I love food.

3. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently?

If I could do over anything I would probably have chosen to go to community college instead of a private college. Student loan debt is not fun and I wish it would go away faster. I definitely don’t regret the friends or the experiences but expensive college is overrated considering my degree is sitting on a shelf collecting dust.

4. What is your favorite music?

Girl! I just love music! I will pretty much listen to any genre except country (sorry folks, I can’t take the southern twang) oh and also Taylor Swift. Not of fan of her at all. I love artists such as Pentatonix, Josh Groban, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, Pink, Ed Sheeran, Gavin Degraw, Evanescence, Lindsay Sterling, Leona Lewis, Radiohead and occasionally I will jam on some classic Disney tunes. Yes, I am that friend that will sing in dance in public if I know and like the song. I’m always discovering new music though from listening to Pandora and Tidal all day.

5. Who do you most admire in life?

I pretty much admire anyone who is following their dreams and accepting people of all walks of life no matter their skin color, religion, gender, any of that. Life is way too short to worry about those things especially with much bigger problems going on in the world. I also admire everyone taking steps to protect the environment and the animals that live within it whether that be lifestyle changes or volunteering or donating. Oh! I also admire authors because they keep me sane with all their wonderful pieces of gold, silver and precious gems that make me even more poor but super rich at the same time.

My favorite posts will have to be my stories. Just click the “story” tag and you’ll find them. I still can’t believe half of them are my life but I enjoy sharing them with you all and bringing smiles to your faces each day. I also like my endangered posts cause they bring awareness and Facebook Friday posts seem to be a hit as well. (I really like my blog can you tell?) 😀

Consider yourselves tagged. I’m too lazy to list people and I know I’m not the only one who has tags upon tags on the back burner. Again, I made an exception because Mischenko is very influential in my life and I love her. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, you’re missing out and you should probably remedy that situation!

Trip Takeaways

As you all probably know by now, the husband and I went on a little road trip this past weekend to visit my very pregnant friend whom I haven’t seen in years. It was a pretty chill weekend as she can’t move very much due to her load but I did learn a few things that I’ve decided to share with you all today.

  • All gas stations are not created equal

The hunt for a toothbrush had never been so tough until this weekend. Normally, when we go on a trip we take our electric toothbrush and spare toothbrush heads. Our toothbrush has been on the fritz lately and I think it’s dying after so many years of service. I figured we could take our toothpaste and just buy a pack of toothbrushes at the first gas station we stopped at. Wrong! Unlike the many gas stations in Ohio, the one’s in PA don’t care toothbrushes or toothpaste or any hygiene related products in general. I was seriously baffled and we ended up getting a pack from a pharmacy eventually.

  • Service plazas are better than rest stops

There is a distinct difference! I didn’t know that before. A rest stop has janky bathrooms and vending machines. A service plaza has all kinds of food options and huge fancy bathrooms! I think all rest stops should be converted to service plazas just to make any and all road trips more pleasant.

  • Cash only doesn’t really mean cash only

We are huge fans of not taking the super scenic route when it comes to getting to our destination quickly. That means we are on the turnpike for as long as we can be paying at each toll road. I usually take out enough cash to cover the tolls both ways. Pennsylvania, we found out, has ridiculous toll prices. We pulled up to one with this huge yellow sign that said “CASH ONLY” and was ready to pay only to find out I did not have enough cash on me and the husband didn’t have any cash on me. I freaked for about 10 seconds until the lady was like “do you have a card?” Well, well, well! Toll road signs lie! They will except plastic just so you know and aren’t like me freaking out and trying to see if there’s an ATM embedded in the mountain somewhere.

  • Human babies in the womb freak me out

I got to touch my friend’s 9 months pregnant belly and, guys, aliens exist. I felt it’s (she doesn’t know the gender so it’s an it) head moving around in there and it got the hiccups and it was extremely weird and my husband and I just had huge “woah” faces on. It’s really cool but really freaking freaky.

  • Third party bookings can overcharge you

This is real! I booked our hotel through because once you buy a certain number of nights, you get one free and they always talk about how they have the lowest prices. I’m not saying it’s always not true but in this case lowest prices were a lie. I prepaid to get locked in at the price even though you have the option to pay later. When we got to the hotel, I asked for a receipt to make sure the numbers matched up only to discover I had been overcharged! quoted me $70/night but the actual hotel only charged $50/night. I called customer service so fast! If it was a couple dollars difference I wouldn’t have made a fuss but that’s a $20 difference. Luckily they were great about it refunded me the difference. For the future, booking through third party is great but I would still call the hotel or go to their website and double check the prices for your booking dates to see if they match.

  • Reviews are always harsh and

The reviews for our hotel were pretty decent but I feel like some people were just flat out rude. Our stay was pretty comfortable and the staff was pretty friendly for the price we paid. There were a few things we wished could be better but we were int a 5 star Caesar’s Palace (and even those people still find something to complain about) but for the price we paid, it was a great stay. Look for the honest reviews when you’re looking at them, not the negative nancies who are being negative for the sake of being mean.

  • David’s Tea is the new Teavana

We went to this giant mall called King of Prussia and stumbled upon David’s Tea in there because my husband loooves loose leaf tea. We ended up buying all the oolong flavors including one called Lemon Pound Cake and let me tell you, it smells exactly like it’s title! We also got this one called Hot Chocolate which is a pu’erh tea (blacker than black tea) with literal chunks of milk and dark chocolate in it. I’m excited to drink these!

There you have it. My takeaways this trip. In about a month and a half, there will be another trip but this time we’re taking a plane instead of driving. Have you experienced any takeaways from a recent trip that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Facebook Friday 9/1/17

Hey, hey! It’s Facebook Friday! It’s also the first day of September and if the weather today is any indication (50 degrees F), Autumn is right around the corner!

Facebook Fridays is a weekly segment of RT where I share some fun stuff I observed on Facebook this past week. I share a fun meme or screenshot, a video that resonated in some capacity and a photo of my own.

🎼🎶”Do you remember the tiiiiime; when we fell in looooove…”🎶🎵

My memeish picture is Michael Jackson meets Disney! It’s also a real T-shirt. I mean come on, who wouldn’t love to see a suave Mickey Jackson performing?? If you like this, just click the picture and it will take you to the link to order this shirt and other merchandise like it including color options!

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Next up is my video. I didn’t actually share this on my Facebook page but I thought it was pretty neat and talented. Most people can’t claim to be ambidextrous but this lady took it to a whole new level! See if you can recognize some of the people she’s drawing!


Lastly, I shared a photo of my dried out lavender bunch! If you recall in a previous Facebook Friday post, I shared pictures from a lavender festival I went to. Well one of the cool takeaways was being able to pick my own bundle and take it home. I like to preserve flowers, leaves and other plants that I really like, usually by pressing them. I pressed a couple of springs of lavender but I wanted to preserve the whole bunch. After investigating the Google, I found a method. So that day, I bundled my lavender bunch with a rubber band and then took it into the basement and hung it upside down from the ceiling and let it sit in darkness for weeks. I actually forgot about it until the day before yesterday. I went to get it and it still smells amazing and it preserved its color! This is the picture I shared:

That’s it for this week! In America, we get an extended weekend this week because Monday is the holiday Labor Day. Me and the husband are headed to PA to visit my very pregnant friend for the weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful, safe weekend!

Were you able to identify some of the people the woman in the video was drawing? Did you see anything interesting or fun in your social media this week? Let me know in the comments below!