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An Overdue Update

I will try to make this as short and sweet as possible. I will use the help of photos to tell the story:

The month of May was a whirlwind of a month because not only did we move out of our apartment before the lease was up, we bought a house, I graduated college, and I bought a car from a friend.

Charlotte was thebomb.com!
BBA from GSU
2011 Toyota Rav4

Fast forward to September 14, 2021 and the following has occurred: We got a new roof, my fiancĂ© is a US citizen (finally!!), and we’re fostering the most adorable dogs.

A huge expense, but definitely needed.
August 18, 2021
Buddy Franklin- Golden Retriever Mix
Leyla- Purebred Golden Retriever

Between today and May, we’ve

  • watched our friends get married and then move to California
  • gone camping in Acworth, GA
  • attended a Fernbank After Dark event in Atlanta
  • attempted to vacation in Florida, but then got caught in Hurricane Irma
  • babysat our neighbor’s children (2 young boys)
  • built some benches
  • lit some fires
  • cooked and baked a lot of new foods
  • supported delicious local Filipino vendors (https://kamayanatl.com/)
Fernbank After Dark events are awesome! 21+!
Camping at Lake Altoona
Bench Phase One
Bench is done with a fire!
We love Filipino food!!
Vegan banana cream pie- yum!

Those are all the updates I have for you all for right now. Here is to a fun-filled last half of 2021!

-Megan 😀

Moving Time!

Life has been a little crazy. Our lease does not end until November; however, we are moving out anyway because this apartment was not made to hold two people working from home. My office is currently in our bedroom, so I don’t have that nice work-life balance.

I have been wanting to break the lease for several months, but the cost of doing so was deterring me from following through. Well, a few nights ago, I was once again woken up at 1am by our downstairs neighbors having a brawl. It is bad enough that during the day there is noise and not enough space, but if I can’t even get a good night’s sleep then it is not for me.

We looked at a house we really like yesterday and we submitted an application. I really really really hope we are chosen because while the house needs some work, it is perfect for what we need it for right now. We would be looking to sign a lease for 2 years and then we plan on buying a house further south.

Fingers crossed we are chosen!!

Stove Drip Pans

There is a lot of cooking that goes on in my apartment and that results in filthy drip pans. Over the past year they have gotten even more disgusting and sticky, despite me doing my best to clean them with baking soda, vinegar, and vigorous scrubbing.

I have heard that ammonia, which is apparently perfectly safe for the environment (but should not be inhaled), does a great job in tidying up the grime that settles in drip pans, so I have acquired some.

I went outside and placed each of the 4 drip pans into a gallon zip lock bag and poured about 1/4 cup of ammonia into the base and then I sealed the bags. I will visit my drip pans again in the morning after they have soaked for 24 hours.

I will update on this matter tomorrow.

UPDATE: So, the ammonia did not do what I thought it would; however, I believe that our drip pans might have been beyond repair. They were already rusting and we forgot food in them forty too many times. I have discovered that drip pans are rather inexpensive, so I think we will just replace these when our lease ends next year.

Camping Adventures!

On Sunday, at 7:30PM, my fiancĂ© and I made a last minute decision to go on the camping trip we planned one month ago. Earlier in the morning on Sunday we decided we were not going to be going because the weather forecast showed nothing but rain, but then it got to be later in the day and the rain had disappeared. I didn’t want $26 dollars and our smores supplies to go to waste, so we drove up to Red top Mountain and spent the night.

We pitched the tent in the dark, my flashlight died, we roasted weenies, burned marshmallows (okay, that was just me), and we woke up to a beautiful autumn view on Lake Altoona. I forgot how much I enjoy camping and we will definitely be doing this again, but maybe with friends! Camping is such a cheap and rewarding leisure activity; it is also a nice way to unwind if you feel you’ve been spending too much time around technology, work, and the general stressors in life.

Pepper Jelly- YUM!

I made pepper jelly for the first time with my stepdad several years ago. We used peppers from his garden and it was slightly spicy, but so good!! In recent weeks, I have gotten a craving for pepper jelly again and I also received some requests from my best friend because she loves it as well!

I picked this recipe and it made about seven 8oz jars of jelly. I don’t have a tall pot or a canning pot, so I improvise, but it always comes out delicious!

Pepper jelly is best eaten on a cracker with cream cheese. If your pepper jelly is too spicy, the cream cheese will help to dull the burn!

They can take up to 48 hours to set, so don’t be discouraged if they are still liquidly.