Ideas For Throwing a Spooktacular Halloween Party

If I had the means and the money, I would love to throw a killer Halloween party. Of course you don’t have to be rich to throw an awesome party. However, with my birthday falling just a couple weeks after Halloween, I usually have a party then instead. Plus, my friend goes crazy with decorating her house, so she’s usually the one having a Halloween get-together. Still, I thought it would be fun to fantasize about all the things I would love to have at a Halloween bash, and it might even give you some ideas if you decide to throw one of your own.

Invitations
Whether you choose to mail your invites, or send out your invites online (my preferred method), you can find cute and creative ways to do so. I’m absolutely loving these Costumes & Cocktails invites from Zazzle, as well as these Vampire-esque invites from Evite.

You can find these here and here.

Five Faves on Friday #7: Food

One of my favorite things in this world is eating delicious food. This is hard to pick just five things, but here are some of my five favorite foods. (All photos are mine).

Blue Crabs
Being from Maryland, it’s no surprise that blue crabs are my favorite food. My mom ate them all the time when she was pregnant with me, and I’ve been eating them since I was a little toddler. It’s really enjoyable to sit outside on a nice day and just pick and eat crabs for hours. The Old Bay seasoning makes them truly great.

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Tacos
I love all kinds of tacos. Crunchy shell, soft shell, beef, chicken, shrimp, or fish. They’re all delicious to me. I’m especially fond of street style tacos with cilantro and onion.

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Pizza
I don’t always feel the greatest after eating pizza. It tends to sometimes leave me feeling yucky, but I just can’t resist it. I love ham and pineapple pizza, and I also love to get heavily topped pizza’s with ham, italian sausage, salami, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and jalapeƱos.

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Buffalo Wings
I love hot buffalo wings. I feel like aside from the yummy taste, they’re also fun to eat. I especially like them with celery (and carrots too) and blue cheese dressing on the side.

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Subs
I like different kinds of subs from different places, but my favorite is the Italian sub from a local shop here called Turtle’s. (The wings pictured above are also from Turtle’s). The rolls are super soft and fresh, and the lettuce is specially seasoned which provides a unique and delicious taste like no other.

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100 Followers! + Shopping Trip

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First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed me so far! I have now passed 100 followers! I opened this blog two and a half months ago, and I was nervous that nobody would be interested and I would be talking to myself. I didn’t think I would gain this many followers in such a short time. I do admit I get down on myself sometimes because I see other bloggers who started theirs around the same time (or even after me), and they have twice as many followers now. I have to remind myself that it’s not a competition or a popularity contest. As long as I’m having fun doing what I’m doing (which I am), then that’s what matters. Of course I want people to like and be interested in what I have to say. I think that’s something we all want. I’m just glad I’ve been able to continually grow my blog.

Yesterday, I went to the mall on a little shopping trip. I honestly can’t remember the last time I went to the mall. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a bit of a homebody. I also like shopping at stores that we don’t have in the mall here, so I tend to buy everything online. Well, I attempted to buy jeans online a while back too, and that didn’t work out so well. It’s a shame too because I absolutely loved those jeans, but despite being the size I normally wear, I couldn’t pull them up over my butt. From that moment, I decided any time I needed new jeans I would have to try them on before I bought them. That’s what triggered my trip to the mall. I’ve been wearing the same jeans for about a decade now. They got to the point where I couldn’t wear them much longer. There were big holes in the butt (where I had to wear a long shirt to cover it), and rips up the leg. I needed new jeans, asap.

Florida Vacation

I got back from Florida yesterday morning, but I was too tired to write out a post because I was exhausted and didn’t get that much sleep while I was away. I slept great last night, now that I’m back home in my own bed.

I went with my mom and aunt, and my grandma lives there so we stayed with her. We were in Daytona Beach and surrounding areas such as Ormond Beach, New Smyrna, Port Orange, and Ponce Inlet. We flew out of Maryland on Monday morning and got to Florida in the afternoon. It started pouring down raining after we left the airport, but the rain eventually subsided. We went to Ponce Inlet to check out the Ponce de Leon lighthouse. Originally I wanted to go up in the lighthouse and take some photos out of the windows, but since it was wet and cloudy and I was tired, I decided not to do that.

C&O Canal Fun!

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I finally got to take my bike to the C&O Canal yesterday. I’ve still been unable to find a bike rack that works with my car, so I have to rely on my mom to put my bike in her SUV and take me places. She dropped me off and then went shopping. I got to ride up and down the towpath for two hours, stopping to take pictures along the way. I had a blast! I would like to go riding there every single weekend, but factors (like weather and other plans) might keep that from happening. I definitely want to go as often as I can though.

It’s incredibly peaceful and relaxing to put in some earphones, go cruising in nature, and feel the nice breeze blowing against you. I have to say, my bum is super sore today though from the hard bike seat. It’s totally worth it.

I don’t recall seeing a chance of rain yesterday, but suddenly while riding the clouds turned dark and the wind really picked up. I turned around and started to head back when I felt my phone vibrating. I took my earphones out to answer it, and it was my mom telling me that bad weather was coming so she was on her way to get me and would be there within five minutes. In a hurry to beat the weather, I completely forgot about my earphones and just started pedaling really fast to make it back in time. I made it all the way off the towpath and to the parking lot when suddenly my earphones that had been dangling got caught in my bike. They got completely wrapped up, and after untangling them from the bike I saw that wires had gotten ripped out. I put them back in my ears, expecting the worse, and sure enough they no longer worked. I was so mad and upset with myself! I had to go out today and buy a new pair. I only really like the Apple earpods, so it cost me $30. I’m definitely going to try to be more careful with this pair.

July 4th

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Today was Independence Day for us Americans, and I can still hear fireworks going off as I type this. Despite having a stale Cheeto as President, it’s still important to have pride in your country and remember its history.

I decided to spend part of the day at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland. I haven’t been there since I was a kid, despite it being so close, so I thought it would be cool to drop by and take some pictures.

Independence Day and the Battle of Antietam are two different things that happened in different months and different years, but I just somehow ended up there today. The Battle of Antietam was part of the Civil War and took place on September 17, 1862. It’s one of the bloodiest single days in America’s history. Over 22,000 soldiers, between the Union and the Confederacy, were killed or wounded.

It called for rain today, but luckily it held out until later on. The sky was dark in places, though, which actually made for some pretty pictures.

T.G.I. Friday’s

IMG_4131I’m not the biggest fan of chain restaurants, but I admit to visiting some of them from time to time. Tonight I was shopping for a new bike with my mother and Aunt. We got hungry, so we stopped into the nearby T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant. I used to absolutely love it there a decade ago, but the one in my town has really gone downhill since then.

One of my favorite items on the menu was always the Bruschetta Chicken Pasta. However, the last time I ate there I discovered that they changed the recipe. They switched the noodles from angel hair to fettuccine, used a different, thicker sauce, and also sprinkled less balsamic on it. I was not happy to say the least because the old way was definitely superior.

I wasn’t sure if I would get that pasta again this time around, but after scouring the very limited menu, I noticed they no longer serve a lot of their old items. Another disappoinment. In that case, I decided to go ahead and get the Bruschetta Chicken Pasta again, despite the recipe change. My mother opted for the same thing, while my Aunt got something else.

The service was terrible. Our waiter seemed more concerned with other tables than he was with ours, and we waited 45 minutes before we finally received our meals. My Aunt said that her food was okay, but the pasta that my mom and I got was lukewarm and cold in spots. It was also half the portion size that it once was but with the same hefty price tag. It did have a good taste though, but the temperature was definitely off and it was not worth the cost. My mother brought this to the attention of the manager, who offered us free dessert in return. She asked if we could just have a discount on our bill, but he insisted on the dessert. I’m not big on sweets, and none of us really wanted it, but we accepted it since it was free. If you go on Yelp, the Friday’s in my town only has a rating of 2/5 stars and I can definitely see why. It’s a shame that it isn’t what it used to be because I used to love going there.