Broke Girls Make Resolutions

I finally made my New Years resolution! What’s yours?

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Last year, for the first time ever, I stuck with all of my New Years resolutions! Well, ok… Technically I only made 1 New Years resolution, but still… My 2013 resolution was to start blogging, and I’m happy to say that as of this past Tuesday, I have been blogging on my personal blog for a year!

Since the whole “1 resolution” thing worked for me last year, I think I’ll keep that going and only make 1 again this year. Sure, there are a lot of things that I want to do this year.. Start running again, make more crafts, get back into painting, bake and cook more.. But I don’t necessarily need a resolution to do all that stuff… Plus, how many resolutions like that fail? And I’ve got a record to keep, people!

It seems like it always takes me a few weeks to really get started…

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Tuesday Thoughts: Anniversary Edition

As of today, I have been blogging for exactly one year. ONE YEAR!

I’m particularly proud that I’ve been able to keep up with the blog this past year since it was my one and only New Years resolution for 2013! I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to stick with a New Years resolution before this one… Woo!

If this has taught me anything, it’s that I need to make one, small, realistic New Years resolution each year so I’ll actually stick to it! That way when I’m 100, I’ll have slowly accomplished everything I wanted to!

Ok… Kidding. Kind of.

I’m not sure what this year has in store for the blog, but hopefully it will be just as good as the last!

Happy Blogging! x

P.S. – Check out my year in pictures!

2013: A Year in Pictures

Disclaimer: I hate New Years. Don’t get me wrong, I love the spirit that the New Year brings and thinking about resolutions, but I hate the hype surrounding everyone’s New Years Eve plans. It’s right up there with birthdays and Valentine’s Day- everyone wants to have the perfect day/night and do something SO SUPER FUN that you’re almost always disappointed that things usually end up being so-so.

Now that that’s out of the way, I wanted to take this opportunity to look back on all of the adventures I had this past year!

I had some good times this past year. What’s your favorite memory of 2013?

HAPPY NEW YEAR! x

Holiday Hiatus

As you may have guessed, the lack of posts the past week was due to my week-long holiday vacation at home. My boyfriend, who shall be referred to solely as “Tall Guy” going forward, and I got back to Philly on Saturday night and were perfectly happy doing nothing yesterday since we were so tired from our trip! Going home for the holidays is always really fun, but it’s also SUPER exhausting. On top of the holiday hubbub, it was Tall Guy’s first time meeting my family (yikes!) and seeing my neck of the woods, and only his second time in Boston, so we had a lot of bases to cover in a short amount of time. Hence the aforementioned exhaustion.

Not pictured: Tree trimming, parking at South Shore Plaza the weekend before Christmas, Amtrak station at 7:30 am the Monday before Christmas, breakfast at the Mug, a pottery shop sale, Tall Guy running on 2 hours of sleep, Christmas Eve Yankee Swap hot-ticket item Dirty Water rum tasting like grain alcohol, driving around looking at Christmas lights late Christmas Eve, looking at luminary-lined streets in Tinkertown with the car headlights off, snow falling exactly as the clock struck 12 on Christmas, the 2+ hours it took us to open presents on Christmas morning, watching A Christmas Story all day but still not seeing the movie in its entirety, tearing the basement apart in search of a lost TV remote, our hilarious Sam Adams tour guide Grace, playing Think While You Drink for 3 hours, tequila shots, a snowy owl sighting and flight delays.

I hope your holiday was as fun-filled as mine! x

A Martha Stewart Holiday Party… on a Broke Girl Budget

Holiday parties take a lot of effort, you guys! Don’t let the holiday season stress you out! (On a side note, I’m a complete Martha Stewart wannabe. Help.)

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October 27, 2012, approximately 2:00 pm eastern standard time: Heather and I are on a mission to finish errands that have us trekking all over Philadelphia, over-decorate our apartment, make themed food and look presentable by the time our guests arrive at 10 pm. That’s right, we were throwing a Halloween party and had left everything until the last minute. The party and decorations turned out great, but we swore to never again procrastinate our party prep.

We were able to keep that promise to ourselves when we threw an ugly sweater party this past weekend.

Helpful tips to keep your party planning and spending under control

– Give yourself time to decorate, and don’t forget to re-use last year’s decorations. We’re chronic procrastinators, so we made it a point to plan out when we were going to decorate, and had the whole apartment decorated a week in advance. Take…

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DIY Holiday Gift Roundup

I’m mostly done with my Christmas shopping! All I have to do now is make a bunch of DIY gifts!

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We here at BGGO are allllll about the DIY gifts. Why? Because it’s 92,382,584 times cheaper to make a gift than to buy something for everyone on your list. (Yes, that number is exact.)

I know I’ll be making about 10 gifts this year alone. Needless to say, there’s a lot of crafting going on in my apartment these days. Unfortunately, some people who are getting said homemade gifts read this blog, so I can’t tell you what I’m making specifically, but I have compiled a list of some really cute DIY gifts that I’ve seen this year.

Head over to our Pinterest page for more DIY gift ideas!

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Christmas Tree Adventures

Since both my roommate and I had to slack on Halloween this year because we were crazy busy working at a haunted house during the month of October, we decided to put all of our decorating/party efforts into Christmas instead.

I never had a fake tree growing up, but I’ve just never saw a good enough reason to buy a real tree for any of the apartments I’ve lived in since moving out of my parent’s house 4 years ago. I’ve also never gone Christmas tree hunting without my dad, and I’ve certainly never had to put a tree in a stand or worry about keeping it watered. Well, all that changed this past weekend, when my roommate and I dragged went with our boyfriends to cut down a real, live Christmas tree.

We went to Indian Walk Christmas Tree Farm in Wrightstown, PA. I had never been there before, or even heard of it, actually, but it was super cute! They had a bunch of farm animals and cute shops, as well as multiple kinds of trees and all the other trimmings you can think of!

It didn’t take us long to find our favorite tree. As a matter of fact, we both spotted it as soon as we walked a few feet down the main path. We scouted for a little bit longer, but ultimately decided that the first tree we saw was the best.

And we even got lights up on the tree last night! Finishing touches (aka popcorn and cranberry garland) coming soon!

Have you gotten your Christmas tree yet?!

 

Pumpkin Cream Pie

The second pie I made for Thanksgiving was a spin on a classic. I love pumpkin everything, as you know, but I’m honestly not the biggest fan of pumpkin pie. Yeah, I’ll have a slice if it’s offered, but I could really take it or leave it. Enter: the pumpkin cream pie. This recipe is light and delicious, and gives you pumpkin pie without the pumpkin pie, if you know what I mean. I’ve made this for the past 2 Thanksgivings and I think I’ll just make it a tradition to do it every year- it’s that good.

3 pies

There’s the pumpkin cream pie at the bottom of the picture!

Pumpkin Cream Pie (recipe originally by the Pioneer Woman)
Note: I was using a regular-sized foil pie pan and ended up having enough of both the crust and filling to make 2 whole pies. (I left about an inch of crust showing on each pie so that there would be a good amount of filling for each.) If you only want to make 1 pie, I recommend using a glass pie plate or  an aluminum pie tin, as they seem to be bigger than the foil kinds. Or you could try a deep dish foil pie pan.

Crust
1 package graham crackers
1 1/2 handfuls of gingersnaps *I used the ones from Trader Joe’s
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 stick butter, melted

Note: The original recipe does not use gingersnaps in the crust. If you want to make a plain graham cracker crust, use 1 1/2 packages of graham crackers and omit the gingersnaps.

Filling
1 3 oz. box vanilla pudding (cook and serve kind)
1 c half and half1/2 c heavy cream
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of ground cloves
2 tbsps whiskey (optional)
1/2 c + 3 tbsps pumpkin puree
1/2 c (additional) heavy cream
2 tbsps brown sugar

1. Preheat oven to 300°.
2. Grind graham crackers and gingersnaps in a food processor. Add powdered sugar and melted butter and process until totally combined. I used a food processor for the first part, but then used an electric mixer to combine all ingredients, as my food processor is really tiny!
3. Press mixture into the bottom and sides of a pie pan until even and firm. Repeat for second pie pan, if necessary.
4. Bake crust(s) for 8 to 10 minutes, or until warm and “set.” Remove from oven and let cool completely.
5. In a medium saucepan, mix pudding mix with the half and half and cream. Add spices. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is bubbly and thick.
6. Remove from heat and stir in whiskey and pumpkin.
7. Cove the pot and set it aside to cool. When it’s cool enough, put the pot in the fridge to cool completely. Start step 8 when you remove the cooled mixture from the fridge.
8. In a mixing bowl, beat 1/2 c heavy cream with brown sugar until very light and fluffy.
9. Fold in pumpkin cream mixture until combined.
10. Pour filling into cooled crust.
11. Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight.
Serving suggestion: When ready to serve, sprinkle with leftover graham cracker and/or gingersnap crumbs.

This is one of my favorite pie recipes, and it’s so easy to make! Plus, I made it ahead of time, so it was one less thing I had to think about on the big day. Win-win!

A Thanksgiving Success

My first time hosting Thanksgiving was a success! It was a lot of work, but I’m really happy with the way everything turned out! My boyfriend and I were absolutely exhausted the next day, but it was totally worth it. See for yourself below!

A HUGE thanks to my friend Abe El, who took a good majority of the pictures in the gallery! You can check out more of his work here.

Broke Girls Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Here’s hoping your beer is cold, turkey is juicy and football is on your TV! x

Broke Girls Go Out

Although it seems far away, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. While the food portion of the holiday seems to be what everyone focuses on (and, I mean, duh), it’s equally important to remember to take a step back and think about all the things you have to be thankful for. And since I think it’s never too early to think about those things, I’ll give you my list right now.

I’M THANKFUL FOR…

… my family. I’m thankful that I have a great relationship with both of my parents. Sure, we’ve had our… differences… over the years, but at the end of the day, I know they will always be there for me. I’m thankful that we talk often enough that I know what’s going on with them, but don’t talk so much that I get sick of them calling. I’m thankful that my dad calls me…

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