Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stuffed Bell Peppers: College Kid Style


Who says poor college kid meals have to be boring? Sure, they aren't super fancy or expensive. But that doesn't mean they can't taste good too! I have made some pretty tasty meals in my first two years at school and I felt like sharing them with you! So, here are my top five favorite meals I have made on a college kid budget!

Note: I'm not much of a recipe follower when I make stuff. I kind of eyeball it and hope for the best! 90% of the time this works out great and I know that I'm only adding what I'm comfortable with! So, there are no measurements really, it's all just what you want to add!

Stuffed Bell Peppers:

This is a pretty filling meal! Feeds two people. Although it's a little messy because we didn't put rice in there to soak up the juices, I still thought it was delicious!

All ingredients were bought at our local Walmart and were the "Great Value" versions. Don't underestimate the quality of the "Great Value" products!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Bell peppers (yellow, red, and green)
  • Ground beef
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Crescent rolls
  • Potatoes
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Salt

Directions (sort of):

Cut the tops off the yellow and green bell peppers and gut the inside. Dice the red bell pepper. Rinse all peppers and set aside for now.

Open the crescent rolls and roll onto a cookie sheet. Set aside for now.

Peel skin off the potatoes (if you want), rinse, chop up potatoes to smaller pieces and add to boiling salt water. Reduce the heat and let the potatoes simmer until they're soft. Strain out the water, add milk and butter, and mash the potatoes until they're a consistency you like.

While the potatoes are cooking, brown the beef. Then mix the beef with mozzarella cheese and diced red pepper. Stuff the pepper with the filling. Top the filling with cheese, and pop in the oven at 350. You will bake these at the same time as the crescent rolls, and they should be done at about the same time. The cheese should be melted and the peppers should be tender.

Take everything out of the oven, plate it, add a glass of your favorite wine, and voila! Cheep delicious meal for college kids!

Note: Unfortunately, the stuffed peppers are not as great heated up the next day. So, if you make it and have left overs, share with your roommate, neighbors, RA, anyone! Not many college kids will pass up a free meal (:

Until next time,
Kay

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Personal Story: Are you ready for it?

Hello friends!

This will be the last post in the "Personal Story" series. Are you ready for it? I don't even know if I am ready or not, but here it comes--ha, oh I make myself laugh.

Note: That last sentence created a totally different post than what I was going to say. I can't even remember what I wanted to say here! But, here goes:

Ready or not, here it comes.

What used to be a phrase in a child's game of hide-n-seek, has now become the motto of my life. Life has decided to throw things my way that I could never be ready for.

Picking a major? Not ready. Growing up? Never ready for that! Looking at grad schools? Nope. Not ready yet! Planning for life after graduation? Ha...oh...that's only two years away? Oh jeez.

All these things and more I have never been fully prepared for but they have become things I have to deal with. I have no choice but to recognize their existence and move forward. There is no other option! There's especially no other option when even bigger things get thrown my way.

The biggest thing I have been dealt has caused me to be ready for anything.

The last picture I ever took with Momma - March 2014
Bald Knob Cross, Southern Illinois.
Me: 20
Momma: 42
Life threw me for a huge loop almost ten years ago when my beautiful mother was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and had her fighting for nine years as it spread throughout her body. She struggled, but she kept that witty smile on whenever I was looking. Even after watching her go through all that--doctor's appointments, hundreds of tests and scans, seizures, losing her hair and memory at times, etc.--for nine years, I could never have been prepared to lose her. Definitely could never have been prepared to watch her slowly stop breathing. I wasn't prepared to watch my loving grandparents mourn their only daughter. Or see my fun, smiley uncle break as he said goodbye to his older sister. These are things no one can ever be prepared for but have to deal with anyway. That's just what happens.

As horrible as this will sound--and I absolutely do not mean it to!--I have become a happier person since losing my mom. I have been the rock for my grandparents and uncle; I have become so much closer with my grandma than I ever thought I would be; I have allowed myself to cry whenever I absolutely need it; I focused harder on my schooling because Momma would've hated to see me falter; I have channeled any and all pain I have into my writings for school and this blog. But most of all, I have done my best to not take advantage of life. There are a lot of things that I will make the most out of if only for the fact that Momma can finally watch me live my life. I do not want to live a life she would not be proud of.

So. Are you ready to deal with life? Because ready or not, here it comes.



Until next time,
Kay


P.S. Sorry for writing about my mom so much, it's just what's easiest and hardest to write about right now. As time goes on, and I get used to not having her around, I'm sure I'll find other things to write about. But for now, this is what is going through my brain. Therefore, it will be going on my blog (:

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

My Gibberish's First Anniversary!

Guys! Guys! Guys! It has been exactly one year! Read my very first post!

On August 19th, 2014 I decided to do something crazy. I started a blog to release all the thoughts and randomness inside my head. I decided to call it "My Gibberish" because it began as something where I could just blabber on about whatever came to my mind; to me, that's what gibberish is: a bunch of random thoughts that may or may not mean something to other people.

Original header
Well, one year later I have fallen in love with it! I started out posting every single day of the week. Then the semester started so I went to only Monday-Friday posts. Then I started getting busier and forgetting about it and posted whenever I remembered. Finally I went down to not posting at all. Life got in the way and I took time away from blogging to deal with it. Months went by and I was not in any condition to write just yet. April 2015 rolled around and I started it back up. I had recovered as best as I could, and I needed another outlet.

Newest header
Now, it has developed into a blog where I share who I am, what thoughts or rants I have, and any advice I can provide through personal experiences. I want to become a voice for those who are too scared to share theirs. I was that voiceless person for as long as I could remember, and I have decided I won't be any longer. There are people going through some pretty rough times, and I want them to be aware that they are not alone. So, I'll continue to share my stories and how I got through them in hopes of helping even a single person. That, to me, is the best way I could use this blog.

I have had some comments in regards to the name "My Gibberish" in that it sounds like I don't find value in what I have to say. That is quite the opposite. I am proud to call my thoughts my own. To some people, it may be gibberish and that's okay, but I have "My" in the title because I am claiming my thoughts. I am saying "this is me and these are my thoughts." So, I will keep my name and I will proudly own my thoughts and opinions.

Anyway, I am beyond happy to have had "My Gibberish" in my life this past year. It has shown me a whole 'nother community of people out there who can provide support and motivation for me. The blogging world has been a God send to say the least. I look forward to seeing where this will take me in the future.

So, thank you to everyone who has supported me in my first year of blogging! Without my readers, this would just be an online diary not a way to share my story and grow from it. I love you all!


Until next time,
Kay

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Personal Story: First Memory

Hey folks! Welcome back to the Personal Story series. This will be a quick story about my very first memory (at least I think it is...).

I was four years old, and it was around Christmas time. My mom took me to the mall one day to get my ears pierced. We went into Claire's to pick out what earrings to use, and the lady grabbed the piercing gun. Little me wasn't all that scared. I didn't really know what was going to happen; I just knew I would have pretty ears!

Note: Top piercing is only the cartilage.
I use regular dangling earrings there.
The lady shot the first earring in my left ear. Not bad! It didn't really hurt at all. I just could feel my ear getting really warm and red. Then came the next ear. She shot it in, and that one actually hurt! I started tearing up, but I got to hold the teddy bear so it was okay. Pretty soon afterwards, it didn't hurt anymore.

When we were leaving the mall, I really wanted to see Santa because his "house" was right outside the Claire's store! He was right there! But, Mom said we couldn't and that we had to leave right away. I was sad, but I forgot about it pretty soon. I had pretty ears now!

Looking back on it, it's not much of a first memory, but it is still pretty cool to remember that far back in time.

Fun fact about my first ear piercing. The lady who pierced it was a little careless on my right ear. The hole is pretty far down on my lobe, and if I wear earrings for too long, I'm sure my lobe will split. It's not that it will rip instantly, though! It will gradually grow that way. It's already happening! So, I can't wear heavy earrings for too long in a night, and I can't wear regular earrings for too many days in a row.

The struggle is real.

So, that's my little story about myself. Maybe you learned something new about me. Maybe you didn't. Who knows?

I'd love to hear your first memories! Please share with me! (:


Until next time,
Kay

Friday, August 7, 2015

Liebster Award!

Hi folks! We're going to take a little break from the "Personal Story" series to bring you something a little different.

I was nominated by my new blogging friend and inspiration Molli Whitehead to do the Liebster award! What this is is that I will answer questions she has asked me, then I will nominate other bloggers in this wonderful community to answer some of my own questions! 

Welp, here goes!
 

1. If you could be any other blogger for a day, who would you be and why?

If I could be any blogger for a day, I would want to be Kelle Hampton because she focuses on the small, simple joys in life that make her struggles worth pushing through. That is something I love. Simplicity. Kelle seems to have that with her beautiful family. Keep it up!
 

2. What is your dream job?

My dream job is a bunch of different things. I am going to school for professional writing and creative writing. I want to become a publisher of young adult literature, but I also want to be a poet. I want to create collections of my poems, flash fictions, and short stories like some of my favorite authors/poets. I want to work at a poetry publishing company because that would mean getting paid to read poetry and creating a book for those poems to live in forever. I want to be a blogger on the side of what I do, so I can continue to write about my experiences and share my ways of handling it all with the world who needs to hear some truth and some positivity. I want to be a wife to the man I love most. I want to create a home with so much love anyone who comes in it is immediately a part of the family. My dream job would be a job that doesn't feel like a job. Too much? Sorry! Guess you could say I have a lot of dream jobs. More that weren't even listed because it could be a post in itself. Maybe I'll come back to that in a future post (:

3. Do you make life plans or are you more of a "live in the moment" kind of person?

I am a life-planner all the way. I don't find much of a point in doing something that isn't helping me get to some, if not all, of the dream jobs I listed above. I am determined to make a life for myself that no one expected I'd be able to accomplish. I want to plan and achieve a life that I have dreamed of. Living in the moment is good for little day-to-day things. So, if I have nothing to do for a day, then making spontaneous plans with a friend for the day is perfectly fine by me! It's the not thinking about the future and where I'm headed that I can't go without doing. It's programmed into my brain.


4. Apple or Android?

Apple. I see nothing wrong with Android, but I have had an iPod for as long as I could remember and I just got my first iPhone about a year and a half ago. Love it! Sorry Android lovers :P
  
5. If you could pick anywhere to live in the world, where would it be and why?

Ireland!! Anyone who knows me knows that I have wanted to go to Ireland since I saw my first picture of it. It's gorgeous. Green, open fields where I can sit and write, the scenery is breathtaking, the temperature is perfect for a pale girl like myself who doesn't do heat, and let's be honest, I'd fit right in! Minus the American accent of course. I also love the music and the dancing they have. I even started to learn some Gaelic when I was planning on studying abroad there this coming school year. But with my mom's passing and all that is going on in life now, I just can't see being away from home for a semester or more. Maybe in the future I will with grad school. Or a few weeks over a summer? Who knows. But I WILL go to Ireland at some point in my lifetime!

6. Would you rather wake up every day for the rest of your life with perfect make-up or perfect hair?

That's a no brainer, perfect hair. I can live with my face being as pale and colorless as it is. But my hair bugs the crap out of me! If it looks greasy, way too frizzy, awkwardly flat, or just doesn't cooperate, I will put it up in a ponytail. That's not how I want my hair to be for the rest of my life. I love when my hair curls nicely or straightens perfectly or even looks half-way decent naturally.  I can get used to not wearing makeup. So, perfect hair!

Note: Picture to the left is an old picture of my hair before I donated it January of 2014. It's almost back to that length (picture on the right). I don't really have any great pictures of my hair as it is now, so here's a recent Snapchat I took :P


7. If you could play any instrument perfectly, what would it be?

Well, I already know how to play the violin, piano, and vocal chords--yes, I count them as an instrument--but if I could learn to play something perfectly? I would choose all of the instruments. I want to learn to play guitar. If I could play the violin better, I'd love that. I could play along with some of my favorite Celtic songs! If I could play piano perfectly, I would be super happy. I would have endless nights of music therapy sessions by myself! If I could play the drums, that'd be pretty neat. Any instrument. You name it and I wish I could play it better. Harmonica. Trumpet. Xylophone. Hell, if I could play a recorder better I'd be happy!

8. What is your favorite season?

Fall and Spring! I love temperatures where I can get away with wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a sweatshirt. Give me that weather 24/7 and I'm super content with life! I'm not too sweaty, I'm not too cold, it's perfect! I'm too pale to enjoy summer, and I'm too small to enjoy winter. So, give me the other two seasons year-round and you've got yourself a winner.

9. If you could have one superpower, what would that be?

If I could have one superpower, it would be...teleportation. I have family all over this country, and the world, that I would love to see whenever I wanted. But gas money and a vehicle that would get me there is a bit of an obstacle. For example, I couldn't be at my godson's first birthday party. If I could have just teleported up there for the day, be with him and my best friend, then come home in time to greet my man when he got home from work, holy cats would that have been great! I have siblings all over the place that I'd love to see whenever things get rough. I could teleport to wherever in the world my oldest brother is stationed; I could go down south to see my older brother; I could go visit my sister and grab a drink; I could go back to my hometown to see my seven and two year old brothers as they grow up. I could see all of my wonderful grandparents so much more than I do now! I could visit any family I wanted, whenever I wanted. I could even go out to Colorado to visit one of my best friends that I haven't seen in forever...the options are endless! 


10. Pick one song that is the anthem to your life.

The anthem to my life? I can't just pick one! I'm a music nerd...you can't limit us to just one. But if I had to choose one, it would be Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks. Don't judge! I don't care what they said about the president way back when, their songs are fantastic and I love them. This song was the first I ever learned to sing by heart. I was five years old, and I was singing along with Mom in her living room. I eventually started singing it just walking around the house. Oddly enough, it sort of started to guide me in life. It helped me realize just how much I needed some "wide open spaces" to "make [my] own mistakes." If you listen to this song, it's almost word-for-word the anthem to my life (:


Thanks for the nomination Molli! This was fun! I nominate three of the blogs I enjoy reading:

The Young Hopeful 

Simple Harmonies 

Camille Styles 

I also nominate any other person who wants to answer my questions! I'd love to hear from you!

Here are my questions for you:



1. When, why, and how did you choose to start your blog?
2. What is your guilty pleasure music (song/artist/genre/etc)? Why?
3.  If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be and why?
4. Who would play you in a movie? Does this person look most like you? Act like you? Sound like you? Or do they just usually play a role most similar to you? 
5. Would you rather live without running water or the internet?
6. What is your ultimate goal in life?
7. How do you overcome your writer's block?
8. What is your favorite color and why does it stand out to you over the others?
9. If you could talk to any person in the world (living or dead) who would it be? What would you say?
10. Who was your first blogging friend?


I look forward to reading them soon! 


Until next time,
Kay