Thanksgiving and a Knights Blackout Friday

Every year since I was 2 (with the exception of one) my family has always had thanksgiving at my cousin Lauren & Leon’s house. It’s my favorite family tradition!! Leon hunts and always tries to have fresh turkey and other treats for us such as venison and gator depending on how well his hunting season goes, but there is never a shortage of food or leftovers!

Lauren & Leon live in Umatilla which is about an hour and a half away from where I live in orlando and since my sister is back from Pittsburg we drove up together. The family was all there with the exception of my Aunt Lois who is older and having a hard time with her memory. The food was as good as ever, we didn’t have any venison or gator this year but I was very pleased that Lauren made my Aunt Lois’ onion caserole! It’s my favorite thanksgiving dish! I was even lucky enough to be sent home with a whole caseole to myself (1of the 3 that were made).

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Lauren & Leon live on a lake in between orange groves and every year there’s always shooting practice in the side yard. This year it was switched up a bit and there was skeet shooting down by the lake. I hadn’t shot guns at thanksgiving until this year, but I have gone to a gun range with Maria and her dad a couple of years ago, which I’m pretty good at.

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I went up to shoot twice and each time I missed all 3 targets, but I’m glad I gave it a try, and I wasn’t disappointed because it was my first time shooting skeet and my first time shooting a Remington which isn’t easy (at least not for me).

I always love seeing my family and am always thankful for them because they are a constant part of my life. The women in my family are amazing! They’re beautiful, smart, inspirational, and strong. I truly couldn’t ask for better women to look up to!

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I didn’t do any Black Friday shopping but I did go to the UCF game against USF with my friend Kristy! And as per the title of this post, it was a blackout game (all students wear black for support of UCF) not in the drinking fashion.

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We did a little tailgating and enjoyed the game, WHICH WE WON!!!!

I had a great holiday full of family, friends, and good food, all which I am truly thankful for everyday!

Hope yours was as good!
Happy thanksgiving!

– K

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Vermont Maple Bacon Scones!

I have been dying to use the Vermont maple syrup that I bought in Massachusetts, I hadn’t made scones in a while and maple scones sounded so yummy but I wanted to add something else to them. I decided to go with bacon to make Vermont maple bacon scones! They were so good and didn’t last very long!!

Vermont Maple Bacon Scones

2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
3/4 cup unsalted, butter *cut into chunks*
1 egg
1/4 cup Vermont maple syrup *the best kind there is!!!*
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
6-9 strips of bacon *I used apple wood smoked to balance the sweetness of the scones, you can always add more or less bacon*

Cook your bacon, cut it into tiny pieces and set aside. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

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Start by mixing the dry ingredients well in a large bowl before adding the cold butter cut into chunks. Use a pastry blender or your hands to mix the butter into the dry ingredients until it is mixed into coarse crumbs.

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Beat the egg lightly and add it with the maple syrup and heavy cream, mixing thoroughly, do not whip!

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Using a ice cream scoop, scoop out the dough onto two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Leave about 1 ½ inches between scones.

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Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, scones should be golden brown.

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After baking you can drizzle maple syrup on top before serving for a nice presentation and little bit more maple syrup!

What’s your favorite thing to put maple syrup on?

– K

Palm Beach Chic Pt. 3

The third day was the last day of the conference. We woke up and got straight to work getting ready for breakfast. Once again we welcomed attendees as they came in for breakfast and were able to sit and enjoy it.

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Since this was the last day and we still had not been to a break out session, we were able to choose one we would like to go to and Nickalette and I chose one on colours and design. It was interesting to learn about the different colour pallets and which colours work well together in different ways.

After this, we finished setting up for lunch, lunch was the big finally to the conference! It was all out inspired and themed Lily Pulitzer!

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The tables were set up with 5 difference colours and 5 different patterns, it was a bit much at first but once it came together and the lighting dimmed it down some, it turned out really great!

Palm Beach Chic Pt. 2

Monday we woke up bright and early to start working. First thing we had to do was to welcome people as they came for breakfast. After this we got to sit in on a general session for a bit until set up for lunch began, then we guarded the doors of the general session and guided people to leave out the back, not out the side where lunch was being set up.

There were two seatings for lunch so we welcomed the attendees and took their lunch tickets to make sure they were in the first seating. After everyone was seated we were able to go in as well to eat lunch.

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After guarding and taking tickets for the second lunch seating, Nickaletta and I were able to attend the general session with Matthew Robins.

His presentation was on inspiration, and it was very inspirational. Matthew’s work is amazing! He showed us things he was inspired by and how he made his inspiration and vision come to life.

After this, we spent the rest of the day getting things ready for the third days breakfast and lunch.

-K

Palm Beach Chic Pt. 1

I have a lot to catch up on in my blogging world, I have been busy with a lot going on and a lot of school work. So that this post doesn’t get too overwhelming it’s going to be in 3 parts.

I am a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants student chapter at UCF. As you have seen I try to attend the ABC meetings monthly, but for November the monthly meeting was their National Conference! I had the opportunity to volunteer for the conference which was in Palm Beach this year.

I woke up bright and early Sunday morning to drive down and arrive at 10 A.M. The other volunteers from UCF (Gabriella, and Mariana) and I got to work with some of the floral arrangements for that evenings event. We took pieces of hydrangeas and placed them in glass containers filled with water beads. We did the same thing with roses, something new I learned about handling roses is if you blow on the center and use your fingertips to gently press the center you get a beautiful open rose look.

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After we finished with those flowers we helped cut roses and gently fold the rose petals back for the floral arraignment by the banquet doors for that evening. Gently folding back the roses petals until there is a little bulb left in the middle gives the roses a completely different look! It was beautiful! Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of those.

Next we headed over to the convention center and started working on placing menu cards in the napkins for Tuesday’s breakfast. The inspiration for the set up was Lily Pulitzer. I really liked the pattern and colour combination of the design for this breakfast created by Mercedes Dos Santos at MeKaSo Creations.

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After finishing the napkins we guarded doors, directed people to the next area and stayed busy. That night was the White Party! By the afternoon two of the volunteer had to head back to Orlando and it was Alanna, Christine and myself left. After we guarded the doors to the White Party so no one could sneak in early, we got to enjoy the party for ourselves!

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In the waiting area they had a Florida Postcard photo set up with a live model inside!

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They had live models inside as well.

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The room was lit in blue (which my camera didn’t capture) but it looked amazing! There was a beautiful bar set up by Mark Kingsdorf with Just Bars, which had our floral arrangement put together earlier that day, set up on the bar.

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Here are some of the photos taken from the ABC Facebook. Photos are by BGPictures.

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The Dj’s control board was a touchscreen! The Dj could write a message and have the screen flip it around for us to see! It was very cool.

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Sunday night’s White Party was the perfect opportunity for me to network with people from all over the nation, I graduate soon and who knows where I will end up! I met some great people!

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Photo credit to Allen from Allen Jay Images.

Have you ever been to an ABC meeting or annual conference?

– K