Thursday, August 30, 2012

My Husband the Television Star

It's official. My husband has earned his 15 minutes seconds of fame. He is now a Sheetz superstar.


See the guy with the guitar at the beginning... and at the end? I'm married to him. And he loves Sheetz. To be more accurate: he loves the idea of winning gift cards to Sheetz. A free gift card was on his mind when he uploaded a 30 second video as part of a contest that Sheetz was sponsoring. He was bummed that he didn't win a gift card... instead, Sheetz mailed him 3 of the exact same t-shirt in the mail.

Jump forward in time a couple of weeks. I have gone to bed and Brandon is in the living room watching Grimm. All of the sudden I hear him yell "BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABY!" Positive that he was hurt, I dashed into the living room:

(bleary eyed, confused, sleepy Hannah stare)

Sheetz apparently saw my husband's star potential and stuck him in a commercial with other crazed Sheetz fans. Brandon thought it was cool at first, until people started recognizing him on the commercial and calling him out. It played on ESPN in his break room at work. Now all of his co-workers know that he loves Sheetz. ;)

And now all of you know that he loves Sheetz, too! If you live in NC, let me know if you've seen this commercial! There's also a longer 30-second one, too. Ohh, I'm laughing just thinking about it. :)

Also, Brandon: Please don't hate me for writing this post. I told you I was going to do it! Love you!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

RECIPE: Lemony Pan Roasted Chicken with Red Potatoes + Green Beans

Oh Martha Stewart, how I love you so. This recipe came from and was a breeze to make. I don't have a lot of experience with one dish meals, but it was so easy that I really want to find more recipes like this!

6 T olive oil
2 lemons
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 t salt
1/2 pepper
3/4 lb fresh green beans, trimmed
8 small red potatoes, quartered
3-4 chicken breasts, bone in, with skin

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drizzle 1 T olive oil in the bottom of a large baking dish. Thinly slice 1 lemon and lay slices over the bottom of the dish. In a large bowl, combine the remaining oil, juice of the other lemon, garlic, salt, and pepper. add the green beans and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove green beans from mixture and spread in baking dish. Add potatoes to the same mixture and toss to coat. Remove the potatoes and place them in the baking dish.

Add chicken to the mixture and toss to coat. Lay chicken pieces evenly in the baking dish and pour any remaining mixture on top of them. I found that I only had room for 3 of my chicken breasts in the baking dish. (Depending on what size you buy you may be able to fit 3 or 4.) 

Roast for 50 minutes. Remove the chicken from the dish and set aside. Place the baking dish back in the oven for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Serve while warm and make sure to toss out the lemon slices instead of serving them. (Poor Brandon thought it was squash and ate one.)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Honeymoon (Part Four)

Did you read part one, part two, and part three already?


On Monday, we decided to take a "day off" from the hustle & bustle of the parks. After sleeping in a bit, we drove to Downtown Disney to do some shopping and grab some lunch. We needed to use quick service credits from our dining plan, so I had read some message boards about quick service dining at Downtown Disney. After reading rave reviews, I chose Wolfgang Puck Express for our lunch. They give you table service dining portions for a quick service credit. :)

Brandon was obsessed with his meatloaf. It's one of the things he has continually mentioned about our honeymoon since we returned: "that delicious Wolfgang Puck meatloaf."

Before we went inside the World of Disney, I made Brandon pose with a skeleton friend. The World of Disney is the largest Disney store on earth and we spent a good hour or more exploring the different rooms within the store.

Next up was mini golf. Let me tell you, I was so excited about mini golf! Our Magic Your Way package included a free game for one person, which was a great incentive to hit the course. Disney World offers two mini golf courses: Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens.

If the photo is any indicator, I was chomping at the bit to go to the Winter Summerland course. In fact, I posted a picture of this same hole in my pre-honeymoon post! This course was so much fun and showed so much creativity!

Disney offers a special at their miniature golf courses: bring a same day receipt from one course to the other course and golf for 1/2 price! So naturally...

...we went straight over to Fantasia Gardens! I didn't like this course as much as the other one. I've never been a big fan of Fantasia and I felt that this course needed a bit of sprucing.

It was super hot outside during our miniature golf excursion, so a return trip to the resort was necessary to take showers and change clothes before our dinner at Boma.

Brandon and I were both really excited to dine at Boma. It's an all-you-can-eat african buffet housed inside the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We arrived a little early so that we had time to explore the resort before our dinner reservation.

It's a truly magnificent place with an impressive amount of detail. We walked outside to take a look at the giraffes and other animals that roam around in the courtyard, but it had started raining so I wasn't able to get any good shots.

Our experience at Boma was really cool. I'm not sure how big of a fan I am of african cuisine, but I thoroughly enjoyed being able to visit the buffet as many times as I wanted in order to taste all of the different kinds of food. The soups were my favorite, along with the assorted mini desserts:

After stuffing ourselves at dinner we decided to walk it off at Disney's Boardwalk. Brandon was so surprised to learn that Disney World has a boardwalk. I reminded him again: Disney World has everything!

I think if we make a return trip to Disney World with a budget that includes deluxe resorts we'll stay at the Boardwalk Inn. It was beautiful.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

RECIPE: Barb's Breakfast Casserole

Have you ever had a job that you loved solely because of your co-workers? I worked in the leasing office of an apartment complex in Boone, NC for nearly four years and my co-workers became like a second family to me. I miss them so terribly!

One of my co-workers, Barb, would often bring in breakfast or other food for the team on really important/stressful days (ie: annual leasing days, move-in day). Her breakfast casserole is one of my favorites and she was kind enough to share the recipe with me. I think of her (and the rest of the staff!) every time I make it.

1 pkg (30ish oz) shredded hash browns (if you buy frozen, make sure to thaw them)
1 pkg (16 oz) Neese's sausage OR deli ham
16 oz sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2.5 c shredded cheddar cheese, divided
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 c milk
1/2 c melted butter
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook sausage and crumble. Or, if you're using ham, slice it into small cubes. Saute pepper in a little bit of oil. In a large bowl, mix hash browns with butter. Add soup, salt, pepper, sour cream, and 2 c cheese. Mix well. Press against bottom and sides of a large baking dish. Mix eggs, milk, sausage/ham, and green peppers and pour mixture over the hash browns. Bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes, until golden brown.

Are you hungry for breakfast yet? :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Favorite Song Today

I love this sweet husband + wife duo. They are so talented! Check out Us.

Brandon's comment on the following video: "She makes Rihanna sound like a 13 year old ............... cat."

Sunday, August 19, 2012

How I Spent My Summer

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new school year for me... my TWENTIETH year as a student and also my last year as a student (unless I go for my MBA one day... we'll see). There's always something about going back to school that makes me excited. I think this excitement stems from buying massive amounts of new school supplies. Whatever it is, though, I'm usually always ready to hit the books once August rolls around.

This year, things are different. As you know, I'm now a student and a full-time employee! I've always had part-time jobs during school (as many as 3 at one time in undergrad!), but this will be different. A challenge. Lots of new things are starting for me tomorrow. So today, I'd like to look back on how I spent my summer. It was certainly a great one, starting with...


Our wedding was a week and a half after the end of spring semester and it was a pretty great amazing way to start the summer.

Of course I loved our honeymoon at Walt Disney World. Can we go back ASAP? Disney knows that I want to come back and they keep sending me special offers in the mail.

Right after we arrived home from our honeymoon my best friend graduated from law school!

June brought my 24th birthday, another Callaway wedding, and a post-wedding party for us!

Traveling to Atlanta to see Coldplay in concert was definitely a highlight of my summer.

Our overnight trip to Boone was much needed. We even visited 'The Rock!' I tried to convince Brandon to climb it, but he wasn't interested.

My summer ended with Market America's International Convention!

Of course I have left out of this post the many, many, many, many hours I spent working at Lowes Foods and in my little cube at Market America. These days with long hours were followed by many, many, many, many late nights and weekends where I was planted on the couch watching Gilmore Girls. :)

What is your favorite summer memory? 

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ten Days

Hey, remember that time Hannah didn't blog for TEN WHOLE DAYS? What is wrong with her? Is she ok? Is she on vacation? Did she join the witness protection program? Did she get kidnapped? Did she die?


I apologize for my hiatus over the last week and a half. What has been going on to keep me away from my blog, you ask? The first thing was International Convention. Market America hosts a big (20,000+ attendees) annual international convention in Greensboro. This was my first experience with convention and it was completely fascinating and completely exhausting to work at many of the events with our distributors. When I wasn't working late or getting up early, I was simply too tired to move my fingers along this keyboard to type a blog entry. Is that lazy or what?

After convention came recovering from convention. You may be laughing, but I am serious! I can't even remember what I've been doing with my free time this week because I've been in serious recovery mode. I think I've just slept. A lot. And watched movies. And stared at the wall. Take this as an example of how out of it I've been:

On Sunday, I realized I was out of shampoo and conditioner. I had to use my husband's, yuck. On Monday, I went to Wal-Mart and bought Suave rosemary + mint shampoo and conditioner (which smells amazing, by the way). On Thursday, I noticed that both of my bottles were conditioner. That's right, folks. I had been thoroughly conditioning, but not cleaning, my hair for three whole days.

Now, I'm past recovery mode and into panic/excited/busy/anxious mode. My new job and my last year of grad school both start on Monday. Also, my husband makes his return to the higher education system on Monday as well. Things are about to get busy for us! I promise that I will make every effort to return to normal blogging as of this very moment. For those of you who are new to my blog... thank you so much for stopping by, whether from another blog I'm sponsoring or just because you happened to Google "flamingos in raincoats" for some silly reason. I am now halfway to 100 GFC followers, at which point my husband is going to take me to Build-a-Bear to make my own flamingo in a raincoat.

Thanks for putting up with me, readers. And, to leave you with something random, look at what I bought myself as a "congrats you landed your first full-time job" present:

J.Crew, I love you. That is all.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

RECIPE: White Balsamic Vinaigrette

When Brandon and I were in Boone and dined at Char, we both had house salads with white balsamic vinaigrette. I had never heard of white balsamic and was pleasantly surprised. Naturally, I had to re-create it in my own kitchen. If you like regular balsamic, I think you'll really love this light dressing.

1/2 c white balsamic vinegar
1 c safflower oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 t dijon mustard
1 t honey

Whisk all ingredients together (or do like me and shake them all in a tupperware container) and chill until serving. Mix again right before bringing to the table.

(Yes, I know this is a photo of a salad... but the vinaigrette is on the salad. Do you know how difficult it is to get a decent shot of a clear vinaigrette?)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Best Week Ever

Guess who has two thumbs and is having the best week ever?

THIS GIRL!Before i share my big news with you, let me get you up to speed on the great Callaway internet blackout of 2012:

We waited for five long days for our modem to be fixed by Time Warner Cable. It was not fun, though I must admit that I have been extremely productive without blogs to read and such. Our appointment was scheduled for this morning between 7 and 9 am. To our surprise, when the technician arrived he announced that our modem was absolutely fine and he went outside to investigate the box. He returned to tell us that someone in our building decided they wanted to steal our cable + internet, so they did!

Long story short, one of our neighbors walked outside, broke into the box with a crowbar, cut the identifier tags off of each line, and literally stole our cable + internet to use in their own apartment. Who does that? We suspect "the new guy" who moved in across the way from us the same day that our internet went out.

Anyway, now I'm back to my blog and ready to tell you the big news that I've been waiting to share for a WEEK! Last Tuesday at work, I received an email from Market America's Social Media Director, asking me to come see him. I knew I was in trouble. I've been working on social media for Motives all summer and I was pretty sure that I posted something he didn't approve of. Wrong.

I sat down in his office and walked out 15 minutes later with a FULL-TIME JOB OFFER. You heard me right. Was I in trouble? Not in the least. After much a little deliberation, I am excited to tell you that I AM MARKET AMERICA'S NEWEST SOCIAL MEDIA WRITER! I left my graduate teaching assistant position and will start my new job on August 20th, the same day that my fall graduate classes begin.

 (Geek photo: Hannah + her job offer letter)

They say that good things happen to good people, and there's a sign in my office here that says good things happen to people who work their asses off. I'd like to think that I'm an example of both. This is such an amazing and exciting opportunity. I am going to get paid to work for a company that I love, writing blogs and creating + implementing Facebook and Twitter campaigns all day long! I am a little sad that I will not return to teach this semester, but my heart is in the corporate world with marketing and social media. This is the best step for me. Starting August 20th, I'm a full-time working girl and a graduate student. Wish me luck! :)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Oh No!

No internet for Hannah + Brandon until Tuesday. :( What a bummer. Time Warner Cable, I dislike you! I will return to blogging as soon as possible AND with some very exciting news! ;)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

RECIPE: S'mores Brownies

This is one of the easiest desserts you will ever make, promise. I found the recipe on Pinterest (of course) and will be making these brownies again asap.

1 pkg brownie mix, prepared
2 c mini marshmallows
1 king size chocolate bar
2 sheets graham crackers

Prepare the brownies according to the package. Don't forget to make sure you have the additional ingredients the brownies need! While the brownies are baking, crumble the chocolate bar and graham crackers into coarse pieces. As soon as the brownies are finished baking, top them with the marshmallows, chocolate pieces, and graham cracker pieces.

Set the oven to broil and place the brownies back in for around 60 seconds, until the marshmallow topping begins to brown. Watch them closely because they'll burn just as quickly as marshmallows over a real campfire!

Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting and serving.