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What is a PRG?? PRG is something someone started calling me long ago - almost in another lifetime. It stands for "Puerto Rican Goddess." Most days lately, I just feel like a Pretty Regular Girl. So this blog will journal my days as a PRG. Some days that will mean my adventures as a Puerto Rican Goddess; other days I'll just be a Pretty Regular Girl. I hope you can find entertainment in both.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Thirsty Thursday: Summertime In a Glass

It was SUCH a gorgeous day today in Fort Worth!  Friends of mine who were travelling the East Coast were posting pictures of a snow storm, while I ran my errands in 60 degree weather.  I don't want to get ahead of myself, because the worst of the Texas winter is yet to come.  But this afternoon did make me long for Spring.  In honor of that, today I am sharing the Bahama Mama!

Bahama Mama
  • 1.5 oz dark rum (such as Captain Morgan)
  • 1 oz coconut rum (Malibu)
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz orange juice
Put everything in a shaker over ice and shake to mix.  Serve in a fancy glass, such as a hurricane glass.  Garnish with a swirl of Grenadine on top, and a cherry or an orange slice.  Sit and wait three months until Spring rolls around.



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Things I'm Loving Right Now

Tonight I am catching up on emails, listening to music, and contemplating life.  OK, not really that last one so much.  I am catching up on emails and listening to music, though.  I have been gone since Saturday afternoon, spending time with my Someone Special.  As soon as I came home after work today, I thought "Wow, I'm so glad I cleaned before I left.  It's so nice to come home and everything is already in order."  That thought is what prompted tonight's post.

So here are a few things I am loving right now:
  1. That I got a HUGE discount on gas tonight at Kroger.  $2.99 a gallon : )
  2. Scentsy - I was doing really well toward to the end of last year, then I pretty much stopped once I moved.  I am getting ready to gear up again for Spring, and I'm very excited.
  3. Staying in and relaxing; those who know me realize this is very out of character for me!
  4. That it's Girl Scout Cookie Time!  My niece, Zoe, is the cutest little salesperson ever!
  5. WINE!  As I have mentioned before, my new adult beverage of choice is Moscato.
  6. Texas Country Music - probably goes without saying
  7. My church; I have been attending an amazing church here locally for about 3.5 months now.  I am meeting new people, making friends, and even work in the Baby Suite every week.
  8. Being independant - believe me, I never thought I'd say that!
  9. Cracking open a fresh day planner, with every week full of possibilities and promise
  10. Spending time with the Mister - once again, everything is full of possibilities and promise at this point.  I haven't been this happy or excited in a long time.
So there you have it.  A few of my favorite things, in no particular order.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Make Something Monday: Making Memories

Tonight I am enjoying a relaxing evening, sipping beer (yes, I always *sip* - even beer) and watching Duck Dynasty.  We are cleaning guns, and shopping for parts online.

The reason I have titled today's "Make Something Monday" as Making Memories is because I feel we are doing just that. I have begun a new relationship with someone who is very important to me.  He has been out of my life for a while, and I have missed him dearly every day.  I'm not quite prepared to reveal who this Special Someone is, because...it's a secret!

We haven't told our families that we are seeing each other, or even speaking for that matter.  In fact, the only people who know he is back in my life are the three girls I work with every day.  We prefer to keep things quiet for a while and let things develop as they will.  I am not eager to have other people and their opinions involved in our relationship.  Besides, being involved in a secret tryst is so exciting!

I hope you will go out and make some special memories today.  What are some of your favorite memories?


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Working Saturday

Last night ended too late, and this morning started WAY too early!  I had to work for a few hours this morning, but went home and took a nap as soon as I could afterward.

I spent a wonderful, stress-free evening with my Love. We cooked dinner, watched football, and drank wine.  After dinner we sat out on the patio and watched the rain. I was bundled in a blanket and had the kerosene heater going. He was sweating because it was 36 degrees!

We are about to head to bed, and I'm already looking forward to tomorrow.  After church we're headed to see a friend of mine play at my favorite restaurant.  Pictures to follow!

* SJ*

Finally Friday: Girls' Night Out

And a less-than-stellar photo to document it!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thirsty Thursday: Wine of the Moment

It feels like a good evening to sit back and relax with a good book and a glass of wine.  It's a little chilly outside, but the rain has finally stopped after two days.  It's quiet in the house, and I have nowhere else to be.

I haven't darkened the doors of a bar in almost two weeks.  That shouldn't be a big deal, but it is.  I am taking an unintended hiatus from my bartending gig, and haven't felt much like hanging out in a smoky room lately.  Instead, I have been spending a lot of time at home: reading, watching movies, catching up on blogging and sending exciting, hopeful little text messages to a special someone.

To celebrate the end of another busy, stressful day, I propose a toast.  I've been drinking a lot of wine lately. I'm not trying to be fancy; I just get too fat when I drink beer!  My wine of choice is always a white.  Sometimes a Riesling, but lately I favor a Moscato.  I tried a new brand on New Year's Eve - Barefoot Wine & Bubbly - and really enjoyed it.  I have since bought more, and we go through it pretty quickly each time!

It's hard for me to find a wine I truly enjoy, and therefore I don't show loyalty to any one particular brand.  This one is different, however, as we tried three varieties on NYE and enjoyed each one.  While I many venture out and try others, I am confident this will be my new "go to" wine.  The Spumante is perfect for a special celebration, the Red Moscato a compliment to many meat dishes, and the Moscato pairs perfectly with Thirsty Thursday.  Cheers!

Photo Courtesy of Pinterest


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It's Not Always Gourmet

In fact, it is rarely gourmet at my house. I don't really enjoy cooking just for me. I would cook for my housemates, but I didn't get home until 8pm tonight and it just wasn't in the cards.

Instead, after we three girls sat around and gossiped for an hour, I settled in to my new favorite place, my reading nook.  To keep me nourished, I brought along 2 Kraft singles, a bag of pretzels and a tub of icing.  I know, I didn't even have the decency to make the icing myself! Ya know, I'm just not that hard on myself. I work very hard between all the responsibilities I have. I guess I just like myself enough to grant a reprieve every now and then.

I've actually been doing very well so far with my goals. I have blogged every day except one. I have been watching what I eat and so far have lost 1.6 pounds. I have been making plans and working on my music. So I'll go ahead and call this a reward day instead of a cheat day. And I plan to enjoy!

* SJ*

Monday, January 7, 2013

Make Something Monday

Happy Monday Blog Readers!

OK, let's be real: I am never that excited about Mondays.  I'm not really even all that excited about Fridays until the work day is over.  I decided to try a little experiment, however, and will be trying something new each Monday.  As my blog itself is a little sporadic, the things I try will be, too. One Monday I might make a new dessert, the next I might try a new craft.  There may even be a time or two that I'm feeling brave and will make music on Make Something Monday.  To start off, here is a sweet treat:

White Chocolate Fudge
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
  • 3.5-4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz chopped white chocolate (or chips)
  • Fruit, nuts or additional mix-ins (optional)
  1. Beat cream cheese in a medium-sized bowl until very smooth.  Add sugar and vanilla and mix.
  2. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler or microwave.
  3. Fold white chocolate in to cream cheese mixture.  If adding fruit, nuts, cookies, etc add them at this time.
  4. Spread into a pan lined with parchment paper.  Chill for one hour, then cut into pieces.
Adapted from "White Chocolate Fudge" recipes submitted by Vicki on AllRecipes.com



Saturday, January 5, 2013

Lazy Saturday

I woke up this morning with grand ideas of running errands and getting housework done.  Now almost 11pm, I haven't done a single load of laundry and there's still no food in the house.  What I did accomplish today was spending money! I bought a pair of boots I've had my eye on but didn't need.  I also dropped off my guitar to be repaired by the good people at Guitar Center.

The only other thing I've done today was lay around and read.  I've decided I kinda like not being pulled in 15 different directions at once.  The last couple of months I have been constantly on the go, not stopping long enough to think or feel or be sad. I feel like I am finally in control of my life, and to celebrate I did exactly what I wanted - absolutely nothing!

I don't plan to be lazy every weekend, but just this once it was nice.  And now...my new boots!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Finally Friday

It's Friday at last! It has been an exhausting week.  The last few days have tried my patience, made me want to cry, made me so happy I couldn't stop smiling, left me worried, anxious, and frustrated.  And sometimes I felt all of those emotions in the same day!

After all that emotion, the last thing I wanted to do was go spend time in a bar or at a party somewhere. Crazy, as that is how I spend a typical Friday night.  Instead, I opted for one of my favorite places in my home: my reading nook. Just me, a cup of cider, and Little Women. A great way to unwind and reflect on the first four days of what promises to be an eventful year!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thirsty Thursday: The "Sarah-nader!"

I've had a crappy day today, so I am re-instating Thirsty Thursday.  The irony of this post is that I live with people who don't drink.  I am still, however, the best bartender in all of Fort Worth.  This drink was inspired by a similar cocktail made by a co-bartender. I tweaked mine a little, and I really like it.

The Sarah-nader
  • 2 oz Three Olives Loopy Vodka
  • 1 oz Three Olives Cake Vodka
  • Splash of Pineapple Juice
  • Splash of Sprite
Mix everything but the Sprite in a shaker over ice.  Shake well and strain into a shot glass.  Add the splash of Sprite on top. Shoot & repeat!

The naming of this shot is two-fold.  First of all, because of course I am Sarah.  But also, because I sing, a bar regular of mine started calling it the "Sarah-nader" as in - serenade, or sing.  I thought it was cute, anyway.  Further, I am well aware that there are many recipes similar to this all over the internet.  I'm not claiming to have invented the only shot using Loopy Vodka.  This is just my version of it. And it's my blog, so..... CHEERS!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Check In

Name: Sarah Jane
Age: 33 1/3 (well, I will be in 15 days)
Height: 5' 1.75" (not likely to get any taller at this point)
Weight: EEK! 127.8 lbs
Occupation: Banker, Bartender, Country Music Rock Star
Listening to: Texas Country Radio Station on Pandora
Favorite Part of 2012: that it's over!

Some highlights from the past year
  • Moving out on my own for the first time ever - good, bad, and super scary!
  • Working at a job that I enjoy, and getting to meet some really amazing people
  • Deciding to finally follow my dream of pursuing music
  • Discovering that life with Jesus is better than life without Him
Goals for 2013
  • Be better to myself - eat right, get healthy
  • Follow through on my committments
  • Learn to really play the guitar
  • Do something every day to further my music career
  • Stay in touch better - with friends and family