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January 31, 2015

Good Eattin'

So my husband and I moved to Maine several months ago and we don't really get out much. I'm still still getting used to the area and finding places that make me feel homie. So one of our adventures in our new home was going to a restaurant called Ninety Nine or 99. I had never heard of it before and to my knowledge there are none where I used to live. It appears to be a New England chain of roughly 100 locations.

Long story short, my husband and I were in Biddeford, ME and starving. My husband is originally from the New England area and hadn't been to a 99 in several years, so he decided that's where we were going to eat.

First I must tell you that I was a little confused with the outside layout. The building is located near a shopping center. You know the ones that are all connected, creating a shape similar to a horse shoe? So all the shops face each other right? You pull into the parking lot, conveniently located in the middle and you can see every shop store front. Not, however, Ninety Nine. Instead you see the back of the building and we didn't see a sign anywhere. My husband couldn't even find the front door. It was located at the back or the front? Anyway it would have been nice to have at least a sign. I'm not quite sure why they built so close to the hill and not facing the other stores but we eventually found our way in.

Now even though the location is strange, I have to say the service was excellent. As soon as we entered the building a young woman was there holding the door open for us. She welcomed us and asked how many. They were not extremely possibly because of the snow storm of 8 inches that was slowing occurring. So we immediately got a booth. The inside seemed like any restaurant and there was a bar that was separated from the dining area.

Our waitress was another young lady who was pleasantly sweet. Not the overly fake sweet, but the genuinely happy to help kind. Because my husband hadn't been to a Ninety Nine in years and me not at all, we had a lot of question. The waitress was patient with us. One of my husband's questions was "How big are the hamburgers?" My husband likes double burger if the patties are super small. The answer; "8 ounces." My questions was based on the Vermont Cheddar Burger which came with Maple Mayonnaise. You can guess my question. The waitress was honest and said she gets mixed reviews on the maple mayonnaise and that we would put a side regular mayo and the maple so I could try it.

Not going to lie, the best part about date night was the food! The Vermont Cheddar Burger comes with a huge seasoned 8 oz burger, Vermont cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and the maple mayonnaise.

In short IT WAS AMAZING. I ended up loving the maple mayonnaise so I put that on the bun. The bun was great too. I'm a bread person, I love bread. My husband laughed at me when the waitress set my plate down the first thing I said was the bun was pretty. It had an imprint with breading flakes speckled over the top. It looked delicious. The burger was excellent, it was thick and I could taste the seasoning. Not an ordinary plain burger, the seasoning gave it flavor and was actually really juicy. Despite the strange location, the food and the service was awesome. It's rare to find a burger that actually tastes like meat, let along meat that has flavor and not just beef and cheese. I also liked that at the end of the meal the waitress thought to ask me if I ended up liking the maple mayonnaise and also told us to drive safe in the storm. 

All and all a very good meal for date night as well as a new adventure for us Non-Mainers. So if you're ever in the New England area, I defiantly suggest you find a Ninety Nine near by and get yourself a real burger. 

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Have a Sweeter Day 

January 24, 2015

Add Value To Others

So for a little over two years now I have been trying to bring more positivity into my life. I tend to be a worrier, a dweller, and someone who doesn't always have high esteem. While working at a company called Candy Craze my boss thought pretty high of me. She trusted me to run the store and handle things while she traveled to help other stores. While working for her she bought me a book to read during down time at work. The book was written by John C. Maxwell. I never finished the book, but I started following John Maxwell online as well as researched other popular speakers.

John Maxwell Books
One out of several reasons why I enjoyed my time working at Candy Craze was the faith that my boss had me; that I could get the job done. And that she wanted more for me as a person. Adding values to others is what makes a great leader. A quote by Tom Peters, "Leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders," reminds me of her teaching methods and her energy.

Every time I think of my old boss I think of a great leader. She wanted what was best for everyone. She was fair in her decisions and what she expected of me and others. But what I loved most is the creativity and positivity that she passed on to me. I miss her greatly. 

This thought for the week came from my daily video from John Maxwell. He has a new video every day that is based on one word or phrase that is a positive outlook and seeing oneself more as a leader. So the word of the day was Add Value. If you are someone who is always waiting for good things to happen to you, I suggest you watch this video and sign up to receive the other daily videos. Because you need to make your future, it unfortunately it will not fall into your lap. 

The video really hit me though. John speaks about adding value to others around you. Not waking up every morning wanting someone to add value to you. Adding values to others is what makes you a great leader as well as a better person and it also makes you a more positive person as a whole. 

Well that's what was on my mind. So start being a positive influence in someone's life and you're bound to be a happier person with great opportunities. 

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Have a Sweeter Day 

January 18, 2015

Crochet Wired Jewelry

So one of my many hobbies is jewelry making. I love designing things and giving the things I make as gifts. I would really like to sell my hand made creations. My ideal dream would be to have a craft store that I would teach classes in.

One of my top favorite things to make is my crochet wired necklaces. They are super easy to make.
This is a bracelet and necklace set I crocheted for my wedding. The wire is gauge 24 and the pearls are just glass beads from Hobby Lobby or on Amazon. I added glass crystals  last minute for some sparkle. I think they turned out elegant. The necklace took about 2 hours to make and the bracelet was only maybe half an hour.

Crochet Wired Jewelry


Necklace and Bracelet

What I'm About

Hi! My name is Amanda and this is my blog about stuff I think is sweet and stuff that's on my mind. Some of my favorite things to do is crochet, so you're going to see a lot of that on here. My other hobbies are paper quilling, reading, watching movies, dancing, working out, and glass etching just to name a few.

To give you more of an idea of what to expect on this blog, check out my pinterest boards. Honestly I'm addicted to pinterest.com. I can't help it, I'm on it every chance I get. ravelry.com is another favorite of mine. The only way I can explain it is as a Facebook for people who crochet and knit. 

Another thing about me you should probably know is that I'm easily entertained. Oh and I have a small obsession for the Minions from the movie Despicable Me. 
Paper Quilling