Thursday, September 6, 2018

Swedish Meatballs Recipe (Easy Recipe)

Good afternoon everyone! 

Recently I was at my parents house for dinner, and my mom made these incredible meatballs, and put them over rice (you can put them over noodles as well.). They're so simple to make and they taste so good! Enjoy!

Swedish Meatballs

(Cook Sauce First, then Meatballs)

Ingredients for the Meatballs:
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tablespoons onions, diced
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 2 tablespoons bread or cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional, but recommended) 
- Olive Oil

Directions for the Meatballs:
- Mix together ground beef (raw), garlic, onions, egg, salt, pepper, bread crumbs and parsley.
- Coat entire bottom of frying pan with olive oil.
- Roll meat mixture into balls, and place them in the pan and fry on medium heat.
- 8-10 minutes (or when they're dark), flip and cook for another 8-10 minutes.
- Add to sauce mixture and pour over rice or noodles. 

Ingredients for Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 cup whole milk or heavy cream
- 2 tsp. worcester sauce
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper 
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley (optional, but recommended)  

Directions for sauce
- In medium sized sauce pan, melt butter.
- When melted, whisk in flour.
- Add beef broth, milk/heavy whipping cream, worcester sauce, salt, pepper and parsley and heat until thickened. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

8 Tips to Help You Save For Your Next Disney Vacation

We are in the process of saving for my 5th trip, my daughters 3rd trip, and my husbands 2nd trip to Disney World hopefully in January 2020. We know how expensive it can be! Our last trip as a family of 3 plus my mother-in-law (who payed for her own ticket, but we paid for the room) was a little over $3000. I mean, who just has that kind of money laying around? Definitely not us. As you have probably read in my previous post, Thomas is in the US Army (Reserves), and he also works for a seperate company doing factory work locally. As you probably also either know or figured out, those 2 jobs don't make enough to be going to Disney a bunch.
I have compiled a list of tips and tricks that I personally use for saving for future Disney Vacations.
Disclaimer: This will not be your typical list, and believe me I've read close to them all. This will also be a seperate post than the "How to Save While Your There" post. I will post that in a couple of days or so.
So without further ado, let's begin!

1. The typical "Take Surveys"

While there are many...MANY different survey sites these days, I have only found a couple that actual work for me.

I have been using this site for a few years now, and I absolutely love it. It's pretty much your standard survey/watch video kind of website EXCEPT there is no minimum to how little you can take out once you've made it.
Here's an example of what I've made over the few years. (There's a lot more than this, it's just what would fit inside of a screenshot).

As long as you put the time into it, there is no stop to the money you could make off of Another amazing thing about this website is, there is many different ways you can "Cash Out". I prefer my money these days going straight to paypal, BUT you can also choose for MANY different types of gift cards, check or direct deposit. So it's great for a small bonus to you Disney savings. 

So Mturk is run by, which many of you know well. Kind of like Instagc, there are MANY tasks you can do of all different kinds! Some are surveys, some are finding things in pictures, and some are just as simple as looking up a username to someone on twitter! It doesn't pay as well as Instagc, but it adds up just as quickly with the quicker tasks they give you.
Personally, I choose to have my mturk money go to Amazon money, but you can also choose to make it go straight to your bank account.

2. Taking Money Out a Little Bit At a Time

Something new that my husband and I just started doing is taking a little bit of money out of each paycheck, and by little I mean $5-$20 weekly. Like Instagc and Mturk  it doesn't seem like much money but it will add up quickly!

3. Book Your Disney Vacation Early

For our trip to Disney Jan of 2020, we will book our trip in Jan of 2019. Why? Just for the fact of after you pay the initial deposit (usually for a week it's $200), you can constantly add you extra money towards your Disney Vacation by just calling Disney! That way when you finally get to your Disney Vacation, there's not as much money that you have to spend! Takes a huge weight off! 

Bonus Tip: Booking early at a Disney Resort gets you Early Access to Disney Fast Passes!

4. Buying Disney Gift Cards

One of the best tips we found on our last trip to Disney was buy your Disney Gift Cards at Kroger during their 4x the fuel points on gift card events that they have at least every few weeks. If you are driving to Disney, it's an amazing way to save money on gas for your car (We saved over $1 off a gallon!). 

5. Stop Eating Out (or atleast so often)

This is one of the harder tips for my family and I to accomplish because I usually HATE cooking, but the truth is, it's most likely cheaper to eat at home then it is to eat out. 

6. Sell your things!

Having a yard sale or selling things on facebook can be a great way to make some extra cash for your next Disney trip. Before we left for our last trip, I sold many of my clothes that had either gotten to big or too small. Facebook Marketplace can be a great tool!

7. Start a Disney Change Jar!

Before our last vacation, I found a jar at a local flea market that was identical to the one on the movie UP, and in that jar I saved over $100 worth of change before our last trip. Can't ever save too much spending money, right?

8. Get Rid of the Monthly "Extras"

So if many of you know me, I used to have an obsession with makeup. Not just your normal "Oh I love to wear makeup everyday". It got to the point I no longer had drawers in my house before of it. I had an Ipsy subscription, a Birchbox Subscription, a $10 Razor Subscription, and a Boxycharm Subscription along with various games I play on my phone that had a $2 or $3 charge a week. But, if you want Disney bad enough, your going to do anything to get there...right? I got rid of ALL of it, and put the extra money into my "disney account". 

What other tips and suggestions do you have to save money for your trip? I'd love to hear them, and possibly use them in a later post!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic Labor Day!



Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Welcome To My Blog Post- A Questionnaire

Welcome to My Blog!
Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Carla, aka CarlaTheDisneyNerd! I am 25 years old (26 in 15 days), and I currently reside in the Bluegrass Kentucky area with my 4 year old daughter Hailee, my husband of almost 6 years, Thomas and our 3 year old PomChi rescue dog, Loki!
My husband, Thomas has been in the army for almost 14 years, so we get to move around quite often (Yes, I said get to. I would travel all the time if I got the chance!). In my lifetime, I have lived in 3 different countries (been to 5), and moved a total of 25 times. I average about 1 move a year, and I've never lived anywhere more than 2 years. When I was younger I thought how much I would love to just settle down and have my own house and just stay in one city for...well...forever! The older I get though, I realize this is no longer the case. I could travel 356 days a year and be perfectly happy!

....So what is the point of this blog you ask?
I'm so glad you asked! Well, the truth is a little bit of everything! The main focus will be traveling, disney, money saving, gardening and recipes (I've decided lately that I love to cook!). I may even through a little bit of "mom life" in, you just never know! I have many ideas for what this blog could be used for, so your going to get a little bit of everything.

How will I know when you post a blog post?
Another great question! Most of the posting I do on here will go hand in hand with my instagram account, @CarlaTheDisneyNerd. I will post the link to the new blog post from there!

Where are the main areas you travel to?
As of right now, most of where I travel is within the USA. I did go to Mexico in January, but due to Thomas' new job, we will be staying put for the long distant future (Much to my dismay).

What hobbies/goals do you have?
I am a serious Disney nerd, if you couldn't tell from my blog. I have been to Disney World 4 times now, and as soon as Thomas gets vacation time/more savings, we will be going back!
I'm also a patio gardener, as of the last few years. I absolutely LOVE to garden! This year, my yard has been filled with peppers of all kinds, tomatoes of all kinds, okra, strawberries, green beans, watermelon, corn (which was a fail), lemon balm (my personal favorite), radishes, carrots, cabbage, and cucumbers.

As for goals, my main goal is to travel. My biggest goal right now is to get to a point in our lives where we can travel a lot more than we have the last couple of years (I may make a post of why at a later date.). It's far fetched, but I'd love to be one of those older couples that lives in their RV and just travels constantly.

So that's about it for now, if you have any questions, my email like is on my instagram, and I'd love to answer!


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