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July 28, 2011

Good Advice from Alyssa #2

My vacation is half way done 😦 As you all know I just moved to Hoboken to be with my boyfriend where I know not one single girl. My girl Alyssa moved to Virginia Beach last year and seems to be miss popular so I asked her for some advice! Take it awayyyy.

I’m Alyssa from Life of bLyss, where I blog about running and getting big muscles, my puppy, my adventures, and some food. As my twittersays, “I’m driven by fun, food, undercooked brownies, and too much wine. I like to run till my legs hurt, pretend I’m Ke$ha, and paint wine glasses.”

It’s all true.

I’m careful to say I’m from South Jersey to avoid the “Noyth Joysey” remarks, the “dirty Jerz” comments, and the “armpit of America” cracks.


If you can’t tell, I get a little defensive of my home state.. and for a good reason. I grew up in the pretty suburbs in the Pinelands. It’s really nice. I swear.

Which is why the OTHER Alyssa (you know, the girl whose blog you’re presently reading) is so lucky to be relocated to such a great place. 😉 And she has asked me to indulge you guys in a little How To post.

How To Meet Friends …in a New State. 😉

I’ve now lived in Virginia Beach for a year. I knew almost nobody upon moving, so I’ve learned a lot about meeting new people.

1. Reach out.

Use your Facebook and other social networking. Ask everyone you know if they have any friends who live in the area where you’re about to move. You may even be surprised – old high school friends you rarely speak to may live right near your new abode. 😉

2. Do your research.

Put that Google search bar to use. Google “fun things to do in _____.” You’ll learn of all kinds of fun places to visit where you may meet people like you.

3. Take advantage of coworkers.

That donesn’t exactly sound right. But if you have a job already, ask your boss/coworkers where they hang out. Invite them to have happy hour after work with you. They’ll know all the good local spots, and you may turn a coworker into a friend!

4. Don’t fear the locals.

If you’re shy, this can get difficult. But I’ve learned the locals ALWAYS know best, and they’re typically pretty happy to help.

Unless your new home is in New York.  (…that’s a joke ;))

5. Get into your hobbies.

When I moved to Virginia Beach, not only did I need friends, but I also needed running buddies. I Googled a running group in the area, picked one, and showed up. Everyone was so nice, and I’m so glad I tried it.

6. Join a gym.

Well, this is an obvious. But the same people generally go to the same classes at the same time. Built in friends and fun activities. BAM.

7. Use your bloggy connections!

If you’re a blogger, you’ve got tons of friends from all over the country at your fingertips. Tweet it out! Ask them if they live nearby, if they ever have, or if they have friends in the area. I bet you’ll come up with more than you think.

Fun Fact: I met one of my closest friends in Virginia Beach thanks to blogging. Jamie found me from Julie‘s blog, and now we’re gym buddies, bar-hopping partners, and, well, I love her. She’s my VBBFF.

And know what’s weird? She’s from ONE TOWN OVER from me in New Jersey. We went to rival high schools and played on the same field hockey field together!


 And now we just can’t stay away from one another.

So get on out there, be friendly, and people will just be begging to be friends with you. Let me know when you do, too. 😉 I’ll be over at Life of bLyss waiting for pictures of you hugging your new bff.

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July 27, 2011

Put a Ring on it Chicken

I have another great guest post for you today! Jessica is one of my favorite bloggers because she makes me want to pee my pants laughing every.single.day. She also makes some amazing healthy dinner recipes and she was kind enough to share one on my blog today! Check it out….

Well hello there.  I’m Jessica from Stylish Stealthy &Healthy and I am honored to guest post for the gorgeous Alyssa while she basks in the sunshine on her family vacation.  Also I’m very jealous of her… I really need to get on that “going on vacation” thing….I have like 23 bathing suits and don’t even wear them but- Oh right, guest post.  Sorry.

When my husband and I met, he lived at home and I was in college.  Therefor the extent of my “cooking” for him was pb&j sandwiches and I think maybe once I made him spaghetti.  This of course I was left to win him over with my womanly charm and winning personality.  It’s still a miracle we’re together.

Just kidding, I’m totally a catch.

So when we took the step of moving into our apartment, it was go time.  I was so excited to have my own big beautiful kitchen (the carpet may have had cigarette burns in it and the cabinets were circa 1972) and I started planning the meals I wanted to make to show him what a great wife I’d be someday.


One of my favorites has always been a whole roasted chicken.  The smell, the flavors, the feeling of eating the kind of meal yo mamma made you… mm MM.


Not only did he wander into the kitchen way more than normal just to smell the intoxicating aroma, but he asked approximately 4367 times when dinner would be ready. 

It is my firm belief that he went out that weekend and bought a ring, tucked it in his underwear drawer and vowed to someday make me his wifey.   Sure it only took 3 years, but I know what really sealed the deal…

Herb Roasted Chicken
You’ll need:
5 lb whole chicken roaster
olive oil (about 1/4 cup)
1 large Vidalia onion
salt and pepper
1 T rosemary
1 T thyme
1 T parsley
1/2 of a lemon

Preheat oven to 425.  Remove the giblets.  Rinse inside and outside of chicken and pat dry.   Generously salt and pepper the inside of the chicken and add the lemon half.  Separate the skin from the breast meat and rub with olive oil and 1/2 your spices.  Then coat the outside skin with oil and sprinkle the remainder of your spices.

Slice an onion into about 1/2 inch wedges and place on a coated baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.  Rest your chicken on top of the onions.  (At this point you should tie the legs together with kitchen string which I did not do.  I realized too late that I was out of kitchen string.  Oops.)  Place in the oven and cook for about an hour and a half (or until juices run clear when pierced on the side).  About half way through, remove the chicken (closing oven door to retain heat) and baste with juices from pan.  This will ensure a crispy outer skin.  Remove from the oven and let sit for about 15 minutes before slicing.  Serve with caramelized onions from the roasting pan

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Not only will this chicken work its magic on your man, but it will impress the hell out of your friends and family.  I’ve often wanted to marry myself after eating it, but then again like I said before, I’m totally a catch.

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