Want a view of the world? Climb a lighthouse

If you’re ever on Long Island and the weather’s decent, you should definitely take a trip down to Robert Moses Beach. Of course I wouldn’t suggest going smack in the middle of the summer unless you like sitting shoulder to shoulder with hot oiled up New Yorkers.

The beaches are unbearably packed in the summer but I love walking along the empty beach during the fall or early spring. The sand is clean and soft and you can find gorgeous shells and rocks near the water. It’s very peaceful and the view of the ocean is fantastic.You can check out my earlier post for more beach and lighthouse pictures.

Robert Moses Beach 2011

Rocks along the beach

From the beach you can also see the Fire Island Lighthouse and if you head towards it you can find boardwalks that will lead you right to it. It’s a great little walk and you can spot dear and rabbits on the way. There are also benches to stop and sit as you go. I’ve taken great pictures of the lighthouse from the path that captures the vast sky behind it and the tall grass in front.

Fire Island Lighthouse 2011

Fire Island Lighthouse

Before you get to the actual lighthouse there is a small building that you can go in to see the original glass that was used for the beacon. There was a little old man working there when I went this weekend and he was able to give us tons of facts and information about the lighthouse. He also gave us a free postcard with the lighthouse on it which I loved.

Original Glass for Fire Island Lighthouse 2011

Original glass for the beacon

The lighthouse itself is right next door. There is a small gift shop inside and you can pay a small admission fee to take a trip up to the top of the lighthouse. We didn’t have time to go to the top this time but I’d definitely suggest doing it if you can. You get a great view of the ocean and the inside of the lighthouse is pretty cool to see.

Fire Island Lighthouse 2011

Fire Island Lighthouse

You can find out more about the Fire Island Lighthouse

Fire Island Lighthouse 2011

Fire Island Lighthouse


Homemade White Castle Burger Recipe

This homemade White Castle burger recipe tastes just like the real thing! It’s easy to make and only takes about a half hour or so to cook. Even my mom liked them and she’s one of the most picky eaters I know.

White Castle Burger Ingredients

Pickles, cheese, onion soup mix, beef

You will need:

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 cup American cheese (torn into pieces)
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 3-4 regular sized hamburger buns
  • pickles
  • Aluminum foil

Directions:

  1. Brown the beef in a pan then drain out the liquid
  2. Add onions, soup mix and cheese to the beef
  3. Keep on medium-high and stir until the cheese is melted
  4. Put beef mixture on buns & wrap each bun in aluminum foil
  5. Heat burgers in oven for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees
  6. Unwrap burgers – add pickles – Enjoy!
Homemade White Castle Burger

Looks can be deceiving! They're delicious!

– See if you can find mini burger buns to make them even more like White Castle Burgers!

– You can also add the pickles before you put the burgers in the oven, it tastes just as good.

PS – The ingredients pictures shows 4lbs of beef (I divided it after the picture). Make sure to only use 1lb unless you are doubling the recipe!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder

Fall Pumpkin Decoration

Fall is my absolute most favorite season. I love the crisp clean smells, the bright colors and lets not forget the craft fairs that start popping up everywhere.

Last year my friend and I went to a craft fair and saw these adorable mini pumpkins decorated with all types of “autumn” things like acorns, leaves and orange flowers. I was going to buy one until I saw the outrageous price tag. Why should I pay for it when I could make a bunch of them myself for half the price?!

It’s super easy to do, relatively cheap and the pumpkins make great little festive decorations.

Fall Pumpkin Decoration

This years pumpkin on my desk at work

Pumpkin Craft Supplies

Pumpkin Craft Supplies

You’ll need:

  • Mini pumpkins
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fake craft flowers and/or leaves
  • Small decorations of your choice (acorns, baby pine cones, dried flowers, etc.)

The craft leaves and flowers that I bought at my local craft store came in small bunches. I just cut and pulled of the pieces I wanted to use and then arranged them along with some small pine cones on top of the pumpkin. Once I figured out how I liked the layout, I carefully glued each piece directly onto the pumpkin. (The glue dries relatively quickly and it does not damage the pumpkin.)

The great part was, if I did not like how the final product looked, I was able to pull the glued pieces off without damaging the pumpkin. I could then start all over until liked the finished product.

I personally like using real pumpkins but you could easily use fake ones which you could then reuse every year.

Mini Pumpkin Decoration

Finished Mini Pumpkin Decoration

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, these little pumpkins would make great little centerpieces for tables and counters. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

American Veterans Deserve Better

My now 28 year old boyfriend was in the Marines for 5 years. He served in Iraq and spent some time in Japan, all before I even met him. He doesn’t talk much about the time he spent at war… occasionally he’ll tell me stories about funny things that happen while he was in Japan. I’d love to ask him about what it was like in Iraq… was he scared? Did he ever get hurt? Did he regret going? But I know just watching war movies can make him uneasy so I don’t want to risk making him upset by asking about his real life situations. It breaks my heart seeing him get like that and I can’t even imagine some of the things he must have went through.

Since he’s been home he’s been going to grad school for fiance and working odd jobs. Now he’s looking for a finance job because he is no longer receiving the little bit of money he was getting for being in the service. He also doesn’t have medical insurance and has had to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars to get tests done and an emergency hospital visit.

It’s sad to think that there are tons of men and women who have served for our country and barely receive anything back for their sacrifices. Not even a thank you. My Marine came home with all of his limbs and can function on a daily basis but there are others that are far worse off. How horrible is it that we have veterans living on the streets? Homeless veterans…what kind of country did they fight for?

If you ask me, anyone who served their time in the service should receive free heath insurance (not having to wait months and months to maybe get an appointment at the VA hospital) or should at least received a decent set amount of money every month for the rest of their lives. They sacrificed so much for us and put their lives on the line.

What do they get back? One day a year that maybe all of America thanks them.

Thank you to all of our veterans and those who are still serving our country! I appreciate all that you do for us.

American Flag Outside My Window

American Flag Outside My Window