“The Lake Place”- My Newest Writing

I love to write but I don’t often share what I write because I feel like it would be similar to a situation where you just met someone and they get WAYYYY TOO PERSONAL! You don’t even know their first name or favorite color but you know every aching detail of their recent divorce and every ailment they have had in the past two years down to the last pimple they popped.

I do have one piece published in a book but besides that, pretty much everything else I have wrote stays within my own view.

Until now! I wrote this piece and feel like it could describe what so many people are going through right now in their life and so I thought I would share it.

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– Morgan Stewart

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DIY Easy and Healthy Frozen Pizza’s!

Do you love the taste of pizza but hate the after feeling of traditional frozen pizza’s? This pizza is an excellent, all natural, inexpensive and healthy version of frozen pizza’s!

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This recipe makes 6 15” by 10” family sized thin crust pizzas. You can also divide all of the ingredients in half for smaller, individual sized pizza’s (or invite 50 of your closest friends for a personalized pan pizza party!).

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Ingredients
• 2 TSP White Sugar
• 3 Cups Warm Water
• 2 TBSP Active Dry Yeast
• 2 TBSP Olive Oil
• 1 TSP Salt
• 1 TBSP honey (optional)
• 7 Cups 100% Whole Wheat Flour
• 5 TBSP Italian Seasoning
• 2 Jars Pasta Sauce
• 4 IBS Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
• Toppings of your choice.
Steps to Perfection:
1. Preheat oven to 175 Degrees.
2. Dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over water and wait 10 minutes for yeast to get foamy.
3. Stir olive oil, salt, honey and Italian seasoning into mixture then add all the flour. Kneed until all the flour is absorbed.
4. Roll dough ball in some olive oil, place dough ball in oven for about 45 minutes until the dough rises to twice its size.
5. Preheat oven to 425 Degrees.
6. Spread a small amount of flour on a clean counter surface. Roll out the dough to the desired size (traditional 15” by 10” cookie sheet recommended- or similar size). Try to roll out the dough as thin as possible- saves calories and makes more pizza.
7. Cook pizza dough until light brown (around 10 minutes).

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To Make Multiple Frozen Pizzas for Later:
1. Spread pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings on pre-cooked (and cooled) crust. The crust should still remain on the cookie sheet pan.
2. Add cling wrap or tin foil on top to completely seal the pizza from air.
3. Add another crust and along with sauce, cheese and toppings.
4. Continue layering the pizza with cling wrap or foil. Place in freezer (make sure no air can reach the pizzas.)
5. When ready to cook, pull out the frozen pizza and cook for about 10 minutes in the oven at 425 degrees.

To Eat Immediately:
1. Spread pizza sauce, cheese, and toppings on pre-cooked crust.
2. Cook about 10 minutes or until all the cheese is melted.

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First Photo Shoot Results

I received back the photos from my first photoshoot under Natalie Sparrow Management and Ultimate Image. The photos were taken by Natalie Sparrow and the day was chilly but the shoot was bright! Mrs. Sparrow was so wonderful to work with!

 

Here are  some of my favorite photos:

 

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How to get FREE Birthday Stuff!

 

My birthday is in 7 days and one thing I love to do around my birthday is getting free things! It does take a little bit of preparation and research to find out what businesses in the area offer free birthday things WITHOUT:

  1. Any sort of purchase
  2. Monthly subscription
  3. Credit card

The best way to do this is to search your favorite places in the area and see what they each offer for birthday gifts. 99% of businesses will require some sort of rewards sign up which is free but also takes time to register for each business online and you also get a lot of junk email. I usually try to sign up for emails a few weeks before my birthday and then unsubscribe to the email services a few days afterward or when I get irritated of continuous emails.

The best way to go about receiving this birthday discounts is to have a separate email that you send all your junk emails. That way if you still want to receive coupons from stores (or birthday gifts) but don’t want an email every day, you can access the email only when you chose.

This year, these are the stores I will try to visit or will hopefully receive a gift in the mail! I try to pick one day and set aside 2-3 hours to pick everything up. It is a great time collecting all these free items!

Note- all of these businesses require email registration. You can sign up on their website.

BareMinerals- free gift

Cinnabon- free treat

Local cupcake shop- free cupcake

Sephora- free gift

Sonic- free treat

Tropical smoothie- free treat (must have app)

ULTA- free gift

I might also register for a couple more in the next few days! Other helpful hints:

  1. I don’t like coffee products but check coffee businesses for free coffee!
  2. A lot of places will offer a shopping discount if you plan on shopping. Some don’t send out an email but ask in store if they offer a birthday discount. Usually, they offer 20-30% off!
  3. It is just a bit awkward going somewhere and just getting something for free, not making a purchase and then leaving. You kind of feel like a cheapskate but hey! It’s your birthday.

Rolling in the Ditch

“Yeah, there is a body in there!” I heard a guy yell at a few others behind him. What felt like no longer than a few minutes earlier, I was tumbling in circles in my mom’s Cadillac in the ditch of a countryside road. 

I was driving my mom’s car from my grandparent’s house to my brother’s fiance’s bachelorette party. Long story short,  I was driving straight when it felt like the car forcibly steered right. I started veering onto the shoulder and when the steering wheel wouldn’t correct itself, I panicked. I kept trying to turn back on to the road but the steering wheel wouldn’t respond.

In one last attempt before sliding into the ditch on my right, I cranked the wheel left as hard as I could. The wheel then decided to respond, sending me rolling into the opposite ditch.

I remember thinking, “Okay Morgan, one of two things could happen. I’m about to wake up in a hospital or not wake up at all. ” 

The car started tumbling in several circles, being up-side-down, glass breaking and the radio abruptly stopping. The car landed, drivers side down. My head hit the hard plastic above the window on my left and for a second I sat in shock. I was awake, breathing and didn’t appear to have any glass impaling my skin.

I tried calling my mom but I had no service. Eventually, I could hold my phone up high enough to get one bar of service and hit dial. When I finally got ahold of her I told her what happened and to come get me. After I ended the call, I heard a vehicle stop on the side of the road.

After I originally heard a guy yell there was a body in the car he started yelling at me through the closed backseat window, “are you okay? Are you alone in the car?” I answered yes. He and another guy tried to open the back seat door but the door was locked.

“Do you have the keys?” One of them yelled. I looked around at the scattered contents of belongings around me, typical purse and cup holder items were everywhere. I eventually found the keys and unlocked the doors. I sat there for a second in shock, kind of feeling like I just got off a rollercoaster ride I didn’t sign up for. The fact that the car was laying sideways left me with a weird disorientated, gravity isn’t working right now type of freeze where I just sat there, dazed.

“Do you want to get out of the car?” They said, snapping me back into reality. I climbed to the highest point I could and two guys pulled me out. They walked me out of the ditch and into a truck. They found a blanket and covered me and then they left and were standing on the road, looking at the car, back at me and talking on the phone.

The ambulance came, and the sheriff’s office and then my parents. It was kind of all a blur. I decided to not go to the hospital cause I didn’t feel any pain, I was actually just really cold.

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The Car After  Being Flipped Back on its Wheels

After the incident, my parents drove home and I slept for between 12 and 16 hours. A few hours after I woke up, I drove 6 hours back to where I live. Ever since I have felt pain kind of all over and my head has hurt. I have been kind of disorientated and confused so I’m headed to the doctor this afternoon to get checked out.

Overall I know someone was looking out for me somewhere up there above the clouds. I am so thankful nothing significant happened to me and that random citizens, the ambulance, sheriff’s department and family were there to help. I also have been tremendously thankful for all the support from my friends and family since the incident.