Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans!

So pretty much everyone who tries my bacon wrapped green beans falls in love with them. They have been called “Bacon Flavored Candy”, haha.

INGREDIENTS

One can French Cut Green Beans OR Two cans regular green beans

1/2 cup – 3/4 cup brown sugar

One package bacon (try to avoid thick cut, you’ll end up with less slices)

Baking pan

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat Oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Before opening the bacon, pour the green beans and brown sugar into separate bowls. You will not want to grab brown sugar from your entire package when your hands are contaminated by raw bacon juices.

Cut the bacon into thirds lengthwise.

Spread a few slices out. Grab a little fingerful of brown sugar and rub it on each piece.

Stack three green beans toward one end of the slice. If you’re using French Cut, just grab a couple and bundle them up.

Roll that bad boy up and put it on the baking pan. Repeat about 50 times, lol.

I apologize for the upside down photos, lol. Once they’re all in the pan, sprinkle a little more brown sugar on top (I did mention this isn’t exactly healthy, right?)

Close-ups of brown sugar are always good photo ops. 🙂

Bake at 450 for about 20 minutes, until bacon is fully cooked. If you make these for a party, expect them to be gone in about 32.843 seconds. Unless it’s a vegetarian party. Then you can have them all to yourself.

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Hullabaloo

As I continue the planning/brainstorming/gathering information stages of starting my business, I find myself ambivalent (thank you Girl, Interrupted for teaching me that word). Looked at GoDaddy.com for info on site hosting and I like what I see. For online stores they really offer a lot and have 3 different plans. The smallest definitely won’t do, can’t decide between the middle and largest. Thinking about starting off with the middle and upgrading to the largest when I have the need and the means to do so. They offer credit card processing through PayPal, shipping tables, ability to ship all over the world, advertising, online coupons, gift cards, etc. They really, really offer a lot. And it looks like they have it set up to make it pretty easy to design and get everything started.

Pretty sure I’ll be using Chase Bank for my banking needs. I’ve been using them for personal banking since I was 16 and have always loved them (I think they were still Bank 1 back then, lol). Looked on their site for business account info. They offer merchant services (point-of-sale credit card processing) which will come in handy if I start using the flea market a lot. But that will wait. I’ll start off only accepting cash and if I lose a lot of sales because of people only having cards on them, I will definitely get my hands on a machine. They also offer payroll services with electronic tax deposits. One less thing for me to worry about!

Another concern of mine is location. The obvious answer is “work from home”, but what if zoning laws don’t allow me to register a business from my apartment? And since my plan is to start small and slowly expand, I doubt I’ll find myself able to afford renting an office right away. But when I mentioned all of this to my mom, she told me that a lot of people in that situation will get a P.O. box and use that as the address with which they register their business! So I have hope!

Those are the parts I’ve somewhat figured out (or at least have an idea about) that make me more excited. Little things like that make me feel like these beautiful but chaotic and disorganized ideas swirling around in my head are finally attaching themselves to one another and evolving into an actual plan!

Then there are some things that just plain discourage me. Such as the process for starting it. Went to a website dedicated to helping you plan and start a small business in Louisiana. When I looked at the list of fees involved, I immediately felt overwhelmed. Not by the fees themselves, but by the descriptions of the fees. I didn’t know what most of it meant, it was a completely different language. What am I doing? I don’t know anything about business. I remember enough from the research I did a year ago that I probably want to have an LLC instead of a sole proprietorship or an S or C corporation.

Another problem. I really, really wanted to call my company “Everyday Gypsy”. I though it perfectly captured the style and the feel of what I plan to do. Because for most people the word “gypsy” makes them imagine something in the likeness of Esmeralda from Hunchback of Notre Dame. But what it means to me is someone who has seen the world, or would at least like to. Someone who doesn’t have just one style of personal fashion, but instead decides when they wake up that morning which aspect of their personality they want to express that day. Most days I’m a low-maintenance kind of girl, some may even say a tomboy. T-shirt, jeans, little to no makeup. But then I get dressed up in some of my belly dancing stuff and I feel transformed. And it doesn’t even have to be something as “costume-y” as that. Even just putting on a dress for a party, or dressing nice for a job interview. It’s not often I deviate from my jeans-and-t-shirt style. But when I do, I don’t feel like I’m being fake or untrue to myself, I feel like I’m letting out a part of myself that many people (including myself) don’t get to see everyday. And for many people, those daily fashion choices aren’t just based on what they have in the closet, but are inspired by other cultures. That’s the part that I feel “gypsy” truly captures. “World traveler”. “Explorer”. Not only explorer of other parts of the world, but an explorer of themselves. Who are you? What are your favorite parts of who you are? How can you use your physical form to tell the people you meet something about yourself? Are you flirty? Are you creative? Are you intellectual? Are you active? Are you professional? Are you sweet? Are you strong? Are you funny? The thing is, no one person is ever one thing. We are all a collection of traits, of strengths and weaknesses. You can choose simply by your choice of outfit which of those traits to enhance. There’s no doubt about it that you will be judged by how you dress. It’s unavoidable. So of course we care how we look, we care what people think of us. But I like to think it come from more than just, “Does this room full of strangers find my outfit fashionable?” and more to do with, “What will they assume about me as a person based on what I’m wearing? What first impression am I making walking into this room? What can they learn about me before even speaking to me by simply looking at what I’m wearing?” This is what I want to do with my business. Create a wide variety of choices that can all be worn fabulously by the same person (not all at the same time, that would be bulky). Create a line of clothing that can be easily adapted to different situations and fit in with what is considered to be “appropriate” for different settings, while still letting some of your personality show through. This is why I wanted to call it “Everyday Gypsy”, because it is meant to be a way to express all of the wonderful little things about you, while still be relevant to today’s fashions.

While typing all of that, especially the parts about different aspects of one’s personality, one word kept popping into my head. “Multifaceted”. It’s a word often used to describe something that has many different sides, different aspects, a plethora of things to be discovered if one takes the time to look closely enough. I consider myself to be a multifaceted person and that is who I want to sell to. Multifaceted women.

Eureka! One quick online search yields that multifaceted.com is taken, but multifacetedapparel.com is not! What do you guys think? Multifaceted Apparel. Saying it out loud, it doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as I would hope, but maybe it just needs to be said a few more times. I’m sure Band-Aid and Cheetos and Starbucks sounded kind of odd the first time they were said, but nobody questions them now, do they?!

So as I add to the list of things I need to figure out, I can find hope in the fact even while typing about the things that are not coming together I can find the inspiration to overcome them! This is what I love about my brain. As soon as one tiny little creative thought drifts in there, it triggers an avalanche of ideas, that in turn trigger more. I’m really starting to think that I’ll get to spend my life creating. Which has been a secret dream of mine for a long time.

Once again, farewell, much love and appreciation for taking the time to read my never ending rambles.

And away we go…

So I suppose this will be your typical “this is who I am and this is what my blog will be about” kind of post. If you’ve read my About Me section, you already have a pretty good idea. I guess we’ll start with the basics.

Hi, my name is Baillee. I’m 23. And I have not accomplished any of what I thought I would accomplish by now when I graduated high school. I was supposed to be an astrophysicist. Should have at least gotten my Bachelor’s by now and would be working toward my Master’s I suppose. Instead, I am the store manager of a small adult novelty in southern Louisiana. Not trying to complain about my job, I really do like it. And I can pay my bills. How many people my age without a degree can say they can pay their bills and actually enjoy what they do? Probably not a whole lot.

However, it is not what I intend to do for the rest of my life. My goal is to start my own business in 2012. It will be an online store where I sell the clothing, accessories, home decor and other items that I design and make. It’s still in the planning stages right now. Starting this business was my New Year’s resolution for 2011 and it just didn’t end up happening. But I am newly motivated and determined to get off my ass and make the life that I want for myself.

I’ve been an underachiever my entire life. I was that girl who had loads of potential and just didn’t apply herself. Not a lot has changed since high school. I’m still in retail but instead of a fabric shop, it’s a sex shop. And I’m the manager. Yay! But I want more for myself. I see how much I’ve changed in the last few years and even though I haven’t “achieved” anything that most people would find noteworthy, I see the person I am and how much I’ve grown and I can’t help but be proud of myself. That’s not to say I’ve fooled myself into thinking I’m done growing. My ultimate goal in life is to never grow up. Well, not finish growing up. I don’t ever want to be satisfied. I want to constantly seek new ways to grow as a person. New talents to acquire. New skills to learn. Have people to teach them to so that they can do the same.

I intend for this blog to be a chronicle of the learning, growing, and achieving I do. I intend for it to be a place to share my ideas, my creations, my thoughts on life. Perhaps one day I’ll post about the steps I have to take to get my business license. And the next day I’ll post the recipe for my famous Pizza Bowl. Or a crocheting pattern for something I created. Who knows. I don’t want my blog to be about any one topic or interest because nobody’s life revolves around one thing, or at least it shouldn’t. There’s so much I want to do, in the near future and the distant. I just started belly dancing, I should probably write about that from time to time. I’ll let you guys know when I can finally 3/4 shimmy because so far I can’t and it’s getting on my nerves!

Well I suppose that’s enough for now. I would love to write an entire post about the ideas I have so far for my business, but I don’t want them to be stolen from me. Perhaps I’ll keep them to myself for now. Anyways, much love and appreciation for taking the time to read about what’s going on in my life, and stay tuned!