Archive for October, 2010

I love pumpkins!!

I just had to write a quick post about my pumpkin because well I love it! First off Alexa and I went and got our pumpkins! The place we went was really great and it kind of reminded me of Avila Valley Barn. They had fresh produce, apple cider and delicious apple cider donuts!! A few pictures from our pumpkin patch experience

Alexa and I after riding in the horse drawn hay wagon out to the pumpkin patch

My pumpkin on the left, Alexa’s on the right

 

So now onto carving. There is a couple that goes to CCF events and stuff and they are just really great and there to talk. Last night they had a pumpkin carving party over at their house. Sidenote: their two kids are adorable! I had salsa and knew I would be a few hours late, so I carved the top and scraped out the insides before I went to salsa.

This was my face the whole time I was scraping out the insides. I HATE it and would usually make my dad do this part for me. But I was proud of myself and bucked up and got it done!

 

Now onto the carving part. I had an idea I wanted to try to do: Puddles the Oregon Duck! I mean c’mon how cute right?!

When thinking about how to do this I knew I didn’t want to do just cutting out or regular pumpkin. I had seen a kind of “etching” done before and I love it! Here is an example of what it looks like:

This pumpkin from Southern Living doesn’t even need to be scraped out to be a beautiful decor/art piece, which is a plus in my book. However I really wanted the glow for my pumpkin. I was kind of dreading having to do it how Southern Living and wasn’t very excited about trying to etch into my pumpkin with a knife. Little did I know though that the couple whose house I was going to would have one of these:

 

Its a pumpkin dremel! It is battery powered and make the “etching” or glow effect pretty easy!! So now my pumpkin!!

Ohhh Puddles Pumpkin how I love thee!

The brightest parts are where I carved all the way through. The glow effect is where I used the pumpkin dremel. I LOVE the glow effect and I think it might be using this for years to come in pumpkin carving! I am really happy that I set out to make an Oregon Ducks pumpkin and I think it looks like the Duck!

 

Now my Ducks just need to pull out a win against the Trojans tomorrow!! However, tonight I am going to the AO halloween mugger! I’m pretty excited!! Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!

A much needed lift after a rough week

This last week has been a little pretty rough. Between midterms, group projects, discussion groups, research proposals, missing people in SLO, hormones doing their thing, the rain starting and life in general I just have had not the best week.

So you are probably like “KC where is the lift after this rough week?”

Well I was on grooveshark making a playlist of praise/worship songs. (BTW if you haven’t check out gooveshark its pretty cool. Basically like Pandora – commercials + getting to make your own playlist = amazingness) So I was making my playlist and typed in “How Deep The Father’s Love” because lets be honest what a great song right? I was looking through the artists that had done a version of the song and I saw a name I wasn’t expecting to see owl city. Now if you don’t know owl city please go listen to them here, here and here.

Onto the ultimate lift in my day/week. Mmmmmmm such goodness.

Reasons why this what this was the best lift to my day

  1. I LOVE this song! It is such a good song! I feel like I am such a sucker for hymns. The lyrics are always so poignant and to the heart.
  2. Owl city makes such happy music it can’t help but put a smile on your face, or at least I can’t.
  3. Put the first two together and what do you get? KC overcome by the reality of the lyrics of the song = shedding a few tears (I mentioned the hormones earlier, right?) BUT at the same time smiling the biggest smile because of the lyrics (funny how they can do that to you huh? laughing and crying) AND smiling because Owl City’s music just puts a smile on my face!

So now my friends feast your ears on this lovely little tune πŸ™‚

Sidenote this song isn’t on any of their albums ultimate sad face 😦 BUT it is on grooveshark and youtube πŸ™‚

Now off to study more for my midterm tomorrow, looking forward to a relaxing evening tomorrow and making leek potato soup. Yes I’m SO excited. Hopefully it turns out well & I will have a delicious recipe to share with you all. Also I have other recipes to share and other things of life. Sometimes there are just so many ideas floating around in my head it is hard to find the time to write them all down!

p.s. while I was writing this it started to thunder and lightening and I could see the lightening flash outside my window. For some reason I find thunder and lightening storms really relaxing. Is that strange? Well I love it. Bring it on thunder and lightening you make for perfect studying weather!

Quick Update

This is mostly just because I haven’t posted in a while and give you all a quick update on life! In the past week I have:

  • Gone on Fall Retreat with CCF
  • Found a bible study!! YAY!!!!
  • Started taking midterms
  • Gotten my ticket for the UO v. UCLA game (STOKED!!!)
  • Went home for a dentist appointment
  • And done the normal go to school, do homework & life thing

 

So between all of those I have been pretty busy! But I am excited to write about all those things, well maybe not my dentist appointment, and let you all know what has been going on in my life! I am going to try really hard to post about some of those things Thursday or Friday! Also I am hoping to try out a new recipe and let you all know how it goes πŸ™‚

Hope your weeks started off well! Halfway to the weekend!!

Care packages are wonderful things!

So I wrote this post a few days ago, but waited until the care package arrived at its destination to post it. It was to Gavin, but there were some goodies in there for some other special people in SLO : ) Isn’t getting mail the greatest?! I LOVE getting mail. The effort the other person has to put in just makes it all the more special. I am always so excited when I see something in my mail box that isn’t one of those generic mailers! Do any of you get excited over mail like me??

I love making things and have always enjoyed making cards. I was going to post a few pictures of the cards I made, but then I realized I didn’t take any before I mailed them! Oh well! They were Halloween cards, only because it was the next holiday coming up, not because I normally think of Halloween as a card giving holiday and I wanted to write to people : )

BUT Christmas is coming up and I already have Christmas card ideas brewing. I made Christmas cards for two years in High School, but I didn’t have my crafting stuff down in SLO, and there isn’t that much time over winter break before Christmas to make cards. However, I have been reunited with my stamps, ink pads and paper and this year I am making Christmas cards! I’m pretty darn excited! Making cards is somewhat soothing and relaxing, plus I get to be creative AND then I get to send them to people and let them know I am thinking about them and wish them a Merry Christmas! How great, right?! Can you believe there are 74 days until Christmas?! It keeps creeping up! But we still have Halloween and Thanksgiving! Speaking of Halloween, I have no idea what to dress up as! Any suggestions??

On to the main topic of what I wanted to post about: the yummy recipe for the bars I baked for Gavin

The recipe came from the Cookshelf cookbook on Baking. It is a cute little cookbook and I got it along with ones on Italian, Mexican, Chocolate, and Vegetarian for my birthday. This is the first recipe I have made out of any of them and I think it turned out pretty good! So here is the recipe:

MILLIONAIRE’S SHORTBREAD

Shortbread Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 Tbsp light brown sugar

Carmel Topping

  • 14 ounce can condensed milk
  • 4 Tbps light brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp butter

Chocolate Topping

  • 5 1/2 ounces milk chocolate (I used more like 6 or 6 1/2, the more chocolate the better right?!)

Directions

  1. Thoroughly grease a 9-inch square cake pan. Preheat oven to 375Β°F.
  2. Sift flour into a bowl (I just whisked it to get the lumps out) and rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix to form a firm dough. (I wouldn’t have called my dough a “firm” dough, but when I pressed the dough together it held. It was fine because of the next step.)
  3. Press the dough into the prepared pan and prick with a fork. (See why it didn’t need to be a “firm” dough?)
  4. Bake in a preheated oven atΒ 375Β°F for 20 minutes, until lightly golden. Cool completely in the pan.
  5. To make the carmel topping, place the butter, sugar and condensed milk in a nonstick saucepan and cook over a gentle heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat and cook for 4-5 minutes, until the carmel is pale golden and tick and is coming away from the sides of the pan. Pour over the shortbread base and let cool. (I re-greased the pan before I did this just to help the carmel not stick to the side. I figured a few more calories from the butter wouldn’t make that much of a difference in the long run)
  7. When the carmel topping is firm, melt the milk chocolate in a double boiler (I just used a smaller saucepan inside of a bigger one). Spread the the melted chocolate over the topping, set aside in a cool place, then cut the shortbread into squares or bars to serve.

Overall it is a pretty straight forward recipe. However, there is a lot of down time waiting for things to set up and/or cool. So just be prepared to do one layer at a time and wait 30 minutes to an hour between each one. Here is the final product!

Lastly, OREGON FOOTBALL #2 IN THE NATION!!! I love how into football people are here! I am really hoping I will be able to get tickets!!! Watch out Ohio State, we are right on your tail!

I LOVE MY DUCKS…and other happenings of the weekend

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Actually before I get to the game I want to write about my Friday night/Saturday morning. Alexa has a friend who is involved in a middle school ministry called Campus Life (it seems similar to Young Life) and she needed volunteers for, drumroll please…..A MIDDLE SCHOOL ALL NIGHTER!! WOOOO!! The aim of the night was to have a fun night and get the kids interested in the program so then they would come to the meetings and here the good news that is Jesus Christ! So there were middle schools from all around the Eugene area. The group was split in half (about 500 students in each group!!) so there was less middle school chaos. The first place our group went for the night was skate world. Skate world is a pretty standard 80’s skating rink. For the most part there was chaos, but it was fun! Alexa and I got to skate some so that was pretty cool! I did really well too, and the only time I fell was because this big kid ran into me while I was trying to keep kids that didn’t have skates on from coming on the skating rink/area. They had a presentation about what Campus Life is and very briefly talked about Jesus and the Gospel. Alexa and I kind of crashed during this, considering it was almost 3am and the kiddos were all paying attention to the presentation we took advantage of the situation. Then we all loaded buses and headed over to the Regional Sports Complex in Springfield. Here there was volleyball, ping pong, basketball, dodge ball, air brush tattoos, a dance, laser tag and FOOD!! So for the rest of the night we made sure everyone was safe, not doing stupid things and trying to stay awake/coherent. I got home around 7:30 talked to Gavin before he headed to Fresno for the game and then CRASHED! It was verrrryyy nice to sleep after spending 11 hours chaperoning middle schoolers

GAME DAY!

Basically I am pretty stoked on Oregon football. The enthusiasm here is phenomenal, I love it! It makes me wish Poly had this kind of spirit, because I probably would have been more into football and sports there. But, these are the differences between big Pac-10 schools and smaller FCS schools. Anyway, game day started out pretty good the video above was posted on Saturday and got me even more pumped for the game, even though I didn’t have a ticket (rant on how the ticketing system s-u-c-k-s at another time). I went with Alexa to watch the game at a friends parents house. First about the game: the first half scared me a little. I wish they could just come out in the first half how they have been playing the second half. Thankfully we rocked Stanford’s world in the second half and won by two touch downs!! Also, we are now #3!!!! WOOOOO!! Now Ohio State needs to loose (sorry Ryan if you are reading this) and Oregon win out, and we are going to the BCS National Title Game!!! Woooooooo! How awesome would that be?!?!?! Basically it would be amazing! So I’m rooting for anyone that plays Alabama or Ohio State and of course representing my ducks πŸ™‚ Also here is a link to the original I Love My Ducks video from before the Rose Bowl

As far as watching the game goes I met some really awesome people! One girl was friends with Tyler B from high school, so that was really cool! Another girl was from Santa Clarita originally and knew people that I know from Poly. (Heather if you are reading this, she said she knew you from church!) What a small world right?! So that was really awesome to get to watch the game and get to know some sweet people. After the game honestly I was exhausted! A few people came over and we watched an episode of community, which was pretty funny, and then I was ready for bed!

Sunday was my catch up day! Both on sleep and some homework. I was feeling a little sick/catching a cold so I went to church slept a lot did some stuff around the house and then went to CCF. It was cool to go and catch up with people I had met this summer and get to hear the message. The college pastor is looking at 1 Cor. 13 and the different characteristics of love and how they apply to relationships (dating, marriage, friendship and people you encounter) Sunday he talked about patience and it was good and interesting how patience truly is a HUGE part of loving someone.

Thats all for now! How were all of your weekends?? Did you have a college football game that you were especially into or cared about the results of?