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Thankfulness

I love Thanksgiving! I don’t know if there is an American out there who doesn’t. If there is they should probably have their sanity evaluated because they are crazy. Thanksgiving this year was nice, small but nice. It was just my parents and me, and this is the first year in a long time I can remember it being just the three of us. But it was great and I loved getting to help my mom in the kitchen cook. Then yesterday I came back to Eugene to go to the game! Oh it was such a good game. I had enough layers and hand warmers that I wasn’t cold which made the game that much more enjoyable! Next week is the civil war, which is pretty much impossible to get tickets for and if we win then we are off to the national championship!! Boy did I transfer the right year!! But I also wanted to make a little list of things I am thankful for:

  • Friends! From high school, Poly and here in Eugene! I feel so blessed to have so many great friends in many different places that I am still able to keep in contact with.
  • My parents! Honestly we don’t get along sometimes, but overall they are some of the most loving and caring parents and I am so thankful for them! I have loved getting to live closer to them since June and I am thankful for all that living closer has allowed me to do and that I get to see them a lot more frequently!
  • Gavin! Ok I am going to be supper cheesy, but really I am so thankful for him! He is always there to encourage me, comfort me and challenge me to grow. He is the best boyfriend I could have ever asked for and so much more. I am thankful that we are not only surviving, but thriving in our time apart. I think that really speaks to a relationship when you are apart for a month at a time, but are still growing in the relationship and in our relationship with God. Lastly I am so thankful that we get to spend a week together with each of our families over break! It will be the most amount of time we have spent together since I moved!
  • Lastly I am extremely thankful for my personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I think back to two years ago and where I was and am so thankful for where He has brought me. I am thankful for all the people that God has used in my life to bring me closer to Him. I’m thankful for an amazing God who, despite me being messed up and broken, out of his love and grace has forgiven me and loves me intimately.

Now that Thanksgiving is over it is officially Christmas time!! I love this season and everything that comes with it! Also I am excited to send out Christmas cards (to people in CA 🙂 ) over the next few days!! They have been a labor of love, but I am so happy with how they turned out!

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? What are you most excited for about this Christmas season?

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 🙂

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 375°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 at 375°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

Photo Credit

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 🙂 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?