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I can’t believe it, but I’m done with school!!

First off: WOOOOO!!!! This finals week was rough with a final last night at 7pm a 10 page paper due this morning and another paper due later today. BUT, it is all done and turned in! It still hasn’t sunk in that I am done with my undergrad and I’m not sure if it will until next fall when everyone else starts back with school and I will just keep working.

I have started packing up some of my stuff and in these next few days I am packing up most of my other stuff over the next few days. Gavin flies in Saturday and will help me move out the big furniture. Sunday then we are going to see Cirque Du Soleil! I am so excited because I have never seen anything like Cirque Du Soleil before!! Then Monday I GRADUATE!!! Gavin flies back south Tuesday and after that I have to be out of my apartment by midnight on Wednesday! It is going to be a crazy whirlwind of a week, but it should be a really great one!

On the job front I got hired with a catering company for working on the weekends, and actually worked 8 hours over Memorial Day Weekend! So I can start working weekends catering once I move down in July! Also there are quite job openings, such an answer to prayers! PTL!! I have applied for a posting from Cuesta that had 2 positions open at half and three-quarters time at the North County campus in student services. If I get an interview I will hear from them in the next week. There are also 3 other positions that are either part time or full time and Cuesta that I *think* I am qualified for. Also there is a part time receptionist position open at Costal Christian Elementary School. Now I just need to fill out and submit applications for all of the positions! I am really hoping that one of these positions ends up working out!! I would appreciate any prayers for wisdom and discernment regarding God’s plan for me and where He would have me 🙂

Also I wanted to share a site with you all that has become a slight obsession of mine: food gawker It is basically a site that composes a bunch of different peoples blog posts about food and there are new ones posted throughout the day most days of the week! It is always so fun to go on and see what other people have made. I hardly ever have time to make them right away, but I have a fantastic bookmark folder of recipes that I can’t wait to try later!!

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Projects and food!

Time for another update! I wanted to tell you guys about a few projects I have been working on and some yummy food!

Projects!

First off my diy project, which is one of my first big ones! The wall in my living room is big, which is great; but, it is also blank right now. So, I’m making a piece of art I guess you could say to hang on the wall! I saw this wall decal (picture to the right) on Michael’s website. But you can’t buy things online from them : ( and I couldn’t find it anywhere else online or in the stores : ( So, I decided to improvise because I really liked the quote and the fonts and everything.

What I decided to do was to stretch fabric over a frame and then paint the quote on it. My living room has a baby blue and brown thing going on so I used baby blue fabric and I am going to use brown paint. I went to Michael’s and got the frame pieces. They have quite a few different lengths of frame so you can customize the size of frame. I used 40″ and 30″ pieces. I would have wanted to go bigger, but the piece of fabric I was only so big. The pieces ranged from $2-5 so fairly inexpensive. I looked around on the internet and found this site that gave great instructions on stretching the fabric over a frame. You can get a fun patterned fabric, stretch it and then have a great piece to hang on the wall! It was relatively easy to do.

Here is my fabric stretched over the frameI’m happy with how it turned out and am ready to move onto the next step: tracing the quote onto the fabric and then painting!

Another project I have up my sleeve for when I get back is finishing my room! I spent some time down in Eugene and cleaned up my room and found pretty much everything its home (isn’t that satisfying?!). Now I just have a few finishing touches and then I will declare my room done and be done with decorating the apartment…for now at least : ) When I get back and am actually done with everything I will post pictures!

Food!

First update on my garden! I harvested my broccoli and I wish I would have taken a picture, but oh well. It was yummy yummy and now there are smaller heads starting to sprout! So hopefully in a few weeks there will be more broccoli!! Next cucumbers! I LOVE cucumbers!! I mean I REALLY LOVE cucumbers! So I have been really excited to see them grow and I have even ate one!

Baby cucumber!! Last time I counted there were around 20!!

This was the one that I ate a few days ago! As my mom said, “Vine ripened vegetables are so much better then ones from the grocery store!” I couldn’t agree more!!

This leads right into my next food topic! When I had my cucumber I made a cucumber salad. I cut the cucumber up into strips lengthwise.  For the dressing I used a vinegar I got in SLO at Farmer’s from Chaparral Gardens. The one I used was the raspberry basil vinegar and it is delicious!! I just put some of the vinegar on the cucumber slices and that was enough flavoring for me. This is partly because the vinegar is so complex and honestly delicious all on its own! I would really recommend checking out this booth at farmers because all of the vinegars are so good, they have samples and most of the bottles are only $10 such a great deal! I have also been using it in a simple oil and vinegar salad dressing, yummmm!!

Another recipe I tried out a few weeks ago. This one is a dessert called blackberry fool that is from Bobby Flay (one of my favorite food network chefs). The basic idea is layering a white chocolate blackberry whipped cream with macerated berries. Sooo good!!

In the recipe it says so mix melted white chocolate with the whipped cream. I had some issues with this part of the recipe. To have white chocolate so that it is able to pour and mix it has to be melted, to be melted it has to be hot, but that doesn’t really go well with whipped cream that needs to be cold to stay whipped. So when I started folding in the white chocolate the whipped cream started melting. I put it in the fridge, but ended up with a big chunk of hard white chocolate at the bottom of the bowl with whipped cream. The little that did get mixed in was little chunks. Maybe there is a trick of doing this and not having the whipped cream melt. However, I feel like the white chocolate is just going to harden so the next time I do this I might just chop the white chocolate chips into small pieces. Actually this might be easier to do by shaving white chocolate off of a bar. But overall it was really good, and would be even better with more white chocolate : ) Definitely worth a try, and I bet you could even use other berries. It is the end of berry season, but it is a recipe to keep in mind for next summer!

Other Updates

A few days ago I went up to Portland with some friends and it was a great time! We went to Pizza Schmizza and I had yummy Thai Chicken. Then off to Powell’s City of Books. LOVE this place and I got a few cook books! Seriously if you are ever in Portland you need to check this out. It is 4 stories and an entire block of books!! You can literally get lost and what a great place to get lost. Then we went and checked out a jazz club that Mel Brown and his band was playing at. They let minors stay till 9:30 and it was so great! I forgot how much fun it is to listen to live jazz and watch people who love what they are doing it. I can’t wait until I’m 21 and can stay the whole night and enjoy the jazz! Then we headed to the original VooDoo Donuts in downtown Portland. I love VooDoo, I think I might be slightly obsessed! After that we headed home, and it was a great fun filled night of exploring the city!

My mom and I are leaving tomorrow after she gets off work to go on a road trip and look at colleges for grad schools! I’m really excited to get to do this with her and have some quality mother-daughter time. Also I am going to be in SLO for the weekend since you can’t really tour colleges or meet with departments on the weekend. I’m pretty excited to visit because everyone will be there and of course to look at grad programs : ) I hope to be able to go to coffee and catch up with some people that I miss very very much

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Easy marinade for chicken or salmon

I found this marinade a while ago and I have loved it! I usually let the marinade sit for 20-30 minutes and then put it on the grill, or put it in the oven to bake, but grilling it so good! The picture to the right is of chicken Gavin and I grilled the other night.

  • overflowing 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (low sodium if you want to be more healthy)
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 limes juiced
  • cilantro chopped

You can play around with the proportions to make it more or less sweet or salty depending on how much soy sauce or honey you put in. But it has become an easy go to marinade to make chicken a little less boring.

Gavin and I had steamed broccoli and grilled corn with our chicken and it was a very delicious summer dinner! Enjoy!!

QUICK delicious dinner!

During spring quarter I went over to a friend’s house for dinner and we made quinoa (pronounced keen-wah, or something like that) and it was delicious!! Since then I have been itching to make it on my own for dinner. A couple weeks ago I was at Trader Joe’s and happened to see it on the shelf, so I picked it up and finally tonight made it for dinner!

A little about quinoa: It is grain like, but not quite a grain. It is has a good amount of protein 5g per serving (at least for the quinoa I bought), has fiber, carbs & low calories from fat. Overall a pretty healthy choice. You get more out of it nutritionally than rice, and it is just as easy to cook! The basic 1 part quinoa to 2 parts water. Bring to a boil. Then turn down & simmer for 10-15 minutes until all the water is absorbed. The picture above is of uncooked quinoa.

For dinner tonight I cooked 1 cup of quinoa (I only ate a little more than half tonight) according to the directions. Then I sautĂ©ed onions, green beans, broccoli and garlic while the quinoa was cooking. Chicken or beef would be good with this too, but I didn’t feel like defrosting chicken and I was getting protein from the quinoa, so I went vegetarian tonight. To give the dish a little flavor kick, I put a tablespoon of a Szechwan sauce in with the veggies. The picture to the left is of the sauce. I got it at Safeway (or Vons) at the beginning of summer and I have LOVED putting it on stir-fry!! It definitely has a kick, but in a good way. Also it is really nice because it is all in one bottle, nothing else needed! As I said earlier I put about a tablespoon on when I am cooking for myself, and that is plenty spicy/hot for me. Overall the dinner took me about 20 minutes to cook. The quinoa takes 15 minutes after the water boils, and the veggies don’t take that long to sautĂ©. For me this is probably going to become a delicious and easy go-to dinner when I am short on time and hungry! Did I mention that quinoa is surprisingly filling?? Well it is! I am going to be keeping my eyes out for somewhere that has bulk quinoa cheep! I hope you guys give it a try!!

Also, did I mention that the green beans were ones that I grew?!?! I was so excited I had to take a picture of them before I ate them!

4 days until I fly down!! I can hardly wait!!!

Summer is soooo close!

On the upside I had my last day of classes yesterday, on the downside I have 2 8-page papers due next Wednesday (eeeekk)! But for the most part I am feeling good and so excited to be getting closer to a real summer with no school!!!

Roommate update: Things are going well. Two girls have come to look at the apartment in the last week. One decided to live somewhere else and the other hasn’t gotten back to me. There are still 2 girls that have emailed me that I am still talking with. So I just keep asking God for guidance and trusting that in the end His plan is perfect, and He will work it out!
Tyler Bierce is visiting Eugene, where he grew up. We had brunch today and it was nice to catch up & hang out with a familiar face! Tonight there is a campfire thing out at the camp he used to work at, so I am going to go out and meet some people and have a good time! It was really nice talking with him and he gave me some suggestions of churches to check out here in Eugene, and I am really excited to go and check those out!!

So in the subheading of this I listed cooking, and I had every intention of posting about things I cook, but I haven’t yet. SO, I am going to start! This is a pretty simple pasta dish and I think it is quite yummy! I just put it together at one point, so it doesn’t have a name….I guess I will call it Southwest Pasta! I don’t really measure, but you can put as much or little of everything as you want. Also it would be good with some chicken too! So here is the recipe:

  • Pasta of your choice (I like the shells)
  • Onion (I usually put about 1/2 and onion in)
  • Sliced mushrooms (I like 6 or 7 sliced up)
  • 1 clove garlic – chopped
  • Frozen cut corn
  • Emeril’s Essence (recipe below)
  • Grated cheddar cheese, or shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Chopped cilantro (if desired for garnish)

Boil a pot of water & cook the pasta. While the pasta is cooking sauté the onions and mushrooms in a large pan. Add the garlic a few minutes after. Once they have been sautĂ©ing for a while add the frozen corn (you can use fresh, but if I have fresh corn I like to eat it on the cob!). To help the corn cook add a little of the pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta and add it to the veggies in the pan. Sprinkle some of Emeril’s Essence on the pasta & veggies, mix together. Add the cheese & mix together.  You can either add the cheese in the pan or in a serving bowl if you are going to do that. Top with cilantro if you have it/want it (I didn’t have any this last time I made it).

And heres the final product:

Emeril’s Essence (recipe from Food Network):

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all spices together. I just made a bunch at one time & have it stored in a big old spice jar. It is great on chicken & burgers too! It is a great way to easily add some flavor & it has a little bit of a kick!

I fly down a week from Friday! Can’t wait to get to hang out in SLO & see everyone!! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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