Tuesday, December 29, 2009
As I look back on the year I realize it has been one of my favorites. Although there were definitely some rough spots, I had many more smooth ones. I learned SO much about myself, just by simply being honest. I believe that this year I have started growing up...I have started to come into my own.
Seasons of Lessons:
Winter - Compromising is never good when you compromise who you are and how you feel.
Spring- Be happy with your choices. We make mistakes, but what we learn from them defines us. Don't Settle.
Summer - Dancing = joy in motion. Being a good friend isn't being a passive friend.
Fall - Working hard pays off. I am not a baker, but a good "cook". We all need breaks every once in awhile - and they don't have to be big. I LOVE speech pathology. It's ok that I don't want to work for the church, I am pretty sure God still loves me.
So goodbye 2009. It was nice knowin' ya. Hello 2010, I hope we can be friends.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
-1 Homemade Cake (can make it from scratch - or from a box)
-1 can of frosting (can also make this homemade)
-Candy melts or Almond bark
While the cake is still warm, crumble it in a Kitchenaid and mix in the frosting to taste, until it's all mixed up.
Chill for about an hour
"Melon Ball" them unto wax paper and freeze for about 6 hours.
Melt the candy melts or almond bark, and dip your cupcake balls into it, and set out until dry
The flavors I made:
Chocolate cake & home made espresso buttercream frosting
Red velvet cake & cream cheese frosting
chocolate cake & homemade mint frosting
funfetti cake & funfetti frosting
*Don't use extracts to flavor the bark - it will lose it's ability to harden/stick to the truffle
*Use Wilton's food coloring to color the almond bark for decorating, or else it will cause it to not stick/harden
Friday, December 11, 2009
Please come quickly. Much fun is to be had. There are cookie dough/cake truffles to be made, Christmas presents to embroider, delectable food to be eaten, family and friends to be seen, decorations and lights to enjoy, music to be listened to, holiday movies to be watched, good books to be read, and naps to be taken....We will be busy together, so really, you must hurry.
P.S. Until then, thoughts of sugar plums will dance through my head.
Monday, November 30, 2009
1 cup brown rice
1 1/2 lb squash, seeded, stemmed, & diced into 3/4-inch pieces...about 6 cups
6 oz. spinach (about 10 cups loosely packed)
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
1 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
3/4 tsp turmeric, ground
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1/8 tsp cayenne powder
1 tbsp safflower, sunflower, or peanut oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
-While rice is cooking, in a medium bowl, combine broth, coriander, cumin, turmeric, salt, and cayenne. set aside.
-When rice is about 10 minutes from being done, in a large skillet or saucepan with a tight fitting lid, warm oil over medium heat. Add squash and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant (about 1 minute). Add broth mixture, increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce to low, cover and cook until squash is tender.
-Remove lid and add spinach, 1 handful at a time, stirring after each addition until wilted. Serve curried squash-spinach mixture over rice.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Yesterday I saw how speech therapy goes beyond the /s/'s and /r/'s. I sat in IEP (Individualized Education Plan for children receiving services) meetings all day. (The meetings are held annually to talk about the child's goals, progress, services, and what needs to happen for the child to succeed. Parents, principal, psychologist, and any special service as well as regular ed. teacher participates)
It was a humbling experience for me. So often I get caught up on, "these crazy parents, don't they know any better - no wonder their kid is in special ed.!" And - These poor kids, they have no love at home. When in reality, these parents are doing the best that they can with what they've got. I met three women who truly love their children with all of their hearts. The first mother works during the day and her husband works at night so someone can be home when the boys get home. But, when she gets home, her husband has already left for work. The second mother is recently divorced and trying to make sense of her new life of being a single parent while still trying to provide for her sons. The third mother has 4 sons, one (the one the meeting was held for) was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the beginning of last year. He had surgery back in April, during surgery, he suffered a stroke. Since April, he has been receiving chemo. Her husband also has cancer and is in & out of the hospital. She shared that their marriage is on the brink of collapsing.
All of these mothers needed a compassionate listening ear. I was reminded that everyone has a story. I could have judged these mothers for not going over their sons' homework with them, or not providing whatever, I, the 22 year old inexperienced girl, thought should be provided. If I had given a judgemental air, chances are they wouldn't have been on the same page as me; I would have gotten no where.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sorry there is no picture this week...Hopefully next week!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I have hit a wall. I am exhausted. I am tired of everything...I'm tired of school, work, tutoring...etc... Earlier today I was yearning for my PUC days. I think the reason why I have become so tired is because everything in my life is so routine...or at least planned. Nothing seems to be spontaneous anymore, but there seems to be no room for spontaneity - my days are filled to the brim...It seems a little ridiculous to "plan" spontaneity in. And then when I think of what happened this weekend - my brother spontaneously surprising me - I wonder if that is really my problem at all... What I do know is - I want out of Loma Linda as soon as possible!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, October 2007
I made a few of my own adaptations to this, using only milk and no cream (to me, it makes no difference to me in dishes like this, so I figure I’ll give my arteries a break), and doubling almost all of the spices. Oh, and I added bourbon, but you probably anticipated that.
1 1/2 cups whole milk (Or 1 cup heavy cream plus 1/2 cup whole milk)
3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
5 cups cubed (1-inch) day-old baguette or crusty bread
3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle.
Gourmet’s Instructions: Whisk together pumpkin, cream, milk, sugar, eggs, yolk, salt, spices and bourbon, if using, in a bowl.
Toss bread cubes with butter in another bowl, then add pumpkin mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to an ungreased 8-inch square baking dish and bake until custard is set, 25 to 30 minutes.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I have sort of had the past two days off. On Mondays I typically have class from 8:00-10:00am and then again at 3:00. I usually work during that time and study too. But this week because we had a test, I was out by 8:30. I went to the gym, ran errands, and came home and worked around the house. I felt like I was finally catching my breath! I also have a break between class & tutoring. During that time I normally go to my room and relax a bit or study, but because I lost the keys, I went to the craft store!
I am most likely going to put a table like this in the room.
I really like the crisp, clean, simple design of this room - it seems to put together both the reading nook as well as craft space.
Monday, November 2, 2009
I thought this was so neat. I love mixed media art. Ah, there is so much I want to play with. Happy November!
Friday, October 30, 2009
So I haven't actually carried out one of my challenges since Monday, but I do feel like I am definitely more conscious of my actions. Something so little as this has been a huge growing experience for me. I am more conscious of myself as well as those around me. I feel like I am finally becoming healthy. I had a conversation with a wise woman who was talking about dealing with grief and all the terrible things of this planet. She was talking about how we have to let ourselves feel them, not to just pretend that they aren't there, and also not just dwell on it too...This concept was so foreign to me. Whenever I did allow myself to feel these things, I kind of slipped into a depression for awhile - not too long, but I definitely closed myself off to all things good for that short period of time. I felt guilty about being happy or enjoying good because I thought I was supposed to be feeling sad....It was kind of a self-induced grief, not a true genuine grief. But this week when things reminded me of my dad or when I heard heart breaking news, I let myself feel that sadness, but it didn't stay forever, and I didn't feel guilty when it left...And my happiness seems to be more genuine too. So that's the first part.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I loved this picture of a smile...Who can look at this and not smile?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
This week was filled with music. I got to hear some really great live music this week with some awesome people. On Thursday I saw State Radio and Dusty Rhodes and the River Band. Both acts were great. Chad gave Summer & I a shout-out! Even though it was kind of undeserved...but we will take it! I also scored another State Radio set list!
Monday, September 14, 2009
This time of year is always a little rough. At home we are all on edge and not quite sure how to relate to one another. As I left the house this morning to go grocery shopping, I was feeling pretty bitter, angry, and depressed. The day was definitely not going as I had envisioned it to. I didn't have motivation to do much and was afraid that it was going to be yet another wasted day. After grocery shopping, I hopped back in my car, and Kenny Chesney's song, "Never Wanted Nothin More" came on. I started singing along and it completely changed my mood. I love the lyrics, "I'm what I am and what I'm not. I'm sure happy with what I've got." I realized I was spending way too much energy on being bitter. The rest of they way home I marveled at how big/great/fun God is. He totally spoke to me through a country song. I just really felt like He was saying to me, that I didn't have to spend the rest of the day feeling sorry for myself, He created this day for me to enjoy. I may not be perfect, and this life may not be perfect, but God loves me and is happy with me anyways and "I never wanted nothin more!".
Thursday, August 27, 2009
When I was a little girl I remember trying to play "make believe" games with adults. They never played right. I don't know how to explain it, but I just remember getting frustrated with my mom or my babysitters because they just seemed to forget how to pretend. I told myself that I would never forget how to pretend.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Favorite moment of today.