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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Wow, I feel like I might actually be running out of things to tell you – I suppose this is what happens when I post for the third day in a row (I sort of hope I’m making up for abandoning for three weeks – between posting three recipes last week, and three this week [and that’s just to start with – hopefully I’ll have more!], I hope I’ve won you back…). Read the rest of this entry »

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Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm

I have a confession to make: I haven’t cooked anything since I got home.  In part, I attribute this to the fact that I am frantically searching for a vegetarian stuffing recipe that will please myself and my family.  I have never made the stuffing before (in fact, it hasn’t been home-made in several years…whoops).  Usually I am relegated to something involving copious amounts of sugar (and pumpkin, usually – before we had family here, I made the pie.  Now that they bring the dessert, I make muffins.  Or bread.  Or something with, as I said, heaps of sugar), but this year, in the name of giving me something to eat, my mom suggested that I make the stuffing; I’ll attribute my lack of cooking to that.  But additionally, it’s so easy when you’re home to allow your family to cook for you!

I have however been working on various homework assignments – blech.  Apparently my professors decided that this was not a break, but a chance to give large and terrifying projects that will guarantee mental breakdowns (ahem).  But I have also had a wonderful run with my dad, a great trip to my barn to visit the horses, and an extensive nap with my cat.  I have started a new book, which is very intriguing, and I, oddly enough, have pined a little bit for Washington.  It’s clear to me that you always want what you can’t have – I wanted to be home so desperately for the first month and a half of school, and then when I got home, I wandered around feeling lost without my housemates. Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing a Whole Pumpkin

In Uncategorized on November 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Ahh – at last, a break.  I flew home from Washington on Friday morning (after pulling my first all-nighter to see Harry Potter, which was excellent, by the way) and got home to Colorado around mid-afternoon.  The internet didn’t work in the airport, which was interesting, particularly in light of the fact that I didn’t have my knitting or a book.  I had been planning to catch up on TV, but alas – no such luck.  Fortunately, I was delirious enough, and in enough emotional turmoil, that I was able to entertain myself by writing several, er, interesting pieces.  Then I looked at all of my pictures from the past three or so years.

I’ve since had a very relaxing weekend, although I’ve discovered that, as I predicted, my running muscles are completely out of shape for running the hills around here – unfortunately.  It’s been wonderful to be home, however, which always makes up for the initial discomfort I have when I get home (both from the change in altitude and the different running situations!)  I’m hoping to bake extensively while I’m home, so I should have some good things for you when I return to Washington (including, hopefully, a vegan chocolate cake and accompanying frosting for my housemate’s birthday!)

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Butterscotch Bars

In Uncategorized on November 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I went into a baking frenzy when I returned home from school this past summer – and I anticipate this will happen every time I return home.  There’s something about the unlimited quantity of ingredients, the proximity to Whole Foods, and the deep desire to provide food (sweets) that makes me bake like a crazy woman.  Particularly in response to people who are ill.  One of my close family friends (and one of the girls I grew up with) got very sick after coming home from her freshmen year.  Let me tell you – when people get sick, my family breaks out the big guns.  My mom is usually in charge of entrees, my father is in charge of salads, and the desserts are always relegated to me (oh, shucks). Read the rest of this entry »

French Vegetable Soup

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 6:13 pm

So, about that soup I was telling you about – this is my favorite soup.  Ever.  I wasn’t a big fan of soup until I tried this one.  My mom traditionally makes it at least once a year (she makes an enormous batch and freezes part of it, so bonus on that front) and she made it last year before I came home at Thanksgiving.  I was immediately smitten with it, and stole the recipe.  It took me until this year to actually try making it, but it was a fantastic success in my house.

We’re a pretty picky bunch.  I’ve already confessed to being a picky eater, and a picky vegetarian on top of it.  One of my housemates is lactose intolerant, one is a vegan, and the other is just picky.  Like me.  Except he eats meat.  We usually work around all of these issues when we cook for each other, and this dinner (minus the cheese – I didn’t tell the vegan about that, shh…) served us all incredibly well.  Particularly after a cold day in the snow, this was well-deserved and well-loved.  It’s especially delightful because it takes less preparatory effort than I would have otherwise thought – it’s actually relatively easy to make.  And delicious.   Read the rest of this entry »

Whole Wheat French Bread

In Uncategorized on November 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Oh, mes cheres, are there any of you left?  I wouldn’t blame you, certainly, if there weren’t – I hinted to you that I was doing NaBloPoMo, and then I dropped off the face of the planet.  I’m sorry, again.  I got cold feet about NaBloPoMo, and then things happened.  Like life.  It’s actually a sheer miracle that I’m updating this today – I have written 21 pages of class papers this weekend (in the past three days), including a scientific paper for ecology, which was written with my amazing housemate, thank goodness.  We’ve had colds, a sinus infection, lots of rain, and lots of leaves this November (fortunately, the colds weren’t mine; and neither was the sinus infection).  I started running five days a week, even though this is my off season; I’ve had all of my midterms, and I have an ecology quiz tomorrow (this is a brutal week in ecology).  On Thursday, my house (along with the rest of my school) are piling into the one tiny movie theatre here to watch the midnight premier of Harry Potter – and then, I will be on a plane going back to Colorado to spend Thanksgiving with my family.  It will be the first time since September that I will disband from my housemates (my adopted family, really), and while I’m excited, I’m also scared.

Because: and here’s the big news, so hold onto your hat – there are three weeks of school (including finals) after Thanksgiving break.  And then, I will be heading home until the end of January, when I will be traveling to Mexico to study at a field studies site for the semester.  I will be looking at coastal ecology, marine resource development and more.  I will be leaving behind my school, my country, my language (for the most part), and immersing myself in an experience I didn’t anticipate.  I will know no one.  My best friend from school and I, by the time we re-unite, will not have seen each other for more than a year.  I will not see any of my housemates for almost eight months (two of them) and four months (one of them).  When I return from Mexico, I will be at home for about three weeks; I will then be on official hiatus for almost six weeks because I will be in Jordan, working on an archaeological excavation and traveling (with the same housemate I wrote the ecology paper with).  I am having all of these new experiences this year, and I have the next seven months of my life planned out – but only in theoreticals.  I’m telling you all this now (after disappearing on you for three weeks) in part because I don’t want to forget to tell you, but also because it’s getting closer, and therefore, it’s becoming all the more real, which is very intimidating.  The good news, however, is that I am planning to incorporate a travel aspect to this blog as of next year (2011!), and that, at least while I’m in Mexico, I plan to still update every week.

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