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How do you survive without pumpkin pie?

18 Oct

Did you guys know that they don’t have pumpkin desserts in Australia? It sort of makes me want to cry for the whole continent. I had the opportunity last weekend to introduce an Aussie from my book club to mini pumpkin cheesecakes. She said “Thank you” and I said, “You’re welcome for changing your life”.

Besides my adventures in pumpkin, lots has happened since I last posted. I’m back in Vancouver, working through my last year of library school. The end is looming closer and closer, slowly but surely increasing my panic about entering the library workforce. But my anxiety can wait for another post.

Since I returned I have been enjoying my time in this beautiful city. Really, Vancouver is pretty spectacular. The weather in September and early October was gorgeous! My roommates and I went to the pool in September. Craziness. We’ve also been trying to hit all the neighborhood fairs and markets. Those of you who know me know I love being a tourist in my own town. We went to the RIchmond Night Market, and I was reminded of the many markets I visited in Asia.

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Me, Mackenzie and the Biebs at the Dunbar Harvest Festival

I started a new job this year with a program in the UBC library called the Small Business Accelerator. It’s a free online business research resource for small businesses and people looking to start their own business in BC. I’ve been doing lots of design for the website and their promotional materials, which has been really fun. I’ve been putting all my Communication student skills to good use. We went to a conference yesterday, and I got to chat with lots of small business owners and other organizations about what we do. It was super fun and got me excited about our program all over again. My boss is great and I like the other grad student a lot, so I’m really enjoying this experience.

School is pretty good. Totally insane these last couple of week. I think I have self-induced amnesia every semester about how difficult the second month is because every October and February I find myself totally shocked by the amount of work I have to do. This term I’m in 4 classes: Children’s Services, New Media for Youth, Information Assets Management (aka Records Management) and Planning and Design of Libraries. Some day I will write another post about all my classes, in case any future librarians who are curious about what we study happen to run across my blog.

Well, I have lots more to write about, but I’ll save it all for future posts. It was nice getting back in touch with you all. Although I only have a readership of like 6 people, I always enjoy posting and feeling like I’m engaging with people in my life through this blog. So yeah. Thanks for reading.

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I blinked and then it was over

19 Aug

Wow, I’ve been home for nearly 4 months and I’ve yet to document my summer. I’ve been loving my time here in Utah, and I’ve managed to do tons of fun stuff. Here’s a few photo snippets of what I’ve been up to.

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Eat your heart out Julia Child

13 Jul

So the roomies and I have decided to take turns making dinner for everyone. That way we have 4 home cooked meals a week with minimal individual effort. It’s been working out very nicely. This week I successfully made some of the most delicious french onion soup I’ve ever had. Not to toot my own horn or anything… Who am I kidding? Of course I’m loving tooting my own horn. It’s what blogs were designed for: shameless self promotion. Ahh, I digress.

I started with a blog post about Julie Child’s recipe. I made many alterations because I was too lazy to go to the store. I think they worked out fantastically.

French Onion Soup

  • 5 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 9 cups (a little more than 2 quarts) chicken stock–I like the Better Than Boullion chicken base
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • Sourdough bread, sliced
  • 1 cup grated gruyere cheese

Drop sliced onions into bottom of a large pot with butter and oil. Cook on low for about 20 minutes. Add salt and sugar (helps the onions to brown) to the onions and cook on medium for 30-40 minutes, until they are an even golden brown. Off the heat, add a little bit of the chicken stock to deglaze the pot–and make sure you scrape the bottom with a wooden spoon to get all the brown bits. Add the rest of the stock and worcestershire sauce and let simmer for 40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour soup into oven safe bowls and top with a slice of sourdough bread and a generous heap of gruyere cheese. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until the cheese is melty and brown. Enjoy!

#119-127

20 May

119. Homemade strawberry freezer jam. My first jam attempt was a huge success.

120. This amazingly easy and delicious bread recipe. Also a huge success. Homemade wheat bread in about 30 minutes. You can’t beat it.

121. I found out the YSA ward in Vancouver has a housing coordinator. Hopefully that will make my house hunting much less stressful come July.

122. Biscuists and gravy with fried chicken on top at The Bayleaf Cafe.

123. Molly’s giant bathtub. It’s deep enough to cover my whole body with water. So nice.

124. My friend Rachel got a job in San Francisco. I am super excited for her new adventure, and super excited to go visit her.

125. Old Project Runway marathons on Style Network. They are how I’ve been passing the time every morning this week before work.

126. Having parents who are willing to loan you money so you don’t have to pay 6.8% interest on federal student loans.

127. Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. I can’t get enough of that song.

There will be more later, but that’s all I’ve got for today.

94-111: about a zillion to catch up

21 Apr

93.    I finally know where I will be spending the next few years of my life.
94.    I will be home for the summer. Meaning that I will be home for all my fave summertime activities. I can’t wait to go camping and hiking and rafting and Lagoon-ing and zoo-ing and everything else that the warm weather brings.
95.    I have found 2 people already that are interested in sharing an apartment with me.
96.    Molly FINALLY closed on her house. I never thought the time would come, but she’s actually a homeowner. And her house is super cute. I’m so excited for her.
97.    This caramel apple cheesecake pie recipe. Amazing. I haven’t quite mastered the homemade caramel sauce just yet though. I burned it on my first try and the second was gritty. Not delicious. The pie however, 100% delicious. A few tips: I added an extra cup of nuts to the crust itself and I think next time I would double the cheesecake layer. I also just served it plain with a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top of each slice.
98.    I took four Benedryl the other day and lived to tell the tale. At the time my itchy burning eyes deemed the potential overdose necessary, but in hindsight I realize it probably wasn’t a great move. Other than a drug induced 5 hour coma, I was ok. And my eyes felt great!
99.    Long chats with old friends in the entry way of Molly’s house.
100.    Dying Easter eggs with Blake.
101.    This photo of Molly and I. Aren’t we the cutest kids ever?
102.    You get a chocolate dipped strawberry at Zuppas. I love that.
103.    Pushing Daisies. I just watched the whole series on Netflix and I’m so sad there were only 2 seasons. Best show ever.
104.    Skirts. My favorite warm weather clothing item.
105.    Thunderstorms. I love thunder. Almost as much as I love it when the power goes out.
106.    The I Owe You app on my windows phone.
107.    I get to work an extra 10 hours this week. Not exciting, but I need the cash.
108.    Those white out tape roller things. My mom just got a new job where they still use liquid white out. I was stunned.
109.    Five gum.
110.    Reese’s pieces eggs. The greatest Easter candy ever.
111.    True Blood. A gloriously violent and ridiculously dramatic entertainment spectacle. Can’t wait for season 4.

#75-92: Cambridge, Netherlands, a tiny bit of Belgium, and home again

1 Apr

75. My friend Australian friend living in England described someone’s style as “poncy with a dash of tarty.” I loved it. You have to say it with a muddled Australian/English accent though.

76. Punting. The greatest outdoor activity ever.

77. Boots meal deals. For those of you who have never seen one, Boots is like the British equivalent of Walgreens, but WAY better. Partly because they have the Boots meal deal: 1 sandwich or salad, 1 snack item and 1 drink for about three and a half pounds.

78. Friendships that you can pick right back up where you left off even when you haven’t spoken in months.

79. Sunny days in usually very gray countries.

80. My last night in England I stayed with my friend George at his aunt’s house. When I introduced myself to his cousin Sam (about 10 years old) I got the following response: “Hello, I like you. I think you’re dating my cousin. We need to talk.” Sam promptly left the room to discuss our relationship with George. When asked if he even knew which one of us I was, Sam answered: “Of course I know which one’s Chelsea. She’s the American, the big one.” Luckily I was traveling with my friend Patti who’s about 5 feet tall and 90 pounds so I wasn’t offended. Instead I found myself loving this cheeky British kid. Hilarious.

81. Noticing the moon the night it appeared 14% larger than normal without knowing beforehand.

82. I rode a bike with Patti on the back and neither of us died. Patti did sustain a few minor bruises though.

83. Drinking homemade hot chocolate with stroopwafels every day.

84. The canals in the Netherlands. They make everything so cute.

85. Mustard soup. This classic dutch dish is my new fave.

86. Charming Italian waiters.

87. Old buildings. We just don’t have them here. Not like they are in Europe anyway.

88. Making it onto my my last flight with 5 minutes to spare.

89. Making it though 4 security checks and customs in 2 different countries with all my illegal contraband. I’m a rebel with my cheese and tulips.

90. Sleeping in my own bed. Well, in Molly’s bed at least.

91. Three people showed up to book club this month. That’s 50% more than last month. It looks like I’m on a roll 🙂

92. I got an interview for the fellowship I applied for. After yesterday’s freak out, the call couldn’t have come at a better time.

#57-68

9 Mar

So much to report on lately. First I’ll update my list, and then maybe post about what’s been going on lately. Also, I realized my counting is off somehow, so I’m adjusting 😉

57. I leave for London in 2 days! Honestly I CANNOT wait. I can’t decide what I’m more excited about: visiting new places or seeing old friends.

58. The first ingredient in Goldfish Crackers is “smiles”. That makes me smile.

59. I can FINALLY apply for the fellowship at Simmons College I’ve been wanting for the past year. Keep your fingers crossed.

60. Old professors that are still willing to help me out. I spent almost an hour with an old Comm professor the other day working on my resume and cover letter.

61. Alton Brown’s lemon curd recipe. Every time I make it I remember why it’s the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten.

62. Getting together with old friends. A couple weeks ago I had lunch with all the girls from high school and today I had lunch with some other high school friends. It’s so fun to catch up and realize that even the guys you thought would never grow up eventually do.

63. Book club. The first meeting was a smashing success. More on that later.

64. My nephew Blake. On Sunday he performed a “rock show” for us. All I can say is that I think I see the next Eddie Van Halen. Videos will be posted.

65. Joshua Radin. He’s my new musical love. Well I’ve always loved his music, but after attending his concert last week I am in love with him personally. If he asked me to marry him tomorrow I would totally say yes. Also, he decorated the stage at his show with lamps. How cool is that. (I really like lamps.) Here’s a little snippet of the show for your viewing pleasure.

66. Molly nearly got into a brawl at the Joshua Radin concert. If you watched the link above, you may notice that it’s perhaps the most mellow concert in the history of live music. Lucky for us she’s a big pansy and backed down ASAP when the angry girl in question tried to pick a fight. 100% HI-LARIOUS.

67. Smart cookie ice cream sandwiches. A giant scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two homemade cookies of your choice. For $3 you can’t get a better treat.

68. Pandora radio. It fills all the empty hours with musical love.