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Flea Market Finds
February 20, 2012, 8:00 am
Filed under: Cool Finds, Friends, FUN!, Girly-Girl, Home, These are a few of my favorite things...

Last weekend I went to the Pasadena Flea Market with my dear friend Laura. I wish I had pictures of the solid wood children’s chairs she found, but I don’t. Here are my finds.

Congratulations, Noelle and JP!

One of my dear, sweet RAs got engaged last weekend. I’ve known JP longer, because he was a summer intern in our office two years ago, but Noelle has become very dear to me this year. I’m rejoicing at this awesome pair becoming a permanent pair. They both love the Lord and want to please Him and I have no doubt that they will be able to do that together. At our leadership meeting this week in the dorm, we celebrated JP’s popping the question with pop, popcorn, popsicles, and pop’ems.

Valentine’s Day on Campus

I love the thoughtfulness on campus for Valentine’s Day. People baked up a storm in my kitchen for other people. The guys from our brother dorm also came and surprised their sister wings. One wing wore all black and came in at 3:30 in the morning. Unfortunately, many of the girls on the wing they were surprising were awake and they got caught, but that is part of the fun. The put bubble wrap down the hallway and hung hearts and candy from the ceiling. They also put up advertisements for dates for one of the single guys in their dorm with a bio and tear off numbers at the bottom :). Another brother wing braided streamers and were thoughtful enough to ask ahead if there were cork boards or white boards by each door so that they would know whether they needed push pins or tape. Their willingness to craft and their thoughtfulness of the girls in the dorm warmed my heart. It was also very sweet because each treat the girls on a wing got whether it was from a brother wing or from their RA or ARA, I got one delivered to my door too. Here is a link to a video of one of the wings being decorated.


In case that doesn’t work, here are some sub-par iphone pics that don’t give you the full effect of the festivities :).

Sweet Potato Stew
February 10, 2012, 10:21 pm
Filed under: Community, Cooking, Friends, FUN!, recipes, work

My coworkers and I have a little lunch club going on. It’s actually the female RD meeting, but we take turns cooking for each other. It gives us a chance to try out recipes that we wouldn’t necessarily be willing to try on just anyone. This week I hosted and I got a keeper. Here is my version of Real Simple’s Sweet Potato Chowder.


  • 1/2 pound turkey bacon
  • 1 whole orange, yellow, or red pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 13-ounce cans chicken broth
  • 3 mild green chilies
  • 1 cup of frozen corn or half a bag
  • salt to taste


  1. Cook the bacon in a large stockpot over medium heat until it begins to crisp, 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add the peppers and onion to the bacon and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Because I used turkey bacon, I also needed to add a little olive oil at this stage.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, chicken broth, and chilies and simmer, covered, 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Stir in the corn and ½ teaspoon salt and cook until heated through.

I served this with ham, apple, and white cheddar mini-paninis. We had home-made peach fro-yo for dessert. The blueberry fro-yo was a flop :(.

With a face that cute…
February 8, 2012, 6:57 am
Filed under: Cool Finds, Family, FUN!, Girly-Girl, These are a few of my favorite things...

… I’m glad that her mom sends me pictures so regularly. I do admit, however, that the texts make me wish I was there fighting with all the fam over who would hold her.

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Out of Eggs?
February 6, 2012, 8:00 pm
Filed under: Cooking, Cool Finds, Family, Quirky

Last week, I had just returned from the store, had just started making butter horns, and had guests coming in an hour, when I realized I only had one egg and the recipe had called for 3. Yikes! What’s a girl to do? When I text-messaged one of my neighbors and didn’t hear back right away, I called my mom.

Jenn: Mom remember that stuff you gave me that you can substitute for eggs?

Mom: Yes.

Jenn: What do I do with it?

Mom: Dissolve 1 Tb. in 3 Tb of water for each egg.

Jenn: Thanks. What’s it called?

Mom: Flax meal.

Jenn: You are the best. Thanks, Mom

It worked! I’ve had it in coffee cake before, but it worked in my rolls. They were speckled, but they were delish and nutrish :). Just thought I would share this info. Flax meal lasts in the fridge forever, so it’s nice to have a little on hand for when you are baking and out of eggs.

Monte Carlo Night
February 5, 2012, 10:34 pm
Filed under: Community, Friends, FUN!, school days, tmc, work

Sweazy’s annual black-tie game night was this weekend. Here are a few pics of the set-up beforehand. It was a lot of fun!


Metallic Garland Photo Wall and Photo Props
Lots of Silver and Gold
White Christmas Tree Lights (A Must at Almost Every Sweazy Event)

New Additions to the lounge:

Working Ping-pong Table
Pool Table from our Bigger and Better Christmas Event, but now with all the necessities to actually play.


Flavored Popcorns
Gluten-free Pretzel Rolo Turtles
Red Vines
Snack Mix
Italian Cream Sodas (This was a first for me. Delish! A little ice, little half-and-half, lots of club soda, and some Italian syrup).