Thursday, November 26, 2009
Well, on to the traditional "What I'm Thankful For" speech.
- Most of all, I'm thankful that even though we are in a foreign country, we still had the chance to spend the holiday with family. My sister, brother-in-law, and niece are here visiting!
- I'm thankful that Jake and I are finally married. We are both really enjoying married life.
- I'm thankful for my new friends here in Italy that have become like family to me, and glad we were able to share the task of making Thanksgiving dinner together.
- I'm thankful for the health and happiness of our friends and family.
- I'm thankful that we are heading to Montana in January, it was on of our top bases of choice!
- I'm thankful that we will be in Missouri in December and will get to spend Christmas & New Year's with our families.
- I'm thankful to see Shannon in two weeks to talk wedding plans!
Here's wishing that you also have a lot to be thankful for today!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
My friend Meagan and I both joined the committee and got started right away, designing flyers, designing and ordering t-shirts, rounding up volunteers, etc. We chose two possible dates to hold the walk. The base kept telling us they could not approve our dates for the walk yet. The president of ACES was calling everyday to check on the status and was always told it would be just a few more days until it could be approved. Well, our first possible date passed, then our second possible date passed. Finally once October was almost over, we found out the event was approved for November 7th, and we had 2 weeks to pull it all together!
We had a few frantic days of changing and printing off flyers, then rounding up volunteers again to pass out flyers at the base BX, finding donations of water and granola bars, gathering decorations and supplies used in past years, and rounding up more volunteers to bake muffins and cookies. It was a busy few weeks, but we made it and had a fantastic event! Lots of people made it out for 8am on a Saturday morning and we raised over $4200! YAY ACES! And a big thank you to Jake, who came with me at 6:30 that morning to set up tables!
The two loaves flattened side-by-side
After twisting strips together over the filling
Fresh out of the oven!
Now that I'm done complaining, long story short, we have no internet unless we go to the base to use the free wi-fi. Thus explains why I have not blogged in a WHOLE MONTH! I promise to try to get in at least 1 blogging day per week from now on!
Now, on to play catch-up!
Monday, October 19, 2009
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 Tbs. diced green chilis
1 cup sour cream
3/4 lb. cheddar cheese
3 boneless chicken breast, cut up and cooked
12 small flour tortillas
Combine soup, chilis, sour cream, chicken and most of the cheese.
Fill each tortilla with mixture and roll up.
Place filled tortillas in greased pan.
Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
Cover and refridgerate overnight.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.
We had a big farewell day, starting otu with bowling!
Then we went to dinner at BEFed, then gathered at Katie's house for wine and desserts. Here's the whole crew.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
I'm excited to get back to the states, where ovens can heat baked goods more evenly. Even by rotating the pan during cooking, a few do get a little burnt.
1 cup Bisquick
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oats
1/2 cup butter
4 apples (peeled and thinly sliced)
2/3 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Toss apples in sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon.
Pour the filling directly into the pan.
Mix Bisquick, brown sugar, and oats.
Cut in butter until crumbly.
Top filling with crumbles.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
5 mushrooms (sliced)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Waiting for the bus at 2:00am!
Our first stop, the Paulaner tent.
View from inside the tent.
The best chicken I have ever tasted!
Jake's first beer for the day.
It was my birthday, so I got a birthday cookie!
A huge statue! Seriously the biggest I've ever seen!
A pretty good view to show how BIG Oktoberfest is, and this was only one of the lanes!
We did get away from Oktoberfest for a while to explore Munich.
Waiting for the bus at 10:00 pm.
It was a LONG day...but we took it slow and survived. We both said we would probably never feel the need to go again, but it is nice to say we have.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
3 large baking potatoes (or I just used a bag of Ore Ida Steam & Mash)
3 cups milk
4 oz cream cheese
2 tbsp butter
3 green onions (sliced)
4 oz cheddar cheese (grated)
salt & pepper to taste
4 strips bacon (cooked and chopped)
1 steam bag of broccoli
The recipe says to microwave potatoes, then chop. I just used the steam and mash and microwaved then poured the potato cubes into the soup mixture. The only down side to using the steam and mash was that I put them in while the mixture was cooking and they were stirred to much and mashed a little too much. Next time I will wait and put them in at the last minute so they will stay cubed.
Whisk cream cheese, milk, and butter.
Cook in a pan until warm.
Add in cheese, onions, bacon, and broccoli.
We enjoyed our soup with grilled cheese.
Mom never used a recipe or any set measurements, so I didn't really keep track of how much of each ingredient I put in. As she said though, you can't really mess it up!
4 chicken breast (boiled and cubed)
2 spatula scoops of miracle whip
2 spatula scoops of sour cream
a few teaspoons of cumin **correction...it was actually curry powder that I used** (they both start with a C, I get confused by spice names)
about 20 grapes (quartered and "de-seeded")
2 stalks of celery (cut)
a handful of pecans
Mix it all together and serve on bread or croissants or in wraps.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Bryce, Susie, and Maisy are all very lucky to have their new little family!
I also happened to be there for Susie's birthday, so we of course had birthday cake!
Friday, September 11, 2009
The only picture I have of everyone (except me): Megan with the pink backpack, Katie (holding Kylie) in the middle, and Betsy leading the pack (she was the one who got to walk into the spider's webs!)
I like slides!We did make a pact to make a girls day out once a week (starting the week after I get back.) Our next plan is to go to the big shopping mall in Udine. Udine is about 45 minutes away and I hear it's one of the biggest malls in Europe! There is even a Disney Store! Since we have all read the Twilight series, we have considered going to Volterra, but I'm afraid that might be an overnighter. We'll see!