the joys of baked goods.

My life at the moment is lacking in humor and irony, so I’m going to write several paragraphs about dessert and stuff.  Hope that’s cool with you.

Have I ever told you that I like to bake stuff?

Yes?

Ah.  Well, I’m going to tell you again: I like to bake stuff.  True confessions: last night, I baked all night.  It was Thursday.  I could have gone out, or I could have studied, or I could have caught up on all the Modern Family I’ve missed lately.  But instead, I made falafels, chocolate  banana bread, and chocolate chip cookies.  (Side note: the chocolate banana bread?  My favorite thing I’ve baked in 2011 so far.  And that’s saying something).

Also, I’m going to share a recipe with you.  Make these.  Seriously, make them.  If you’re thinking “I don’t bake,” stop that.  These are super, super easy, and they will impress all your friends.  I promise.

They’re called Swedish brownies:

Step 1:  crack 4 eggs in bowl.  Add 2 cups sugar, and beat well with an electric mixer.

Step 2: add 2 cups flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 tsp almond extract, and 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter.  Mix well.

Step 3:  pour the whole mess into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes (I usually have to keep them in a tiny bit longer).  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Cut into squares and enjoy.  Try to share.

Happy Friday/royal wedding day/119th day of 2011!

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Happy Easter!

This post doesn’t fit into the theme of the blog.  It’s not about anything small.  It’s about something really huge.  It’s about Easter,  the day we celebrate Jesus and his awesome smackdown of death and awfulness.   This is a huge deal!!  I get really excited about Easter, and here’s why:  the events of  that original Easter encompass so many good things.

The story of Easter is about love.  Bigger love than we can possibly imagine!  It’s about forgiveness, and about hope.  It’s about sacrifice, freedom, and second chances.  It’s about community.  It’s about realizing that things might happen in ways wildly different than you expected them to, but ways that are also wildly better than anything you had planned.  It’s about joy and peace and victory and LIFE —  deep, vibrant, beautiful life.   It’s about all the BIG good things (not just the little good things, like food and music and laughter).   And I think big good things deserve a big celebration.

So (a day late ) — happy Easter to ALL!

only in grad school

So today I’m having lunch with a friend who I haven’t seen in a month.  We’re eating in the coffeeshop area of the school (where I’m a student and she’s a researcher).  We’re in the middle of our conversation when we notice these two people standing by our table listening to us.  When we stop talking and look inquiringly at them, the conversation goes like this:

lady #1:  “So are you guys talking about school or something else?”
us: “um……something else.”
lady #1:  “Good, good!  Well, have you heard about our campaign?”  [points to poster she’s wearing as an apron]
my friend:  “Yeah, I’ve seen those signs but I don’t really know what they mean.”
lady #1:  “Well, let me explain!  We have started a movement to try and relieve stress by getting people to have conversations that go deeper than schoolwork.”
lady #2:  “Please take 3 lollipops!  Each has a fun fact that can be used as a non-school conversation starter.  Keep one and give two to your friends!”
us:  “thanks!”
my friend:  “only at [schoolname].”

Really!?!?!??  We need people to TELL US to talk about things other than school?  oof.

home opener!

It’s April…and it hit 80 degrees on Monday.  I think that means it is FINALLY spring.  But you know what else that means?

Baseball.

Twins home opener tonight!

You know what’s even better?  The Twins are coming HERE, to the city where I live, in a week and a half!!

[aside: This reminds me of a time that I went to an Orioles game last summer.  I only own one orange shirt, and it’s long-sleeved, which is not something you wear to an outdoor baseball game in Baltimore in August.  So I wore a tshirt and my Twins hat instead (appropriate for a baseball game, plus they were playing the Rays, so it was mostly neutral).  So to recap: I’m at an Orioles/Rays game at Camden Yards in my Twins hat.  The dialogue of the guy selling programs went like this: “programs…….programs……[sees my hat] Twinkies……..programs……programs……”]

In conclusion: happy spring, and go Twins!

confidence?

heard on the radio my way home today:

“broadcasting to the most important city in the free world (wassup DC), this is 99.5.”

and, immediately after this statement, Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R.”

This first struck me as funny, but then made me think that we, as a nation, might need a lesson in humility.