Friday, August 20, 2010

Celebrate

In preparation fior my MOm & Dad's visit and in celebration of being DONE with nursing school....I have rekindled with one of my FAVORITE past times ever! Baking.

...(not decorating, as we learned from my birthday cake post)..Haha!

Not having to study...I have been enjoying my life a little. And here are a few of the things I've been brewing up (and a few recipes attached)....

Sunday I made a pot roast with homemade Herb-crusted bread. The roast slow cooked all day with potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. The bread was a basic white yeast bread with thyme, rosemary, and oregano in it.

Heaven.

Yesterday, I baked cookies for my husband. Which I haven't done in awhile. Just your good ole, hearty, Betty-Crocker-cookbook style.

Today I did some backing in prep for the weekend and here are the recipes I will share.

Rubarb-Blueberry Muffins
  • 1 cup rhubarb (frozen or fresh), chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup butter, soft
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Fat Free Sour Cream (okay, it doens't HAVE to be fat free..but you know how I am..)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • some lemon zest
Mix butter and powder ingrediates in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, egg, and sour cream. Add the "cream" ingrediates to the powder - but don't mix it too finely! (I did some research, and it said chunky=good with muffins). Then add your rhubarb and blueberries. Spoon into muffin tin (it makes 12 big muffins).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

I also made a Lemonade Pie to serve with our dinner on Saturday night. Here is the recipe! It's a great summer dessert.

Lemonade Pie
  • 1 can Lemonade concentrate
  • 1 can Fat Free Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • 1 9 inch graham-cracker crust
  • 1 lemon
-Stir thawed lemonade concentrate, fat-sweetened condensed milk until well-blended. Fold in the cool whip. Pour into the pie crust. Curl some lemon-zest on top of the pie (for garnish). Slice thinly quartered lemons on top (once again, for garnish). Place in freezer for at least 4 hours.

Yum!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's Finally Here!

Tomorrow the woman who inspired me to be a nurse will pin me with my BSN pin. My Mom, Marlys.

She once was a nurse, before my Dad bought a business - and she now is office-manager-extraordinaire. (She pretty much runs the place ;) ) Even though I never knew her as a nurse, that's what I think of her as! Probably due to her nurturing qualities!

It does not feel real to me that I'm done with college! If fact, I've been kind of "glum" all week. I've felt like kind of a failure.

I always envisioned graduating from college with a job in my hands promising a great career. And I don't. My sponsoring hospital hasn't given me any word yet. And I'm basically worthless until I get my RN license.

But, I've had a change of heart - and really need to kick the negativity out the door. This is one of these horrid siutations in life where I can't control everything. All I can do now is pass my NCLEX exam, get my license, and apply like crazy and pray for the best!

So I am going into this weekend head on and am going to try my hardest to focus on the positive! I'm done! My Mom and Dad are coming! This is the 1st time I've seen any family all summer long - so I am very excited! It means to world to me to have them here this weekend!! :)

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ten on Tuesday

I am still alive. The past week or so has been INSANE -as graduation is approaching. It doesn't feel real at all. This is kind of a fitting 10 questions - since yesterday I took my Comprehensive ATI (which is kind of like a mock NCLEX) and finshed ALL THINGS school!

1. Where did you go to college?

Grand Canyon University. The actual university is in Phoenix, AZ - and to be honestly I've only actually been on the campus one time. My nursing program was held here in Tucson at the 3rd floor of the Art Institute! Random, huh?

My 1st 2 years of college were at UND in Grand Forks, ND.

I also spent 1 semester between UND and GCU at Pima community college. Not by choice. I had to take these Biblical and Liberal arts classes for prerequisites to get into the nursing program. Not my finest semester. In fact, it was miserable. I cried almost every day I had to go to that school - it was scary.
2. What did you study?
Nursing! But this is the track that led me to nursing.

Music Eduation (for 2 weeks of my freshman year), and then Occupational Therapy, and finally Nursing!

3. Was college really all that it was cracked up to be?
I think so....... I had kind of a non-traditional college experience with moving across the country midway. I don't feel like my 20 months of nursing school was "college".

I don't regret one moment of it, though! :)

4. How far were you from home?
About 1000 miles. 1-2 days of driving or 4 hours flying!

When I was at UND I was a 2 hour drive from home. I definitely missed that luxury when I moved to Tucson.

5. Did you have the same roommate all four years?
Nope! I lived in dorms, a sorority, an apartment, and then I got married after my 3rd year!!
6. Where did you order food from at 2am?
I never ordered food at 2am.To be honest, I never stayed out that late! I was always the girl who had his internal "curfew" that said, "I need to be back to my dorm/apartment/house at this time so I can get a good night of rest"

Especially my last 2 years - I think there was only 1 instance where I even stayed up until 2 am......

7. Did you date in college or were you tied down?
My 1st year I didn't date at all. But my 1st week of my sophomore year I started dating Ryan!
8. Funniest drunk college moment?
My 21st birthday. My parents suprised me and visited me on my 21st birthday (best gift EVER)! I ordered 2 drinks, and got our whole table kicked out of the restaurant by 9:00 pm for being too loud with my stories. I was in bed by 10......

9. Did you make it to class on time?
Yes. I'm like clock work. If class starts at 8:00 am -- I was in my chair at 7:59 am.
10. What was your favorite class in college?
I loved Complex Care which was this year. I had an excellent teacher with so much experience - and I loved the clinicals.

I also loved Anatomy Lab my freshman year! We got to work with human cadavers - which was really cool!