Sunday, September 30, 2012

Come on Fall Break!

Y'all.  Today I had a run in with my old biology advisor.  The one whose office I cried in... several times.  The one who I went and told that I was going to be a biology major.  Then that I wasn't.  Then that I was going to be a biology minor.  Then that I wasn't.  Then that I wanted to go to nursing school stat and asked for help to make that happen.  Then I dropped all my biology classes and ran and left the biology department with a good lasting impression of Sarah Derrick.  Today I saw him in church.  He said, "Well, hey Sarah!  I haven't seen you in awhile!"  That is accurate.  You haven't seen me because I flee when I see you or anyone from the biology department on campus because you all must think I'm insane.  Dr. Davis now stops me when I threaten to change majors.  I haven't recently felt the need to run myself into the ground taking classes I despise and am not good at to get a job that could very well just make me queasy.  While I could have said all these things, I simply responded with a, "I know!  How are you doing?"  This was a magical run in.  Truly magical, all in God's house.

On a different note, on things I am good at, tonight I made dinner.  It was so delicious, if I do say so myself.  I made chicken spaghetti and apple turnovers for desert.  It was a nice comfort dinner, perfect for the transition that we are having into fall!  I can't wait for the cooler weather to get here so I can make all kinds of fun things like soups, pies, and crocpot dishes!  I'm terrible at remembering to take pictures of the things I cook so yall can admire my skills, but here's the recipe for the chicken spaghetti.  I went ahead and mixed everything together instead of layering before I put it in the oven.  And then the apple turnovers are compliments of Mandy's recipe box.
1 apple cut into slices
1 can of crescent rolls
1 stick of butter
Cinnamon Sugar
Roll apples inside crescent rolls.  Sprinkle tops with cinnamon sugar.  Melt butter and pour over top.  Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. (Mandy said 30 but our oven is a speed demon when it comes to cooking times.) Top with some cool whip and you have a little taste of fall in your mouth!

Time to get on my take home test for Pauline Epistles.  I'm choosing to think of it as more of a game, a Bible scavenger hunt if you will.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Story of my college life.

Well hey there my people!  I'm writing this from PC's lovely library where if we can all have a flashback to my freshmen year, I lived.  Quite literally I spent every hour of my life in here and yet still somehow never quite managed to get it together as a biology major.  I spend a far less significant amount of time in here these days, specifically this year since leaving my townhouse is so hard since it is so cozy.  I've still somehow managed to pull my GPA up without sleeping in here anymore.  It's nice.  Anyway, this week is my first wave of tests and papers.  I will admit that I've been pretty available these past few weeks, doing a lot of baking and hanging.  Even though I KNEW this week was coming, I couldn't quite manage to be the proactive person I've never really been and work ahead so that this week would be a breeze.  I thrive on working til the last minute.  It's a problem, I know.
But, despite my large amounts of work I have accumulated, I still found it appropriate to update you all on my life.
This semester is rocking!  My classes, despite my procrastination, are wonderful.  My friends and I are having so much fun both here at PC and other places we decide to head to, like Nashville.  We, being the devoted football fans that we are, followed PC's team in hopes of being discovered when we weren't cheering our hose on.  Weird, that didn't happen.  In other news of Sarah's life, I have some--and by some I mean several--possible ideas on where I could be after graduation.  It's way fun but also way scary at the same time.  A good scary.  I've updated my resume and started an application to grad school.  I still feel like I'm good bit too young to be hired for real people jobs.
So there's my life up til now.  Nothing too new... literally nothing as far as my lack of motivation.  I guess it's time to get to writing, or make pumpkin chocolate chip bread.  Decisions...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Wonderfully Easy Hostess Cake

I've decided that if I could pick up a minor in baking here in my last year at PC, that would be ideal.  This week I've made banana bread, cookies, and now tonight one of my favorite treats my mom always makes--Lutheran Coffee Cake.  She always has one made if we have company staying with us.  Now, I realize the title is slightly prejudiced, but what else are you going to call it?  If it was just plain coffee cake, that wouldn't be nearly as enticing as throwing a Lutheran at the beginning.  Tomorrow one of my friends is stopping through Clinton, so I figured I should get my hostess skills on and be ready with a cake, so I called my mom and got the recipe!
Since its late and I have to wake up in the morning to study for a quiz and go to the store to prepare for C5's first week-ishly/monthly Fiesta, I'll go ahead and give you the recipe.  It may involve boxed cake mix, but it tastes far from it.  Mandy is now famous.

Lutheran Coffee Cake
1 stick of butter
1 box yellow cake mix
1 box vanilla pudding
4 eggs
8 oz sour cream
cinnamon sugar

Mix together butter and cake mix and pudding.  Add in eggs and sour cream.  Pour half the batter into a greased cake pan.  Liberally sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the layer.  Pour the remaining batter on top.  Bake at 325 for 40-50 minutes. 

Sidenote: I'm especially thankful for having a professor who I can borrow from.  Thanks to Dr. Davis for the bunt pan!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blood Brothers

This is BIG.
I don't read... ever.  Nor do I ever get into a book to the point where I can't put it down.  The tables turned completely last night.  I, of course, procrastinated in my reading for a class.  I had every intention of just finishing the book I was supposed to read with a good skim.  However, before I knew it, it was 1:30 in the morning and I had read about 4 chapters from the end, and had fallen asleep doing so.  What in the world?!  I came straight home today from class through lunch to finish it.  So, what was this wonderful book?  Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour.
As lots of you know, I went to Israel over my spring break this past year.  While we were there, we had the true privilege of meeting with Archbishop Chacour.  His speaking was mesmerizing, and his book was just as engaging.  My trip gave me a new insight into the political and religious turmoil Israel has been battling, but reading this book completely changed the way I viewed all parties involved in the Israeli conflict.  While hearing a side to the story, completely unheard by the West, I also learned about a man who has lived out his message of peace.  He united communities.  He has such rich faith, his heritage being so closely tied to the land of Israel.  And although he has every reason to be so angry with other parties, he doesn't want one to be pro-Palestenian if that means being anti-Jew or anti-Muslim.  His hope of peace reaches across any religious barricades that have been built up.
And yet, as I was learning about religious tensions, efforts for peace, and a truly inspiring man, I saw pieces of encouragement and even some images of myself.  There were several passages that gave me chill bumps, but one specifically was just like holding a mirror to myself.  Chacour was in seminary and had become great friends with a classmate.  His friend painted up this wonderful picture of life after school. They could go to their first call together, living peacefully, and continue the experience they had had throughout school.  Chacour writes, "He talked for some time, building a bright dream.  It touched my deepest wound--the need for a home, a sense of place.  It sounded so comforting, so easy.  When he finished, I found myself agreeing to his plan, eagerly trying to fill my emptiness with someone else's dream."  That about sums up my experience thus far trying to figure out what I will be doing after I graduate.  The past 3 years have been spent, searching certainly, but I have been relying heavily on other people's ideas and input, even other people's plans.  I have been wanting so badly just to have a plan, to know where I will go and who I will be with.  What I do know without a shadow of a doubt is that God has wonderful things planned for me.  I feel that I am growing to see more and more of what those plans are.  Ultimately, all I can do is pray and have faith.  If I pray for God to use me in amazing and wonderful ways, I know that God will.

And that, my friends, is what I got out of Blood Brothers.  Anyone else interested in a good read?