Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. This is because of the delicious foods, specifically pumpkin pie. My grandma and my uncle make it the best. This year I have to work on Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, hospitals don’t close on holidays so I have to work. And my mom and sister are going are going out of town without me.

This will be my first Thanksgiving entirely with Joe’s family. I have decided that since I cannot have Thanksgiving without homemade pumpkin pie that I am going to make it. My grandma taught me how to make it so I think I can handle it. However, I will not be making the crust, that’s just too complicated.

Anyway, here’s the stuff you’ll need to make it:

  • 30 oz. Libby’s canned pumpkin (one big can or two little ones)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 3 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 2 pre-made, uncooked pie crusts

This recipe will make two pumpkin pies.

First you’re going to need to set your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, then put all four eggs and the two cups of sugar into your mixing bowl and mix them well.

Then add your pumpkin and mix it thoroughly.

Next you want to add in the spices. And again, mix well. Then you’re going to add the milk. Do this slowly otherwise it will slosh everywhere, which I learned the hard way.

Next you’re going to want to set up your pie crusts in your pie dishes. I put mine in, cut off the excess crust and pinched the edges a little to make it kind of pretty. I bought a generic brand, but I don’t suggest it. It was all that was available at 10:30pm the day before Thanksgiving. The Pillsbury crusts have always been good to me.

Be careful when filling the pie crusts, because it is easy to make a mess. And fill them to the brim, it generally is enough to fill both pretty high.

When carrying the pies to the oven make sure the oven is already open and nothing is in your way because spilling is easy and you don’t want to waste any of it. Remember your oven needs to be at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Set your time for 15 minutes. After that 15 minutes DO NOT open the oven. Simply change the oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Set your timer for 50-60 minutes, depending on your oven. My pies were in for about 55 minutes. Take them out and set them on whatever you prefer to set hot things out on. Our wire racks were out because my sister made cookies earlier in the evening.

After letting my pie sit to room temperature I like to put my pie in our lovely pie tuperwares and set it in the garage to chill for at least a few hours because I prefer my pie cold, but really, that’s up to you. But at least let it get to room temperature before enjoying. You don’t want to burn yourself.

Enjoy the pie a.k.a. my favorite part of Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.

Changing (School) Sides

About a year and a half ago I decided to transfer from one university to another. It also happened that the two universities were rivals. I was attending Grand Valley State University and switched over to Saginaw Valley State University. The schools are on opposite sides of the state and practically have the same name.

On the other hand. I’ve been a fan of the University of Michigan my entire life. This is because my mom attended U of M for her bachelors. If you like U of M you hate Michigan State University. I have recently learned that MSU will continue to run their Masters of Social Work program through the SVSU campus so that’s where I’ve been thinking about getting my masters. I guess I just like to switch sides.

November 22, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

The End of the Semester

Why is the end of the semester always a massive clusterfuck of stress and sleepless nights? Oh yeah. I procrastinated on just about every assignment I had. Why do I do that to myself?

I honestly have no idea.

But I do. The worst part it is that some of these final projects are group projects, which I hate. The bright side is that I’ll have almost a month off in about a month. Woohoo!

November 19, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

My Next Cell Phone

In March I can get a new phone. We have Verizon and for some reason it’s darn near impossible to find a decent phone that isn’t a smart phone. I’ve checked. All the non smart phones look like the my last phone from two years ago. It’s like they’re forcing people to either choose a smart phone or back peddle a few years. Since I don’t want to set two steps back I’m going to have to take one step forward. I don’t want something with an Android platform. My mom has a Droid and I just don’t like it. So, I have decided to give in to my Apple love. My nest phone will be an iPhone and I am so excited. I also want to get it a crazy awesome Star Wars case.

November 18, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Perhaps the End is Not in Sight

Today I learned that there’s a decent chance that I may not be admitted in to the field work next fall. I mentioned in a previous post that I was getting close to graduating, but that dream came crashing down today. When I was accepted in to the Social Work program we mapped out my progress and based on my minor and progress at the time I wasn’t supposed to enter the field until Fall of 2013. I changed my minor and took summer classes because I was under the impression that I could possibly get in the Fall of 2012. Unfortunately, I was mistaken. Now there seems to be a very slim chance that this will happen.

I have already looked up alternatives. In my year of waiting I could take on another minor. Most minors only require 18 credits, which would be easy. I also thought that I could change my Criminal Justice minor into a major. I would only need 21 more credits for that. That still not going full time for those two waiting period semesters. I could definitely make that happen. And that is my more likely scenario.

I guess we’ll see. I’m just sad school will probably take me another year. But only time will show how this ends up turning out. The head of the Social Work department said he’d talk to the board about my situation so we’ll see. Hopefully my good GPA and being almost done with pre-requisites will help. But again, we’ll see.

November 17, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Hair ADD

I have a tendency to get bored with my hair fairly easily. It’s been dark, it’s been light, it’s been long and it’s been short. Lately it’s been short, but that’s only because it doesn’t grow. I mean, it grows, but barely. I got my hair cut in June and it’s grown maybe an inch and a half. A normal persons hair grows closer to three inches in that time. And I want long hair. It’s no fair.

The last time it was longer

First time cutting it short

Dyed it dark

Cut it again

Longer and lighter

Dyed blond-ish

Cut short again

If you have any suggestions I’m open to them.

November 16, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Things I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About Yet

There are a lot of things that I have been thinking about lately that are currently impossibilities. Joe and I have been together for almost five and half years so there are lots of relationship-y things that I think about.

For example, I would absolutely love if Joe and I could buy a house soon, or even just live together just the two of us. But we are both too broke for that so we both live at home with our mothers. It’s definitely nice that our moms will still let us live at home, especially mine because I moved out for two years then came back home. But we’ve started saving and a house is my money top priority. By the time I graduate I’d like to be able to buy one. And Joe will be done with classes after the Winter semester, all he’ll have left are his internships. It’s a possibility, right? And we know what we want. Two stories, and enough land for him to build a separate garage with an apartment on top.

The other big thing that I think about is getting married. After five and a half years I think I’m allowed to think about that. But again, Joe and I are too broke to make that happen. I’m so excited to get married and be able to call Joe my husband. I have also thought a lot about the wedding itself. Well, not the ceremony, but a lot about the reception. Joe has a huge family so it has to be for a lot of people. I really just want a big party with good food, good booze and good music. I even have a theme, decorations and a dress picked out. I’m a bit ahead of schedule with that since we aren’t even engaged yet, but it’ll happen eventually.

The last thing I think about is having kids, but I mostly think about how I don’t want to have them right away. However, I also think they’re going to be very cute and I’m excited to play with them and all that jazz. Let me make this clear, I do not want kids now or any time soon. Joe and I have decided that we will have a kid by the time he’s thirty and he’s two years older than me. Seems like a good time to me.

November 15, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Nerdy Shows

Joe and I have taken a liking to watching more nerdy tv shows together. So far we’ve watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, which is now my favorite cartoon ever (I love Zuko). And Firefly, which Joe was reluctant to watch at first but is now sad that it’s over. Currently we are watching Dragon Ball Z because it’s on Hulu. I’m excited for the episodes with Cell because I remember watching those when I was little.


November 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Just Talking, Stories. Leave a comment.

A New Hat

Yesterday when it was snowing/slushing I didn’t have a hood so I had to borrow a hat of Joe’s. Coincidentally, it was the hat that I had made him. I really liked wearing that hat so I decided that I’m going to make one for myself. It’s a really simple pattern too that I saw on a different blog, however I have made mine out of cotton. I have now made one for Joe and one for my dad and now I’m going to make one for myself. I will post pictures of the progress as I go.

This one is my dad’s

November 11, 2011. Tags: , , . Projects. Leave a comment.

Feeling Accomplished

I am currently in my fourth year of college, which, for many people is their last year. This is not the case for me. For my first year and a half I was working towards a Psychology major. I had a sudden epiphany, which I won’t get in to, and changed my major to Social Work. Then after the change of major I decided to change schools as well. I decided to transfer from  Grand Valley to Saginaw Valley, which I talk about in a previous post.

After some set backs with credits transferring and major prerequisites being completed I am finally close to being done. At SVSU the field work for a BSW is a Fall to Winter school year long. After registering for classes for next semester I will have my minor in Criminal Justice finished along with the two Social Work electives and the last major prerequisite that I need. Which means that I can possibly get in to the field work next fall. Unfortunately there are only 80 spots open and far more than 80 students that try to get in each year, but my GPA is up and all of my Social Work professors have liked me.

I’m just happy that I can finally see the finish line. To top it all off, MSU is going to continue to run their advanced track, ten month MSW program through the SVSU campus, which means, if I can get in, that I can get a masters in less than a year without having to move away again.

November 10, 2011. Just Talking. Leave a comment.

The Strangest, Most Inconvenient and Funniest Places My Dog has Decided to Sleep

In a cubby

In a cardboard box

Against a wall

On a suitcase

On the back of the couch

On the dashboard of the car

In the middle of the floor where everyone walks

On a sewing project

On another sewing project

In my lap while I am working on a sewing project

On a chair, on feet, under the kitchen table

In my sweater

On me while I'm sleeping

Under Lily

November 9, 2011. Tags: , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.


Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite cookies. I’ve been told I make some pretty good cookies so I’ll share my recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • four
  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • vanilla
  • chocolate chips
  • mixer

You’re going to want to let the butter and eggs sit out for a few hours so they can get to room temperature. Once they’ve been out for a while drop the butter into a mixing bowl.

Then add 3/4 cups of sugar and packed brown sugar and mix them well, scraping it off the sides occasionally.

Add two eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla and keep mixing.

Once the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla is mixed in, scrape it off the sides and add 2 and 1/4 cups of flour and a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda.

After these mix for a few minutes scrape the excess ingredients off the side and mix them again.

Finally you’re going to need to add the chocolate chips. I like to use one cup, but some recipes call for more and some call for less.

After eating some of the dough I like to let it sit in the fridge over night, or for a few hours, to let it chill. It really does make a difference.

If you decided to bake them instead of just eating the dough you’ll want to turn your oven on to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. After spraying your cookie sheet with a non-stick spray place 12 one inch balls across the cookie sheet and bake for 8-11 minutes depending on how you like them. With my oven 9.5 minutes is perfect.

Don’t let them cook all the way in the oven though because they will continue to bake a little while cooling on the cookie sheet.

After cooling for a few minutes on the cookies sheet let them cool on a wire rack. Then enjoy as you like.

November 8, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Recipes and Other Food Stuff. Leave a comment.

Joe and No Shave November

Joe has a tendency to only shave every other four days and his hair gets so prickly so fast. This year I thought, “Hey, maybe he should do ‘No Shave November.’ I’ve been wondering what he looks like with a beard.” He likes the idea of not shaving or having me nag him about shaving so he’s willing to try it. He said he’d give it a week and see if it was bothering him. So his official last shave was October 29th.

Unfortunately we never took a before picture, but I will have an after picture.

November 7, 2011. Tags: , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Evil Dr. Vacuum

Dr. Vacuum is the evil mechanical menace that Sneakers tries to defeat for us. He does a pretty good job at fighting him off. He waits, then he attacks!

November 6, 2011. Tags: , , , . Stories. Leave a comment.

Oddly Timed Pictures of My Sister, Lily

The last one was my mom, but I think it fits in well.

November 5, 2011. Tags: , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Oddly Timed Pictures of My Dog, Sneakers

November 4, 2011. Tags: , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

Lack of Motivation

This semester has been rough. And not because it’s actually been tough. Actually, most of my classes have been pretty easy. I’m just burnt out. I took twelve credits and worked damn near full time throughout the spring and summer semesters. My summer break consisted of three weeks broken up between the beginning and end of the summer.

I blame my lack of motivation to do anything school related on this. I have homework that I save until the last minute all the time. And I would normally do that, but not quite to the degree that I am procrastinating this semester. It’s a special kind of procrastination and it’s leading to some seriously backlogged homework. I honestly think that the only thing that will fix it is for this semester to end so I can get that three week winter break from school.

November 3, 2011. Tags: , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

My Storm Costume

I seriously love this costume. I plan on saving all of it in case I ever need to dress up like a super hero again. This is definitely the best picture of the whole costume.

November 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Just Talking. Leave a comment.

The Flintstones Costumes

Joe’s cousin and her husband just moved back to town. She was excited that she was going to make it to our Halloween party this year because she hasn’t been able to make it the past few years. She knew what she wanted to be and she enlisted me for help. She wanted the costumes made out of fleece so that they could stay warm.

Turns out, Fred Flintstone’s costumes is the easiest thing I’ve ever sewn. Fold it in half, sew up each side, cut some points on the sleeves and the bottom. Then we spray painted the spots on with two different size stencils from cardboard. Wilma’s dress was a little more difficult and she had to keep trying it on for me to get it right, but I think they turned out well.

November 1, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Projects. Leave a comment.