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Baking with Grandma

My mom’s 52nd birthday was this weekend. My dad always puts out a lot of effort to make my mother’s birthday weekend special for her. My mom does so much all year for others and this is a good time of year for all of us to show her how much we love her. The night is usually full of food, fun, good company, games, and a little bit of alcohol.

This year I volunteered to get my mothers birthday cake. Chocolate cake with whipped cream frosting was her request.  I am sure that she and my dad probably assumed that I would purchase her a cake from a bakery in Tulsa. Well I surprised them!

Not only did I decide to make her a cake, I decided to make her a cake from scratch.  After much debate about transporting the cake from Tulsa or waiting until we got to Ponca City to make the cake I decided to call my grandmother to see if I could use her kitchen and her supervision to make my mother’s birthday cake. Let’s be real I have only made a few birthday cakes, which most of the time only one or two other people were going to see and eat the cake, so I was kind of worried about the task I had taken on and I needed all the supervision I could get. Mike had other plans for the afternoon so I needed my grandma.

I searched through cookbooks and the internet to find what recipes I would use. I really wanted to make sure that the cake was moist and fluffy. I also wanted to make sure the frosting was good. My mother is not a big fan of buttercream frosting and well as a matter of fact, I am not either. My favorite is cream cheese frosting, but my mom isn’t a fan. Learning how to make whipped frosting was anther task I took on too.

This is the cake recipe I used: http://divascancook.com/2013/06/moist-devils-food-cake-recipe-scratch-easy-chocolate-cake.html

Learning to flip the cakes out of the pan was fun and not disastrous. Making sure to line the cake pans with grease and flower made a huge difference. I will never just use Pam again to spray baking dishes with.  The description of the cake was perfect. It was light and moist. There is a good chance that it was one of the moistest cakes I have ever eaten.

Whipped frosting is delicious and easy to make. I didn’t think that it was going to be that easy, but it really was. Grandma gave me good guidance on tweeking this recipe a bit. Here is the recipe I used for the frosting: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sturdy-whipped-cream-frosting/

The only thing to make sure that you do is really whip it until the peaks start to form, but there is a fine line to whipping to just the right stage and whipping it past that stage. I ended up using an entire bag of confectioners sugar (when this recipe says white sugar that what it actually means) and a 1/4 cup of crisco, plus an extra 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract.  Make sure that the house isn’t to warm when icing the cake too. Once I got the cake into a cold room the icing set up nicely. Once the icing was set up it didn’t ever start to melt again.

Once all the decorating was done, the cake ready to be presented at the birthday party my grandpa comes into the kitchen and says, “Wow! That looks great. I was worried early today. Chuckle. Chuckle.” (this man has watched many cakes hit to floor, fall out of pans sideways, cakes slide off of trays, you name it; he has probably seen it because my grandmother use to make and decorate cakes)

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Oreos and M&M’s gave it a fun and added some additional chocolate!

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I think everyone liked it. It was pretty delicious. 20140119-121545.jpgHappy 52nd Birthday Mom! Hope you have many more great years to celebrate with us.

Thank you grandma for your time. I loved spending the afternoon with her and I loved spending the evening with the rest of my family.

I must remember to count my blessings.

Another 4 weeks gone

Spending 4 weeks in OB/GYN was amazing. Besides learning, delivering babies, assisting with C-sections, and surgeries, actually getting to be part of bringing another life into the world was one of the most exhilarating things ever. The first time parents lives are being changed forever when that new little life comes into the world!

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photo credit: @medstudentlife and @debbieeibbed

I also discovered how near and dear to my heart women’s health actually is.
So after an amazing month I think I really do have a top 3 now.
I am not sure how much the things I love are influenced by the doctors that I am with. These doctors work long hours, love what they do, and seem to enjoy their home lives and be honestly happy. I know I have other rotations where I will be with other physicians that do the same thing and hopefully I will figure out if these 3 different medical professions and lifestyles biased my decision because how amazing the doctors I first encountered these specialties with or if they are really as amazing as I think they are right now!
Whatever happens I need to make up my mind, the time had come I need to be thinking about audition rotations being set up and finishing up my fourth year schedule.
These past 6 months/7 rotations have flown by; fourth year will be here before I know it.

HBD

I have been working on my baking and cooking skills this weekend. Mike turned 29, so I attempted to make one of the greatest cakes I’ve ever made. Chocolate and strawberry zebra striped with cream cheese icing.

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Delicious.

The ending of the beginning

Last Tuesday officially marked the end of two years of book work, sleepless nights of studying for exams, and the classroom education to becoming a physician. On July 1st a new chapter begins: clinical rotations.
Looking back at the past two years I think I can officially say that it was the longest and the shortest two years of my life. From the first day of endless printing and crying about how there is absolutely NO way I could possibly learn or maybe even read all of this information, to meeting some of the best friends I have ever had, learning that it is possible to learn a ton of information, have some kind of social life, stay in a committed and loving marriage, and the minimal amount of sleep that I actually need to feel like a human being the next day and pass an exam.
COMLEX boards were the beast that had to be overcome before I could have a very tiny summer break. Trying to keep up with Doctors in Training during the semester, COMBANK, and the other Q-banks, plus perform well in my actual classes proved to be a difficult task. I managed to, well sorta. And to top things off a solid month of 8-14 hour days of studying. I would just like to thank my husband for putting up with me through all of this, thank the girl that made sure I had a stress outlet to discuss boards with, the guy that sent me so many questions to test my knowledge and for all the love, prayers, support, and encouragement that so many people provided me.
Vacation with the husband and parents has proven to be a much needed stress relief and fun.
I will be learning and working hard for the rest of my life, but I am so glad that the past two years are behind me. The next two years are going to be hard and challenging, but I am so excited to actually get to see medicine in action.

For now though I am going to enjoy my vacation.

Great Vaca…

This has been a super busy and fun spring break so far. Road trip one was to Angel Fire, NM. Driving to NM on Friday afternoon was a very long drive. Tulsa to Oklahoma city and then to Amarillo and onto Angel Fire. A 9 hour drive, of course we drove straight through. As my dad would say “we don’t let any grass grow under our feet.”
For the last week of the snow season in New Mexico, there was good snow on the mountain and more snow falling the entire time we were there.
I love snow skiing. I am going to have to try snow boarding the next time we go.

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I think there about 8 restaurants in Angel Fire. I think we found the good ones. My favorite was the Roasted Clove. This was the best meal we had the entire time we were there. Monday night is their burger night. Filet migion, ground sirloin steak, guacamole, carmelized onions, well apparently I could just go on and on about this meal. They make their own spicy vinegarêtre, which might have been the best dressing that I have ever eaten.

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It was sad yesterday when we left to come back to Oklahoma. It was snowing. This snow was the most beautiful snow I have ever seen. We got to use the four wheel drive in the new pickup.

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I like it that 8 inches of snow doesn’t shut down communities in New Mexico and Colorado.

Parents send their LOVE with sweets

Parents always find amusing ways to say I love you. Valentine’s Days gifts from them are full of chocolate, sugar cookies, and of course a pedicure gift certificate.

Love shown with sweets:

There may or may not have been a few more cookies and a box of turtles. Good thing I have decided to give these things up for 40 days starting tomorrow. Guess all these sweets now belong to Mike, or I could see if I could eat all of them tonight….. That’s probably not a good idea!

My card! Nice and Sweet.

Mike’s card:

Got to love our parents.

New Years

Happy 2012.
Had a great new years party with the awesome family and friends.
Mike and I spent the day grocery shopping, cleaning, and then in the kitchen all afternoon. I love cooking with Mike, he is so helpful and such a great cook.
On the menu for the night was roasted pork loin, beanie weenies in a blanket, spicy hummus, homemade pita chips, vegetable tray full of carrots, celery (which was apparently just the right texture and excellent), grape tomatoes, twice baked potatoes, beer bread (which I love), rotel dip, rice crispies, and cheesecake. So I don’t think anybody went hungry!
I didn’t realize how much alcohol was at my house last night until I started cleaning up. Bacardi Razz, Bacardi Gold, Amaretto, Segrahm’s Seven, Scotch, Vodka, Disaronno, and many different assortments of beer, Asti, Yellow tail champaign, and some wine, so everyone had a good time.
Apples to Apples and Kings

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Is the game we spent a couple of hours playing. Jacob Bernard Rules of Kings:
1. Cards 1-8 if they are red you take that many drinks and if the card is black you give that many drinks.
2. 9: make a rhyme and everyone else has to make a rhyme with your word.
3. 10: categories
4. Jacks: all the men drink
5. Queens: all the ladies drink
6. Kings: get to make a rule (say wishy washy after everything you say or my favorite you cannot say drink, drank, or drunk). These rules got to be kind of ridiculous but fun throughout the night!

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Thank goodness for alarms being set on phones so we didn’t miss the new year! Champaign, kisses, and a little bit of yelling brought in the new year with the Loud Family.
Had random people partying at the neighbors house wonder into our yard. The Rules of meeting a stranger on new years in the front yard were established last night by Colt:
1. Don’t ever give your real name
2. Teach someone how to do a proper handshake (no limp wrist and be firm but don’t crush the other person’s hand)
3. Drag as much information out of them as possible: about their life, careers, where they live, and relationship status
4. Make sure they don’t ash in your yard
5. Tell them you don’t believe in drinking alcohol, while holding a beer

And then to finish the night off you have to have some fabulous YouTube videos displayed on the tv. Check out the series Guy on a Buffalo and Nature Walk! Hilarious, but don’t blame me if you have this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day!
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