Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Five Favorites {vol. 1} Of baking and book ordering...

Trying out a new linkup this week, hosted by Hallie over at MoxieWife! So, what are 5 of my favorite things this week...

-1-Non-Repulsive Baked Goods

This, of course, would be things that *I* have baked, Little Miss Twitchy Fingers when it comes to anything involving butter and the oven. I mentioned this in my post yesterday, but I'm not the world's best baker. *clears throat delicately*

I suppose that's an understatement.

Yesterday, however, I needed to bake something to send to school with Henry for his birthday, and I picked up two boxes of Betty Crocker cookie/brownie bar mix. Good old, Betty. She gave me directions for doubling the recipe and hence baking everything in a 9x13 pan, and so I trusted her. If you follow me on Twitter, you chronicled my experience right along with me under the hashtag #DisastersInBaking. Sounds like so much fun, right?!

We had a couple of missteps involving not-so-softened butter and "evenly" dropping the cookie batter onto the brownie mix, but in the end, they turned out edible. I wouldn't say that they turned out particularly *attractive*, but we cannot have everything, can we, dear reader?

-2- Big Boy Birthday Dinners With My Little Guy

Last night, Mike and I took Henry out for dinner at a restaurant of his choosing for his 8th birthday. He chose a local steak restaurant, and off we trekked. I don't know that Henry had ever *tasted* steak before, but inexperience has never stopped him from wanting to do anything. :0

He was all excited about the included salad bar, and came away with a plate full of what he was coveting: croutons and buttered bread. He bravely ordered a small steak off the children's menu, and a wonderful time was had by all. Our other precious little one, Anne (aka "The Sassinator") was home with her grandmother. I think Henry liked having our attention solely on him.

-3- Advent Music

 I know it's not Advent yet (*sheepish*) but I couldn't help it, I listened to the samples of Advent at Ephesus again and again this morning . It was extremely soothing as I went through the fairly monotonous process of ordering books for the collection this morning. I just down that I'll be hitting the "1 click download!" button any day now.

-4- Odd but Gargantuan Monograph Funds

I work at a state university, so we usually have quite the opposite problem. Think: decades of people joking that our "storage facility" was the trunk of our director's car. But there is this one fund that I am now in charge of, and it's an endowment, so it's devoted to this one specific collection, and has lots of conditions set upon what you can buy. And it's large. It's actually *hard* to spend all the money since it's such a specialized collection. It is, however, seriously cool. Byzantine Studies. I mean, did you ever?! I'm in charge of ordering thousands of dollars worth of books on the early Church?

*eyes widen*

Let's just say that I'm enjoying this new task immensely.

-5- Vocation Stories

Next week I'm going to debut a new series about vocations on this blog, starting with a few priests that I met at the CNMC. They were kind enough to answer a series of nosy questions that I sent them about how they discerned their vocations and their daily lives as priests. Vocational Monday? Priesthood Tuesday?! I don't know, but I'm terribly excited about this. I may try and find some nuns to play along as well, we'll have to see. But I absolutely love personal faith stories, and these are going to be awesome, so stay tuned!

Have a great evening, everyone!


  1. 1. Making cookies and brownies in same pan sounds delicious. How come I never thought of combining 2 of my favorite deserts before?? I will need to try this soon.

    4. That is neat you have to order so many books on the early church. I have religion collection development duties but that covers all religions.

    5. Looking forward to the vocation stories.

    1. Hi Melanie, thanks so much for reading! There was 1 leftover cookie brownie, and I have to say, it tasted pretty darn good. :)


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