Let me tell you a story of my situation.

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This post actually has nothing to do with Biz Markie. Sorry to disappoint.

It does, however, have to do with the fact that I AM GRADUATING IN 9 DAYS. Can we just talk about that for a second? I think I am in disbelief. I have a final this Friday and then it’s over. That’s it. We had our first senior breakfast today with all the nursing students and faculty. It was a lot of fun. I have had some really incredible professors these last few years and it will be weird not being able to drop in their offices on my way to class. It was great to have everyone together one last time before graduation today.

My dear friend Sadie took some photos for me to send out with my graduation announcement, so I decided to post a couple of them here too. We went to Hillsboro Village and took some pictures in Fido and some out in the neighborhood. I thought it was appropriate since I have probably spent more time there than at my own apartment during nursing school.

As seen in the first picture, I started underlining and writing notes in my textbook this semester. I never wanted to mess up the pages of a book when I got it, but I now realize that isn’t messing it up at all. I’m not quite sure what took me so long to realize this considering I have had several people in my life that encourage writing in books. Now all of my books are covered in notes. I guess that’s what happens I get so inspired by a professor that I actually want to read all of the chapters in the second half of my nursing book.

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9 days to go, everyone. I can’t wait to celebrate with my friends and family. Now to lock down a job…that’s the fun part, right?

Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

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I have a great love for peanut butter cookies.  I haven’t tried to make them myself until recently.  For some reason, making peanut butter cookies was intimidating and I had a feeling they wouldn’t turn out as good as I imagined them.  I also knew that I could just get one on on of my many visits to Fido and it would be super yummy, as are all of their baked goods.

I ran across this recipe from Smitten Kitchen and decided it was finally time that I try to make peanut butter cookies myself.

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I am quite pleased with how they turned out.  I think it’s safe to say that my brother enjoyed them too. I plan to make some more for a trip to the cabins that I have coming up with friends.

Here’s the recipe from Smitten Kitchen:

Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter at room temperature (smooth is what we used, but I am pretty sure they use chunky at the bakery)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup chocolate chips

For sprinkling: 1 tablespoon sugar, regular or superfine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in the peanut butter and chocolate chips. Place sprinkling sugar — the remaining tablespoon — on a plate. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into the sugar, then onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for expansion. Using a fork, lightly indent with a crisss-cross pattern, but do not overly flatten cookies. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cookies may appear to be underdone, but they are not.

Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

– I left out the peanut butter chips only because I couldn’t locate my bag, but next time I will use them!  I love the recipes featured on Smitten Kitchen. I plan on trying her hummus recipe in the next few days too.  I’ll let you all know what I think!

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Star Trek Christmas Tree

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Although my apartment was wonderfully decorated for Christmas this year, now that I’m home for break I am really enjoying seeing our Christmas trees everyday.

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Every year my aunt gets my dad a Star Trek ornament.  A few years ago my mom got a slightly smaller tree dedicated to the Star Trek ornaments.  A lot of them talk or light up and it’s really fun to look at.  It’s always a big hit when people come over.

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This is a shot of the whole tree.  I love it!!

Here are a few of the ornaments from our other tree:

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My brother brought this one back from his semester in Vienna this year.

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This one is circa 1995. Oh, the backwards ‘s’ stage.

We had our annual family cookie party over the weekend.  It was a lot of fun.  I had to leave a little early to get to a birthday celebration, but I always love spending time with my family.  I’ve got a little bit of Christmas shopping left to do and am glad to have a couple of days off to get everything taken care of.  I’m starting to get really excited for Christmas day!