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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Welcome to Milton, FL

Finally!!!!! Finals are over! Now all I have to do is get through 2 weeks of long weeks of work then we are back to Oregon for the holidays! YIPPEEEE!! My mom and stepdad are in town. They got in last Saturday and I had the weekend off to study for finals, so Saturday night we decided to try 'Global Grill,' a tapas restaurant in downtown Pensacola, FL. I had never heard much of it and quite frankly, historic downtown ain't much unless you really look around, so I never even realised that it was on Palafox street. It's a good thing we ventured there, cause it was DELICIOUS! Yummy for my tummy!

My mom and stepdad at Global Grill
Brandon and I at Global Grill
Mom and I
So sunday morning I got up early before church to fix some muffins for my mom and stepdad and Brandon of course. I made two versions of the batter. I halved the batter and put chocolate chips in half and fresh cranberries in the other. The chocolate chip is above and the cranberries are below.
2 Cups flour
3/4 C sugar
1 ts baking powder
1 ts baking soda
1/2 ts salt
1 C sour cream (non-fat)
1/4 C eggbeaters
1 ts vanillia extract
1 1/2 C cranberries (fresh), rolled in flour and sugar (sweetens and suspends fruit in batter)
or chocolate chips
1/4 C vegetable oil
Mix dry ingredients together and mix wet ingredients together. Fold wet ingredients into dry and once incorporated add the cranberries or chocolate chips. Scoop into muffin tin and sprinkle cinnamon streusel on top (mix cinnamon and brown sugar together) and bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Mom cooked us a wonderfully yummy chinese meal Sunday night. Above is a jalopeno, onion and dried fish stirfry in oyster sauce, sweetened by a bit of brown sugar.
Another dish is a pork and vidalia onion dish. I picked out the onions and ate them since I don't eat meat.
And lastly, sweet and sour shrimp. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. That's all I can say. :-D
Last night, I was sick of studying so I made some magic cookie bars but changed it from the usual recipe.
1 1/2 C ground graham crackers
1/2 C olive oil spread, melted
Mix together and press firmly into an ungreased 13 x 9 in glass pyrex pan
1 - 14 oz can of condensed milk
1 C chocolate chips
1 C peanut butter chips
1/2 - 3/4 C shredded coconut
pour condensed milk evenly over cracker crumbs then sprinkle chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and shredded coconut over condensed milk. Then press down firmly with a fork and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.