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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

It is done!

There's not alot of beauty that can be found here in the Texas scenery. The palm trees are nice but knowing that roaches breed in them make them unappealing. The beach is beautiful if you can visually ignore the big oil barrels and trash washed up from Alabama. The one thing I have found that is amazingly beautiful is the rising and the setting of the sun. It's pretty breathtaking seeing the intensely different colors blending together. The day I took this picture was the day I finished my last final for my last class for my pastry degree! WHOOOHOOOO!!!!!! (dancing around in a circle)

So folks, I am officially done! As Neo from the Matrix would say "It is done." (DORK!) So what does all this new free time have instore for Val? Hmm...well I am working 5 days a week now but other than that I get to actually read "Persuasion." Though, you know how things go. You want to read and you want to do all these things when you have no time then when you finally have the time, you don't want to anymore. So is life.I've decided this year to make our own stockings and christmas cards. The first stocking that I conquered is for Leben our Rotti. I sewed those paws onto the material and I even handstitched them because unfortunately I am not a superhuman housewife and don't own a sewing machine nor do I want to own a sewing machine until maybe I am 70. Speaking of 70, I heard on the radio this morning that a couple in India who are in their 70's gave birth to their first child. It's amazing! I was amazed anyways but then amazement turned into 'uhhh.' I felt bad for the poor kid. I'm sure they'll be great parents but they can never run around with them and play soccer with them. By the time they're 10, whos to say their parents will be also? So how fair is it to the child?
Right now I am actually blogging in bed! Sweet! I also did a facial mask. That hasn't happened in like 2 years. Seriously folks. School, work, dog, and a family takes so much of your time. Now that school is over and I don't have to study anymore I can pay more attention to Brandon and Leben. I have felt like a terrible wife these past year and a half. Between school and work, it was hard to keep the house clean and make time for others. Brandon did so much to help around the house so now I am glad to say I can finally take care of him again. He's actually flying right now. He was suppose to get home around 3pm but it's 4:30pm and he's not back yet. It always scares me when he is flying. You just never know but I really don't have to worry because I know God listens to my prayers.
Okay really, I will talk about baking. I got my dirty little hands on a can of pumpkin. It's been sitting in my pantry for like 3 weeks. It's my own recipe and I really thought it was quite tasty! It's healthy too ;-)
Soy Flaxseed Pumpkin Bars
Recipe by Valerie Adams

1 C soyflexseed cereal
1 C all purpose flour
1 1/2 ts baking soda
1/2 ts nutmeg, ground
1/2 ts cloves, ground
1 ts cinnamon, ground
1/4 ts salt
1 C sugar
3/4 C canola oil
1 egg, beaten
1 ts vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven 350 Degrees F and line a 10 in square pan with parchment paper and oil the sides of the pan.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients together
  3. Mix the liquid ingredients together and add to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and sprinkle some chocolate chips over the top if you would like
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until done


Christina said...

Talking to God is a great feeling, especially when you have no control over the situation. It's comforting, among other things. =)

Congrats on finishing! The stocking looks amazing, like something you can buy at a store.

Great recipe, perfect for breakfast and every other snackable time!

Munted kowhai said...

yay!!! you're doing hand made as well! Good on you val! I started making my own xmas card alreayd, they're on my blog!!
why does leben's xmas sock remind me of bacon, mmm bacon

Angsana said...

Well, now you know how I felt.
We are all happy that you have finished your baking school! Yippee!!
Card and presents out next week!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those stockings are cool! Delicious looking bars...



Heather said...

congratulations! i'm thrilled for you! i'll bet your so relieved! lovely looking bars!

Emily said...

The bars sound great.

Congrats on graduating!

Cynthia said...

Hey! Congratulations! My how time flies! I remember when you were getting ready for your first class. Much success!

Thumbbook said...

Looks delicious!I'd like to invite you to take some time to drop by at Foodista and share the info on this wonderful food with us. We have launched an online food and cooking encyclopedia ala wikipedia.Don't forget to register first so we know who to thank the recipe for. Thanks! See you there!

Emily said...

Hope you had a great Christmas!

Those bars look sooooo goood.