**Warning: This post is pure brain dump.**
LEMON BARS: I made some vegan lemon bars yesterday that were a big success. I thought that they were even better than the non-vegan ones I used to enjoy. Those always seemed to have a funky taste from the eggs. Is it just me or does anyone else find that eggs make some baked goods taste really bad? That’s one thing I certainly don’t miss. For a recipe, I used this one, the only changes I made were adding a tiny pinch of turmeric for color, subbing oil for margarine, using half whole wheat flour in the crust, and making do with a little less rind (because it’s all I had). Next time I would halve the crust portion, as I thought it was just a bit too thick.
CRAVINGS: Everyone is talking about kicking habits—cola, cigarettes, etc. Am I the only one who is craving junk food more than ever? Pop, chips, candy…bring it on. Except not really. I try to eat healthfully, but those urges make it hard sometimes. I think I have a little sugar monster inside of me.
SKIN CARE: I’m almost ready to cave in and buy some Mary Kay products. I’m so tired of having nasty, erupting skin. I used MK in the past and my skin was much better then (although it could just be hormones, stress, etc. that is making it act funky now). I just feel bad using something that is so dreadfully unnatural. Any ideas for natural beauty products that work (and don’t cost an arm and a leg)?
OLD MOVIES: I really wish that we got TCM at my house, or that I could watch online. Then again, it would probably not be good because I would watch way too much television.
SPAGHETTI SQUASH: I think I just might like spaghetti squash more than regular spaghetti. It has to be one of the coolest vegetable on the planet. Nature never ceases to amaze me. Bake it and it turns into noodles! Can you really beat that?
FATAL ATTRACTION: Why do I find cinnamon so repulsive lately? I used to love it. I am weird like that—I eat something to the death and then can’t stand it for the next six months. I hope that doesn’t happen to my love affair with broccoli. Steamed and tender, I eat it almost every day.
GUTTER JOURNALISM: Why is it suddenly so cool to bash the Catholic Church? Can you imagine how everyone would howl if all this vile was directed at some other religion? Now I’m not saying that it is okay—ever—to slander and lie about any faith…or anything, for that matter. But why does the press feel the need to throw scruples out the door and scheme up a bunch of rotten lies in order to sell papers? It’s not like there's nothing happening in the world; I would venture to say that the young 2010 has already been an incredibly eventful year. I love what the Knight of Columbus are doing, though. The novena started yesterday, but it’s never too late to start! Viva el papa!
MATH: I am meeting with a tutor tomorrow to (hopefully) get some help and direction on intermediate algebra. I’m a little scared. Revealing confusion and weakness is always scary. I am definitely confused and weak in this particular subject. But only 8 more classes to go. Yes, I’m counting down.
There. I got through an entire post without mentioned college. (Well, not until now.) That doesn’t meant it hasn’t been on my mind, though. I’m thinking about going to visit another school.
“Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things - with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.” –Corazon Aquino