Thursday, April 30, 2009


We have officially graduated from college. Well, I have. Peter applied for graduation in August, so he'll graduate then. All of our family came out for the occasion. I think Peter's family was a little annoyed that he wasn't in any of the programs, but oh well. They got to see him walk across the stage, which was fun for them I hope. I originally didn't want to walk, but I actually enjoyed it a lot. So thanks to Peter for making me do it. :-) Thanks also to all of our family who came out to support us, it was wonderful to see you!

As usual, the pictures are on Peter's computer and I am not. So here are copies of pictures my sisters have put on facebook. Enjoy!
My sister Rebecca, me, and our cousin Linnea.

My sister Anna in my cap.

Peter, me, and our (my) family. In case you're wondering,
the medal around my neck is for my honors graduation.
Peter has a gold tassle because he is getting a BS,
and I have a white tassle for my BA.

While my family was here, we got family pictures taken.
This one is by far my favorite, can you guess why?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Nearly Done

The month has been crazy so far, but we are almost done for good! I had my last final today. All that is left is for me to give a presentation tomorrow. I still have a lot of work to do before my museum exhibition opens Tuesday night, but it's pretty much on track. (If you received a card or an email from the Museum of Peoples and Cultures, inviting you to an exhibition opening, it's from me. Please come.) Peter has one more final tonight, and one on Tuesday, and then he will be done.

Our families are coming in on Wednesday for our graduation, and I am really excited to see them.

Monday, April 6, 2009

A baby shower

I had every intention of taking lots of pictures of my best friend's baby shower, but... I forgot.

So I will just tell you about it instead.

My friend Lauren and I decided we should throw a baby shower for Amy--all three of us were roommates freshman year. It ended up being a lot of fun! Almost everybody who was invited came, and there were lots of good presents and yummy food.

We played two games at this baby shower, and I'm passing them along in case somebody else wants to use them. For the first game, we shoved infant diapers into a clear plastic container and made everybody guess how many were inside. For the second game, we passed around yarn and scissors and everybody had to cut a length of yarn that they thought would fit around Amy's stomach. Then, Amy measured them around herself to see who was the closest. Almost everybody cut the yarn way, way too big, and it was funny to see. The same girl ended up winning both games, which I thought was amazing. I guess she's really good at sizing things.

For dinner, Lauren made homemade pizza. It was delicious, easy, and really quick to make. Try it out. :-)

Lauren's Famous Pizza

Dough (makes 2 pizzas)
1½ cups warm water
¾ tablespoon dry yeast (1 ¼-ounce package)
1 teaspoon sugar
4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional as needed
Stir together water, yeast, and sugar. Let the mixture rest until the yeast blooms, 3 to 4 minutes.
Place 3 cups flour and the salt in a mixing bowl. Add the yeast mixture and oil, and stir together to form a sticky dough. If using a mixer, use the dough hook after this point. Otherwise, knead in 1 more cup flour until the dough becomes a smooth, elastic ball, approximately 5 to 8 minutes. Add a little more flour so that the dough comes away from the side of the bowl. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a cloth, and let rise for 30 minutes in a draft-free spot before splitting and rolling into shape.
Note: this dough does not require a ton of kneading. However, the more you knead it, the crust will become stronger and chewier.
After making the sauce, preheat the oven to 500 degrees. If you have a pizza stone and paddle, preheat the stone in the oven (if using just a pizza stone, it will take longer to cook each time the stone cools down so it’s better to leave it in the oven). Each pizza takes 8-12minutes to cook.

Sauce (makes enough for 2-4 pizzas. I usually use a 24 oz jar of pasta sauce and a 6 oz can of tomato paste and add heaping amounts of the other ingredients and it will make enough for 4 pizzas)
1¾ cup tomato sauce or 1-15 oz can (1 prefer to use pasta sauce—better flavor)
½ cup (4 oz) tomato paste
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon dried oregano
Combine ingredients in a blender til smooth. I normally have to add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil because it is too thick.

Basic (for most pizzas)-1 cup of shredded fresh mozzarella (the kind that is floating in the liquid tastes best), ½-1 cup parmesan (adds the special flavor), oregano and basil (fresh basil is best) to sprinkle over pizza last (use almost a tablespoon of each)
Other ideas:
Margherita-just mozzarella, sauce, fresh basil. I like to add fresh, sliced tomatoes and a little parmesan
Quattro Formaggi (4 cheese)-you can buy a great shredded cheese assortment at Trader Joe’s, or you can buy
your own assortment. My favorite mix: mozzarella, asiago, fontina, parmesan
Pepperoni-a classic, for picky eaters. Fun fact—if you order this in Italy you will get peppers on your pizza
Prosciutto-use 2-3 oz of this special, cured Italian ham. My personal favorite. Tear the ham into strips (like 2 in
by 1 in) and place on top with basic toppings. Also can add things like mushrooms, or carmelized
onion/roasted garlic/gorgonzola
Artichoke-put artichoke hearts on with basic and chicken if you wish
Barbecue chicken-not very Italian but still good! Use a thin layer of your favorite BBQ sauce instead of tomato,
mozzarella, and strips of grilled chicken
Alfredo chicken-use alfredo sauce instead of red sauce, mozzarella, and grilled chicken strips. I still like to
sprinkle basil and oregano on top