Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

New Strengths

So the college I went to was all about the Gallup Strengthfinders.  As a result, some people who went to my college LOVE strengthfinders and some people HATE strengthfinders.  I don't think there are people who are really on the in between on this one :)

I will let you decide if I am a lover or a hater.

My roommate recently told me about a free online test that is very similar to Strengthfinders.!  Seriously, I have been wondering for years what my #6 strength is!  The man who created it, does say that it is not exactly like the real strengthfinders...but it is free and I figure it is close enough!  Before you head over there, know it is 170 questions.

Also, I made Ian take it.  I can't remember what all five of his strengths are but I do remember: Belief, Learner, Input, and Ideation.

My old strengths (from my Senior year of High School) are: Belief, Learner, Restorative, Achiever, and Intellection.

My strengths (as of right now)

  1. Intellection
  2. Discipline
  3. Strategic
  4. Focus
  5. Context
  6. Ideation
  7. Maximizer
  8. Significance
  9. Activator
  10. Analytical
  11. Responsibility
  12. Belief
  13. Achiever
  14. Learner
  15. Restorative
  16. Self-Assurance
  17. Arranger
  18. Communication
  19. Futuristic
  20. Harmony
  21. Competition
  22. Relator
  23. Connectedness
  24. Fairness (a.k.a Consistency)
  25. Input
  26. Deliberative
  27. Developer
  28. Command
  29. Inclusiveness
  30. Individualization
  31. Empathy
  32. Adaptability
  33. Woo
  34. Positivity
Yes, all of my top five strengths are either Strategic Thinking or Executing Strengths.  I think my obsession with "doing things the most efficient way" has started showing through.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Letter 2011

Here is our Christmas letter.  Just in case you are wondering, I got the idea from here.

And here is our Christmas picture.  Not too bad considering we do not have a fancy-smanchy camera and we just used the self-timer.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pizza Party!

We had Bob and Mark over for a pizza night.  I am pretty sure that neither one of them had ever made pizza before  - we had a great time showing them how to make their very own pizza!

Hi Mark!

rolling out the dough

The perfect combo of American (notice the meat and peppers) and Korean (notice the mustard and mayo) pizza!

Pop 'em in the oven

I need to work on my "taking photos of stuff in the oven" pictures

Finished Pizzas - delicious!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Slightly obsessed...pumpkin scones


I need to share this with you!  I am currently obsessed (after I wrote the title for this blog post, I realized that slightly and obsessed never go in the same sentence for me) with PUMPKIN!!!!!!!!!!  (Guess who got a care package from America with CANNED PUMPKIN in it last week?)

Case-in-point:  I had some pumpkin pie oatmeal with a pumpkin scone for breakfast today and I drank a lovely pumpkin spice latte.  I forgot how ahhmmmaazzzziiinnngggg pumpkin from a can tastes.  I am not going to even suggest that the pumpkin puree I made back in September can even begin to compare to canned American pumpkin.

Currently I am also intrigued with using milk kefir in dessert-y recipes to add probiotics (do probiotics die in the oven when they get heated to a certain point?) and reduce the amount of sugar needed for a recipe.  Have I shared this recipe for sugar free pancakes?  These are the only pancakes getting eaten in our house (er, apartment) right now.

Can you tell where this is headed?

Pumpkin (in a can, from America)


Kefir - reducing sugar in dessert

Pumpkin Kefir Scones (with dried cranberries if that floats your boat or if you are my amazing husband the craisins kinda sink the boat...)

3/4 c milk kefir
6 Tblsp pumpkin puree
1/4 c dried cranberries (unless you are making this for a boat sinker, then leave them out)

1/4 c sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
dash of cloves
dash of ginger (more like half of a dash)
2.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
flour (start with 2 cups....I ended up using closer to 3 cups)

1.) Preheat your oven to 200 C (maybe 400 F) and turn on some Christmas music, a sermon (I listened to this one) or whatever you like to listen to as you bake.

2.) Mix the together kefir and pumpkin (and cranberries if you are using them).  Set this bowl in a safe place (not near your computer preferably)

3.) Mix together all the dry ingredients.  Then stir in the pumkefir mixture.  You want the dough to be a little bit sticky but not too sticky.  The first time I made these, I added in quite a bit of flour.

3.5) Take off your wedding ring (Or get half way through the next step and have your amazing husband come take them off for you.)

4.) Knead the dough a few times on a floured surface.  Pat the dough into a circle.  Cut it in half, then each half into half, then each half-half into half (that is, eighths).    Place each scone on a baking sheet (or the bottom rack of your oven if you have a janky oven like us).

5.) Bake for 17ish minutes.  Here is a timer for ya'll in case you have a janky oven that is timer-less. {Even though our oven IS janky, I am still VERY thankful for it}

And you are good to go.  Seriously, you are not going to miss the 3/4 cup of sugar most other pumpkin scone recipes call for.  I adapted this recipe for Honey From Rock.

Our Christmas tablerunner and some yummy scones (that you should go make and eat!)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Home Tour

Hey ya'll - want come over to see our cute apartment Christmas-ified?  Even if you an ocean away, you can come on in and see our cozy place.

 The front door...paper snowflakes and a Christmas potholder

Magazine Christmas Trees
These might look difficult to make, but they are SO simple, all you need is a magazine!
This blog shows each step for the Christmas trees with pictures.  I did have a few problems getting the tree to end up a circle, so I just put the back towards the wall and no one can tell what the back actually looks like. I used magazine that were different lengths to add variety.

This is the back of my shorter Christmas tree - not perfect, but that will  be a secret !

My friend Gabi, recently taught us how to make a mosaic using pictures.  (Thanks Gabi!)  So here is my snowflake mosiac....

white snowflakes on a white wall...(obviously I am obsessed with paper snowflakes)
 I tried to make a Christmas tree.  It is, uh, a little Charlie Brownish (to say the least)  It did not come out perfect, but it definitely better than no Christmas tree at all.  We also have a designated place to put presents.  I will save ya'll from actually having to see it!

What is your favorite way to decorate for Christmas? 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Right now...

...I am listening to Christmas music, addressing Christmas cards, and enjoying a nice glass of warm water.  The kiddos are taking their final exams, thus I have nothing to do (desk-warming!).

I have about 10 blog posts in draft, and I promise to get working on those soon : )

For now, you can enjoy the photos that did not make the cut for the Christmas card.
This is one is okay....
Oh man!  This one reminds me of the video we made last year!
Next week, I will let you see the one did make the cut!  Speaking of Christmas is ours from last year.  I still crack up when I watch the end of this video.