Monday, May 24, 2010

Dup dominates Denver!

That's right...DUP took over Denver last weekend. You may be asking yourself what DUP is? Well, simply put, we are just a group of former college roommates at Baylor, but it is so much more than that! Anyways, we've been pretty good about seeing each other in the post-graduation days. But some of us have moved away to different parts of the US. Two of us are in Dallas, three in Waco, one in Austin, one in NYC, and one in Denver. Back in January the idea was proposed for ALL of us to go and surprise Kate (who lives in Denver). It was hard to find a weekend that worked for everyone. In fact, it was pretty difficult and took a ton of group facebook messages in secret to coordinate it. I had been looking forward to this trip all semester long and I am so sad that it is over now. But it was SO fun and Kate was completely surprised! Ahhh, it was awesome!! Kate definitely shed some tears as we surprised her at breakfast all sporting DUP shirts! We did a lot of walking and enjoying the weather, went to a farmer's market and ate really good food, went to Red Rocks, and just chatted and caught up. It was really good...reunion ideas for next year are already being about a DUP cruise next year?!?! Yes please...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Graduation Day!!!

Congratulations Alex Melinda Sudan! You are now a graduate of the UTA Masters Social Work Program! Way to go. One of Alex's sweet statements she says frequently is "Jas, aren't you proud of me?".......YOU BET I AM, I am so proud of you! Alex has worked so hard the past 2 years traveling to Arlington for class, taking many tests, writing extremely long papers, completing a couple internships, and dominating a licensing exam.
Before I met Alex, I really don't think I ever gave a second thought to social work agencies, due to my own selfishness and ignorance. Now, I realize the importance and necessity of them. It has been really fun to watch Alex develop such a heart for those that are seen as social outcasts, physically or verbally abused, mentally unstable, etc. It takes unique men and women to work in this sector of society, and I am very thankful for them.
Once again CONGRATULATIONS Alex! You are going to make an incredible social worker.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Healthy Morning Muffins

Hey guys! here is the tasty recipe I mentioned in the last post. they are called "healthy morning muffins" and they are simple and yummy for breakfast. i got the recipe from an every day food (which i finally subscribed to recently--woot!)...sometimes, on sundays i like to make muffins or scones for the upcoming week's breakfast. cereal just get boring enjoy! the recipe came from a lady named Fawn Dixon from Fairbanks, Alaska...

Healthy Morning Muffins

nonstick spray
1 1/4 C. all purpose flour
1/2 C. packed dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 C. raisins
3 tbsp. EVOO
1 lg. egg
1/3 C. skim milk
4 medium carrots
1 medium ripe banana

1.) preheat oven to 400 degrees. coat a 12 cup muffin pan with spray. in a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt until there are no lumps. Stir in oats and raisins. Add oil, egg, milk, carrots, and banana and stir until blended.
2.) fill each muffin cup with 1/4 c. batter. bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, 23 to 25 mins. serve muffin warm or at room temperature (to store, keep in air tight container, up to 3 days).

they are really good warm with butter on them...perhaps with some eggs and a good ol cup of joe in the morning.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

freeeeedom (said in william wallace's braveheart voice)!

this is what i am feeling right now...(actually, feelin' a little tired and like i need a nap), but i am totally free!! no more school! no more internship hours! i graduate next friday!! can you tell im excited? i finished my 500 hours at parkland yesterday and now i am just relaxing and applying for jobs until graduation. my family is coming in, which i am excited about, too. i know i have been neglecting this blog a bit, but perhaps with this new found freedom i will get up to blogging-speed. ive had a few things ive wanted to post, so we will see where the wind takes me. in other news, my camera lasted me a good 5 or 6 years, but now i don't have a super great camera to take pictures and post on my i phone will have to do for now. i made some really great breakfast muffins the other day and i will post the recipe soon....very easy to make, and they're healthy and tasty, too.

also, i have to give a shout out to the j bird--i am so grateful to have gone through this program with the hubs supporting me...without his hard work and dedication i would not have been able to finish the MSSW program in two years. i love you, jas! im looking forward to working so that you can pursue your fire fighting goals more aggressively!