Spaghetti and Meatballs and Broccoli

My fanciest dorm cookin’ food yet! (Sorry for the blurry picture)

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Meatballs
  • Frozen Broccoli
  • This spaghetti or angel hair
  • A jar of red sauce of your choosing
  • Some butter
  • Salt and Pepper

What to do:

  1. Break up desired amount of pasta so it fits in a microwave safe dish. Add water to cover the pasta (plus some more) and salt to taste.
  2. Heat in the microwave (uncovered) for 2 to 3 minute intervals until done. At each interval, stir with fork to test for level of cooked-ness.
  3. In a separate bowl, place meatballs and frozen broccoli. Add sauce on top.
  4. Cover and heat. You’re guess for time is just as good as mine.
  5. Drain pasta somehow
  6. Put pasta back in bowl and add meatball bowl and butter.
  7. EAT!!!!

Like always, I don’t have exact measurement. Just eyeball it.

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The Obligatory Thanksgiving Post

So Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

 

Too lazy to write anything about it at the moment and will get to it later (Bottom line: It was delicious). But for now, here is a short, incredibly choppy stop-action animation of my family setting up the table for Thanksgiving dinner whilst also eating all the black olives.

IMG_5495Look! I finally got around to writing something slightly more descriptive about my Thanksgiving break! I went home on Friday and spent time with my lovely family. I made muffins and ate real food which was pretty exciting. I also played guitar a lot and practiced some new songs (including the theme song from the NBC TV show Community). On Wednesday, we went up to State College for Thanksgiving dinner at my Grandparents’ house which was super delicious!!! Basically, the entire time at their house was spent eating various sort of large portions of food. We had the whole turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes (and obligatory peas) deal on Thursday. Friday was a Ziti, sausage, and home made tomato sauce thing, and Saturday we had ham an broccoli and sweet potato casserole. This is really the best thing one could possibly do on Thanksgiving break. However, I’m a little worried I’ll be suffering withdraw from not eating as much food anymore. Oh, and here (still) is my lovely stop-action animation.

*DISCLAIMER* This music was free/royalty free music from incompetech.com. It was not created by me*

The Benefits of Public Transportation

It is halfway through the first semester. Homework is piling up at an alarming speed. There are essays to write, tests to take, and deadlines to meet. Any moment spent not doing homework is spent avoiding it.The air is cold and smells like fall. Trees are painted red, orange, and yellow. Leaves tumble off the branches, drifting to the ground. (This leaf detachment happens through the process of abscission). It’s getting dark earlier and no conversation is complete without someone saying they are tired.

And here is what I’ve been up to:

First off, here is my last studio project for digital sequence. Tomorrow, my section will be doing “analog drawing” which is the non-computer part of studio, and I have little to no idea what that entails. Anyway, for our project, we had to color in a black and white site plan. I DID NOT DRAW THIS. I just colored it in. (I did not draw this).

Sketches

The other day, I was doing laundry. I put my clothes in the dryer. When they were done, I opened up the door to find this:

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It made me very happy. I think it’s fascinating that the money didn’t get mixed in with the rest of the clothes. It was just lucky someone didn’t get impatient and take my clothes out of the dryer to put in their own, because I would’ve lost a small fortune.

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All the groceries I could fit in my backpack.

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a fear of public transportation. I’m always worried that I’ll get off at the wrong place or take the wrong bus or something. I just don’t trust my directional judgement (which I can admit I do not have much of). But, last night, I did the unthinkable: I TOOK THE BUS! I figured that as an actual adult-like person, I will need to figure out public transportation so I can go places on a very limited budget. I had also gone to McLanahan’s and bought a large amount of groceries, including a 5 pound bag of flour and a dozen eggs which I really didn’t want to lug up hill. (Side note: I was also considering buying a bag of those tiny clementines but decided against it which was probably good judgement). I had put all the groceries in my backpack which made it bulge out really far, and probably looked really suspicious. I also felt like I was going to fall over backwards.

After I went to the store, I decided to get some dinner. For obvious reasons, I didn’t want to walk very far so I went to Panera. Do you see the IMG_5243picture of my food there? That is a Panera dinner without a baguette! when did the start giving customers soft dinner rolls like it’s some kind of upgrade!? Soft dinner roles are available in every diner in America. If you’re going to Panera, you’re there for the bread.

Outside, it was cold, wet, and windy. In conditions like this, any person with a substantial amount of weight on their shoulders would have no desire to trek all the way back to North Halls. So I waited for the bus, and I got on the right bus, and I got off at the right stop. I was very proud of my accomplishment, and happy that I had less far to walk.

Here is proof that I took the bus:

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I did not want people to question my intentions in taking a picture of the bus with people in it, so I took it of the doors. Anyhow, I now realize the benefits of public transportation.

I guess I should explain the flour and eggs. Well, I decided to make a cookie in a mug. I looked up a recipe online, but I must have done something wrong because it did not turn out like the picture. (I realize here that I should’ve taken a picture of it as that last sentence made a perfect lead-in for a picture. However, I was so disappointed in the outcome that I did not take one).

This morning, I made myself breakfast:

IMG_5256 (In the microwave, I might add) My dorm room now smells like bacon.

Pasta With Garlic and Bacon

Bacon? Yes! Bacon! I cooked bacon in a microwaveable bowl and it was amazing!

Ingredients:

-Anglehair pasta

-2 pieces of bacon

-minced garlic

-salt and pepper

-Parmesan Cheese

What to do:IMG_5240

-Break up angel hair pasta in a bowl and add water to cover the pasta

-Add salt to water

-Put in microwave for 5-6 minutes, watch vigilantly, making sure it doesn’t overflow

-In another bowl, put 2 strips of bacon, cut up in pieces

-Heat in microwave for 2 minutes

-Take out of microwave and wipe out grease. Add garlic, then put back in for 30 sec

-Add garlic and bacon the the pasta and mix together

-Add pepper

-Top with lots of cheese 🙂

 

Doing “Adulty” Things and What Not

Some very exciting news: I did my first 18-year-old thing! I voted! I requested anIMG_5215 absentee ballot and filled it out like any responsible person concerned with local politics of their home town would do. I was most disappointed, however, that the envelope containing the ballot did not include the famous “I voted” sticker.

 

 

 

 

IMG_5226This weekend was a very exciting time in terms of food consumption. On Friday night, I went to the creamery  with one of my roommates. Like always it was delicious. (Seriously, Penn State creamery ice cream is amazing). Last night, I went down to Big Bowl Noodle House for some food and it was seriously delicious. It was also one of my only actual meals I’ve had all weekend (not counting breakfast). I got bubble tea and Pad Thai stir fry with beef. If you are even around University Park, I’d highly recommend it. 🙂

Bubble tea (if you were wondering) is this milky tea with giant tapioca balls in the bottom, which are sucked up through a fat straw. It’s the kind of thing that you either will love, or think is really weird.

Campus rodents are pretty entertaining. There are also a ton of them. I’m pretty sure that they are fatter than non-campus rodents because of things like this:

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The squirrel had climbed up on the wheel of the bike and I’d tried to take a photo of that, but then he climbed up onto the trash can which is still pretty cute.

I have this suspicion that the squirrels are trying to wage war on the students, because when ever I walk under the oak trees, acorns rain down at an alarming speed and I can’t help but imagine a bunch of fat squirrels sitting in the branches throwing acorns at anyone below.

I saw a hot air balloon the other day and I’m pretty sure this picture could win an award…

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The award might be worst picture ever taken of a hot air balloon, but I would still accept it with pride.

A quick rant about citation:

Ok, so when I was in middle/highschool, there was only one method of citation and that was MLA. We were given thick packets that explained how to cite every single type of source you could possibly find-A book with a more than 4 authors, a title with a title in it’s title, a journal accessed through a database with no author. But now, it turns out that there are at least THREE different ways to cite things. You got your Chicago Style and your APA papers (along with good ‘ol MLA formatting). And each method is slightly different than the other and I really don’t understand why some papers have to be written using one style and other have to be written using a different way.

Penn State has a decently large campus and classes can be far away. I always want to run to class because it’s impossible to look dignified while galloping down a sidewalk whilst my back back flops around hitting people in the waist. I say waist because there are a lot of tall people on campus.

Watching people bike up Shortlage Road, you can just tell that they’re thinking, “I can do this! I’m gonna make up this hill! Don’t stop now!”

Also, it rained and grass made this cool pattern on the sidewalk:IMG_5223

 

Chocolate Covered Pretzles

Getting a little bit fancy.

Ingredients:

  • A desired amount of pretzels
  • A desired amount of chocolate

What to Do:

  • Put chocolate in a microwave safe dish and heat in microwave in 30 second to 1 minute intervals, stirring to make sure chocolate doesn’t burn (because that would be devastating)
  • when all chocolate has just melted, remove bowl from microwave
  • Swirl pretzels around in chocolate until evenly coated and place on a plate
  • Put plate in the fridge until chocolate hardens

EAT UP!