Month: January 2014

Cheese scallion biscuits

I finally baked something in my new apartment!

I followed this recipe from Eat. Live. Run. She calls them cheddar chive biscuits, which I think is kind of a misnomer because they don’t actually have chives. I used Trader Joe’s shredded tri-cheese blend instead of grated cheddar, because I had that. I also used only 1/3 the quantities listed in the recipe, because it didn’t include eggs so I can scale down if I want! (Bitch!) This resulted in five biscuits. See Exhibit A.

Exhibit A.

Exhibit A. The cheese is still gooey, which is awesome.

I baked these in my roommates’ toaster oven, which is the freaking best. I can bake 5 biscuits at the drop of a hat, instead of waiting for a huge oven to get up to temperature. Also, I don’t have to use a baking pan in a toaster oven! I can just place the dough on a piece of parchment paper and slide the whole thing in. Badabing badaboom.

I also made the chicken noodle soup, and it was/is good. (I’m literally drinking it right now and making a mess on my keyboard.) It’s basically like Amy’s recipe, except I boiled two drumsticks with a chopped onion for two hours, to make my chicken stock. Like Amy, I also texted/Snapchatted/Gchatted/emailed everyone I knew saying, “I made soup!!”

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Later gators,
Tammy

P.S. My brother sent me this. I think it’s so true.

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Hair update. The middle part ain’t happening. (Spoiler alert: alopecia adventures)

Decided to abandon the middle part. It just doesn’t look quite right. Instead, I’ve defaulted to a less severe/heavy side part.

It just looks right. There’s definitely a reason why I’ve worn my hair with a side part on the left side for the past 4+ years. Except I’ve gotten the seeming ubiquitous chop into a lob (is that a thing now?) and my hair is just starting to grow past my shoulders. Add some intense straight bangs and I’ll be rocking the same hair style I had in kindergarten. Does this allow me to claim hipster status? I joke, I joke. Sort of.

On another hair related note, I’ve recently been diagnosed with stress-related alopecia areata so I have a few bald spots going on. This is my second hair falling out “flare up” but last time, it was over all hair thinning rather than spots. This time around, I’ve got both. Ironically enough, my alopecia (autoimmune) is caused by my stress over my graduate school applications for immunology programs. If this life’s sense of humor, life’s not funny… but it’s really more annoying than anything. Fortunately, most of my spots are pretty much hidden but I’ve got one spot right at the top of the crown of my head and due to my overall thinning hair, there’s not always enough hair to cover it up. So I’ve been putting my hair up more often to help cover it up. Got some steroid cream (wooo) from my doctor though, so I’ll be trying that out for four weeks before going back in for a check up. Wish me luck. My hair will hopefully/likely grow back in in a few months to a year. It could be worse.

Why hello again.

I know, I know, I have not updated in forever and a day. Definitely thought I’d have time after finals, but clearly having time and having motivation are two distinct things. (You’d think that after 17.5 years of schooling I would have learned this, but apparently I have not.*)

So what have I been up to these past few weeks?  (more…)

Pics: Longchamp Planetes Large Tote

Sorry for the shitty iPhone photos; currently at home and my dad has a DSLR but as Tammy can confirm, I have no idea how to use one. And I don’t know why other people’s iPhone photos are always so clear. Maybe my hands shake too much? Or maybe my phone obscures a lot of the light from entering the lens? I have no idea. It’s kind of sad.

But my baby is finally here! Here’s my previous post explaining my thought process for buying this bag.

Here are the photos: (more…)

New Year and music!

Wow it feels weird to type 2014. Is it just me or did 2013 go by really quickly? 2013 was pretty monumental for me: I graduated college, applied for graduate school and finally moved home. My parents actually moved houses three years ago and I have yet to unpack since I literally haven’t been home for more than one month at a time since I started college. I’ve never really done the whole resolutions thing, but I have a few this year: unpack, exercise more (seeing how I no longer run to get to classes) and buy fewer things (… not doing so well on that front so far haha).

I’ll be posting more about my graduate school adventures later. For now, I can say that I applied to two graduate fellowships (NSF and NDSEG) and several graduate programs in immunology and have heard back from many of them. I’ll be going on interviews from January through March and I’ll be the dork taking pictures of things. And if all goes well, I’ll be accepted to a few schools and hopefully the pictures will help me in my decision (if a decision has to be made)! Many of the schools are in the Midwest or East Coast, so as someone who has never experienced anything but a Californian or tropical/Taiwanese winter, wish me luck!

But mainly, just wanted to post a few songs that have been stuck in my head/on repeat for the last few days/weeks while I’ve been gearing up for finals and last minute applications. Also, Tammy, a friend and I attended Night 1 of NSSN so I’ve been rediscovering my love for the Arctic Monkeys who are among my long-time favorites (since middle school almost ten years ago… ten! CRAZINESS). I have also been trying to get into music from “before my time” since I can remember (can’t handle the vocals!), but no band/song/album has really clicked yet until now… thanks Led Zeppelin. Slowly wading my way through their albums. I like to think that my musical palette is now refined enough to handle/understand music from before the 90s haha… I have no idea.

Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys
Ghost Lights by Woodkid
Bottom of the River by Delta Rae
Money by Pink Floyd
Slow Show by The National
When the Sun Goes Down by Arctic Monkeys
Hospital Bed by Cold War Kids
Seven Devils by Florence and the Machine
Achilles Last Stand by Led Zeppelin
Ending with 10+ minutes of awesome.

-amy