Monthly Archives: October 2012

Music in the Mornin’

I am very grateful for my job, because it gives me the money I need to pay rent…and because I have great co-workers…and because I can just listen to my iPod the whole time…but honestly, I’d be totally happy with no job while I am in college, or even just a different job. I work early morning custodial on campus…early morning meaning 4am-7:30am Monday through Friday. KILLER.

On the upside, I get to listen to my iPod the whole time! I listen to podcasts, audio books, and music…Yesterday I read (well, listened to) James and the Giant Peach…such a great book!

Today was a music day…here’s a little taste of it. 

First was Siobhan Magnus!

Here’s Black Doll by Siobhan Magnus…

After I listened to all 20 Siobhan songs I have (which is all of them….I am pretty much obsessed with this awesome girl), I turned to Madonna for a little bit…

Here’s Vogue by Madonna…

After about 7 songs I switched over to Sinead O’Connor.

Here’s Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinead O’Connor…

After the 11 songs I have of hers, I had about 20 minutes left, so I decided it was time for Dolores O’Riordan.

Here’s Human Spirit by Dolores O’Riordan

Have a fantabulous day!

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Cupcakes Sunny-Side-Up!

Back in June I made these cupcakes…

A huge thanks goes out to my wonderful former roommate Jessica for taking all these pictures!

These are so easy to make! 

All you need is:

  • cupcakes (I just make it from a box…never fails!)
  • White icing (Click here for my recipe)
  • 1 butterscotch candy (unwrapped) for each cupcake
  • poppy seeds to sprinkle on top (for the “pepper”)

And if you want to make a great presentation, serve them in a frying pan! We had a lot of cupcakes , so we used a lot of frying pans…but it was so worth it!!!

Do you see the double yolk in the above picture? We had a misshapen butterscotch candy…hey, it happens!


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Melted Crayon Creation

I had some time yesterday, so I made this!

Here’s some pictures of the process… (if you want detailed instructions on how to make your own Melted Crayon Canvas, click here)

First you hot glue the crayons to the canvas…

Then you cover your work space with newspaper…and you plug in your hair dryer…and you keep it on LOW the whole time.

Here is the first corner done!

Here is the second corner done!

Here it is with three corners done!

And here is the final product!

I wasn’t sure where to put it…the other one I made (which you can see here) is downstairs, so I opted to put this one in mine and Carolyn’s room upstairs…specifically…over the closet door…

Apparently I’m not very good at centering things…whatever! I still love it!

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Creamy Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

I found this recipe online and made it last week for dinner…it is definitely a keeper! It is great as leftovers, too. I had it for lunch and dinner throughout the week!

Serves 4 to 6

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 pound of pasta, any shape (I used 4 cups of elbow macaroni)

1 1/2 cups whole or 2% milk
2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, or colby)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon powdered mustard

What you do…
1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
2. Drain pasta.
3. When the pasta has finished cooking, prepare the cheese sauce…
4. Begin warming 1 cup of the milk in the saucepan over medium heat.
5. Whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup milk and the flour until there are no lumps.
6. When you just start to see tendrils of steam rising from the warming milk, whisk in the milk-and-flour mixture
7. Continue whisking gently until the milk thickens slightly to the consistency of heavy cream (3-4 minutes)
8. Turn the heat to low and begin mixing handfuls of cheese into the milk
9. Stir in the salt, pepper, and mustard
10. Stir until all the cheese has melted and the sauce is creamy
11. Taste and adjust the seasonings as desired (I am bad at “adjusting to taste” so I just left it how it was and loved it!)
12. Remove the sauce from heat
13. In a large serving bowl, combine the pasta and the cheese sauce
14. Stir to coat the pasta evenly
15. Enjoy!


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I volunteer with Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf  (SLCAD) and we will be at an event this Saturday! Read the letter below for more information!

Dear Friends of the Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf:

Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf (SLCAD) is a unique advocacy agency designed to meet the specific needs of Deaf, Deaf/Blind and Hard of Hearing victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault. In September 1999, domestic violence took the life of a young Deaf woman, Penny Williams. Her death shocked the entire community. As a result, the birth of SLCAD began in the spring of 2000 through a grant from the Department of Justice, “Justice for Deaf Victims,” piloted by Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services of Seattle, Washington. We serve the entire State of Utah. Our mission is to promote a safe and empowered community for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind people by providing culturally accessible services, advocacy and education. 

To help attain our mission, we are participating in the “Walk 4 Hearing” 5k walk on October 13, 2012 at the Sugar House Park to raise awareness about the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). The HLAA provides information, education, support and advocacy to enable those with hearing loss to life full and productive lives. We are asking you to sponsor the SLCAD team-“United We Walk” by donating money to support our team of walkers in this event. Our goal is to collect $1,000 for our team. In turn, we will list your company and names as our team sponsor on our team poster at the event.

It takes a community to make this happen and together we can work towards eliminating violence from our community and enabling Deaf people to lead full and productive lives. We appreciate your support for this event and our organization! If you are interested in donating to this event, please go to and click on “Donate.”

Sincerely Yours,

Chloe Palethorpe, Team Captain

Stephanie Mathis, Executive Director


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Autism Day

Autism Day

Monday October 15th, from 6-8 pm, the museum will be closed to the general public for this private event. Autism Day will be at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in SLC, UT
444 W 100 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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October 5, 2012 · 11:36 AM