Archive: August 2009

I went in to work today to see if the library was still there and to get a jump start on back-to-school prep. Of course I’m pretty much the last teacher to make their way in; most of my colleagues were in last week. But I just couldn’t quite admit to myself that summer was over, so today was my first day back in.

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Today was our end-of-summer (meaning back-to-school for me) cookout, and we had such a good time. You know, we’re truly lucky to be surrounded by such great people; I have to brag on the group of family and friends we’ve managed to surround ourselves with. Whether they were here today or just with us in spirit, I love our crew. Even when they disagree, I couldn’t ask for better.

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dessert table

Starting to get the dessert table ready for our cookout tomorrow.

decals library

decals library 2

Hanging Dali Decals in the library.

salted caramels pt. 2

Making salted caramels for the party. This time I cooked the caramel to 275 instead of 300 degrees F, and I doubled the mixture for a crowd. The caramel tastes PERFECT.

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pad thaiI’ve been swamped with the library project all week, so I haven’t cooked anything new and exciting in a while. I did bake 2 cakes yesterday, which I will post more about later. But tonight for dinner I made pad thai, which I’ve been meaning to try my hand at for ages. I switched out the shrimp in the original recipe for chicken.

It was pretty delicious, but I was missing a few ingredients. I had no bean sprouts, no cilantro, and chives instead of green onions. But it still worked just fine. The recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen’s The Best Skillet Recipes.

Pad Thai (adapted from The Best Skillet Recipes)
Serves: 4

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We’ve finally got all the furniture back in the library the way I want it, and all the books are back on the shelves. So here are before and after photos.

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