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Lissa’s Circus Extravaganza October 2011! 
Oct. 28, 2011 5:42 pm 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2011 3:12 pm

OK, so there’s not really a circus, but for a minute I swore there was an elephant balancing on a little ball with a daisy in his trunk.

October has been one heck of a month! 

In my college life, I had 3 exams - boom, BOOM, BOOM! - one after the other.  I somehow did quite well on them too, managing all A’s.  This means I am on the right path for escaping Human Biology with an A for the semester!  The pressure is still on though, I need to score A’s on both the remaining bio exams or the average might not look so good.

I also have several term projects hanging over me: Critical Thinking class has a six-page essay.  The assignment was just issued yesterday so I have yet to find a topic.  There are 4 different essay options to choose from, and they are clever!  1. Write an argument for the stance opposite in which you agree with. 2. The same as the first option, only write it as a satire. 3. Write an essay on a word, as in, how its meaning has changed over time, or has multiple meanings.  It can even be a ‘bad’ word. 4. Put yourself in the shoes of a lobbyist: choose an unpopular or unusual stance on a controversial topic and defend it.  Hmm, which to do?!

In Therapeutic Nutrition I am doing a week-long diet analysis on someone else.  That lucky someone is my husband.  I am to analyze his diet, find deficiencies/excess, and signs of future disease and write up an eating plan to correct said (or hypothetical) issues.  Since I am the chef of the house, I pretty much have control over meals when he is at home…but the rest of the time…let's just say 'hamburger hill' is right up the road from his office, tempting him with Taco Bell, KFC, McD's, and BK all around a single rotary.

For lab, I (coincidentally) have to do a one-day diet analysis on myself.  Similarly to the Nutrition class analysis, I have to look at my deficiencies/overages and write up recommendations.  Piece of cake.  There is also a second lab project: a five-page observation.  Observe anything and write five pages about it.  I’m basing mine from my camping experience at MacKerricher Park, which leads me to…

October meant our last camping trip of the year.  We packed our gear and headed towards the ocean for MacKerricher State Park.  It is just so beautiful and such a nice campground.  I love falling asleep in the tent listening to the waves crashing.  For eats we served chowda in bread bowls, had another ham steak and used the leftovers in the next morning’s eggs, baked potatoes on the campfire, grilled veggies, fresh-picked blackberry pancakes and bacon, and ate kielbasa off sticks roasted over the fire.  Food tastes so amazing when camping-I always say it’s probably a bit of dirt that manages to get in :)

October has meant some neat activities as an Allrecipes Allstar!  This month we were gifted freebies to complete our assignments: Pillsbury Crescents and Barber Stuffed Chicken Breasts.  Now, usually I do not buy either of these products because I like to make my food from scratch.  I remember having crescents growing up at my parent’s house, but didn’t really remember their taste.  I also know they are a tad expensive.  I made two recipes, Crescent Pizza Pockets and California Crescent Sandwiches.  The pockets were not that hot.  The buttery, flaky crust just didn’t blend well with the flavors of the contents.  I ‘hear’ other Allrecipeeps mention Pillsbury pizza dough in reviews and on the Buzz, so maybe that would work better?  Maybe I am just too picky? ;)

The California S’wiches were pretty good.  My husband really likes that style of sandwich, but he thought the bread was a tad off, and I think it was the buttery flakiness again.  The dough doesn’t cook up puffy and flaky, but that doesn’t erase those properties from the dough.  I brushed the tops with melted butter and herbs and it was a nice touch, but over all, I think the crescents are a little ‘too much’ in these recipes, but they are quite tasty as is.  In a pinch or to satisfy that buttery-flakiness which I do not get out of my own baking, I would make Pillsbury Crescents again for dinner rolls.  However, I think they are kind of expensive for my budget-conscious grocery shopping, so I will not be putting them in my cart too often.

Now, the Barber Stuffed Chicken Breasts were intended to be served at a dinner party.  So I invited my in-laws (and my husband too!) over for a meal…that I only half-prepared?  lol!  This was a tad awkward for me, but I had told them about the Allstars program and they were happy to enjoy a dinner at our place.  I served the Cordon Bleu with brown rice pilaf I which made using leeks, shallots, carrot, celery, garlic, mushrooms and chicken stock, as well as green beans with olive oil and garlic.  Plus a nice garden salad featuring what very well may be our last backyard-picked tomato of the season.  Considering the chicken is premade and frozen, we all agreed it was top-notch for its class.  Perfect for a night you don’t want to put effort into cooking or are short on time.  They are so easy to stick in the oven and then prepare your sides for a no-fuss dinner.  I think I would like to keep these on hand in the freezer for a ‘dinner emergency,’ but I do not see them being something I schedule into my meal plans.

For dessert I made Cheesecake Brownies, but the cheesecake layer didn’t stay put in the middle, nor did they pack the cheesecake punch I was hoping for.  Nonetheless, they were still enjoyed by all.

I also posted some photos for recipes on the faceless list, and I have to say Apricot Cheese Loaf is one of the tastiest things I made this month! Check it out! YUMMY!

On a closing note, I just wanted to add that I found an adorable orange shirt with a jack-o-lantern face that I have been sporting around.  When I am out and about, occasionally someone will acknowledge my Halloween spirit and I reply how disappointing it was that when I was shopping for Halloween decorations, they were right next to the Christmas ones!  I always say goodbye with Happy Halloween and don’t forget Thanksgiving too.  More on that soon…

[I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on Lissa's Food Blog-Eating for Health and Happiness! The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of *~Lissa~*.]
Ahh...the ocean.
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I love walking here!
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California Crescent S'wiches
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Barber Stuffed Chicken
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In-laws & hubby :))
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Cheesecake Brownies
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Apricot Cream Cheese Loaf
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my jack-o-lantern shirt
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Oct. 28, 2011 7:22 pm
YOU GO GIRL! Good blog and a great looking family:)
Oct. 29, 2011 4:51 am
What a full month you have had. Congratulations on the A's - you deserve a pat on the back.
Oct. 29, 2011 3:11 pm
Thanks mauigirl!
Oct. 29, 2011 3:12 pm
Thank you Baking Nana-I have been studying my tush off (too bad not literally!)
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 2 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
My favorite things to cook
Skillet dinners, chicken, vegetables, rice, pasta, cookies, brownies, quick breads, Italian, Asian, mac & cheese, mushroom or broccoli Alfredo, pie-especially apple, pear and chicken pot pie, pork in the crock pot for carnitas or BBQ pulled pork.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My parents have always had lots of food at family get-togethers! Such a selection of food that there's hardly room for plates at the table: nuts, cheeses, wings, beans, meats, veggies and many other side dishes, cakes, cookies, pies, etc-there's something for everyone! There's no excuse if you go hungry at one of our family functions. There's always good food, drinks, people and laughs :D
My cooking triumphs
It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
My cooking tragedies
Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
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