Monday, October 31, 2011

Spring 2012 Classes

Want to know what my semester is going to look like in Spring 2012? Take a look!

Course Title
CD 478 -001
8:30 am - 9:30 am
CEC 0115
Debbie B. Parsley
CD 483 -001
11:10 am - 12:30 pm
CEC 0115
Leisa S. Hutchison
CD 485 -001
9:35 am - 10:55 am
CEC 0115
Mary L. Moore
CD 486 -001
9:35 am - 10:55 am
CEC 0115
Leisa S. Hutchison
CD 487 -001
12:45 pm - 2:05 pm
CEC 0115
Jeffrey A. Barefoot
SPAN 455 -001
2:20 pm - 3:40 pm
FAC 0262
Sonia E. Lenk

Happy Halloween (by the way!)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hi My Name is Erin and I'm a Tetris Piece

Last night I went to an awesome Halloween party at the Newman Center. It was so much fun! I went as a Tetris piece and I connected with three other people. I didn't wear it too long because I couldn't sit, eat, or really do anything else but walk (slowly) in the costume. I think a lot of people thought our costume was creative. A lot of people had creative costumes.We played musical chairs, bobbed for apples, and got our groove on. Below are some pictures. Enjoy :) Happy Halloween!

Erin as Cinderella, Beth as Bad School Picture, and Me (without my costume on)
TETRIS!! (Me, Scott, Eric, and Amy)
Sam and Jordan are bobbing for apples- too funny!
Bryant and Amanda as Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from Spongebob
John as Titanic and Hannah as an Iceberg

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sweet Halloween Mix

It's Halloween Time! This weekend I am going to a Halloween party so I wanted to make some kind of Halloween snack/dessert. I found a similar recipe on Picky Palate, and adapted it a little bit. I decided to call it Sweet Halloween Mix


4 cups Honey Chex Cereal
24 oz package Almond Bark (melt-able vanilla)
1 1/2 cups M&M's candy corn white chocolate (or candy corn)
1 1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts
2 1/2 cups mini pretzels

Mix together the Chex, M&M's, peanuts, and pretzels in a big bowl. Melt the chocolate in a separate bowl. Add the chocolate to the dry mix. Gently stir until well coated then pour onto wax paper to dry.  Once dried, break up into pieces and put into a bowl or individually wrapped baggies. ENJOY :)

Makes about 10 cups


Dry Mixture
Adding the melted chocolate
Mixing it all up

Final product, it's super yummy and addicting, you should try it! :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Holy Spirit

Today I went to daily mass as I usually do on Wednesdays. I always look forward to going because it's in the middle of the week and it's the perfect time to stop, relax, and spend some time with God. I really liked the first reading today and I would like to share it with you. Father explained the reading in further detail which made me think....

Romans 8: 26 - 30

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. 27 And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the first-born among many brethren. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

(I wish I could repeat exactly what Father said, but...) 
Overall, this reading is saying that the Holy Spirit is so powerful that he is praying for the things that we don't pray or thank God for. Have you ever wondered why something good happened out of something bad and you never stopped to ask God about it? Well, that was the Holy Spirit in work. The spirits "intercedes" for us. Isn't that amazing? It makes me feel good that God loves us so much and has sent us the Holy Spirit. I am so blessed and thankful to be Catholic! :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

"Grey Street" - Dave Matthews Band

Lately I've been looking up random songs on YouTube and this song popped up. I really like it! Probably one of my favorite Dave Matthews Band songs. Turn up your volume and enjoy :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011


I'm starting to use Twitter now. I made one about two years ago, but never really used it, so I thought I would try it out again. Follow me at ErinMarieR 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Studying plus....

Tomorrow is my Anatomy Midterm, which I have been studying a lot for! If you want to know exactly how the vocal folds (cords) work, just ask me :) So to take a little study break I decided to make some Banana Nut Muffins. I just bought the Betty Crocker mix because you only add water, so it's very easy! I also added half of banana. I don't even have measuring cups so I eyed how much water I needed. I don't have muffins pans either so I used mini bundt pans that I got a few weeks ago. The mix made 4 giant muffins! Later on because it was so cold outside, I made myself a mug of hot chocolate. Yummmm.

Betty Crocker Mix- Just add water (plus a little real banana if you'd like :) )

All Done! Thank goodness I have a container to put them in, otherwise I'm not sure what I'd do with them. 

Mixing up that Hot Coco

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Baby Bailey

I have this picture frame in my dorm room with a picture of my dog, Bailey, when she was a puppy. Today the frame broke! It made me sad :( I've had it for almost 10 years! I guess I will have to find a new frame. But check out baby Bailey as the cutest puppy ever! She is now 9 1/2 years old and I can't believe it. The right and left sides of the picture actually have bite marks because she tried to eat the picture when she was younger. Ha!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Salud and Jackson's Orchard

This is going to be mixed post because my weekend was busy. This weekend has gone by so fast, but it has been a good one!

Saturday I went to Horse Cave, KY for a Feria de Salud or Health Fair for the Hispanics in the community. It was a really great experience because I got to use my Spanish and meet wonderful medical volunteers that do this for free. At the beginning we helped them with their paper work- asking them about their medical conditions and the reason why they were there. Many of them had never seen a doctor before. Afterwards, I was assigned to work with the eye exams. I worked with a very nice older man. Pretty much the whole time I was telling the person to put their forehead forward and click the button. Then I told them to tell me what letters they could see. Over half of them had some type of vision problem. Some were really severe that I couldn't believe that could live day to day with such blurry vision. I stayed for almost 4 hours and headed back to Bowling Green. On the way back I got to ride with one of my Spanish professors which was fun, because she is such a sweet lady! (Plus before we even left the professors took us out to a Mexican restaurant which was nice!)

Today (Sunday) I went to Jackson's Orchard, which is a small family owned business that has pumpkin patches, apples, and a bunch of homemade foods. Every weekend in October they have a festival so I decided to go with some friends. They have a several activities for kids such as a petting zoo, slides, and crafts. It was super busy, but a lot of fun! I had an apple with carmel, which was delicious! (The carmel was even warm!)  It was a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine. It was great to take a study break. There were lots of cute kids to watch, music to listen to, and lots of pumpkins to choose from! Pictures below:

Scott and I

The Gang!

Pretty Flowers

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Fray - Heartbeat (NEW SONG!!)

NEW SONG FROM THE FRAY! I'm excited. I can't wait until the entire CD is released!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Pet Pig for a Day

Well, I had a pet pig for a day, too bad it wasn't alive! A girl from my class, Christina, and I dissected a fetal pig for extra credit in Anatomy class. I dissected a fetal pig my senior year of high school, but this is my first time doing it on my own and in college! I ordered it off the internet, was delivered to my room, and off to the lab we went! It only took us an hour because we knew exactly what we wanted to dissect and take pictures of.  It was really cool and  enjoyed it a lot! I now need to order the pictures and label. Hopefully I will get all the points for extra credit. 

Below are a few pictures:

 Pig friend!


Monday, October 10, 2011


Some new ways to put my hair up!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Oreos

As well as making the pumpkin cakes during Fall Break I also made Chocolate-Dipped Oreos. YUMMY! My mom and I were planning on making peanut butter crackers dipped in chocolate, but picked up Oreos instead. This was our first time making these and they were easy and delicious! Great for any occasion.

- 1 package of Oreos
- 1 package of Almond Chocolate Bark (melt-able chocolate)
- 3 blocks of Almond Vanilla Bark for top (you can always use sprinkles, Oreos crumbs, etc.)
- 1 sandwich baggie
- Wax Paper

Melt the chocolate in the microwave in a soup bowl until completely melted. Make sure you don't burn the chocolate or it won't work right and will taste funky. Using a spoon dip the Oreos and make sure they are completely covered. Let them cool on the wax paper. For the "artsy" topping melt the vanilla in a cup/bowl. When melted spoon the chocolate into a sandwich baggie. Make a small cut at one of the corners. Swirl the chocolate on top of the Oreos. You can do whatever you like! Letter, drawings, etc. Let the Oreos cool completely and ENJOY! :) (By the way, I have a ton so let me know if you want some!)

Mom dipping the Oreos
Oreos drying before the decoration

Finished Product!
Plateful of Chocolate-Covered Oreos
The awesome desserts I made during Fall Break

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Homemade Pumpkin Cake

This weekend, during my Fall Break I wanted to bake something. I decided to make a pumpkin cake from a recipe I found from Pinterest. It was a fairly easy recipe and I enjoyed making it because I could use my own creativity. I made four mini pumpkins and one giant pumpkin. Lots and lots of baking :)

Recipe (for giant pumpkin)
2 boxes of cake mix (whatever kind you prefer, I used yellow mix) +plus ingredients required to make it
2 containers of white icing (again, whatever kind you prefer, I used vanilla)
1 block of microwavable white chocolate/vanilla
Yellow, red, and green fold coloring
One block of microwavable chocolate (this is for the stem, there are other options like a chocolate candy bar)

Prepare the cake mix as the box states. Bake two cakes, each in a Bundt pan. Let them cool completely. Once completely cooled, trim the top rounded side on each cake (like the picture below) so you can stack them on top of each other without them being lopsided. Take the extra cake that was trimmed off the top to fill the hole in the cake. 
Make orange frosting by adding red and yellow orange coloring. You will need more yellow than red. Mine turned out really pale, so I'm  not sure the best way to make it a dark orange. Completely cover the cake in icing. 
For the leaves, melt the white chocolate in the microwave. When melted add only two drops of green food coloring to the chocolate. It will start to harden, so shape the chocolate into leaves quickly and let dry on wax paper. 
Add the chocolate stem to the top middle of the pumpkin and then once the leaves are dry add them. TA DA! A yummy and completely edible, sweet pumpkin!

For the mini pumpkins I used mini round pans and made 4 pumpkins out of one box of cake mix. The one thing I like about this recipe is you can use any kind of flavor cake, icing (well a white kind), and candy bar. In the future I actually want to make one with pumpkin spice cake, to make it really taste like fall! I made the giant pumpkin for a family friend because they let my mom and I stay at their house for Fall Break. 
The kind of cake/icing I used
The mini bundt pans for the mini pumpkins
The mini ones are done baking!

One bundt cake is done

Cutting off the top to make it level

Stack the two bundt cakes together

Mixing up the orange icing



Mini pumpkin- I used kit-kat for stem

Giant pumpkin with the babies!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"Have no anxiety" because it's finally Fall Break!

"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:6-9

This was the second reading at Mass last Sunday, October 2. It was pretty much what I needed to hear right about then because it was the week before Fall Break and I had so much to do before I could relax for a couple of days. But thankfully I have made it to Fall Break. I took my first three exams of the semester, including Phonetics, Adv. Spanish Conversation, and Normal Speech and Language Development. Now they are over with and my mom comes in town today to visit me! I'm excited to spend some time with her and have a few days homework/study free. I'm not sure what we are doing yet, but I'm sure it will be fun. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Adele - Set fire to the rain

I really like this song....

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Oreo Balls (It's simple and yummy)

Last night I had a girls' night with a few friends at school. We decided to make some kind of dessert and we found an Oreo Ball recipe from Susie QT pies Blog. It was really easy and fun. They tasted great too. It's no bake, which is great for dorm living!

Here is the recipe:

- 3/4 block of 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 package of Oreos
- Almond bark- vanilla
- Sprinkles (optional)

Crush all the Oreos in a plastic bag- finely crush. Put in a bowl (if you want to sprinkle some on top of the balls, set some aside). Add the the cream cheese to the Oreos and mix well. You will have to use your hands. Then roll them into 1-inch balls. Refrigerate/freeze for 30 minutes (most recipes say 1-2 hours, but 30 min. should do!). Melt the Almond Bark, only a couple of blocks at a time in the microwave. Be sure not to burn it. Use a toothpick to dip the balls completely. Sprinkle with sprinkles or extra crushed Oreos. Let cool, and enjoy :) They need to be cold so put in fridge if there are extras. 

 Erin with the ingredients
 Combining the Oreos and Cream Cheese
 This plate is about complete