Birthdays, Dresses, and Yogurtland Galore / Day Zero Goal #88 - Find out what my blood type is.

The following pictures [aka the title above] pretty much sum up what my past two weeks have consisted of.

Celebrating one of my best (Beatles!) friend Jared's birthday:

Continuing to work with some of my very closest friends on BYU's Young Company production of The Hundred Dresses - and (found this out yesterday, on October 19th) that we have actually sold out for the rest of our performances! eeeeek!

Note: this picture was taken a week ago - the first night of our performance (October 12):

This next picture is a shot of my fancy purple bloomers our costumer made for me when she realized that when I twirl in this dress (in the last scene) that my dress tends to fly up...oops! But they're super pretty, aren't they? (:

Spending oodles of time with my TMA 276R: Exploration of Theatre Education class, and finishing up the application to apply for the major...which I also found out that I got in!! (: (: (:

Officially finishing up my mission papers (eeek!!) and getting the shots/bandaids to match:

-one for a Hepatitis A shot
-one for a Hepatitis B shot

-one for the tuberculosis test, and
-one for getting my blood drawn and finding out my blood type (A+!)

Eating lots of different foods, from trying out The Awful Waffle for the first time, making delicious s'mores by the fire at our ward campout, and finding the picture-perfect bunch of grapes (:

And (finally), going to Yogurtland at least three (documented) times...Yes, it is safe to say I have an addiction. And I admit it. But they were all for good reasons! 

PS I promise there is some actual fro-yo buried deep beneath all my favorite toppings in each of those photos...but you'll probably just have to take my word on it (;

First, to blow off some steam after an exceptionally difficult week,

Second, to meet up with some old friends and make some new ones,

And thirdly, to celebrate my acceptance into my major and my official submitting of my mission papers with a girl's night out with my lovely roommates!

Here's to another week full of celebrations and joy...and hopefully its fair share of Yogurtland, too (;


Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Bread
(Recipe from allrecipes.com)

Note: This recipe yields three loaves. I made the full recipe: I gave two away to friends and kept one for my apartment. I'm sure you could just (somehow?) cut the recipe into 1/3 and make one loaf...but where's the fun in that? (:


1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup warm water
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
3 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup raisins
8 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.

2. Dissolve yeast in warm water, and set aside until yeast is frothy (note: I added a pinch of salt to help the yeast froth-up a lot quicker). Mix in eggs, sugar, butter or margarine, salt, and raisins. Stir in cooled milk. Add the flour gradually to make a stiff dough.

3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes. Place in a large, greased, mixing bowl,and turn to grease the surface of the dough. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled. Note: A great tip that Ruth gave me was to put the bowl (with the dough inside it) on top of the oven while it is warming up - it helps the dough rise a whole lot faster!

4. Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle 1/2 inch thick. Moisten dough with 2 tablespoons milk. Mix together 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon, and sprinkle mixture on top of the moistened dough. 

Roll up tightly; the roll should be about 3 inches in diameter. 

Cut into thirds, 

 and tuck under ends. Place loaves into well greased 9 x 5 inch pans. Lightly grease tops of loaves. Cover and let rise again for 1 hour.



5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until the loaves are lightly browned and sound hollow when knocked. Note: I got a little worried when I "knocked" on the loaves and it sounded like they were super hard...I thought I had burned them!! But (as you can see from the next two pictures) they actually turned out perfectly - not too burnt/hard/crisp or anything! Just right. (:

Remove loaves from pans, and brush with melted butter or margarine (I added on some more of the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top of each loaf, too). Let cool before slicing.

And voilĂ ! Super-extra yummy cinnamon raisin bread (:

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