The best type of cheese

The other day I decided to make my most favorite desert…Cheesecake!!! I had never attempted to make one before, thinking that it was difficult and beyond my skills as a baker. One of my co-workers, Rebecca, and I were talking the other day about or favorite deserts. Mine being cheesecake of course! Rebecca told me that she had a cookbook just full of Cheesecake recipes!!! After looking at some of the recipes I found that it was actually very simple. So I decided to try making a raspberry cheesecake…..it was so yummy and very easy to make. just eggs, sugar, vanilla, cream cheese, and a little bit of raspberry jam. Oh….and a graham cracker crust too!!! If you have a craving for cheese cake visit sidewaysgravity.com/recipebox recipetodish.com and create an account to share and get many delicious recipes with family and friends!

Friday Flood, Giving a hand.

Flooding on Arkansas River
Flooding on Arkansas River

Last week we receive an unusual amount of rain. The storm system seemed to grow out of central oklahoma and stretch out to Illinois, the whole time, staying directly above us. Friday was the worst day of rain where we received anywhere from 3 to 9 inches of rain. While watching the news we saw several reports of a small creek that had inched its way up and was now several feet higher and in a flood stage. With it only a 15 minute drive away we thought we would take trip and get some photos for our new blog.

We stopped and took some photos along the Arkansas River which was higher than normal, but I have seen it worse. So we continued on to area with the flooded creek from the news. After parking our car in a neighborhood we walked across a nearby bridge to take some pictures of the creek, which by now looked more like the arkansas river.

The flood level for this creek is at 18ft, its normal level is around 8ft. By friday night / saturday morning the water peaked at about 21.5 feet, a little more than 13 feet higher than its normal condition.

Cowskin Creek
Cowskin Creek

After taking some photos of the river from the bridge we headed back to the car since it was starting to sprinkle out again. There was a large city dump truck at the entrance of the neighborhood that had dropped off some sand for the residents of the neighborhood to make sandbags to protect their homes. We got into our car and drove down to the end of the neighborhood (it was a no outlet) just out of curiosity to see how high the water was getting.

After turning the loop and heading back we noticed that the side yard of one of the houses in the front was halfway under water. So we stopped just to see how high the water was getting. We saw two men come out of the garage of that house and grab some sandbags from the back of a truck in their driveway and head to the back of the house. We decided that we would see if we could help and went out and asked them as they came back. We ended up helping finish move all of the sandbags from the truck to the back of the house until there were no more to carry. One of the men lived at the house and the other was a neighbor who had come to help. After we moved all the bags the owner headed off to get some plastic from Lowes, and was going to be gone for a while so we decided to get something to eat. It was about 7 o’clock.

Flooded yard
Flooded yard

After getting some food we went back to finish helping out, they still had quite a bit of work to protect their house. Their back yard was normally about 50 feet or more until you got to the creek and now it was completely under water. When we got back the water had rose a couple inches more and was still rising. There was another family there now who had also come to help with there two children. We spent the next couple hours working to get the basement entrance and 4 windows protected from the water.

It was a lot of fun to be able to go and help a family who was in need. Later the next week we received a thank you letter from the family, and we hope to return and visit them and get some followup photos of the yard to see what it is normally like. In the card they let us know that they were blessed and ended up not receiving any flood damage to their home, though I am sure their yard is a different story.

Viva Pinata

Viva!Pinata!

Well…..I am officially a gardener. Jason and I bought the video game Viva Pinata Pocket Paradise!!! Hahaha it is full of shoveling, planting, and weeding. As your garden starts out as a little junk yard it is so much fun to transform it into a little paradise that attracts all sorts of fun pinata creatures!!! The first time we played this game was at a friends about a year ago and we stayed up until 5am creating a garden. After I went to bed that night I had a dream about creating my very own garden……since then we have been waiting for it to come out on the Nintendo DS. I love it!!Viva!Pinata

Ipod Touch Next Gen Countdown

Whats Apple Up to?
Whats Apple Up to?

Well its just a couple days from the apple conference in San Fransisco where it is “rumored” although it is pretty much a guarantee that apple will show off a new Ipod Nano, which seems to have received yet another face lift, and a new Ipod Touch which might receive some additional functionality along with a possible price drop. From the photos that have circulated around on the web for the new Nano, I cant say I am much impressed, some people did not seem to like the shorter, “stubby” Nanos that were released last year, but I liked the smaller design. It will be interesting to see what they do for this year, It has been a long time since I have been disappointed by anything apple creates, they seem to have a good idea of what the public wants before they want it.

If they do give a price drop for the Ipod touch it will be welcomed. I have read that they will possibly drop the 8gb version and give a $100 price cut on the 16gb and 32gb models. This would help boost the sales for the holiday season. Along with pricecuts it is rumored that the ipod touch will receive a couple new features that were given to the iphone earlier this year such as GPS. One thing that I am hoping for but have yet to hear about is whether or not it will get a build in camera like the iphone. This would be a great feature to go hand in hand with the build in wifi access and I will be looking forward to seeing if they will put it in. Tuesday will be the day, until then I will just have to sit still like a kid before Christmas waiting to see what Steve brings.

Spuds

Hot potato
Hot potato

Well, I can’t believe that I got suckered into making lots of potatoes today!!! It is pretty funny actually. Today we had stake conference and after the meeting the Spanish Branch and the English ward decided to have a “linger longer” (that is a little get together after church to eat till our hearts content) Well…the night before at the Adult session Jason and I were approached by a ward member and asked if we were going to the “linger longer.” We said….”of course, we wouldn’t miss it.” Then came the dreaded question…”would you cook some potatoes for tomorrow?” At first I thought….that wouldn’t be bad….until…..I asked how many. It was a whole 10lbs bag!!!! It could have been worse though she had six other bags to give away!!!

P.F. Chang’s To Go.

P.F. Chang's
P.F. Chang

Today we decided to use a coupon and go out and get a lunch bowl from P.F. Chang’s. They are located in the Waterfront at 13th and Webb in Wichita, KS. We only went for take out so I guess we didn’t get the complete sit down experience. The menu looks to have a pretty good variety and the prices weren’t too bad, though a little more than just a casual everyday place to eat (with our college budget). The servers seemed friendly and willing to help while we waited for the food. The service itself was very quick, probably less than 8 minutes to get our food. The lunch bowls were reasonably priced, easily under $20 for both of us, but were some of the cheaper items on the menu. Most averaged around $10.

The food:

P.F. Chang's Takeout
P.F. Chang

We ordered two different lunch bowls, Peppered Steak and the other was Almond Cashew Chicken. Each mean had the main entree in its own dish, and then a separate box of rice (brown or white) to eat with it. It also came with your choice of several different soups. The two entrees were very good, the quality was great and the quantity was just right. We didnt have much left overs, but we were both full and couldnt eat any more. The soups on the other hand were not so good. This may be due to our lack of culture or something, but we were not to impressed with them. We ordered the Egg Drop and Hot and Sour soups, the Egg Drop being the better of the two. The Hour and Sour flavor just didnt strike home for either of us, and while Kristen enjoyed her Egg Drop, it still wasn’t to good for me.

Over all I would give P.F. Chang’s a 7 out of 10, with 0 horrible, 5 good, 10 heaven. There was great service, overall good food, they were fast, and the environment of the restaurant made me want to come back for a sit down meal.

The new dew, due, do?

Even shorter
Even shorter

Well I did it again. Once I start cutting my hair….I just can’t stop. At the beginning of the summer I cut my long hair and loved it so much that I cut it even shorter the next time. It is addicting. And on a side note It is impossible to find the correct spelling for hair dew/due/do. Any suggestions?