Thursday, December 9, 2010

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In #24 + MilSpouse Weekly Roundup

1.  What do you see your life like in 10 years?  I'm hoping we'll be homeowners by then, with two children (one can hope!), and settled in Colorado.  I'm hoping we'll be in a better place financially, and that I'll be looking forward to my next big career move (if I haven't already moved forward).  Maybe I'll even be working on my doctorate at that point!

2.  What do you like most about your job?  The relationships I form, with both co-workers and my students.  The job never gets old, and the students never cease to amaze me (positively or negatively).  There is always more than can be done to make a difference.

3.  What are three things you do every day, no matter what day it is?  Make my bed, pluck my eyebrows (thanks Dad), and eat!

4.  What would you do with an extra five hours in your day today?  Take a nap and list stuff on my Etsy shop.  I'm in the middle of scanning a shit-ton of vintage patterns.  It's taking forever and I'm dying to be finished so I can start listing them.  Actually, I'd spend time with DH because he's coming home to be with us for a day - YAY!  FIL is off to pick him up right now!

5.  What is your favorite Christmas cookie recipe (please share!)?  My mom always made "Magic Cookie Bars," which a lot of people call Seven Layer Bars.  My mom only made these during the holiday time, and I absolutely love them.  Noelle, my super deployment buddy, made them for my birthday last year.  :)

Magic Cookie Bars (serves 24)

1/2 cup butter
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 (6oz, although I eyeball it) semi-sweet morsels
1 (3-1/2 oz) flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts 

Preheat oven to 350 (325 for a glass pan).  In a 13" x 9" pan, melt butter in oven.  Sprinkle crumbs over butter, mix together and press into pan.  Pour milk evenly over crumbs.  Top evenly with remaining ingredients, press down firmly.  Bake 25-35 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool thoroughly before cutting.  Store loosely covered at room temp.

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Lydia said...

Hey, I came over from the Fill-in! I'm a new follower and can't wait to read more! We have the same "favorite" cookie! Those are way to delicious!

tothenth said...

Greetings from a fellow fill-in participant. Go you for having work towards your doctorate as one of your ten-year goals! I harbor vague hopes of earning Ph.D. myself one day, if only I could narrow down my field of study from my two beloved undergraduate majors.

Erin said...

@Lydia - Thanks for the visit! I'll have to check out your blog now! Yay for cookies! I really need to make a batch of those soon. They're my special holiday treat!

@tothenth - I've talked about it for a while, but it's a big step. If I were to stay in my current, "normal" teaching position, it won't be worth the financial investment. If I go for my Ph.D., I need to make a plan to take my career to the next level, either as a specialist/administrator of some sort, or move on to the university setting. What were your undergrad majors? I'd LOVE to get my Ph.D. in Women's Studies, which is what my B.A. is in.

Wife on the Roller Coaster said...

Wow, good for you thinking about a doctorate. I wish I could say the same but the second I had my masters degree in hand, I knew I was done with school. And I'm going to have to try those Magic Cookie Bars...they sound delish!

Great to see you on the weekly roundup!

Erin said...

Thanks RC Wife! I knew I was done for a while when I had my Master's, but I have a lot of encouragement to get my Ph.D. from my former professors. Trouble is, the closest Ph.D. program that's NOT admin (which I'm not interested in) is up in Denver. Hopefully something will pop up in the Springs eventually. Magic Cookie bars are awesome. Make sure the coconut is very lightly browned. Don't overcook them! Also, cover it with chocolate chips - you'll probably use more than 6 oz. These are rich, so it is possible to overdo it with the chocolate. Some people put butterscotch chips on them as well, but my mom never did. Have fun!

Athena said...

Oh yummy! I think I am gaining weight just from reading all the recipes :)

Have a great weekend!