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New blog look, now with pages!

To get me moving on blogging I've revamped the site. I'm really into lomography photos and subtle backgrounds such, ta-dah new ruth blog! I'm still working on getting all the kinks out, like all the photos in the design slides to be the same width :P

Happy Friday, lets get the weekend rolling with Snoop Dogg's tribute to Sookie Stackhouse lol

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By Ruth | 10:24 AM
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Oklahoma summers

Well, I'm not going to win any awards for blogging regularly...but, I'm back :) I just uploaded the blogger app to my iPhone, so we will see if that facilitates more updates, for more Ruth friendly 140 character updates you can visit my Twitter.

And now for some of my favorite parts of Oklahoma summers :)

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By Ruth | 1:07 PM
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It's been a while...

It's been like forever since I've updated un here. So, hows about a quick game of catch up?

To help encourage working out I got EA Games Sport Active, I love it. I've also enjoyed all the nice weather that has finally returned making walking around the lake and reading outside both very appealing activities. This month I've finally started cooking most of my meals from scratch, and what do you know, I'm loving it! There is something fun about doing everything yourself instead of buying it premade. Better portion sizes, healthier, fresher, cheaper. All wins in my book! I love having fresh produce on hand and have been making sure to snack on that instead of other less healthy alternatives like my kryptonite, Reese's Pieces.

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By Ruth | 12:48 PM
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snow days!

Until today the last day of work for me was Thursday ending at noon. As such, I found myself iced into my apartment for almost 4 days. What to do? Well, let me tell you I have no trouble amusing myself with snow and lots of free time. In no particular order...

1. Obligatory photo to my friend in Iowa to prove to her that I indeed had more ice (3 inches thick outside) than she has in her freezer.

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By Ruth | 1:49 PM
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German apple pancakes

This morning I made Nick and I German apple pancakes. My mom often created these at my house on Sunday mornings when I was a kid. I also went all out and made fresh squeezed orange juice and am feeling like quite the chef :)

And as I've learned from previous tasty posts, here is the recipe in case you want to enjoy one of our household favorites.

Today I made it with 3 apples (pick any of the red kinds) in an 8x11 pan. The edges will puff up (in my case today the corners puffed up above the pan) and brown like the pic below when they are done.

German Apple Pancakes
4 eggs
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c. margarine or butter
2 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Heat oven to 400, Place 2 round layer pans, 9x1-1/2 inches, in oven. Beat eggs, flour, milk, and salt in small mixer bowl on medium speed 1 minute. Remove pans from oven. Place 2 Tbsp. margarine in each pan; rotate pans until margarine is melted and coats sides of pans.

Arrange half the apple slices in each pan; divide batter evenly between pans. Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle 2 Tbsp. of sugar mixture over batter in each pan. Bake uncovered until puffed and golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Serve immediately.

P.S. for extra sugary goodness, we always eat these with some syrup.

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By Ruth | 2:39 PM
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A year in review

The past year I've done quite a few things
  1. Was a new graphic design graduate, looking for my "big girl" job. Worked at Stillwater Living Magazine and the PR office at OSU's Edmon Low Library. Got my big girl job and started at Fire Protection Publications as a senior graphic designer on 4-20.
  2. Got to meet Chip Kidd!
  3. Lost a little weight...if anything I didn't gain any more :D
  4. Moved to my own apartment with Nick.
  5. Put up my first christmas tree at said apartment with my great-grandma muds ornaments
  6. Bought my first car 2009 Honda Civic, I love it!
  7. Made a bunch of new friends at my new office.
  8. Kept in touch with my old friends.
2010 is a time to start even more fun, thoughts for the new year.
  1. Stay up to date with new designs.
  2. Join a design group or hell, maybe start up my own in Stillwater. I know I'm not the only designer here :)
  3. Work on my patience/keeping positive...perhaps I'll do a joy drive down Main Street during rush hour for fun.
  4. Send out more letters, mail is becoming an art form of the last century, I'm bringing it back! receiving letters is fun and besides, even though the stamp price has gone up hand delivering something for $.44 is really quite amazingly cheap.
  5. On that same note, I'm thinking of sending some cookies to people, just for the fun of it.
  6. And as with everyone else on the planet, I'm going to work on being a healthier person.

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