ok.. so i wanted to watch this later, but couldn't save it to my computer. i did figure out how to save it to my blog, so don't feel obligated to watch it. It is a video about the Sioux Indian tribe.

WSU Video OnDemand


sad news Bakerella edition

My most favorite blogger in the world hasn't posted in over a month. I've been waiting every day for a post and today, got one. I assumed she was out on a book tour or busy baking cupcakes. My heart broke when I saw her most recent post. Bakerella has been in the hospital because of a Kidney infection. Her 18 year old kidney transplant is struggling even with dialysis and she won't be coming out of the hospital until she gets a donor. SO SAD. I can't even believe it.
My thoughts are with you Bakerella... Get well soon.


drug problem in america

I've been in a Drugs and Crime class this semester and I thought I would share some of the fun stuff I've seen and learned!
I thought this was a pretty great cartoon.

ok.. so fun and games aside... Here's the lesson...
Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic in our country. 
They are NOT A JOKE.
They are extremely dangerous, and just because they are "legal," doesn't make them safe. 
They are a controlled substance for a reason and we need to be more careful with them.
Keep all prescription drugs out of the reach of kids and teenagers.
Don't ever give your prescription medication to another person.
And remember that you need to be careful when it comes to any prescription you are taking.



Last night I was talking to my dad and told him how interested I was in studying the history of crimes. I said that there probably weren't any jobs that support that interest, unless I became a historian like the ones on the history channel or a writer.

He said "why not be a writer? Anyone can write."

so... After his encouraging words, I'm seriously considering compiling some academic papers on historical crimes, just for fun. Maybe one day I will be a famous crime writer.


Beef Stroganoff

Last night for dinner I made Beef Stroganoff. I borrowed Paula Dean's recipe and changed it a little bit. 

I also borrowed this picture, because I forgot to take one...


  • 1 1/2 pounds stew meat
  • 1/4 tablespoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth (water + bouillon is great)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Cooked egg noodles


Season the steak strips with salt, pepper and garlic powder, then dust with flour. In a large skillet, quickly brown them on both sides in the olive oil and butter. Remove the steak from the pan. Add the onion slices and mushrooms to the pan with the drippings. Saute for a few minutes, until the onion is tender. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon flour. Put the steak back into the pan with the onion and mushrooms. Add the mushroom soup and beef broth. Cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, covered. Stir in the sour cream the last few minutes, right before you serve. Serve over cooked noodles.