Monday, May 30, 2011

No Tolerance

It's warm. It's hot.

While I don't love the heat, I love the longer days and that I can grow fresh herbs and use the grill almost daily.

A couple of summers ago, my roommate in medical school introduced me to mojitos. Since I now have a garden, I thought I'd grow some mint this year. It was so nice going out to my herb garden tonight and grabbing the mint for my mojito. But...OMG, I have no tolerance anymore. I drank one mojito with dinner and when I stood up from the table, I was already dizzy! One mojito, not one with grilling dinner and then another eating dinner, one total! I just wanted to enjoy the taste of the drink, I wasn't expecting to get tipsy from it. I guess this is what adulthood and residency does to me.

Photo from LaLaLoosh

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dragonfly In Amber

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this series so much!
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Burnt Out

Right now I'm on my fourth week of inpatient peds. The days are long, busy, and I'm constantly doing work. This weekend I had off and decided to do some major gardening. I love seeing the results, but now I'm regretting not sleeping more this weekend. Every time I go on service I know I just need to accept the world around me stops, but it's hard and I don't want to give up some levels of being normal. Tonight I'm really determined to try to fall asleep by 9pm.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Carrot Cake

KEEPER OF A RECIPE!! I can't say enough good things about this carrot cake. It was moist, savory with a moderate-heavy hint of spices, and delicious!

Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

For the Cake:
2 cups all-purpose flour - 8.5 ounces
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground allspice
¾ teaspoon salt

3 cups grated carrots - 1 pound
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts - I used slivered almonds
1 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened) - omitted
½ cup raisins
2 cups granulated sugar- 14 ounces
1 cup canola oil - I used 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 apple sauce
4 eggs

For the Frosting:
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 ounces (½ cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
18 ounces powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Position the racks in the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour three 9×2-inch round cake pans. Put two pans on one baking sheet and one on another.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice and salt. In another bowl, stir together the carrots, chopped nuts, coconut and raisins.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the sugar and oil together on medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs one by one, and continue to beat until the batter is even smoother. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing only until the dry ingredients disappear. Gently mix in the chunky ingredients. Divide the batter among the three baking pans.

4. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, rotating the pans from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point, until a thin knife inserted into the centers comes out clean; the cakes will have just started to come away from the sides of the pans. Transfer the cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes and unmold them. Invert and cool to room temperature right side up. (The cakes can be wrapped airtight and kept at room temperature overnight or frozen for up to 2 months.)

5. To make the frosting: Beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until the frosting is velvety smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract until well-combined.

6. To assemble, stack the layers, spreading a generous amount of frosting between layers and then cover the top and sides. Garnish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

On Being Called Doctor

It's been over a year now since I've graduated medical school and I'm still getting used to being called doctor. Being a female, I'm often confused as being a nurse instead of a physician. Plus, I hardly ever wear make up and I think that makes me look younger, so I make sure I introduce myself as the doctor so families don't confuse me as a student. In general, when I walk into the room, I introduce myself as Dr. Hinkle and then when I go to examine the child I reintroduce myself to them as Dr. Amanda. Three times this week as I've been walking out of a patient's room I've had two separate families call out, "Oh, Dr. Hinkle, I forgot something..." I'm not going to lie, the first time the parent called me Dr. Hinkle I didn't respond. Really, they're calling me? I'm slowly, slowly getting used it.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Another One Bites the Dust! - Lisa and Ken

Ahh, adulthood. Last weekend one of my dear friends tied the knot. Although I still can't go to every gathering, I can't tell you how nice it is to be close to family and friends again. Joe and I didn't have to hop on a plane to go to this wedding, woo hoo! I do feel like a spend a large portion of my time on interstate 95 now, but its worth it for being close again. But, I digress. Lisa and Ken had a beautiful day and a beautiful wedding.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn't enjoy this as much as the first one, unfortunately. I think it was too long and I had a difficult time staying attentive (mind you, I was working a ton while reading it). I really don't think Kvothe going to the Fae added much, and that part could have been cut out. I'm hoping to reread it before the third one comes out and hopefully I won't be working 80 hours a week when I reread it and perhaps I'll enjoy it more. Don't get me wrong, it was enjoyable, but I just didn't love it like I
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Photoshop Confession

I don't wear make up on a daily basis, I prefer the extra sleep. Sometimes when I go out, especially post-call, I'm too tired/lazy to do make up. I confess, if that is the case, I sometimes draw in eye-liner and decrease the circles under my eyes in photoshop.

For example....

Joe shakes his head, but hey, if I can do it, why not?
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