-Apple Pie Payments-

If you have been reading some of my past post, you would know that I work at the stadium. [if you haven’t read any, shame on you. :P] The day games, I can just take the bus home, no biggie. But when there’s a night game, I don’t get out till late at night/early in the morning. Waiting for the bus is a pain during those hours because they don’t come as often. They’re space out to every hour. So once you miss one, you gonna have to wait awhile before another one comes.

My awesome roommate, Bhoomi, offered to pick me up from those late night games. Yeah, I give her rides too, but they are during the day time. When she comes to pick me up they are at inconvenient hours like 1/2 a.m. So I am repaying her by baking her apple pies, her favorite dessert. [I am only assuming cause she asks for it all the time.] I have only made apple pie twice, both times they were delicious (not to toot my own horn or anything). But it’s been ages since I’ve made ‘em.
So I’m basically winging it. I could look up the recipe but that’s no fun.
Ingredients I bought:
a bag of delicious red apples
pie crust
ground nutmeg
Ingredients I already had:
ground cinnamon
  • So I first preheated the oven to 400ºF or something like that.
  •  Then I skinned (peeled, but doesn’t skinned sound more dramatic) the apples and sliced ‘em. Side story: The very first time I made apple pie I didn’t peel ‘em. It was interesting to say the very least. The apple pie was much crunchier than normal.
  • I mixed the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar together.
  • Added the apples.
  • Then got a cake pie pan and laid the pie crust over it.
  • Poured the content of all the mixed ingredients into the pan.
  • Added butter.
  • Cut the other pie crust layer into stripes. Laid them in criss cross pattern on top.
  • Rub the top crust with egg yolk.
  • Cut off excess crust around the pan.
  • Put foil around the crust that’s on edge of the pan.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes then take the foil off and let it sit for another 5 minutes.
And of course I forgot to take a picture of it.
Happy Baking,
Jennie N.

-Enjoy Your Campus-

When I first moved to Gainesville, I was a little apprehensive. I didn’t know what to expect. Living on my own. Doing my own laundry. Cook. Also, I was really sheltered. I didn’t even know UF existed until I had to apply for college. One of the only two colleges I applied to. I heard of UCF because we frequent Orlando a lot even though it was an hour drive for us. My parents are pretty Asian and Orlando has a decent “Asian” town.

University of Central Floria was my top and only choice. I’m really family oriented so that means I would have been closer to home and what not (home cooked meals, etc.). Then, my aunt was telling me how my cousin was doing at University of Florida (how I was oblivious that she was attending UF for a whole year was beyond me) and somehow that lead to her convincing me that I should apply there too. I applied. Got accepted into to both schools, but UCF was offering me more money upfront. Everyone in my family persuaded me to go to UF. My, now, best friends also got accepted into UF so that was a plus. Kate and I roomed together while Gabby lived on campus and later moved in with some of her other friends.

At first, I was unappreciative of the beauty of campus. Just going to class everyday and leaving campus at the earliest possible moment. I didn’t stay longer than needed. But over the years, I began to notice slight things that stand out. I started to hang back after class. Text my go to peeps, Kate/Gabby/Sarah (Kate and I met Sarah in the church we were attending at the time and later found out we had a class together) if they wanted to grab Krishna or something on campus. We started studying on campus and watch the sunset by Century Tower in the Marston Library. There’s also a bat house where around night fall people gather to watch the bats fly out and enter the world.

There’s so many fun extra-curricular that you can join. Don’t just join the ones that are career based (but be sure to join at least one). Objects in Motion. Circle K International. UF Equestrian. Disclaimer: I didn’t actually join all of these clubs but I did attend many of their meetings and events. There’s also a lot of cultural clubs. African Student Union. Asian American Student Union. Cuban America Student Association.

Now, even after I’m done, I still live in Gainesville. I like the small town feel and how at home I feel.

On a walk with my friends and the sunset still looks as pretty as ever.


Jennie N.