In middle school, 12-year-old Chloe Coriolan began begging her parents to take her to Seventeen magazine casting calls.
Her mother and father always refused, but Coriolan never gave up on her childhood dream, and seven years later the bubbly sophomore has just earned her fourth appearance in Seventeen.
Read more here at the Torch website!
SJU has some really amazing students, and I love getting to talk to them, especially in my capacity at the Torch.
You can also check out Chloe’s YouTube here, if you’re interested in learning more.
One year ago today, Pope Benedict XVI left the chair of Peter.
One year ago today, Allie and I hurried out of theology class and rushed Angie and Elise along, heading down Via Cola di Rienzo towards St. Peter’s Square, a route we knew by heart by that point. We waved goodbye and took photographs and, feeling lost, turned away from a big basilica voluntarily without a bishop for the first time in centuries to eat paninis in a little restaurant on Via Ottaviano.
Since the announcement of the pope’s intention to resign a few weeks before (and Jenny sums up what it felt like so very well over here), we knew things would change.
I’m not sure we knew how much, both for us and for the world.
In any case, below is my post from a year ago. (If you’re interested in reading more about this, just put “pope” in that search box in my sidebar and you’ll get dozens of results.)
The Colorado Vincentian Volunteers are a group of young adults who do full-time service in Denver for a year or more.
For spring break, I (along with a campus minister, a GA and nine other students) will be spending a week with them, doing various types of service work and exploring the mission of good old St. V. de P.
I am super excited about this opportunity because the Boyfriend and I would love to take advantage of a service year like the CVV does after he graduates. We’ll get a chance to experience many different service sites. My main one will be a school.
I’m also very excited to sit down with the owners of SAME Cafe, a restaurant that serves a different menu of organic/local food each day. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy a meal, and you can choose to make a donation or to volunteer in exchange for the food. Pretty cool idea, right?
We are staying in a church basement, so I will be out of touch for the next week. I may or may not get some posts scheduled ahead of time. Have a great spring break readers!
It’s Sunday, so that makes this appropriate!
Here’s what I’m digging about theology this week:
The divine praises (adoration is like the best, y’all):
(This video is pretty long. The Divine Praises start about 3:39. While you’re watching the first part, here’s some non-Catholic thoughts:
That there’s a feast called the Chair of Peter.
You know your organization has been around for a long time when you start celebrating the furniture.
This Buzzfeed quiz on which apostle you are.
That moment when you are about to take a practice GRE so you quickly look up the patron saint of exams (Joseph of Cuptertino, for all you college kids out there).
The opportunity to worship with my community multiple times each day is (to my surprise) one of my favorite things about SJU!
I have way too many things to love, but here’s a few, bloggy buddies. <3
Flying domestically. Also, airline snacks.
Making the masthead of the Torch.
Crosswords on a Monday.
Best friends who give you Christmas gifts like this keychain shaped like toast: “because you’re cheerful and classic and everyone likes you!” Happy February birthdays to Sheila the Domestic Goddess, Jordan, Mairead, Patrick and the Boyfriend!
Linking up with Elizabeth at Beauty Observed; go check out her blog, it’s full of the beautiful things in life!
Can I just say that some of my best food has been consumed in hanger?
During last weekend’s minibreak (clearly I am Bridget Jones, the slightly older-and-more-functional Bridget Jones, and regularly go off on minibreaks) the Boyfriend and I headed up to visit our Great Neighbor to the North.
More on that later, because writing about natural attractions is clearly a lower priority than writing about food.
When he gets hungry, he shuts down. When I get hungry, I get snappish. This is possibly the only flaw in our relationship.
Our fix: poutine.
This is a Canadian delicacy that consists of French fries covered in a gravy-like sauce and slightly melty cheese curds.
If you too suffer from hanger, this may be the solution to all of your problems.
Keep reading to discover nine other great things about the Western New York region.
1. It has its own region. Here I was, thinking that the Empire State consisted of “the city” and “upstate” when in fact these people proudly call themselves western New Yorkers! Obsessed.
2. The accent.
3. Everyone likes hockey, which is kind of charming.
4. Buffalo wings
5. Beef on weck
6. Local businesses
7. Low prices
8. Easy access to Canada
9. Natural wonders
In honor of this lovely new stove that is now occupying my kitchen, I spent some time on Thursday, when we had our third snow day in two weeks, making shortbread.
I did this not because I have a particular fondness for shortbread, but because it contains so few ingredients.
I used this recipe, which as you can see calls only for flour, sugar and butter.
Let’s take a closer look at that flour:
I was planning to skip out on the rice flour (I know, I like to live on the wild side) but my roommate had picked this stuff up at the Asian market. I don’t know what makes it glutinous, but it worked okay!
Moral of the story: shortbread is forgiving.
After that, I decided to make some dulce de leche/caramel sauce with a can of sweetened condensed milk. Various sources said various things, including many that suggested cooking it in the can (moral of THAT story is grandma’s way isn’t always the best way, folks) and others that involved insanely complicated lists of ingredients like goat’s milk, so I settled for double-boiling the milk for quite some time.
Both recipes came out very well, and if you’re looking for an easy cookie or an impressive dessert sauce, start mixing!
Sidenote: there is apparently a shortbread-with-caramel-filling-cookie called alfajores which has been called “Argentina’s contribution to the world.” If I were a better blogger I would pretend that this was inspired by that, but I’m not.