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So this one time...

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My first trip abroad was quite spectacular. Last summer, I got my passport with the hopes of being able to use it at least once (and not in Canada) before it expired. This past Labor Day week(end), I got my wish in the form of a conference trip to Portugal. Sure, I had to write a paper and put together a 20 minute presentation, but for an all-expenses-paid trip to Estoril, Portugal, that was such a small price to pay :) Needless to say, I had a blast! The food was awesome. The trans-Atlantic plane flight, not so much. The impromptu 4 hour layover in the Newark airport, definitely not at all. But the fact that I got to go hang out on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean and tour a castle older than America....oh sigh. I've been bitten by the travel bug and I'm already saving up for my next adventure abroad :)

I really liked the street signs in Estoril...everything was in this really pretty blue and white tile (including a whole entire room of one of the castles) and I …

If grad school doesn't work out...

...there's always Plan C!

Last night, I returned to the bustling metropolis of Ada, Ohio to recruit poor impressionable undergrads to come to Purdue and keeping learning stuff when they graduate! Last night I was told (and not for the first time either) that I should consider a career in admissions. I'll admit, this option sounds much less hazardous than trying to start my own bakery, working for the government (as a real engineer! gasp!), or having a bunch of tiny humans so I can be a stay-at-home mom.

Besides, OSU was giving away little bears with block-O sweaters. If I worked in admissions, I'd have a lifetime supply of free pens, cup holder coasters, and sweater-wearing bears. Fortran has nothing on animals in clothes....

P.S. -- I promise I haven't forgotten...Portugal post coming soon!

Fantasy pie indeed...

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Oh, this pie...so good :) Even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Berry-Apple Fantasy Pie

Pastry for double-crust pie (found here)
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. quick-cooking tapioca (found by the instant pudding at the store)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. blackberries (fresh or frozen, doesn't matter)
2 c. sliced, peeled apples

Prepare pastry. Put half in your pie plate now and leave the other half in a ball to roll out for your top crust later.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, tapioca, and cinnamon. Add the blackberries and apple slices. Toss gently till coated. Let stand 15 minutes.

Spoon filling into pastry-lined pan. (Dot with butter if you want to...) Put the top crust of the pie on and do your edges however you want. Cover edge of crust with foil to prevent overbrowning. You can even get fancy and cut out stars or whatever to stick on top of the crust to make it look prettier :)

Bake at 375* for 25 minutes, then remove the foil. Bake for 20-25 minutes more, or till the crust is go…