Josh’s Dissertation Defense

In August 2011 Josh defended his doctoral dissertation. I came out to see the defense and to spend some time with him. I planned my trip so that I would get to State College a few days before his defense and then stayed for about a week. I thought that having the bulk of my visit be after the defense would be less stressful, but it turned out that I was wrong! Josh had to move out of his apartment and into his friends condo the weekend before his defense and he really could have used my help.

Josh with his pig-shaped cake

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PB and H

So, there hasn’t been much food on No Meat No Meal lately. Some of you might be wondering what is up? Well the truth is that I made a couple of meals that were already featured on the blog. (Also, I ate out a lot this month…) And while I did do some candy making, I am planning on doing a Christmas Cookie Countdown later this fall so I want to save those recipes for later. Don’t worry, some new recipes are coming up soon including Avgolemono soup (Greek lemon chicken soup with rice.)

One thing I have been making lately are Peanut Butter and Honey sandwiches. Peanut butter and honey sandwiches are pretty much the only kind of peanut butter sandwich I eat. Well, except for peanut butter and raspberry preserve open-faced sandwiches on toast. Honey doesn’t work well on an open-faced sandwich because it starts dripping everywhere.

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Birthday Weekend 2011

My friends and I have a tradition that we all get together for a weekend between August and October to celebrate our birthdays at the same time. We call this tradition Birthday Weekend. Since I moved down to Arkansas I have missed a couple of Birthday Weekends and will miss it again this year. But last year I was able to work it out so that we could all meet in Hershey, PA for a fun day at Hershey Park.

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Weekend Fun at Home

I had a busy start to my weekend and then a relaxing end of the weekend. On Friday I threw a baby shower for one of my coworkers and his wife. They are good friends who often watch Pepper when I am on vacation. This is their first child and since both of them work in my department I thought it would be nice for all of us to get together and celebrate their expanding family. I organized the party and made cupcakes and pralines while one of the office assistants supplied some awesome Cars-themed decor. The party was pretty low key just some snacks, present opening and a few games but everyone had a good time.

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