Sunday, February 15, 2009

Fuqua Interview!!

I heard late last week that I got an interview for Fuqua! Very exciting. Luckily with all of the other insanity that's happening in the next couple of weeks at work, not at work and with GMAT stuff, I'm very glad that I got a phone interview with an Admissions Officer and do not have to travel to Durham, NC. I do want to travel to Durham at some point, hopefully for an Admitted Student weekend or something.

Now back to the remaining GMAT studying and interview prep for the weekend...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've been saving this recipe for these Cherry Chocolate Chip cookies for quite a while now. I found it on Technicolor Kitchen, a great blog if you don't already read it. These are definitely very tasty cookies, though I do have to say that you really need to have TART cherries in the cookies otherwise they're difficult to taste among all of the chocolate chips. I think I'd like to try putting cherries instead of raisins in a good batch of oatmeal cookies because they'd be a really tasty twist.

The only other warning that needs to go with this recipe is that these cookies are very tasty and the recipe makes a lot so you'll be tempted to eat a ton of the cookies that you make. Not a bad thing, just definitely something to know up front so you make them after you've had dinner if you don't intend to eat the entire batch.

All in all, these cookies made for another tasty dessert night. If you'd like to make your own cherry chocolate chip cookies, check out the recipe here.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Grad School Update

I know I've been posting about all sorts of things lately from the etchings that my grandparents gave me to Dessert Night's first birthday, but I haven't let you know what's been going on in my life on the grad school front. Honestly, it's been a bit quieter lately which is refreshing after all of those nights being up super late working on essays. That aside, there have been 3 major things that have happened lately:

1. Stanford rejected me. Honestly, I wasn't super surprised about this one, just rather disappointed as I had been hoping that Stanford would be my new home as of next year. They seem to be one of those schools where everyone who would consider applying has a chance of getting in, but really no one has a GREAT chance. So, it was worth the shot to apply. I think I liked their application the best of all of them too.

2. I had my Kellogg interview! Before any of you go getting too excited, getting an interview for Kellogg doesn't mean what it does for other schools. Kellogg interviews everyone who applies (assuming you don't live in a remote village in the middle of Sudan or something). Luckily, there are a lot of alumni scattered about so not everyone has to make the pilgrimage to Chicago in the middle of winter. I met with my alumni interviewer at a local Starbucks and we chatted for about an hour. All of the questions that he asked me were questions that I had prepped for care of the ClearAdmit interview wiki. I felt really prepared and we had a great discussion. All in all, a good contrast to my Stanford rejection.

3. I'm retaking the GMAT. Did you let out a groan too? I can't say that I'm excited about this fact, but I could use the opportunity to bump up my score a few points. Historically, I've been a bad test taker, but it's all mental so I want to use this opportunity to change that for myself. (Though it's not going great so far, as I'm writing this post to procrastinate taking a practice test.)

That's all of the recent happenings on the grad school side of things. I will be sure to keep you updated as I hear back from my other 4 schools. Good luck to all of you fellow applicants!! The end is in sight!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Dessert Night!!!!!

Wow, it's really hard to believe that it's been a whole year since the very first Dessert Night. I had no idea what to expect at the beginning. Would people even come over? Would there be so many people that they wouldn't fit in my living room? Would I really be able to keep this up? Well, it's been an entire year and we've made it all work. I have really appreciated other Dessert Night Goers really stepping up and helping out when I had grad school apps and GMAT prep that kept me from having time to bake. You have helped me keep Dessert Night alive despite everyone's busy schedules.

To make Dessert Night's birthday special, we had several desserts. I had made Peppermint Marshmallows just for fun and we enjoyed those and some hot chocolate. Also, ChuThis gave me some cookie dough for her fabulous Chocolate Toffee cookies which were amazing. Finally, I wanted to make a dessert with the rest of the awesome apples from Mariquita Farms. I found a recipe for Caramel Apple Pie (since we couldn't have plain apple pie because we had that back in April 2008). Williams-Sonoma has tried and true always tasty recipes, including the one for the pie.

All in all, it's been a great year for Dessert Night. Many thanks to NG for Dessert Night's birthday candle! That's a tradition that we'll have to keep up.

Here's to another great year for Dessert Night!!!!