Sunday, June 10, 2012


1. The Huenschhold is now a party of 3 (4 if you include the dog).
2. I am surrounded by boys (even the dog)
3. This blog is about to get all baby-ish (with a side of dog pictures)
4. I fully expect only my mom to read these things/ watch these videos.  The rest of you feel free to un-bookmark, unsubscribe, write this thing off. I will totally understand :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

A belated tribute to my mom

in honor of mothers day, i am eating a piece of peanut butter pie for brunch. how does that honor my mother? because she loves making things out of chocolate and peanut butter. because this pie is awesome and so is she. and because when we were little sugar cereals and pop tarts were off limits but pie? pie for breakfast was totally fair game. if you want a kick-ass breakfast yourself. try this. . .

1. Buy a chocolate cookie pre-made pie shell (or make your own if you have the time). I prefer the Oreo brand crust.
2. Put a cup of peanut butter, 8 oz of cream cheese, 1 Tbl of softened butter, 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 cup of sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix that sucker til it's smooth.
3. Put a cup of whipping cream in a bowl and whip it good - til it's the texture of whipped cream. (i know there are a lot of stages - for this i like to whip it til its almost stiff).
4. Fold together the whipped cream and peanut butter mixture and put it in the pie shell.
5. Take it to a special dinner and let everyone tell you how amazing it is.
6. Eat it for breakfast the next day.

happy mothers day everyone.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

i love my dog

i just needed to update my readers on a couple things:

1. i love my dog. i decided this last thursday. i no longer want to send him back with my parents when they come visit in two weeks (see #3) or see if my neighbors want to keep him. i want to keep him and love him forever. i even like being a dog owner. it was very much worth the two weeks of 'adjusting' besides, look at this:

2. j and i have had a LOT of school work. and regular work. it turns out that no matter how many assignments i have to turn in, people still need their lattes.

3. my parents are coming in 2 weeks!!! stl - get ready for janice and jay. it will be awesome.

and that's it for now. we've been so swamped with school and work that we're living in squalor and eating pbjs and hot dogs for an absurd number of meals. so, yeah, this often neglected blog is the least of my worries. still, there is much to be thankful for. more on those things next time.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

we call him chewie (or dog man behind his back)

how could you resist this face? clearly, j and i couldn't. so we brought him home and are now officially dog owners. at least, that's what the paper work says. no, seriously - he's our dog as of about 36 hours ago. he's a one year old mutt that i found at a PetSmart adoption center. he came from a shelter a couple hours away. until tonight we had never heard him whine. we still haven't heard him bark. he has yet to use the bathroom indoors and isn't loving his food (even though its the same kind his foster mom gave him. i asked). he has been pretty laid back, but progressively coming out of his shell. he prefers people to toys and the sofa to the floor. we're trying to break him of the second one. he loves welcoming people to our home and spends most of his time sleeping on the rug. oh, and shedding? he doesn't. pretty great dog, huh? how am i liking being a dog owner?

i have mixed feelings.

having someone SO excited to see me when i get home has been fun. having a cute little animal laying on the carpet has been pretty cool. plus, he's about the EASIEST dog you could ask for. no complaining there. here's the thing (and i might be admitting a bit of psychosis): i don't like having someone else to care for 24/7. we all know that i can barely look out for myself. i had it down enough that the good Lord saw fit to give me a husband. that has been fantastic - but he won't pee on the carpet if i leave him alone too long. and now it feels like there is one more being in the world that i have to worry about. i don't know if i like it. i mean, i just want him to be really happy, ok? then again, it's only been a little more than a day - so i'll get back to you on this. maybe it just takes some getting used to. he is really really cute. need another example? here ya go.

good thing we didn't go straight to having kids, huh?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

why i can't make a machine gun sound with my mouth

"Researchers wired a playground for sound. They found that all the sounds coming from girls were recognizable words. Only 69 percent of the sounds made by boys were understandable words. The remaining were either one-syllable sounds like ub or mmm or sound effects like Varoooom! Yaaaaah! Zooooooooom!"
-Marlene LeFever in Learning Styles

Monday, December 20, 2010

it's like Christmas came early!!!

i thought today would be like any other day on break. . . relaxing, minimally productive, and enjoyable. but today had some surprises in store. today was going to be spectacular and i didn't even know it.first, it started by staying in bed too long. have i mentioned that this is one of my favorite things to do? especially when there is no accompanying guilt and today there was none of that. then j and i got breakfast at the Kolache Factory. Have you ever had a kolache? the first time i tried one i was in birmingham, searching for goodies in our office kitchen. i found these rolls and bit into one only to find a delicious sausage and cheese filled center wrapped inperfect yeast dough. i ran down to my office to tell everyone about this amazing discovery; they already knew. i literally could not believe no one had ever told me about the kolache. so, here they have a whole bakery dedicated to them and that is where i got to enjoy breakfast with the cutest guy on the planet.

then, after some shopping and cleaning while j and his twin (yes, he has a twin, no he is not single) played video games in the basement - we decided to hit up pappy's bbq for a late lunch.
if my kolache experience was a fantastic first date, (or second?) my relationship with bbq is nothing less that a lifetime covenantal commitment based on love and mutual respect. good bbq is one of the things i miss most about the south. slow roasted pork on buttery buns and ribs that make you work for the tender smokey pieces of meat. oh my gosh, i could go back for more right now. pappy's has been featured on the food network and cooking channel, which is what convinced me to give it a chance. it's midwestern though, which kept my expectations low. after eating there all i have to say is this: GO. get all the meats, get all the sides and double up the sweet potato fries. when i was done, my plate looked like this:

sorry, is that gross? who cares?! i need to relive this moment. so we sat there talking about how good it was and how full it was and how the guy on man v. food ate there and then we all knew what had to be done: we had to hit up the crown candy kitchen.

crown candy was also featured on the food network and is known for it's milkshakes and malts and yes, candy. it closed at four, so we had 30 minutes to get there and sit down. we made it, and ordered these:

please note, each of these fills a standard milkshake glass a whopping 3 times. 3 TIMES!!!! no, i didn't finish my silver cup of chocolate banana goodness but the part that could fit in my stomach was incredible. when i was in jr. high and high school my dad and i set out to find the best milkshake in columbia. if crown candy had been in the running it would have owned everywhere else that we went.

then i fell into a food coma. and it was worth it. merry Christmas to me.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

the follow up to the 70's-tastic gingham cookbook recipe

surprise everybody! it looks like i care about blogging all of a sudden. it's probably the lack of final exams and really long papers to write.

so, i made the chicken divan, served it with some brown rice (what? we're healthy-ish) and it was pretty good. i didn't even gag when i squeezed out 1/2 cup of mayo and stirred it into the cream of chicken goo (see? that's why we're only healthy-ish). the divan was good, but not as good as the stuff my neighbor brought over when we moved in. so if you are desperately in need of a chicken divan recipe, i'll get hers.

in other news, i've moved on to massive chocolate chip cookies by martha stewart. they look like they're off of a commercial and my husband keeps asking if we have more. for the recipe, click here. oh, except i made a minor change. instead of even reading what kind of chocolate and how much i was supposed to use, i just dumped in a bunch of chocolate chips. there were so many that i couldn't stir them all in and i had to eat a bunch of plain chocolate chips after i made all of the cookies. oh - and one more change. i tried to cook them on wax paper because i was out of parchment paper AND foil. it went well until smoke started pouring out of the oven and our house began to smell like a melting wax castle. we had to open the doors to create a breeze to carry the smoke out. it worked, and the breeze was 11 degrees with a wind chill of -7.
and tonight? sugar cookies with that awesome royal icing. you know, the kind that looks all smooth and fan-say (that's the fancy way to say 'fancy'). they're in the fridge right now, waiting to be baked and iced.

and you know why i'm not a first-class food blogger? i don't have pictures of any of it. sorry!