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I’m not athletic. I don’t relish in the idea of a trophy room. I’d rather see everyone who sincerely tries succeed instead of seeing the same few people being successful all of the time. However, all of that being said, I’m definitely excited to have taken home first place from my microbiology lab’s first Thanksgiving pie-off.

What started as a joke turned in to one of the biggest events of this fall at my lab. Test pies were made before the actual event. One of the would-be judges was disqualified because he knew who was making each type of pie. Even some “trash talk” was issued over lunch. (“You bake pies like your momma. Unless your momma bakes good pies, in which case you bake nothing like your momma.”) Yep, it got intense.

We started out the competition day with what one of my lab managers called the “pie parade,” which was basically just us bringing our pies into the building and putting them into our refrigerator. (Don’t worry – no bacteria or samples go in that refrigerator!) Then, at lunch, one of our scientists judged the pies. I was so enthralled to have won.

Want to make my award-winning pie? Here’s the recipe. If you want it to be more like my pie, use these modifications: I didn’t make my own whipped cream. I just used Cool Whip. I used one entire normal-sized (sorry, I’m not sure of the actual volume) container’s contents to fold into the chocolate mixture, and I used half of another container’s contents on the top of the finished pie.

Happy Baking!! :)


Thanksgiving break was much needed. I needed time with my family, time away from Clayton and time away from school. I did not go home for break, but I went to North County to spend time with all my extended family. My parents are the odd balls that are still in Illinois. I love Thanksgiving. Great time with family and lots of food. Who wouldn’t like that?! But there’s a side of Thanksgiving that I do not like. For one black friday shopping was started on Thanksgiving. In my opinion that is really wrong. That is supposed to be a day about family not finding good deals for christmas presents. Another thing is that christmas decorations and music is up and being played way before Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving deserves its time and does not need Christmas butting in. Well, that’s my rant for the day. I love Christmas don’t get me wrong, but it will have its’ time on December 25th.


Yesterday was Thanksgiving. The day of family, food, and football. My family hosted Thanksgiving. There were 15 members of my extended family at my house. Each bringing around 3 if not more dishes too share. We all ate, talked, and the guys watched football. That is my traditional Thanksgiving. I have never been Black Friday shopping. Throughout yesterday I began seeing tweets and statuses about people getting ready to go get in lines. Don’t get me wrong I love shopping, but the idea of waiting in lines to do it does not really appeal to me. As I look at the time I bet many shoppers are settling in for a nap after countless hours of shopping to get the best deals. I hope they all found want they were looking to buy. Maybe next year I’ll join them in line and going hunting for deals.



Giving Thanks

by Kristen on December 2, 2013

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I know that there are a million blogs that have been written in the past week beginning with “I am thankful for…”  But most of us do have a lot to be thankful for.  And by the fourth day of Thanksgiving break with my family, I desperately need to be reminded that I am thankful for things.  Desperately.  Before I start shooting my siblings with Nerf guns.

I think that the things I most frequently remember to be thankful for are first-world amenities like indoor plumbing, running water, and air conditioning.  And in the winter, I often remember to thank God for heaters, particularly the ones installed in cars.  Particularly on days when the temperature is below 20 degrees.  It’s incredibly easy to take our living conditions for granted, especially when we live at home and we don’t see the work our parents do to pay for what we have.  While my family is not rich, and while we have gone through times when we could barely afford to survive, I have never gone without food or a home.  I have been blessed.  Yet, with all of my blessings, I forget to be thankful, and I forget that I have never been deprived.

Maybe some people don’t have days when they forget how blessed they are, but I definitely do.   I find myself thinking “I have nothing to wear—I need to buy new clothes” as I stand looking at a full closet of seasonally-appropriate clothing choices, all of which are high-quality pieces.  Many of my clothes I bought for myself, but some were gifts from people who were kind enough to share their surplus with me.  I should be thankful that I always have what I need.

More than that, I should be thankful that I have excess.  If I want to go out to dinner with my friends, I have extra money to do so.  When I want a new pair of earrings, I can buy a new pair, within reason.  I can go to college, purchase textbooks, live in a dorm, and even go on study abroad trips.  I have been very blessed.

Not only do I have possessions and opportunities for which I am grateful, I also have people in my life that make me thankful.  Even though I resort to shooting my family with Nerf guns occasionally, they’re still family.  Not everyone has a family to go home to at Thanksgiving and Christmas; I am happy (sometimes) that I do.  I have friends who wait to eat dinner with me so that I don’t have to eat alone, who take me to target when I need to buy post-it notes, and who will drive to Strange Donuts at 11:00 for a late-night snack.  And I have a boyfriend who  helps me find solutions to my problems, tolerates me when I talk during movies, and doesn’t laugh at me when it’s late and my words don’t make sense anymore.  I mean, he laughs a little, but nobody’s perfect.

My blessings are well-rounded.  I have enough to cover my basic needs, extra to make me happy, not too much that I’d be spoiled.  I’ve been blessed with good health, with a working body, and family and friends who support me when I need help.  There are so many people in the world who don’t even know when they’ll eat their next meal.  Even in the United States, even in St. Louis, there are families who don’t have homes, people who can’t find jobs, people who can’t pay for their children to have clothes and school supplies, people who don’t have families to take care of them when they’re sick or sad.  The least I can do, for everything I have, is say thank-you every once in a while.  Even better, I can share what I have with those people who may have less than I do.  Who knows?  Maybe I can contribute to their blessings.

Have a great rest of your weekend!  And good luck on finals!


It’s the Holiday Season

by Conner November 25, 2013

It’s that time of year again. We’re just a few days away from Thanksgiving, a month from Christmas, then my birthday, and New Year’s! With these holidays come breaks from school, or times I usually think to be associated with relaxation and a lot less stress. I have a feeling this year will be different. […]

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Top ten things that will be acconplished during break.

by Tim November 25, 2013

I decided to do something a little bit different this time around. I hope you all like it. 10. Watching movies on netflix 9. English paper 8. Science homework 7. Playing video games with my friends 6. Beating old video games that I started 5.  Finish reading “The Hidden Hand” 4. post more stuff on […]

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Getting Ready for the Holidays!

by Alumni Posts November 4, 2013

Halloween is over! Now it’s time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Only three weeks until Thanksgiving Break. I am so ready for a break and I know everybody else is, too. Thanksgiving is great, gathering with all your family. Then all the food that is made, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, and […]

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I Am Thankful.

by Alumni Posts November 26, 2012

Today, I am back home in Kentucky. After the art show Monday night, my mom, dad and boyfriend packed the car and drove the 5.5 hours back home after a 5.5 hour drive to St. Louis. 11 hour drive in one day! They are keepers. The show was fantastic and there was a great turn […]

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by Conner November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and most of everyone here at Fontbonne has gone home for break. Only the few are left, including myself, but I will be driving back home this evening after dance practice for Griffin Girls. With the beginning of this holiday season, we are reminded of all that we […]

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Something to Belive In

by Alumni Posts November 26, 2012

Maybe I truly am a child of the 1980′s but when I started thinking about what I was thankful for I started to hum Poison’s song, Something to Believe In. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why that came to my mind but I looked up the song lyrics and could see clearly why. […]

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