The Garnet & Gold[en] Girls.

Last year, I started grad school.  I am working to get my Masters in Speech-Language Pathology (and I’m almost done!).  I can honestly say it has been the hardest 2 years of my life; but, in contrast, I have learned SO much, made the best of friends, and grown up about 10 years it feels like.

However, the best parts of my grad school experience are the memories that I have made with my best friend and roommate, Stephanie.  Whoever said that grad school could not be fun obviously did not have a friend like Steph.  I have never met a girl to make me laugh so hard, cry with me so much, or dance so well [other than my {favorite} sisters].

You see, we are convinced that we are reality TV show worthy {E!} to be exact.  Our lives are  chaos.  I mean, we are mothers, booty break specialists, SLPs, and authors/creators of Monday Funday ®.  I probably should not even try giving examples of our funny lives, but I cannot resist.  I hope you find humor in my cluelessness, Steph’s bangs, and our ridiculous lifestyle.

Typical dinner table conversations:

Anna:  “Is Thomas coming over?”

Steph:  “Yes, why?”

Anna:  “You need to unpin your bangs, they look awful.”


Steph:  “OMG, our dogs are so cute.”

Anna:  “I know {Tucker barks ferociously under the blanket}.  Tucker you are under a blanket.  What are you going to do?”


Anna:  “Steph, throw on a jam.  We need a booty break.”


Steph’s “really, Anna?” moments:

Steph:  “Do you know that they put elephants on birth control?”

Anna:  “Oh know, like in the United States?”

Steph:  “Well, Anna.  I don’t think we really have a crazy elephant-roaming problem here in the states.”


Steph:  “Hey, I just stopped by to grab my hairbrush, then I’m going to me voice lesson.”

Anna”  “Oh, do you sing into your brush?”

Steph: {laughs & blinks}

Anna:  {looks back with raised eyebrows & a head tilt}

Steph:  “Oh my gosh, you’re serious.”

Anna:  “Of course I’m serious!”


Anna:  “What is that (ok I’m gonna spell this phonetically how I said it) Gillyian Bar syndrome?”

Steph:  [confused stare] “You mean Guillain-Barre?”

Anna & Steph:  BAHAHAHAHA.

The point is:  I am a blessed girl to have such a good, funny, and fabulous friend/roommate.  She is my ever-faithful tester of new recipes, my therapist, my cooking sidekick, my running partner, my study buddy, my soul sister, MY BFF.  Steph, there is noooo way I would have gotten through grad school without you & I wanted you to know that!  I love you, BFF.  xoxox.

So, here is her favorite cookie recipe:

Chewy Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies:

1 cup butter, softened

½ cup sugar

1 ½ cup brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

3 ½ cups whole wheat (or regular) quick-cooking oats

1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven 375°.

Beat butter and sugars together until incorporated.  Add eggs & vanilla and mix on medium speed for about 1 minute.  Then, in a small bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together.  Toss the flour mixture into your butter mixture and mix until combined.  Finally, stir in the oats and chips to form a delicious cookie dough!

Now the easy part, drop rounded tablespoons of cookie dough on to an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes (8 minutes if you like them a little gooey.)  This recipe will make about 48 cookies.


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