Monthly Archives: March 2013

Coconut Nests

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Coconut Nests (for Easter or Spring)

 

2 egg whites

pinch of salt

2 tsp vanilla

1 can sweetened condensed milk

about 10 oz sweetened coconut

2 Tbs rice flour

chocolate robin’s eggs (I used speckled M&M’s = gluten-free)

 

Preheat oven to 300. Beat egg whites with salt, add vanilla and condensed milk. Stir in coconut and flour. Drop balls onto sheet (I dipped teaspoons into water to shape the dough balls better) at least an inch apart from each other. Make an indent in the center. Bake for about 20 mins. Place M&M’s into nest. Eat and enjoy!

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Crater Lake

My husband and I were on a road trip and as we were driving through Oregon, decided to stop by Crater Lake. As we drove, the elevation began to increase, the temperature began to drop, the snow piles on the side of the road continued to grow , and the sun somehow shone brighter.

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When we finally arrived, we were at about 7,000 feet above sea level. The incredible fact about Crater Lake is that it is a product of a volcano erupting and blowing the top of the mountain off, and then leaving a crater which began to fill up with rain/snow melting. There are no streams that go in and out of the lake. To top it off, it is the deepest lake in the United States (at almost 2,000 feet at it’s maximum depth!) The lake itself is about 5×6 miles across.

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The view was spectacular. Because of so much snow, one couldn’t walk around too much, but could make a whole adventure out of it by renting snow shoes. Will definitely come back in the summer to hike all the way around!

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Super quick and easy peanut butter cookie recipe.

 

1 egg

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup peanut butter

4 Tbs quick oats

1 Tbs dark cocoa

 

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix everything in order, drop by spoonfuls onto sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Let cool on pan before transferring to wire rack.

 

Enjoy! It’s a challenge you to stop at just one 🙂

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Jury Duty

When I received a jury summons in the mail, I was excited! But when I shared that information with others, most responses were “I’m so sorry!” What? Looking online, there were plenty of tips of how to get out of jury duty. What? Why would somebody NOT want to be on jury duty? Oh well. I would go and find out for myself what this whole business was all about and why people want to avoid it.

 

The first day I showed up, paid $13 for parking, and went through the security line. I checked in with my badge and found a seat in the jury waiting room. It was a long room filled with rows and rows of seats, all the way to the back and along the walls. There must have been at least several hundred of those seats. After sitting for about half an hour, a video came on, explaining the jury selection process, thanking those of us who showed up, and what a great privilege we have to be here. Then a woman came up and announced the first jury selection: 100 people for a three-week trial. Those who believe they will have a hardship because of this trial were encouraged to fill out a form explaining the hardship. Mine was simple: I couldn’t miss three weeks of my last four weeks of school. And easy as that, I was dismissed for the day, but still had to return the next day.

The next day, I was selected for another case. It was a criminal case, where the defendant was charged with 2nd degree domestic abuse. My number was 7, so I got to sit in the jury box in the judge’s courtroom, while the remaining people were in the rows.

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The jury selection is a looooong process! There are so many questions asked: any travel plans or appointments for the duration of the trial, examples of events that happened to you or somebody you know that may prevent you from being impartial, etc. Not only the judge was asking, but the two lawyers from both sides. After two days of jury selection, the lawyers were finally satisfied with the jury box and the extra people got sent home.

Finally the trial began. Both sides gave their opening statements.

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One of the witnesses came up after that. Intense questioning began. It is fascinating to observe the certain way a question must be formulated, or else the opposing side will stand up and yell “OBJECTION! Due to leading question!” or something to that effect, and the judge would either allow or not allow that question.

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The next few witnesses were admitted within the next two days.

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As one of the jurors, here is my first-hand experience of the process: arrive in the morning to the special hallway. Enter the juror deliberation room. Sit for a while until the bailiff calls you into the courtroom. Listen to judge/lawyers/witnesses/evidence. As soon as a controversial topic is approached by the lawyers, jurors get sent back to juror room. Sit some more. Go back to courtroom.  Listen to judge/lawyers/witnesses/evidence. Break time! Go back to juror room. Sit some more. Look at each other (it’s more interesting than those few magazines). Go back to courtroom.  Listen to judge/lawyers/witnesses/evidence. Get dismissed for lunch. This was the real break, because you were allowed to actually leave the room AND the building, but still cannot talk about the case. Return from lunch and repeat above-mentioned steps. Go home. Repeat for several days.

So while the whole process was very exciting to observe, I realized it’s incredibly inefficient and slow. After the closing statements were made, the jurors were finally able to meet in the deliberation room to DELIBERATE. One of the jurors volunteered to be the main deliberator. We voted and quickly agreed on a verdict that the defendant was not guilty!

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So although I missed a week and a half of college classes, I would not trade this experience. Yes, I have to make up lots of work, but being able to participate in our country’s judicial system was completely worthwhile!

 

 

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