I headed back to Provo tonight. My mom isn't feeling super duper, so I'm heading back tomorrow after I take a midterm. Before I drove back, I stopped to say good bye to one of my good friends. Matt will be set apart as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints tomorrow and he will enter the Missionary Training Center on Wednesday. Because of the recent increase in the number of missionaries due to the age requirements, his date has been pushed back, and you can tell he is ready to be out there sharing the gospel. Matt will spend a few weeks in Provo training, 3 minutes from my apartment, before he leaves to serve the people of Mexico.
My mom's second surgery was today. It was a long day, but she seems to be doing pretty well. Lymph nodes were removed first and sent to pathology. The reports came back normal, so they were able to complete the surgery and the doctor was pleased with how everything went. The pathology reports we will get next week will tell us if chemo or radiation are necessary. We are certainly hoping for the best. Since I had to be in Provo today, I tried hard to stay busy. I had a pretty incredible experience when taking a test for my Book of Mormon class. I felt really good about the whole test, except for one question: "What are 4 lessons we can learn from Alma 31 and apply to our lives. Be specific and use examples in context."Sorry. I don't have a summary of every chapter in the Book of Mormon memorized. I skipped the question and finished the rest of the test, hoping something would come to me. Every other question was answered, but still I had no idea what to write. After a few minutes, I decided just to start writing generic principles found all over the Book of Mormon. Halfway through, I crossed everything out and started over. My brain didn't know what to write, but my hand sure did. I turned in my test and pulled out my phone. Sure enough, I had written exactly what is found in Alma 31.
First things first. If, unlike me, your Facebook news feed was not plastered with videos of students skating to class, go watch some Youtube videos. Seriously. Just go search "BYU students skate to class." Right now. Then come back. I have been cursing the snow lately, but I don't think I've ever wished for snow more than I did today. Here's the deal. It rained. Usually the rain melts the snow and I am one very happy girl. Today it froze upon hitting the snow, turning all sidewalks and driveways into ice skating rinks. I literally skated all the way across campus to my first class. When I got there, I got an email from the university. Surely they were canceling classes because they care for the safety of their students. Nope. "Please use caution due to the slippery conditions today." In my next class, I got another email. I thought they had to be canceling for sure. There had already been so many injuries. "We encourage teachers to be accommodating today." I slipped and skated to all my classes that day, and managed not to fall even once. Others were not so lucky. There were so many broken bones on campus. Someone split their face open and someone else broke their back and tailbone upon walking out of their apartment. There were something like 88 wrecks in Salt Lake this morning. By the way, my teachers were so not accommodating. Unannounced homework and a really sucky pop quiz. Just in case you were wondering.
You could say I was less than pleased to see this after I survived 5 classes.
Good thing I had these babies today.
My brother, Sam, is allergic to all nuts and peanuts. Before he and I went on trek this summer, we searched for a good alternative to peanut butter, since that was on the menu every day. We discovered Biscoff Spread. Yes, Biscoff like the cookies you get on airplanes. Smushed into a creamy, peanut butter texture. (It also comes in crunchy form, which is even better.) We've been buying it ever since. It's been really nice to have a peanut butter substitute for making home lunches and such. When I was little, I had to have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day. When we found out Sam was allergic, my mom gave my neighbor a jar of peanut butter and a toothbrush for me. I went there in the afternoon to eat my sandwich and brush my teeth before I came home. Eventually I learned to live without peanut butter. Because I didn't eat peanut butter for so long, I can't stand it any more, but Biscoff Spread is delicious.
For our Halloween party, American Crafts catered in a waffle truck. I ordered some special waffle with raspberries and Biscoff. Because the Biscoff was hot and melty, it was even more delicious than usual. Since then I have been thinking of a way to eat melty Biscoff.
This has been a really long introduction to what I really wanted to share today: Grilled Banana and Biscoff Sandwich Recipe.
Basically a grilled cheese sandwich with some substitutions. I used honey butter (equal parts honey and butter) instead of plain butter. I used a mashed up banana so it would stay on my sandwich better. And finally, a thick layer of Biscoff Spread. The first few bites were heavenly, but then I got really fancy and out came the raspberries and whipped cream. It was perfection I tell you!