"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway"
- John Wayne

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Kitchen House Rock: "Lazy J's"

HOORAY to my first food recipe post!  And when I mean first food recipe post, I mean MY OWN RECIPE.  And best of all, it's made in the CROCKPOT!

After turning to Ree Drummond and About.com for inspiration, I created my own recipe.
Well, not exactly.

I DID create my own recipe; however, I created it based on what my poor college self had in my poor college cupboards.
It's not all the time I cook for everyone, but when I do, I enjoy it.  I never knew where I found this love of cooking and baking.  But whenever I visit home, my mom always asks me "What's for dinner?" when I definitely remember that I was the one who always asked this.  Just some food for thought.  HA.

Only 2.5 lbs of our lovely ground beef...
For these past 3 months, my roommates and I have housed 25 lbs of ground beef in our freezer.  It was an impulsive purchase at Costco.  It just happened, it was weird.  You walk into Costco and find yourself in awe of all the food in BULK.  You float down the aisles admiring the grand columns of endless quantities of food.  Glorious.  And then you walk out $200 poorer and with a hell of a bunch of food YOU DON'T NEED.  Costco's marketing strategy is quite brilliant, I must say.

Now to the beef:  I've been slowly using the beef to cook for my roommates and I but one can only eat so many burgers...

Yes, I know, "Sloppy Joe's" are a form of burger, but I was lazy and didn't feel like slaving all day to peel potatoes, fry bacon, and grate cheese for potato, bacon, and cheese soup like I did once.
So this would be like my Sloppy Lazy's, Lazy Burgers, Sloppy Burgers, J Burgers, Sloppy J's...LAZY J'S!!! 
I dubbed these "Lazy J's" because I'm so lazy I can't write out J-O-E-'-S"  And I added the lazy just to highlight the fact I felt lazy today.  Pretty nifty how my mind works, huh?

Step 1
Heat up a medium/large skillet on medium.  Throw the garlic into the skillet and swish it around to cook.  Before the garlic starts to brown, throw in all the beef.  Cover and let sit for about 7 minutes.  The meat should begin to brown on its face-up side.  Mix the beef around in the skillet, trying to get the pink side down and cover and let sit for about 3 more minutes or until fully browned.
Throw it in your CROCKPOT.

Step 2
This flavor is an easy way out if you don't have tomato paste or onion.
Gebhardt is by far my FAVORITE Chili Powder!
Can't go wrong with all those additives and processed ingredients!

Throw in the rest of the ingredients!  I suggest the ketchup and sauce first and then the spices.  You can add however much more salt and pepper as you’d like. 

Step 3 
--> Cook lazily on LOW for about 4-6 hours.
Serve lazily on delicious off-brand hamburger buns :)

In case you were wondering, it didn't taste like pasta sauce at all!

Until next time, where I'll be lazily making some sort of breakfast concoction...in my CROCKPOT!

Love, Raquel


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Raquel Rocks Politics: Proposition 37 Edition

I hate to drag on the ideas of the election and the proposition (I celebrated last night to no more annoying campaign ads!), but I was taught to review everything I do.  If this wasn't self-taught, someone must have slammed that idea into my head.
 For those of you non-California residents, Proposition 37 focuses on our food supply being labeled if it has been "Genetically Modified".  If passed, this prop requires that all foods that have been genetically modified in some way or another MUST be labeled that it is a GMO.  If not passed, there will be no labeling and nothing will change.
By the looks of it, Prop 37 will NOT pass in California.  Click here to look at the results.
However, this result shocked me.  California, being known as a "blue" state would have most likely voted "yes" for it causing all our food to be labeled a "GMO".  The public now-a-days is extremely health conscious about what they're putting into their mouths and what they're feeding their children.  These were the people FOR labeling food.  The people who were NOT for labeling food were the farmers and people who grew up around agriculture (some may be health conscious as well).  On the contrary, it was all how this prop was worded.
A huge slogan for the "No on Prop 37" Campaign was it would raise consumer taxes and waste consumer tax dollars.  Speaking for myself, I sincerely abhor taxes.  And I don't even pay them yet (except for state/local tax).  That was my first intuition of voting "no".  But the "Yes on Prop 37" Campaign stated labeling foods would not cost a thing.  My reason for voting "no" is the fact that almost every food we consume is already a GMO.  That's a whole other can of worms, but let's stick to the theory I'm making:

-Is the reason why Prop 37 didn't pass because Californians know this state has no balanced budget to provide for the cost of labeling?

-Or is the reason why Prop 37 didn't pass because Californians truly are okay with GMO's?

These are just some questions to think about.  Had California's budget been balanced (that's a nice fantasy), CA residents might have passed Prop 37.  My intuitive response is that CA residents are fed up with this state having governors who just spend and spend and spend as much as they want claiming "to fix" the state debt.  Furthermore, the whole country is in an economic recession which could have contributed to the way people voted.  People just don't want to spend any more money (aka taxes).

The other propositions that hinted towards taxing and funding were Proposition 30, 31, 33, 34, 38, 39.

Prop 30 "Temporary Taxes To Fund Education" is meant to increase taxes to help fund the state budget (advertisements stated the money would go to schools).  Although, I would immediately have voted against taxes, the ads for this prop hit me emotionally.  They were attacking my education.  If this prop didn't pass, my college bills would increase (because they are just SO affordable now...).  HOWEVER, nowhere in the Voter's Guide did it say the money would be used to help schools.  Prop 30 passed.

Prop 31 "State Budget, State and Local Government" is meant to where local governments could provide their own funding to implement legislation and also to have the authority to develop their own programs for state programs.  It didn't pass.

Prop 33 "Auto Insurance Prices Based on Driver History" is meant for the auto insurance companies to set a price for the customer based on their driving record.  It didn't pass.

Prop 34 "Death Penalty" is meant to no longer initiate the death penalty.  Instead, the state of CA would provide 100 million dollars in grants to local law enforcement agencies over the next 4 years.  It didn't pass.

Prop 38 "Tax For Education.  Early Childhood Programs" is meant to increase taxes for the next 12 years where this tax money would go directly to schools, childcare, preschool, and state debt payments.  It didn't pass.

Prop 39 "Tax Treatment For Multistate Businesses.  Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding.  Initiative Statute" is meant for multistate businesses to pay more corporate income tax.  About a half of this increased tax would be put forth for clean energy and efficiency projects.  It passed.

Continuing with my prediction, Californians just don't want to pay taxes.  Who would have thought?  Additionally, the props listed above spoke of "funding" and "grants" but they didn't specify where this money would be coming from.  Because CALIFORNIA HAS NO MONEY.  

In conclusion, most Californians voted based on money issues (Go figure).  This state has no money, I wish to move out of this state, my college is too expensive for having a professor who keeps flip-flopping his answers to midterms (sounds like a politician!), and I have no money.

I hope you enjoyed my post election ranting and theories.  I feel like such an political science major; sometimes this stuff is kind of interesting!  And then I just get upset.  Ahh the joys of growing up.  
Can't I just play with my Cabbage Patch Kids and call it a day?


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Goats Vs. Cows - "Goat's milk is disgusting!"

One "moos" and the other "bleats".  One is as big as a horse and the other as big as a dog.  One has 4 teats to the udder and the other has 2 teats to the udder.  One produces as much as 10 gallons of milk per day and the other produces as much as 2 gallons of milk per day.  The cow, therefore, is more productive in making milk for a population of our size.  The goat, therefore, is not productive in making milk for a population of our size.  However, goat's milk is valued for more than just a "gallon of milk" because it can compare in flavor to cow's milk, has major health benefits, and makes delicious dairy byproducts.

When most people think of goats, they immediately think of stinky and smelly creatures that either chew on everything or eat everything.  Even though the aforementioned may be true, they are quite a nutrient powerhouse for an animal of their size.  For some reason, goats give a negative connotation in people's minds.  When the thought of drinking milk from a goat is tossed around, people suddenly vomit a little in their mouths.  It might go like this:  "Milk from a goat!  That's disgusting!"  or "Goat's milk is disgusting!"  or even "Goat's milk?  I bet it tastes really bad".  Believe it or not, there is no flavor difference in goat's milk than in cow's milk.  Believe it or not, goat's milk is not any less different than cow's milk!

Growing up drinking cow's milk, I admit the thought of goat's milk grossed me out.  It wasn't until I visited a farm where they kept dairy goats that I suddenly became curious as to why people (and myself) found goat's milk inedible.  I decided to raise my own dairy goats where I would keep the milk of my labor.  The very next morning, I had goat's milk for the very first time.  And I didn't turn into a violent green rage monster.  Personally, I found the goat's milk was a bit sweeter than cow's milk.  Also, I didn't homogenize or pasteurize the milk.  I was drinking raw whole goat's milk.

The major health benefits of goat's milk is it can be easily digested by humans, has a higher protein and lower fat ratio, and has a lower lactose concentration.  Goat's milk is more easily digestible because it contains shorter and medium fatty acid chains when compared to cow's milk.  Because these chains are shorter, the human stomach can break them down faster and may cause less bloating and gas.  For people who are watching their weight, goat's milk has high protein and low fat.  The fat provided in the goat's milk provides humans with more than a few of the essential amino acids such as tryptophan (essential for growth and development) and a high dose of the macronutrient Calcium.  The lower lactose concentration is better for people who are lactose intolerant.  Even though it is not ideal for people who are lactose intolerant to drink milk, some have said that drinking goat's milk doesn't bother them.

If taste and health benefits aren't enough persuasion, goat's milk makes excellent fromage de chevre (cheese of goat).  How could one forget the delicious types of cheeses that come from milk?  One can make cheese form cow's milk and one can make cheese from goat's milk!  Goat cheese is very popular among weddings and parties in America.  Overseas, Europeans enjoy goat cheese accompanied by fine wine either for an afternoon snack or only for supper.  I myself have even made cheese from goat's milk and it dissapears in my house in less than a week.  I can make half a pound of cheese from about 5 quarts of goat's milk (the rest of the volume is whey, the liquid which is not kept in the cheese).  The herbs and seasonings to add to cheeses are endless:  dill, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest, jalapeno, cumin, orange zest, lavender, honey, etc.  Best of all, goat cheese contains probiotics which provide the immune system with essential bacteria to keep active and ready to fight a virus when needed; they are a collection of natural occuring cultures (also found in yogurts) that aid the body's immune system.

Even though their are numerous health benefits from goat's milk, I have faced the fact that people will have a psychological issue with goat's milk.  I understand cow's milk is more popular due to it's efficiency in production and it's lower prices on the store shelves.  Though I prefer goat's milk over cow's milk, I admit I cannot afford goat's milk anymore (I sold the goats I raised).  Over the summer, I worked for Camlon Farm, a Dairy Goat Farm where I learned the Dairy Goat business.  It was a great experience where I learned to make cheese and make soap from goats milk!  Since working for Camlon Farms, I have really appreciated the power that the Caprine Family holds.  Udder and all!

Beau, one of my goat's kids.

"CHEVRE IS SEXY, SKINNY, SMART." Goat Cheese Health Benefits. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.bellechevre.com/goat-cheese-health-benefits.php>.

Coila, Bridget. "Is Goat's Milk Healthy?" LIVESTRONG.COM. N.p., 17 Dec. 2010. Web. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/336633-is-goats-milk-healthy/>.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Life On The Goat Farm

What?  What's this?  A weekly blog update?  Maybe.  But don't become spoiled now.
Amber and I

It appears my Gourmet Soapy Detoxing Bacon Wrapped Goat Milk Bread Summer job ends tomorrow.  Okay, I have to be cliche here:  Or it could be the start of something new!!!
Needless to say, I have had such an amazing experience milking the goats and working with Camlon Farm and the soap/shampoo business.

This is what a day at Camlon Farm consisted of:
4:30am - Rise and shine
5:00am - Milk Goats
6:00am - Muck Pens
7/7:30am - Breakfast
10:00am - Cut/Label Soap
1:00pm - Lunch
3:00pm - Finish Cutting/Labeling Soap
5:00pm - Milk Goats
6:30pm - Dinner
9:00pm - Hit the hay.

Now, as the summer went on and I became accustomed to routine, this is what my mornings consisted of:
5:20am - Rise and shine, throw on clothes
5:30am - Milk Goats
6:30am - Muck Pens  
7:30/8am - Breakfast

As you can see, I utilized my sleep time.  Besides, some mornings were quite humorous; I'd find myself in a sleepy trance, sitting there on the milk stand while Amber gobbled away her grain.  
Amber, I'll have to introduce her!
 Amber (I dubbed her "Amberguita") is one of the newer additions to the herd.  She is very sweet and is willing to listen to you. 
(Not that I actually vented out to these goats...)

 Meet Corner Pocket!  Or "Corner" for short.  He's the only male, or buck, at Camlon Farm.  He is super sweet but a little shy.  Once he sees you're just as friendly as a mouse, he'll have no problem coming up to you.  I have no idea where that mouse reference came from.  Mice are a nuisance. 
 This is Xanadu (I dubbed her "Zaney-doo"), the matriarch and -ahem- bitch of the herd.  She's not aggressive and she's not out to murder you in your sleep.  What I mean is that she is very much assertive and it takes a lot of muscle and training to let her know that YOU lead her around, not HER leading ME around.  I have to remind this to her at every milking...every milking...
 Xiao (pronounced Jow with a soft J sound)!  I nicknamed her "Xiao-Xiao Binks"...  You know like in Star Wars?  Jar-Jar Binks?  Anyways, Xiao is really sweet too, but I think there's a screw missing or something because she bolts out of fright and flinches like no other animal I've ever worked with.  The littlest things upset her.  A fond memory I have with her is in my first week of getting to know all the goats, I loosely guided her to the milk stand when God knows what spooked her and she booked it to what it seemed like, Texas.  Again, no idea where the Texas reference came from...

And I'll never forget this guy, who always received a generous serving of fresh goat's milk, straight out of the teat(s)!
This is Saint, a Great Pyrenees.  Some mornings, I would run around with him and we'd "watch" for intruders around the property, sprinting and barking back and forth from fence to fence  (I didn't bark, mind you).  Until I realized I still had chores to do, then I stopped.

  Thus concludes my goat funny business.  But the Camlon Farm business isn't funny.  Soap making is extremely serious.  You aren't allowed to laugh while making the soap.  We tape our mouths shut so we make sure not to even show a smile.  That's how serious we are.  About our soap.  Seriously. 

I'm kidding.

Okay, you can laugh now.

"If wisdom is measured by the size of the beard then the goat is a philosopher king." -African Proverb

Till next time!  Have a goat one!

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Goat Days of Summer

So it appears I have not "blogged" in awhile.  I'm terribly apologetic, Blogger.
I truly am.
I'm sure you want to know all about my summer working on a dairy goat farm, selling goat's milk soap, cooking gourmet meals, succeeding at baking bread (cinnamon bread, that is), failing at hiking the Hollywood sign, becoming slightly addicted to The Pioneer Woman, and finding time for the little things in life.

Like cappuccinos.
And fondant.
And detox drinks.
Oh, and bacon wrapped steak.

Mmm bacon...

I think I just proved my point as to why I haven't been blogging.  BUT since I have wonderful free time at the moment, I shall continue to write, err type about...
Raquel Missbrenner's

Gourmet Soapy Detoxing 
Bacon Wrapped Goat Milk Bread Summer!

Yeah, we'll call it that.

Goats, Soap, and Dogs.

Being an overachiever, I attempted to plunge myself into the corporate world.
Meaning, I wanted a job. Who doesn't want money, right?

Well, searching for a job was hard, not going to lie, but I didn't expect it to be a cake walk neither. After about a month's worth of throwing applications into any job I could find (or that was hiring), my goat breeder contacts me.
That's correct.
Goat breeder.

Background info: My senior year in high school, I raised two dairy goats for my FFA project. My school had never raised dairy goats until I determinedly found a breeder by the name of Diana McCambridge; conveniently located an hour south of me in Riverside.

May 7th, 2011 with "Push My Buttons" aka Buttons
I wasn't kidding when I said I raised dairy goats.  Kidding.  Get it?
 Anyway, she contacts me asking if I would like to work for her soap business.  I'm thinking heck ya!!!  My first job being somewhat of a dream job??  Man, I am lucky.  My job consisted of milking the goats 2x a day, cutting and labeling soap, taking care of the social network pages such as Facebook, Twitter, and the Website, and going to the local Farmer's Markets to help sell the soap.
Best summer of my life so far.  Not only did I learn business and website skills, but I learned how to change a tire on a car, how to cook fish, how to whelp puppies, and how to make detox drinks.
As far as the soap goes, here's my two cents:
Camlon Farm's handmade goat milk soap is all natural, olive oil based, and made with fresh goat's milk (I milk the goats!).  We have many different scents from Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey, to more invigorating scents such as Rosemary with Coffee Grounds (my FAVORITE).  We do flat rate shipping if you are unable to see us at Riverside and Irvine Farmer's Markets.  Like us on Facebook!
Another awesome thing about working for Camlon Farms is their Scotland Terriers!
They have four wheaten colored Scotties.  Oh the life of a dog.

Meet Red.  He is my favorite!
  Gourmet Cooking and Boyfriends.

I don't know about you, but I love to cook.  When I say, err type "love" I mean LOVE to cook.  Love as in how a horse loves hay or how a chicken loves watermelon rinds.  Not love as in a car loves gas.  A car needs gas.  There's a difference.  Trust me.

White Cupcakes with white buttercream frosting.  Boxed stuff?  Heck no.

Cinnamon Bread.  Butter, cinnamon, and sugar.  In BREAD form.  What else could you want?  Pioneer Woman inspired <3 

I've always been a baker because I love my sweets (but I don't need them).  I have my dear Oma to thank for that.  She taught me all the tricks about baking.  I could never bake breads and sweets as good as her, but it's in the process.
I like to bake cookies, muffins, cakes, scones, breads, bars, cobblers, no-bake pies... so I thought I'd try my  hand at cooking.  I mean, I watch shows like Hell's Kitchen and Jacques Pépin enough to understand the adrenaline rush one gets while one works his/her magic.  
I'd consider it magic, yes.

I've been cooking like mad.  It's like an addiction.  Even when I'm not hungry, I'll cook up something.  Just to see if I can do it.  And I can.  So my dad has a lunch for tomorrow.  He's happy about that.  No complaints, and I keep on cooking.  I love bringing joy to people's tummies.  And mine too.

One day, my boyfriend said he'd make me dinner.  
It was a little strange to hear these words from him, not because I don't doubt his cooking ability (Eagle Scout, I'm safe) but because I'm not used to receiving gestures.  But anywho, I was excited to see what he had in the kitchen for me. 
Sadly, I don't have any pictures, but he made me a SCRUMPTIOUS Chicken Parmesan!  He must had known Italian is my favorite food... I wonder if it was me always glorifying how pasta and bread can bring world peace...  
He started dinner off with a nice romaine salad with bell peppers and ended it with a moist breaded chicken breast over a bed of hot, steamy spaghetti pasta.  Delicious, scrumptious, mouth-watering, decadence, bliss, love...

I'm telling you right now:  Hands off.  
He's mine ladies :)

We wanted to make dinner again, but this time, together.  First ingredient:  meat.  
Of course, right?  
"I am man, I eat MEAT"
Not exactly in those words, I'm just plain' around.

But I told him he'd take charge of the steak and potatoes (I'm not joking about this) because I would be in charge of the sautéing station (Hell's Kitchen reference...).
We had broiled sirloin steak with mashed potatoes and sauteed mushrooms, peppers and onions.

Here's what it looked like... 

Bacon wrapped.  Ohhhh yeaaa.  Just looking at this blocks my heart valves...

But I'm also letting you know right now that I won't be doing this again for awhile.  
The saturated fat content freaks me out.

Don't these peppers and mushrooms look healthy?  So pretty to look at too!
     Some of my other food adventures include:

Cinnamon-Sugar Almonds! About half were gone after they were made...

Scottie Sugar Cookies! Yup, this recipe called for fondant and this recipe was a SUCCESS! These were made for Diana and her partner Debbie because one of their dogs, Boo, had a litter of 4 puppies! Congrats Boo!

 The Case of the Hidden Hollywood Sign.

My girlfriends and I decided one of the things we have to do in LA is hike the Hollywood sign. Once I heard the word "hike", they didn't have to say any more.
It was a tuesday during the month of July. A warm breeze picked up just after 8 in the morning. I knew it was going to be a hot day (or Channel 5 told me so). I filled my tummy with eggs and toast and set off to pick up my friends for this grand adventure through the mysterious city of LA. We drive at snail's pace on the 605, we crawl past Sunset Blvd, and we finally find ourselves at the base of the famous Hollywood Hills.
"Look! There it is!"
"I need to find parking..."

After a tiring and a monotonous hour and a half of searching for those danged parking spots, we are finally redirected to a route where no car has gone before. We followed the dirt path to where the sound of stabled horses can be heard and to where the beginning of the trail to the sign lies. By now, it was a hot 90 degrees. The elements were challenging us...and they were winning.

Me, Raenicia, Serina
Needless to say, we got this close to the sign.
We happened to pick the "perfect" day to hike.  So we intervened:

We went to Millions of Milkshakes, so named for their famous "Million Dollar Milkshake" (it's not really a million dollars, in case you were wondering).  It was good for a hot day.  Otherwise, it was just flavored overpriced slush in a cup.  My opinion, anyway.

Pioneer Woman in my Kitchen.

Her name is Ree Drummond.  And she is amazing.  She lives on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma, is married to a cowboy, and has 3 beautiful children.  Ad best of all, she loves to cook and entertain!  I recently became hooked to her show on Food Network.  Now, I follow her blog and her recipes!  
I don't know if it's the lifestyle she lives that enthuses me, or the fact that she uses generous amounts of butter in her cooking, or the fact that she looooves food as much as I do but knows she can't eat everything she makes (like me!).  I've used several of her recipes in the past week and they have been a hit with my family!  I've tried her Chicken Florentine Pasta, Beef with Peppers, and Cinnamon Bread!  
All of which were VERY tasty and EASY to make!  If you like to cook, that is.

Visit her website!  She's so funny too...and pretty, and classy, and...well yeah I admire her :)

Enjoying Coffee With My Friends.

Ahh coffee.  Whoever invented coffee is heaven sent.  I mean, just think about it.  When you wake up in the morning and the first aroma to reach your nose is freshly brewed coffee waiting to be poured into your favorite mug with just the right amount of sugar and cream.  Or when you need a pick me up in the afternoon after a busy morning.  Just that warm cup of hot, delicious coffee in your hand and all that matters is nothing.  


What can't it do?

I know it can't sing or dance or pay bills, but you're missing the point here...

About a week ago, one of my best friends (since Kindergarten) and I decided to have a coffee date.  She currently attends UC Merced and she wanted to get together before she has to leave for school.  What other way than to spend time with good company?  AND coffee?
We ended up strolling downtown Fullerton admiring the bars as they started to prepare for the night's actions.  We ate and talked over lunch at the Green Bliss Cafe.  It is a vegan/organic cafe and my gosh, they were delicious!  My kinda food (I'm not vegan, heavens no!).  After we sat and talked for a couple hours, we ventured down Harbor Street and meandered the shops that carried vintage clothing and we window shopped the boutiques where we both vowed one day we will be rich enough to shop in.  After all, we both go to college, therefore, we will be rich.  Right?

Next, we stumbled upon another little cafe-type place called The Night Owl.  We both decided the afternoon called for a little caffeine and so, we both walk in to this quiet but welcoming little cafe.  Sandra ordered a Hazelnut Latte and I ordered a Caramel Cappuccino.
Now some Coffee 101 for you:

The Latte
Espresso with steamed milk and a small amount of foam.

The Cappuccino
Consists of espresso, part steamed milk, and part foam. 
A "wet" cappuccino contains more steamed milk for a creamier drink. 
A "dry" cappuccino contains more foam, which creates a more intense espresso flavor.

In case you were wondering, I ordered mine "wet".Also, in case you were wondering, mine was sooooooo gooooood!
Sandra enjoyed hers as well.  

The "Owl mug", a cute amenity that I find very appropriate for this cafe, which happens to be titled "The Night Owl" Cafe.  

Front:  My Caramel Cappuccino, topped with a drizzle of caramel and I added some nutmeg.  What?  I like nutmeg sprinkled on my coffee as if I'm some sort of classy/fancy girl...
Well, that marks the end of this blog entry.  No, that wasn't my whole summer and yes, I cheated you all out of an amazing weekly blog update and no, don't expect a weekly blog update :)
Didn't your mother ever tell you to be thankful for what you are given?  
My momma sure did ;)  
(if you're reading this mom, and I'm sure you are, I LOVE YOU THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS MUCH)

I start school on the 18th of September, but I move back into beautiful San Luis Obispo on the 14th.  
Here's to my 2nd year at Cal Poly SLO.
I can drink to that!
COFFEE, of course.

Love, Raquel