Today is my four year blog-anniversary! What a wonderful journey it has been!
Life around this corner has been eventful, to say the least. One of my closest friends was in an accident recently; it nearly put my heart on hold. Thankfully, she is doing better right now. It really made me realize that what matters in life is not necessarily the accolades or the money we accumulate – but rather, the people and the relationships we gain in that time. It’s been so encouraging to see the outflow of love and support for her!
For myself, it emphasized my goal for this coming year: to continue to strengthen these friendships, in what may be my last in Philly. I finally have the time! After all, I put the finishing touches on my applications and submitted them to residency programs (early match, prelims, and transitional year programs). While it is a handful to keep track of, I am so grateful the opportunity and for the people who have helped along the way. Please continue to send me all the luck you can muster guys! =)
On the other hand, you may have noticed that engagement photos have started to overflow on my blog! It truly is a phenomenon… it is now a regular occurrence that I see a new engagement or wedding posted on Facebook! I am lucky to be close friends to several, and privy to the details. =)
This cute couple in particular, is none other than one of my new housemates and her fiancé! I was the first one to see them in person after they got engaged and thus, keep telling her that I moved in at exactly the right time to witness this momentous occasion and be part of the wedding planning fun.
Lastly, I cannot end without a mini-recipe! This was a watermelon cake I made for the housewarming as well. Pretty self explanatory to make – but here are some simple tips I picked up along the way.
- Use an oblong watermelon! The shape gives you a natural tiered shaped for the cake. I sliced the cake into thirds, then cut along the rind in a circle. This allows you to pop the rind right off!
- Use cookie cutters if you want to create any shapes to add onto the watermelon! (I used it for the star on top).
- Skewers are your best friend. Stick them inside the cake after each layer to make sure the layers don’t move.
- Other great fruits to add onto your cake are kiwis, cantaloupe, honeydew, berries, for their contrasting colors. Avoid apples and bananas because they will turn brown.
- This can be made and stored in the fridge the night before.