October 30, 2010: a date of no significance whatsoever. It just happened to be the day of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the National Mall.
(Yes, this post is way late, what of it. I have priorities.)
So my friends JoJo and Tom came to DC that weekend from Williamsburg and NYC, respectively, and we celebrated the joyful reunion with a little Carr-aft Night.
You see, I spent the spring semester of my junior year in a magical fairyland (with lots of boats) called Mystic, CT, and JoJo and Tom were two of my housemates there. It was easily the best semester of my life, and one of the many, many highlights was the weekly craft night we hosted at Carr House. Hence the name "Carr-aft Night." We're simple people, yo.
We made like super-cool kids, spending many a Friday night decorating T-shirts, making model ships, and baking marine policy-themed desserts.
Yeah. Some things just never change. Do you understand now why I love these guys so much?
This Carr-aft Night was to make T-shirts and signs for the rally. For the T-shirts, I cut out the stencil, and then JoJo masterfully applied the fabric paint to get the stamped look. It was far too crowded at the rally to take out our signs, so I don't have any pictures of them. Oh well.
The rally was super fun! It was my first time attending a rally of any sort, and I think it was a great first experience. Some very cool and unexpected guests showed up, among them my favorites Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage.
You know. The guys from Mythbusters. Also known as MY HEROES FOREVER.
If the med school thing doesn't pan out, I would so love to work for these guys. Jamie and Adam, are you looking to hire? I love science -- especially the kind involving FIRE and EXPLOSIONS and PROJECTILES -- I'm good with my hands, and I often bring baked goods to work!
Ahem. Unfortunately I was nowhere near enough the front to even be able to see the stage (sometimes it really sucks to be short), but I did spot some funny signs that people brought. I particularly enjoyed this one I espied on our way out:
There are more photos on the rally website and on Flickr, so go check them out!
You're still reading? I envy you your attention span, I really do.
Well. I did originally log on to post the apple crisp that I made for our class' potluck last week.
The cool thing about this recipe is that I made it up, and it turned out okay. Pretty good, even! My classmates cleared the pan in twenty minutes flat, which was impressive given the vast quantity of food at the potluck, especially of desserts.
Recipe by yours truly, and taste-tested by the SMP Class of 2011.
8 c. apple slices, thin (8-9 medium apples)
1 orange (zest and juice)
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients and set aside.
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 c. oats
1 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
In a large bowl, cut the ingredients together using a pastry cutter or your fingers, until crumbly.
Evenly spread out the filling in an ungreased 13" x 9" pan. Crumble the topping over the filling.
Bake at 450ºF for 20 min., then reduce the heat to 350ºF and bake for another 30 min., until the topping is golden brown.
Cool on wire rack. Serve warm.