My Best of the Burgosphere award!

My Best of the Burgosphere award!

Last Sunday, I announced my nomination in the Best of the Burgosphere celebration. Today I wanted to direct you over to Steel City Mama’s blog– she was given my blog to review for Best of the Burgosphere, and I’m thoroughly pleased with her review of Isn’t That Grad! Pop over there to check out what she had to say and what clever award I was given 😉 Happy National Blogging Month!

Best of the Burgosphere!

Best of the Burgosphere!

Happy November! Apparently, this is also the start of National Blogging Month. Who knew that was a thing? Maybe in the spirit, I’ll try to blog more regularly this month =)

In honor of National Blogging Month, I’m participating in Best of the Burgosphere, a celebration of Pittsburgh blogging! and assign a category that best fits the blog/blogger they were assigned.

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Blogger Night @ Pittsburgh Glass Center!

Blogger Night @ Pittsburgh Glass Center!

Last weekend I had an awesome opportunity to visit the Pittsburgh Glass Center! As part of a promotional event for Pittsburgh bloggers, a group of about 10 of us got to watch a glass-blowing demo, followed by the chance to make our very own glass flowers!

Glass Blowing demo

I will admit that playing with 2100 degree molten glass was mildly terrifying (especially after burning my hand cooking last week…). I really admire the artists who do this daily! But it was a neat opportunity to try my hand at something artsy and new.

Picking colors for my flower!
Picking colors for my flower!
Creating the shape
Creating the flower shape with giant metal tongs
Final product! The outside is purple; the inside (which you can't see) is orange.
Final product! The outside is purple; the inside (which you can’t see) is orange.

If you are interested in trying your hand at creating art with glass yourself, check out the Pittsburgh Glass Center website. There are classes in all price ranges, but if you are a poor graduate student like me, take a look at the Make-It-Now workshops, which range in price from $25-$35. The next workshops are coming up on October 23 (Pumpkins) and December 5 (Ornaments). There are also Girl’s Night Out workshops for $45 being held on July 18 and August 1, October 10, and December 11 this year. You can register for any of these workshops, and more, on line!

Though I’ve been eyeing the Pittsburgh Glass Center for a while, I’m glad I had the chance to try it out last week because it was such a unique way to spend an evening. Thanks to the Glass Center staff for hosting a wonderful event- I’m sure I will find myself there again in the future!

FTC Disclaimer: I attended a free promotional event at the Pittsburgh Glass Center. The decision to write a blog post and all opinions expressed herein are my own.

Science Sunday #20

Science Sunday #20

20 weeks of Science Sunday…I can hardly believe it!   And once again I am in just under the wire…

This week I didn’t stumble across any particularly interesting science articles in the general media so instead I want to draw your attention to a conversation that interested me as a science blogger.  It took place on Twitter with the hashtag #MySciBlog.  The hashtag was created by Paige Brown, a doctoral student at LSU who is studying communication and tweets a lot about science communication in particular.  It’s a discussion about why scientists blog and how they choose what to write about.  I think it is an interesting read for bloggers and blog readers alike- and feel free to contribute your own thoughts using the hashtag, as well.  I’m interested to hear the thoughts of Isn’t That Grad readers!

And with that:  goodnight!

Most Creative Quesadilla {20SB Contest}

Most Creative Quesadilla {20SB Contest}

When I started this blog, I started looking for blogging communities to join so that I could connect with other bloggers.  I found a great community called 20 Something Bloggers which is a site for bloggers in their 20s to connect with each other.

One blogger suggested a cooking competition between blogs, which sounded like a ton of fun!  Baking is my favorite thing to do in the kitchen but pretty much any form of cooking is fine by me so I immediately knew that I wanted to participate.

The theme for this round of the cooking contest was Most Creative Quesadilla.  How fun!  Aside from the (very limited) rules for this contest (must include cheese), my other, personal restriction was to only use ingredients I already have in my kitchen, as I’m trying to cut back on how much money I spend on groceries per month.  It can be too easy sometimes to just buy food out when I don’t feel like thinking about how to combine the ingredients I already have.  From my perspective as a grad student, this contest was a great way to force myself to be creative with the ingredients I have on hand, and save some money in the process!

I came up with a Blueberry Banana Breakfast Quesadilla!

Ingredients:

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • Cream cheese
  • Drunken Monkey Jam from The Jam Stand
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Cinnamon

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Assembly was simple:  I spread a thin layer of cream cheese over half of the tortilla; then spread jam on the other half and topped it with blueberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  I folded the tortilla in half and heated it up slightly in a pan lightly coated with melted butter, just until the cream cheese began to melt.  Then, I enjoyed my breakfast! 😉

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I actually prepared the quesadilla the night before, kept it in the fridge overnight, and just heated it up in the morning. It took less than 5 minutes– so easy!