Weekend Fun at Home

Ever wonder what you could do to make a boring weekend fun? Cook! That’s right, so this past weekend my roommates and I made homemade bread. I know as I am writing this it sounds a little lame but if you take a look at the photo below, that’s one of the loafs we made….its huge!

Not only does it taste fresh but its fun! On a side note: As you may know you have to let the dough rise before you put it in the oven. Well the product you see below is exactly what happens when you let the dough rise overnight and you sleep in.

As far as the recipe goes; there are a few steps, you can check them out below.

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  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Homemade Bread in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2006, p452

     If you enjoyed this article please let me know so I can plan to write more like it in the future. Thanks for reading!

Fall Fitness

fall fitnessNow is a great time to get outside and get fit!! The weather is just right and those pesky holidays with their fantastic food are coming up fast. So what is your fitness plan?

Well, if you aren’t the athletic type I might have a few use ful suggestions for you. I highly recommend running at least three times a week. I personally was never a fan of running but, in recent years I have really started to enjoy it. Running strengthens the heart and lungs while increasing your endurance all around. You don’t need to run super hard core to get a good workout so stick with a pace that is comfortable for you.

Another good workout type is to do a light workout on the days that you are not running. You can do pushups, crunches, bodybuilders, etc. or maybe yoga/Pilates. It is all up to you!

Perhaps the most important aspect of fitness is eating right. So to get started, give your fridge a makeover. Limit the alcoholic drinks to one or two per week, dump all of your unhealthy carbs ( aka white bread, bagels, pastries, pasta that isn’t whole grain), and stock up on vegetables, fruits, lean meats, whole grain breads, whole dairy products (this should be your one source of healthy fat intake), and of course your one favorite item of unhealthy food. My personal favorite is the pint size of Ben and Jerry’s Phish food, but again, remember to limit your intake!

I hope this helped, good luck with fall fitness everyone!!!

October West Schedule

 

October West is almost here!! Click on the attached link to get the schedule of events from the alumni association. Please come on by and check out our air show, pancake breakfast,  and so much more!

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We would love to have you here to join in the festivities :) See you soon!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of Electrical Engineering classes

Are you interested in studying Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering? Well as a junior I am just starting to take all the core engineering classes at Embry-Riddle, Prescott. So if you decide to read further into this blog which I highly encourage, I will be covering what it’s like taking the first of many core Electrical Engineering classes.

Currently I am taking: Signal Processing, Electronic Device Design, Computer Science (C Programming) and Engineering Math. So why do these classes even mater? Engineering math is Essential the last math tools you need to to take the upper class Electrical Engineering courses. so far we have covered Fourier Series, which I have provided a link to information about if you click Here

.     As far as Signals goes, this class has struck my interest the most. I have so far learned about sampling, which is a necessary process for converting continuous (real time) time signals to digital signals. Learning about this and the process of amplitude/frequency modulation is pretty fun considering there are so many applications.

Too quickly sum up Electronic Device Design, the name says it all. Basic Op Amp applications in designing an amplifier. Applications and design of Transistors and more to come.

While taking these classes are demanding, don’t fear, by the time you come to your junior year you will be well prepared for the task at hand. The best way to keep up with everything is staying motivated, and enjoying what you learn. If you don’t enjoy it then you may consider studying another topic or learning in a way that is enjoyable to you. If you have any further questions that I can answer please feel free to comment or email me and thanks for reading.

Midterms Already?

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We are headed into the fourth week of the Fall semester and round one of midterms is here or at least almost here for most of us. Yet another semester is flying by!! It is so strange to think about how fast it is going and that in a few short years most of us will have graduated and moved on to new exciting places.

I am sure High School has gone that way for our prospective students as well. One day you are in orientation and the next you are standing at graduation giving a speech about the past four years. Crazy isn’t it?

Well no matter how fast it goes by, and how stressful those exams can be just remember to have fun and enjoy the journey. Good luck on those midterms everyone!!!!

Weekend Fun

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For our new freshman who have been here about three weeks now and perhaps are getting a little bored I have a few cool suggestions for you :)

 

 

1. Take a hike in the Dells across the way, or go see one of our lakes in the local area

2. go kayaking

3. Visit the zoo, admission is only $8 this weekend and its right across from school!

4. Go see a movie up at the picture show theater, they have an awesome student discount

5. Get together with some friends at the pool or volleyball court

6. have a bbq!!!

There is so much to do so enjoy the upcoming weekend and stay safe!!

October West

 

October West is coming up fast! The event starts 2 October and ends 4 October, its a great time for our prospective students to come out and visit the campus or participate in some of the fun events. We will also be having a Wings Out West air show during this time so please come on by and check it out! For more information on the event please visit our alumni relations website.

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Roommate Relationships

As of last weekend I took a camping trip at Lake Powell with my roommates, so with the experience I had I feel this is a great time to go into roommate relationships. There are s couple topics at hand but first I will get into what it is like having roommates. Then I will go into how to deal with them whether you like them or not along with some of my personal experiences.

Having roommates, one of two things can happen; 1) You like them and enjoy there company possibly becoming best friends or roommates in future semesters or two, you have serious roommate problems and cannot stand them. Both happen quit often and are very possible. Fortunately for me I have enjoyed my roommates and become very close to them.

Most of the roommates if not all are also new to the scene, just new to college no parents, new friends and a new lifestyle. It is a drastic change that we all deal with, but how you react to it and how you handle your relationships are all variables. In other words no one can tell you how your roommate relationships will turnout. But with a little effort from all parties it ca turn out nicely.

As I have just experienced a camping trip last weekend with my roommates, I hvae some good advice. The tip that you should hold at the top of your list is be PATIENT. yes be patient as you would with anyone else, at the same time if you encounter a problem confront it. Have a normal conversation about whats on your nerve. That is really the only thing to do I you don’t want your relationship with your roommates turning upside down.

You Will experience great moments and sad ones with your roommates, but all in all in the end all the experiences we have together shape our personalities. So take advantage of having a roommate and really get to know the person, I did and it has been one of the best decisions I have made being here at Embry-Riddle.

AFROTC Life

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All of our new freshman here at Embry Riddle Prescott who have chosen to participate in AFROTC are settling in to life as a cadet! It is so exciting to see so many new faces and watch them all learn how to be a cadet. It makes me remember my freshman days and how much fun I had getting to know my classmates in Air Force and Engineering.

For those of you who are not sure about whether or not you would like to join AFROTC my advice is to give it a shot! Trust me, everyone is nervous and everyone makes mistakes but, if you stick with it you will learn so much about being in the program. I highly encourage you to ask questions from university officials, recruiters, and current AFROTC college cadets. It would be great to see you here some time in the future.

For more information please visit the AFROTC main page where you can find general information about how the program works, scholarships, and fitness :) Thanks for reading everyone!

Junior Year Studying Electrical Engineer at ERAU

As you may already know I am currently a Junior at Embry-Riddle, Prescott campus studying Electrical Engineering. Today I will go into the awesome classes I am currently taking to give you an idea of what to look forward to in studying this field of engineering.

First off as Electrical engineers there are many different areas of expertise to get into, which means that as an undergraduate you will get a little taste of everything. so whether you like power or not doesn’t quite matter yet because you will take a power class anyway. This serves to our benefit though as it allows you to better understand what you would personally enjoy as a career.

So as far as I have come today I am currently taking; Signal Processing plus the lab, Electronic Devices plus the lab, Math for engineers with physics, and Computer Science 1 (a.k.a. C programming). Although we have just started the semester I personally enjoy the Electronic Devices class the most, so that is what I will go a little in to depth with next.

In Electronic Devices we will be getting into electronic circuits, such as an Integrated circuit compared to Discrete components. We will also get into Amplifier frequency response, Diodes, Transistors, and Feedback systems, although there is so much more I can talk about this is just a brief description. (Note: if you click on the link to electronic devices, it will take you to Wikipedia, yes I know you may be skeptical about Wiki. but it has a diverse amount of knowledge about the subject so feel free to take a look).

The reason I believe I enjoy this class in particular is because it is taught in a top down design, meaning you see the big picture of each little component first so you can really see how everything comes together.