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August 12, 2010

Helena Thompson ’11

It's kind of crazy just how fast the summer has gone by. Fall semester classes begin on September 7th - just under a month from now - and I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to get ten boxes chock full of all of my worldly possessions from my summer rental on West Lorain into my new Union Street apartment before my lease is up...! But, I digress.

This summer has been a lot of things to me. It was the first summer that I've had to pay rent on my own, with the money that I've made at a full time job (I've been interning in Admissions - more about that later). It's also been one of the most eventful three-month stretches in my life, and if I listed all of the crazy things that have happened to me on this here blog, you'd be reading for days. So, instead, I'm going to focus on the thing that has most comprehensively come to define Oberlin summer to me - food.

I have equated Oberlin with good food for a while now. I had this picture:


a plate of fruit, salad, and a bagel





as my Facebook default for a hot second, soon after which one of my high school friends left the comment "OBERLIN = FOOD". Obviously, this made me laugh...but it's totally true. Perhaps you have read any number of these Oberlin blog posts about different culinary options here? Long story short - the food's mad tasty. My latest gastronomical adventures have taken place in my summer kitchen, where I've transformed myself into a sort of brunch, dinner, and dessert machine specially created for the express purpose of cranking out delicious delectables for my friends. Every meal is served on my front porch, mostly because the weather's nice...but also because I have a super sweet porch swing. Here are photos (all taken by the fantabulous Ma'ayan Plaut) from two tasty days that I've had this summer!

June 25th: a leisurely Sunday brunch!


Close up of cooked bacon


Coffee cup with the phrase "Don't mess with Texas"


My favorite mug filled to the brim with my favorite beverage...




A girl chops garlic in a kitchen


Brandi helped me out by chopping onions, garlic, and potatoes for the egg scramble.




Three people help themselves to breakfast


Look! Friends! FOOD! YAY!




A plate of egg scramble, french toast, and bacon


French toast, bacon, and southwestern egg scramble. What a great way to start a Sunday.




August 10th: Baked Goods at Patrick's!



A student poses for the photo
This is Patrick, one of my good friends who also happens to be one of my co-workers in Admissions. He just moved into a new apartment, and we wanted to warm it - literally, and figuratively.



A girl ices a cupcake
Here I am, artistically icing cupcakes.



A girl peers over an iced cupcake
Brandi's being a creeper behind the deliciousness: banana cupcakes with homemade buttercream icing.



A pie plate filled with white filling
The Bowerman family specialty! Cream Cheese PAI. Yes, PAI. Say it like a Southerner.



A plate with an assortment of deserts
A full plate: Brown Sugar Bars, pai, a cupcake, and browned butter chocolate chip cookies!


Man. Now I'm hungry.


Responses to this Entry


Posted by: Sara S. on August 12, 2010 3:36 PM


This has been an epic, epic summer in terms of food. Yum :)

Posted by: Patrick on August 12, 2010 3:40 PM

This summer = the most delicious summer.

To note: Helena is a great cook. I'm SO HAPPY she's here and cooking for me and my tummy when I'm not cooking for her and her tummy!

Posted by: Ma'ayan on August 12, 2010 3:40 PM

I swear that all my stupid faces are a result of being overwhelmed by food...most specifically PAI.

Posted by: Brandi on August 12, 2010 3:41 PM


Posted by: Fajer on August 12, 2010 4:12 PM


Our kitchen is famous!

(also, now the whole world knows that we use teddy bear paper towels...)

Posted by: Rebecca on August 12, 2010 8:34 PM

What delicious noms this post contains!

Posted by: Kate on August 13, 2010 7:20 PM

It's so true that Oberlin is all about wonderful food. I don't think it's the only reason it's the school for me, but sometimes I wonder.

Posted by: Megan on August 16, 2010 10:44 AM

Your photos are gorgeous! Well done.

Posted by: Andrew on August 20, 2010 9:42 AM

Nice pictures of Patrick!!

Posted by: Sara on October 24, 2010 7:52 PM

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