Friday, October 31, 2008

Goblins OH MY!

I still do not have a camera, but thanks to my mother I am not missing on of the events of life. The other night for family home evening the very family home eveningwhere I broke my camera, we made these really fun Goblins. Aren't they cute! My only suggestion is to make half of the recipe unless you are taking them to a party because they are really sweet. Enjoy!
Goblin Recipe
24 circus peanuts
24 1 inch pieces of licorice
string licorice if you can find it
24 candy coated candy pieces
12 drops of green food coloring
4 cups of miniature marshmallows
3 Tablespoons of butter
6 cups of Kix cereal
Mix the butter, food coloring marshmallows, and cereal together just like you would for Rice Crispy Treats. Then create balls. Lye the balls on top of 2 circus peanuts for feet. Stick on the candy pieces for eyes, and add the licorice for antennas. Now you have an alien.

V is for Vampire

Last night we went to the church Halloween party called Trunk or Treat. It is so much fun seeing everyone dressed up in their costumes. This year we all dressed up as vampires. We even won the creepiest costumes. The boys had fun eating hot dogs, playing games, watching "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown", and then going from car to car getting Halloween candy. I think they may have even gone two rounds. Roman is even starting to understand this candy thing and he loves it. He has such a sweet tooth. He even has his favorites. Chocolate like his mom.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

So So Sad

I am so so sad! The other night, I went to take a picture of these really fun treats called Goblins made out of Kix cereal and marshmallow that we made for Family Home Evening, and broke the camera. I was rushing to take the picture before the kids devoured them and I dropped my camera. It is now broken and being evaluated on to whether it is worth fixing. The lens is damaged. I am so so sad. How can I live without a camera?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Spooktacular Dinner

This week, I thought I would make dinner fun. I made Mummy Dogs. They were a big hit with the kids. It is nothing spectacular really just a hot dog wrapped in a Crescent roll. The recipe for this an many other fun Halloween ideas can be found in the Pillsbury Halloween addition magazine of recipes. Have a Spooktacular Weekend. We are off to the school Fall Festival and the ward Trunk or Treat.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Halloween Fun

It is always fun to see what the boys will come up for faces. They still don't like to pull out all the seeds, but I make them since I don't like to do it either. I figure it is apart of the deal. I can't wait to dress Roman up for Halloween. They are all going to look so cute in their costumes.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mixed Review

Well, I just got home from seeing Wicked. I have wanted to go for two years after hearing everyone talk at church about how great it was. I am a fan of the Wizard of Oz. You have too know the story in order too understand the play. Though, I have to admit I have avoided watching it the last few times on TV because I am terrified of the flying monkeys. Plus the music at the beginning where the witch is riding her bike scares me too. I think watching this movie is just as much apart of being American as apple pie or baseball. I am not sure what to think about the play. I feel like I should be loving it because everyone else did, but I just don't know. The verdict is out. A couple of things I can say is that the costumes are great. The music is good, and the story line has had me thinking since I left. I am going to maybe regret it in a few hours when I have to get up to put the boys on the bus. So for you who are not familiar, Wicked is the story behind the Oz story told from the wicked witches perspective written in 1995 by Gregory Maguire. The storyline while entertaining enough explores several topics. The first being: are we born evil, or do we become evil in response to our circumstances and environment. This is not a new subject. Scientist, theologians, and writers have been asking this very question from the beginning of time. Mary Shelley asked the same question in her book Frankenstein. If we are to go along with Gregory Maguires view, then we are supposed to feel sorry for the wicked witch because she wasn't truly evil and merely misunderstood. I am not so sold on this because this leaves out the choice to rise above ones circumstances. Are we purely victims? He said when he came up with the idea for this book that he had just read an article on Saddam Hussein which compared him to Hitler. He wondered on what effect the very word Hitler or evil plays on how we judge someone or label them. He also explores the idea of how much value we as a society place on beauty (the good witch) and our need to fit in. I guess the one thing I came walking away with was the question: What price do I or we pay in our need to fit in? In the case of the wicked witch she paid a very heavy price. So, if you haven't zoomed out yet I want to know am I missing something? Should I read the book? Would it make me love this play more. I guess I just wasn't expecting to walk away with thinking about it so much, and was expecting to enjoy it merely for entertainment value. I am not so sold on the friendship between the good witch and the wicked witch. I did like the song towards the end where it talks about how much we can learn from one another.

Friday, October 17, 2008

I have a confession

I have a confession besides being a chocoholic and total sugar addict, I haven't had a Pap smear in over 2 years. I think the last one I had was around when I got pregnant with Roman. You are probably wondering why I am telling you this because this isn't something one talks about. I think we try to avoid this topic, and if you are like me put of going to the Doctor. That is going to change today. I am going to make the appointment today because I know it can save my life, and I have a life worth living for. The other reason I am writing about this is because I have a childhood friend who was young and beautiful who just died in July of Ovarian Cancer. Her name was Carrie and she was only 38. It just doesn't seem possible that someone so young can die. Our mom's were co-workers and friends. Carrie and I took ballet lesson together. When we would visit our moms, who were dental assistants, in the office we would give the dentist a hard time. We loved to color and play little people. We saw the Movie Top Gun together. I loved to sit in the kitchen and talk with her and her mom while drinking the most killer chocolate chip banana milkshakes that her mom would make for us. We played on the beach, and when we were teenagers we went to Mexico. I wanted to be just like Carrie. Everyone loved Carrie. She had beautiful wheat colored hair that was straight unlike my curly hair. Most importantly Carrie was smart. When she graduated from high school, she went to Pepperdine University. Later on she opened her own business, and was successful. It just doesn't seem real. I still regret that I didn't make a bigger effort to visit her last year when I was in California. I didn't call because I was still a few more pounds than I wanted to be and didn't want her to see me that way. I thought I would be able to see her the next time I go to California. Now she is gone. So, I guess there are two lessons from this story. The first go out and get a Pap smear if you need one and the second is don't put off visiting those you care about.

To find out more about Ovarian Cancer you can go to www.ovariancancerawareness.org

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Worth Reading

I just finished this book called the Witch Child. It was excellent. I love these type of books even if it is just fiction. Some of the facts are taken from history. I think it is a great way to teach history to children without being dry as history books can be. I think this is the way we should be teaching history. It is a great Halloween read.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

F is for Fall

I use to think nothing of Fall. Didn't really like fall because I know what comes after Fall, and that is Winter. Winter equals cold weather. Now that I have children, I am starting to love Fall more and more. Children go back to school in the Fall, and then there is the beauty to be found all around such as the leaves and the pumpkins. Fall means Halloween, pumpkin bread, and apple cider. Hip hip hooray for Fall.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

E is for Emergency Room

Once upon a time there was a silly, happy, dirty face little boy named Winston. He loved life and always seemed to find the best in every situation. When he was 3, he thought he was funny by telling jokes. His favorite was, What has 8 holes and eats cheese? A mouse was the answer. Didn't make any sense at all but he thought he was very funny. His favorite color is blue and is proud that his middle name is Thomas like his dad. He loves to play computer,watch Ben 10, and his favorite food is Pizza. However, one day he went hiking with his mom. Well, they really didn't get to go on the hike because he and his brother were playing tag while mom was getting the stroller out of the car. This is what happened. 8 stitches and a trip to Children's. At least he got a green Popsicle and a Webkinz out of the whole ordeal.

Friday, October 10, 2008

P is for Pumpkins

Today the children were off from school for Columbus Day weekend. There was no way I was going to spend any of that day stuck in the house. The weather is still really nice here. The daily average temperatures are still in the 70's. I packed everyone in the car including Nana, and off we went. Our destination was Amicola Falls near Dahlonaga. We made it there, but before I could unpack the stroller Harris had accidentally pushed Winston down in a game of tag. He put a two inch gash in Winston's knee. Being at least 90 minutes away from Children's I found the visitor center and patched up his knee. On our way home we stopped at Burt's Pumpkin Farm. Winston wasn't crying and didn't seem to be in much pain. It would have been a shame to miss this pumpkin patch. The boys begged to be able to get out and get a pumpkin. I couldn't resist. The place was amazing! They had the biggest pumpkins I had ever seen. Some were as big as the children. My favorite were these bluish looking ones. The boys loved the warty pumpkins. We also couldn't resist the hayride. Then it was off to Children's where it turned out that he needed stitches. He screamed bloody murder. Next time, I am going to have them knock him out slightly. It took 4 of us to hold him down.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

S is for Superman

Superman is what this little boy is, and he is a hero in my eyes. I couldn't help but post these photos of Roman. I just love this shirt. Roman has learned how to say ball.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A is for Apple

In the fall, I crave two things donuts and apples. Not necessarily the two together. I only eat donuts in the fall. This tradition started a few years ago when we lived in Michigan and would go to Uncle Johns Pumpkin Farm. I miss this place. They don't charge an entrance fee like some of the places here in the south. The only thing that cost is the pumpkins of course, and a little train ride or the corn maze. Really you couldn't complain about this either because the charge was just a dollar. Besides selling pumpkins, they have an apple orchard and make their own apple cider and donuts. After riding the wagon out to the field and picking out our pumpkins we would get a jug of apple cider and fresh donuts. Yum! I love apple crisp. I love apples and caramel. Only in the fall though. Shortly after getting married I discovered a cookbook with a recipe to make apple sauce in the microwave. I couldn't get any easier. I have made a few changes to the recipe such as reducing the amount of sugar. The original recipe can be found in The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Shiela Lukins. The owned a famous cafe in New York. Here is my version of this recipe.

Microwave Apple Sauce
8 apples peeled, cored, and diced
(I use Gala, but you can use a
combination of apples you like)
1/4 cup of sugar
1 small lemon juiced
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 cup water
in a mixing bowl combine above items and microwave on high for six minutes
mash down with a potato masher and microwave for and additional 6 minutes.
If the mixture is still two chunky you can mash again or put in a blender.
I like it a little chunky and it goes great with Pork Loin, Pork chops, or Pork tenderloin.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

B is for

B is for Boys having a Bake Sale selling Bakerella Cake Pops for charity and other yummy food items, so we can make Baby Blankets for Babies with CHD.
Today we had a Bake Sale, and made a $130 dollars which we will use to purchase material for around 25 blankets. The boys who have been begging to have a lemonade stand for two years had fun setting up, but lost interest about an hour later. The did stick it out till the end though. I am not even sure if they really understand why we are giving the money away to be used for charity. My hope as a mother is that by doing so it will plant a seed of charity and service in their hearts for a lifetime. Afterwards, the boys and I went to the neighborhood movie under the stars on the tennis courts. We watched Scooby Doo and the Goblin King. Cute Movie! The evening was perfect. After being 80 degrees today, it cooled to a wonderful 60 degrees. The stars were out in full force accompanied by a crescent moon. Winston fell asleep after the first half hour. Running a bake sale is exhausting.

Friday, October 3, 2008

H is for Haircut

Yesterday, Roman got his very first haircut. It was about time. I didn't really want to cut it, but it was sticking up everywhere. He looks like such a little man now. He wasn't the best customer. He was very wiggly. It is a surprise that he walked out of there with both ears. He like the lollipop the best even with hair on it.