Thursday, October 30, 2008


Can I just tell you how much I love Halloween. I think the best part is the dressing up.

The first costume I remember wearing is an Indian Squaw. It was for Kindergarten. I had my hair in braids, and wore a headband around my head. I had some sort of brown dress that my mom made.

After that, I remember we had a witch costume. When I first started wearing it, the hem was to my ankles. By the time my mom told me that I was too big for that costume and needed to wear something else it was up to my knees. I love dressing like a witch or a sorceress.

These last several years, I had a witch costume. I would rat out my hair pretty big, have the black make-up and fingernail polish. I looked pretty scary. I often feel like Halloween is when I can let my inner witch come out.

Whenever I was pregnant over Halloween I would wear a jack-o-lantern costume. No need to stuff it when you are pregnant.

Then three years ago I made a Crazy Cat Lady costume.

I made the dress, bought a lavender cardigan sweater and some lavender slippers from Deseret Industries. I found stuffed cats from DI, ShopKo and the Dollartree. These cats I have sewn onto the dress, sweater and slippers. One cat I carry and throw at people because it actually meows. The dress is wrinkly and stained (put there on purpose). I even made a yellow stain (a la pee stain) on the pocket where one cat is. Most people get the reference and I have gotten raves over this costume.

Kyle tells me all the time that I am just one cat away from being the crazy cat lady.
(I have three cats)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pumpkin Party

So I had a party where all the food was pumpkin related. All the pumpkins that I used for cooking and decorations came from my own garden. We had pumpkin activities. We carved pumpkins. (Some brought their own pumpkins to carve, but I had plenty of extra) We decorated sugar cookies that were pumpkin shaped. I had candy corn (some of them were pumpkin shaped) and other pumpkin cookie toppings.

Appetizers. Sweet Pumpkin Dip served with Nilla Wafers, Graham Cracker Sticks and Ginger Snaps to dip into it. Then there was a Savory Pumpkin Dip, and with that we used carrot sticks, celery sticks, Triscuits, Ritz and Wheatables to dip into it. There were Pumpkin Seeds to snack on, too.

Meal. There was a Pumpkin Soup topped with grated Swiss cheese and chives. Pumpkin Au Gratin, which was surpringly not too bad. The pumpkin slices were nice and soft. Then there was a Stuffed Pumpkin. It was stuffed with a rice and sausage mixture. This was a big hit. It had lots of flavor due to spices and herbs. I would definitely make this again.

Dessert was a Pumpkin Cake Roll. Kyle commented that I pulled this party off without a single pumpkin pie. Now, I love pumpkin pie, but I wanted to showcase what else pumpkin can do.

Decorations were a combination of fall harvest, Thanksgiving and Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns. On the invitations I told people that if they aren't too keen on pumpkin that they might want to eat before they come. I didn't expect everyone to like any of it, just to sample and try it. It was such a hit, I may do it again next year. The question is, do I keep it to pumpkins, or do I move onto another food item?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Another Game of Tag

You're supposed to complete the sentence and then tag 7 others to post on their blog. If you read this and wanna play, consider yourself tagged!

In six months I will be: Taking finals
In 1 year I will be: one year closer to finishing school
In 5 years I will be: 40. Hopefully, I will have a nice new job, a new house and a new car!
In 10 years I will be: 45. I could even be a grandma then. Ugh! Perish the thought!
I will be 70 years old on my golden anniversary and will: still be alive and kicking!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

Game #1

My 7 weird/random facts:

1) I love crossword puzzles.

2) My hair is naturally curly.

3) I have NEVER been to Disneyland or Disneyworld. The only thing "Disney" I've ever been to is the "Disney Store" at the mall!

4) I am both a neat freak and a slob. (It depends on the room and on the items)

5) I love candy. Except I hate red licorice, red vines, red ropes and twizzlers. Yuck!!

6) I wish there were more holidays where we can dress up in costume. I love Halloween!

7) I have a collection of cards. I still have valentine cards from elementary school.

Game #2


Open your "pictures" folder. Go to the 4th folder (if you have one) and click on the 4th picture. Post the 4th picture. is the 4th picture in my 4th folder of my "pictures" folder!

The kids built a ramp and were jumping off with their bikes and scooters. It reminded us of Napolean Dynamite jumping off the ramp with Pedro's bike.