Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pumpkin Business

Today I thought it would be fun to carve a jack-o-lantern.  Most years I have several carved by now (Oct. 30).  I guess I'm slacking. Wyler saw me setting up to carve the pumpkin and was instantly interested.  "What you doing Mommy?"

 I showed him pictures of jack-o-lanterns and let him pick a face to carve.  He picked this face and dubbed it scary

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We pulled chairs up to the table and cut into the pumpkin.  When it was time to pull the seeds and guts out Wyler dove right in.  (Last year as soon as he touched the slimy innards he took off begging for me to wash his hands.)  He utilized his "seed crane", which is basically his hand but with awesome heavy equipment sounds to go along with it.  After it was gutted he eagerly watched me carve the face he picked out.  On the back of the pumpkin I caved a W for Wyler, since he was an awesome helper.

We then washed the seeds, and roasted them.  I combined these two different recipes.


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I boiled the seeds in salt water, then tossed them in oil and BBQ sauce.  We then roasted them for about 15 minutes.  Not sure exactly how they turned out, since they are still to hot to eat (and this is pretty much my first time eating pumpkin seeds I'm gonna wait till Zach is home to try them and pass his verdict).

Here are the end result of our projects:





Wyler was pretty excited to be my pumpkin helper today.  Though it was pretty tiring work.  We had to take a chocolate milk break when we were done.



And to top it all off I now have something to enter into Pinstrosity's Monthly Challenge!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy in October

While I was doing the Answer Me This questions I was posting pretty regularly.  But boy have I fizzled out since that ended...

This month has been pretty busy.  Every Saturday we have had something going on.

The first Saturday and Sunday we had General Conference, which was amazing.  I have been enjoying listening to the talks again.  You can listen to it here.

The next weekend my folks came and spend the night Friday night.  Also it was the Graham County Fair.  We went to the fair Saturday morning while my folks went to the temple.  We then all met up at R&R Pizza for lunch.  Then headed home for some more visiting before they had to take off.  We then went back that night so Wyler could ride a few rides.

After going to the county fair we went by Grandmama Darla and Papa Theron's house.  Wyler made a beeline for the back room and the bag of cars.  They boys sat here and played for a good long while while the adults made hamburgers.




Around that same time Grandma Darla brought over some Halloween balloons for the boys.  They lasted a surprisingly long time.  A few days later Wyler came running down the hall from his bedroom with the balloons.  I don't know what Frankenstein did wrong, but Wyler put him in time out.  And he was there for a good couple hours.   

He was put in time out again the next day, but only for an hour at most...

The next weekend we went to Animas to visit Grammy Paralee and Grandpa Scott for a cousin's baby shower.  We had a grand time visiting.  Wyler found some sunglasses in the toy box and stuck them on the head just like Grandmama Darla wears her sunglasses.


And James absolutely loved the dogs.  It is a good thing Angie is so patient with little kids.


Just last week I started going down to the Easter Arizona College to walk the track around the football field (no sidewalk + living on a busy street = me not wanting to try to walk near my place).  Several friends met us there and we had a wonderful time visiting and running after our kids.  Sadly one of my friends sliced her leg on a bench she ran into... so no walking for her until next week... hopefully.


The next day (a Saturday) I got to get a visit from my parents again, and I also went to a Relief Society crafting day.

On top of all that I have decided to take on the project of making and selling pumpkin bread to try to save up for Christmas.  So far I haven't had many orders.  I hope it picks up soon though.  Otherwise I am not quite sure what to do with my 5 pie pumpkins...


What has your month been like?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dipped Pine Cones



Back in February we went up the mountain with Jessica and Porter Webb to play in the snow.  While up there (right below the snow line) Jessica and I found some really cute small pinecones.  I took a bunch home with me to use for a Christmas craft at some point this year.

Shortly after getting them home I baked the bugs out of them, and put them in my big clear vase until I could decide what to do with them.

Fast forward to last week.  After perusing Pinterset for a good while I finally decided I wanted to dip my pinecones.  What to do with them after that I am still at a loss.

I spread some paper out on my table and plopped a chair on top of that.  I then tied about 20 cones to the bottom of the chair.  I took a paper cup, with the top half cut off, and filled it with paint.  I then proceeded to dip the bottom of the cones in the paint.  I let them dry and then cut them down.  The next night I did about 20 more (I've been doing this at night since I don't want my 3 year old and 1.5 year old helping...)  I still have one more batch to do tonight. 

The lighting in my dining room is annoyingly bad, so I had to bring in another lamp so I could see.  So that is why the lighting in the pictures is really off.




Monday, September 1, 2014

Tuscon Adventures and Answer Me This: The Final

I'm still here! I haven't dropped off the face of the earth... I have been working on spending less time on social media, and by doing so I haven't had much opportunities to write anything.

This past weekend Theron and Darla treated us to a trip to Tuscon to play at Breakers Water Park. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures. The first afternoon in town we got a bike for Zach so he can start biking to work and class.  We then went to dinner with Theron and Darla to In and Out. I'd heard of their secret menu, so I looked it upon the way over.  Their fries ordered Animal Style are pretty yummy. I'm going to have to make them here at home. (Fries, sauteed onions, Thousand Island dressing on the fries or burgers).

The next morning we headed to the water park. Poor James had a fever that day (found out the next day it was from teething)  he just got to sit back and chill, munching on fruit. Wyler however was having a blast playing in the water, snacking, going down water slides, playing in the sand/gravel, splashing....  At one point Zach and I took him up one of the big water slides, one you need an inner tube to go down.  I was worried he would be scared at first, but as soon as we mentioned a big slide he was excited. He was trying to get into the tube to go by himself before Zach could get in. He loved it. "Go down again, please!" Then the wave pol... loads of giggle each time he almost got knocked over with each wave.

 3 hours, and some sunburns later, we headed back to the hotel to clean up.  Then it was on to Texas Road House for dinner. By then James was back to normal, and was a hoot to watch during dinner. He loved the hot rolls. So much so that if I took to long to tear off several bites for him he would get rather frustrated and let me know he was not happy waiting.

After dinner we came back home and slept in our own beds.  And that ended the weekend adventures.


While Answe Me This is technically over I still haven't answered the last batch of questions I shared several weeks ago.  So here we go:

1. What’s your favorite thing on YouTube?

Lately I have been loving Good Mythical Morning with Rhett and Link. 

2. Who taught you to drive?

My parents mostly. I finished off my permit with my Uncle Jeff and Aunt Denise Richins. 

3. What’s your favorite thing to cook?

Cookies, cakes and such. Though I guess that is technically baking...

4. Are you a hugger or a non-hugger? Why?

I am a hugger. One of my main love languages is touch, so I naturally, physically, reach out to those I care about. 

5. Where do you pray best?

Usually by my bed, right before bed. I am least likely to be interrupted at that time. If not by my he'd then in the shower. 

6. When is the last time you saw/spoke to your grandparents?

I saw my Grandma Sharon probably a month ago. And my Payne Grandparents... back in June I think. At the Lordsburg Ward swim party. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Iron Crafter: Embellish

This latest round of the Iron Crafter challenge was Embellish.

Several months ago I took an old wooden wine box, found at a garage sale a year or two before, and painted it green with a couple white stripes.  However I felt it wasn't done yet, but I didn't know what else it needed.  And I wasn't sure what to use it for.  So it has sat collecting dust until a week ago.


I was searching Pinterest for ideas, and found some great quotes about crafting.  A few minutes later as I was in the garage changing the laundry over I saw the box waiting for me to finish it.  It hit me... There was enough room on the lid for a fun quote and other embellishment along the white lines, that looked like ribbons.  And it was the perfect size, and had three compartments in it, to hold all my ribbon!  Yay!



So I decided on a quote, wrote it on the lid, and then let it sit for a few days trying to decide how else to embellish it.



While digging in my messy craft/storage room I came across some silk daisies.  However I couldn't find my hot glue gun.  I did find the superglue.  That should work out just as well right?  After I placed the flowers where I wanted them I held them in place for about 30 seconds to help them stay where I wanted them while the glue set up.  I pulled back... and the daisies left the box attached to my fingers.  Luckily they came off easily under running water.  I went back to the box, pulled three new blossoms off the stems, and tried again.  Thankfully I didn't attach myself to the project once more.