Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

I am grateful for so many things.  But mainly I am grateful for my family and my Savior, Jesus Christ.  I am grateful for days Helen doesn't have potty accidents.  I am grateful for my children and Jakes unconditional love. I am grateful for a roof over my head and food to eat.  I am grateful I can read.  I am grateful for turkey stuffing (can't wait ;) ).  I am grateful Jake took care of the girls all night and I got the best sleep I have since he got back from Chicago.  I am grateful that Jake has a passion for something (RC helicopters) - everyone needs something to get incredibly passionate about.

What are you grateful for today?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thrifty Decor Chick Giveaway

Thirfty Decor Chick is having a giveaway of a  Silhouette Craft Cutter .  How cool is that?  Thanks for the heads up, Kelsey!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Honeybun!

As he does every year, my husband tacked on another year on Halloween.  He doesn't like Halloween.  He doesn't like candy...unless it is good chocolate, nothing chewy, nothing straight sugar (taffy, smarties, licorice), nothing that will get stuck in your teeth, etc.  Only chocolate is his way to go.  I could go that way too if you added caramel, but really I'll take almost any candy.  Back to the subject on hand.  I love Halloween more since I married him.  Oh, well, we create balance, eh!?

More than Halloween, I love Jake.  He is my everything.  I can't say more.

Happy Belated Birthday on the blog, Honeybun.

He was playing dress-ups with the girls while helping his mom do dishes - what a man!

Only once in our married life have I made him a Halloween cake.  I try my hardest to give him a little birthday that doesn't revolve around pumpkins and general Halloween stuff.
2004 (dating) -  Army cake - wish I had pictures - it was before the dawn of digital cameras for me.
2005 - don't remember
2006 - Pumpkin cake with friends and cupcakes the day of.
2007 - Coolest cake ever
2008 - deployed, didn't make him cake, although I think I sent him a microwavable one.
2009 - His mom bought a cake, I think she was trying to help since I had a newborn.

2010 - This year I made the coolest cake ever, well second to 2007...but really what is ever going to trump that cake? I hope I don't sound too prideful, because I am the first to know that my cakes aren't perfect, but I really really enjoy when an idea works out.

This year's cake was a combination of the Chocolate Strawberry Celebration Cake and the Chocolate Fruit Basket Cake. Basically it was a two layer chocolate cake (my recipe) with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting, topped with ganache, then berries brushed with apricot preserves, chocolate curls (harder to make than I thought), and then lined with Kit Kat bars. It was divine. Jake said something like, "You've out done yourself."  And I said back, "I know. What am I going to do next year?"

Forgive the picture.  Our good camera was being fixed & the lighting was yucky florescent lights. Try to envision it's glory.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

All Hallow's Eve

 I finally was able to get most of the pictures sorted off all the memory cards, so here is my Halloween post, a little late.

This year Norah was a black cat. I decided this almost a year ago because when she first started cooing it sounded like a cat.

Helen was a ghost, a princess ghost to be exact.

We did all the Trick-or-Treating and the Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday. The girls came home with a haul. The fourth to the last house Norah finally got the idea. A little to well, as she was taking 2nds, 3rds, and 4ths at each house.

On Sunday we had a Halloween dinner at Jake's parents' house.  We had lots of creepy/fun food.

Flesh Sandwiches straight from the skull


Goblin Eyes

Monster Hands

Pumpkin Veggie Tray

Jack-o-Lantern Fruit Cups

Eyeball Punch

Carmel Apples

It was also Jake's birthday so I'll share the rest of the AMAZING dessert on the next post.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Working Mom

Today I re-enter the work force.  Shortly after Helen was born I worked one day as a temp job.  It was the worst job of my life.  I now pity those people who have to try and sell stuff in the aisles at Wal-mart.

This job should be much better.  I am assisting in kids cooking class and precepting dietetic students.  It is one or two days a month and on Saturdays when Jake can watch the kids (except today when he has drill so the kids are going to Nana's).

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