Monday, October 31, 2011

Holy COW, It's Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween! Luke was a cow/bull whatever is the correct term for a little boy. Bryan and I attempted to dress up as farmers, but did not succeed in taking a picture of the entire fam. We went to the ward trunk-or-treat and had a great time eating the annual chili, visiting with friends and appreciating all of the creative costumes out there! Luke didn't quite catch onto the "trick-or-treat" action. He liked to carry his pumpkin around and receive candy, which he would promptly inspect each piece and then dump the other contents out of his pumpkin in the process. Not our best effort, but it sure was a lot of fun...maybe the most for me.

Chillin' with Charlie, an In-N-Out Burger, "Animal Style". His parents were dressed up as In-N-Out workers, clever.

Kickin' it with Max, the monkey

I love the look on Max's face..."Uh...whose idea was this?"

"Let's see...what do we have here?"

Manning our Trunk. Can you tell that he is a farmer with his John Deere shirt?

 Who's checking who out in this picture??? CREEEEPY!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


We had fun taking Luke's one-year pictures. My favorite photo session was the cake smash. I probably liked it the most because there was absolutely NO pressure with it. Put the cake in front of Luke and let him go to town, perfect, for everyone involved.

M.E.L.T.S. my heart.

Unleashing a little bit of the tiger inside.

...and this is when you know it is time to wrap it up. The tiger is ROARing! :)

I took a picture of the picture, so not the best quality on the blog. I may have gotten a little carried away with this idea and sewn his tie and diaper cover to match. I also realize that not everyone out there is as big of a fan of the cake smash as I am, you know who you are, but let Luke me have my moment. :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thai Night

On Saturday night we were lucky to have Jay and Kacie come teach us how to cook authentic Thai food. Jay's wife, Kacie, has done shows on the Food Network, she is the real deal. She taught us how to cook massaman and green curry as well as pad thai. Bryan and I really enjoyed the massaman curry and the pad thai. It was all delicious, but those were our two favorites. We used lots of fresh ingredients-from butternut squash to Chinese eggplant the counter was covered in delicious food.

Luke sampling the fresh ingredients

Our friends, the Cramers, came over to experience Thai cuisine with us.     

Kacie is a great cook and teacher. We had a great time! 


...and we enjoyed some really good food! (This is the pad thai.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cheese-Broccoli Soup


As the weather turns cool, those warm, yummy soups start turning up in the kitchen again!
I tried this recipe from Bryan's mom and we really liked it.

1 qt chicken broth
1 large carrot
1 stalk of celery
1/2 med onion
1/2-3/4 lb broccoli-cooked

Add diced carrot, celery and onion to broth and let simmer 30 minutes. Then add cooked broccoli (I actually cooked the broccoli in the broth, because I didn't read the recipe closely and it still tasted great).

For the sauce:
3 T butter
3 T flour
2 1/2 C milk

Mix the above ingredients. cook until it thickens (I ended up using more flour/water combo to thicken it). Add sauce to broth and veggies. Then add 8 oz grated cheddar cheese. Blend over low heat until melted. Add 1 T Worchestershire sauce. Can serve in bread bowls or with a fresh loaf of french bread.

Delicious!!! Thanks Carrie!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

I sing this catchy song (just the chorus) every year for Bryan on our anniversary, he loves it. One of those "perks" he didn't know about at the time, three years ago today.

Warning: It may get stuck in your head. many more years of laughter together (and yummy food). :)

Happy Anniversary!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dare Devil

Luke loves the playground, especially since he discovered he could do the following...

Winter Park

We decided to throw together a last minute trip to the mountains with some friends over General Conference Weekend. We found a cabin in Winter Park that managed to fit all of us. There was a total of 6 families that made it. We had a great time visiting with everyone, hot tubbing, biking, enjoying the fall scenery, playing games (or at least attempting, with 8 kids--ages 3 and under it can be slightly tricky), eating lots and lots...and then eating a little more. :)

Our view from the cabin.

The Kiddos

The "grown-up" kids. 

The ladies...well, some of us! We never managed to get a group shot, next time!  :)

That's right...a competitive game of "500" 

We snapped a few family pics on our last day there. Thanks Kelly!

(and no, I'm not prego, just a puffy shirt...wishing I would have rethought that wardrobe choice)

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this picture!