Tuesday, November 1, 2011

We had dinner in a pumpkin last night. I'm putting the recipe here...mostly so I will be able to find it again next year!

Dinner in a Pumpkin
  • 1 medium pumpkin
  • 1 lb. browned burger (seasoned with dried onion and garlic pepper)
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup+ chopped mushrooms
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • Worcestershire sauce to taste
Preheat oven to 350* F. Cut a lid on the pumpkin and clean it out (like you do to carve a jack-o-lantern). Mix the remaining ingredients together and spoon them into the pumpkin. Replace the pumpkin's lid and put it on a cookie sheet. Bake for 1-1.5 hours. Remove from oven and serve immediately, using the pumpkin insides as the vegetable for your meal.

I also baked a pumpkin pastry. I followed this recipe:
http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/pumpkin-pecan-braid/ab7406fe-a543-4024-8e20-ed857833924c#?term=halloween&fv=AND(HasGridViewImage%3ATrue)&pi=3&ps=9 except that I left out the pecans and used an alternate frosting/glaze that was similar to this recipe:

So, I guess we celebrated Halloween with delicious baking, and all I can say is "mmm-mmm."







Sunday, October 30, 2011

We dressed up for a Halloween party this year!! We went as original super heroes- and I started making our capes a little more than an hour before the party started. How I love hot glue projects. :) I think Matt's blue hair was awesome...my purple hair looks...a little freaky. Anyway, it really was fun to dress up, and I liked doing a matching costume with Matt. :) (P.S. The blurry spot is computer made- so they look a little cooler in real life.)










Sunday, August 21, 2011

Last weekend we got to go to the Families Supporting Adoption National Conference- which was AMAZING! There were lots of classes to go to, and I ended up mostly choosing to go to panels- where I got to hear from people who have experienced adoption first hand. I attended an adoptee panel, a birth mother panel, a birth father panel, a general birth parent panel, an adoptive couple panel, and a panel called "The Whole Story." So yes, loved the panels- and sorry that I've used the word "panel" so much. I learned a lot and I'm really glad I got to go. :)

We also went to visit my sister after the conference, and we brought her three lovely girls home to stay with my mom. We enjoyed the (long) car ride with our nieces. (Even though, when we had two hours of driving left, Bethany said, "We're almost there, huh? I know it!" :)) Of course, we resorted to any available form of entertainment- like our M&M sucking contest- which Bethany won. She won the "Who Can Hold Their Breath the Longest?" contest too. Oh boy. Anyway, here are a couple pics of Bethany, Malia, and Gabriella.



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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I have no idea what I'm doing!!

I really have no idea what I'm doing! So this should be fun. :) While you're waiting for me to figure this out, check out a couple of photos taken by Jaimee Young. She's AMAZING! (You can see more of her photography at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cyr-Photography/28809418060 .)