Sunday, October 31, 2010

chunky monkey pancakes

This is what I'm doing with the little hershey bars that jonas got trick-or-treating last night: Chunky monkey pancakes, or Banana Chocolate chip pancakes with peanut butter syrup. I'll let you know how it goes!

Update: These were excellent! I used 2 of the mini hershey bars and one mini crunch bar chopped up as a replacement for the mini chocolate chips. It was seriously delicious. And the best part is that Jonas loved them. He ate two medium sized pancakes, which for him is a huge accomplishment. I did make the peanut butter syrup, and it was okay... I'm just not a big peanut butter fan. If you are, then you'll love it. If you're not, I'll probably just go with maple syrup next time. I made extra and I'm freezing the rest for easy breakfasts for Jonas this week. Score!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

ohh... right...

The snow just made me realize that I don't have a coat for jonas for winter. Dang. I've kind of been in denial about snow. I got caught unawares with stuff outside. Dang again.

Anyway, here are some I've been thinking unrealistically about. I think I'll probably just end up searching at kid-to-kid.

Above, Baby Gap Duffle Coat. $34 (BUT, I like this so much that I think it would make a great girl coat too for Gwen in a year. That's my rationalization.)
Ditto for this one from Old Navy on boy/girl feature - $17. But it's really more of a hoodie.

oh. haha, I just found a coat that I had bought for Jonas a long time ago at kid-to-kid. Not as cute, but it works. Looks like I'm more of a responsible parent than I thought!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

growing up

I'm graduated from college. I'm married. I have a one year old. I'm pregnant. I have a moderately stressful calling. I get bills in the mail. I know what a deductible is. And yet all that isn't really enough to make me feel old or grown up.

My saggy maternity pants are what make me feel old.

And listening to conference and devotional talks are what make me feel grown up.

When I was a kid my mom used to listen/watch talks while folding the laundry. We used to roll our eyes and whine: "Not talking heads!". I couldn't understand why she'd watch that when Arthur was on. But now, I'm catching on. It's such a great way to add to my education, and to bring the spirit into my life. And I can do other things at the same time! It's almost like cheating - but I think it still counts.

I love finding talks on the BYU speeches website. Not a lot of people know about that site and it's awesome. They have all the devotionals from years back available for free download. The talks are great because they're longer and often more specialized, specific, laid-back and intellectual than conference talks. They're great. And they help me feel great. I mean, listening to Bruce R McConkie talk about the divinity of God while I (try) to sew a maternity dress? Sheesh. I'm grown up.

Friday, October 22, 2010


I'm what you would call a sherlock holmes fan. I've read all the stories. I've seen and own all the Jeremy Brett versions. In high school Lauren had a sign saying "221b Baker Street" nailed to our bedroom door that my dad got for us on a business trip to london. I'm not fanatical or anything (right?). I just like it. BBC did a new take with a modern sherlock and it's excellent. seriously. it's good. and somehow it's more true to the book than most adaptations that take place in the correct time period. Anyway, I'd recommend it to everybody. Check it out!

*Edit: We've watched all three episodes now and the second two are pretty disappointing. Sad. The first one is still good - the others just take it too far, try to be too sensational, and Moriarty is psycho.*

free baby patterns

I've been messing around with making dresses on my own without a pattern. I've always hated following instructions - and I just recently realized that I could try things on my own. They don't really turn out how I always imagine, but it's really been a lot of fun. Like the above. I think I'd like it better with more steep of a chevron pattern on the bottom, but whatever. I got tons of that fabric for 25 cents at a yard sale so I could always try it again if I wanted - time isn't money to me anymore. hmmm, now that I 'm looking at it - it kind of looks like it was vaguely inspired by a cheerleading uniform. ugh. pretend like I didn't mention that.

It takes a little bit of thought, but so far it's been great. However, I think I might try out some of these free tutorials, just to make things a little easier:

Newborn Ruffle Skirt (optionally out of men's shirt)

Warhol Dress (also out of men's shirt - but I think I'm going to do mine sans banana)

Diaper Covers

and finally the "probably more work than I want to get into but still cute" dress.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

just around the corner

I love Halloween. So much fun, and before we know it, it's gonna be over. I need to take advantage of all the fun things you can do before it's too late. This candy corn pizza is genius. Just put a ring of cheddar, and then mozzerella in the middle. There are tons of other great and easy halloween recipes here.

Here's a sneak preview of Jonas' costume. It's pretty ridiculous and funny and cute. Just the way a kid's costume should be, right?

Monday, October 18, 2010

let's get rich guys

Okay, so we all know that money isn't what it takes to make us happy (But a house in the south of france wouldn't hurt). I just like this song. It's happy. Just what I need after reading 100 pages of the fantastically depressing Frankenstein. Who woulda thought one of the most famous and classic halloween characters was so freakin sad.


still fun to look

It's a good thing that we're poor enough that these baby gap dresses are out of our range of options - because if not - I'd be tempted to buy all of them.

nice reminders

Found these pillows through Design Mom. I think they'd be great for a kid's room.

Friday, October 15, 2010

princess leia

Last year when Jonas was Yoda, Russell and I thought about being Han and Leia - but time slipped away from us. So we just both wore star wars shirts - which we both already had. Kinda nerdy. But I can't be that big of a star wars nerd if I'm not sure exactly how to spell Leia... Leieah... No, I was right the first time. Okay, so maybe I do know how. In any case, I am enough of a nerd to like these cupcakes. and this party.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

sesame street meets elm street

Maybe it's just because I've been reading a lot of detective novels recently (Sherlock Holmes, Thirteenth Tale, Agatha Chrisite) but whenever I see these two laying around on the ground it always looks like a murder scene. Maybe it's just because Cookie Monster's arms are up and Elmo's are down. Or maybe my mind has become twisted and I need to start reading from a different genre.

Poor little guys. hmmm... I bet that it was Grover, jealous of being pushed out of the spotlight. Oscar would be too obvious. Wow, this makes me realize that there's a whole realm of literature that's been completely ignored - children's murder mysteries. I should make a suggestions to Sesame Street's producers.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

no-knead bread - worth the wait

I've seen this recipe all over the place and heard that it was amazing - but the 12-18 hour raise time always made me laugh, think "yeah right" and close the page. It took my sister-in-law Heather bringing it to a family gathering to make me realize that it was worth it. Seriously - this bread is worth it. It's really realllllly good. And it's really actually very easy. You just have to think ahead a little. But you don't have to take my word for it...


Monday, October 11, 2010

carving alternative

This is one of those things where I'm not sure that the after is really any better than the original. But I felt like doing something creative today so this is what I came up with. I was planning on having it look a little more simple and modern - but, heck, it's okay to be cutesy for holidays right?

I was planning on doing this with real pumkins and gourds - but I found these fake little things at walmart for a dollar, so I figured that if I was going to do the work I'd make it last.

Here's how I did it:
I measured the size letters I wanted for each pumpkin
Typed them up in Illustrator using this free font
Printed them out
Put the printed paper over contact paper and cut them out
Stuck the letters on the pumpkins
Covered the stems with masking tape

Then the plan was to spray paint them white... but my used can of spray paint ran out after only one. So I changed the plan and used the only acrylic paint that I had which is cream. Since it wasn't spray painted, you could see the brushstrokes and wasn't looking modern and clean anymore. I just went with it and made them look dirty/antique/halloweeny by mixing in a little brown paint around the letters, then outlining and doing cobweb type things with a sharpie.

Looking back I should have just bought a fresh can of spraypaint - then I would have the clean modern look I was going for and it would have been easier. But, heck, it's all done. No looking back now. And now we at least have a few fall decorations up.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

craving squash

This one's definitely going on the to-do list. White Bean and Butternut Squash Soup. I don't know if I've ever had a squash soup where the squash wasn't pureed. This recipe calls has it cubed. Interesting. I wanna try it out.

Then there are these two lists from the Kitchn. Sheesh, I think I'm just going to load up on squash next time I go to the store.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

halloween costume idea

My mom used to get the Family Fun magazine when we were little and I always loved looking through their Halloween Costume ideas. I found this one on their website and I think it's really cute. AND it's relatively easy as long as you can find brown pants and hoodie.

Too bad I've already got a pretty good start on Jonas' costume. I'll just have to file this one away for future reference.

Monday, October 4, 2010

fall movie of choice

Fall's here. And on a rainy, cloudy, cool day like today all I want to do is wear big striped scarves and eat creamy soup from a bread bowl while I watch Harry and his friends run around casting spells. Is that just me?

Seeing this recipe for Butterbeer Cupcakes made me realize it's time for my fall ritual. They look so good, but I don't really like Butterscotch or cupcakes for that matter, so these probably aren't my thing - but since they're called "Butterbeer Cupcakes" I want them. I'm a sucker, I know.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

a jolly good fellow

happy birthday russell! I'm so glad that I'm married to you because you're awesome.

Friday, October 1, 2010

leaf cutouts

These fall leaf "snowflakes" are a fun idea. I made one with the red paper that I had, but I think that what I like best about these are the colors. especially the purple.