Monday, November 29, 2010

I was looking up info on Baby Teething and came across this picture.

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Milestone

Ruth rolled over on Wednesday and neither of us saw it. She started to cry so I looked over and she was on her stomach:) She was crying obviously cause she was stuck and needed assistance.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Just a note: If you save the scraps from your stuffing ie. carrot ends/skins, celery leaves/ends/heart, onion skins with just a few more things from the spice cupboard you can make home made vegetable stock then freeze it for later use:)

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Thanksgiving List

In no particular order:

1- The Internet-What did I ever do without, or Hulu for that matter?

2-Blogging-Being able to get regular updates from friends and family is awesome. I'm not much of a phone talker, never have been (not even for my boyfriends, pore guys. And there were many, many of them......I'm highly desirable.)

3-Coupons-We save money and I get to buy stuff I would normally have to pass over.

4-Baby Ruth-She makes me smile everyday. Does the FUNNIEST THINGS, cracks me up and has the best laugh ever!! Watching her learn and figure things out blows my mind.

5Michael-He works so hard at school!!! Just about every night I thank Heavenly Father for putting me in the path of a man who understands his responsibilities and wants to take care of his family in every way.

6-Craigslist-One year ago our apartment was empty except for an air mattress and a baker's rack. You think I exaggerate but I don't. Now our apt. has a couch, chairs, 2 desks, kitchen table/chairs, rocking chair, shelves, baby dresser and a mirror.

7-Sibling's/Parents Who I know have prayed for us over the last year. Prayer works. I've seen it.

8-Friends-Those were also things were didn't have in Durham 1 year ago. Now we have a friend network we can count on and we're not lonely:)

9-Scriptures-It's been a while since I've read the Book of Mormon. I started it again a few weeks ago and it's been amazing. I almost see it in a different way because of all the things that have happened in my life since I last read it from cover to cover. It's a true testament of Jesus Christ.

10-Fall/Winter- This is my favorite time of the year!!! Among other things there are so many trees in Durham and they've been lovely this Fall. In the winter the leaves all fall so I can see more........there are less trees in Utah blocking the view around you and though I'm used to it now I still miss it.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Best Yummiest!!!

  • This is quite possibly the BEST trifle on this earth!!!!!!! It's a Paula Dean recipe. You can sub. the Gingerbread for Spice Cake and definitely sub. the frozen whipped topping for real Whipping Cream.

  • Ingredients
  • 2 (14-ounce) packages gingerbread mix
  • 1 (5.1-ounce) box cook-and-serve vanillapudding mix
  • 1 (30-ounce) can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cardamom or cinnamon
  • 1 (12-ounce) container frozen whipped topping
  • 1/2 cup gingersnaps, optional


Bake the gingerbread according to the package directions; cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare the pudding and set aside to cool. Stir the pumpkin pie filling, sugar, and cardamom into the pudding.Crumble 1 batch of gingerbread into the bottom of a large, pretty bowl. Pour 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the gingerbread, then add a layer of whipped topping. Repeat with the remaining gingerbread, pudding, and whipped topping. Sprinkle of the top with crushed gingersnaps, if desired. Refrigerate overnight. Trifle can be layered in a punch bowl.


So excited!!!!!!! I've decided to also make an Apple Pie for Thanksgiving:) My Mom makes the best freakin pie. Have I mentioned what a fabulous cook she is? Well, she's FABULOUS!!!!!!

I'm not huge into art but I can appreciate a beautiful painting. I looked Monet up online today and these are a few of my Favorites:)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Turkey for the girls and Turkey for the boys.....

I have made the shopping list for Thanksgiving!!!! We're doing a Pot Luck with our friends like last year. SSSSOOOOO excited for the food! Last year it landed right in the middle of my morning sickness faze.....not so good. But THIS YEAR I am at my best hungry Thanksgiving self.

Mike isn't so much of a traditional Thanksgiving fan so he will be making some yummy Shrimp Kabob's for his and our enjoyment:) My assignment is Sausage/Apple Stuffing, Rolls (last year they were bricks cause I killed the yeast), and Peach/Candied Pecan Pie!

Monday, November 8, 2010

What does Pizza, Baked Potatoes and Calzones have in common? Ingredients!!!! I made homemade Pizza the other night and felt kinda guilty at how much I spent. I justified it cause we were feeding the Missionaries but when I figured out what to make with the remaining junk I felt better:)

Shopping List
1 can olives
1 carton mushrooms
1 Lrg yellow onion
1 gr bell pepper
1 pkg pepperoni
mozzarella cheese
1 jar spaghetti sauce
Betty Crocker pizza crust (super cheap and work great for me)
Pillsbury ready made dough (in the roll canisters like the Biscuits and Crescent rolls)
Potatoes (we already had these as I'm sure most people do)

Divi up all ingredients between the Pizza, Baked Potatoes andCalzones (1 roll made 3 med ones, 2 for dinner and 1 for Mike's lunch. 375 for 14 minutes but watch them, we dipped the calzones in pizza sauce). Very nice!!!
Sat-Pizza, Sun-Potatoes, Mon-Calzones.
I'm totally listening to Kosy 106.5 right now and their playing Christmas Music!!!!!!! So Awesome!!! The only downer being the Utah weather forecasts and traffic updates.....mmmmm homesick a little.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

But I Want It Now!

OH MY!!!!! I can barely contain myself!!!!! I want to decorate for Christmas soooooooo bad!!!!!!! If Mike would let me I would Deck the Halls right now.....but he won't. The decor goes up traditionally the day after Thanksgiving. I tried to explain that because we're leaving for Christmas vacation on Dec 18 that deprives me of 2 weeks of Christmas BLISS!!!! (i usually take them down New Years Day) But this year they're coming down on the 17:( Unfair. Therefore, I think I should get to do it 2 weeks early which would be November 12, one week away.

This isn't over Mr. Anderson.
OH NOOOOO! My babies a thumb sucker! At 4 months she has taught herself to suck her thumb when she's upset. So mainly this happens at nap time, or when I have to ignore her ie. making dinner, having slimy hands and such. But being an uncoordinated baby she holds her right hand in a tight death grip so there's no escaping her mouth. Got her out of bed last night for her late bottle and she had her thumb in her mouth till I pried in out to replace it with the bottle. So awesome.