1. On Sunday night Bryan and I were startled awake at 4am by a loud crash coming from downstairs. My fearless husband said he'd go down to check things out and grabbed my sewing scissors just in case he needed a weapon. Luckily it was just our blinds that had fallen off the wall mount, but I informed him that had he used my nice scissors on anything besides fabric he would have been dead meat.
I have high hopes for lots and lots of pumpkin this fall. Yummm, I feel like I've been waiting for this all year! Our first recipe was pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting. This is Bryan's mom's recipe and very likely Bryan's favorite cookie of all time.
1 cup shortening (I didn't have enough this time so I used half shortening and half butter and they turned out just fine)
3 cups sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin
2 tsp vanilla
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients and add to the mixture, then mix well. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Frost when cool.
1 package cream cheese (8 oz)
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 box powdered sugar (I'm not sure how much this is, I just add it until it seems the right consistency)
1 tsp vanilla
Mix until creamy.
This makes a lot of cookies. I halved the recipe this week and got about 30 cookies. We gave plates to a few friends and polished off the rest in 3 days.
Jilly and I watched PSY perform on Ellen last week and she couldn't help but bust a move.
2. On Wednesday my friend invited Jilly over to play while I ran a few errands. It was absolutely heavenly to shop by myself.
3. Jilly is obsessed with the word "mine" lately (terrible twos are coming on strong.) This week anytime she found my book (These is My Words, which is so, so fabulous) she'd say "my book my book!" and start flipping through the pages "reading."
4. It's no secret that I love Chick fil A. A couple of my friends found a pin that had the recipe for the delicious Chick fil A dipping sauce and they kindly passed it on to me. This week I made it and it was ah-mazing. It even made broccoli taste good!
5. We made a video of Jilly doing her best tricks. Enjoy!
1. Pipe Cleaners and Beads- These beads were leftover from my teaching days. I waited to let Jilly play with them until I knew she wouldn't put them in her mouth (so basically just in the past couple weeks.) I love the serious concentrating face she makes when threading the beads on the pipe cleaners. She also sometimes sorts them by color, or just spreads them around the room (not my favorite option.)
2. Animal Heads and Tails- I actually deserve no credit for this one. My super fabulous friend Shauna made these for her Busy Bag Exchange and was willing to email the file to her lazy friend (me.) All I had to do was print, cut, and laminate. Despite how it looks in the picture Jilly is getting pretty good at matching the correct head and tail. And animals are always a big hit around here.
Some friends and I go walking together every once in a while. One day we were walking through my neighborhood and ended up at Taco Bell (don't all walks end up at Taco Bell?) We hadn't ever been to Taco Bell for breakfast, so we each tried something and it was pretty decent.
In the mail the next week we got coupons for Taco Bell's breakfast menu. For some unknown but lovely reason we got 5 pages of coupons. There are 8 coupons for a free item on each page. So that means coupons for 40 free items! So my friends and I have now made it our Friday tradition to walk to Taco Bell and get a free breakfast. Our husbands think it's the funniest thing they've ever heard and will probably never let us live it down, but we love going together. And, so what if our breakfast negates our walk? At least it's free!
Our life of late in phone pictures-
Last week Janssen, Merrick, and Landen all posted their library books as part of their Sisters Share it All Series. It was fun to see what books they all were currently reading. Then that same week I was denied a book at the library for the first time because I had already reached my limit (30 books, which is quite low if you ask me.) So I thought it was a good time to scrounge up all those library books and see what we have. I returned a big pile of books so I could start checking out again so this is my current stash.
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, Bry and I listened to The Maze Runner and half of The Scorch Trials on our Disneyland drive, but I am struggling to finish listening and I highly doubt I will ever read the others.
These is my Words by Nancy E. Turner, This has been on my "to-read" list for years after hearing so many great reviews. I'm thrilled to finally be enjoying this brilliant book.
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson, Erik Larson is a genius. His research is meticulous, and I love all the fascinating details he incorporates in his books. This takes place in early 20th Century London (think Downton) and it parallels the lives of Guglielmo Marconi (inventor of the radio) and Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen. I haven't returned it to the library yet because Bryan is hoping to read it.
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, Another Erik Larson book, this one takes place in Hitler's Germany. I haven't started it yet though.
printed numbers 1-24
felt (1 sheet of red and 1 sheet of green were plenty for me)
** You don't have to use batting, you can just make fabric pockets. I wanted mine to be a little thicker. If you don't use batting, start at step 6)
1. Cut out 24 squares of batting approximately 4 1/2 inches long (doesn't have to be exact, but can't be smaller)