Friday, October 31, 2008


This last weekend was a time for reuniting. Well, not so much for me, but for Colin and his high school buddies. His ten year reunion was on Saturday. I got to meet a few people who's names I have heard a few times and even an ex-girlfriend that I couldn't help but adore. 

The weekend started off with Dinner and Karaoke on Friday night. For the first time ever, I feel pretty confident in saying that Colin has met his match. Joe and Tiffany came in to town from Idaho and gave him a run-for-his-money. I secretly loved it. Joe was not only up for singing any song, he would also add a few of his famous dance moves for extra performance points. 

Saturday we headed over to the Reunion, had dinner, lots of chatting and of course catching up. Luckily I had the company of Laura and Tiffany when Colin would run off to give another football buddy a hard time. I did start calling him Uncle Rico at the end of the night.

Friday Night Fun...

These boys couldn't get enough of each other!

Colin ...10 years ago

Uncle Rico and the Boys

My Posse for the Night

I tried to get them all... it was too hard battling the professional photographer.

Side Note: Colin and Dallas are ALWAYS next to each other in every picture... 
now and growing up. 

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Be Our Guest...

Where are you? I have been waiting so patiently! I really thought you would be here by now. I promise to make the meals you request, the bed how you like and always have fresh towels. I was thinking we could do some shopping, of course a craft, and maybe a nap? You decide, your the guest. I got your room all ready. Can't wait to see you...

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I Have a Problem

I have an addiction I must come clean about. I can't stop. Even when money is tight and it is the obvious thing to let go, I can always justify getting "one more". I have now noticed they are popping up all over the house. I seem to find ways to store them, as if to tell myself "look there is always room for this little guy". 

I can not take all the blame for this addiction, it was inherited you know? My mom has the same problem... don't let her tell you otherwise. I don't know if she is at the same stage of acceptance as I am, so be kind to her. 

Yes, I love magazines! While I only subscribe to three; Martha Stewart Living, The Ensign and Lucky -- I buy almost every months issue of House Beautiful, Beautiful Homes, Bon Appetit, Real Simple, In-Style and a few others. I'm glad to say that I don't buy gossip magazines -- unless I am in an airport and then for some reason it's okay. Oh, or those horrible themed recipe ones at the check-out stand, I stay away from those too... 

After going through them all and only keeping the wedding issues I need for my job, tearing out the pages of ideas, recipes, and crafts I want to try, and filing them so neatly away; I am now vowing to do my best to not buy and store magazines like a crazy-cat-lady-hoarder anymore! Feel free to hold me to it. You can check my house, closets, and the famous magazine basket if you wish. This should keep me on my toes knowing the "magazine police" could be around the corner. 

Little Side Note: You have to admit that you like them too. You know that when there is a neat idea on how to frame pressed flowers you want to try it!!

Here is some evidence of my offences...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

"Conference Corn"

Twice a year we have the opportunity to receive guidance and assurance from General Authorities during General Conference. This also means that twice a year I use all of my saved Trader Joe's bags, get out the Air-Popper and prepare to make loads of "Conference Corn". It is the perfect treat to be physically fed while also being spiritually fed. Conference Corn can also be substituted for "Halloween Treat Corn", "Road Trip Corn" or "Sit Around and Watch a Movie Corn". 

Please be warned that Conference Corn is addictive and the hand-to-mouth-muscles can become overly exhausted. 

I use to just give out the bags to friends in the ward, but the amount of phone calls I receive asking for the recipe following conference changed the tradition - you now receive the corn along with the recipe. Please see below....

“Conference Corn”

½ Cup Popping Corn

½ Cup Butter

1 Cup Brown Sugar

¼ Cup Corn Syrup

¼ tsp Salt

½ tsp Vanilla

½ tsp Baking Soda

  1. Pop the corn and put in paper bag
  2. Bring butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt to a boil
  3. Once you have reached 234 degrees, remove from heat, add the vanilla and baking soda.
  4. Pour over popcorn and stir until well combined