Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Rice Krispies Treats Caramel Apples

Looking for another sickening sweet treat this Halloween season? Try this:

Rice Krispies Treats Caramel Apples

Instead of the healthy apple, substitute a ball of Rice Krispies Treats. Then cover with caramel, chocolate, sprinkles, crushed oreos, and anything else that satisfies that sweet tooth.

Let the kiddos eat them but be prepared for the consequences of a sugar overdose.

Monday, October 29, 2012

I'm In Love...

...with this house.

On a whim, Dave made the mistake of taking us on a drive to look at some houses for sale. We weren't too thrilled with what we saw in existing homes and in the end we talked about building a new house in our neighborhood -- sometime in the future, like 2 or 3 years from now.

But I mentioned it to my mom and she was more than happy to accompany me on a walk through of the models.

This Woodside Home, "Pemberly," is AMAZING!!! But I want all the upgrades -- hobby room on the main floor, bonus room above the garage, fireplace, extended island, upgraded cabinets and floors, larger lot, covered back patio, etc, etc, etc -- which makes it financially out of reach right now.

Maybe someday we'll be able to make it ours but for now I'll have to just dream about it.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A day 12 years in the making

It is Saturday morning of General Conference and guess where I am not?

I'm not at the Conference Center, weighed down by a cell phone, radio, schedules, and all the pressures to do my part to make conference happen.

Today, I'm at my own house watching conference on TV like all the normal Latter-day Saints out there. For the first time in twelve years -- yes that is 12 years -- I can enjoy conference from the comfort of my sofa, in my pajamas, cuddled up next to my sweetheart with a bouncing baby on my knee. I never thought it would take so long to get to this point in life but I am here and I'm loving it! Finally, the beginning of a new tradition.

You too can watch conference right here:


Friday, October 5, 2012

A Fall Evening at Scary Cherry Hill

We went miniature golfing at Scary Cherry Hill this week.  The course was decorated for Halloween with each hole marked by a tombstone.  While Dave took his turn putting I thought it would be fun to take a picture of Benjamin at one of the tombstones.  He has been sitting on his own the last couple of days so I propped him up against the plywood, stepped back, and snapped this.

Ah, my cute little guy! But I really wanted him to look at me so I took another step back and called out his name. He turned to look but lost his balance and this happened.

Yes, I am a bad mommy. But I rushed to get him just as I took the photo which is why it's blurry. Luckily, he was so well bundled up he had a soft landing and was just fine. So, I picked him up and tried one last time.

This last photo was perfect and a helpful hand reached up from the tombstone to hold him safely in place.

We had a great time mini golfing and afterwards took a fun tractor ride through the cherry orchards. A perfect fall evening!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New York, New York

Dave's favorite part of New York City...

a visit to the underground Apple store on 5th Avenue.

Chelsea's favorite part of New York City...

a quick stroll through Central Park.

Benjamin's favorite part of New York City...

the giant puppies at FAO Schwartz.

Something for everyone in the City!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Celebrated Food of New Jersey

We took a little business trip to New Jersey last month and decided to try out a couple of Triple D joints.

The Pancake Wrap at the Brownstone Diner.

A Hamburger at White Manna's Hamburgers.

I can't say it was the best food I've ever eaten but it is fun to say that I've been there.

And, what would a trip to New Jersey be without stopping in to see Carlo's Bakery from The Cake Boss. We arrived 45 minutes before they closed so the pickings were slim and had probably been out all day. I bought a half-dozen cookies and they were just okay. I would have tried the infamous crumb cake but it was $10 a slice and I didn't want to spend that much money on 4 bites worth of cake. However, after the stale cookies I probably should have splurged on the cake. Next time.

But I think the best meal that I ate all weekend was at the Newark airport on our way home. There was an east coast version of Cafe Rio in the food court and they did a pretty good job. (I should probably send an email to Guy Fieri and have him check it out! ;) )