Monday, November 28, 2016


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, it has not been commercialized.
I love that is really  more than a day, it is a long weekend of festivities.
It is about Gratitude and family being together.

So happy to have Riley home, his assignment was to draw the Gratitude Tree.
I am grateful for the cute boys in my family.

Logan came for pumpkin waffles and he is so proud that he is 4 and can write a 4.
He added that to the grateful tree.

One constant for Thanksgiving is Pumpkin waffles 

Found this fun tablecloth.

This year they boys each picked their favorite part of the dinner and made it.
Mike did the stuffing.
Sam made the potatoes.
Riley was only interested in Pumpkin Waffles for Breakfast, 
 that was the only food of the day he cared about.
He did make pumpkin pies.  We tried a new recipe from Sunset magazine and it was divine.

Butter and flour for pan
7 ounces gingersnaps
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
4 cups packed vanilla-bean ice cream (bear in mind that airy ice cream will collapse more, so buy a little extra)
1 cup canned pumpkin-pie mix*
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger


1. Preheat oven to 325.° Make crust: Butter and lightly flour a 9-in. sturdy metal pie pan. In a food processor, whirl cookies with sugar into fine crumbs. Drizzle in butter and whirl, scraping bottom of bowl occasionally, until crumbs come together.
2. Press crumb mixture evenly and firmly over bottom, up sides, and slightly higher than rim of pie pan (don't press over rim, or it will crumble when cut). Press rim firmly together. Run a spoon around bottom inner edge of pie, scooping away extra crumbs; otherwise the crust tends to get too thick.
3. Bake crust until firm and lightly toasted, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool.
4. Make filling: In a large bowl, mash ice cream to an even consistency with a metal pastry blender or large fork. Stir in pie mix, then freeze until the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. This takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 ½ hours depending on ice-cream type and whether you’re using pumpkin-pie filling (takes longer due to the added sugars) or canned pureéd pumpkin.
5. Carefully dollop ice cream into center of cooled crust and spread outward, not quite but almost to edge (the ice cream will naturally settle outward to fill the crust). With a small metal spatula, swirl the top into waves if you like. Slide into freezer, making sure pie is level; otherwise it will freeze lopsided. Freeze at least 4 hours and up to 1 week (cover if more than 4 hours).
6. Up to 2 hours before serving, whip cream with sugar into soft peaks. Chill until ready to use.
7. A few minutes before serving, take pie out of freezer to soften. Cut into slices and top each with whipped cream and a big pinch of crystallized ginger.
Make ahead: Pie, up to 1 week, covered with plastic wrap and frozen. Whipped cream, up to 2 hours.
*Or use 1 cup canned puréed pumpkin mixed with 1/2 tsp. each ground cinnamon, allspice, and ginger, plus 1/4 tsp. each cloves and nutmeg.

The boys ruled and we saw Fantastic Beasts for our Thanksgiving movie.
Intense but good.

We played games and had a fabulous time.  The day was wonderful and the whole weekend a delight.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Yep I voted.
I love Vote by Mail.
I did not love the candidates this year, but I value that we have a choice to vote.

Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, 
and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. 

John Quincy Adams

Monday, November 7, 2016

Girls Weekend

I come from a big family!
#13 of 14 children
Every November the girls meet in St George for a weekend of fun.
Katie and Gwen came for the party.

We stopped in Provo to have breakfast with Riley on the way down.

We arrive at the condo and the crafts begin.
This year we did keep the crafts to one day.

So happy to Gwen along.

 We are a little compulsive.
Assembly line work and we make tons.

We take turns preparing the meals.

Gwen is all smiles.

After a long day of crafting.  We headed to Kneaders for dinner.

Then Games.. This was the favorite this year's trip.

The next day we seemed to be all knitting various projects.
My mother used to knit so we think she is happy we are knitting and keeping the tradition going.
There is a picture of my mother over the mantle and we like to think she is happy that we are together and having a grand time.

This year we added an art class to the mix.

Great artists in our midst.

The weather was perfect.
Gwen likes to nap on the deck.

We had to hurry home.
Poppa loves his Gwen.

It was a fabulous trip.
So sad to take this adorable Gwen and Katie to the airport.