Saturday, October 30, 2010


Next to the Fourth of July, Halloween is my favorite holiday. As a kid, I dreamed about costumes and candy, parties and pranks. My mom had some fabulous costumes made for me in my young years. Someday I'll hunt for pics and post.

I love spooky as long as it's all in fun. Not a huge slash and horror fan, but vampires and demons and such are totally my fantasy genre.

I used to make the most elaborate costumes for the two oldest kids. Crazy sewing pieces of art with yards and yards of fabric.......

Well, now I'm a lot more busy, and a lot less crazy. In that sense only, I mean. I'm still all sorts of other kinds of crazy......

Here is this year's costume cuteness:

Anything Pooh Bear is always adorable. Tigger is a particular fave.

The elephant costume. Fun and functional!

Any super hero at all works for the boys.

The first time Nick wore this costume, he was three. It's starting to get a little short on him.....

Zombie is the new vampire, you know. Trust me, they're gonna be big! People are going to start featuring them as the love interest in all the books and movies.

Spencer likes going for the understated, obscure characters.

And my personal favorite costume this year: I chose to go as one of the most awesome, super-hero, amazing people I know.......

Peggy Eddleman!!!!!

Hope your Halloween was Spooktacularistic!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

It All Ends Here

So. I've been waiting for a couple of months to hear about Harry Potter 7 tickets going on sale. I signed up for a cool text alert to ket me know when my favorite theater had them ready for me to buy!! Well, today was the day!! I got a text at about 1:15 saying Larry Miller Theaters were selling now!

I scurried to my computer and brought up Thanksgiving Point's Megaplex web page. HP. What about all the other LHM theater complexes? Check. All up and running! Cool. I don't want to go to any other theaters. I like Thanksgiving Point. It's in my comfort zone. I really like reserved seating--I can get there about 20 minutes pre-movie and be just peaches!! Don't have to leave my kids for hours to stand in line--don't have to leave my kids to stand in line for hours........ha. That was only partly a joke......

Anyway! Back to my story...... So I called the theater to see what the problem was: Very nice man told me they were having problems and it should be up for sale within a couple of hours.

So I was patient. I waited. Checking back every so often to see if they were ready.

Flash forward 2 hours......5 minutes before I am to pick Cameron up from pre-school. (they really frown on lateness down at the rec-center....charge you money and everything.....)

Tickets. Are. On. Sale.

Holy cow!! I think I can make it quick before I leave to pick him up!!!!

I hurriedly type in my credit card info: 7735 8429.......wait a minute.....that part's boring. You don't need to know that.....

OOhhh!!! I get my pick of the theater!! How lucky am I??!?? I quickly select the best seats in the house!! The row behind the disabled area where you can put your feet up on the bar in front of you without disturbing anyone's head!!

"Click to confirm sale" it says....


Nothing is happening.

Wait 10 seconds.

CLICK!!!! I'm in a total hurry!!!! Why won't it confirm??!?

Wait 20 more seconds.

CLICK!!!CLICK!!CLICK!!!!!!!! What the heck is wrong with my mouse!!?!!!!!


Oh. There we go. Nice! We got the first seats!! I'm so excited!! Let me just print out my conformation........HUH??!? Seats 8-21 Row 'D'? That's not my row!! What the Heck??

**checking seat preview**

Oh. Um......It seems that I have just purchased 80% of the seats in the theater..........

So, long story short: I have approx. 80 more seats to sell from my original 98 extra seats. If any of you at all have the slightest desire to see the FABULOUS Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part One with 112 of the coolest people in Utah on NOVEMBER 18th at 11:59 P.M.

Trust me. If I don't get these $1200 worth of tickets sold it will all end here. With me. At my house. Jason will never let me forget it.

Have Mercy!! Please?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Recipe: Monster Cookies

These cookies are a Pioneer Woman recipe. I love PW. I was so excited to make these cookies! The ingredient list sounded amazing and the M&M's were so colorful--also, lots of oatmeal--love, love, LOVE oatmeal cookies!! Of course, I doubled the recipe because I have a phobia of not having enough cookies.....

I would totally suggest making these cookies if:

1. You like flat cookies.
2. You like cookies that are more 'Stuff' than cookie.
3. You like peanut butter chips.
4. You like cookies, period.

We were divided in my house over these. My boy thought they were the greatest! He loves flat cookies (you there, Carp?) I was hoping for something different. More cookie, I suppose. I think I will try adding various extras to my favorite cookie recipe to see if it's more to my liking. Needless to say, the cookies were devoured. Unlike a previous forgettable recipe.....

Recipe: Monster Cookies

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 12 Minutes | Difficulty: Easy | Servings: 36


2 sticks (1/2 Pound) Butter (salted) Softened

½ cups White Sugar

1-½ cup Brown Sugar, Packed

2 whole Large Eggs

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

1-½ cup All-purpose Flour

½ teaspoons Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

2 teaspoons Kosher Salt

1-½ cup Oats (either Quick Or Regular)

½ cups M & M's (more To Taste)

½ cups Pecans, Chopped (more To Taste)

¾ cups Chocolate Chips (milk Or Semi-sweet)

½ cups Peanut Butter Chips

2-¼ cups Rice Krispies

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter with sugars until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and beat.

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt. Add to mixing bowl and mix till combined. After that, add in remaining ingredients in whatever quantity you prefer. Add more nuts if you’d like, or more M & M’s, more peanut butter chips or chocolate chips.

Add Rice Krispies at the very end, mixing until just combined. Do not overmix!

Use a cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, then allow to cool on a rack.

Serve with glasses of cold milk.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Coming Soon.......

Is it even scientifically possible to combine the above ingredients and not have a supernatural occurrence?

**anyone who may or may not have brought me an entire pan of decadent cinnamon-maple rolls may or may not expect their pan returned with or without combined above ingredients....**

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