30 November 2012

. . . a morning with cam . . .

. . . this little guy loves to swing . . .
. . . i stood there and pushed him 
for almost forty minutes . . .
. . . by the end of that time, 
he was nodding off, 
then waking up 
with every back and forth . . . 
. . . it was pretty funny . . .


. . . would you like to see 
something even funnier? . . .


. . . skinny jeans and a fat diaper . . .


29 November 2012

. . . row row row five . . .

. . . it has seriously been a month
 since i worked 
on anything quiltish . . .
. . . which is far too long . . .
. . . so - oh, boy - was i ever happy 
to go to quilt group yesterday . . .
. . . i looked forward 
to putting together 
row five of lori's row along . . .
. . . a row she calls flying geese . . . 
. . . i must say, though, 
that is false advertising . . .
. . . these are most certainly 
flying goslings . . .
. . . they are miniscule . . .
. . . tiny, tiny babies . . .
 . . . each unit finishing 
at a mere 1"x2.5" . . . 



. . . here they are all lined up 
and flying . . .
. . . i'd say more east 
than south . . .



. . . and here's a peek 
at the five rows i've finished . . .
{creases and all}
. . . let's not talk about 
the two additional rows 
that i have fallen behind . . . 
. . . i am definitely 
going to love this quilt . . .


{total number of pieces in row 5: 144}
{total number of pieces in rows 1-5: 572}
. . . and yes, i really counted . . .


28 November 2012

. . . fifty shades . . .

. . . of grey . . .
. . . and no, 
i did not read 
that raunchy novel . . .
. . . i'm talking 
about this crop 
of grey themed oops! . . .


. . . that quatrefoil pattern is new . . . 
. . . and quite perfect, i think . . .
. . . the mustard/pink/grey combo
 is a favorite, too . . .
. . . all wrapped up and ready
 for 'g'-rated christmas gifting . . .
. . . they're not at all trashy . . .


27 November 2012

. . . bloops! i did it again . . .

. . . thanks for all of your 
small business saturday 
and cyber monday 
orders! . . .
. . . you guys are seriously the best . . .
{hey, amy mills! yours is the only email address i don't have. 
so . . . please click on that gmail icon over there -----> 
don't worry, though, your order has been processed at yesterday's discount}

. . . here are the aforementioned 
new bloops! colors . . .
. . . bloops! are 100% cotton 
swaddling blankets . . .
. . . sized for newborns 
in stretchy gauze . . .
. . . perfect for making sure 
your baby burrito 
is nice and secure . . .

{two available colors not pictured are baby pink and ivory/natural.
all bloops are edgestitched in white}

. . . i'm sorry, 
but a tiny baby boy 
swaddled in that navy? . . .
. . . delicious . . .
. . . and you can't go wrong 
with solid red 
for christmas/valentine's day . . .
. . . but my favorite 
might just be 
that sunny yellow . . .


26 November 2012

. . . fantastic four . . .

. . . if today is your birthday . . .
. . . and you're turning four . . .
. . . please raise your hand . . .

 {instagram photo credit: @wardrasmussen}

. . . that's right . . .
. . . it's all about 
elliott andrew rasmussen 
on the 26th of november . . .
. . . this very handsome little boy 
who brings us so much joy . . .

{instagram photo credit: @mandersras}

. . . happy birthday el . . .

{in honor of elliott's birthday and cyber monday, 
i'm extending the small business saturday deal
*$2.00 off each oops! and/or bloops! ordered by midnight tonight, 
and i promise to fill orders as quickly as humanly possible. 
special thanks to all my tiny customers 
and the parents/grandparents/aunts/friends/baby shower guests 
who buy my products for them!}

{*discounted prices for today only: 
regular oops! ~ $10.00 each
deluxe oops! ~ $13.00 each
**bloops! ~ $8.00 each}

{**bloops! are now available in the following colors: 
white, baby pink, baby blue, ivory, hot pink, red, navy, and bright yellow}

{one last thing: sorry to those who've had trouble commenting. 
i turned that dumb word verification thing off ~
but only until the spam starts again.} 


25 November 2012

. . . on the road again . . .

. . . we tried . . .
. . . we kept begging . . .
. . . we said 
"he'll be back 
in less than a month" . . .
. . . but it didn't work . . .
. . . hayden and jessalyn 
decided they better go 
back to provo 
with drew . . .
. . . so they packed up their toys . . . 
. . . and left this morning . . .
{we really don't like the leaving part ~ i cry every single time}

. . . we will certainly miss 
this cute face . . .
{and her parents, too}
  
. . . fortunately 
{or is it unfortunately?}, 
there's much to do . . .
. . . and plenty to keep us busy 
until they come back 
for christmas . . .
{fingers crossed for safe driving and good weather today}


24 November 2012

. . . i feel like we JUST did this . . .

. . . a couch 
in the front yard . . . 
. . . totally normal, right? . . .

. . . it sure comes in handy 
for family gatherings . . .

. . . has it really been a year? . . .

. . . photographers 
deserve a p.e. credit 
for a session like this . . .
. . . i'm exhausted just watching . . .

. . . hayden was just exhausted . . .

. . . proof amelia is really short . . .

. . . sometimes you gotta pause 
for hair and makeup . . .

. . . and wardrobe . . .
. . . not cool to have 
white socks showing . . .

. . . hansens win the prize 
for most cooperative family . . .

. . . obligatory photobomb . . .

. . . obligatory bomb photo . . .

. . . and then lucille dropped in . . .
. . . #instagranny (get the app) . . .


23 November 2012

. . . with his britches upside down . . .

. . . question: 
quick! what's the *line 
that comes before 
this post's title? . . .



. . . today's oops! are brought to you 
by the color brown . . .
. . . they kind of come in batches . . .
. . . and this gigantic brown rick rack 
was on the top of the pile 
this afternoon . . .

{psst! heads up . . . in honor of small business saturday 
$2.00 off each oops! or bloops! ordered tomorrow.
that's a bargain any baby on your christmas list would love.
i promise to fill orders as soon as humanly possible.}

. . . answer: 
*brown brown went to town . . .


22 November 2012

. . . thankful {and full} . . .

. . . the thanksgiving dressing recipe 
i promised a couple of days ago, 
seems a little less urgent now, 
doesn't it? . . .
{are you as full as i am?}
. . . my mom has been making 
this beloved side dish 
as long as i can remember . . .
. . . she got the recipe 
from my aunt virginia . . .
. . . and has it perfectly 
down to a science . . .
. . . please notice that 
it is called dressing . . .
. . . never ever ever {like ever} 
stuff this inside your turkey . . .
. . . please . . .

. . . okay, so this year, 
i had to rethink 
a couple of components . . .
. . . for medical reasons
i started with these two mixes . . .


. . . probably the funniest looking
 "favorite sandwich bread" 
i've ever seen . . .


. . . but after baking and cooling, 
i sliced and cubed 
the bread and cornbread 
and then dried both in a 200° oven 
for about four hours . . .
. . . mrs. cubbison's 
got nothin' on me! . . . 


. . . saute onions and celery in butter
 until they are nice and soft 
and hardly recognizable . . .
. . . i add the seasonings 
{salt, pepper, rubbed sage, poultry seasoning} 
at this point, 
making it much easier 
to evenly distribute flavor 
throughout the dried bread crumbs 
later . . . 

. . . here's the recipe: 
{it makes a great big turkey roasting pan full}

•4 cubes butter
•4 cups diced celery
•4 cups diced onion
•4 teaspoons salt
•2 tablespoons black pepper
•5 teaspoons dried rubbed sage
•2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
•4 large boxes good quality dressing 
{mrs. cubbison's or oroweat - NOT stovetop!}
•6 cans water chestnuts

•6 cans sliced mushrooms
•8-10 cups dark turkey meat, diced

•3 cans chicken broth
•2 cups turkey drippings

saute celery and onion in butter. 
add seasonings.
spray roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray.
layer in dressing, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and turkey.
add celery, onion, seasoning mixture.
stir well.
{everything up to this point can be done the day before and refrigerated.}
add chicken broth and drippings.
stir well again.
cover with foil.
bake at 325° for 5-6 hours, stirring every hour.
remove foil for the last couple of hours, stirring more frequently.
transfer to serving dish for last half hour of baking time.
dressing should be dark brown and crispy on top.
it will also be delicious!


. . . and here's the finished product . . . 
. . . bill had to come ask me 
if this was for sure the one 
he was supposed to have eaten . . .
. . . it was that good . . . 
. . . i was thankful for that! . . .


. . . other kitchen shenanigans 
included addison and halleigh 
making pinterest 
{and karen hatch} 
inspired acorns . . .


. . . with a little "help" from drew . . .
. . . he's special . . .


. . . in my mind, 
thanksgiving dinner looks like this:
 pristine linens, fine china & crystal . . .


. . . in reality, 
there's plastic tablecloths 
and paper plates . . .
. . . but my smiling people 
are lots cuter 
than norman rockwell's . . .
. . . and my hair isn't gray! . . .
 {amber, angela and halleigh}

. . . everyone loves the food . . .
{cameron} 

. . . there's a little bit of tears . . . 
. . . like when chris 
{who was supposed to work all day today} 
showed up, surprising amber . . .
{chris is our clean up crew, 
and i'm not talking about putting away tables and chairs} 

. . . we're so glad to have 
out of town guests . . .
. . . even though one of them 
is consistently weird in photos . . .
{jessalyn and drew with molly and eric in the background} 

. . . the food gives us 
big strong muscles . . .
 {tate}

. . . and some guests even get a nap . . .
{brent, hayden [zzzzzzzz], and amanda}


. . . i really have tried 
{to the point of teary eyes} 
several times this week 
to contemplate the many blessings 
my father in heaven 
has bestowed on me . . .
. . . i thank him daily for my family . . .
. . . my husband, 
my children, 
their spouses, 
my grandkids, 
my mom, 
our extended family members . . .
. . . each of them 
means the world to me . . .
. . . as i watch them 
make good choices, 
set goals and achieve them, 
teach their children, 
and just be generally amazing people, 
i am overwhelmed with gratitude . . .
. . . i am thankful each day of my life 
for a comfortable home to live in,
 clothes to wear, 
food to eat, 
a car to drive, 
and all the temporal, 
earthly conveniences 
that make my life relatively easy . . .
. . . i am thankful 
for this free country
 where i can worship as i choose . . .
. . . i am thankful 
for my testimony 
of a heavenly father who loves me 
and who sent his son 
to atone for my sins and weaknesses,
 allowing me the opportunity 
and privilege 
to one day return to his presence, 
if i keep the commandments 
and repent when i mess up, 
which i do - quite often . . .
. . . some days, 
challenges and trials 
seem just tooooooo much to handle . . . 
. . . and i plead 
for burdens to be made lighter ~ 
for pain to ease, 
for life to return to "normal" . . .
. . . but always, always
if i stop and count my blessings, 
the burdens 
do seem a little easier to bear . . .
. . . and i am a much happier person
 when i am full of thanks . . .


21 November 2012

. . . pyromania . . .

. . . papa ward 
instagrammed this photo 
saturday . . .
. . . something about prepping 
for the annual turkey pit . . .


. . . then came this one . . .
. . . he said it took three hours 
to load the pit with wood . . .
. . . at this point, 
i invited myself 
to share in this 
smoky, meaty goodness . . .
. . . and janet sent detailed instructions
 on how to prep a turkey . . .
. . . and when i say turkey, 
of course i mean pork roast . . .
. . . season, roasting bag, 
seal loosely, ten layers 
of heavy duty aluminum foil . . .
. . . name written in sharpie . . .
. . . done . . .


. . . we went to witness 
the fire starters . . .
. . . there was gasoline . . .
. . . lots of gasoline . . .


. . . then there was a flame thrower . . .
. . . i guess boys are never too old 
to play with matches . . .


. . . then there was a fire . . .
. . . a really big fire . . .


. . . and cameron was concerned . . .
. . . very concerned . . .


. . . around 10 or 11 o'clock tonight, 
the coals will be ready . . .
. . . all the turkeys and other meats 
will be lowered into the pit . . .
. . . covered with metal grates,
 plywood, and dirt . . .
. . . tomorrow before noon, 
they'll reverse the burial process 
and we'll go back 
and pick up our sunday dinner . . .