Thursday, October 31, 2013

Love is... fall

This year we went to a pumpkin patch to pick out our first pumpkins of the season. I loved it. Jude loved it. Tyler loved it. Love all around. Jude got to pick out his own pumpkin and he was thrilled. 

Yet another fall enjoyment is Odyssey Dance companies Thriller. It was SO good and SO funny. I need to go back again and again. Malorie invited Nat and me to go with her and Emma and we loved it. Talk about an awesome new tradition!

These girls are so beautiful and I look so dumpy next to them. I'm so glad they are my friends and that we can do fun things together! Also, in the spirit of fall, you all need to go to Starbucks right now and get a pumpkin spiced Chai. You haven't lived until you do.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Love is... Frightening

This year Emma got us a sweet hookup to Frightmares at Lagoon. Lagoon has not been graced with my presence in many a long year. Why may you ask? Let me tell you.
When I was 14 I went to Lagoon with a friend. We were super sneaky and had planned to rendezvous with some cute guys we had met snowboarding earlier that year. You know, the cool guys? It was going to be epic. Well, anyway we met up with the guys and immediately went to the scary ride where you pair off. Obvi it ended up being a one guy, one girl situation. I got to sit by David (who's name had to be changed to protect his dignity) and conditions were perfect to do a little hand holding. Well, David had other plans in mind and before I knew it, his face was in mine and we were about to kiss. To make matters worse, I wasn't exactly a kissing aficionado, if you catch my drift and I was a little freaked out about it. Then, like a guardian angel coming down from the Heavens, a ride worker came out and yelled "Hey! This is a family ride, not a family making ride". So, in honor of this Lagoon post I would just like to take a moment to say "Thank you" Mr. ride worker, for making an already traumatic experience even more traumatic. Some guardian angel you were. 

Anyway, back to the most recent Lagoon experience. I stole all of these picture from Emma except the last one and I am not even sorry about it. You should check out her blog post for more photos and even a funny vine! 
Emma and I are both cotton candy addicts. We were so stoked to buy some!
And to turn our tongues pink!
 But then they didn't turn pink at all. Oh well, it was still delicious. 

We loved this little getaway and we're so grateful the Westwoods let us tag along with them. They always make a good time even better. See you next year Frightmares!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Love is... a crazy DIY moment

A little before Judes big day I saw a tutorial on Pinterest for an a-frame tent. I knew right then and there that he HAD to have it. Luckily for me, I married this super handy guy who knows all the names of all the things we needed to build this tent. Also really lucky is that he was willing to sit by his phone while I sent him close up pictures of the items I found at Home Depot that were on the tent list. Here's the tutorial if you want to check it out. 

Didn't it turn out AMAZING???!!! We are amazing. And by we, I mean Tyler who made the tent frame and my mom who made the tent fabric and me who made the campfire pillow. 

The weekend after Conference poor Jude got a super high fever. It was 103 and I was losing my mind. I know how lame that sounds now, but in the moment... I was crazy. Good news is that our friend Emma is a nurse at Primary Childrens and she is kind enough to talk me through these rights of passage with Jude. 
 Also on the weekend after Conference is Canadian Thanksgiving. My mom pulls out all the stops and we feast like kings. 

In honor of fall, I have decided to share with you my favorite recipe. Okay, one of my favorite recipes. Because I am addicted to fall and all things fall like baggy sweaters and pumpkin spiced things and warm drinks... but I digress, on to the recipe!

This is a recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. 

What you'll need
1 pumpkins seeds
Worcestershire sauce
Lawrys seasoning salt (or whatever brand of seasoning you use)
2T butter
a cookie sheet 
your tastebuds

*First things first, cut a top off the pumpkin and scoop those seeds out! Try your very best to separate the seeds from the pulp
*Next, put the seeds in a strainer and run some warm water over them. This will help you clean off the rest of the pulp. Also, preheat your oven to 400 with the tray in the middle
*Third, boil the seeds in salt water for 10 minutes
*Dry the seeds off completely 
*Melt 2T butter onto the cookie pan. Spread it around to get all the edges
*Add the seeds to the cookie sheet
*Drizzle a couple tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Mix it around to coat the seeds evenly. Sprinkle with desired about of seasoning salt.
Put in the oven. Check them every 10 minutes to make sure they aren't burning and to stir them around. 
*They should be completely toasty roasty in 30 minutes. But if yours are done before them, you're a lucky person. 

Please note that the credit of this recipe goes to my cute mom who was kind enough to share it with me. I hope you enjoy these little buddies as much as we do. So far this year we have carved four pumpkins and roasted their seeds.