Our Halloween...This is real life!

We went a friend of ours for a barn Halloween party:
 That picture is not from Pinterest, folks. This was a real picture from that night!
Seriously, they had a blow up movie screen, amazing food AND a fire dancer!!!
It was epic. This family knows how to throw a serious party.
 Only in Napa Valley, right?
Otherwise, our night was great! We went trick or treating and stopped off at another party. I don't know how it is where you are, but here- not many people trick-or-treat anymore. It's mostly just parties. To be honest, I really prefer it that way! It's nice to be with friends and family and not going door to door begging for candy. It's cute when they're young, but when a teenager comes to the door you know it's just out of hand. I am really not knocking Halloween. But I like certain aspects better than others.

BTW- it was a rough day for our family- an experience I promise to share when I am ready, so I do not have any pictures of Kate in her costume.... but we have already planned another day to do a photo shoot. I'll post when we've got them


Halloween Party

Each year, the youth in ours and neighboring wards put on a Halloween party for the kids.
It is just adorable!
There are games, face painting, treats and so forth.
All the little kids come in their costumes and partake in all the things prepared just for them.
Kate was dressed as Hermione Granger, a main character from Harry Potter.
There was a man in his thirties dressed as Harry Potter and Kate got super embarrassed and refused to say hi. I loved seeing all the fun costumes. My favorite had to have been Princess Kate. Someone dressed in a polka dotted dress, black cardigan and tasteful hat. hen she approached me and asked if I knew who she was, I said, "Audrey Hepburn?" I failed, people. When she told me what the costume was, I saw it immediately. Now the princess will never have me for tea...

All in all, it was a good night.


Happy Birthday Kyle!

There's me with Scott and Kyle!
Kyle is celebrating his birthday today- because of him, my family actually has good photos.
In fact, the only time Jimmy, Kate and I end up together in a photo looking good, it's because Kyle took it.
 I love how selfless he is at each get together- making sure that there are great pictures taken. I am sure it must be hard to be in the background a lot of the times, but his talent is just so amazing, I am glad he sacrifices.
For the first year of Kate's life, Kyle took amazing pictures. He captured some truly beautiful moments that would have been lost otherwise. For Kate's first birthday, Kyle and his wife Lynda made a photo book as a gift. We read it to everyone at the birthday party. And we read it every year for Kate's birthday. It has been a tradition to cuddle with our girl and show her the wonderful pictures from the first year of her life. What in the world are we going to do with the next kid, when Kyle lives in Utah?!
Happy Birthday, big brother!!!


Home again, home again

Jiggity Jig!

After a whirlwind weekend with family, my mom and I drove hoe today. It was kind of like Mr. Toad's wild ride. Fortunately, we had another good book to listen to on the way home. Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke. I really like her writing style. While driving in the morning, I was so tired that my poor mother had to take my shift. When I woke up in the middle of her driving my shift, it was to snow falling. LOTS of snow. Our pace had slowed to about 20 mph. We were used to 80 mph. It was funny to see California girls driving in the snow. In fact, when we switched seats, I bet any onlookers probably had raised eyebrows because I was wearing capri exercise pants and a completely inappropriate jacket for the temperature. I think that karma felt bad and gave us a few good restrooms on the way home. I mostly think that because as soon as we got out of the snow, the bathrooms were scary again. Really scary. Maybe not as bad as the sinkless wonder, but still not up to snuff.

We did get home safely and that's all that matters.


Blessing Day!

The day was wonderful! We met in Jim and Jess' building, on old cathedral type building with stained glass windows and everything. It was gorgeous. Jim did a great job for the blessing and as always, I cried. Afterwards, we all went to Kneaders for brunch. My brother is general manager there so he was able to use it for a private party since it is usually closed on Sundays. The food was amazing.


First full day in Logan

We had only two full days to get everything in, so we started our Saturday with a great breakfast, a birthday lunch and then headed over to the American West Heritage Center. The center is a great place with pony rides, a corn maze, a train ride, animals, a giant slide and today- a wedding.

We did not get a picture of the bride and groom (mostly because we didn't know them) but we did get some fun pictures of the kids having a blast!


Road Trippin'

My mom and I set off in the smallest car known to man to drive halfway across the country.
Our Destination: Logan, Utah
Our Purpose: Visit for my niece Abigail's blessing
Our Experience: The weather was great... until we stepped out of the car in Tahoe in 24 degree weather. We determined to buy coats at DI in Utah because we were ill prepared. Fortunately, the weather in Utah did not reflect the temperature in Tahoe. At another stop, I swear it was the scariest rest stop in the world. I half thought it might be gussied up for Halloween, but I didn't think they could make it that authentic... going through the hallway to the restrooms proved to be the worst part, as I thought a rat might scurry off with me. But once I got to the ladies' room, I realized that the rat could not have carried me off because it already had taken the sink out it's fixture. It was tricky to wash our hands with the sink missing...
My mom and I listened to a great audio book on the way there, 'Princess Academy'. I have read the book before, but listening to it was a great experience. It really made the time go pretty quickly.
Our Pictures:


ADG is da bomb

Activity Day Girls is a group where Kate gets together and learns new skills with a bunch of girls her age.
Yesterday, for the activity, the girls got to go to the leader's house which also happens to be a ranch. Each girl got a chance to ride a horse, groom and feed it.
And then the leader's daughter did rope tricks for the girls.
I have to admit that I kind of wanted to be an ADG just so I could do all those fun things.
I am really happy with the activities that are planned so my daughter's life is enriched.
Thanks ADG leaders!!!!


Happy Birthday Jess!

This is a picture with Jess and her family for the Abigail's blessing!

I am terrible about birthdays... but because of my awesome sister-in-law, Jess, I know hers!

I do have to get the list again because I accidentally tossed everyone's b-days when I tossed the too small calendar...

And this year, as an ode to my lovely family, I will be trying again to mail a card to everyone. I really, really struggle with this- more than I should struggle, but it is so.



So, do you remember that our weekend was crazy? You know, because of the temple trip and reception and no nap... you know- crazy. Also because Sunday night, I was also asked to conduct the music for a stake fireside. Now, I like crazy. But I am not very good at conducting. I actually don't know how the stake knew I could conduct music.

It turned out to be a really good experience. For a few reasons, actually:
First: the pianist is someone I respect and adore who likes playing music as fast as I like conducting it
Second: the room was small and intimate, I don't like conducting in the chapel
Third: the meeting was held for all the boys receiving the priesthood this year- meaning, they wouldn't notice if I messed up

I had a grand old time conducting away.The music chosen was upbeat and just fun. I smiled the whole time and really got into it. In fact, I noticed a few of the parents had pretty embarrassed faces when they accidentally made eye contact with me- you know that's good.
To be honest, that's what fueled me to have even a better time conducting.
I will say, I am glad I did the music- but if the stake ever asked me to conduct for stake conference, I am pretty sure I'd faint.


Poor Jimmy

I always feel bad for my husband...
He's married to crazy
He's stuck with what I sign us up for
He's been surrounded by girls his whole life
Poor guy can't catch a break

Today was no different.
So, I thought of the wise idea to sign up for dinner for the missionaries AND someone in our ward who had just had surgery. You know, two birds with one stone. Which, I don't think would have been a bad idea had we not taken all day Friday to drive Mark and Katherine to the temple, Saturday and Sunday to provide for their reception and no Sunday nap, to boot.

I really should have just taken the week off, but I love to serve. And when I'm on a roll, I'm ready for anything. The operative word is: I.
Yes, I might be able to handle it all but Jimmy needs his Sunday nap. Plus, the only reason I can handle it all is because Jimmy is in the background supporting my choices.

Today, I went to Larry's, Costco, Trader Joe's, Safeway- you know, the usual loop. And then I put together some butternut squash soup, played taxi and maid. Everything was prepared for the missionaries to come to dinner. My timing was turning out to be impeccable. Successfully packing the car with the food to go to the family in our ward, Kate's bread to be delivered and a detailed agenda of how the night would go- I sent Jimmy off to deliver to the appropriate places and then pick up the missionaries.

And then I got a call from Jimmy. A not too thrilled Jimmy.
An oncoming big rig had turned into Jimmy's lane and he had to stop short in order to save his own life. But the soup was not saved. Poor Jimmy got a back full of hot soup. Plus, the interior of his car was drenched. I could tell in his voice that there was no coming back from this.

So, I quickly got off the phone and made all the necessary calls to reschedule everything. Jimmy came home sopping wet and very unimpressed with my idea to do it all. He stopped speaking to me after our short conversation on the phone.  I sent him in for a shower and a nap while warming up some soup for his dinner...


I Like Order

I cooked all day yesterday and today for Mark and Katherine's reception. They had the reception on Sunday afternoon because the vets' would have a hard time making it to the hall two days in a row. The reception was scheduled for right after church. Everything was so sweet. But I have to tell you, it was nice to be in the kitchen. I love my mother-in-law to pieces, but I don't ever want to plan a wedding with her again. I am pretty laid back because I have gotten the scheduling and lists preparing for a wedding down to a science. Our immediate family has done so many weddings that, Jimmy, Kate and I could probably do one a week without batting an eye. That is not a formal wish or request- just saying, that there is some formula to follow. However, my sweet mother-in-law doesn't really like that formula, as prevalent as it might be.
While everyone setting up was running around trying to get every last detail pulled together, I was taking my time and calmly putting together the food. Diana kept coming over and commenting how quiet I was. Apparently I am a very loud person, because she was not the only one to comment on my near silence. Regardless of my lack of speaking, everything turned out great.
We had tons of extra food and lots of happy people- I would count today as a success.


Goal Accomplished!

Our family finished reading the Book Of Mormon today!
Sometimes it is a real struggle to read the scriptures everyday, but I know we are blessed because of it. When we had the foster children, I made a promise with Heavenly Father that we would read the Book of Mormon everyday, pray together everyday and hold weekly family home evening. Things were not perfect with the boys here, we still had struggles. But, I really don't want to know how much worse it would have been if we didn't do those three things. I have to admit, I am a little sad that the boys weren't here to finish the book with us. I think it would have been fun for them to experience that little triumph.

I know this book is true, I am grateful for the peace it brings me. If not for the spiritual aspect, reading the Book of Mormon out loud with Kate everyday has made her a superb reader and taught patience. I will never regret taking time every day with my family to read. We are on to starting the Book of Mormon for the third time! We all tried to guess how many times we would read the book as a family before Kate went off to college. But thinking of that made me too sad so I couldn't pick a number. Kate chose 10. Let's hope, little girl...


A Sweet Love Story

This is Mark and Katherine:
 We have them in the back of the car to take them to the temple. You see, after 20 years of waiting, Mark and Katherine will be married in the temple. Mark is a war vet that lives at the Yountville Vets' Home. My in-laws are the coordinators for the Vets' Home Sunday Services. Those two do a great job really showering the vets with love. When they first starting coordinating, Mark approached them with a request- he wanted to marry his sweetheart. Katherine was Mark's caretaker for 18 years. He desperately wanted to marry her, and she him, but she refused to marry anywhere but the temple. Mark was not a member of the church. But Mark studied the gospel and ending up joining the church a few years ago. And then it was a matter of someone willing to help these two love birds accomplish their dream. Because Mark is an amputee, it makes travel very difficult. Not only did they need a ride, but someone who could help lift Mark in and out of the  vehicle. That's where we come in. We offered to drive the couple to the temple. With Jimmy's training as a nurse, he knew how to properly lift Mark without getting hurt.
 The drive to temple was sweet- but there are no words to compare the way I felt witnessing these two getting sealed for time and all eternity. I was a blubbering mess. The love between these that have waited longer than I've known Jimmy was palpable. I will be forever grateful to have been part of this sweet couple's special day.


Dog watching

On occasion, we watch the neighbor's dog while they are out of town.
We love, love, love to watch Maggie.
Kate and I have been watching the Dog Whisperer TV show, which we thought would make us amazing this go round with Maggie.
To be honest with you, I am pretty sure Maggie's in charge while she's here.
And we love it. At one point, our family had dogs- but I swore I would never do it again. .
But every time we watch Maggie, we always want a dog.
Until just one thing or another happens, I am snapped back into reality.
This week, Miss Maggie needed to go outside so badly that she may have jumped through the window screen. To chase a cat. At 2 am.

Another time, we got a call from the humane society asking us to pick up the dog that had run away- twice.
As much as I like dogs...
We have decided we are really good dog watchers and that's where it ends.


Music to my soul

I LOVE Pandora.
I love turning up the tunes and rocking out in the kitchen.
Because the kitchen is for dancing, you know.
I thought it would be fun to share my list of Pandora stations- you know, so you can judge me....
Because folks, I listen to some weird music sometimes.
This list is exactly what stations I have on Pandora, please feel free to point and laugh at them if you so choose (with a star by the top listened):

80's pop
Today's adult hits
Contemporary Bollywood
90's alternative/grunge
50's rock n' roll*
60's oldies
Golden oldies
Pop rock
C+C music factory
The Beatles
Mandy Moore
En Vogue
Ingrid Michaelson
Amos Lee
Justin Bieber *
Billy Joel
The Hush Sound
Mika *
Garth Brooks
Glee Cast
Lady Gaga
The Platters
Swinging Christmas
Dance Cardio
LDS hymns of worship
Taylor Swift
Jason Mraz
Love Songs
Disney Children's *
Imagine Dragons
Classical Christmas
Country Christmas
Jewel Holiday
Dean Martin Holiday
Lemonade Mouth
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Eric Hutchinson *
Hilary Weeks
The Piano Guys
Spice Girls *
Rod Stewart

After typing these I realized I have a ton of stations... and maybe a slight problem...


'poor me' post

Kate is home from school again today.
Another home bound day for us and the second riding lesson cancelled.
I am sad about that. Tuesdays are the best days. Kate and I love being around the horses.
It has been a hard couple or months for me.
Today, I just felt it all compounded.
I am especially 'poor me' over the fact that my best friend has been gone for two months.
I know that her move was imperative to her family. I am glad she is following God's plan for her. But that doesn't make me miss her any less. I hate that I can't drop by her house on a whim, call for a last minute hike or get a rarely needed hug. We still talk on the phone, but both of us are not really phone conversationalists. It has been hard for me to attend activities without her. Not because I can't talk to any of my other friends- quite the contrary. But, I just miss her experiencing the same things I experience. When you spend time with someone in many different times and places, that's one less thing you need to talk about to be caught up to date.

Once again, I know she is in the right place right now. I just wish where she belonged was closer to me...


Aww man...

I finally took Kate to school today after missing a week and a half of school.
They called and asked me to pick her up.
I just want this poor girl to get better!


Happy Birthday Diana!

It's this lady's Birthday today!
The whole family came over to celebrate.

Kate read a special story and sang a song to Nana as part of her birthday gift:

The birthday girl chose this for her dinner:
spinach salad
barbeque chicken (the kind with mustard and brown sugar- yum!)
roasted red potatoes
haricot vert
chocolate cake

You guys, the recipe for the cake- to die for
The King Arthur Flour company publishes a magazine. This publication gets all the winning cake recipes from each state fair and makes all fifty, then chooses a top recipe. The winner of the nationwide contest is from Utah. I chose to make the top recipe called Masquerade Cake. Holy Crap. It was soooo good. I was a little apprehensive because the recipe required beets. But, man oh man- it was phenomenal. And because I love you all so much, I thought I would grace you with the recipe:

Masquerade Cake
1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) vegetable oil
1 can (15 ounce) sliced beets
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups (6 3/8 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 cup (2 1/4 ounces) cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (4 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon Instant ClearJel
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup (2 ounces) heavy cream, whipped to stiff peaks
3/4 cup (4 1/2 ounces) bittersweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
7 tablespoons (3 1/2 ounces) heavy cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups (8 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line with parchment two 9” square pans.
For the cake: In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the sugar and oil. Drain the beets and reserve 1/2 cup of the juice. In a blender, puree the beets with the reserved liquid. Add to creamed mixture along with the eggs and vanilla. Blend well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt. Add to the creamed mixture and mix for 30 seconds. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, the turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 minutes. Divide between the prepared pans and bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cakes from their pans, peel off the paper and cool completely on rack. Cut each cake in half to make four 9” x 4” strips.
For the filling: Whip the cream until it holds a stiff peak. In a small bowl, mix the softened cream cheese and butter together. In another bowl, whisk together the Instant ClearJel and confectioners’ sugar. Whisk the cream cheese mixture and confectioners’ sugar mixture into the whipped cream in small amounts, alternating between the two until all are added. Chill the filling thoroughly before using.
For the frosting: Melt the chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Add the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
To assemble: Spread the filling on the tops of three of the layers of cake and stack four layers high, topping with remaining cake layer. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours. Remove from refrigerator and frost. Garnish with grated white chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Refrigerate leftovers.
Servings » 16


Mediocre yet fabulous

 After so much time spent at home, my mother-in-law offered to watch Kate so Jimmy and I could go out for a much needed night on the town. As with most dates, we did our standard dinner and a movie. Which is not to say that I don't enjoy other things... but I really love the cliché of dinner and a movie. A lot. Tonight we decided to go see the critically acclaimed movie, Gravity and eat at the Red Hen. In both cases, Jimmy and I were underwhelmed.

I know many people really enjoyed Gravity. I thought the imagery was beautiful. I also felt like the premise had so much potential. But as far as character development, I wanted more. Plus, there was not enough of a break from intensity. and I know the ending was happy, but I only got a second to revel in the triumph before the movie was over! The movie was so intense that I had to sit awhile to restore my pulse back to normal. Jimmy and I thought it was pretty funny that people were milling about in the theater during the credits and nearly ran to the exits when the music started getting intense again. I don't even think people realized that they all did that!

After the movie, we ate at Red Hen, which I hadn't been to in years. The last time I went, I got a pulled pork burrito with green sauce that I just loved. And so, I was dreaming of that meal on our way there. Once we got the menus, I could not find the exact dish I had been dreaming of. I chose the item on the menu that closest resembled what I had remembered. Unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. Our food was so-so.

So, Jimmy and I went and spent the day together experiencing things that were just, eh. But, the time I spent with Jimmy was just fabulous. I think that most married people will agree that sometimes the most memorable times together are when things don't go according to plan. We laughed a lot. Don't get me wrong- I love a kick-butt date with all the bells and whistles. But more than anything I like to share it with Jimmy. It really doesn't matter where we go or what we do. All that matters is that we are together.


A week of co-pays

As most of you know, health insurance has changed quite a bit in the past few years. When I had Kate, it cost a whopping $100. That included a few nights in the hospital and all the extras she needed to be healthy because Kate was born so early. I cannot even imagine how much everything would have cost if we had no insurance. Just in the past two years, our premiums have sky rocketed and the co-pays went from $5 to $85. Also, we are now responsible to pay all tests, x-rays, labs...

We spent a hefty amount this week on Kate's medical care for her pneumonia. Not only did she have multiple appointments, but it just so happened to be my week for a few appointments of my own. In fact, I spent every day of the week at Kaiser for one reason or another.

Even though we spent more than I had expected on care, I spent the time there very grateful for modern medicine. When we were waiting for x-rays, I just ached for my daughter who was crying in pain from coughing. She is not one to complain about pain. Jimmy and I know she is not feeling well if she says so. To see tears dripping from her eyes just about broke my heart. I think all parents would agree that there is no amount they would not pay to help their child. In the midst of this time of Kate's sickness, I have found much to be grateful for. I am so happy that she is well on her way to recovery.


Confessions of a Bored SAHM

What does one do when they are house bound for TWELVE DAYS?
Oh, you know- catch up on ALL the laundry:
Get sick of looking at the laundry room the way it is and gut, clean and reorganize the laundry room:

 Read books:
 Think of how nice the laundry room looked after gutting, cleaning and reorganizing. Decide to wash, rinse, repeat on the office closet:
 Then get this huge pile plus more (not pictured) for donating:
 Think that I might also want to donate some of Kate's books and reorganize her bookshelf:
 Then go to town on her shelves:
 Bake and wrap lots and lots of bread in between all this:
 Administer medicine:
 Make homemade chicken noodle soup:
Make homemade tomato sauce (and pasta!):
And just when I thought I couldn't get any more bored I did a 1,000 piece puzzle
(That is a big puzzle with many tiny GREEN pieces. I hate that color right now)
I need to get out of this house...
p.s.- If I hear another episode of Wizards of Waverly Place in my house, I think I will go insane.


I know I'm weird

Wanna know something that bothers me so.very.much. ?!?!
White noise.
I know that's strange.
It just drives me crazy.
Crazy enough to dedicate a whole blog post to how much it irritates the heck out of me.
We fortunately have two switches in the bathroom.
One to turn on the light. And one to turn on... the fan.
I am a good girl and make sure I turn on the fan during a shower. But I run my naked booty over to that switch the moment I hop out of the shower to turn the fan off. I don't know why I have such an aversion to white noise. It is actually really silly.

Almost as silly as my aversion to:
chalk (my Sunday school class has to write on the board for me) and
wind turbines (If I stare at them too long, I start to have anxiety issues- Jimmy always has to drive to Disneyland.)


I know we're late to the party

But we have really loved watching
Friday Night Lights
Jimmy and I rarely sit down and watch anything together-
it's a near miracle for us to both be hooked on a show.
I love the characters, not so much all the teenage drinking.
If you are a fan, we just saw the episode with this part:
We laughed pretty hard when Tim Riggins kept repeating that statement.
 Jimmy went as far as posting this picture on my computer desktop waiting for me to find it.
He's a funny boy, Jimmy... he does that often- take an inside joke and post it somewhere just waiting for me to discover it. I love it. And I return the favor by jumping out at him when he least expects it...


Patience is a virtue

and darn near impossible to acquire...

Kate had an appointment this morning.
As always, we were 20 minutes early.
Fortunately, they got us in quickly.
Which turns out to be the only early thing done all day.

The doctor took one listen to Kate's breathing and sent us straight to X-Ray. (I know the real term is the radiology department, but seriously- how often do I get to use the letter 'X' ?!)
She told us to come right back to the office after going down to the lab.
Well, we waited in line for an X-ray for over an hour.
Kate was in tears, just sitting on my lap.
It was just a mother's worst nightmare. When the X-ray was finally completed, we returned to the doctor's office...
they were closed for lunch.
We waited for two hours then were finally seen and received a prescription.

Then we waited in another line at the pharmacy.
Which took another hour.
Now I wanted to cry.
In line I kept looking over at my little girl wearing a mask (mandatory), looking like a zombie, weeping and coughing. It was just sad.

By the tie all was said and done, we were at the doctor's office for over 5 hours. That's six episodes of Chopped. Something needs to be done about that.


Hoopla's a good thing

General Conference in The House of Graham is like a holiday. We go all out.
Favorite foods
Fancy jim jams
Games and packets
New journals
Lots of notes
We do not do anything but watch conference- and love it.

Unfortunately the internet went out on Saturday between the morning and afternoon session. It was pretty devastating. That may sound like a pretty steep word to explain my feelings. But I'm telling you, it is appropriate. We PLAN for this weekend. Because Kate was sick we couldn't drive down the hill to watch it at church. The kindly neighbors offered a spot on their couch, but we really didn't want to get their family sick.
In our conversation with the neighbors, the wife said, "Maybe there's a reason you're not supposed to watch it."
How silly. Right?
The reason why we needed to see that session another day is this:
We had a nice enough time watching conference but Jimmy and I were preoccupied with Kate's health. She coughed the whole time and was unable to take notes and do the games and packets. That little girl looks forward to conference just as much as we do. Rather than having a environment buzzing with joy and excitement we were all subdued.
Now, this weekend we are planning on watching the afternoon session we missed.
With all the hoopla.


Mormon X-Mas morning

I saw that saying on  a blog this morning. We call the first weekend of October and April "Mormon X-Mas morning" because we spend the day in jim jams, eat yummy (and usually special) food and watch General Conference. Two things that are a tradition in the House of Graham as far as GC traditions go are: ice cream sundaes and 7-layer dip.
This year, we threw a curveball! Whaaaat?!
That's right! We made 7-layer dip, alright...
Mediterranean 7-layer dip!

'Twas delicious, folks!
red bell pepper
red onion
feta cheese
I got everything from TJ's
And if you want to get all craaazy- throw on some pepperonchinis!
8-layer dip! Is that even possible?!
Instead of tortilla chips, use pita chips for dipping.