I took some pictures.

And you can look at them.
(This is my brother, his fiancé and her son. They are getting married this Thursday, SQUEE! I'm so excited to have a new sister-in-law and nephew!)



Yes, they really are this good looking in real life. Good thing I really like them, or it would be really hard to be around them. Really, really.


I make good pies.

No really, I do!
I made a pecan pie and a coconut cream pie for Thanksgiving at my sister-in-law's house in Colorado. I've made both of them before, with varying results.
The pecan pie is this one, courtesy of Pioneer Woman. I first made it a year or two ago, and it did not turn out well. The filling never set. The top layer of chopped pecans and gooey caramel was delicious but the inside? Syrup. This time, I fiddled with the cooking times, leaving the foil on for 40 minutes, taking it off for about 20 minutes, and finishing it off for a final 10 minutes with foil around the edges. And behold, it set without the edges burning!
The coconut cream pie is from America's Test Kitchen and it's a no fail for me. I think I've made it three times, and each one turned out wonderful. (Yeah, that link totally will not work if you don't have a membership with them. Very annoying.)
But, there are no pictures of these pies.
I didn't really take any pictures over Thanksgiving, besides a family group shot that is not that exciting. So no pictures for you, just a promise that the pies were delicious. As was the homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest, also a Test Kitchen recipe (I have their binder cookbook, a very wise Costco purchase a couple years ago).
Be sure and ask me for the recipes for next Thanksgiving!



I just found this:
Owl Lover 2011 Calendar
You get to choose which illustration you'd like for each month, then download a calendar file. It prints four months to an 8.5x11 page. Mine turned out so cute!


You are too normal to do this.

I love music. LOVE IT. But I am very particular about what I will listen to: NO country, no American Idol singers except sometimes Kelly Clarkson (okay, maybe not even her), extreme limits on the hair bands and 80s stuff. 
And, up until now, pretty much no LDS music. Not even Mo Tab. It just isn't my style of music, apologies to those who love it. I usually find something wrong with the song, whether it be the tempo, the singing, the over-produced sound of the music, the fact that it's a keyboard pretending to be a piano and a drum machine instead of real drums ... gah! I think my blood pressure is rising just thinking about it.*
But then, I was introduced to Scott Wiley. Well, not actually to him (wait, I did meet him briefly once, but at this point I hadn't), but to the music he produces. His album, Nearer, came out, and I read about it here, and voila, I had Sunday music.
And then, AND THEN ... I heard about The Lower Lights. One video, and I was hooked. And I waited impatiently for the album. I endured to the end! And I bought my album the day it came out. Wouldn't have been surprised if it was the hour it came out.
A whole bunch of musicians? Playing hymns the way they want? With MULTIPLE BANJOS? Yes, please. And now Sunday (who am I kidding, every day) is filled with this music.
I forced the entire family down to Provo to see them in the Rooftop Concert series. It was late, it was far (hour and a half one way) (oh, and the traffic! a BYU game, methinks?) and I really started doubting if it was a good idea, but I couldn't back down. I am so glad I didn't. It was wonderful, especially for Little B and me.
Afterward, Little B and I met several of the Lower Lights members:
With Debra Fotheringham and Cherie Call

With Ryan Tanner
Oh, how I wish taken pictures when he met Scott Wiley, Paul Jacobsen and Mindy Gledhill!
We're going with friends to their concert on November 20 and I can't wait.
So here's the dilemma, my friends. I want this band to succeed! Because I want them to make more albums for me for everyone! But I also want them to stay "my band" — you see my issue?
When something is starting out, you have the chance to feel like you are a part of it. And their Provo concert really allowed me to feel part of it.
So, apologies those who have musical skill and are actually members of The Lower Lights; I promise not to sing loud enough to be heard (you are so very welcome!) and I won't try to play any instruments (my piano is barely good enough for Relief Society, and I just don't think I could rock the tambourine better than Cjane), but I'm a part of your group.**

*Yes, I drive B nuts with this. Heck, I drive myself nuts!
**Oh, and Little B's in, too. He can be the group comic book artist. Doesn't every band need one?


We tried to take pictures ...

... but someone was on one.
I am baby, hear me roar?
What's that? Is that the camera? Huh?
We did make friends with a ladybug.
Things I like today:
This pattern for newborn pants. They really are so easy to make and a great use of old shirts or fabric pieces that just aren't big enough for anything else.
I made chicken pockets from Mad Hungry and man, were they good! I'm excited to try more recipes.


  • November appears to have sneaked up on everyone. I've ready many, many blog posts that say, "Can you believe it's November already?!?" "November already?" "Is it really November?"Yes, yes it is. I think this happens at the beginning of every month. 
  • Except maybe March. Seems like February lasts forever, especially in Utah. It's usually pretty gross outside, with dirty snow and lots of mud. So people will say, "It's finally March!" and "I'm so glad February is over!"
  • November did not sneak up on me. I knew it was coming. It was a natural progression. And I use a calendar, so when all the days of October were marked off, I knew it would be November. No sneaky months here. 
  • The Bean took a little step tonight. She is almost 15 months and not walking. Little B and J were both walking within a couple weeks of their first birthdays. Am a little weirded out by how long she's taking, but I'll get over it. 
  • Unless it's a serious problem. Thank heavens she took a step tonight! Now I can freak out over other things at 3 a.m.
  • I'm going to this concert. I saw them when they played the free Rooftop Concert Series. We hauled all the kids down there and even though J was EXHAUSTED and spent most of the concert laying on a blanket on the ground, everyone else loved it. Hey, perhaps another post I'll actually talk about that concert! And mention the new one!
  • You know, I want The Lower Lights to do well, of course, so they keep playing and putting out albums (I think I'm ready for another one) but there's also part of me that doesn't want them to do too well, because I want to still be able to go up to them after their shows and make an idiot of myself. That would be hard to do if their entourage and security detail gets big, due to their incredible fame. 
  • Although, now that I think about it, there are few things that prevent me from making an idiot of myself. That's a comforting thought. 
  • People, I love the banjo. And the piano. I love the banjo and the piano when they are used unexpectedly. And in bluegrass that isn't too bluegrassy. But not country. Never. Country.
  • The end.



We did some decorating.
I painted these canvases using images I found on the internet. The Frankensteins are outlines from the actual movies. The witch if from Martha, with the nose changed a bit.
This was purchased from a local farmer. Everyone thinks it looks like a regular pumpkin that was deflated somehow!
 Our kitchen table. I can't explain all the mustaches.
Left to right, J's pumpkin, Little B's, and my white one.
 J grew these tiny pumpkins in our garden. In fact, we got about 25 mini pumpkins. It was our most successful plant!