Monday, October 29, 2012

Pumpkin No Bake Cookies

Normally I make things once a season 
and then move on to another festive treat.
But this was so yummy that I made an exception.
I just finished making them for the second time.
And allow me just to say that they are 
beyond delicious and highly addicting.

"No Bake Cookies" (which have probably several other names--chocolate, peanut butter, oats) show up in every ward cookbook I own. One book even has the same recipe printed over and over just with different names. And they are great. There is something amazing about chocolate, peanut butter and oats all mixed together. But I found something even better. Seriously! This is a must try!! If I had to describe the Pumpkin No Bake Cookies (I personally call them Pumpkin Quickies but I thought no one would recognize the word quickie)
 I would say it is a pumpkin caramel flavor.

3/4 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. milk
4 t. (1 T. + 1 t.) pumpkin pie spice {a little note... yes that is a lot! I buy it from Winco in the bulk section so it is not very expensive}
1 (3.4 oz) box instant french vanilla pudding {plain vanilla would work}
1 t. vanilla extract
3 1/2 c. quick oats

Melt the butter in a large pan on medium heat. Stir in both sugars. Stir in milk and pumpkin pie spice. (I have to use a whisk to get the spice to combine.) Bring to a boil and then boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat then stir in the pudding mix (yes, the dry mix) and the vanilla extract. Stir in the oats and then let sit for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, line the counter with wax paper. Drop the Pumpkin Quickies onto the wax paper using teaspoons. Let sit overnight to set up--they will set up but it does take a long time! Makes about 50 cookies.

Enjoy and don't forget to share! :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Safety {FHE Lesson}

So remember the story of the Six Little Ghosts that I posted near the beginning of this month? Well, it is finally time to use them on Monday for a Halloween Safety Lesson!!Yeah Baby Bunny's first Halloween is almost here! :)

Opening Song: Choose the Right (Hymn 239)

Opening Prayer:

Scripture: Alma 57:21

Lesson: Read the story "Six Little Ghosts" If the children are old enough (aka Devin is too little... hahaha!), let them move the ghosts while you read. I'm thinking Baby Bunny will just watch though. And if you haven't had time to make the felt ghosts, just print some cute ghosts or draw your own and then color them in!

Activity: Give everyone a copy of "I Can Be Safe This Halloween!" The purpose of this is to draw a picture in the box and then write below explaining how they will be safe. After present each child with a "Halloween Safety Certificate." (Note: both of these are the pictures below. Save each picture to your computer then open it in Word Document and make it the full size of the paper. Then print off the number of copies you need.)

Closing Song: Do What is Right (Hymn 237)

Closing Prayer:

Treats: Make Ghostly Bananas (cut bananas in half then dip in melted white chocolate and add two chocolate chips for eyes) or Ghostly Nutter Butters (same thing but dip the Nutter Butter cookie in melted white chocolate and add chocolate chip eyes) or have hot chocolate with Ghost Droppings (marshmallows). These are just a few of my ghost ideas.... :)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Squished Witches

 This has to be one of my favorite Halloween traditions!
Well... it is a toss up with reading the 6 Little Ghosts.
But every year we would make Squished Witches.
And I think as a little kid the making it was for sure the best part! :)
As an adult, let me just say that Squished Witches are *delicious!*
I'm excited to continue this tradition with Devin now!

1/2 c. spider webs (powdered sugar)
2 c. frog eyes (chocolate chips)
1 can ghost blood (14 oz. sweetened condensed milk)
2 c. squished witches (creamy peanut butter)

Put the spider webs into a large cauldron. Stir in the ghost blood and say "Boo!" While croaking, add the frog eyes. Stamp your feet and add the squished witches. Then stand on one foot and stir everything together. You must repeat your name backwards while stirring. Next drop with black cat paws (teaspoonfuls) onto moon (wax) paper. Chant "Happy Halloween" three times. While shivering, chill the witches for a short time in the cold box (refrigerator). Eat the witches and you will be safe from vampires forever. Count Dracula counts 50-60 witches in the end.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


In a world filled with liking, pinning, and blogging.
Filled with reading statuses, picture gazing, and stalking.
Filled with lists of projects to do, recipes to try, and crafts to impress.
Filled with writing posts, checking comments, and planning what to share next.
In this busy, time consuming world, it is easy to forget what matters most.

It doesn't matter. I don't care about what some odd 800 people are making for dinner everyday. I don't need thousands of ideas for how to entertain a baby. I don't mind if my stats page is low.

I am choosing to spend my time with someone that I can touch in real life, someone that thinks getting his diaper changed is plenty of entertainment, someone that smiles when I say his name.

I am choosing to remember. 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

17 years. 7 months. 5 days.

Do you remember the first time Devin wore this tie?
It was celebrating Casey's First Father's Day.
It is weird to think about how much Devin has changed in 4 months!
And he is preparing to be a missionary; white shirt and tie.
He has 17 years, 7 months and 5 days left until he can serve the Lord full-time.

I just L.O.V.E. seeing my darling two boys together!
(Especially when they are both smiling!)

Devin loves his Daddy! Devin tells him stories and grins in only a way that a dad could understand.

Friday, October 12, 2012

4 Month Checkup

Devin did great at his 4 month checkup.
He loved telling our doctor stories and laughing together.
The doctor said he looked perfect in every way and is developing great!
That is always great news!! :)

He weighs 14 pounds 4 ounces.
(which is 14.33 pounds)
And he is clear up to the 39% for weight.
Considering he started at 5%, he is doing amazing.

He is 25.25 inches long.
And I'm not sure what percentile that is. 
He was measured wrong at his appointment.
From looking at his growth chart though, I would guess that he is around 75%.

His head is 16.4 inches.
Which is the 33%.
His head grew A LOT these past two months.
His circumference percentile has always been in single digits.
He has to have room for all of his brains.

And a few other things that I forgot to record his 4 month data sheet.
He cries every time I turn the blender on.
Any other loud appliance--totally fine.
Blender = screaming.

He has now tried 4 solid foods.
Rice Cereal mixed with Mommy's milk
(in that order)

So far he likes peaches best!!
He doesn't complain or spit them out at all.
Peas are another story.
And he doesn't like plain rice cereal anymore.
It has to be mixed with one of the two fruits he has tried.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Devin's Data: FOUR Months

Weight: I guess 13.5 pounds

Height: I guess 24 inches

Clothing Size: 0-3

Diaper Size: 2 (he out grew 1s fast. I was tired of exploding diapers all the time!)

Milestones: recognizes and responds to Devin and Baby Bunny, eats solids, cries tears, turns to loud sounds, multi-syllable jabbers, puts everything in his mouth, stands while holding on to something, laughs, working on his "pincher" grip with thumb and index finger

Eating: he nurses when he first wakes up then after his nap enjoys rice cereal and bananas. He likes his cereal thick and will eat a lot. He really enjoys bananas and eats about one small/ normal sized banana per day. I have no idea how much cereal he eats or milk from nursing. But before bed normally around 6 oz of expressed milk in a bottle.

Sleeping: Devin is a great sleeper and he sleeps in his crib in his own room. He normally goes down at 9-9:30 then sleeps until 6 on weekdays and 7:30 on weekends (he hears Daddy up getting ready for work on the weekdays and wants to join him). He goes back to sleep for about 2-3 more hours. Then normally three more good naps throughout the day.

Communication: Baby Bunny found his lungs. He screams now and thinks it is hilarious. He also cries big alligator tears (and has the entire past month) and it just melts my heart. He talks ALL the time and always has a story to tell me.

Likes: chewing on his hands, playing with the plastic linking rings, sitting up in his walker, standing (this would be a love!), going for walks and seeing the world, cuddling

Dislikes: when Mommy is working on something else and not giving him my undivided attention, cereal if it is too cold or thin

Nicknames: Baby Bunny, Squawky

Most Memorable Moment(s): eating cereal for the first time and then trying bananas, watching General Conference for the first time, hearing his sweet laugh, standing up against something (laundry basket or couch) by himself

Hardest Part: cleaning up rice cereal--the stuff should be renamed to edible glue!, trying to decide if Devin is still hungry and wants more or if he is full

Lisa's Favorite Part: every morning (seriously every!) I wake up and tell Casey how excited I am because I get to spend the whole day with Baby Bunny. On the weekends I excitedly exclaim that we get to be together as a family the whole day. I don't know how to explain it but this is definitely my favorite part!

Casey's Favorite Part: hearing him laugh and watching him stand up

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Best Part...

The Best part about being a full time homemaker is having the time to make rolls from scratch again.

The Best part about being a full time Mommy is being with Devin the entire day and him helping me make the rolls in the kitchen. His job of keeping me entertained was exhausting...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Six Little Ghosts {Halloween Safety}

This has to be one of my favorite things about Halloween.
Each year the "Six Little Ghosts" would come out to play.
My mom would read the story and my siblings and I thought it was the greatest.
We LOVED putting the ghosts up on the flannel board.
My mom LOVED that it taught us good Halloween Safety Rules.
And even when we got older, we would still beg to get the ghosts out each year.

My mom made hers when she was at BYU studying Elementary Education.
She also made a *fancy* flannel board.
Well... I don't have a fancy flannel board.
Instead I used one of Devin's adorable blankets and draped it over our couch.
Ta-Dah! Instant (and cheap) flannel board.

Then to make the ghosts...
I found a cute ghost clipart I liked somewhere online.
Printed it off and cut it out.
Then traced 6 white ghosts and 1 of each color on to felt.
(For the chocolate chip ghost, I used tan and then drew on "chips")
I just drew random different face on each ghost with a sharpie.

Craft Skill Level: Super Easy
Time to Make: Around 30 minutes

And now for the story.
Seriously this is the best part!
I wanted something cute and festive.
So I retyped my mom's story and added some color and pictures.
A little side note:
I think I figured out how to upload a document to blogger.
It is saved as a picture.
So click on it and then save it to your computer.
Open it in Word and then make the picture full size.
Print. :)

We would do this for FHE every year before Halloween.
Make sure you check out the FHE Lesson Idea!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

One Proud Baby Bunny

Baby Bunny was intrigued with the laundry basket earlier this afternoon while he was helping me fold clothes. I helped him stand up next to it. And he fell in love! He was so proud of himself for being able to stand without Mommy's help!