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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bountiful Baskets and Trying New Stuff

Have you tried some new kind of food lately?
We have! Lots actually!
Since becoming part of Bountiful Baskets here, we have enjoyed trying some new things that we would most likely never have tried otherwise. It is interesting to find out what new thing we might be exposing ourselves to each week we pick up our basket. Things like parsnips, Asian pears, persimmon, collard greens... these would never have hit my dining room table. Some simply because I didn't know about them, some I have eyed up in the grocery store, but honestly, I probably never would have spent the money. We have also learned that we love California oranges right now! I didn't even know oranges  grew anywhere except Florida!

And so, I challenge you to try something new this week. Something that has caught your eye and may be interesting to you! Tell me about what you try. Maybe we will try it too!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Trimming and Gallup

I had to do a little trimming of the bushes here...
who knew stuff GREW in the desert!
Well, let me just tell you that it does! And at alarming rates no less!
 We took a trip to Gallup, New Mexico with Mr. Cookie.
Here is some of the breath-taking view we enjoyed during the trip:

 The pictures cannot take the place of the real thing,
but they are still beautiful!

 This one is Mr. Cookies favorite:
How did that form!? On a curve with all of it's layers!
Crazy I tell you!!
 We had a great time at the hotel of course! We met lots of Grandma's and Grandpa's and watched "Dancing with the Stars" for the first time. It was GREAT! I think we are going to try to remember to watch it...
 We were fascinated by the mirror on the ceiling of the elevator!
LOL!! Fun, fun!
 The girls LOVE swimming! Great excercise too!
The elevation in Phoenix is 1,072 feet.
 The elevation in Window Rock (our actual destination)
was 8,546 feet.
 Talk about a climb!
That's 7,474 feet UP!!
There is 5,280 feet in a mile, so, we went up 1-1/2 miles!
And ear-popping!! LOL!
 On another note, my sweet sister sent me this gift:
 It goes perfectly with the decor here in the kitchen.
And what is says goes perfectly with my life!
Thanks Sister!
We got home late on Wednesday, brought the kids to AWANA,
and went to bed.
Thursday morning I dropped Mr. Cookie off at the airport to come see all of you.
Wish we were all coming home to visit too!

Love and Miss Everyone,

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Oreo Cookie made an egg white omelet for breakfast - yum!
She really likes to cook eggs and is trying new stuff with them now. :-)
I was nervous about trick-or-treating here and I am trying to celebrate less Halloween and more Fall Harvest, so, we found a trunk-or-treat at a local church here. Here is our trunk:
We enjoyed walking around and seeing the other trunks and placing our votes for our favorite one.
The girls and I dressed up. Butterscotch Chip was Cleopatra (someone she has studied in school), Oreo was a beautiful princess vampire, Chocolate Chip was a fabulous blue princess (she came up with the costume herself), I was an old time maiden, and Mini Chip was a sugar snap pea!! CUTE!!!
We met lots of wonderful people!
We then went to my brother Nate's for pizza and cheesecake. It was great fun!
Nate and his friend played the girls in pool and in foosball, which they LOVED!