3rd Annual Hallows Eve Dessert Party

 Wednesday, October 31, 2012

This past Sunday James and I hosted our 3rd Annual Hallows Eve Dessert Party! This party holds meaning for us because it is where we first "met" and talked to each other 2 years ago. This cute guy came to the Halloween dessert party that my roommates and I were hosting. I approached him because he was cleaning our dishes for us! So sweet. We have been friends ever since :) 
First Hallows Eve Dessert Party on Sunday, October 31, 2010
Here's James haha
Second Annual Hallows Eve Dessert Party on Sunday, October 30, 2011
 The Decor
 To Die For Pumpkin Cream Cheese Brownies. Seriously, here is the recipe
 James loves candycorn.
 James also loves these amazing pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. Recipe. You are welcome.
 Very yummy Browned Butter Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats. Added orange food coloring. Recipe.
 Cute Halloween plates.
 Love my tiny pumpkin! It's actually a gourd. 
 Halloween printables here and here.
 Cutest thing ever. Rex walks in on his daddy's shoulders and grabs our fall leaves decoration on our front door. When he was done eating it there was drool everywhere...I had to snap a pic because he's so cute!
 Nicole made tasty Swamp Water for us! It's actually a tasty mix of limeade and pineapple and other goodness.
 The dessert table.
 Jenna made eyeballs, bones, and witches' brooms. The eyeballs were SOOO good! 
 Whitney made these cute mummy oreos! 
 Kate made super cute halloweeny rice krispie treats! 
 Some of the party. James is so cute.
 Some of the girls chattin'.
 Some of the cute kids. 
 Silly Tester Picture of the Group! 
Adam & Kate, Jake & Hailee, Bobby & Jessica (holding Kate & Adam's baby Elliott), Than & Ixchel & Rex, Jenna & Luke & Eliza, Chad & Nicole & Taylee, Trevor & Whitney & Claire, Kent & Cim, and James & Chels.
 Thanks everyone for coming! 
My sweet hubby and me. Happy Halloween! 
p.s. i realize i said the word "cute" a lot in this post. Sorry but I just think Halloween doesn't have to be scary, it can be CUTE!!!


Arizona State Fair

Last Saturday James and I went to the Arizona State Fair! We went with Than & Ixchel and had a blast eating Fair food, riding the Ferris wheel, and petting the animals in the horticulture exhibit. This was my first time at a state fair. Unfortunately I never went to the Texas State Fair when I lived there. James has been to the Utah State Fair, but I didn't go to that either when I lived in Utah. The Fair was crowded, noisy, smelled of grease, and full of bright lights. Doesn't sound very fun, but we made it fun :) Ixchel and I even hid from our husbands in the horticulture exhibit and sneaked up on them (except James claims he knew we were hiding from them and following them the whole time). We couldn't stop giggling like a couple of little girls haha. We rode was one of the largest traveling Ferris wheels in the world. La Grande Wheel is 15 stories high! Here are some pictures to tell our story at the Fair.
 Delish Navajo Tacos for me. It was a requirement for James to eat a smoked turkey leg!
 Navajo Tacos for Ixchel & smoked turkey leg (gone) for Than.
 Deep fried goodies. The Fairbanks had fried twinkies and I had fried Oreos.
 La Grande Wheel.
 Love him.
 Haha cute you guys.
 Haha Than's face in this one.
 At the top of the Ferris wheel.
 James and I kinda love Ferris wheels.
 Snapped this pic at the top of the Ferris Wheel.
 Oh you know, just petting a llama! They are so furry!
 James pets a cute baby goat.
Thanks goat for posing with me! 
The whole time I was at the Fair I couldn't stop thinking about the part in the kids movie Charlotte's Web when the rat, Templeton, sings about all the "good" food at the Fair. fair is a veritable smorgasbord! This video brings back childhood memories! 

After the Fair we saw the movie Chasing Mavericks. It was a really great movie, based on a true story about a California surfer who survived one of the biggest waves on earth. We really enjoyed this movie! We recommend it!
That was our Saturday for ya! 


Girls Night Out

 Sunday, October 21, 2012

Poor James and the medical student hubbies! This past week they have been studying for 4 tests (Monday, Thursday, Monday, Wednesday). The wives of these med students decided to get together for a Girls Night Out! Dinner at Jason's Deli with complimentary soft serve ice cream helped us survive this weekend while our hubbies were studying in the 24 hour study room at school. We had three Jason's Deli customers ask us about our shirts...
Claire & Whitney, Ixchel & Rex, Jenna & Eliza, Nicole & Taylee
 Cute Taylee!
We love our hubbies but thank goodness for Girl's Night Out!


General Conference Weekend

 Sunday, October 7, 2012

It's that time of year again! James and I enjoyed watching General Conference this weekend. We made cinnamon rolls and snacked on M&M's (my childhood tradition) while we listened to the words of the prophets. Of course I have too many favorite talks to name here, but let me just say four things I loved about this conference:
1. Young men who have graduated high school and are able and worthy may now serve a mission at age 18 and young women who are worthy can serve at age 19! 
~President Thomas S. Monson
2. I am a Mormon! I know it! I live it! I love it! 
~ Anne M. Dibb
3. "Lovest thou me?" "Yea Lord, thou knowest that I love thee." "Do you love me?" "Yea Lord, we do love thee." 
~Jeffrey R. Holland
4. "Stop the boys on the bikes!" "Ask the missionaries! They can help you!" 
~Russell M. Nelson
Ann Dibb October 2012 Talk:  I'm a Mormon.  I know it, I live it, I love it.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior and Redeemer. President Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God. The Book of Mormon is true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was and is restored to the earth by the prophet Joseph Smith. To watch conference or learn more about the church, please visit www.lds.org or www.mormon.org
For tonight's dinner I cooked Easy Crockpot Mexican Chicken. It was yum!
Put frozen chicken in the crock pot (I used 3 boneless chicken breasts)
Put 1 8oz pkg Cream cheese on top of the chicken.
Dump in 1 can Black Beans (make sure they are drained & rinsed!!!)
Dump in 1 can drained corn.
Dump in 1 can Rotel.
Cover & cook in your Crock Pot on low for 6-8 hours.
Every 2 hours, I stir the ingredients.
You can shred the chicken when it is done, or just leave it as tenderloins.
I served it with rice and tortilla chips. (I poured mixture on top of rice and blended it together, then used tortilla chips to dip it up. James just crushed the tortilla chips on top and ate it like a taco salad.)

Happy General Conference to everyone! James and I are looking forward to this "holiday" next April!


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