Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! We had a great day today.

Jimmy and his dad did their weekly trip to Maggie's Buns for breakfast this morning, and then, when I meandered out of bed (Saturday is the blessed day when I get to SLEEEEEEP), Jimmy and I got to work on some caramel apples.

We added chopped up Reese's Peanut Butter Cups to some

And sprinkles to the rest!

After J's nap, we got him into his costume and got ready to go to the Forest Grove Downtown Trick or Treat event. In case you're puzzling over his costume, he went as an elephant and Itsy Bitsy went as a circus peanut (thank you Traci for the funny baby bump idea!).

The downtown event was SO fun. I think that every single resident of Forest Grove was there. Most of the merchants participated, handing out candy, and, in some cases, little ads for their businesses.

Jimmy had a ball, piping up with "Trick a Treat! Thank you!!" in his sweet little voice.

I'm serious - there were a lot of people.

Even folks' dogs got into the act.

J's bucket was so heavy, he kept having to switch hands, but he did NOT want his Daddy or I to carry it for him. :)

There were a few scary costumes, but did those phase the boy? Nope. It was the clown that made him nervous.

One piece of candy in the car before supper. He was thrilled.

After supper, we got everything ready for the mass of trick or treaters we get every year. These two bowls held 20 pounds of candy, and it is now GONE.

Jimmy was impatient to do a little trick or treating of his own.

"Oh, pleeeeease Mother? Can't we go?"
"Not 'til it's almost dark, kid"

It was a perfect night for it. Cloudy and cool but not cold.

One of the J-bird's great thrills in life is ringing doorbells. I think he enjoyed that almost as much as getting the loot.

We walked our neighborhood and one street over, then headed back home. Here are the boys, sorting the loot.

"Come on, Mama! Can't I have more than three choices?"
"No way, kid. You'll rot your teeth."

(PS. Daddy gave him more...stinker)

It really was a fun day.

Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Pumpkin Carving

Just one this year. Being pregnant makes me even more "texture sensitive" than normal, and carving even just this one made me gag a little (the guts...buh). Jimmy wanted a funny face - he's easily "scaiwed" these days, so funny it is!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Pumpkin Pie Bread

Pumpkin Pie Bread

My friend, Traci started a recipe site, and this is a copy of my post over there.
I got this recipe from AllRecipes and modified it slightly, based on what I had (or didn't have) in my pantry.

The ingredients are:

Bowl 1:

3 & 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground Cloves
1/2 teaspoon grated Nutmeg
(you can use pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, but I didn't have any)
1 teaspoon Salt

Bowl 2:

3 Cups White Sugar
1 Cup Vegetable Oil
4 Eggs
15 oz. Pumpkin Puree
1/2 Cup Water

A very short sous chef is handy, but not required.

Step 1: Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
I don't own a sifter, so I use this fine mesh strainer.

Step 2: In a separate bowl (mixer, if you have one), beat together sugar, oil, eggs and pumpkin.

Step 3: Once it's well beaten...

...alternate adding some of the flour mixture

with adding some of the water (mix in between).

You should end up with a nice batter.

Step 4: Grease and flour two loaf pans. I like to add a little cinnamon to the flour when flouring pans for something like this.

Step 5: Evenly divide the batter between the two pans, and, if you feel like it, tap some more cinnamon out onto the tops.

Step 6: Bake for 60-70 minutes at 350F or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Yum!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Itsy Bitsy at 4 Months

I had my four month appointment on Friday, which was nice and uneventful. We chose a new doctor this time, and we're SO happy with her! She listens and is really receptive and takes all the time we/I want to take to talk about how things are going and how "the plan" is shaping up. It's much more relaxed and natural than last time, which is wonderful - pregnancy is not a big crisis!! Women have been doing this since time began! I'm far enough along to hear the baby's heartbeat with a Doppler - it was 145, and my appointment for my next ultrasound is set. That's when we'll learn that we're set for baby clothes or that we'll have to replace a lot of blue with more feminine colors (I can't stand the idea of only pink...). I've started to feel movement over the last week or so, and that's fun. The excitement has been a slow build with this one, since I've been through pregnancy before and since it happened so fast this time (it took 15 months to catch our Jimmy boy). Didn't help that I was so sick at first. Anyway, we're all thrilled that Itsy Bitsy is on his or her way. It'll be an adventure, but if there's one thing this family is up for, it's a little adventure...most of the time. ;)

Friday, October 23, 2009

"My Baby!!"

Jimmy had a friend over the other day who is preparing for the birth of his little brother by taking care of a toy "baby", which he loves - it's very sweet. Anyway, since then, Jimmy has gotten VERY attached to this stuffed giraffe from the toy chest. He's had it forever, but now it is, you guessed it, his "baby" (as in, " BABY!! My BABY!!!"). He decided to name it Nini, and Nini required a dish of her own for pretzels at the lunch table (it's that, or wash Nini after every meal, as he was TRYING to make her "eat" his peanut butter and jelly sandwich...forcefully). I'll have to explain to him later that one does not generally feed a baby by shoving its head into the dish, but...this'll do for now. ;)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall In Our Neighborhood

Jimmy and I went on a walk today, so we could look at all the changes in our neighborhood, now that Fall is here.

I took pictures, he took a little bag for all the interesting leaves and rocks he might find.

One of the last roses. It still amazes me how late they bloom here. Last year, I had roses blooming in December when it snowed!

Abandoned nest

Stopping to stomp in a puddle. The bag was starting to fill up!!!

Who was it who said that your main view of your children from the time they can walk is of the backs of their heads? I know it's a metaphor for letting go,'s true.

All the leaves J collected.

And what we did with them!

He's very proud of his art.

As you can see! Happy Autumn!