Sunday, October 30, 2011

Dress up time

Wikipedia: Halloween (or Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday observed on October 31, which commonly includes activities such as trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carvingjack-o'-lanternsbonfiresapple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. Hal·low·een

 [hal-uh-ween, -oh-een, hol-]  Show IPA
the evening of October 31; the eve of All Saints' Day; Allhallows Eve: observed especially by children in costumes who solicittreats, often by threatening minor pranks.

Mean Girls: "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it"

No matter how you define it, Halloween is a holiday when children are adorable and adults look ridiculous. It spans a whole weekend and then some. Some girls dress sexy, and some just wear the costume their mom made them when they were 7 (see the black widow below). Happy Halloween weekend friends.

   The roommates putting our costumes together about 5 minutes before we left. We have a cat on the left and Charlie Chaplin on the right

And then there's a ninja 

 Evan, pretty injured at SLC Photo Collective

 Gaddafi never looked better

 Ferris Beuller 


My friends are in this great band called Gossip Ghoul. They play only Halloween inspired music. Nothin' better than that.

This is when I busted out the old black widow costume. Fits like a glove, 15 years later. 

Everyone participating in Gossip Ghoul

Great group of kids in this picture [circa January 2010]

 Me and Ev boat, waiting to jump start his car

What was your costume this year?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Pumpkin carving and Apple press

We are a happy family

How rare is it to live in a house of 6 girls who actually enjoy each other's company? In this house, we are a family. We went to the store last week and made a delicious dinner for Alaina's birthday. Tortilla soup, soft tacos, guacamole, salsa and chips. Yum.

Introductions starting at the left: Anna, Jelissa, Malorie (not a roommate but we still like her), Magen, Janelle, myself, and Alaina.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling


  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup Pure Pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)


  1. PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 15 x 10-inch pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour the paper. Sprinkle towel with powdered sugar.
  2. COMBINE flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts.
  3. BAKE for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.
  4. BEAT cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smo
    oth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired. (I decided to spread the extra cream cheese frosting I had over the pumpkin roll).

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

All things are fall things

Loving October for apple cider

and for cooked pumpkin seeds

And for carving pumpkins

I want fall to last forever :)