29 October 2010
28 October 2010
Halloween was always a big deal for me growing up. My mom was a seamstress and she made costumes for my sister and me every year... beginning our first Halloween when we were (STILL) in the hospital (a year later we were featured on the October issue of the Neonatal magazine wearing our costumes she made us!). Once I got to college I somehow lost the spirit of halloween when girls started dressing in as little as possible and the holiday became just another excuse to get ridiculously drunk. Halloween was no longer fun for me and, well, my mom wasn't around to through the best parties like she used todo when I was little. So the past few years I've never been in the mood to find a costume because, let's face it: it was never as good as the one my mom made for me.
27 October 2010
3 cups 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (*I didn't use)
2 cups solid pack pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil (*I used 1 cup butter)
1/2 cup and chopped walnuts (optional) (*although readily available here, I used raisins instead)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (*I used 3 to add more flavor and b/c I didn't use nutmeg)
3 cups white sugar
2/3 cup water
26 October 2010
Saw a giant turkey... seriously. This photo doesn't do it justice. It's HUGE.
25 October 2010
The first time my sister and I visited Bette and Paul in Pennsylvania we were 12 years old. Our language consisted of a lot of "uh huh"'s and "unh-unh"'s. Paul pointed that out to us and ever since then it kind of became a joke when we were talking to him. Now I have realized this has gone further than BearDance because at dinner tonight my host dad corrected me and said that we do not say "uh-huh", we say, "da" (yes), and we do not say "unh-unh," we say, "nu" (no).
I quickly became aware of how often I was not responding appropriately (although that is slightly different when asked a question when food is in your mouth!!)... and I couldn't believe just how often that was really happening.
Uh-huh, it's time to start speaking with words. No more of this miming and "I speak like a 3 year-old" business. :)
24 October 2010
Regardless, here are some pictures!