Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Bizarre and Yummy

We love Halloween at out house.
It is a great time for dressing up and having a really fun time.
One thing I have learned over the years is to make Halloween dinner easy and nutritious because it is that last good thing your kids will eat for days.

I had planned on fixing this dish on Halloween but then realized
that our church was having a "Chili Cook Off" that night.
So I saved it for the following Sunday dinner.
It is very easy and yummy.

First I started with this Black spaghetti I found at Target.
It is Target's store brand, I find that most “Archer Farm's"
things are pretty good quality.

Cook according to the directions on the package.
If you are wondering the black color comes from squid ink.
It tasted like regular spagetti.
I made the sauce the day before and left it in the crock pot for half a day.
I used meat balls. (eye balls)
Italian sausage cooked in the skins then sliced and browned
(One of my daughters calls these pig snouts)
Slices of pepperoni
Sautéed mushrooms
Sliced Olives
A jar of your favorite pasta sauce
(I like the no sugar added with garlic and basil)

Drain and rinse the spaghetti.
If you add a little olive oil to the water

it helps to keep your spaghetti from sticking

Plate up the spagetti. Add your sauce. You now have a meal fit for Halloween.

I also made this Apple Crown cake for dessert.

A week earlyer when I was gone my son Kit, had made a cake that turned out pretty well but it being from scratch is was only at its best that 1st day. So no one wanted to finish it up after the 2 day. Well Sunday morning EM looked undre the cake safe thinking to see the old cake and low and behold there was this new cake. She wondered where Martha was. Now I don't clame to be Martha but this is a really yummy cake and not so hard to make.

EM suggested that I make a Carmelly sauce to put on it.
I know it kind of looks like gravy but believe me it doesn't taste like it.I wanted to show this close up of the cake so you can see the layers of cake and apples.
Also notice Kit ready to dig into his piece. When the kids were little we started a habit that no one takes a bite of desert till the one who made it takes a bite first. Just a polite thing. That way Mom gets to taste it before everyone is done eating it. So you see Kit ready and waiting for me to stop taking pictures and take a bite.
YES it was that good!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Quilt for Madi

I wanted to post this before Madi was born but I didn’t want her mom to see it because it was a surprise. So I am now posting it

Here is the front. This Quilt pattern is called Kansas Troubles.

Madi’s dad is a cowboy from Montana. His mom still lives on the Ranch she raised her children on. Carson would love to move back up there and have a place of his own. I knew that one day Madi will be a cowgirl her self so I wanted to make her a cowgirl quilt. So I collected a lot of pink and brown fabric.
I hunted in several quilt stores to find the novelty cowgirl prints but it was worth it. They really make the quilt. I fussy cut them into about 5 ½ inch squares.

I sewed triangles to all 4 corners. I cut the triangles big enough that I could float the squares. This gives you the illusion of great piecing because you don’t cut off any corners.

I sewed pink fabric on to the brown novelty print and brown on to the light print.
Then I cut strips of both brown and pink. The brown went on the pink and the pink on the brown.

Here I was trying to decide if I would try and put small fussy cuts in the corners.

I nixed this idea and went with the half square triangles.
I really liked the effect better. Close up of the quilting.

For the backing of the quilt I didn't want to go and buy more fabric. (I was in a hurry to get this done; Rachel was trying to have the baby early) So I used up all the left over fabric and unused fabrics. Note the pink fabric with the saddles that didn't make it into the front.

Well Rachel was suspecting a quilt. What can I say her mother is a quilter.

But she loved it and that makes it all worth it.

It was very fun to make and now

Madi will be encercled with love from her Grammie.

Monday, November 12, 2007

The Call

My son Kit just received a mission call to serve in Sacramento California for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He will be teaching the Spanish speaking people there. We are very pleased with his decision to serve a 2 year mission. He has been a wonderful boy to raise, but now he is a man and is doing the right thing. I am so grateful for the honor I have had as being his Mom. It will be hard to have him gone for 2 years. I don’t think I like the idea of an empty nest. EM is still here but we almost never see her any more. We want our children to grow up and go out into the world and be successful but we sure do miss them when they do. I have found with raising 7 children that once they lHave left home once they are never really home after that. They may come home to visit, or even to live for a while. But they have changed and are more like a roommate and less like a child.

So Kit we are very pleased with you and are glad you have made this choice.

“Remember Who You Are” and

“Return with Honor”.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


I have a new little Grandbaby.
Her name is Madilyn Avery Hatch.

She was born October 20th 2007

9 lbs, 1 oz

19 inches long

(2 days later she was 21 inches long)

EM and I drove 17 hours to stay with Rachel after Madi came.
It was very wonderful to be able to spend a whole week holding Madi
and helping Rachel get used to being a new mom. Madi is her 1st baby

New babies come into the world so inocent, wounderful and wrinckley!

Since Madi was such a big baby she was a very good baby. I have found that big babies are less fussy, they eat well, and sleep well. Their little tummy's are bigger and can hold more so they are satisfied longer.

All I can say is that she was wonderful.

Welcom to the world Madi!

Madi's Mom wanted to have her 3 weeks early and called to tell me that she was hurting so bad and had been walking all day to try to get the baby to come and was at the hospital cuz this had to be labor. I wished her well and told her to call me if they decided to keep her there.
After I got off the phone I remembered that Kit was scheduled to get his wisdom teeth out that Friday. So I called Rachel back and told her that she was just going to have to go home and wait because I could only take care of 1 sick kid at a time and Kit was scheduled 1st.
Well they kept her at the hospital for a few hours and then told her to go home and get some rest. They gave her a sleeping pill. I thought that was nice of Madi to wait so that I could come and help out after she was born.

Kit after the Wisdom teeth came out.

He has a great Rice Bag made by his Aunt Lucy of My Byrd House. It is a long bag made of cotten fabric filled with rice. It is in a fun slip case (like a pillow case) that can be removed easly and washed. You put the rice bag in the microwave for 2 minutes and that it makes a great heat pack. Kit lived it and it really helped to reduce the swelling.