Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trunk-or-Treat!

Last night our church had a trunk or treat, essentially an excuse for kids to still get candy because they don't want to go trick-or-treating on Sunday. Adults (including Cam and I) give out candy from the back of our cars, which are often decorated. Ours just happened to be the coolest, no seriously, children told us that:
But that's not all. We made our very own soundtrack of scary animal noises that we had play from the car speaker (with silences in between) so kids wouldn't see it coming. THEN we didn't just give out candy, we made kids reach into the monster's mouth, "The candy is in his mouth, you'll have to reach in if you want it..." (then he would snarl). He he he. Some of the older kids had no problem:
Our favorite though were the small children who just stared at the huge teeth. Sometimes we would pick up a piece and hold it between two of his teeth and the small child would come snatch it and run away.

We didn't have to worry about anyone taking too much candy though... none of the children wanted to reach in twice.
Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Drive Time

I've mentioned before my new job that I love- and the part that I don't love, that is the 45 minute commute. Well, I've actually come to at least tolerate my commute, and I owe this entirely to podcasts and my new ipod smart playlists.

On the way to work I got so sick of all the morning talk shows that I made a smart playlist called "my morning show." It consists of the next three chapters of the Book of Mormon which I got in audio from lds.org. After that,
the rest of the way to work I listen to a podcast called Book of Mormon Round Table Discussions by the BYU department of ancient scripture. Although I was nearly turned off by the fact that their album cover is in papyrus, I've learned some really interesting stuff from their discussions, and it's much easier to be nice to other people in traffic while I'm listening to it. You can get them free on itunes.

On the way home, I have a smart playlist that randomly pulls up one of the following podcasts:

Stuff you missed in history class (thanks for the recommend Lizzy) - a really interesting podcast on historical topics, but done by two really funny girls who are in tune with pop culture, and are very good at making topics relevant.

Freakonomics radio - A well put together podcast by some economists who explore questions like, "what could the educational system learn from pandora radio." Although I don't always agree with his conclusions, it's very thought provoking.

NPR's On the media (thanks Paige) - A behind the scenes look at media, how it effects culture, and other nerdy things that those of us in the media find interesting about ourselves.

If you've never tried podasts, I recommend giving them a shot. They're free, and I found I like them much better than spending my entire commute listing to radio djs and commercials. I also get to learn new things everyday, which pretty much rocks.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Modest Fashion

There is a girl here in portland who is a friend of a friend who I recently learned about and really admire. She is a Christian, a little younger than me, and for the past 5 years has designed and managed her own clothing line of modest fashions. I think it's fantastic how someone so young can accomplish things like this (it makes me question what I've accomplished really). Her designs are absolutely adorable, very vintage-chic.

Anyway, the point of my post: she's decided to peruse other opportunities right now, so she's selling off all the adorable things in her online store. There is some way cute stuff in there, so I thought you would all like to know (And also because the black&white coat I want she only has large left, so I figure if I can't enjoy it, someone should.) For sure don't miss the dresses-I love her descriptions of them (and I would like opinions on the black Lucy Dress).

Also, if you're looking for an interesting read, her blog, musings of an empowered traditionalist is great.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Vegetarian week 2

This was week 2 of our vegetarian experiment. Just like last week it had some more great meals and discoveries including:
  • Mushrooms. I always thought of them as a garnish, but they hold their own too! (apparently 5 mushrooms have more potassium than an orange).
  • Kale. Good for you, but we still haven't discovered a great way to prepare it. We tried baking as chips, but the aftertaste left something to be desired.
Our three favorite meals this week:
  1. Crockpot corn chowder- an old favorite, but with cabbage instead of bacon this week.
  2. Broccoli Cauliflower bake- Yum, and I'm not a huge cauliflower fan.
  3. Golden Mushroom Pasta- with mushrooms substituted for the usual chicken.

Broccoli-Cauliflower Bake

4 cups broccoli florets

3 cups cauliflower florets

1 can cream of mushroom soup

3 oz. cheese

1 tbsp onion

1⁄2 tsp. dried basil, thyme, or marjoram

3⁄4 cup soft bread crumbs

1 tbsp. butter or margarine melted


In large saucepan, cook broccoli and cauliflower in boil- ing water 6-8 minutes or until almost crisp-tender. Drain and remove from pan. In same saucepan combine soup cheese, onion, and seasoning. Cook and stir until bubbly. Stir in the cooked vegetables. Transfer to casserole dish. Combine bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle over mixture. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until heated through.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Vegetables are good (for you)

Inspired about 50% by the realization that a tomato and head of lettuce between the two of us should not count as our vegetables for two weeks, and about 50% by a desire to not spend so much of my grocery budget on chicken and ground turkey, Cam and I decided we were going to try being Vegetarian for two weeks.

We're a week in now- and so far it's been fun to try some new things. Here is our menu from the last week:

Sunday:Vegetarian Lasagna- yum! turned out nicely
Monday: Vegetarian Lasagna (it was that good...and big)
Tuesday: Oriental salad
Wednesday: Salisbury Steak (so we're not going cold turkey, so what?)
Thursday: Pasta Salad
Friday:Spinach and cucumber wraps

Things we've learned:
  • You can survive on vegetables
  • I remembered how much I like cucumber
  • Cabbage is actually good for you! Who knew? We both thought it was nutritionally void like iceberg lettuce, but turns out it's ridiculously good for you.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Forest Grove

We decided it's about time you all had the welcome tour to Forest Gro:
Like I've said before, we love how very unconventional things are here. (Yes, the basket is being used as a planter).
We just wanted to share with you a few of our favorite things about Forest Grove, for example, did you know that it is home of the world's largest barbershop pole?
I guess everyone has to be the best at something, right?

It also has lots of fantastic pieces of art. For example, this bronze statue of a man outside the library that makes me jump every time I pass it late at night.
What paper is he so engaged in? None other than the renowned:
(Can you imagine the naming committee? ..Let's call it the 'News' no, the 'Times'...)

We also love the cement plant on our block.
And my favorite house next to the cement plant. Is it just me, or does this 3rd story outside access detached room look like it was once the slave quarters?

Last but not least... When you know you're not great, but you're not that bad either, you should probably be honest about it, right? The Pole is in the way, but this is OK Floral.
Cameron was concerned you would all think we scoured the town for this stuff... It's actually all within about 3 blocks of us.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Don't Shoot your eye out!

...At least not this weekend.

Why?

Because Cameron and every other optometrist in the Western United States will be at an optometry conference. Which makes this a bad weekend to go try out your new Official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shoot range model air rifle, because... well, there won't be anyone around to help if an incident occurs.

Try to stay away from those icicles too!