Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

Even though our plans for the weekend changed (due to an unexpected funeral and horrible weather conditions) we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The kids ended up with a full week of vacation because we had two snow days so we had some great family-time playing games and watching movies together. On Thanksgiving we shared our usual yummy meal with my niece Katie and her roommate. That night we had a fun visit with my parents. So many things to be grateful for!

Now what to do with all the leftovers? We are going to make one of my mom's delicious recipes:

Thanksgiving Casserole

6 medium potatoes, peeled, cooked & mashed (or your leftover ones)
4 cups turkey, diced
6 cups stuffing
2 cans cream of chicken or mushroom soup
3/4 cup sour cream
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Mix turkey, soup, garlic powder, and 1/4 cup sour cream. Mix mashed potatoes with remaining sour cream and cream cheese. In a greased casserole dish layer stuffing, turkey mix, and potato mixtures. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Halloween 2010

It seems like we had about a week of Halloween this year. We dressed the kids up for the PTO Spookfest and for trick-or-treating. Kevin and I even threw together some costumes (about 10 minutes before we left). We made it about half way around the neighborhood before we came in for dinner, a movie, and all the candy you could eat.

Lil' Red & The Wolf

Johnny as Thomas the Train
(While wildly playing he had run into a door earlier that day. He got a nasty bruise and need some band-aids to make it all better.)

Black Cat Julia

Meghan a Kitten for Sale

Werewolf Anthony

Fall Portraits

I have never been impressed with school pictures. I don't know why, but it seems that the photographer never actually looks at the child he is taking a picture of. You would think that they would figure out that the parents don't want a picture of their child wearing a winter coat or one with hair hanging down in their face. Nevertheless, every year, we end up with $20 worth of horrible pictures to be stored away in the closet. I've decided that I will no longer be pressured into buying something I don't want and have started taking my own "school" pictures. Although they may not be as professional, at least I can get a picture of them looking at the camera. I've also found that we can have an enjoyable time together during the photo shoot. (I'm taking Meghan's portraits this weekend so hers will follow soon).