Thursday, September 29, 2011

RS Opening Social: Best of Boston

What's not to love about clam chowder, corn bread, salad and Boston Cream Pie? Dinner was very Boston-y and delicious. We had someone speak about the church history in Boston; both people and places--she did a fantastic job. And we wrapped things up with a slide show of some favorite day trips. Everyone got to take home our own "Arlington Ward Best of Boston" book filled with lots of great ideas (best bakery, best park, best grocery store, best eye doctor, best Relief Society President--hahaha!).

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Robes and his Red Vines

Today marks 13 years since my brother Robes died. I try to do something in his honor on this day so today I'm eating some Red Vines, one of his favorite treats.

When my sister-in-law Kim and their kids went to the mortuary after Robes died they each put something in his casket. Kim put some French chocolate and Red Vines in a ziploc bag near Robes' hands. The day of his funeral we were all in the R.S. Room getting ready to close the casket and have the family prayer. Kim lifted Adrienne up (she wasn't quite three and a half) to say goodbye to her dad. Adrienne noticed the Red Vines and started yelling, "RED VINES! I WANT RED VINES!" Kim knew there was no way Adrienne would stop until she got some Red Vines so with Adrienne on her hip, Kim reached into the casket, opened the ziploc bag and pulled off a piece of Red Vines for Robes' little girl.

I smile when I think of Robes and his Red Vines.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hey guy in the black Mercedes...

...that was my pregnant friend in the car you hit this morning. And then you drove away. You're a jerk.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Season 1: Disc 1

I've heard really good things about it so watched a few episodes for FHE tonight.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sister Johnston

This is Annie, I mean Sister Johnston. She's going to Taiwan on a mission in a few weeks. Her (non) farewell was last Sunday--she gave a great talk about conversion--but I didn't get a picture of her until today. She's going to be an amazing missionary. Annie is a strong, funny, and genuine gal.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A window

This morning while visiting a friend she mentioned that she found some windows on the street and would give me one. I just cleaned the window up and put it on top of the red pie holder in my living room. I'm starting to think that mustard might be my new favorite color...

It's Fall...and I love New England

Friday, September 23, 2011


I saw Moneyball tonight. It was good. A bit slow at times but still good. And it's a true story.

I have questions about this house...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

There has been a request for the recipe (not to be confused with The Recipe on The Waltons).

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
Alecia Williams

Blend: 4 eggs, 3 cups sugar, 2 cups pumpkin (good luck with that), 1 cup oil, 2/3 cup water
Sift together and add to mixture: 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 T baking soda, 1 1/4 t. salt, 1 t cinnamon
Stir in: 1/2 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/2 bag mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes
This recipe makes 7 small loaf pans (bake for about 35-40 minutes)

Bread in a can

I tried something new last night; got the idea here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Happy Birthday to Ian!

Click here to see Ian's birth announcement and/or to read an excerpt of this article Robes wrote that includes Ian's birth story (if it's too small to see here).

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pumpkin shortage - giveaway! AMY DUKE is the winner!

Apparently canned pumpkin is hard to find. Good thing I've got some stashed away.

Leave a comment here to win an 8x10 of this photo. Deadline is 5:00pm tomorrow (9/20).

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dinner party

My friend Leah invited me over for dinner tonight. The food was delicious--black bean and sweet potato enchiladas, chips and guacamole, green salad and this peach and blueberry galette for dessert. The food was delicious and the eclectic group of people kept the conversation fun and interesting. It was a nice evening.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Tis the season

When I saw this post and this post I made a mental note to find that farm stand (when I did, it was off season). I can't believe I had never noticed it; I passed it numerous times on my way to the Boston Stake Center in Weston. So today (it's Fall!) I went again and bought an apple and a spaghetti squash.

Little entrepreneurs

Friday, September 16, 2011

Pass the hand sanitizer

I just saw Contagion. It'll scare you into getting your food storage and 72 hour kits in order. And be sure you have Purell.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Christmas at Costco

I made a quick trip to Costco tonight to pick up some reprints and they are selling Christmas trees. Can't they at least wait until September is half over?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Hale!

I wish Alicia still lived here and we'd for sure be celebrating her birthday today with some fun adventures. But she's in OK with Mr. Hale. Happy Birthday, bestie!

More photos from her wedding here.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Patriotic hack

This huge flag in Killian Court was in honor of 9/11.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Photo taken today in Medford Square.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Chalkboard note

A perfect day for a Clambake

Beautiful weather, $7 lobsters, lots of Arlington Ward members (and alumni!), a gorgeous beach, apple cider donuts, good memories.

The Ures

The Jersey Ures came to town for Conor's baptism and they stayed with me last night. The girls have matching pj's, dresses and swimsuits (and sleeping bags!). It was so much fun to see them and meet baby Madeline.

Conor's baptism

Friday, September 09, 2011

Brimfield Fair - again

My friend and I went to the Brimfield Fair today. I bought some old magazine ads, a "cake" tin (from England) and a cool metal shelf. My friend bought an anvil. I didn't even know what an anvil was until today. We had a great day; we ran into a good friend, made a new friend, enjoyed a delicious BBQ sandwich, and saw lots of treasures.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Jamel: 21

I don't remember how old he was in this photo but I know that he's 21 today. Happy Birthday, Jamel!

Wednesday, September 07, 2011


Soon after I moved to Boston, I found myself on a downtown street corner waiting for a WALK signal. Everyone else was jaywalking and I quickly realized that life would pass me by if I waited for a green light/walk signal...unlike California where they give tickets for such shenanigans.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Sheets and towels

Every last sheet and towel in my condo is clean. Not folded, but clean.

Monday, September 05, 2011