Saturday, November 16, 2013
I decided this year I would only visit a pumpkin farm if there were doughnuts provided. I asked friends for advice and they told us to go to Swan’s Trail in Snohomish. There were doughnuts. I was happy.
There were also chickens. Pippa was happy.
Oh, and I guess there were pumpkins too!
Our costumes were GNOMES.
Specifically, David and Lisa the Gnome, from the TV show, “David the Gnome.”
Hardly anyone remembers this show, so we had a fun time at the Trunk-or-Treat telling people we just really like Shrooms.
I meant to get a much better picture of Pippa’s cute little getup, but this was pretty much all I got. I made her apron with no pattern, the hour before our Residents-with-families party. Not bad.
Pippa was thrilled with the idea of Trick-or-Treating. She would eat candy all day if we let her. Too bad Micah enforces a strict tax on all earnings from Halloween.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I haven’t really posted in a while, probably because nothing to momentous has occurred of late.
Today, I made Bacon Jam.
What is Bacon Jam?
It’s Jam. Made of bacon.
Can you even FATHOM IT?
I couldn’t, when I saw the recipe on Pinterest. It freaked me out. I had to make it. But I hesitated, because what if it was a waste of 1 1/2 pounds of bacon!?
IT WAS NOT.
It started out looking like this.
Then like this:
And ended up tasting like this:
What the heck. I’ll share the recipe. It came from Martha Stewart, because she is an evil crafting witch.
- 1 1/2 pounds sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
- 2 medium yellow onions, diced small
- 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 3/4 cup brewed coffee (We are non-coffee-drinkers so I used Pero)
- 3 Tablespoons chopped pickled jalapenos
- 1 Tablespoon Molasses (I did this because I only had light brown sugar and fake maple syrup) Next time I might even add more…
HOW TO MAKE:
STEP 1In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet (reserve for another use); add onions and garlic, and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, and coffee and bring to a boil, stirring and scraping up browned bits from skillet with a wooden spoon, about 2 minutes. Add bacon and stir to combine.
STEP 2Transfer mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker and cook on high, uncovered, until liquid is syrupy, 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Transfer to a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped (I just used my immersion blender) Let cool, then refrigerate in airtight containers, up to 4 weeks.
This post is dedicated to Kathy Lee Gifford.
Summer in Seattle is AMAZING but,
Right at the beginning of Fall is TOO GOOD.
We started it off with a bang by getting passes to the Pacific Science Center. Micah had a week off and we partied like animals.
I mean, Dinosaurs.
Pippa loved this car thing, out of everything else in the Museum.
We then went down to Portland and the Oregon Coast. Even though it was raining while we were there, we were nice and warm in our Yurt. What is a Yurt, you ask? Um, go google it.
All I will tell you is that they are AWESOME and I want to sleep in one again!
You know what else is awesome? THE OREGON COAST. Like, as in it deserves the word “awesome” awesome.
The biggest, most amazing beach I have ever been on. And I’ve been on a few beaches.
Look how it goes out FOREVER. It’s like being in heaven.
We got so wet but it didn’t matter.
My sand sculpture.
We stopped by Cannon Beach to check out Haystack Rock. This picture hardly captures the wonder of it.
We then went down to Portland, where the food is plentiful and the weirdness abounds!
Also, a Rose test garden.
On our way back to Seattle we visited Mount St. Helens! If you see pictures of it before 1980, it is amazing to see it with half of it just blown off! Very very neat.
Monday, August 19, 2013
So, as you may or may not know, I enjoy fashion.
There is a blog that I follow that is incredibly inspiring and tasteful.
Her name is Tenesha. Not only does she have incredible taste, but she regularly styles her hair with its natural texture, and uses minimal makeup. Look how awesome this dress is.
I would love to hang out and go shopping with her.
But for now I am doing my best to add my voice to the Seattle fashion scene. At the beginning of this month I entered an H&M contest called 50 States of Fashion. (Probably the reason I did it was because I didn’t fear much competition from Seattle-ites who are known for not being the most fashionable. Don’t believe me? click here.) I entered a few pictures, but so far the most popular outfit I entered is this one:
It looks like I am pretty close to being top-voted for my state! If I can get some more votes, maybe I can get there. If not, it’s still fun to show my love for H&M! (which is finally open for online shopping!!!)
So what you can do is, click on this link: 50 states of fashion
Then, you can either search for my entries by typing “betsyhcroft” in the search box or head to the “sort by” section and click STATE (choose WASHINGTON) and then MOST VOTED. From there you should see my pictures and you can help move up my most popular outfit! Just click on the picture and a little heart should come up.
The contest ends August 21st. Thanks to all those who have already voted. You are the best.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Micah just got this cool game called Mice and Mystics and decided to paint the miniature playing figures.
It is serious work.
I even painted one of them them myself! Lily is the cutest mouse!
I have been working on an embroidery project. I shall post pics when it is finished!
Miss Pippa has been working on growing twice as tall while sleeping,
And being potty trained! HOORAY!!!!!!!!
This is the last picture I will post of you sitting on the potty. I promise.
Oh! And here is a video of the bottle band Micah and I performed in on the 4th of July!
Monday, July 8, 2013
After breakfast with all the Seattle Mormons…
We set up camp at Ensign Ranch.
Pippa LOVED IT!!!
What made it better was having our friends come along too.
The grill Master!
And she even slept in the tent. Didn’t see that coming.
I didn’t even get to say the “she was not a happy camper” phrase. Because she actually was a happy camper.
She does not get this from me.