Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Apple Streudel and Pumpkin Spice

Tonight we finally made time to carve pumpkins.  I'm turning the seeds into this lovely snack.  We are gearing up for tomorrow night's tricks and treats.  I'm mostly excited to be able to clean up and store the costume explosion.  For dinner we ate these fall treats.  They were wonderful.  I added pecans to mine and topped them with Salted Carmel Greek yogurt.  I bough a new wickless candle scent today.  My house smells like delicious Apple Streudel.  Today I tackled a dreaded 7 year project.  I removed the wall paper border from my bathroom.  That means new paint coming soon.!  I can't wait.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Best Concert of the Year

I am so excited!  Tonight is my favorite annual concert.  It's the 7th, 8th, and high school band concerts in the high school auditorium.  I love watching Alec play the drums in his school band.  It's even better now that they are able to play "cool" songs.  Watching the high school band is always a pleasure.  They really are good.  The marching band comes in at the end and lines the isles.  They are so loud that our ears ring and our hearts thump.  It's really cool.  Alec's band is playing a mix of songs from the movie "Cars".
Today I slept in until 6:45, at which time I realized I'd forgotten that the kids have Swing Team practice.  We scurried them out the door in time.  It's the one morning each week that Olivia is up and ready, with a clean room and made bed, on time.  I did hot yoga at 9:30, instead of 5:30, this morning, which was lovely.  I'm driving the preschool carpool this week so didn't have time for my after yoga hot Epson salt and lavender bath.  I missed it.  Dallin had a friend over and I sewed scarves and answered emails this afternoon.  The sun was out so I grilled chicken for dinner and served it with roasted green beans and sweet potato fries. 
My Etsy shop is starting to pick up.  I have a few holiday boutiques scheduled and am hoping to finish in time to enjoy the holidays.  We are hosting Thanksgiving, which I'm so excited for.  I've been thinking about which favorite recipes I'd like to try, not just for Thanksgiving dinner but for the entire weekend while we have guests.
Greg and I have begun discussing what to get the kids for Christmas and what our family gift should be this year.  Some fun surprises are in the works.    Time to get ready for the concert.  I'm giddy.  a full report tomorrow.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Donuts and Bubbling Sewers

Today I had a lovely 5:30 am run in the rain.  It was still and warm.  I really did like it.  After the kids got off for school, Dallin and I went to Albertsons to buy donuts for Jace's class for his post-birthday treat.  We then dropped movies off at the library that were due.  Dallin loves to run them in all by himself and I love to watch him run and dilly dally to and from.  I can tell he feels so big.  We came home for an hour and then went visiting teaching to Sister Demourdaunt.  Dallin loves to go there because he gets to play in her toy room.  Today she offered him some candy from her Halloween bucket.  He also likes to cuddle on the couch next to me.  On the way home, as promised, Dallin and I stopped at the hay bale maze in downtown Eagle.  He challenged me to a few races.  It's hard to win when your opponent jumps the bales.  After lunch, I organized my scarves, in preparation for sewing them, and tackled my stack of paperwork while Dallin watched Finding Nemo.  After the big kids came home, we all went to Jace's class to take the donuts.  We had a clean-out-the freezer dinner of spinach stuffed ravioli, sweet potato and plain potato fries, and salad.  Tonight for FHE we went to the Nike store to try on basketball pants and had dessert at Kneaders.  The strangest thing happened tonight.  Greg received a call from a gentleman saying he was our neighbor Mark, or calling Greg by the name Mark.  He said his septic tank was bubbling poop up in the yard and his faucets were running brown water.  Greg told him our water is clear and he said he'd come down and fill up a bucket.  He hasn't come and we can't figure out who is in need of help.  Greg has walked and driven the whole neighborhood looking and we can't see (or smell) any trouble.  Maybe tomorrow we'll find out.  On that pleasant note, Good night.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

This Weekend

We had a great weekend that was the perfect mix of fun and relaxing.  Friday evening we went to Alec's last Lacrosse game for the season.  They lost by two but had an amazing comeback in the second half.  We love lacrosse but enjoy a little schedule break when fall sports start to end.  Speaking of fall, our trees are dropping leaves like crazy!  We saw a noticeable difference today after returning from church.  On Saturday, we celebrated Jace's 10th birthday.
We had a fun day, which included a few school friends coming over to play for a bit.  I loved cooking in my kitchen while my kids and friends ran in and out.  We opened the costume bins and the creating started.  Saturday night was our church Halloween party.  I took a pot of soup for the dinner.  I tried a new recipe from the Our Best Bites Cookbook called Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.  It was amazing!  I don't see the recipe on their website but I highly recommend both the Our Best Bites Cookbooks.  Everything I've tried, from their cookbooks, has tasted is great. 
The kids dressed up as Princess Leia, a DJ, and an army guy.  Oh, and a teenager.  Wait, that wasn't a costume.  Today I made Jace's cupcakes, since we had donuts at the party last night, and we shared them with our friends.  I used the same cookbook and made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting.  Both were fantastic.
This afternoon the sister missionaries came and taught us our fourth lesson, about the law of chastity, tithing, word of wisdom, and fasting.  It has been fun to enjoy these lessons with the kids and for them to see what missionaries really do.  Tonight I've been listening to The Piano Guys.  Check out their videos on YouTube.  I love the quote at the beginning of "Beethoven's Five Secrets".  I'm trying to design a piece of jewelry using it.  Good night.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Shipping Out Tomorrow

It was a busy day today.  Enjoy.....

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pewter....I'm in Love

Look what I made today.  I made several other pieces but these are the highlights.  In fact, these are the only pieces that got finished.  I have a new vendor, here in the Treasure Valley, who has started creating the molds for these pieces and pouring these by hand.  They are gorgeous and stamp like butta.  What else did I do today?  Boot camp this morning.  It was my last free pass.  I'm glad.  During a 45 minute workout period.  We were only exercising for 12-15 minutes of it.  The rest was the teacher arriving late, rests in between circuits, and explanations of the upcoming exercises.  I've missed running and will be glad to tackle it again on Friday.  I also spent an hour this morning in Jace's class room.  I helped several kids practice their multiplication facts, and practiced my own fire drill skills.  I listened to a conference talk today, but can't get yesterday's talk out of my mind.  I wonder why.  :) 
Listen to yesterday's talk here:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pears, Pears, Everywhere Pears

I spent the morning watching pears on a conveyor belt at the LDS Cannery.  It was a bit wet and cold.  It was fun after Greg arrived and we could pass the time visiting.  We were let go early for good behavior.  On the way home I went to Reggies Veggies and picked up a 25 lb. box of pears.  Apparently I've missed the local Bartlett season.  For dinner tonight we had this and it was great!  I'd use half the red pepper flakes next time.  We used steak instead of ground beef too.  Tonight I ran Alec to LAX practice and picked him up, then went back to pick up his stranded friends.  This Friday I'm running a scarf feature on the Belle Chic website, so I'm getting ready to mass produce these.  Watch for them here.  They are a really fun Fall accessory and add the perfect splash of color.  Yes, I realize that white isn't very colorful but it is the most accessible photo. 
I'm up again early tomorrow.  It's my last boot camp class at FitMania, then I'm back to my MWF runs.  I've missed it.  I love being outside in the still, dark, morning.  It's peaceful outside at 5:30 a.m.  Like no other time of day.  Good night.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday Funday

Mondays are sometimes fun days.  Today Monday was lazy day.  Wait.  I woke up and went to boot camp at 6 am.  That's not lazy, but everything after that was.  Dallin stayed in bed until 9:50 (!) giving me plenty of time to catch up on email.  Greg had the laundry started so I just had to keep things moving.  No folding here.  I saved that for him.  After getting Dallin up and fed, I showered, then we left for errands (bank, post office, delivering Primary manuals, library, and groceries).  After errands, and laundry swapping, I stamped while Dallin watched a movie.  Then it was to the school and orthodontist with Alec.  Dinner was leftover Puerto Rican pork from yesterday.  This time we had it in tortillas with Brussels Sprouts and home grown Acorn squash baked in soy sauce and sesame oil and drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar.  Best Brussels recipe yet.  Tonight for FHE, Greg shared an excerpt from Elder Myler's most recent letter.  It was about praying with faith and the Lord answering that prayer.  Greg helped Liv with math, I was in and out getting Dallin ready for bed and making sure Jace knew why he was in time out without dessert.  The best part was buying Imagine Dragons concert tickets tonight to give Alec for Christmas.  He is going to be SO excited!  I can't wait.  I'm feeling sleepy at 9:32.  It's a good thing because I'll be back up at 4:40 tomorrow for hot yoga.  Ugh, sometimes I wonder why I do this.  Answer, it's just habit and what I do, at this point.  I feel like such a slug if I go a day without a workout.  Hopefully tomorrow I can slow down for a nap.  I will need it.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A New Necklace and the Perfect House

Here's what I was working on today.  A friend featured this necklace on her blog so I've been getting it up and ready to list.  You can find it here.
Olivia and I went Parade of Homing again today.  Ours was a lesser scale than with my mom last weekend.  I did, however, find the perfect home for our family, at this stage of life.  It's so hard to find a house with enough bedrooms and living space.  This one has a basement (Imagine that!) and I've found the basement to be the key.  This basement had a large great room for TV and games and three bedrooms and a bath.  The bath had double sinks and the shower and toilet closed off from that.  Perfect for my three boys!  Olivia gets the upstairs bedroom and bath.  It even still had an office for me.  See my dream home here.  I would however have to sell both the homes that we currently own and build this one in Eagle.  Sigh........
I was curious about which of my necklace received the most views this week.  Here it is, just in case you are curious too.  Holidays also equal Wedding Season and this has been a popular Mother-In-Law Wedding Gift for Brides.  You can find it here.

Friday, October 18, 2013


This morning I joined some fun friends for a 6 a.m. Fit Mania Boot camp class.  After four early mornings this week, I'm ready to sleep in tomorrow.  After the kids were out the door for school, I caught a hot yoga class with some friends.  I followed that up with an Epson Salt and lavender bath.  Heavenly.   Dallin and I had lunch then spent the afternoon playing games.  We had pancakes for dinner then watched Alec's Lacrosse games.  They won by one point in overtime.  Tonight we are snuggled down in our pj's and watching Pacific Rim.  I look forward to these relaxing weekends.  This is our first football-free weekend in a while and I am glad.  Today I made these for my "treat" and am enjoying them even better on round two.  Can't get enough pumpkin, right now.  This week I found this product and ordered more of Mrs. Meyer's products to try.  Cleaning never smelled so good!  This might just motivate me.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Girls Night Out

Olivia and I had a fun date tonight.  She typed her heart out getting caught up in her keyboarding class so she could be my date to the Mindy Gledhill concert.  What a fun way to spend tonight together!  You can see our videos and photos on Instagram.  Follow me at jessicabcall.  Here is the music to her new single "Pocket Full of Poetry".  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Jewelry and New Cleaning Spray

This was a piece that I used in a custom necklace.  A woman contacted me wanting to make a piece to celebrate her BFF completing her fiftieth marathon.  It a quote from a poem that says "When friend meets friend, the word of salute is still 'Rejoice!'".
My little wheels are rolling.  These lovely charms came in the mail today and I can't wait to create with them.  Does seeing them give you an idea?  Share it in the comments below.  If I decide to stamp and list your idea, then you will get your necklace for free.

All in a days work......
As a side note, a friend tipped me off to this product today.  I bought the "Basil" flavor and fell in love. Have you tried Mrs. Meyers' products?  Which scent is your favorite? 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Lots and Lots of Houses

On Saturday we watched Jace play his last football game of the season.  It feels nice to have a break from football practice four nights a week.  Olivia, my dad, my mom, and I went out on Saturday to the Parade of Homes.  We saw several homes.  This one had my favorite bathroom.  Genius for the boys!  This one has my favorite color palette and kitchen.  This week we are back to the grind with homework.  Last minute school projects, a few more weeks of Lacrosse practices, squeezing in daily workouts, and trying to get the new household job charts to stick.  Must sleep.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Swimming and Samples

My parents are in town this week.  My mom is in town for business, with my dad coming to play, and they are extending their stay to watch Jace's football game tomorrow.  The kids have been out of school for the last few days, which made for lots of Grandpa time.  We have been swimming at the hotel with him for the past few days with Costco stops in between, since the hotel is connected with the Costco parking lot.  My kid's, I'm sure, have managed to put Costco in the red with the number of samples they have consumed.  We were laughing today about the number of corndogs that Jace consumed in 2 inch pieces.   I am so grateful that my kids get to have this time with my parents.  My kids adore Poppy and Grandma and my parents are two of the most loving and generous people that I know.  My dad spent the afternoon in the pool with my kids.  He was teaching them a trick that I used to do with my dad.  Standing and balancing on his shoulders while he walked across the pool and stepping off the other side.  At one point, they tried a triple stack with Jace sitting on Alec's shoulders and Alec stepping on to Grandpa's shoulders.  I would have taken a picture but I was too busy trying to "spot" the boys.  It was an ER trip waiting to happen. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

An Arm and a Leg

I tried a couple of great new recipes today.  They come from two different healthy eating websites.  One is found here, and the other here.  I had to make a trip to Fred Meyer to find some of the new-to-me ingredients.  I spent $88 on two small grocery bags of food!  I know that organic/gluten free ingredients are more costly but I'd love to have some of you share resources that you've found for purchasing these types of ingredients.  Maybe something online?  The recipes I tried were Raspberry Orange Muffins and Peanut Butter Granola Bars. They were both fantastic!

Monday, October 7, 2013

We've Been Booed

Oh, I am tired.  That's what happens on these days when I wake up to run at 5:15.  It is by far the best time of day, but I am beat by 9 pm.  Today I went to my dance fitness class and spent the majority of the afternoon doing laundry.  In between, I finished this book

and made this for dinner.  I made banana nut muffins for our before bed snack.  As we were finishing up Family Home Evening, our doorbell rang.  We were Booed and our neighbors left a plate of delicious dessert muffins.  Here are some great printables for starting this Halloween tradition in your neighborhood.  Good night.

Friday, October 4, 2013

General Conference Weekend

It's one of my favorite weekends of the year, and it comes twice.  I stocked up at the grocery store on some of our favorite conference foods.  For Saturday dinner we are having Zuppa Toscana, which is an Olive Garden recipe knock-off.  Sunday breakfast will be cinnamon rolls, egg sausage casserole, bacon, and OJ.  For Sunday dinner I'm making Italian Roast Beef.  In between meals we will have lots of Conference Bingo candy and mint brownies for dessert.  The food is fantastic of course, but not my favorite part.  I love having two straight days to be home with my family.  I love listening to a living prophet of God give me counsel, I love feeling the spirit of each message and knowing that I'm hearing the words the the Lord has prepared for me.  Anyone can watch.  Follow the link below and hear for yourself.
Come listen to living prophets

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Favorite Recipe Sites

It thought I'd post  link to my favorite recipe sites.  I'm all over them today because I have a new goal with my menu and dinner planning.  They are:

The Pioneer Woman  -  Of course.  Who doesn't love her?!?

Five Ten Fifteen - This is my sweet friend Catie's blog.  Her family is vegetarian and she has some great recipes for Meatless Mondays.

The Sister Café - My favorite for several years running.....

Mel's Kitchen Café - A new favorite.

Skinny Taste - Healthy recipes and good-for-you versions of restaurant favorites.

A Bountiful Kitchen - A recommendation from my sister In Law.  Originates in Bountiful, Utah.  Pretty, pretty pictures here.

My Whole Food Life - Healthy recipes and education in one. 

Six Sisters Stuff - A good mix of food and fun.

Favorite Family Recipes - My friend just introduced me to this yesterday.  She said everything she's made has been wonderful.  We had this recipe for dinner last night and loved it.

I Don't Go to the Gym - A new-to-me site specializing in food and fitness.  I'm excited to make this a favorite.

Our Best Bites - I have both of these ladies' cookbook and love all of the recipes I've tried.  This dinner is a favorite.

Happy menu planning!  I hope these help you get started.  If you have any favorites that I missed, add them in the comments.  I'd love to try your favorite too.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lettuce Wrapped Burgers

Today I was able to go into Jace's classroom for the first time.  I helped in a math center by reviewing multiplication facts with a list of kids.  It happened to be crazy hair day and each time a child came out to work with me I would have to double take and remember why his hair was blue or why she  had crazy buns all over her head.  Afterwards, I met friend at the library for story time.  My friend Lisa was watching Dallin while I was at the school.  She had taken Dallin to the library.  This morning we couldn't find Dallin's shoes until right before we left.  They had spent the night outside next to the trampoline and we thus unwearable.  Dallin went everywhere today in socks.  We only intended to go to his buddies but then ended up at the library and Carl's Jr. in socks. 
Speaking of Carl's Jr., did you know you can order any of their burgers without the bun and wrapped in lettuce?  I had the BBQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich, wrapped in lettuce and with the sauce on the side.  It was actually quite tasty and they were very accommodating.  After lunch, Dallin and I had to play his game, that came in his kid's meal, several times.  It was a Chutes and Ladders spin-off.  I finished the afternoon off with sewing four Halloween pillow cases, cooking Asian Chicken for dinner, followed by football practice and mutual.  Now I'm going to soak in a hot bath with a book and a hot cup of green tea.  Tomorrow I'm tackling the 5:30 am Hot Yoga class at Sumits so early to bed for me.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013