Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Calvin wearing earmuffs

Just kidding. They aren't earmuffs. They are for wrestling and we all know wrestlers wouldn't wear ear muffs.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Here are some pictures of Calvin wearing my shoes. And no, I did not tell him to.

Monday, November 28, 2011

One thing I'll miss about Wymount

We have always had great views out the windows of our apartments in Wymount. Here are a few pictures I have taken over the past few weeks of the view out our window. It looks better in person than it does int these pictures.


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tiny tartlets

Need something to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? Look no further.

I saw a picture in Better Homes and Gardens magazine of tiny appetizers made of tiny pie crusts filled with various things. I used to hate pie crust, but ever since I discovered this recipe [(, blogger won't let me add links right now.] made with butter, I have loved pie crust. So our dinner last night was very delicious and VERY fattening. I made the crusts in a muffin tin and filled them with leftovers from Thanksgiving. My favorite was the one filled with turkey, hummus, and apples. We also had one made of mashed potatoes and gravy, one with cottage cheese, ham, and pineapple, and one with balsamic vegetable mix.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Jumping on the couch

If you come over to our house unannounced, most likely all of the couch cushions will be on the floor because our couch is Calvin's new favorite toy! He likes to hide under the cushions and jump on the couch.

He probably spends half an hour to an hour jumping on the couch each day. It certainly keeps him occupied.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Calvin the weight lifter

As you may remember, I've been doing some ab workouts, one of which requires weights.

Unfortunately, Calvin loves the weights, which makes exercising kinda hard for me. But it is pretty cute when he tries to lift them.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My pie mishap

Ever since I made that spider pot pie, I've been wanting to make a pie just so I could eat some more pie crust. We had a whole bunch of apples, so a few weeks ago I made an apple pie.
Unfortunately, I wanted to eat it right away and when I cut into to my still warm pie, I found not pie, but pie soup. I didn't take a picture, but you can imagine what it looked like.

Don't worry. I ate it anyway. And the crust was delicious!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Apparently one time Evan's family went to Tucanos and the meat server asked Evan's brother Isaac what he would like him to bring. Isaac responded "meat!" Then the server asked what kind of meat, and Isaac responded once again, "meat!"

So here is Calvin's impression of Isaac.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Our Thanksgiving decoration

I love to decorate for Christmas, but I don't usually do anything for Thanksgiving. This year though, we made a thankful branch for our front door.

Please note, Selin family, that Evan, the reigning sandwich king, is thankful for sandwiches.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Hike in Rock Canyon

A few weeks ago we had a family home evening lesson on God creating the Earth and for an activity we went for a hike in Rock Canyon.

Calvin loved to climb the rocks, as always.

The leaves were finishing up changing colors. Unfortunately, Evan didn't get to see it as pretty as it was when I took Calvin hiking there a week earlier.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Calvin's Halloween costume and our Halloween activities

Our ward Halloween party was more than a week before Halloween this year and the day of the party, we hadn't thought of costumes. Calvin was playing with a rolled up camping foam pad and we decided to make it into his costume since he liked being in it so much.
We thought it turned out pretty cute.

We also took Calvin to the Halloween Spooktacular at BYU last Thursday. He had fun playing all the games and getting candy. He colored a trick-or-treat bag, shot Severus Snape with a dart gun, fished for a rubber duckie, rolled tennis balls into a muffin tin, miniature golfed, and pinned a patch on a pirate. And colored in a Halloween coloring book.

These pictures are from the Spooktacular.

On Friday Evan and I went to listen to scary stories in the Provo library attic. That was pretty cool. They had the attic set up with scary decorations and a professional story-teller dressed as a witch came and told scary stories. The best part was, it was free! And so were our babysitters!

On Monday we took Calvin trick-or-treating to a grand total of two apartments. Dave and Amanda's and their neighbors. His candy didn't even last through bedtime.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween Dinner

You may remember our Halloween dinner two years ago. (If not, you can click the link). This year, we did it again, but had different food this time. I've included the link where I got the idea for the food, but I didn't follow any of the recipes.

We ate pumpkin deviled eggs,
Mashed boo-tatoes,
and spider pot pie. (And I made the pie crust from scratch and it was delicious!)

Calvin helped put the eyes on. (Actually, he was trying to take them off and eat them.)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My prize winning pumpkin (cheesecake) pie

As part of our ward Halloween party, we had a pumpkin pie contest. I decided to enter and I won first place! Which is impressive, because usually everything I cook turns out badly because I never follow recipes. I kinda cheated though because I made a pumpkin cheesecake in a pie pan instead of a pumpkin pie. My sister in law Amanda made a pumpkin cream pie, which took third place. She even used real pumpkins, which is more than I can say for myself.

Here is my recipe. It is adapted from November 2010 Parenting, the Early Years magazine. If you make it, be prepared to spend several hours making it since the cream cheese has to come to room temperature, then it has to bake for an hour, sit in the oven for another hour, and cool down before you can put it in the fridge. Then it is best if it sits in the fridge for several hours before you eat it.


You'll need to make two if you use a pie dish. That means make the crust recipe twice.
1 1/4 cup finely crumbled graham crackers
5 T butter, melted
1/4 C sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9" glass pie pan with cooking spray (or I suppose you could use a springform pan. I tried one but didn't like it as much).
2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, and sugar. Pat mixture down on bottom and sides of pie dish.
3. Bake 10 mins, then let cool.

24 oz cream cheese at room temperature
1 C sugar
3 T flour
1 t Vanilla
5 large eggs
3/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t allspice
1/4 t ground ginger
1/4 t ground nutmeg
15oz can pumkin puree
1/4 C brown sugar
2/3 C sour cream (I've tried with full fat and fat free. Both taste great.)

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
2. Beat cream cheese and sugar together
3. Add pumpkin, spices, flour, vanilla, brown sugar, and sour cream. Mix.
4. Add eggs, one at a time, until just blended.
5. Pour filling into cooled crust.
6. Place in center of oven and bake one hour. (The cake will not be set yet.) Tun off oven and let it sit in there for one more hour.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool. I like to add white chocolate flakes as soon as it comes out so they melt on top and cover any major cracks.
8. Refrigerate at least 6 hours.

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