Sunday, October 31, 2010

How's this for a flirty apron swap?

While I was trying to register for Shawnees Flirty Apron Swap, Shane came in and told me if I went into the kitchen, I could see our family apron swap. So I wander in and everyone is wearing cute aprons we have made and making fudge, then I found out that Dad was helping and wearing an apron too! I just had to get a picture of that but he wasn't exactly excited to let me.


Not sure what got into him, but he finally let me take a picture...good Daddy!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Terra hosted a great Halloween party with lots of ghoulish food and games. Shane and I created these worms and even won a prize for them!

We had a great Halloween week. I think we went to three parties, and it isn't even October 31st yet! I have had so much fun showing Bryn off, this holiday is much better when you have kids to share it with. I have also enjoyed being a stay at home sister... Conner and Jannae went with me to the parties while Mom and Dad were working. Just another testament to me of how much I love being a homemaker! Conner was a pirate, Jannae a fairy, and Bryn was a sunflower, and a perfectly adorable baby.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

We had a blast carving pumpkins this year. Everyone had a pumpkin and we ended up with very unique pumpkins. Moms pumpkin is the sneezer, Conner carved the wolf, Jannae made the man in the moon, I traced my hand and Bryns hand inside, Joannas pumpkin is very afraid to be made into pumpkin pie, and Grandma, Grampa and Shane all made silly face pumpkins. Shanes is the one with the 3-D ears. If I can self-appointed myself the judge of the pumpkin contest, the cutest pumpkin in our patch is Bryn!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

First Day of School

Bryn got to go to her first day of school today with Jannae, as show-and-tell! Jannae wanted to take something new and exciting, well, new and exciting she got!! Jannae told her class all about Bryn: how old she is, how big she is, how big she was when she was born, how old Bryn will be when Jannae is in high school and how much fun they have together. Her classmates had a hard time grasping the concept that Jannae was the Aunt, and not the big sister. In fact, Jannae is my little sister and Bryn is my daughter and Jannaes niece. One classmate said that he was an uncle, but most of the kids just looked confused. Jannaes teacher said that she has been very anxious to get her niece and then to bring her to school to show off. I think they both had a great time together. Bryn was happy at least... hopefully that is a good sign of things to come in about five years!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I finally got around to replacing what Shane took:) It is just as well because now I have seven pints! This batch tastes better anyway. Here's the recipe if you want some fall bliss in your mouth!
  • 1 (29 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine all ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Pour into freezer containers. Refrigerate up to 1 month or freeze.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I finished my apron for Shawnees Fall Apron Swap finally. When I started this apron I thought it was going to be tricky, but finishing Bryns dress in the middle of it made this apron seem like a piece of cake. I've never made this style before so I hope my partner likes it. I was so excited to find the pattern and fabric, I think it fits her perfectly! The recipe is for Pumpkin Apple Butter. I made some yesterday and it turned out great. So great that my sweet husband took the entire batch hunting today! I guess that gives me an excuse to make it again, and keep my house smelling sweet and fallish!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Court Jester... Jesters!

The Joust

The Royal Family

This is another four generation picture of mommies. Bryn, her mom (me), my mom Shannon, and her mom Marjorie.
I burned the midnight oil to get Bryns dress done in time, but I did finish, and it turned out exactly like I wanted. It looks very similar to my wedding dress and the bow is even from my dress. I have never worked so hard on a single project before. Now I know I can do really great things! Princess perfect.
We had very fast and crazy weekend and I'm just finally feeling like I'm catching up. Family from the Northern Kingdom came down and we got to take Princess Corrie and Princess Joana dress shopping. Corrie picked out her grad dress... after trying on almost the whole store:) Then the princesses showed us how tough they really are in a ferocious game of spoons. Check it out!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Last night I found this most amazing recipe for Soda Cracker Pie, so delicious! I just had to share my great find with you! The crust is so yummy, we ate some of it without any toppings, and some with my home canned peaches, thickened with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar. Top it with whipped cream and more nutmeg and it's a meal fit for a king.


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 20 soda crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold in sugar, baking powder, crackers, vanilla and pecans. Spoon mixture into a greased 9 inch pie pan.
  3. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool and serve or fill with the fresh fruit of your choice.
Happy 60th Birthday!
"Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again." ~Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Here is our four generations from Shanes family. Bryn, her daddy Shane, his dad Dave, and his mother Gean Fredrickson. Bryn is the first Fredrickson grandbaby in this family. All I know is there is a lot of love coming down from the generations. In this world of trouble, I'm at peace because I know my children will always have family around to lead and guide them, and teach them correct principles, and most importantly, to love.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Just some proof that the princess came from the prince. They both kinda snore too!