Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Preserving More than just Applesauce

About 5 years ago Christian and I started canning. I was so impressed that he would help me and he really likes it too! We have made Applesauce, Apple Pie Filling, Bottled peaches, pears, Tomatoes, Salsa, jams, and anything else that we could get for a good price. Although we love the idea of saving money, we love feeling self sufficient. Little did we know Five years ago that we were starting a family tradition. Hans and Dane love to help us with the process and we all talk and listen to music while we work. This year we tried an all natural applesauce. We didn't add any sugar or cinnamon to it and it turned out to be the most delicious applesauce yet. I think it turned out beautiful, if you can call applesauce that. I even had an Apple Pie Filling demonstration at our house for the Young Women in our ward. Hans and Dane have been asking whenever they eat something if it is homemade!

Halloween Fun!

We had 3 full days of Halloween fun this year. Our town does a Harvest Festival at the school with a dinner, and costume parade, pumpkin painting, face painting, decorating cookies etc. It was really fun. Then we have our Annual family Halloween party at my Sister Jana's house and all the kids go Trick-or-Treating door to door around her house. Halloween is always busy with Dane's Birthday and the Night time Extravaganza. Last year we did a hay ride with friends around the town with our trailer and it was so much fun we had to do it again this year. Stan and Amee were able to join in on the fun and the kids were loaded with candy. Hans was a Star Wars Storm Trooper and Dane, well after 3 different costumes and 3 special trips into town he finally settled on Bat Man. Shia was Scooby Doo, thanks to our neighbors giving her the costume. I was a Rocker and Christian, surprisingly was a Pig Farmer.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Dane

Happy 4th Birthday Dane! The day finally came. Dane counted down the entire month before his Birthday. We had a fun day full of presents, treats, cake, ice cream, and family. Dane had to have a Star Wars cake so Christian had the idea of getting him a Lego set that we could help him put together that morning. It took us 2 1/2 hours to get it all put together, but we had a happy boy! We love you Dane! Happy Birthday!